Sunday, March 1, 2015

Look--a fabric project!*

*in the loosest sense of the word

Finally busted out my Xmas/birthday present from Raj, a Brother serger, and spent some quality time frowning at the manual. And then I serged around the edges of these flannel scraps... Et voilĂ ! Mini hankies--perfect for a mini nose. After our last round of sickness, I came to realize that flannel makes a great hanky. I have more flannel scraps that need to become hankies; maybe I'll figure out to do a nice rounded corner.

I'm counting this as my first sewing project for #15in15... My goal, my rules :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

FO: Dovana Shawlette

It's been a minute since my last finished object post. I wish I had some better glamour shots of this one, but these poorly lit blocking photos from my basement will have to do for now. The pattern, Dovana, is part of the Knitworthy collection that Ysolda released last fall. I bought the collection at the beginning, before the patterns were released, and it was great fun to watch them come out each week. So far, the only other pattern I've knit is the Bronntanas hat, but the rest of the patterns in the collection look great; I especially love this little knit dachshund.

The yarn, Malabrigo Sock in "ochre" color is just lovely. This is the yarn from two previous failed attempts at socks, and I'm glad that I've used it for this shawlette. There was quite a bit leftover, and I've used it in my Follow Your Arrow2.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I feel like I'm in a bit of a knitting funk. Been working on these projects for too long…. a bit bored. Hopefully writing about my current progress will give me some oomph to get them done!

First up, my Follow Your Arrow2 MKAL shawl. I'm currently nearing the end of Clue 3 (of 5) and have started to like this again. It was rough there for a while with Clue 2. Knit that stupid clue 3 times! I should have changed course after the first mishap with Clue 2 and knit the other option… instead I knit it again and AGAIN. Finally moderately pleased with how it turned out, though all those floats in the back are a pain in the ass. Planning to knit Clue 4 in all yellow, then clue 5 in a lighter green, though we'll see what I ultimately decide. I've been working option B for all of the clues and I like the idea of going back and knitting a new one with all option A. Maybe.

Next up, these stripy socks. What a BORING project, but they're coming along. Towards the end of sock #1, I realized that the yarns in this project probably aren't the best sock yarns. Oh well. I'm thinking of keeping this pair, so we'll see how they hold up, I guess.

Finally, the Jade Leaves Socks. Just barely started sock #2. I think that it'll fly once I get past the ribbing. I wish I had made the leg on sock #1 a tad longer. :-/ I was planning to keep these socks as well, but they're just a bit tight for me, so I think they'll be for the gift pile.

In my boredom with these projects, I've been dreaming about new projects to cast on. Though I've told myself: No new projects until one of these pairs of socks is complete!! I want to make a short-sleeve sweater dress/tunic for Erin. I've got some fun fingering weight yarn in mind. :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In lieu of knitting content...

Enjoy this picture of food! Made Sechwan Eggplant and Tofu (recipe from the New Moosewood Cookbook) for dinner. So yummy!!

I did actually finish something last night! First time in two weeks :-/ The kid and I were sick all last week--she didn't sleep well and wanted to be constantly held. Knitting had to take a back seat. And I've been feeling bored with my projects, but finishing one last night felt really good! Hopefully that'll fuel me to finish the others!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FO: Bulky Hat

Whipped up this quick hat using cascade 220 superwash held double. Stash buster!! Gave it to the kid of the family with whom we watched the Superbowl. Used this free pattern from Purl Bee, knit the woman size--came out a bit short for my taste but fit the kid well. The big ass pompom is definitely my favorite thing. :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Currently in progress (clockwise from top left)
  • Dovana shawlette, knit in Malabrigo sock, the same yarn I was using for these failed socks. Very happy with this so far
  • Follow Your Arrow 2 mystery shawlette. Chose to do clue 2b, which included slipped stitches, and these looked bad! See below. So I ripped back and worked reverse stockinette instead of slipped stitches where called for. Still not pleased with how it looks. :-/ But not going to rip back again. Maybe it would have been better if I hadn't chosen to use green for those areas. Oh well. 

  • One row stripe socks. Using two balls of leftover fingering weight yarn for these toe-up socks. Short row toe and heel. Happy with these so far. 
  • Jade leaves socks. This is the 5th time I've knit this pattern and once again I love how quickly this lace pattern goes. Using Dream in Color Smooshy--love this yarn, and unexpectedly love the colorway. In the skein, the brown/green combo looked meh, but it's knitting up really nicely.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Embracing the unknown!

Aka The Joys of the Mystery Knit Along

My latest project is a shawlette, part of a mystery knit along (MKAL). So far, one clue in, I'm having fun. But I'm also a tiny bit nervous.

For this MKAL, I trust the designer, I've knit many of her designs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and have faith this one will turn out well. I've made a handful of other MKAL projects that I liked (1, 2, 3, 4), but I have been burned twice recently. 

First burn was only minor--really, when it said the finished object would be a scarf, I should have just stopped right there. Not a scarf fan here. But I went along and made it anyways. It was fun to make, but I have no idea what to do with the finished scarf. It's a bit wacky :-/

The other burn was of such severity that I frogged the project after a few clues when I realized just what it was going to be like. The item itself seems nice enough but I would never use a bulky weight poncho-type thing, and I had decided that it would be something I'd keep, so I decided to find another purpose for the yarn. 

Here's my progress with my latest MKAL, the Follow Your Arrow 2 pattern by Ysolda.