Knitting · Spinning

Projects to Finish

I have quite a few projects that I would like to finish before I start any more knitting projects. A few of them have been in the works for a long time! Now that I don’t have school to occupy all of my time, I can focus on getting them done!
The first on the list is the Peaks and Valleys scarf. The pattern is on Ravelry. I started working on this one over a year ago. I spun the yarn from some fiber purchased from Dicentra Designs. I adore this color combination and think that it looks great with the pattern. I spun it very thin and Navajo plied it to keep the colors together.

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I started The Traveling Woman shawl back before October 2010. I was going to use it as a wedding shawl, but the weight seemed too heavy for a wedding shawl so I decided to put it on hold. The yarn is a gorgeous merino silk blend. I think it is from Louet, but I can’t remember for sure. It’s been a while since I spun it.

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And this last one is from Ysolda Teague, her Snapdragon Flip-Tops. I started these just after I made the Snapdragon Tam, but only got one finished. Just like a pair of socks, I can only ever seem to get one done at a time. But it’s on my list of things to finish this summer!

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Of course I have a million other projects on the needles right now, but I really don’t have the time to put all of them on here. I have most of them up on Ravelry, so if you’re in that neighborhood, look me up! ^_^

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It’s coming!

I am so excited! Ysolda Teague’s new book, Little Red in the City is on its way! It has been released as an eBook and the print edition is in the mail as we speak! I am so excited to get this one chalk full of sweater patterns, notes, and other goodies on knitting. I think the first thing I will make is Angostura to ease me in, and then build my way up to my favorite pattern, Melia. I love the hood!

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Knitting · Spinning

Knitting in November

Well, it’s been quite awhile since my last post. I apologize, things have been hectic and crazy busy. There have been a lot of new developments in my life, but I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, here are a few projects that I have been working on lately.

This is a brioche scarf that I am knitting out of Mini Mochi. It’s incredibly soft and squishy. It will be so nice to wear around the neck. I think I have about 3 balls and have only used one so far. I’ve been knitting on this one for a while, but other things have come between it and me. But I will pick it back up soon!

I made up this simple wrap pattern. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy, which I adore. The bottom is seed stitch, with a garter stitch center. The seed stitch border will go all the way around the garter stitch and will close with three small teal colored metal buttons. This is one of those travelling projects because it is rather mindless, but still a good project to knit on while chatting with friends over coffee.

This is a sweater that I am working on for Matt. The pattern is called Reese from Queensland Knitting. It’s a nice pattern, but it has seams. I have yet to do a seamed sweater, so it should be interesting. The yarn is also Dream in Color Classy. I love that stuff.

This is one of my favorite projects! It is the Peaks and Valleys Scarf made out of my homespun. The fiber is blue-faced leicester hand dyed by Dicentra Designs. I navajo-plied it so that the colorways would stay together. I am really loving this scarf, but need to spin up another 4 ounces before I can finish it.

Another wonderful pattern from Ysolda Teague, Snapdragon Flip Tops. These are fingerless mittens that have a flip-top cover to protect the fingers from the cold. I have already made the Snapdragon Tam which I have posted about several times, so I can’t wait to get these mitts finished! I have one done, and only one to go! *Also made out of Dream in Color Classy*

This is the Travelling Woman Shawl. This is also made out of homespun and is a mix of Merino and Silk. It’s nearly finished, but there are a few more repeats to go. This will be a nice evening shawl or summer shawl because of its lightweight.

The Wave Scarf which I started sometime ago. I tried weaving in some ribbons as I knit, but ran out quickly. I will have to find some more ribbon before I can finish this one. The yarn was bought from a store in Seaside called Creative Beginnings. Very cute store! The yarn is very soft and has a good weight to it, I think it is called Lava Paints, or something to that effect.

And finally, my Wicked Sweater. I have been knitting on this since 2008! Although I haven’t been really knitting on it, it may have been finished long ago if I would have just kept my nose to it. Now it’s nearly finished with only one sleeve left!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Let me know what projects are on your needles! I’d love to post about it and share it with the world!

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Helping Haiti

There are a lot of great people out there who are helping with the disaster relief efforts in Haiti. One way that you can contribute if you are a knitter is to purchase a pattern from Ravelry. They have a special search function that will allow you to search for patterns based on designers that are donating a percentage of their profits to disaster relief. To find out more about this, please visit Ravelry and check it out!

I just purchased this pattern that has been in my Ravelry queue for some time. It is so cute! I can’t wait to get started on it. It makes me feel good that I can give in even a small way to this cause.

One of the blogs that I regularly visit and rave about quite often is Ysolda Teague’s blog. She is donating an overwhelming 80% of her pattern sales and 50% of her book sales towards this cause. If you haven’t seen her patterns before, I urge you to check them out! Her Snapdragon Tam and Flip-Tops are my favorites.

Knitting · Quilting · sewing

Blerg. . .

Today is Monday, December 28 and I have a cold. Cold’s are never any fun. It hit me the day after Christmas and has knocked me down since. Today is the first day I feel well enough to move, but I still can’t talk and am having coughing fits every so often. I’m going to try to take this opportunity to get some sewing done around here. As I said before, I have a few projects that I am working on, so I’ll give you a  now.

This lovely stack of fabrics will become a cute lap quilt featuring Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Ever since childhood, this book has meant loads to me. I love Eric Carle’s children’s books.  And now I can enjoy them forever with this adorable fabric! The caterpillar scattered print is the backing, seeing as I have around 3 yards. I also have the panel and a few go-withs to make something fabulous with. I think, however, that this gorgeous material will be going to my future mother-in-law. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I didn’t get the quilt made up in time. . .

This next stack is Authentic by Sweet Water for Moda. I really like the colors and textures in this collection. The pattern is Paper Back Writer by Abbey Lane, I adore most of their patterns. I think this quilt will look very chic once finished. This one is a store sample, so I probably won’t be keeping it, although it would look good on my couch. . . ^_^

I better get a move on if I want to finish any projects today. I’ll try to post again with some progress shots and some finished projects once I get there. So much to do, so little time. . . anyone have some spare time for sale?

BTW, just on a side note. . . I watched Julie & Julia this weekend. I have to say that was an adorable movie. I really enjoyed every part of it. I do wonder why Julia didn’t like Julie though. . . I often times feel like Julie in that I don’t know who reads this, and if I even have many people looking at my random thoughts and writings. I do know that I have the occasional looker, but do I have any blalkers? By blalker, I mean “blog stalker”. It’s when you religiously re-visit blogs to read up on the latest content. I can tell you that the one blog that I am always a blalker at is Ysolda Teague’s blog about knitting and other great stuff. She lives in Scotland and has several patterns and a couple books out on knitting. Love her stuff, as my blalker’s would know from all the times I have mentioned her in my posts. ^_^ So anyway, all of you blalkers out there, thanks for listening and talk to you soon.