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Projects on My Needles – April 18, 2018

Holy guacamole, I haven’t done a WIP update since December! I’ve got lots to update, so this will be a slightly different format than the few WIPs I’ve got going. I would probably ordinarily do a post about each FO, but I think that might make my brain explode or take me until next April to accomplish.

Finished Objects

Three-Eyed Raven

I wrote extensively about this shawl in its very own post when I released the pattern for sale. It was not quite done when I wrote my last WIP update, so here’s a refresher if’n you’re interested!

Burberry Socks

These have gotten plenty of wear this winter, and I was so pleased with how well the heel striping worked when I pulled from the other end of the cake.

Cloud Cover Cardigan

I got a ton of wear out of this cardigan this winter too! It’s perfect to pull on over whatever first layer I’m wearing. It has, however, been shamefully sitting in a pile of knits I need to wash for a while. I really need a big tub to hand wash lots of knits in at once, because this whole one at a time business is really slowing me down.

Baby Flax

This little sweater took me kind of a long time to finish. I stupidly decided to switch colors every 2 rows, then kept running out of the colors I started with making me panic about the end result. It ended up perfectly lovely, but HOLY WEAVING IN ENDS BATMAN did that step take forever. This was one of the gifts I gave to my friends whose baby was born in March.

Stormy Sky Shawl

I really really really love the way the shawl turned out. I’ve been wearing it every day since I finished it (since winter will never end). The pops of neon yellow and bright purple are really energizing to the whole thing which looks a bit grayish green from afar. And tassels are fun AF, so there’s that.

Works in Progress

Now onto our regularly scheduled programming. I’ve only got two projects actually on my needles at the moment. I’m developing a backlog of yarn that I don’t know what to do with and projects that I can’t afford the intended yarn for yet, so I’m focusing on what I’ve got now.

I’ve been looking forward to starting my Zweig forever, and I finally did in January. I’m using Swan’s Island’s Natural Colors Merino fingering in Teal and Oyster. It stains my hands blue, which is fun. I totally figured I’d have this whole sweater finished by now because I was on a knitting tare. But let’s just say a small but significant thing happened to me to make me omg so tired that I could barely think of picking up my needles without it giving me vertigo. But I’m slogging along the body rows, and luckily there’s a little X cable every few rows to keep me motivated. Also, don’t tell anyone, but because of the yardage of the yarn I bought, I am 50 yds short of the suggested amount I was supposed to buy because I didn’t want to buy an extra skein and have 500 yds leftover. So, it may end up a 3/4 length sleeve. <insert shrug emoji here>.

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

The other project on my needles is Okanogan socks. These ones are for myself, and my husband will be getting an exact opposite color scheme pair. This will be my first time doing a heel flap. I’ve only ever done an afterthought heel and the fish lips kiss heel. Also, since my gauge keeps getting looser, I bought size US 0 and 00 needles. These are the first socks I’m doing at that size, so we’ll see how it goes. The yarn I’m using for most of it is Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-ply. Reading project notes of people who’ve made socks with this seems to point towards a bulletproof fabric. This is exactly what I want. My last couple of pairs of socks have been too loose in gauge, and I really want to use natural fibers as much as I can (mohair = nature’s nylon). Will report back. For the heel/cuff/toe I’m using some leftover Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow, which is also a mohair blend. I really liked the detail of the ribbing around the arch of the foot, so I’m hoping these wear like a rugged dream.

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

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Projects on My Needles – Dec 31, 2017

Happy New Year’s Eve! This will be my last post of 2017. I’ve done a lot of knitting this year, which is my favorite. I’m really lucky I had the opportunity to stop working and stay home full time with le kiddo. I’m working on four things at the moment, two of which are not new. Silly December has of course been busy and plenty of things have taken precedence over knitting projects. I was able to start two new things. The first of which was while I was waiting on the yarn to start the second! And truthfully, I can’t wait to work on it again, even if it’s low on my order of priorities.

As I mentioned in my previous WIP update, I’m still working on the Cloud Cover cardigan. This is one of the two non-new projects still chilling on my needles. I really can’t wait to finish it, but it’s taking a back seat at the moment. But ohhh it’s going to be so fuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyy <3 <3 <3.

Pattern: Cloud Cover by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Quince & Co. Sparrow in Birch held together with Plymouth Yarn Kid Gloss Hand Dyed in Ivory
Ravelry Project Page: Icy Blue Fuzz

The second non-new project is my Burberry Socks. I’m nearly done, I just have to actually put in the rows. These were something that I started when I was awaiting yarn for another project, and I really only work on them when I need to do something with my hands but don’t want a project that I need to count or keep track of anything. I was going to knit these until the yarn ran out, but I think if I do that at this point, they’ll come up to my knees. I’m already 4+ inches above the heel and I have a ton of yarn left. So I’ll just knit to a nice happy height and use the rest maybe in a scrappy sock, or socks for Scottie, or somethin? else? I do really want to wear these, but I keep forcing deadlines upon myself! Soon, my pretties.

Pattern: Smooth Operator Sock by Susan B. Anderson
Judy’s Magic Cast On
Yarn: Turtlepurl Yarns in Burberry
Ravelry Project Page: Burberry Socks

Ohhhh how I love this third project. I started it while I was waiting for the yarn for my fourth project below because I’ve had this yarn since September and it’s been burning a hole through my yarn shelf. I’m so glad I started it, it’s so damn gorgeous. The yarn is a single ply 70% Merino, 30% Silk fingering weight. Although it made me insane to wind it for some reason, I will never get sick of knitting with it. The colors are bonkers gorgeous and it’s so smooth and luscious to knit with. This pattern is amazing too. For such a simple pattern and omg it’s FREE you guys, the results are pretty unparalleled. I can’t wait until there’s nothing urgent for me to work on so I can pick this back up. If I knew how to insert cartoon heart bubbles here, I would.

Pattern: Stormy Sky Shawl by Life Is Cozy
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Fino in Birdcage
Ravelry Project Page: Birdcage Shawl

And lastly, my 4th project in progress. Oh this project is taking a lot out of me. I’m nearly done with the knitting, as is determined by my yarn left. I sure hope this doesn’t turn into a game of yarn chicken, because I’ll have to amend the yardage needed and I’ve already had to edit how I wanted it to turn out due to the yarn gobbling that occurs on the later rows of knitting a shawl. I’m a total n00b to pattern writing, so I’m trying to make this as intuitive and easy-to-follow as I can, but with all new things, there is a learning curve. As I mentioned in my last project update, this is a pattern I’m self-drafting, and I hope to release it before the end of January 2018. It’s an homage, a love story, and a poem to a character in a well-known book/TV series and I sincerely hope fans will be as inspired as I was to make this.

Pattern: To be announced by me!
Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss in Timber held together with Plymouth Yarns Kid Gloss in Brown
Ravelry Project Page: Still Not Telling the Name!

That’s what’s going on with me! I, of course, have a queue the length of the Nile that is now including sewing projects and a mix of things to knit from patterns and patterns to write myself. I’ve got big hopes for a bountiful 2018. Have a neat New Year’s Eve, get an Uber, kick the shit out of 2018. Love you bye.