September 29th YoP update

Not a hugely productive week with knitting. I was otherwise distracted by the huge undertaking of getting the beginning of year BBQ and meet the teacher night executed at the boys’ school.

Now that that is over, I can set my sights if being a little more productive on the knitting front this week.

I did manage to complete the left and right front panels of the baby pram sweater I wrote about last week.

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Now I just need to get through the back, 2 sleeves and a collar.

As a healthy diversion from the sweater, I also began making another yarn bowl. It hasn’t been as fast as the first one I made. Thinner yarn. But it is sturdy!

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Yes it is brown. But I quite like it… I am thinking of adding some pink trim.

Another thing I did this week was check out the grand opening of a Michaels very close toy home. I usually have to drive for 20 to 30 minutes to get to one… But this one was only about a 7 minute drive away!

They have some grand opening specials. For fibre enthusiasts… They have the Loops and Threads IMPECCABLE yarn on sale for $1.99 a ball.

Yes this yarn is 100% acrylic… But for hats and mots for two rough and tumble boys… I am ok with that.

With the stage they are at, the nicer and more luxurious the fibre is, the less likely I am going to make them something with it ๐Ÿ™‚

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This pile cost me $30 Canadian and is destined for many kid-friendly projects in the future… And maybe even some yarn bowlz!

Happy knitting!

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September 22nd, 2013 YoP update

Hang on to your seats everyone… This photo-packed YoP update is about to begin!

A short time ago I posted about a few different patterns I was test-knitting for and just recently one of the pattern writers sent me a not that she had published her patterns.

Imagine my excitement when I realized that I would have amazing things to share and post about this week! Rachel Richardson recently published this pattern.

Here is a picture of the one I made!

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And she also published this pattern.

And here is a picture of the one I made!

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So other than these two items… Which I finished quite a while ago… I did finish two other things this week and started a third…

So here it goes…

I finished the scarf! Your can find the pattern here.

And here is the picture of my FO

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Last night, I started this really neat pattern I found on Ravelry. It is called a Yarn Bowlz. Like those clay ones you can buy at knitting shows but crocheted out of yarn…. The pattern is here.

And here is a picture of my FO.

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Lastly… Here is the most recent project I started… There is not much yet… But sometime soon, this

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Will look something like this (only white)…

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It is the jacket from the free pram set pattern brought out by Bernat. You can find that pattern here.

Whew!

I think I remembered everything… It has been a fairly busy week… One notable thing though… I think I am going to frog this hat…

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Yes it is the hat that is to go with the awesome scarf I finished this week… However I now look at the hat and don’t think that it is all that awesome… Now that I am well versed in the cable pattern for the scarf, I think I will be able to transfer it well into a hat… I will get to that soon… Maybe after I am done the pram jacket and the bonnet and booties I will be making to go with the jacket. A coworker asked me to make it for her unborn niece/nephew and I would like to get it done sooner rather than later… As well as plot through some Christmas knitting (less than 100 days until Christmas! Eek!!).

Anyway… I will leave you with that lovely thought and run back to my knitting ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good day!

September 15th 2013 YoP Update

Not a big update this week. Now that school is back in full swing, this week was very busy with other (non-knitting) obligations.

I have however managed to get half of a scarf completed for my niece… To match the hat from last week. I have other items in waiting to start, but I am trying really hard to not get caught up in start-itis.

If I work really hard at it… The scarf can be done by this evening.

Here is a picture of the scarf so far…

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Happy knitting!

September 8th 2013 YoP update

Wow… Here we are again. Another YoP update!

With school back in this past week… Knitting went a lot slower than in past weeks… Although I did manage to finish a hat as part of a Christmas gift for my 12 yer old niece.

She asked me ages ago to make her a hat and scarf set (with mittens) for Christmas this year. And it had to be lavender. I guess when you are 12, you are very sure about what you want ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern I used for the hat is heavily modified from the pattern shown here.

Here are a couple of photos of it.

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This is my first attempt at making a Pom Pom. Not sure that I love it… But I have time to perfect it.

Once this hat was completed… I got right to work on the scarf… Where I am following the pattern exactly as it is written, although I went a couple of sizes up in needles, because I wanted the scarf for my niece to be squishy-er.

Here is a picture of what it looks like so far…

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I must be getting faster at my knitting and crocheting projects… It feels like I have completed so much so far this year… And a cool thing? People are approaching me more and more to create something for them! I love doing that kind of thing… I must just learn to pace myself and not take too much on.

Any way.. I must go to sleep soon. It is technically early Sunday morning… But I have yet to turn in for the (Saturday) night!

Have a good knitting week everyone!

September 1st 2013 YoP update

Welcome to my September 1st 2013 Year of Projects post!

With the last week of summer now behind us… I have been extremely busy getting ready for the kids to go back to school!

Very little knitting has been done this week ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

However. I am almost done my secret test knit for Kate Atherley. You can find her blog here

For her test knit I chose the most awesome fibre. A sock yarn from indigodragonfly and it has THE BEST colour way name I have ever seen… It is called SARGASM. An amazingly vibrant shade of purple.

I am very excited to finish this test knit… And for the nod to make it known. The process has not been without its hiccups… But as I reflect on the whole thing… I realize that the possible challenges were within me and not the pattern itself… Whereas I do think of myself as an advanced knitter… I sometimes struggle with abbreviations within patterns. But often middle through.

It is all a learning process I suppose… And I am happy to be well emerged within it!

Happy knitting and until next time!

Christine