Sunday Socks

Oh hey there, Froot Loop socks…

Froot Loop socks

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Yarn-y To-do List

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I’m going to visit my parents for the holidays, and before I leave, I’ve got a few things on my crafty to-do list:

  1. Block green raglan sweater
  2. Weave in ends and block Campside shawl
  3. Finish tatted bookmark: this one I’ve been putting off because I’m still not very confident with my tatting skills, and as such am ver, very slow (and tatting is already a very slow craft).
  4. Begin work on the Froot Loop socks: I’m using Knit Picks Hawthorne in the Belmont colorway – all pinks, mauves, peaches, and purples.  I’m hoping to get them almost finished before I leave.

Apologies for the weirdly pale photo – my phone was struggling with the large amounts of sunlight in the room, and I had to really mess with the brightness and contrast so you could see anything.  It’s kind of dreamy looking though; and the dreaminess is maybe appropriate?  Because it’s like my dream for the next two weeks, my goal?  Or maybe I just haven’t had enough coffee yet today?

Anyways, feeling very inspired and dedicated to my knitting at the moment, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to breeze through this list in the next ten days.  Happy knitting!

Bonus photo of Jemima trying to intercept the yarn.

Bonus photo of Jemima trying to intercept the yarn.

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Almost FO: Campside

Annnnddddddd I finished knitting the Campside Shawl this afternoon.  All that’s left is to weave in the ends and block.  After that, it will be on its way to my cousin in the mail.

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Successfully turning string into warm clothes feels really, really good.  Great way to start the weekend!

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Cherries

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across this blog post.  It’s in French, but it shows the charts for this super adorable crochet pattern full of tiny, little cherries.  I am a very big fan of cherries, but not so much of crochet, however this post has almost inspired me to give the pattern a try…maybe just a little dishcloth or something.

Anyways, it’s bright and cheerful and fruity – the perfect thing for winter crafting.  Have any of you seen this pattern before?

The chart is posted on Pinterest.

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Campside

Over the past several days I’ve been knitting like crazy, and the Campside Shawl has grown significantly.  Here it is trying to be fetching and seasonal on this rainy, grey day.

Campside Shawl

Somewhere in there are a few rows where I apparently lost consciousness and forgot what I was doing, but I’ve decided the mistake is not noticeable (especially in this picture where the mistake is hidden in the curled edges), and I’m pushing forward.  I got a second opinion on the matter from my boyfriend and he concurs.  Unless the intended recipient goes over this this with a magnifying glass, the couple of extra yarnover-less rows on the left side will be forever overlooked.

This thing is flying off the needles pretty fast, as the pattern is simple and easy to follow.  It’s actually approaching full size, even though I still technically have a couple of charts to get through.  I’ll probably cut some of the repeats out and get straight to the ribbed border in a few inches.  I don’t want this thing to be enormous.

I’ve got some more colorful and exciting knitting planned for the near future, so I’m looking forward to having this done and getting it off to its owner!

This week I also spent a couple of hours updating my Ravelry notebook – adding some new yarn and needles to my stash and updating my queue.  It was extremely satisfying, and I really can’t wait to cast on some of those queued projects.

Hope you’re all having a cozy, knitty December!

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A Finished Object?!

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Oh hello, Blog.  Nice to see you again.  Yes, I have in fact finished the plain green birthday sweater, first top-down raglan of my knitterly life.  The sweater journey that began in Fall of 2013.  It is done.  Well, almost.  I still need to block it.  I plan to bring it back to my parents house when I fly home for the holidaIMG_1346ys, so between now and then it needs blocking.  This will involve clearing off the top of my refrigerator and leaving the cabinet doors open, to prevent the ravenous Yarneater from devouring this deliciously sheepy sweater while it’s drying into shape.  It will happen within the next couple of weeks.

I really hope that it fits my six-foot tall dad.

And I’ve started a new project!  It’s the Campside Shawl, a beautiful triangular shawl designed by Alicia Plummer for the Pom Pom Quarterly blog.  It’s simple but lovely, and so far very fun to knit.

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That yarn is a discontinued Rowan yarn that I bought about six hanks of on sale about seven years ago.  I still have plenty of it, but I think this shawl might clean me out.  I’m hopeful.

