Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2017 Recap

I thought I'd cover some 2017 info before the third month of 2018 starts... :)

First off, one sock! I won this yarn in a giveaway and thought it was a whole skein, but didn't think to weigh it before knitting. Turns out it was a half skein. I'm hoping to make a fraternal twin for this because I really like this sock pattern: Garden Gate.

A group of Ravelers knit squares for a blanket for Elena Nodel last spring. Sadly, the blanket wasn't finished until after Elena passed, but it was given to her husband and daughter. This was my square.

The motifs are snowflakes to represent my Midnight Fog hat that Elena gave me yarn support for. I still have quite a bit of yarn leftover from both projects she sponsored. I treasure it so much and look forward to knitting with it. I did not know Elena very well, but she touched my heart in a special way and I still think of her every so often.

Also last spring, I posted some WIP pictures of a top I was making for Shannon Cook's annual tops, tees, and tanks KAL. I never blocked it and had decided to frog it eventually when I randomly put it on this afternoon, snapped a few selfies, and haven't taken it off yet. I think it might just stay an FO.

A hat made from my Cubs sweater leftovers and inspired by the greatest bromance in history. Kris Bryant + Anthony Rizzo = Bryzzo (They're Cubs baseball players. :) ) I got to wear the hat and sweater to a game last May!!

I finished my little blue cabled shawl too, but I haven't blocked it and no pictures either. Now it's keeping company with the dark green shawl I knit in the fall of 2016 and never blocked or photographed. #procrastinatorforlife

The last FO is a pair of fingerless mitts for one of my friends. She's a writer and she loves purple. And mitts. She sent me this fun action shot.

I thought I'd also share my knitting-related Christmas gifts. :D Some Knit Picks Wonderfluff (Alpaca! <3), Sparkles the Knitting Unicorn mug, and a Gleener and fingering yarn from Tanis Fiber Arts!!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Happy February!!

I've got a cold or something (the kind where you feel crummy and your nose won't stop running), so I haven't been knitting the last few days. Not really a big break, but I would like to be knitting so it kind of stinks. :(

I've been working on a sweater for my little brother. The plan was to finish it before the Ravellenic Games start in less than a week. I think I've still got a chance...

 (A progress pic straight from my Insta story. That's as good as it's going to get right now.)

So you can kind of see the sweater here. It's a heavily-modified Abate by Alicia Plummer. I'm using chunkier yarn, so a larger gauge, and I've really switched up the neck; going for a plain crewneck to save yarn. I'm not sure my brother would like a big cowl/collar anyway. Especially one so thick with this bulky yarn.

It's still knit top-down and I'm doing the sleeves first now that I've knit a few rows past splitting for them, because I'm not sure how much yarn I have. I bought it over four years ago and my brother's grown quite a bit since then, haha!

Speaking of the Ravellenics, I'm going for a chunky cabled cardigan for me. Aidez!! This could be crazy, but I'm going to try. I've had the yarn for a while and kept meaning to start it, so this is a good kick in the pants for me. Plus, I'm one of the captains for Team Knit Picks Lovers!! And since I've never been a captain before, I get this shiny laurel:

If you have Knit Picks yarn or a Knit Picks pattern you want to use for a Ravellenics project, come join us!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

My Knitting Journey

Anyone ready for an essay? I decided to update my Ravelry bio, and thought I'd share some of it here too. I put a short little blurb about myself at the top and then the long story, if anyone has the courage to brave through it. Welcome to the long of it...

I learned to crochet at seven or eight, taking lessons with my two older brothers from a lady who went to our church. My grandma had been crocheting baby blankets for my siblings ever since I could remember, so the craft was fairly familiar to me. I enjoyed crocheting a lot and for my ninth birthday my grandparents bought me some yarn and a book called Knitted Babes. I had seen a book for crocheted dolls once, but they couldn’t find it and thought this one was the next best thing. And am I glad they did! I saw the dolls and knew I had to learn how to knit so I could make them.

At nine and a half, I mastered the knit stitch and a few months later I had purling down too. My first real project was a Knitted Babes doll, not something normal like a scarf. And though I had some issues and put the project in time-out for a few weeks, I found a way, finished the doll, and I’ve been knitting ever since. Over half my life by now!!

I spent my preteen years knitting and crocheting dolls and selling the occasional one to friends-and in rare situations, strangers. I also made multitudes of hats, scarves, mittens, and socks for my parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents every Christmas. There were a few shawls, baby blankets, throws, and sweaters in the mix, too.

Ravelry introduced me to the world of independent designers and after months of research (i.e. reading through hundreds of helpful posts on the forums), I self-published my first pattern at fourteen.

Since then, I’ve published several patterns, a few with the support of indie dyers and yarn companies, which were awesome experiences. I’ve also submitted work to various publications, though my proposals haven’t quite “fit the bill”…yet. I’m thankful to have had the experience, to be able to say, ”I’ve submitted to magazines!”, and to not be stymied (nerd alert!) by the “rejections”.

I’ve really enjoyed sharing my work, seeing what others create with it, and being a part of the wonderful designers’ and knitters’ community here on Ravelry. I look forward to designing more in the future!

But I do love the freedom of being able to decide when I want to design. Sometimes, I’d just rather work on personal projects, be it socks or a sweater or a gift for a friend. I think knitting should be fun, and I try to let it be that way for me as much as possible!