Monday, September 18, 2017

Gift Knitting

I can't be the only one who casts on for Christmas gifts in Januray. This year, I have a good little pile going. Unfortunately, I also tend to give away my gifts early and just gifted a shawl I made for Christmas for a birthday instead. And now I have one less present.
I've finished a few things, mostly socks but also a sweater, since I last wrote on here.
California is still pretty warm, and the thought of trying on the sweater just for a photo for the blog makes me wrinkle my nose.
So there was a series of events that led to me finding this mostly done sweater in my garage. Apparently, when I move, I'm not the most organized person. Although I keep a pretty stern rule regarding Stitches West and yarn buying (Do Not Purchase More Yarn At Stitches Unless the Yarn You Bought Last Year Has Been Knitted) I decided this February to forego the rule because this sweater, which contained the last of last year's yarn, was missing in action.
I was so happy when, cleaning out the garage in preparation for yet ANOTHER move, I found this sweater. I started working on it right away, setting aside my aran cardigan which is also nearly done.

Poor photo but the sweater is done! It's light and cozy, and it begs to be worn over leggings.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some July projects

I guess apparently I wasn't done knitting Christmas stockings. This one was for nobody in particular. I don't even like Christmas, but for some reason the large stockings are satisfying to knit. I like adding the designs with duplicate stitch, and I like how you only have to make one of them. I think next time I will incorporate some nice Norwegian patterning and keep it red and white. This one was done with Bernat 100% acrylic and I used some fluffy stuff from the stash for the Santa beard. A long time ago when my son was a baby, his paternal grandmother asked me to knit some stockings like this for the family. I guess whoever had previously knitted all of the stockings had passed away, and she needed to add some for my son as well as a few other new babies. She offered me $40, but I never took her up on it because I was intimidated by intarsia and I also never really liked knitting for money because it's usually not something I want to make if someone wants to pay me for it. Anyway, this stocking was OK to knit. I would make more. Not for $40 though! The original pattern also had two candy canes criss crossed at the heel front, but I added Santa in duplicate stitch and by the time he was done I was over it. Next time intarsia for the win.

Anyways something happened in June. I didn't knit a single thing. July certainly made up for it as I completed two sweaters!

This simple raglan sleeve pullover was made all in a week, sitting fireside. We went for a camping trip in the Henry Cowell Redwoods and I really enjoyed the simplicity of round after round of stockinette while the kids made bigfoot calls and chased eachother around and roasted marshmallows and went on hikes. I worked on the sleeves while we went on a night hike and someone commented they'd never seen anyone knit and walk at the same time! I laughed, "Now you have!" The neckline was finished on the drive home. It's for my son.

And look how well it fits him! (Excuse the bedhead- I swear he "brushed" it.) He unfortunately thinks it is itchy and actually refused to put it on until I offered him a candy... and a dollar. It is 100% acrylic so it isn't really itchy. He owns and wears itchier things. Oh well.

My daughter's jacket was completed too, at least the knitting part of it. I started it in February and realized in time that I had made a grave error in my maths and it was huge. Very very very huge. Like, fits her 6 year old cousin huge. (She wears a 2T.) Still, I persevered and the Tomten is complete. Since this photograph I have added an I-cord border, which looks lovely, but it's 110 degrees in California and I'm not going to make her suffer putting it back on for a photo. Besides, I have purchased some nice fabric to line it with, and still want to add a zipper. I told my mom, if I line it and zipper it then by the time it is done she will have grown into it! (I'm notoriously bad at finishing)

Look at those rolled up cuffs!! Poor thing can wear this thing for years!

I really actually like how it came out, although it seemed to take DECADES to knit. Garter stitch, man. It takes a lot out of you! But seaming it was really quite easy, and it's easy to keep track of where you are. Maybe (MAYBE) some day an adult Tomten is in my future.

Finally, I know I mentioned Bigfoot earlier. Well we found ourselves going to the Bigfoot Discovery Museum down in Felton near Santa Cruz and so what did I do? Find a bigfoot hat pattern!
Is that hilarious or what? My dad was a big fan of it. It's was too big for my head though.