Between now and the new year I’d like to finish this shawl and get it off to its intended recipient, finish a small tatting project, and perhaps get in a pair of socks.  As always, check out my Ravelry page for more details.  Happy knitting!

And Jemima says ‘hello,’ as well.

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Split Ring Success

I made this little flower key chain yesterday, learning how to make split rings in the process.  I’m definitely seeing progress with my tatting skills, though I’m still having issues with tension and ease between rings.

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I picked up a picot gauge to help make my tatting look a little tidier.  I like it a lot, even though it’s pretty fiddly to try and hold that while trying to make a double stitch.  I also picked up some Clover tatting shuttles to try something different from the Aerlit I originally purchased.  The Aerlit shuttles have removable bobbins, which is pretty convenient if you want to switch out colors quickly.  But I find that they unwind on their own while I’m working so that I constantly have to rewind to get a shorter working thread.  The Clover ones have a fixed bobbin, so you have to spin it around occasionally while working to release more thread.  I like these much better, I think.  The tips are also very pointy and curved, and work really well for loosening stitches to fix mistakes, and pulling thread through picots for joins.

The flower itself ended up with six petals rather than the five called for in the pattern.  I didn’t leave enough ease between each petal, and I think maybe my picots were too small, and the thing wouldn’t have lain flat with only five petals.  It still turned out fine, but it’s something I’ll have to keep in mind if I want to move onto to bigger, more complex projects.  I have my eyes on a couple of fancy doilies in the book pictured above – there’s some really beautiful stuff in there.

Here’s the link to the Youtube tutorial I used to learn how to do the split rings.  It was really helpful and concise.

Happy tatting!

 

PS. The sweater continues to grow.

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Well these are adorable…

Crochet friendship bracelets – a free pattern just posted on Pom Pom quarterly’s website.  These would make a pretty rad little surprise for a friend, or just for yourself!  Also, a great way to flex your rusty crochet muscles (and by “your” I mean “my”).  Take a look!

Pom Pom Quarterly Crochet friendship bracelets (photo credit: pompommag.com)

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Miles and Miles of Green

While the top-down raglan continues to grow, it looks largely the same – like a scrunched pile of green, woolly goodness.  Having set aside the sleeve stitches, I’m knitting around, and around, and around for the next foot or so, and it’s very soothing.  (Though I might be singing a different tune 10 inches from now.)

Unsurprisingly, this dark green scratchy wool has me jonesing for fall.  My tolerance for summer weather lasts about two weeks or so, after which I’m pining for a time far away from the hum of air conditioners and lawn mowers, and a time in which it’s reasonable for me to pile on my beloved woolens, and break out my Dalmatian footie pajamas.  And although my hot beverage addiction persists throughout the summer, it just seems a lot less reasonable as the thermostat climbs.

But summer isn’t SO bad – I’ve got lot’s of knitting time, and I do love my porch and all the evening fireflies that gather down here.

Hope you’re enjoying the weather wherever you are, and happy knitting!

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Art I want to Buy

I find making Etsy lists a great way to assuage my need for things.  Instead of clicking “Add to Cart,”  I can be responsible and save the item for some later, more financially stable date.  Often I go on binges of things I’d like to buy, spend a few hours scrolling through search results, and then add all of my favorites to a new list.  The other day I was feeling uninspired by the terrifically ugly walls in my apartment – no, seriously, they’re dark red, puke green, and puce, with plenty of peeling and water stains thrown in – and went hunting for some pretty illustrations to liven things up.  Since I can’t really afford to buy all the treasures I found, I figured I’d at least post about them here.  That way, I get to spend a little more time looking at them, and a few more sets of eyes will have the pleasure, too (and if you have the $$, put it in your cart!).  All credit to the artists and their beautiful Etsy shops!  Info in the captions, and click the pictures for links.

Northern Dream – A4 giclee print by vladimirsart

Children’s art print poster : Under the sea – kids wall art – kids poster – kids art print by lesmoineauxdeco

French Fox – Open Edition Print by CatherineNolinArt

Leafy Sea Dragon- Large Archival Print of watercolor by amberalexander

The twelve Dancing Princesses (special edition print) by beccastadtlander

Yeti Love Art Print by Rachelignotofsky

 

(Yes, there is a bit of an animal theme here.)

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