Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Not too much to look at this week, but first up is the Demanlangeni Shawl just barely started, but done the cast on of 378 stitches which is the worst part.  It's one of those triangular/crescent-shaped shawls that has a lace border and short-row main section, but I love the way the short-row section has some texture to it, rather than just plain stockinette.  This is my first project for the 14 in 2014.
Next up is a little baby cardigan, made with Knit Picks Dancing, which they don't make anymore.  I may be making more baby stuff out of sock yarn since it's so durable and I have so much of it.  We'll see... definitely not as quick as knitting with DK or worsted weight.

Last up is my second project for the 14 in 2014 and I've finally found a use for my Eros stash.  I hate knitting with this stuff by itself, you need really pointy needles and you need to make sure to catch both strands of the ladder every time.  However, knit with some wonderful Rowan wool/silk, not so bad.  This will be my first Honey Cowl.

With any luck and some NFL playoff knitting, I should have all 3 done by the end of the weekend.

Monday, January 13, 2014

First baby blanket

First of 52 baby things for 2014 - done.
I used Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints which is a lovely 85% superwash merino and 15% silk yarn.  I think it's a nice size for swaddling up the baby or laying on the floor or crib.  The lace isn't so holy that their little fingers will poke through and snag it up.  Hopefully it will truly be washable, and if not, I'll just have to make another one.  In fact, I could make an identical one because I bought 3 skeins and only used about 1.5.   
Hermie's giving me the evil eye again.
Although he's not really that interested in me.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Resolutions - underway...

New Year's resolutions have been typed up and this year I even categorized them.  And there's a lot of knitting ones, surprise, surprise.  Let other people shed pounds and stick to budgets, I've got knitting goals to meet!
I joined a couple of groups on ravelry to help with keeping to a theme - there's the 14 in 2014, for which I'll hopefully be producing finished items from the hodge podge pictured here.
Apparently we have strict rules in these virtual knitting groups and all projects must be started and finished in 2014, so that pink mohair mess at the top will have to wait until 2015, since I started sometime in the distant past.  So there's only 11 projects in that picture, I'll add 3 more once I finish the first two.

The other group I joined is the 52 in 52 weeks group.  For this one my theme will be baby items, since I am about to become an Oma for the first time in August. 

I'm also going to do the ravellenics and the Tour de Sock, oh, and probably Camp Loopy.  All totally achievable in my mind.  I no longer give myself any Christmas gift knitting pressure, I like to spread it out throughout the whole year.