Anyway, I've been keeping the needles clicking!
Happy knitting!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

FO Tuesday

It's amazing how when you are knitting something because someone ELSE wants it, it kind of sucks the joy out of it.
Doubly so when the item in question is Christmas themed and it's June.

Two Christmas stockings done!!
I have cast on a blanket for my dad for Christmas, and I'm glad to be working on something I want to work on again.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Running Total for March

March Totals

Total in= 0 yards
                            Socks- 273 yards
                            Mittens- 50 yards
                            Bunny- 50 yards
                            Reflective- 83 yards
                            Slouch Hat- 260 yards
                        Total out=    716  yards
Monthly: I knitted 716 yards more than I bought :)
YTD: I bought 3,388 yards more than I knitted :(

I feel like this month wasn't a very productive month knit-wise which, with full time school and 30 hours of work a week makes sense. But not buying any yarn at all sure helped my totals. For April I am planning on finishing a pair of socks, knitting 2 Christmas stockings, and starting a sweater for my mom. No, I don't plan on finishing the Must Have Cardigan. It just takes up too much brain work for me to be working on it during this semester. I need mindless projects these days.

My favorite knit of this month was this slouchy hat I worked up during lectures on campus. It's added to the xmas pile, which so far is comprised of 3 hats and a cowl. There were two pairs of socks in the drawer too but they were both gifted for birthdays instead.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Plodding along...

WHAT?! I've actually pulled my Must Have Cardigan out of it's lonely corner hiding spot and begun to work on it again? Believe it or now, when you actually work on projects you begin to see progress being made. It's amazing, I know. My little progress keeper (right hand diamond, second cross down) shows where it was when I set it aside in January. Everything from there was knitted in 2 days' time between work and school and what have you.
So, it's nice to see that progress CAN be made, even on such a drab and dull and boring project as this.

I've started the second stocking project, and finished my mom's socks, although I don't apparently have any photographic evidence. So that makes 3 of my March goals down only 8 days in! I have also cast on for my KAL socks, and am making decent progress during lectures at school. Although, man! There are some speedy gonzaleses in my knitting group. One gal is done with one pair already!
I was quite proud of my partial sock until I saw that!
I haven't touched Penelope's tomten, but I have begun to run again in the mornings so I feel like that's pretty good news.

Everything else is going fine. My life is just... keeping on in the same old way. I'm beginning to feel hopeful that one day I won't be quite so broke and hopeless. Hoping that the future brings less hopelessness... that's odd isn't it?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stash Enhancement & Marching ahead

I ended up getting a few skeins at Stitches West this year after all.
I got four skeins of Miss Babs Yowza for my Dark and Stormy, a skein of "yarn love" in the colorway "Midnight in Paris" just because it's gorgeous, some Lazer Sheep in both "Bat Ram" and "Fantasy Sheep" (I already used up my Fantasy Sheep on a little hat and mitten set for Penny) and finally a lot of 10 skeins of Encore Chunky because it was a good deal.
I have so many knitting plans!
My goals for Febraury are all completed!
1) Finish Randy's birthday socks. 
2) Start Mom's birthday socks
3) Knit an Ombre hat
4) Knit a hat for charity
5) Start Penelope's Tomten

So now looking ahead to March I have a few more
1) Finish Mom's birthday socks
2) Do the Spring Sock KAL on Knit and Chat facebook group (Socks for Lauryn XMAS)
3) Finish Penelope's Tomten
4) Start second commissioned stocking
5) Work on Must Have Cardigan, which has been sadly neglected.

I have a lot of other things I'd like to add to the list, but I'm keeping it simple in order to see more strikethroughs next month.

I also have acquired a new addiction

Yes. I  have been making stitch markers. They're so addicting. They're so fun! They're so easy! Will I ever need all these stitch markers? ... Maybe! I mean, I lose them all the time! Ha. They sure are fun to make though.

Happy knitting.