Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Slow Progress

I haven't made much progress on my sock for a couple of reasons, the main one being that my usual knitting time during the day has been devoted to studying for my nursing boards, coming up on the third.
There has been progress none the less. Also, is there any reason why the top of the sock looks like it's three rows shorter than the bottom of the sock? Is that typical for a seeded rib stitch to have that effect? I know blocking will fix it but the OCD part of me wants it to look even!

The other reason I have limited knitting time is because my oldest had been asking to learn how to play cello since about August last year and last weekend we finally took the plunge and bought him one.

He loves it, and I love having an excuse to pull my cello out of the closet every day. It's so much fun having someone to play with and share something so important to me and I just can't say "No!" every time he asks for a lesson or practice time. He melts me.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tea and Toes

I've been knitting a sock this week, just like last week. It feels like when I've actually been knitting, I end up with absolutely zero progress.

That's usually what sock knitting feels like for me though...


The tea set is a handmade, little set that my husband gave me for Christmas. I spent my Monday afternoon working on the sock, sipping Earl gray tea, and studying for my nurse license exam. Tuesday's free time was just spent studying.

Photo shows true yarn colors. That's as far as I got by the time I took a break from knitting on Monday. Just past the toes.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

FO: Ashley Infinity Scarf

I finished the scarf for my friend, including blocking, on Sunday. I quick snapped some photos and packaged it up to send on Monday.

Project details:
Yarn: The Fine Lime, worsted weight Urban Holiday color way
100% Merino wool
Pattern - direct link: Ashley infinity scarf




The type of thing you'd rather be selfish and keep for yourself. Here's to the first finished project of the new year!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Knit Your Library 2016 Plans

Snapdragon Crafts has officially started this year's Knit Your Library link up!

I did share my project plans for the year in yesterday's WIP update but I'll recap just for an official Knit Your Library post.

I've had Unofficial Harry Potter Knits in my library for a couple years now, and the only project currently on my needles is a pair of Dumbledore's socks. Although Dumbledore's initials will be replaced with the recipient's initials instead. I'm using Candy Skein yarn. I bought her Thanksgiving themed mini skeins and a skein of Yummy fingering in the Poppyseed color for the main sock.


I also REALLY want to finish the Parisian coat I began for my sister in law 3 years ago. It won't fit her now but it will hopefully fit my daughter in the fall, or make a great baby gift at some point down the road...my friends and I are all at the young-and-reproducing age so I'm not too worried about finding a home for it if my daughter grows too quickly this summer! Although, the mental anguish the pattern caused still has not been forgotten. I'm hoping that the 2 years of hibernation and knitting experience will help things go better when I begin working on it again!
It looks blue in this light but it is actually a deep purple.

My great-grandmother used to knit all the time. My grandma sent me home with a couple of her unfinished projects for me to do something with. I scoured the internet for over a year in order to find a pattern for her go-to knit...turns out it is what is now called the "Linus Blanket." I photocopied the pattern a few years ago, after doing this, and haven't done anything about it since!

The last thing I'd like to knit this year has also been in the pattern library for a couple years. I have some drool-worthy Malabrigo in a raspberry colorway that I think would be perfect for this sweater. I just need to figure out the necessary yardage to make sure I have enough. Since it is a short-sleeved sweater I'm crossing my fingers I'll have enough.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Year, Old Projects

I cast on for a pair of socks on Monday.

I bought the yarn almost exactly a year ago with intentions to give them as a birthday present last year. However, sweater knitting was a priority at the time, school got in the way, and now here we are. I'm using mini (VERY mini) skeins for the toes, heels and cuffs, each a different color that is compatible with the main blue, because that's just about all I can squeeze out of those little skeins.

So what's with the "old projects" title? A couple years ago I was working on what I'll respectfully call my project from hell. Well, I never frogged it. I decided it's about time I finished it. Also, my daughter might fit it in the fall so there's a little more motivation to finish.


This is as far as I got before getting mad and giving up...

I also brought home a strip of knitting my great grandmother had made a couple years ago after visiting my grandparents. I plan on finishing that as a scarf at some point this year.



Come back Friday to see the finished infinity scarf! It was done on Sunday, you can sneak a peek on my 2016 FO page!
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Friday, January 1, 2016

Recap

To jump on the craft blogging bandwagon, here is my review of my goals and projects that I set for myself last year.

My biggest goal was completing two sweaters, for my mom and mother in law, as thank you gifts for all the babysitting and moral support throughout two years in nursing school and I'm more than happy to say I accomplished this goal!








Both of them reported a perfect fit. My mom appreciated the shorter sleeves, and although one sleeve on the Blue Sand Cardigan was three rows shorter than the other, and looked glaringly obvious to me, it went unnoticed entirely when it was tried on. Whew!

I love doing the Love Your Library Challenge, which you can check out here. I don't have an impressive amount of projects to share for this but I did finish a small number of projects from library patterns:
 

(The yellow cardigan was mostly knit at the end of 2014, but it was officially finished at the beginning of January in 2015.)

I'm sure I wrote a post about my project goals for 2015 although I'm really too lazy to look for it. I do know that I definitely wanted to make those sweaters, and I know I wanted to work on projects from the patterns I already had. If you check out my 2015 Finished Object page, you'll notice that I did a lot more knitting than I expected during school, which really surprised me!
I'm really happy with how much I made this year overall.

Here's to another productive year of crafting!