Well, the holidays are long gone, and therefore Christmas knitting is once again put away until next year…
That is, right after I finish up the presents that I didn’t get done! I am notorious for biting off more than I can chew and trying to make everyone something just right, and this year I just didn’t quite make the deadline. Thus, I currently have two projects on the go that I need to finish up quickly and get to their respective recipients.
The first project is a scarf, One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, which I’m making for my Mom with some black Cascade 220. It’s a really nice pattern that works up quickly, with just a four stitch repeat, so you can memorize it in the first couple of rows and not have to keep referring back. This also makes it an excellent travel project, as you don’t have to worry about getting distracted and losing your place. I’ve included some photos of the scarf so far, where you can see that I’m roughly three-quarters finished. I just have to knit a few more rows and attach a fringe, and I’ll be finished!
As you can see, it’s coming along nicely, and I should (hopefully) be finished it in no time.
The second project that I am currently working on is a pair of socks for my girlfriend Taylor. They are orange and blue, a mix of Cascade 220 and Cascade 220 Heathers, and I am improvising the design as I go along with the help of a few life-saving knitting books. She’s already seen them, as I wrapped up the one sock that I was finished to give to her on Christmas morning, so I won’t be ruining any surprise here. I’m not too far into the second sock, about halfway, so I still have some work to do to finish these soon!
Overall, I’m a bit behind, but I’m well on my way to catching up, so I think I’ll be OK - after all, exams are coming up, and what better way to procrastinate?
I’ve been needing a new knitting bag, as mine right now consists of a re-usable cloth grocery bag or a small Mountain Equipment Co-op bag, depending on the size of the project. I may decide to use this idea for a new knitting bag! Whether I make it or buy it is as of yet undecided.
Haha so clever :)
This past week has been filled with all sorts of knitting (and other) goodness. It was very exciting!
First, it was my birthday on Sunday, so that was fun. I got a wool winder (which will be very helpful!), some yarn, a knitting book, two seasons of House, and a season of Criminal Minds (I’ve already finished one of the seasons of House!). We also had an excellent dinner, of pulled pork and cake! Not together obviously. Two of my best friends came over, we played Mad Gabs, and hung out. All in all, an excellent birthday!
The next exciting thing is that, with the yarn I got for my birthday, I designed my own pattern for a knitting bag. I’ll post photos when I can, but I’m submitting it to be published, and so I can’t post anything yet. However, now I have a knitting bag! I’ve needed one for a while, I’ve been using Ziplocs and backpacks, and it doesn’t work so well sometimes.
The next piece of exciting fiber-related goodness is I finished spinning a bunch of roving that I had with my drop spindle, and I died it with Kool Aid! I don’t have photos right now, but I’ll post them soon. I want to take pictures in the daylight to really show off the colour, a variegated red and purple. Luckily, the dye came out of hands after a while.
Thirdly, I finished my pretty purple gloves that I’ve been working on since September of 2010. I actually of photos of these! They’re coming up next.
Overall, an excellent week as far as yarn and awesomeness go.