Sunday, January 25, 2015

Episode 3: Happy 2015!

I know I'm a little late in sending my wishes, but I wanted to say HAPPY 2015!

I've got a little video up and running on YouTube, chatting about the end of the year and sharing a few recent projects. You can check it out here:

Finished projects:
Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits in Vanna's Choice in Eggplant. This is a super cute, easy pattern - great for beginners! Seems that so many bloggers and podcasters were making this hat at the end of the year!

Basic Childrens Mittens by Elizabeth Durand in Vanna's Choice in Eggplant. I knit the medium size (Child 8-10) which fits her really well but still allows for some room to grow.

Bankhead by Susie Gourley in Patons Classic Wool in New Denim. First finished project of 2015! Right after I finished this I found that Dan of the Bakery Bears Podcast was doing an informal "Bankhead-along" and decided to cast on another! This one was knit with some discontinued Schachenmayr Nomotta yarn that came from my grandmothers stash. It's really soft and squishy and as soon as I finished it my husband claimed it as his own!

I also finished a chunky cowl and my first weaving project for my daughter - she has all kinds of goodies to keep her warm! lol

Finally, I finished spinning some yarn! It was fiber from Three Waters Farm in the Surprising Satisfaction colorway. I really like how it turned out, even if my spinning wasn't perfectly consistent. I ended up with about 200 yards and I'm still trying to decide what to make with it that will use all of the yarn. Probably something like a Quaker Yarn Stretcher I think...

Works in Progress:
The socks that never end: These are my husbands Packers socks, knit with Crafts Meow yarn in the Packers Punch colorway. I finally finished the first sock (after ripping them out 3 times over the course of a year!) and have started the second sock. Unfortunately, he won't be able to wear them to cheer on the Packers in the Superbowl, but he'll have them to start the new season off right! Because of the number of stitches and needle size, the yarn has essentially striped. Normally it would pool but I do like the way it has turned out. :)

Spinning: I just started working on a new braid of fiber by Unwind Yarn Co in the Stop & Smell the Poppies colorway. It's my first time working with BFL, and it has a very interesting feel. It feel much denser than my previous fiber, while at the same time drafting quite easily. I'm not planning anything specific with the spin, just letting the fiber do what it wants. Overall, I think it will end up more of a rusty color once the golds and deep reds mix, but it's really too early to tell. It's spinng pretty thin at the moment, so we'll see what kind of yardage I end up with in the end.

Abstract dischloth from Dishcloth Divas. I really like this's been out for a little while and there is also a second book now out as well. If you are looking for some new patterns for the boring old dishcloth, check these books out! I'm knitting it with I Love This Cotton from Hobby's a really soft yarn and could work just as easily for a face cloth as a dishcloth. No progress photo yet - I'm knitting it as a gift so I will post a photo at a later date. :)

That's about it for now! I am still trying to find a good time to record be honest I think I have tried recording this episode at least 5 different times over the past 2 months! I'll get there though! :) Up to date pictures can be found on my Instagram account if you are interested in checking it out (link on the left sidebar of the blog).

I hope that you had a lovely holiday season and wonderful start to the new year! I'm really looking forward to what 2015 will bring!

**Forgot to mention** - the cardigan I am wearing was knit by my grandmother. I have no idea what the pattern name is or even when it was made. My dad and I have begun the process of going through my mom's things and she had a bunch of sweaters in her closet that were made by my grandmother so I took a few. They are a little loose fitting (my mom liked to wear things on the loose side) but it's warm and perfect for a wintry day. :)

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