It’s been over a month since I last posted, hard to believe given that I used to be so devoted to keeping up with it. The thing is, when time is precious you begin to…covet it. When I’m not working, with family or friends I want to be knitting or spinning. It’s even stranger because as I am knitting I am actually thinking about writing about it. What to say, questions to ask, things to share – these things bubble in my mind and quickly as my needles navigate the fiber.
So in the interest of keeping up with the blog I am no longer going to pressure myself into doing it, I am going to let it be something that is enjoyable and not just another obligation. That being said, I cannot wait to share all the shenanigans that I’ve gotten into this past month. Hope your still reading friends and neighbors – and I hope it was worth the wait.
- Project: The Bend Hat – Event Charity/Single Skein in Ravellenic Games
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Soft – about 175 yards worth.
- Verdict?: I really like the pattern, but the ribbing was a bit big for my taste. I will definitely make this again – just shorten the brim by half.
- Pattern: Cross Timbers by Alexis Winslow
- Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Plum Heather and Dark Gray
- Verdict? : I really loved this for my first colorwork pattern. I did, however, block it till it screamed and it was still too tight. I used the largest amount of stitches called for, but if it doesn’t block for me (oh please let it block for me!) the I will know to add pattern repeats to make the circumference bigger. It still came out to 11” length wise so I don’t know if this is what’s suppose to happen or if I knitted too tightly – even though after watching I went up a needle size.
- Pattern: Rose Tyler’s Fingerless Mittens by Dana Berry
- Yarn: Zitron Trekking 6 fach 6 ply in 1806 Blue Grey
- Verdict? : I really enjoyed this pattern. The chart was well written and the mitts look just like the ones from Doctor Who (except not pink – Gloria would hate pink). When I make them again for myself, I am going to knit the back section instead of purling. I don’t think that it will change the integrity of the pattern and I hate purling in the round on such small needles.
- Pattern: Leave on the Line by Susan Ashcroft
- Yarn: Casscade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints in Fall (9801)
- Verdict? : I LOVE Susan Ashcroft! If I had the funds I would buy every pattern she has ever written and make them all at least four times. The idea of measuring your yarn for a pattern is freaking ingenious. You get the most out of your expensive skein of yarn. I cannot wait to give this to my Aunt Kathy!!
- Purl Ridge Cowl by Stephen West
- Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Midnight in Misty
- Verdict? : Great pattern – totally brainless and ends up looking far more intricate that it actually is. It is also a great stash-busting project and I will be making loads of these for the holidays.
So here is part one. There was a lot more knitting going on than I thought, so breaking it up seemed the best idea. I hope your still there friends and neighbors – I know I’ve been a crummy blogger but I am at least going to try to get caught up with your blogs. Missing your blogs is like missing a friend, it hurts and it’s super annoying!
I quit worrying about how often I blogged and just started doing it when I felt I had something to share. It seems the posts are better and more valuable that way. Now I concentrate on my crochet and designing then share like you did. I love it.
It certainly seems healthier 🙂 I just don’t want to rush, I like the act of writing too much to mess with it.
Beautiful projects. I especially like the leaved on the vine shawl. 🙂 Happy Tuesday.
Happy Wednesday to you!
Missed you but I can see you’ve been a busy girl. All your projects are awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for still reading my drivel!!
Love your shawl, you’ve done so much knitting in a month.. I’m very jealous! Do you work on two + projects at once or are you more devoted to just one?
Two is putting it lightly 😉 I tend to have at least four going at once, that way when my hands are tired of one needle size/yarn/pattern I can pick something else up. And I keep a pair of socks in my purse that always go with me!
Happy to read them as often as you want to post them! Love the purl ridge cowl – I may have to knit one as it’s just the sort of thing my daughter loves to wear 🙂
It was so much fun to just pick it up and go! I’m giving it to my cousin for Christmas and I’m sure your daughter would love anything you made!
Yaaaaay I’m glad you’re back!! I love seeing everything you’ve been up to. You’re so productive!!
With knitting, yes. With spinning – let’s just say I may be bald by May! Grrr and argh with the wheel!!!!!!!!!!!
awwwww 😦 what’s making you so nuts??
Love them all! Blogging should be fun not work. Look forward to your next post whenever.
Thank you, I’ve missed reading blogs – seems all I have the brains for these days is looking at Instagram pics!
I wondered what had happened to you–you’ve been consumed by knitting! It all looks great–I like the leaf shawl a lot and love the mitts, too!
Thank you! I’ve been knitting a lot, but more than anything just trying to get on friendly terms with my new wheel
Wow! Gorgeous projects 😀 it’s good to know it’s not just me who’s been short on blog posts recently. Sometimes I just don’t feel like I have anything in particular to say and at times like that it’s pretty pointless me trying to write a post as it will most likely be very dull. *sending virtual hugs* 🙂
Ha! I have just written about thinking about blogging versus actually doing it, and how if I could psychically do it, there would be a million posts daily, not one a week if I’m lucky 😀