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Projects on My Needles – June 17, 2018

It’s time for a semi-regular episode of What Is Larissa Working On? Well, let me tell you, I have been on a tare to actually finish everything that was in progress. If you compare this to my last WIP post, all of the projects have been completed! This is because my frenetic brain has been coming up with about 40 ideas per day, and I’ve been working on tangential projects. To be more specific, I signed up to do FibreShare again (read about my maiden voyage here), I’m compiling a list of companies with natural yarn including specific bases, I bought undyed yarn, used Kool-Aid to dye some, bought acid dyes to do it for real, I made a few project bags, and I’m working on a hat design. I really needed to finish these projects so that I could focus more on the other half-baked activities I have planned for myself. So, I think it’s quite a feat that I forced myself to finish these before diving into 27 new ventures.

Finished Objects

Kitty Ears Beanie

Frankie as the cutest kitty alive <3

I made this little hat an official pattern that you can get for free on Ravelry (see below). My lovely cousin asked for a hat to be made for her baby girl Frankie. I’m always happy to oblige making adorable things for babies because DID YOU SEE HER?!

Pattern: Kitty Ears Baby Hat
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Shale
Ravelry Project Page: Kitty Ears Beanie


Cruising. Snacking.
My attempt at an Instagram-worthy shot.

My slow ass started this sweater in January and finally finished it in June. Granted there were a few months in there where I was trying not to barf and sitting upright seemed like a whole lot of bother (thanks belly friend #2). At any rate, I’m very pleased to have this sweater in my wardrobe for the fall. I had plenty of yardage, and I love how not bulky fingering weight sweaters are.

Pattern: Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Swan’s Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering in Teal and Oyster
Ravelry Project Page: Zweig


This adorable little cardigan is a free pattern in the Newborn size. There are lots of other sizes in a paid pattern, too. I’m calling this done even though I haven’t sewn on the snaps yet. I’ll get to it, stop hassling me.

Pattern: Newborn Tristan
Yarn: Pichinku Iskay in Q’era
Ravelry Project Page: Newborn Tristan


I have wanted to knit socks in this Blacker Yarns base for quite a while. It’s such a challenge to find yarn that is sturdy enough for socks but isn’t superwash and doesn’t contain Nylon. And let me tell you, this is hardy yarn. I figured it would lend itself well to the camping-in-the-wilderness Okanogan socks pattern. Also, this was my first time doing a heel flap for a sock. We’ll see how I prefer the fit when I actually wear them with boots this fall. Jason is getting an evil twin version of these, too. Eventually. Again, don’t hassle me.

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan Socks

Works in Progress

Hero of Time

A very FLASH nighttime photo of the colorwork.
Yarn mountain. 2 of 3 hats will be knit with what is seen here!

My husband is kind of obsessed with the video games that he played as a kid. Several of the Zelda ones included. So, I am tasked with the design of a hat (precursor to an eventual sweater!) that depicts some of the motifs you’d see in Ocarina of Time. You’ll see the overarching Triforce, Link’s Sword, and the Spiritual Stones… some combination of which and in some order make you the Heroooo of Tiiiiiime!!!! Also, I dyed all that yarn, soOoOo…

Pattern: Hero of Time, coming soon!
Yarn: My own hand-dyed, and some Recycled Yarn (fingering weight)
Ravelry Project Page: In progress


Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t started knitting this yet. I did cake up the yarn though. Maybe I’ll even print the pattern! Look, I got 1600 yards of wool that I wanted to try for $50 (retails for about $175) at the Great Lakes Fiber Show in May. I’m chuffed AF. I intend to actually cast this on in the next few days. Once my brain starts to fry from all of the colorwork and math and general pattern-writeyness that is my Hero of Time hat design. I’m making the smallest size of this cardi which calls for 1700 yards of yarn and I have 1600 yards… so I may be ordering a skein and hoping they have the same colorway still. Or making the ends of my sleeves a different color. I just really want to make this cardigan okay?

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Okay. That’ll about do it. As I mentioned, I have a lot of things going at the same time, and I hooooope they’re well-received when I finally get around to telling everyone about them. Welp, ttyl.

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