January 26th, 2014 YoP update and 52 weeks of granny post

Happy Sunday everyone! Here we go again!

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This week I finished a few things and have great progress with a couple other items. I seem to be splitting my time between knitting and crocheting fairly well too!

First with the finishes….

I made a quick stash busting project. It is a preemie cap for the local hospital… I plan in making more of them. No specific pattern…just from my head ūüôā

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And I finished this amazing cowl… Which was PERFECTLY timed for immediate use during this crazy polar vortex we have been having in Toronto…

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Then I started and finished another test crochet pattern for the Scattered Dahlias group. This hat had crocheted CABLES in it. I love how these test patterns push my boundaries. This hat and one I made previously will likely go to the cancer treatment centre at my local hospital too.

I love the idea of doing things for Charity, and upon reading a blog from a fellow blogger last week I realized I could take in the same mind set. The Charity, Gift, Self rotation. I love the idea of it… I think it will help keep me on track with stuff I need to be knitting and crocheting verses the stuff I want to be making for myself.

So where are the gift and self projects you say? First I am going to speak briefly about the self project…

Well… I started this cute little shawl for myself.

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It is a simple pattern on the label of the Red Heart Boutique yarn Unforgettable. This yarn is so amazingly soft and beautiful!

The gift project ties into the 52 weeks of Granny… squares! group on ravelry. I am making this tree skirt for my sister in law for Christmas 2014.

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This is what I have created so far. 7 “squares” done. 5 to go.

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Then I will have to get it OFF my granny group and keep it just on the YoP group, as it will be straight rows of doubles crochet… No more squares. Although, I may have to make more for other people…. Time will tell.

Have a great day everyone!

January 19th, 2014 YoP update AND… 52 weeks of granny!

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AND a post about the group –

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This week I finished off not 1, not 2 but 3 test projects. 3!!! Amazing.

All of which I will show when the patterns are published on Ravelry. What I can tell you is one is a knitted cowl, designed by a fellow raveler in the YoP group and the two hats are from the Scattered Dahlias group

This amazing cowl…

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will get to come out of the wip pile now that these three projects are all complete ūüėČ

With some left over yarn from one of the hats I made this granny square

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It fulfills my week three granny square for the 52 weeks of Granny… Squares group.

I don’t really know what I am going to do with it, but I am thinking I may make another one of these…

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This is a stash yarn granny square blanket that I made about 20 years ago. It is a bit of a disaster… But when I made it as a teenager, I was pretty in love with it. So much so that I still have it. Every now and again I look at it and think “I should just take this thing apart and reconstruct it”, but then I figure “why should I? Reconstructing it would take away from its charm”.

So with the lone square, I think I will (over the course of this year), I will construct another blanket. Maybe.

Happy Sunday and happy knitting/crocheting/etc!

January 12th, 2014 YoP update.

Not a whole lot to report this week.

One of the hats I test crochet before Christmas went live… So I can share it here now…

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It is a cute and glittery little hat. I gave it to my youngest niece for Christmas. My project page for it is here, and it links up to the published pattern as well!

In addition to working steadily through the WIP from 2013 and the luxurious baby alpaca scarf, I hooked on two more projects… Another hat to test crochet… Which I can’t share with you yet… and some granny squares for a tree skirt that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago here

There will be 12 of them needed in total. And I am making them with this pile of yarn.

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I have made two of the 12 squares needed. Here is what one looks like.

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They are lopsided on purpose, because when all twelve are made, they will be sewn together and go around the base of a Christmas tree. You can find my project page on Ravelry for it here.

You know what is cool about these granny squares? They also satisfy goals that have been set for myself in another group on Ravelry… That I just joined last weekend. It is called 52 weeks if granny…. Squares! You can find the group here

So even though there has not been any finishes this week, I still feel quite accomplished… As so many of these item should be completed in the next day or so… Wish me luck!

January 5th 2014 YoP update!

Good Morning! And Happy New Year!

Not much to post today. Still working on a wip for a test knit…

But there is one other thing I am working on, that since Wednesday, when I photo journaled all of my stash here , has been cast on. On Wednesday, I claimed I only had 1 wip. That was true… Then. Only I spent a lovely afternoon at The Purple Purl on Thursday. Working on my only wip. Got many pattern repeats finished. Then I got up to stretch and walk around the store… First mistake. Then I began touching, ooh-ing and aawww-ing… Second mistake. Then my feet stopped walking in front of some squishy yarn, and I read the label… Third mistake. I was hooked. Alpaca it said… Luxurious it said… I cuddled it and took it to the cash register… And sadly… I don’t remember anything after that… Until I am at home and it comes out of my bag.

This is it. All wound up and ready to go…

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It is amazing to touch… And last night… When I celebrated in being half way done my test project (formerly my only wip), I cast on the 28 stitches required to make this

Here is what I have so far.

