Category Archives: FOs

The Next Generation

It has often saddened me that, up to this point, neither of my boys have been interested in learning to knit. I keep offering, never pushing, just letting them know it’s an option. Fingers are crossed that eventually one of them takes me up on the offer!

In the meantime, I have taught a friend to knit. She’s currently working on her third project, a blanket. She’s coming along swimmingly and I can’t wait to see her fabulous project! 😀

Today I have the wonderful kids of one of my oldest and best friends with me. The older of the two is interested in blogging. What better way for her to see what goes into a blog post than to write one about her and her brother’s visit!

These two are no strangers to my knitting. For Tori I’ve knit her a blue hat and a stripey hat, both of which look lovely on her! For her baby brother I’ve knit a newborn hat and his Blankie (aka TT).  As if having more small people to knit for isn’t an awesome gift (which it is. The smaller the object the faster it goes, you know!) now I know that in just a few years I *will* get to pass on my skills to Tori. And I couldn’t be happier than if it were one of my boys.

Knitting, sewing, crocheting, cross stitch, these are all skills that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Getting to take part in the passing down of knowledge is one of the best things in life, to me.

What about you, wonderful friends? Who’ve you passed your knowledge on to? How did it make you feel? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you next week!

So Close!

I’m so close I can almost taste it! The Gansey Wristers that I started the day before Thanksgiving are just 10 rows from being done!

In case you were wondering, that’s where I’ve been. Working (at a pace so slow that snails look like Formula 1 cars) on these mitts. I told myself no new projects, no cross stitching, no working on crochet, and no letting myself be distracted by anything I could use to procrastinate.

It’s not that I dislike the pattern. I really do like it. I enjoy the yarn I’m working with. The needle size is the range I’m most comfortable with (between 1 and 4) so that’s not why. Much like trying to get my kids to clean their rooms, I’m just ready for the next shiny thing.

On the plus side, this means you’ll be hearing from me more. Next blog post will show my favorite method for joining in the round! 🙂

Best Laid Plans, etc.

So, if you’ll remember back in November I wrote that this year I would absolutely NOT be knitting ANY presents? (If you don’t go read this first. Go ahead. I’ll wait.) Yeah, well joke’s on me.

It started out innocently enough. I decided I’d knit two pair of the super popular Manly Mitts for my husband’s company party gift swap. As 3 pairs had been requested (and received) by his coworkers, and it’s a quick and easy knit, I figured this would be simple enough.

Then I decided to knit 2 cup cozies for my youngest son’s PreK teachers as Christmas presents. Those were done in one long and sleepy night as I’d decided to do them a day before the last day of class.

Before all those, though, there was the cowl I knit for a friend. And the mitts I’m knitting for another friend. Said mitts are about 1/4 of the way done. Plus the thing I’m knitting for my mom, which I haven’t even cast on for yet. Oh! And the mitts I’m making for one of my youngest’s school friends.

I asked my husband the other night if I’d done the same thing last year. Apparently, yes, I had. And I’m sure I’ll do something similar next year. That’s ok because as the saying goes “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and if me driving myself slightly crazier is my awry, well I’ll take it. 🙂

What last minute knitting are you trying to accomplish in the next 15 days? Let me know!

Where…

…did October go and how are we a third of the way through November already?! I decided early on in the year this year that I would not be doing any holiday gift knitting this year. I did, though, knit this super soft and warm hat for my mother-in-law’s birthday last month! I knit her an Everglade out of a skein of Malabrigo Worsted Merino. The colorway is Alpine Pearl and it looks SMASHING on her!

Everglade Hat

I also untangled a skein of yarn for a friend. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes untangling a skein of yarn is something that makes me want to cry. Other times, I find it oddly soothing. This was one of those second times.

Before and After
Before and After

And finally! I am nearly done with my oldest current WIP. A baby blanket that I started WAY back in January. I should be done with it no later than the first of the month, when it will be sent by a awesome friend of mine to his baby nephew in New Jersey! As soon as it’s all done I’ll let you know!

What sort of excitement have y’all gotten up to while I was MIA? Let me know in the comments!

Finishing The WIP Pile

I have a bad habit of starting a large project, getting not quite halfway done, and abandoning it for something new, and portable, and quick. Startitis is totally a problem I suffer from. So, high on the feeling of finishing my Wurm, I decided to knock out the one WIP that’s been languishing in the corner since January. (Really?! Jeez, I didn’t realize it was that long!)

So the Diagonal Baby Blanket is once again back in business. It’s not that it’s a hard pattern, it just seems to go on and on and on. And on some more. Luckily I’ve got more time recently to work on it and it seems to be moving at a pretty good pace. As of right now I’m nearing my halfway point and I know from experience that the decreases go MUCH faster than the increases. There’s also the bonus that any potential leftovers will go to my son’s pre-K class to be used in art supplies! Yay!

Once I hit the 50% point I’m rewarding myself with casting on Gansey Wristers in a skein of Creating by A Verb for Keeping Warm (unfortunately, they’ve discontinued this yarn. You can, however, check online for destashes, if you have your heart set on this exact yarn) that I received as a gift. The colorway is called Aortic and it’s a tonal in shades of red. Wristers are my second favorite knitted item (after hats) and in my opinion there’s no such thing as too many pair!

