Wednesday, January 21, 2015

one down ...

And one more to go! I was a little skeptical of this heel when knitting it, as it just looks odd when it's not on an actual foot. But it fits great! This is Lara Neel's "thumb-joint" heel (pattern is Fork in the Road, a freebie!). I'll take a better picture of it when I finish the second sock, but it's basically the same kind of decreases you'd use when shaping the top of a hat. I was equally skeptical of doing the exact same shaping to make the toe (it looks similar to a star toe when finished) but that too turned out nicely! (and with the added benefit of not needing to kitchener the toe, if you're like me and dread that part) And if the lack of other photos is any hint, can you tell that these socks have been my sole obsession lately? I guess I'd better finish the second sock so I can get back to my other works-in-progress!

Linking up with Tammy's Stitch-Along Wednesday, Ginny for Yarn Along, Nicole for Keep Calm Craft On & iknead2knit’s Whatcha Workin’ On Wednesday. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Love Your Library, vol. 3

join me!

First week getting a little off-track ... I blame three-day weekends, which result in marathon scrapbooking sessions (phew! I did catch up on the past year of events, hurrah!) and a certain pair of stripey socks I started last week catching my attention. The fox I started last week does have a head and body ... just need to finish the face, ears, tail, and limbs of course!

So I've been thinking about some blog writing prompts to go along with the challenge this year. Because, let's face it--the only reason why I actually have something to show every Tuesday is because toys are tiny and fast knits! But something I appreciated when I went on my strict yarn diet last year was the chance to slow down and make some observation about my purchasing behaviors. To learn more about my "triggers" if you will. It's always good to understand our patterns and habits I think, especially if you want to change them. So use these monthly themes as another way to make progress on better utilizing that library we all have!

February: Let's Get Organized! Whatever this means for you: putting printed patterns in folders/binders, updating your Ravelry library, organizing your electronic copies of patterns that are stored off-Ravelry. I know I'd use my library more if I had a better record of everything in it.

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?

April: Analyze Your Behavior What is your creative process? How do you go about starting a new project? Do you see a pattern you love first, then find yarn? Or vice versa? Think about the order in which you typically begin a project, and how you can do a better job of including your current library into the process. 

May: Time to Purge Do you have patterns you're holding onto even though you know you'll never knit them? Books you never open? Time to do a critical look at our physical and electronic libraries and purge the items we are no longer interested in. (short-time only free patterns, I'm looking at you!)

June: Mix it Up Just for fun, challenge yourself to try something in your library that you're not normally drawn to. A type of project or skill that's out of the norm for you.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sock it to Me KAL

I know, I know ... you're thinking, "another new project, girl? have some self control!" But, but, but ... it's rainbow! And stripey! And I've been itching to join a KAL! So that's exactly what I've done. I'm joining Kate over at Boston Knitter for her Sock it to Me: Revenge of the Stripes KAL. I'm a sucker for anything stripey, so it really wasn't a big push to motivate me to cast on with this White Birch Fiber Arts skein (colorway: The Full Monty). It's even brighter in person, trust me. I LOVE it. One of my unspoken goals for this year is to knit more socks, so this'll be a good start. The pattern we're knitting is a freebie, Fork in the Road Socks by Lara Neel. It'll be my first time knitting an afterthought heel, and this one has a unique construction that I'm excited to try. Lara calls it her "thumb-joint" heel as you use that measurement to determine the depth ... should be interesting!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

humming along

Things are humming along here ... I have new year's caston-itis, so I'm fighting the urge to start more new things as best I can ... LOL.  My fine tune cowl is almost 3/4 done! Only five more wedges to go!

 The shocking-hurt-your-eyes-it's-so-neon varjo-shadow shawl is almost half-way done ...

 And you knew there would be at least one new project with that lead-in, right? Right? Teehee. Realizing my sister's birthday is around the corner, I thought I'd better get going on that. I promised her something warm and pink and initially planned to make a second Funky Frank Loop, but decided to go for a Millwater instead. This is my first time not buying the pattern and figuring it out myself ... feels good to finally be at a point where I trust my skills enough to do that!

Linking up with Tammy's Stitch-Along Wednesday, Ginny for Yarn Along, Nicole for Keep Calm Craft On & iknead2knit’s Whatcha Workin’ On Wednesday. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Love Your Library, vol. 2

My first Love Your Library challenge finish! The original "baby unicorn" on the right now has a playmate: introducing tiny Twilight Sparkle. Technically, she needs wings to be her "princess" self. But I'm calling her DONE.

Pattern: Undersized Unicorn by Rebecca Danger (link to my Ravelry project page)
Needles: size 5 Addi's
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love this Wool in Thistle and Purple (less than 50 yards total)
Mods: None except a three-needle bind off instead of grafting the "behind" together.

I'm sticking with the 50 Yards of Fun book for my next Love Your Library project--this time a tiny fox! I'm really enjoying this book. The projects go so fast that it feels like cheating! How's your progress going?

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

sunday's stitches, vol. 2

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

This project alternates between exciting me and overwhelming me--which makes the weekly photos a really helpful thing, as I can see my progress in them and not feel like this will take me f.o.r.e.v.e.r. I just realized that there are twelve remaining colors to stitch up in this project, so if I finish one color a month I can finish this project by the end of the year. Slow but steady wins the race, right?

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

Friday, January 9, 2015

fast finish: lullington hat

My first finish of 2015! And it was a fun, fast one! My love of garter stitch is well-established--garter in the round? Not so much. That would be my ONLY quibble with this pattern--it calls for garter in the round. But given the aran weight, the rounds go fast and I found it surprisingly tolerable. I won this yarn last December and ooh, it was delicious to knit with! I'll definitely try to use some Posh Yarn again. You'll see this hat pattern again at some point this year ... I have several skeins of Madtosh Chunky that would look fantastic in this pattern.

Pattern: Lullington Hat (link to my Ravelry project page)
Needles: size 8 Addi's
Yarn: Posh Yarns Sylvia Aran (colorway: Wisteria Lane)
Mods: None! Fantastic pattern!

Linking up with Fresh Off the Needles at Hard Knit Life--see what everyone else has been making!