Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Planning

No new projects to show off as I have taken a break from knitting for the last four days--who knew that was possible?  Oddly, or not so oddly, I have been acquiring yarn at the speed of light, daydreaming about the projects to come in 2013.  Just recently, I picked up a lot of 220 in Yakima Heather for a planned Tea with Jam & Bread for Phillip.  I had been going back and forth on it for a while, mainly because the pattern seems so expensive but when I realized that I would be able to make a male size for him and a womanly size for me, it really eased my decision.  I should be casting on Phillip's in the coming day or two. 

I recently picked up skeins of Berroco Vintage Chunky (Cracked Pepper) for my own version of the Crisp and Gray Vest by Veera Valimaki.. I have used Vintage many, many times but never the chunky version.  I am looking forward to it despite hearing the pattern is rather confusing.

I also picked up skeins of Malabrigo Sock for a to be determined later project.  I am struggling deciding what pattern to use for this disgustingly beautiful yarn.

In other yarnie news, I tried my hand at dyeing this past weekend thanks to a good friend Julie, who gifted me some Lambs Pride Bulky, kool aid and a great book! Perhaps my crock pot method of a few years ago was deathly off, but I've never had luck trying my hand at it.  This time though, I couldn't help but smile with glee when I realized the water was actually clear..Hot damn! I think this could be a long running love affair to come.  

2013 seems to be full of possibilities.  I can't keep my mind from wandering to the next project, the next idea, the next yarn buy.... Hopefully in the coming twelve months I will be knitting even more than this year, and these are some of the projects I am hoping to conquer (full list can be found on my Ravelry queue):

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Finished: Lattice Top & More

2012 has been an amazing year of knitting for me.  It is hard to believe that almost 365 days have passed from the point where I started tabulating my yearly yardage total.  So far, I have finished 10 shawls, 12 hats, 11 cowls, 6 sweaters. 3 pairs of gloves, a blanket and a few other things.  I can't really remember this year without seeing needles  in my hands. (I can't stop thinking about what I will knit in the coming year.... The list is long, but I will get back to that as the month draws near, ie next week!)

Earlier this morning, I bound off a Cap Sleeve Lattice Top by Purl Bee in Elsebeth Silky Wool.  Dreamy yarn, easy pattern, and an end result that really matches my personal style. 

I recently finished an Ishbel Shawl in Malabrigo Sock in the Persia colorway.  What an amazing little shawl.  Now I understand why there are thousands of project pages on Ravelry.  Yay for Ysolda Teague and her designs.  I gifted this to my mother in law for Christmas and I really hope she loves it as much as I do! 

And an Oaklet Shawl in Classic Elite Miracle.  My mother in law picked this yarn out while visiting a yarn store I had never been to... the yarn is tencel and alpaca.  The end result is fuzzy and soft.  And the pattern can be found for free on Rav.

I gifted my sister in law a recently finished Pasha Hat in Malabrigo Silky Merino.  Jane Richmond can really do no wrong when it comes to hats..

I'd say it was a fruitful few weeks.  I am approaching 12,300 yards for the year and I am desperate to see just how far I can go.  Off to the drawing board and to my stash to continue on! Happy Knitting! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Finished: Effortless Cardigan

Ten days ago, I couldn't decide on a project.  I was thinking about sweaters, shawls, gloves, all of it.  I finally settled on an Effortless Cardigan with the knitpicks Merino Style.  After about 1100 yards, I had a new cardigan.  The finished project is blocking; I really can't wait to wear it.  The pattern was a little too simple for my liking, and picking up so many stitches wasn't my favorite, but overall I would definitely make it again! I think it would be great in a subtle yarn, like Malabrigo, or the suggested Madelinetosh.  

Only a few weeks left in 2012 and I can't help but think about my last few projects, and I've begun my 2013 planning- including a pullover for Phillip, another few sweaters for myself, and hopefully a swap of BFF Cowls by Ysolda and tiny owl knits--if only I could find a friend to swap with! 
Happy Knitting!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Finished: Castle & Cyber Monday!

On Thursday, I had one garter row left on my last sleeve of my Castle Pullover.  For seven dutiful days, I worked on the sweater... over 800 yards.  When I bound off, I put it on, and it fit wonderfully-- despite the pounds that have been falling off of me from my illness. I couldn't be happier.  The pattern is simple, the lace looks great and with the 100% wool I used, it kept me warm most of Friday when I wore it to work. So many thanks to my generous mother in law who gifted me the yarn for my birthday earlier this year.

Well, as I anticipated, I was dragged out of bed on Monday morning, bleary eyed, tired and a little grumpy to check all the sales out.  I ended up picking up a lot more than I thought, and thanks to Phillip's encouragement, I haven't even begun to feel guilty yet!  I had already picked and paid for quite a bit before he woke up... I anticipated the usual sigh when I buy yarn while he is asleep... I even prepared him by telling him that a divorce would really hurt the cats psyche.  To my utter surprise, he then mentioned I should check out the knit picks sale!  I think all the quick progress I'd made on Castle made him believe I was some sort of knitting factory, so thanks to Cecily, for somehow getting my husband to feel like I could knit all the yarn in the universe!  I ended up picking up more than a sweaters quantity of Ella Rae Heathers, in various tones--likely for a Tea with Jam & Bread pullover.

A lot of Knitpicks Merino Style (from a fellow Raveler), for an Effortless Cardigan.

And my splurge, Sweet Fiber Yarns, Cashmerino Luxe... The color was not quite what I anticipated--a lot more copper than the mustardy dark yellow I was anticipating, but the yarn is beautiful. It also happened to be practically free (well, sorta. at least in comparison to the original price), so many thanks to Loops for having the sale and quickly fulfilling my order! 

With the start of my weekend here, I am going back and forth on what's next...
Happy Knitting!