Weekend Update: WIP’s and FO’s

WIP’s & FO’s (works in progress & finished objects) I have baskets upon baskets full of projects and finished items! 2018 was the year I told myself I was gonna get “serious” about knitting, and so far, I have proven myself right! (Too right almost) If you follow me on instagram, some of these projects may look familiar to you and might be a little repetitive, but I’ll try to go into more detail here than I do on there! If you want more frequent updates of all my projects, then you should just go follow me on instagram 😉

 

1.  Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry

Materials: 3 colorways, hand dyed by me, and one by Primrose Yarn Co, in the colorway “salem”  (DK weight) Needles by Knitter’s Pride sizes US 6 & US 5.

Progress: ~60%

This is a project that, if you do follow me on IG, then you have definitely seen the progress on this baby! This is my first adult sized sweater project. So naturally, I am obsessed with it. I am participating in the KAL that Andrea Mowry is hosting for it on Ravelry. I believe that the KAL ends on March 31, 2018, BUT I hope to be done with this piece later this month for a trip to Sedona that my fiance and I have planned! I rarely get to go on weekend trips anymore, so I would really, really love to have this finished by then! I have finished the body of the sweater and just have the sleeves and collar to finish. I am going to do a more in depth review of my experience with this cardigan once it is all complete, but I can tell you now, this has been awesome to work up and I’m excited to try out some other patterns by Andrea!

      

 

2.  Favorite Sock pattern by Voolenvine

Materials: Patons, Kroy Socks FX in the color Cameo. Needles bu Chiaogoo Red Lace 40″ Circulars US 1.5.

Progress: ~25%

YAY! My first socks! This has been a goal of mine FOR. SO. LONG! Last year, I really got into watching podcasts by Voolenvine on youtube and I really wanted to join in on her “box o sox KAL” Where you basically knit one pair of socks each month for a year. At the end of the year you have a kickass box of socks to wear for the next year! I was so jealous of seeing all the amazing patterns by other sock knitters and admiring them, thinking of them as “real knitters” and I thought, “I wanna be a real knitter too!” So now I’m trying! This is a free “vanilla” (basic) sock pattern by Kristin of Voolenvine on ravelry and so far so good! I am currently working on the heel flap, then I’ll attempt to “turn the heel” and work the gusset! These are terms that I have NEVER in 13 years of knitting, ever even began to attempt! Stay tuned because I see many, many socks in my future!

Side note: I’ve always been a little bummed that there wasn’t really anything I could knit for my fiance, since he never wears scarves or hats and hes not really a sweater guy either. BUT, when I told him I wanted to knit socks, he finally got excited about that and has already made some requests! 🙂 Leave me a comment if making stuff for your S/O makes you happier than anything else!

 

3. Zarya Shawl by Ambah Obrien

Materials: Hand dyed yarn by Prem Knits, in the colorway “ocean kiss” and hand dyed by me, unnamed. Fingering weight. Needles by Clover, US 5.

Progress: ~50% (FINALLY)

Ok, this piece has taken me forever, just to get half way done! To no fault to the designer at all, but this piece is very slow moving for me because of how detailed it is. It has a similar pattern repeat throughout the shawl, but for some reason, I can’t memorize the repeat enough to where I don’t have to look down at the pattern every couple of rows and that can make for a very long project. I love how its turning out and I cant wait for it to be blocked and wrapped around my neck, but I am definitely not counting on that being anytime soon. Good things come to those who wait, so this ought to be the best shawl around! lol One day, babes. One day.

 

4. HAND DYEING

As soon as I figured out that I COULD hand dye yarns, I have become obsessed with it. In high school, I painted canvas, in college, I painted hair, now, I paint yarn! I think yarn dyeing has been one of the scariest projects I’ve ever worked on, mostly out of fear of not being good enough. When I knit or crochet something, I know that either my stitches and pattern are right, or they’re not. But, with dyeing, it is all up to personal opinion. Yes, there is a right way to do it, but there are also SO many ways for you to dye and self doubt is much higher. However, after several months of doubting if anyone would like it, I’ve made the decisions to start selling some of my hand dyed skeins. I have so much fun playing with dyeing and I want to share that with like minded people! Look for them coming to my shop sometime either late February or in March, maybe April- I’m not making any promises due to the fact that I run 2 businesses and generally put too much on my plate! (But it’ll be sometime soon-ish!)

 

5. Celtic Heart Macrame

These little hearts, I am actually pretty excited about! I had been trying to think for a couple weeks about how to macrame some heart key chains and was coming up with nada. Every design I tried, just kinda looked like a jumbled mess. Then, while browsing Pinterest, like you do at 2 am, I saw a celtic heart pendant necklace and thought it was purrfect 🙂 These lil guys are an inch wide and just about 5 inches tall and perfect as a key chain, or a purse tassel! Just in time for V-day but good all year round, I think! Having an idea come to fruition really is just so satisfying and in the end, totally worth it!

 

That’s all for today my yarn babes! I’m hoping to cast on a few new projects this week so next time I have some new yummy projects for you! IF you check out my highlights on my instagram account, you’ll be able to see my “2018 make nine” list and let me tell you, I am SO excited about a couple of them, so let me know if you have any in common with me!

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