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!!