I’ve gotten SO much knitting done since school let out. Thankfully, I did not run out of knitting while visiting Hubby’s family, but it did get a little dicey one day when I overestimated how much I could safely leave in the hotel room! So what have I gotten done in the last week?
I finished the socks for my sis…
and the gloves for the Husbeast…
and a hat for me! Recognize Brumby Jill from my Sharon Boswell interview?
I’ve also made big progress on an upcoming design that’s not quite ready for sharing yet. So to distract you, look what I got for Christmas!
That’s 3 skeins of Cascades Baby Alpaca Chunky in colorway “Emerald City” and 2 skeins of Art by Eve Anne in colorway “Emerald”. I’m seeing a theme here. Isn’t it interesting though how two different dyers could take the color “emerald” and come up with two such radically different colors? Even funnier, neither one really matches what I think of when I think of emeralds. Colors are such an odd (and fascinating) thing to me.
P.S. Tomorrow is my birthday, and like other years, I will be giving away presents to Feel Good fans! If you’d like a chance at winning free patterns, make sure you have some FGK patterns in your Ravelry wishlist!
Well hi there strangers! I can’t believe I haven’t posted here since the last time I published a pattern. I suppose that’s the hazard of testing season. 😦
In any case, I have a fun springtimey hat for you today!
Hepatica features a beautiful floral motif that is perfect for spring. Its elegant, lightweight silk blend and lacey pattern make it ideal for bridging the gap between cold and warm seasons.
Named for a common spring-blooming wildflower, this hat is knit top down and features both charted and written instructions. It’s a great one-skein pattern that knits up quickly and makes an ideal weekend stashbuster. I hope you’ll try it!
I am alive! Spring has arrived and I’ve been a bit distracted by real life lately, so forgive me for not posting much on the blog!
As much as I’ve been doing lately, there’s really not much to talk about! It’s mostly been teacher stuff, which is often time consuming but not really that interesting to hear about. There has been plenty of knitting and pattern writing though. The next pattern in the tie collection is only waiting on photography. Can’t wait to get it out there!
Things are also happening over in my Ravelry group. If you haven’t taken my KAL survey yet, please do! I’m hoping to launch one soon! I’ve also got a test knit starting soon. Want early (and free) access to my upcoming hat pattern? Come test it for me!
I finished the Colophon mitts! Now my poor hands won’t freeze when I first get to work in the mornings. You’ll have to forgive the photos today. There’s little enough daylight this time of year to begin with, but with all the rain and “wintry mix” this past week it’s really just been a lost cause.
I also cast on Nubby last night, not because I need another hat but because it makes me happy. Also making me happy is the fantastically green Cascade 220 I’m using, which I picked up at my LYS last (Small Business) Saturday. That was another goody I didn’t really need. Sometimes being selfish is awesome.
What are you making this cold, windy Sunday? If the weather where you are is as nasty as here, I hope you’re taking advantage of this prime knitting time!
I can’t believe how much I’ve been slacking on showing off FO’s! I seriously finished my Hatteras Hat almost a week ago. Voila:
I did indeed run out of yarn at the brim, so I switched to some pretty purple I had in stash. Purple is the recipient’s favorite color, so I think she’ll be pretty happy with it.
Last night I ALSO finished…dun dun dun…the Black Hole Sweater!!!!
It is nice and cozy, and for all the hours I put into it I will sure as hell wear it. Sadly even with my alterations it’s still not that flattering though.
The back-waist shaping and the narrower sleeves just weren’t enough to keep it from overwhelming me. Oh well, it’s still going to be well-loved as cold as this winter’s already been.
I ALSO also finished my very first skein off the wheel this week. Well, I finished plying it. It has yet to actually come off the wheel and take a bath.
It seems to be about worsted weight, overall, but it’s definitely not my most consistent skein. Still, not bad for a first attempt with a new tool. Let’s hope my next skein is more up to my standards! Since this week has been a week of Finishing All the Things, I think next week(end) I will let my Start-itis roam free. There’s no way that can go wrong, right?
After last week’s chaos, I think I have recovered a bit of balance. It’s showing up in the fact that I’m sleeping better and don’t have so many inexplicable aches and pains, but it’s also showing up in my crafting. I’m in a mood to finishing things (so much better than start-itis, by the way) so I’m slowly plugging away at the last bits of the silk-merino I was spindle-spinning before I got my wheel.
I’ve also put in enough work on the Black Hole Cardigan to get to the underarm on the second front. At this rate it may be done by spring. 😉 Several hours at the mechanic over the weekend also means I got a fair bit of the Hatteras Hat done.
I love the way the lighthouse cables are knitting up, and am intrigued by the beginnings of the waves cables too. It’s a nice little bit of summer back as I work on it, and a nice bit of the waterfront back now that I’m living here in the hills. Not that Cape Hatteras was ever home, but it certainly is familiar territory, and similar enough to other places I’ve lived to make me nostalgic. By the way, this hat is part of the Gift-A-Long, which is still going strong. There are still tons of prizes left to be given away, and with all the participating patterns (including 20 of mine) there’s a good chance you’ve got one in progress already anyway! You should definitely join us!
Alas, even the lure of the rare and beloved finish-itis is not all-powerful. This week I had a sudden craving for a sweater that only exists in my brain, and I wanted it so bad I could not wait for a publisher to pick it up. So I also ordered yarn and swatched for a new design this week. I’d pretend I’m embarrassed but I’m way too busy being excited.
Wow, this week blew by! I did indeed finish my Visiting Linda hat before the field trip.
I don’t like it on me as much as on the needles, but I think it will be very lovely on someone else. Someone’s getting lucky this Giftmas! So with that hat finished and no purse project, I rather shamelessly went back and bought another GAL pattern (the patterns are all still 25% off for a couple more days).
This one will be the Hatteras Hat, because apparently I’m on a hat kick. The hat and I (and the kids and chaperones) spent several hours on the bus together this morning before we toured Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
Then we meandered over to the Maryland Science Center for the better part of the day, where the teachers and I chatted and laughed about our ridiculously excited (and sometimes just ridiculous) students and I got a very little knitting done.
After that it was back on the bus for a nice long drive home! I hit a minor snag with it though – my size 6 circular needle is with a friend right now, and somehow I only have one size 6 circ. That will be remedied shortly. Until then it’s not like I don’t have any other knitting I could be doing!