Finished projects

I actually finished something for myself, that isn’t my own design. Before Christmas I decided to join the Miss Babs Knitting Tour for 2018. I kept missing it in the past, but this time I managed to get in. 😀 I was very excited. First up was a lovely wrap called Opaline Wrap and it is by Ambah O’Brien. It is so pretty! It had just enough change to keep it interesting, and definitely kept in the “one more section” category. Sometimes it was hard to put down. It was so easy to remember where I left off, though, when I did have to put it down. I mean, I had to eat and sleep eventually, right? I still need to block this, but it is 100% done, with even the ends woven in. 😀  And I love it. I can’t wait for the next shipment for this. It comes every quarter, so I should get the next one in June.

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I have also been working on some gifts. This is one of the gift pairs that I completed. They are waiting for a wash and light block. They are my own pattern called Leaves Galore. I also have another pair of these on the go for another gift pair.

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Then there are these guys. They were a test knit that I finished not that long ago. They are a bit too big for me, which was all my fault. I have been loosening up my gauge more than I thought the last few months, so I was off with these socks. I’ve been working on tightening my gauge again to have it where I need it to be. It’s getting much better. These socks were so fast to knit, and match a hat pattern that the designer has as well. These are Angels Flight Socks, by Jessie Ksanznak.

And I almost forgot my Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. Honestly, there isn’t a single pattern by Joji that I don’t like, and I am trying to make time to knit through them all. This picture makes it look like it should be for a T-Rex. lol But, it designed to be an oversized body, which means you only need about 6″ of arm. It is so comfortable, and I wear it a lot. I probably should have gone up one more size to get the arm length right, since this comes just below my elbow. But, as a knitter, that ended up being the best possible length.

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And of course, we have Jesse’s Girl by Kate Oates. I love this sweater. It hasn’t been cold enough for me to wear it a lot, but I absolutely love it. I went with Miss Babs yarn for this one, in this light dusty pink color, and it’s so pretty. I did change the neck a bit, because it was lower cut than I would like. Sometimes the “girls” have issues with necklines that are too low. But, I just added a bit to the front to bring it up and that seems to do the trick. 😀 It has been cool enough, that if I’m out for a bit, I could probably wear a tank top with this sweater and it would be awesome. I’ll have to remember that if it cools off again.

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Phew! I think that is it for the most part right now. I know I have a couple more things, but I can’t think of them and I didn’t put them into Flickr. lol Hopefully I’ll have another post soon, that isn’t so long!!

Finished Gifts

Now that the gifts have been opened, I can post about what I made my parents. Mom requested a vest, so I cast on Gamine for her. I used Madeline Tosh Vintage in the Arctic colorway, and was so happy with it! It’s a heck of a knit, with a ton of pattern, but is so nice. I absolutely loved the pattern.

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My dad wanted warm gloves, so I ended up designing something for him. So many patterns just weren’t working out for me, so I decided to make something that seemed to fit what I wanted. Problem number 1 is that knit gloves are not that warm. The wind will go through the holes from the knit stitches very easily. My solution was to double the knit. I knit 4 gloves, and then put them with their wrong sides together. After stitching them in a few places to hold them together, I crocheted an edging to hold the wrists together and not have them looking ragged. I think they turned out okay, but it was not an easy endeavor. It took me a couple months of fooling around with them and knitting and frogging to finally get them to a stage that they A) looked like gloves, and B) would fit. It would have been easier if he had wanted mittens. hehe

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Now I am on to socks for myself. I needed something else to work on, and ended up with a case of start-up-itis. I am making Take Five socks in my November 2017 sock club yarn from Into the Whirled.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you have been enjoying your holidays, and that 2018 fulfills all your yarny dreams!

The planning stages

One of the things that makes the end of the year even crazier, as if getting Christmas knitting finished isn’t enough, is the planning for the next year. I have two separate lists…maybe three…that are going for next year. First is the personal knitting. There are things I want to make in my free time, and I tend to set some goals there. Second is my business knitting. It’s good to get a few things planned out, so I can hit the ground running. The maybe third is a gift list. I like to get a running list of gifts that I want to make for people this year. That can be for Christmas, birthdays, or just surprises. For example, I have plans for making socks for a couple folks next year.

