After my last gloomy-gus post it is time to get back to track with the positive things in life. Also, this is far less annoying!
Let’s start with the kindness!
My birthday is two days after Christmas, and thus I rarely ever give a crap about it. We’re so burnt out after December – and the three family birthdays that come before mine – that by the time the 27th rolls around I just don’t care anymore. I’m not looking for sympathy, I just really don’t give a hoot about my birthday.
But this year I got two very unexpected presents from blogging/knitting/kindred-spirit buddies! I was gifted with patterns from my Ravelry Wishlist!!!! TEEHEE! I won’t mention names because I know one for sure wouldn’t want me to mention it, but it was the best birthday ever. You guys know who you are and I am so thankful that you thought of me – and I cannot wait to buy yarn to make your patterns come to life. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Now to the knitting!
Despite being silly busy with work and family I am actually getting quite a bit of knitting done. Let’s see….where to start…
Thanks to Socks with Sarah (#sockswithsarah) and the Knitmore Girls Operation Sock Drawer (#operationsockdrawer) I’ve finished the first pair of socks for 2014! These are Patons Kroy 4-Ply Jacquard in Fiesta Jacquard. I was so inspired but the finished pair – and the fact that sock-rockets make my hands happy – that I’ve already started another pair. Also, for whatever reason, socks seem to tame my OCD addled Panic Monster. All in all socks are a clear win.
The next is the Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh – which is also a free pattern on Ravelry. It was a knit-along that I found on Instagram, and since it was in my queue I took it as a sign. I made it with Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda. I made the largest version of this cowl and it took a whopping 630 yards, but the finished project is so soft and so warm that it was work every single stitch. Honestly, I think I will be making a lot of these for Christmas next year.
The last is actually pretty boring. I made a generic pattern for leg warms meant specifically for being worn over your pants in this frigid weather. Well, word of mouth spread and now I have an order for five pairs. They’re made with Red Heart Supersaver and take about 260 yards a pair.
I have so many things I want to get my hands on that it is killing me. For now I am going to work through some orders and plan for all the things I can do to get in trouble. I am curious though, what are you dying to get your hands on? Friends and neighbors I am just DYING to hear!!
I have a couple orders from friend but then i want to make a hat based on downton abbey. Can’t wait to get to that!
I saw the Downton Abbey Knits and fell in love! I am hoping to find it at my local used book store soon (knitting magazines are $.50 there!)
You’re on a roll! So many pretty and practical things–I like them all!
Wow great projects. Keep them coming 😉
I will see what I can do 😉
Yeah! Go girl!
Yay socks, and yay feeling better! It’s crazy how productive you are.
Thanks lovey – my primary job has been mandating so I’ve had a lot of time for socks.
I’m super jealous! I’vejust gone back to working on Greg’s rainbow socks after a loooong hiatus, and it’s so soothing just watching the pattern emerge.
Lolly – I love socks. I have this deep, deep love for socks. I SHOULD be scared of this 😛
You need to get a hold of some rainbow socks for yourself as well – I’ve been looking at rainbow sock yarn (as secretly as a teenage boy looks at porn) on the internet for months! Oh, and take pictures, I wanna see!
I just followed you on instagram! Now you can go on mine and see the socks 🙂
YEA! Lemme go see, I’m actually home tonight!
I have orders for leg warmers also! They seem to be very big with this weather.
Love that cowl!!
Thank you Polar Vortex! 😉
It’s amazing how fast you knit!! I love everything! Added the cowl to my queue! I’ve been dying to knit one and this one seems perfect!
I love this cowl! I used a worsted, but if you have a dk you love, and you have enough of it, I would do that if I did that again.
The Brandywine shawl by Romi hill has just attacked me, but I have to finish a couple of other things first.
Gesh. Just looking at the Brandywine shawl makes me nervous. I like the use of sock yarn in the pattern but still – you are a brave soul!
Glad yuo had a good birthday! I have a niece who has a late December birthday – it does rather get lost….
I’m sock happy right now, thanks to Sarah, but I am also plugging away on a big red sweater. I should finish it this weekend. Then, a smaller project is in the works. Not sure what, but really small, for sure.
After completing a sweater I can only imagine!
well, don’t be too impressed, it was on size 11 needles in bulky yarn. 🙂
So? You made a sweater! Don’t ever sell your accomplishments short – I am still as impressed as I was before 😉
well, thank you, ma’am. How is yoru sweater coming along, or did it yield to socks and sore hands?
I believe I have temporarily yielded. I think the biggest problem with the sweater is that it is heavy – I am constantly wresting with the yarn and this mass of sweater that holding it up wears my hands out quicker.
Plus, socks are so cute! :p
socks ARE cute. Interesting comment about the sweater – in retrospect, you probably shpould have gone for a pattern in a nice light weight yarn that is knit in spearate pieces and later seamed. Next time…meanwhile, socks. 🙂
Q – Lucky you! My birthday is at the end of November and often falls on Thanksgiving. Then I had a daughter whose birthday is 3 days before mine. So, my b-day not such a big deal either. LOL!
I have been wanting the Hogwarts Express pattern for ever! A LYS has one on display with the coolest hematite beads for eyes. Will knit one of these days. LOL!
I am finally to the owls on my shawl, this thing seems to be knitting itself. If I could afford Malabrigo sock yarn in bulk I would make it is sooo many colors!
I need an adult hoodie pattern that an intermediate knitter can use. And a set of size 4 dpns so I can make boot socks for work. That’s what I’m trying to get a hold of.
I actually have a spare set of 7″ size 4US DPNs that are yours if you want them – hey look! I am helping!
You are quite helpful. 🙂 I wouldn’t put you out though, there’s postage and handling to consider! I just have to find time to get to the store and I’m more worried that I’m going to pay for a pattern I can’t do!
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