What’s your current oldest WIP? Are you pretending it doesn’t currently exist or have you decided to tackle it in the hopes that you can start the new year with a clean knitting slate? Do you have a fun project to dangle as a carrot to keep you going?

FINISHED!

It took me much longer than I wanted, but my Wurm is FINALLY FINISHED!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

wurm side wurm

I’m so glad I finished this in time for the cooler weather that is coming. Eventually. It’s Florida so I’ve got awhile still, to be honest.

And since this is done it’s time for me to finish the blanket and sweater I have on the needles! I’ll most likely cast on something small and portable as well. I don’t like taking large projects out and about with me. How about you? Let me know in the comments!

Wiggling Along

I’ve been up late the past several nights. Partly because I have insomnia and my current medication isn’t working for it (no worries, I have an appointment with my doctor soon and we’ll fix it then) and partly because it’s my only quiet time.

Ta-da!
Ta-da!

In addition to finishing my Ashwyn Beret (that would be the pretty lace hat in the picture above) I’ve been inching along on my Wurm. Not even inching. Centimetering. (Is that a word? It is now.)

We all know that I am a hat knitter. Hats are my jam. So why am I not just knitting like the wind on this hat? I love the yarn. I love my needles. (I’m using my Addi Clicks. J’adore.) And I realized around 1 am this morning that I’m nervous about the brim on this hat.

You see, that was what flummoxed me last time I attempted to knit this hat. I know that I was a much newer knitter than I am now. I know that I have successfully picked up and knit stitches. Therefore, picking up and knitting the picked up stitch to a live stitch can’t be that hard. I’m totally psyching myself out.

The beauty of realizing this is now that I know what the issue is, I can face it. What’s the worst that will happen? I’ll have to start over? That’s not the end of the world. Hell, some projects I’ve started 3 or 4 times because I screwed them up. (Always in different ways, though. At least I learn from my mistakes!) So, before the fold I will put in a life line. And I will quit worrying. After all, I have some amazing knitters that I’m lucky to call friend. If worse comes to worse, I’ll just start asking questions and picking brains. And having said that, y’all have been warned! 😉

How’s your Wurm coming? Are you inching along or flying? Have you conquered the brim? Any advice for those of us who haven’t?

FO Friday

Woo-hoo! We made it through another week, my friends. I got lots of stuff finished this week, so I thought I’d celebrate by doing a FO Friday!

Awww, look! It likes him!
Awww, look! It likes him!

The tally for this week is 3 baby hats and 1 facehugger. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! I plan on finishing the other ‘hugger over the weekend so that we can begin our Wurm-along on Monday! (So if you haven’t found your needles and yarn yet, you have all weekend to do so!

Not bad for a week's work.
Not bad for a week’s work.

Hope you all have a fun weekend! We’re celebrating Thing 1’s 13th birthday this weekend followed by Mr. KwK and my 8th wedding anniversary. See you all Monday for the beginning of our Wurm-venture! 🙂

The Miracle of Blocking

There are fewer things less fun and more tedious in knitting than blocking. I would rank it even below weaving in ends. On a scale of “Boring” to “I Really Hate This” I feel like blocking ranks a “Dental Work”.

The results, though, make it all worthwhile. Blocking can take a blob of knitting that’s pretty, like this:

75% done!

 

And turn it into something breathtaking, like this:

I really am super proud of this!
I really am super proud of this!

This represents a couple of cramps and some careful maneuvering on my closet floor (that’s the only place large enough to pin out and close the cats out of) as well as the deliberate use of a yard stick, blocking wires, and most of a box of T-pins.

And it was worth every second of it. I can’t wait to give this to the recipient. It was a lot of work, but I really learned a lot and feel much more confident in my lace knitting abilities as well as the best way to block lace. Also, a big thank you to my mom for giving me my blocking mats and letting me borrow her blocking wires. Again. 🙂

As if that weren’t enough, I also finished the first of the two boob hats this weekend! I knitted the larger of the two first, so the smaller will just fly by! In fact, I’m about to cast it on right now! I borrowed a friend’s son to model the hat for me, and I love the way it turned out!

boob hat 1

This hat seriously cracked me up! As soon as I finish the second and have pics of the new owner wearing them I’ll be sure to post them here! (With the mom’s permission, of course!)

I still have multiple projects on the needles, but once I get them whittled down to 2 (instead of 5) I will begin the Wurm-a-long! So pick out your yarn now! That should be next week!

Throwback Thursday!

In the spirit of TBT, I thought I’d share the first thing I ever knit for myself. My knitting motto seems to be “Go big or go home” and true to that spirit I knit myself a shawl. Not just any shawl. I knit myself a Daybreak. A shawl, increases, colorwork, and all done with fingering weight yarn. Not what I would recommend for someone’s 4th or 5th project, but it was so pretty!

Just finished and unblocked on my coffee table.

Same shawl after blocking. I needed the dining room table to show it!

I still think this is one of my best FOs and one of the prettiest. In fact, I think I’m going to take this week and figure out how to work this into my daily wear more often. It deserves to be seen, not hidden in my closet waiting for a special occasion!