To start the year I have plans for a log cabin style blanket. It is already mapped out, and I’ll be starting it after the holidays are done. The pattern is mapped out, but I still need to do my gauge swatch to see what I need for stitches and things. I also haven’t quite decided on needle size. I do, however, have the yarn!

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This is a pile of Brava Worsted from Knit Picks. There are 4 colors here, and I have a fifth down in the craft room that is all set to go. I also have a couple skeins of Cloud Alpaca in there (also Knit Picks), for a cowl that is not planned out yet. The needles are for socks, because I am always short on the 2.25mm and 2.5mm needles. hehe For now, I am off to get some work done on this scarf for the Celtic Cable Scarf/Cowl pattern that I really need to get out by year end this year. 😀 I am about 1/3 of the way through, but I keep getting distracted by other things. I’m so terrible for that this time of the year anyway.

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Thanks for reading!

House projects

As you can imagine, projects can cover a wide gambit of topics. For me, it’s usually knitting related, but I am a general crafter, so I also do ceramics painting, wood working, crochetting, needlepoint, etc etc. I also do work around the house. J and I decided this past summer that we would do some renovations around the house. The first step was getting a contractor in for the big stuff that we just didn’t have the time for. That meant the contractor would take care of the kitchen and master bathroom.  We did the design for both, and they carried out the vision….with my overseeing and ever watchful eye. Those projects took way long than they should have, and here we are 2 months after the actual work completion, and the contractor has not collected his final payments on those jobs yet.I might regret using a contractor just a bit. sigh Oh well. Anyway, the rooms turned out really nice. We are really in love with our master bath. I can’t get it into a single picture, though, so here it is:

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As for the kitchen, it now has function and flow, which it was lacking before. We added the peninsula to give extra storage, and a place to use for baking. It has been awesome! (Just ignore all the papers and junk collecting on it right now. lol I’ll be cleaning later today. The pics are pre-junk, so we’re good. hehe)

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We are apparently gluttons for punishment, because at the end of November we decided it was time to tackle the remaining two bedrooms upstairs. We knew it would be a lot of work, but we were up to it. We set aside two weeks to tear up the carpet and padding, and all the staples and tack strips. Then we had to put down new plywood on the sub floor. Of course, all the baseboards had to come up as well, seeing as how the building installed them right on the sub floor. facepalm From there it was all about drywall repairs and painting. The rooms turned out fantastic! I don’t have pics of J’s office, but it looks really good. I do have pics of the other room, which is now the Studio. We can use it for anything artistic, so it has computers, art supplies, ceramics, etc. We finished on the 13th of December with the electrician coming in to install an outlet and the ceiling fans, so we could get the furniture for the rooms built and installed.

My work space:
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J’s work space:

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Since these pictures were taken, we installed lights on the wall above each desk for better lighting. The ceiling fans have a single edison bulb, which gives a soft light, but not near enough to work by.

I have already used the space to do some design planning. Before the end of the year, I will be making a post of what is coming up for 2018. I’m still planning it all out a bit, and trying to decide on my main goal, but I do have a design started that will be following next years theme, which is color. I wanted something large for a theme to keep it being something I could be inspired by. Color will include anything and everything. The current design is a log cabin style blanket. I also have thoughts of a double knit project and fair isle projects or other color work. It will be a colorful 2018!

Christmas gifts are done, on to me presents!

Yes, I have finished my Christmas knitting. Now, before you get jealous, I will put in the explanation that I really only made two gifts. I seriously limited what I am knitting for people. I have a gift for each of my parents, and that is it. 😀 I do have a WIP that I am working on for J that is partly done, but it’s not a Christmas present, since he knows I’m doing it.

With that being said, I finished a scarf for myself. I decided to try Tunisian Crochet, and see what it was like. I picked up some Tunisian needles and found myself a pattern on Ravelry. I ended up choosing the Tunisian Resolution Scarf. It’s a fantastic pattern! It is just complicated enough to keep my attention, yet describes everything with pictures, so that even a beginner will understand. So, back and forth I went until it was super long….like down to my knees long. I love it. I did the basic width that the pattern described, since it doesn’t get all that cold down here for me. But it’s also long enough that I can wrap it around my neck twice and it’s still a good length.