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It is amazing. I would like to think that I will be done the test knit wip before this… But who am I kidding?

If you haven’t done so already… Please make sure to read my post from Wednesday… It is quite a sight. And believe it or not… There is a plan there, one for the rest of this YoP year, and one for 2014.

Happy knitting!

Confessions of a Stash-A-Holic (aka the plan for 2014)

So as I was prepping my crafting space yesterday, to be clean and organized for the new year, I began to photo document my stash… the way it is right now.. at the beginning of 2014. ¬†And where it may now look like a lot to some… it is a lot for me…

As I introduce you to my lovelies (yup… I have a relationship with all the skeins and balls) I will outline my intent for them along with some links to patterns I want them to become. ¬†There will be the year long intents and the ones I thing I can manage for the remainder of the 3rd year of the YoP I am currently a part of on http://www.ravelry.com

So here we go!

these will be washclothes for Christmas 2014 gifts

Let me introduce you to my smallest pile. ¬†The cotton yarn pile. ¬†As the caption says – their destiny is to become washcloths… likely to be used as gifts next Christmas.

I am not sure how many one little ball makes, so I may be adding more to this pile as the year progresses.  I am confident though, that I will be able to knit these ones photoed here by the end of June.  I will likely go with this pattern.

 

A sweater for me!

Some time ago I came across this pattern and decided I must make it for myself.  and the above yarn will be used for it.  Because I tend to be a slow knitter with bigger projects I would like to see myself finished the BACK panel by June and with any kind of luck, be finished the rest of it by the end of 2014.

Such a pretty pile!

This pile of lace weight yarn does not have a specific plan.  The blue one in the middle actually already has a pattern for a star stitch scarf inside its baggie.  That I will knit up.. soon.  I would like to see it completed by June.

Yarn Bowlz & Mohawk hats!

This Bernat Chunky Yarn is amazing for Yarn Bowlz and MoHawk Hats! (or dino hats for the younger crowd). ¬†This little pile is destined to be more of those. ¬†I am thinking that the Yarn Bowlz would be cool to sell at a craft fair… check out their pattern here.

 

cozy winter wear and kiddie sweaters

This pile is deceivingly small. ¬†There is a lot here. ¬†This yarn is always on sale at Michaels and with another one opening up near me soon, I fear that this pile may grow. ¬†But hats and mitts for kids is perfect for this kind of yarn. ¬†As is cute kiddie sweaters. ¬†I don’t have specific patterns in mind for winter wear or sweaters, but I would like to see 2 pairs of mitts and 3 hats made with this yarn by June and and indescribable amount made by the end of 2014 ūüôā

Any ideas?

I won this skein at a Yarn Tasting. ¬†It is really nice and I ant to make just the right thing with it… but the more I look at it the more I think, I will make it into something for a teacher next Christmas. ¬†They always love the hand made stuff… such a nice change from chocolates and mugs…

Neat Yarn

I will make this.  One day.

I bought this kit at the Knitters Frolic in Toronto in April 2012 and it has been in my stash ever since. ¬†It is a neat ‘flat’ yarn that I very much want to create into the cotton draped pullover. ¬†I just don’t know when. ¬†Hopefully I cast it on this year… but the next couple of photos are exactly why it remains on the ‘one day’ list.

Sock Yarn Addiction

This year I must make more socks.  and I must use this Vanilla Latte pattern to not take away from the amazing patterns and stripes each one of these balls has.

ruffle yarn

As much as I dislike making these kinds of scarves, they still appear to be popular and should sell fairly well at a craft fair in the fall. ¬†These balls were on clearance… so naturally i couldn’t just buy one or two balls. ¬†There are 16 there. ¬†My goal is to make two a month for the next 8 months. ¬†That is doable. ¬†Hence I want to have 12 scarves made by the end of June.

Soft and Luxurious

This will be something else for me.  I loved the feel of the yarn.  I had a gift card, it was on sale.  The pattern on the band looks easy enough.  Hence, these two balls found their way home with me.

Sister in law request

I posted a picture on FaceBook a while ago about a cool-looking tree skirt pattern I found to crochet.  My sister in law immediately called me uo and asked if I would make it for her.  Her birthday is in November.  I have time.  I would like to see all the squares made by June then just piece it together for November.

LASTLY – my only WIP that was carried over from 2013 to 2014. (Drum Roll Please

Super SEEKRIT test knit

In years past I have had entirely too many things on my needles.  This year, the exact opposite happened.  One project.  Just one.  And it has to be done soon Рso says the designer who wants to have the pattern published soon.

 

So that is it.  My stash out for all to see.  Thanks for taking the time to read this all the way through.  I am glad I documented it.  And now I feel like I have a certain purpose and vision for my 2014 knitting and crocheting projects.

Happy New Year!