Wednesday, March 4, 2015

wip wednesday: blanket edition

The garter squish blanket is grooooowing! I'm almost done! I had nine skeins of Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn Stripes that is held double with another yarn from stash throughout--and I just attached the ninth skein! Wooohooo!! As you can see, it's couch length now and super cozy. I love how I've been able to create two gradients as well--first one is more purple, and the second one goes from navy to medium blues. Loving this!! And the best part is I will have churned through over 4,000 yards of acrylic in my stash that I really had no plans for or any motivation to knit. Win-win-win!

And as a testament to how fast this sock pattern is, I'm ready to start the heel! And this is with the poor sock being only touched when I was too tired to manhandle the blanket! Definitely loving both of these projects!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Love Your Library, vol. 8

Working on hats was sooo much fun last month! I really enjoyed knocking out a bunch of those patterns I'd been holding onto with plans to knit them for what felt like ages ... so much so, that I'm going to continue this plan with a different accessory this month. And this month, I'm feeling like cowls! (or infinity scarves ... or whatever you like to call them!)

These are the patterns I've had in my "must knit soon" list for awhile now ... clearly 2014 was the year of purchasing cowl patterns for me!

1. Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham
(purchased April 2014)

2. Something in the Air by Joji Locatelli
(purchased April 2014)

3. Love and Happiness by Amy Christoffers
(purchased January 2014)

4. Collister by Kirsten Kapur
(purchased November 2014)

What are you planning on working on this month? Our theme for this month is to take a closer look at our libraries, now that we've gotten them organized:

March: What's in Your Library? Now that you're organized, let's take a closer look at it. How many patterns do you have? What is your library composed of? Books? Magazines? Single pdf's? What is your weakness in terms of acquiring new patterns?

Wishing you another great month of better using that library of patterns!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

sunday's stitches, vol. 6

sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor whatever your stitching on

Finished another block of light pink along the bottom border!

See my progress from week to week on past sunday's stitches.

Friday, February 27, 2015

finished hat friday

Pattern: Bray Cap by Jared Flood (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted (one skein, colorway: saltwater)
Needles: size 5 for brim, then 8 for body
Modifications: None! If I had enough yarn leftover I would totally make a huge pom pom for this one! Love this pattern--super fun, and super cute! I was afraid it would be too slouchy, based on the pattern pictures, and was all set to omit some pattern rounds. But what I realized mid-way was that the models are wearing the hat high on their heads--it fits great as is if worn "traditionally" ... aka to cover your ears! So don't worry if you don't like the "slouchy" look. It really fits quite well! I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about how warm a hat with lace eyelets would be, but this hat got a test run during our Wednesday snowfall and passed with flying colors!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

snow day knitting

Yesterday afternoon something miraculous happened (well, miraculous for Mississippi that is) ... it started as sleet, transitioned to hail, and then became fat, fluffy snowflakes that just.wouldn't.stop coming down! We already had what I like to call a "pre-emptive snow day" on Wednesday, since we were expecting some form of frozen precipitation to fall that day. But since the snow actually came, that meant today was a real SNOW DAY! So we hit the snow hard this morning and played in it as much as we could while bemoaning the fact that it was quickly melting away ... and now that the yard is back to mud/gray dormant grass/slop, I switched focus to my current knitting projects. 

Honestly, I'm still in shock by how fast this blanket is knitting up. Yup, you read that right--a blanket! The pattern is Stephen West's freebie, Garter Squish. It's worsted held double, on size 15 needles, and a neat and tidy i-cord edge. It's shockingly addicting, and I've been enjoying the warmth of knitting a blanket while simultaneously snuggling under it! I made a lot of progress on it yesterday while watching the windows for our first snowflakes! The main color is some Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn stripes, which I have 9 skeins that I purchased at least two (maybe three?) years ago with the intentions of making a blanket. The other yarn is a bunch of my oldest acrylic yarns from my stash, mostly navy blues that I have no desire to knit with! Some of this stuff is at least 15 years old ... if not older! I can't tell you how satisfying it is to see this finally get knit up!

And I started another pair of socks for when my hands needed a break from all that large gauge knitting ... these are chains socks pattern (from the latest issue of Sockupied) and the yarn is Socks That Rock in the colorway "What the Foqua?" Super, super fun and easy knit! These will go fast I think ...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Love Your Library, vol. 7

Your eyes are not deceiving you! A second Lullington hat was knit up behind the scenes while I was celebrating eight years of blogging last week (link to details on my Ravelry project page). This one is made with MadTosh Chunky in the fathom colorway--a colorway that is sooo much more awesome than this photo makes out. Imagine a gorgeous navy blue with depth--highlights of brighter, Tardis-like blue, and lowlights of black. It glows. Now I have a hat that will coordinate with my neon fine tune cowl when I wear it with my kelly green pea coat, woot!

Don't fret, that bray cap I was working on got finished too! I'll post about it on Friday!

How'd you do with this month's organization challenge? If you remember, I started the month with 4,121 total patterns logged into my electronic Ravelry library. After taking stock, I realized I was about 1.5 years behind in logging my magazine subscriptions in my Rav library. Ooops! Add nine books, a handful of paper patterns I acquired pre-Ravelry, and several more freebie pdf's I accumulated throughout the month, and I've topped the 5,000 mark in terms of patterns. Yikes. Sounds scary seeing it in print! My addiction to magazine subscriptions is the main driver of that pattern, and I know it. Several of you have suggested looking into accessing my favorite magazines for free via my library's electronic magazine service, but unfortunately my library doesn't include my favorite titles ... yet. I was pretty bummed to discover that! Eventually I may consider cancelling a subscription or two ... but I really like reading the articles and checking out the advertisements even if I don't always love every pattern (Vogue Knitting, I'm talking about you!) so I'm keeping my subscriptions for now. Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, KnitSimple, and Knitscene are the ones I subscribe to. I love the patterns in Knitscene the best, but love the colors/fashion/industry updates in Vogue the best. Funnily enough, the patterns in Vogue seem the ugliest to me! What magazines are your favorite to subscribe to?

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