And one of Kelly and Jim:
Well, this week I have received a lot of goodies in the mail. I received this book in the mail. I am really into Hygge lately and want to learn more about it.
Stash AquisitionI also received several yarns this week. Since one collection is a gift, I will show you what I can. Last Christmas, Ethan gave me a gift certificate from Backyard Fiberworks. It took me a year to decide what I wanted to do with that gift. This week, I finally figured it out. The Stonington Socks 2018 group are making a pair of socks called No. 5 Union Street. They are so pretty and fun! Check it out:
WIPsI've been busy working on so many projects and, in reviewing what I have in my Island of Unloved Projects, I have found so many items I really want to complete, but tossed aside for the next 'bright shiny project". I am not going to give up starting new items, but need to complete a few items that I have on the needles.
This weekend, I am making a few dishcloths. I want to make 52 or so this year. They make great gifts, everyone can use one or two and I have a ton of cotton I would love to use up. I could probably make dishcloths for years and not use up all the cotton I have!
I am working on a pair of socks for Box of Socks 2018. These are the Hedgerow Socks in Seawall Fibres Laguna Agate. It's a beautiful soft sock yarn. The Box of Socks socks needs to be a fingering weight sock. The idea is to knit a pair a month. I am just over halfway completed with this pair. I am really enjoying making them.
Additionally, I am working on a pair of bulky weight slippers. They are difficult to make because after using fingering weight yarn, the bulky yarn is like using rope. I had a difficult time with the pattern, but now that I know how to read it, it's a lot easier.
Finally, my LunchTime WIP is a pair of camp socks I started in 2016. They are out of Cascade Heritage 150 Paints in sport weight. I started them right after a trip to Lewisburg WV and got the yarn from Country Road Yarn House. It's nice yarn to work with, but so PINK!!! I finally decided the thing to do is to add white heels and toes to make this pair more palatable. I think it will help a lot.
The LunchTime WIPs are the WIPs I started prior to 2018. I am using the ones that are in the Yarn Vault or the Room of Creativity. This is the second I am working on since January 1. I am working on WIPs all this year during my lunch hours. It's a good way to get a lot of these projects completed as it is 40 minutes about 4 days a week. The first was Jacen's OSU Cardigan, which is completed and given to Kelly. Which takes me to...
As I said, I completed the OSU Cardigan for Jacen. It came out lovely and is completely washable and dryable. Perfect for a little boy to wear. Pattern is the Lennix Cardigan and for the cost of the pattern, you get sizes 2 month to 12 years in 3 different yarn weights - worsted, DK and sport. This one is made of Hobby Lobby Sport in Toy Elephant, Black and Cherry.
I also completed a cowl. It's the Obverse Cowl. It is made of some stash yarn I bought at the Wool Gathering. It is Queensland Rustic Tweed in Charcoal. I still have enough of this yarn to make another, if I chose to, and may do it after the first of the month. Here is the finished item, though:
Plans for future projects in February
As I said earlier, I would love to do the No. 5 Union Street Socks next month. They will go in my Box of Socks. I need to decide if I am going to make these or another pair of socks. That's why I am making dishcloths this weekend. Sometimes it's good to make something simple to clear your mind and make you feel accomplished.
I am hosting the Cold Hands Warm Heart KAL on Ravelry's Knitting for Boys group. It's a chance to make some warm accessories for our wee ones. I want to make the Yukon Blast hat for Val, maybe one for Ethan as well. Val's would be acrylic or wool blend so it's easy to care for. I am also going to participate in the Ravellenics. Hard to believe it was about 10 years ago I heard about this idea through the Yarn Harlot! I am hoping to participate in WIP Dancing, Ariel Unwind (frogging), Hat Halfpipe, Sock Hockey, and Cowl Curling. I know that sounds like a lot, but I believe it is doable.
So that's all the news I have for this week. I think that I will try to continue writing this blog weekly t get my goals and thoughts down so I know more of which direction I want my crafting to go. I don't see me doing a podcast, but this... this I can do.