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Other than that, I am working on one of my designs that will be coming soon. It’s a cabled cowl/scarf. It has been tested, but I need scarf pics, so I am plugging away at finishing that. Also, I’m working on my double knit blanket still. This is the Grand Quest Blanket, which I got through the compilation. It’s fabulous! Here are some of my squares so far:

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Now that I have updated what is going on with my projects, it’s time to get back to working on them! Thanks for reading!

Where to begin?!

Oh my, I haven’t posted here in ages! Sorry about that. This summer we went from calm and relaxed business as usual to full steam renovations. We redid the kitchen and the master bathroom/bedroom. Thanks to that upheaval, we were out of 80% of our house for 3 months, and living mostly in our basement. Not fun! We came upstairs mostly to just sleep. Our bed was moved into the guest room, and J still had his office. That was it for the top two floors of our house. Everything was in the basement. Oh, we did have the other bathrooms available. Yay! lol

So, what have I been doing? Well, apart from yelling at contractors, I have made some time to knit. I have been updating the Patterns page, but not so much updating what I am working on. The pink sweater in the last post still is not complete. sigh

I made a cute cowl out of cashmere. I can’t for the life of me remember what the pattern was. My brain is all fogged out from a cold, but when I remember I’ll be sure to post it. It was a simple pattern that I made with a kit I purchased at Maryland Sheep and Wool a number of years back. It’s so nice! And now that it’s chilly outside I can actually think about wearing it.
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I made J a pair of fingerless mittens out of Neighborhood Fiber Co’s, Baltimore Orioles yarn. J is a bit O’s fan, so this was up his ally. The pattern is quick and simple knit, but is fantastic for cozy fingerless mittens. The designer Stephanie C Haberman did a great job on them.

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I also finished a Christmas present for my mom. This is a Gamine Vest which turned out great. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the arctic colorway. I love how it looks. Now I just have to get it mailed off to her.
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I think that’s it for my regular knitting stuff. The rest is all test knits or design work. Off to update the other tabs! Thanks for reading!

Easter Weekend Ramblings

It’s that time of year when the trees have started to fully pop with leaves, the flowers and coming up and everything is looking green and pretty. It’s also that time of year when my sinuses go crazy and hate me. Thankfully I can take lots of stuff to make that a bit easier. It also means I can throw open all the windows and listen to the birds happily chirping at the great weather.

I have started a couple projects in the last few days. That’s the problem when I don’t feel well. I need something new to occupy my mind. Just ignore that bag of wips..and that bag….aaand that bag. lol We went out to the local yarn store last week to meet up with a friend who was in town, and I was drawn to this lovely Miss Babs yarn. I mean, when am I not?! I love her yarn. I think I have a problem. lol This one is Miss Babs Yowza in the Adobe colorway, and it’s so pretty! It’s a light dusty rose color and it’s gorgeous. It will become a sweater soon..I hope. Again, ignore the two sweaters I have on the go already. The pattern is Jesse’s Girl in the book by Kate Oates called “Grown”. It’s such a pretty sweater. It’s a pullover style, with lovely cables on the arms and the body. I thought the cables would make it go slower, but so far it’s going really well. The pattern starts with having you knit the sleeves, which I love. I usually do that with my sweaters, because I almost always lengthen the body. Doing the sleeves first means I know that the yarn I have left is all for the body.

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This is the only thing I started from someone else. I did however start working on a new pattern design. This will become a t-shirt as Spring progresses. The prototype is being knit in Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Serrano colorway. It’s a nice vibrant red. It’s a bit difficult to work with, because it splits a lot. It is still a very nice yarn, and very pretty, though. It won’t be as drappey as other lace weights, because it feels more like a cotton. The picture shows a wee taste of the sweater, only the neckline, and all the goodies piled up on the ottoman for all the calculations and things I have to do for sizing. There are even cat toys thrown in for good measure. 🙂

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