Knitting Break

Since I have been knitting a baby blankets for what seems since last September, it was time to take a tiny break. I am still working on #3 and have #4 planned out in my head.

It was really time for some knitting for myself!

That scarf I frogged a week or so ago has indeed become the Great Divide shawl. It’s getting worked on here and there and was living at work for awhile too.

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The texture on this shawl is quite delightful. It will take awhile to finish but it is good “mindless” knitting.

However, because I have knitting ADD, I cast on another tiny project. A baby sweater in fact. I have been hoarding this yarn for a perfect pattern or something special and this has turned out to be the project for it.

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It is the Baby Vertebrae pattern in the 3-6 month size. The yarn is more Sun Valley Fibers on the MCN base. The colorway is called Boundary Waters. Gorgeous in how it is knitting up and feels so wonderful on the hands. Heck, I want a sweater for myself out of MCN!

Progress is quick on this because it is so small. It has replaced the shawl as my work knitting for the most part.

Until next time….
-AMU

WIP-incarnation

So in the effort to crack down on the languishing projects around, I have decided it was time to part ways with one.

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This pattern and yarn was a gift from two really awesome people in my life at a time when I really needed it. I cast on the project here over the holidays as a “mindless knit” however, this is just not that. The pattern is well written like all Martina Behm patterns but I have to keep reading it to know my place. It is fiddly with the crochet part and I am just not loving it.

It is supposed to be a project I will love and remember my beloved Rocco with, but if I despise knitting it, I feel that is not the correct goal.

I have decided to frog it and cast on something new and fun that I will love knitting and be able to remember his spirit with.

Haven’t entirely settled on a pattern yet but I am leaning towards The Great Divide shawl as I think it will play wonderfully with the variegated yarn.

Until next time….

-AMU

Another WIP Found!

So last week I posted my WIP Roundup that included things I really need to finish up. Sunday evening as I was sitting at my computer, which hadn’t happened in months, I found another long, lost WIP.

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My Harvest Dew socks I started last January. I finished sock 1 and had half of the cuff finished of sock 2! Guess I should work on those too!

Too many WIPs and I still want to cast on new things!

Until next time….

-AMU

WIP Roundup

The first step is admitting you have a problem, or so they say.

I have a decent amount of WIPs to deal with this month along with several projects on the needles, or soon to be, for others.

First up is baby blanket #2. I have quite a few friends expecting or recently had their first baby and so they get blankets. Usually this isn’t a bad gig, but since all have come or are coming within weeks/months of one another it causes a backlog of blanket knitting.

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I have baby blanket #3 about to hop on the needles. Not sure this will be done by the time the shower happens in early Feb but I am gonna make a stab at it!

I have yarn purchased for a new scarf for Ryan. One that doesn’t curl on the edges per his request. At this rate he may get it mid-summer like his last one!

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I still have the socks for my mother-in-law on the needles, but I am to the leg of the 2nd so about 4″ of knitting left to go!

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For me there are a couple projects laying about.

One is a lace scarf from 2013 that has been such a great match of yarn and pattern I almost don’t want it to end, but really we are coming up on the 2 year mark. I think it’s time.

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I have the first curl of the year, Cassious on the needles too. This may end up being a gift but I am not sure.

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One more project I discovered in the WIP basket is my Endless Rainbow scarf. It’s not as mindless as some of Martina Behm’s other patterns, so it actually takes a bit if concentration. It will probably remain on the back burner for awhile.

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And a new project I am not quite ready to talk about. It has been cast on and will be pretty neat when done.

Looks like the WIPs are stacking up!

Until next time….

-AMU

2014 in Stats

So each year I have been doing a recap of the year in knitting and spinning. Obviously I am a bit slow on recapping 2014 this time around, but here it is.

Knitting
– 28 projects knitted
– 17 were from stash (yarn not purchased for a specific project)
– 12 were gifts
– 2 were sweaters/cardigans
– 4 pairs of socks
– 3 hats
– 2 pairs of mittens
– 2 pairs of fingerless mittens

Spinning
– 5 skeins finished in 2014
– 1 skein still on the wheel (really need to finish that)
– 1085 yards after plying
– New to me fibers tried: polwarth & alpaca
– Learned woolen/long draw spinning
– spun from punis/rolags
– spun from the fold

You can always check my Ravelry pages for more info on the projects I am working on or have finished.

All in all I would say it was a good year. I want to spin more in 2015. I think knitting was at a good level though right now I have over done it with obligation knitting and really need some selfish knitting time. It will be interesting to see what 2015 brings.

Until next time…

-AMU

Trying Something New

So I made a list of things I wanted to knit for Christmas gifts last week. All are relatively small projects with a couple pairs of mittens and a hat thrown in for good measure.

One of these items is a pair of thrummed mittens. I have always marveled at these and decided to take the plunge.

I raided the fiber stash and came up with a poorly blended merino/silk batt I acquired back when I wasn’t sure what was good or bad in batts. I figured I could pick around the not blended parts and it would work out just fine.

I decided to use the Yarn Harlot’s pattern for thrummed mittens. It’s buried in some blog posts of hers but can be found on Ravelry.

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I can’t believe how addicting it is to make the thrums!

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I think this will be a quick knit as it is very potato chip-like. The thrums are so fluffy and warm!

I think the recipient will really love these!

Until next time…

-AMU

Thanksgiving 2014

As usual for the holiday we traveled to see family. This time to Wichita and then on to Tulsa.

This means lots of car knitting. I didn’t knit as much as usual because the knitting mojo has been lacking, but I did get some time on a few projects.

First up are the socks I am knitting for my mother-in-law. She knows about them so no spoiling it here. I’d been avoiding these for some time for unknown reasons. But I have one finished and the toe of the 2nd started.

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The other project is one I cast on right before I left this past week. It is called Endless Rainbow by Martina Behm. It’s knit with 2 colors of yarn in a very interesting manner. I didn’t get very far as it is a bit fiddly, but I think it will make a good easy project to knit this winter while working on Christmas gifts.

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More fun projects are in the works but many of those are secret.

Until next time…

-AMU