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Projects on My Needles – August 22, 2018

Hey everyone! It’s time to write an update on what I’ve been working on. In addition to the knitting I’ll talk about, I’ve been doing lots of other making-type things!

I added 8 projects bags to the Etsy shop. They are amazing. 2-3 skein-sized, tie-dyed, made with organic cotton, zippers and labels are from the USA, interior pocket… It’s the Per. Fect. Bag. for a smallish project. I have two of my own of that size which are housing 1) a sock project and 2) the beginnings of a fingering-weight sweater. I’m working on larger sizes now, too. I’m trying to decide on handles/straps and whether interior flap pockets would be a good addition to the zippered pocket. Probably.

Love the contrast bottom & the cute AF fabrics. Also these zippers are fan-damn-tastic.
Pretty obsessed with this blue.
This is my XL prototype.
Kelly T loves it. Also it’s much bigger than it appears.
This is holding 7 skeins of yarn and it’s barely 1/3 full. So. Make Hagrid a sweater.

I’ve also added lots of yarn options to the Etsy shop. At the moment I have 3 bases:

  • Ohio – DK 100% Merino
  • Geauga – Fingering 70 Merino/30 Silk
  • Erie – Fingering Single Ply 100% Merino

And all of my colorways now have the option to be dyed to order, in the event that what I have in stock isn’t the base you’re looking for. This includes a fade kit and a set of colorways inspired by the 3 dragons from Game of Thrones.

I love this so much. In fact, you’ll find it in my Rose Cardigan WIP below!
Game of Thrones Dragons – Viserion, Drogon, Rhagal

Finished Objects

Portage

I finally finished this cardigan! I got it done in just under 2 months, but I must have thought it would take less time, or maybe I’ve just been really busy because it feels like it should have been done a while ago. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yardage for it since it calls for 1700 yds and I only had 1600 yds. My usage clocked in at 1438 yds without having to modify anything (maybe sleeve length, but that was a short-arms decision rather than a yarn usage tactic). I really love it. It fits and is a really good wardrobe item that I know I’ll actually wear (precious pocketses). I might make another sometime, but I think I’d use a yarn that was a legit DK weight rather than what I used – sport weight leaning towards fingering. It’s a bit gauzy, but it’s still perfect.

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

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

Okay guys, I suck. I haven’t done any work on these since my last update. I think socks are a bit boring, there’s no hurry since it’s August, and frankly, since they’re not for me, I don’t have the urge to get them done so I can wear them. I’m glad they’re in progress so that I have something simple to work on when I need it!

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 for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

I finally cast on this pullover design! This prototype will be gifted to my BFF Renee. It’s a top-down circular yoke with different textured stitches. I keep designing & frogging and changing things. I’m still not sure what I’ll do for the body or arms precisely, but the sweater will tell me when I get there. I think I will actually send this pattern to a tech editor and have test knitters help out with this, so it will be thoroughly vetted before release!

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

I know I said I was going to cast on a pair of socks, but I couldn’t resist this cardigan. I dyed up a fade for myself (which is available in my Etsy shop if you love it as much as I do!). I’m already fading in the 3rd color after working on it for 1 day. the beginning of each section goes so fast, it’s really gratifying. However there are 4 of them, they get REAL big toward the end, then there’s grafting and the collar and sleeves and…. well whatever the fading sequence is really fun, I don’t want to put it down. Also, this pattern has an amazing chart that helps keep track of all of the “at the same time” things going on. This is a livesaver.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

What I Plan to Work on Soon

I’ll make one for Scottie now (The 4-6 year size so that he can grow into it. He’s quite huge.), and the baby later. Probably a 1-ish year old one for babe since I don’t usually find much use for sweaters on babies until they can move around.

I have already made one of these, but I didn’t really know that the yarn I used would not really yield a good result. So, it’s high time to try again with some locally-dyed yarn!

I saw Tracie make one of these on the Grocery Girls Podcast and I knew I had to make one in this Dragon set.

This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! I’m excited to make 3 contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Invisibility Cloak, Resurrection Stone, and Elder wand <3.

I don’t technically need another diaper bag because the one I have is perfectly fine, but I have a bee in my bonnet about making a backpack one. This pattern is a lot more involved than anything else I’ve sewn, so we’ll see how I manage.

We’re on countdown to baby time, so we’ll see what I can accomplish before he becomes our newest roommate. And if I can manage to get anything at all done once he’s here… Fingers crossed!

<3 Larissa

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