Hello hello and happy Wednesday!
Sometimes, a project hops on and off the needles faster that I can set up a project page for it on Ravelry, or write about it here! That was certainly the case with the Houll Hat, by Ella Gordon, which I knit during the second half of March. I finished it all off almost two weeks ago, but I’ve been so busy wearing it that I’m only just now getting around to posting about it.
Hi friends, and happy Sunday!
How’s your weekend been? As I find is usually the case, this one has flown by — but all filled with good things!
I’m particularly excited because today, I have not one, but TWO sweaters/jumpers (depending on who you ask!) to share with you, both of which I finished as February came to a close. So I’m very happy, as two is literally half the number of sweaters I knit last year — having these two off the needles hopefully augurs well for my plans to focus on garment knitting this year!
So first is up is what I’m calling my Edina sweater, as I knit it along with Kate and her friend Sharon for Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It’s the Stasis Pullover by Leila Raabe.
Hello friends! Phew, Tuesday is already over — how’s your week going so far?
Usually, when I finish a project — especially a big one — I wait until I’ve gotten it photographed and (ideally) done my blog post before wearing it. Silly? Maybe! But I like to make sure I get pictures before I wear it in case some sort of disaster occurs (ha!)
Hi friends, and happy Friday! Today I have two one skein projects that I finished last month to share with you. Both feature special yarns and took just one skein. I love projects that feel like a treat while their being knit — the knitting equivalent of a trip to the spa or a pedicure, if you know what I mean. And I’m so happy with the finished objects.
So, first up: Melodia, by Janino Kallio (aka Woolenberry), knit in the Knitting Goddess BFL/Masham Sparkle 4-ply.
After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October. September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting. This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!
What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching, but coordinating set (my favorite kind) — just in time for autumn weather for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere! I finished my hat this past Sunday and have already sported my new, purple-hued pair of projects around town a few times!
Today, I have a finished object to show you: Inishmeane, a gift for Mr. N, and the first sweater I’ve ever made him!
Usually, I’m pretty happy when I finish a project. Casting off is such a rush. Blocking and weaving in the ends–while tedious in the moment–gives such a sense of accomplishment. And in that initial euphoria, I think I’m always predisposed to (temporarily) overlook a FO’s faults and declare it an unmitigated success. And usually, the longer a piece has been finished, all sorts of little faults present themselves (which is as it should be — I love learning from projects and figuring out how to improve). The love cools to a more reasonable like.
But friends, I think Vatsland is going to be different.
When I stumbled into my kitchen this morning in pursuit of coffee, it was 58 degrees. Inside.
So let’s turn back the clock 72 hours, when I was still in sunny California, wandering around botanical gardens and taking pictures of my finished mitts.
My mitts saw some lovely orange flowers …
Hi friends! As promised, I’m back with Part 2 of my #mostworn post. As a quick refresher, or if you’re just joining us, Kate of Rosalind Craft Supplies suggested a few months ago that we should celebrate our most worn knits. She nominated me to share my highly loved knits in the categories of torso, neck, and feet (you can read her whole excellent post here). Last Friday, I wrote about my #mostworn sweater. Today, I’m sharing my most worn accessories.