Saturday, August 12, 2017

Four FOs and Two WIPs

I have been knitting every chance I get, which isn't often since I have four kids and work full time. I am very excited about my first finish, which is the Reyna Shawl I was working on (free pattern on Ravelry here). This was my first shawl, and it's a Christmas gift, which I am very happy that I have finished on time. The yarn is Cloudborn Superwash Merino. I love it, its soooo super soft.



Next I started and finished not one but TWO winter hats for my kids. I bought the pattern on Craftsy here, after seeing it on Off Our Needles. There is also a kit available that includes the yarn here.

This was my first time knitting colorwork, and the hat on the right was the first. My floats were a little too tight which makes some of my stitches sort of disappear. When I made the second one, on the left, I made my floats looser and you can see that it makes a huge difference. I realized this after watching the class, Modern Stranded Knitting Techniques.


One of the first classes I took was My First Mittens and Gloves, but never made any because honestly, I was too scared because I thought they would be really difficult. But with winter on the way and two hats finished, I decided I would give it a shot. So far I have finished one pair, and while the class doesn't teach the over stitching, I do have a book that does so I tried that, although I definitely need some practice with it.


I started another shawl, again intended to be a Christmas gift, but I did get sidetracked with the hats and mittens so I have not gotten very far. This is a free pattern on Ravelry called Nurmilintu. The yarn is Cascade Yarns Heritage Prints and it's generally used as self-striping yarn for socks, but I decided to try it and see how it looks in a shawl, so far I like the way it's looking.


Currently I am working on the second set of mittens for my other daughter. She doesn't want that overstitching, she wants the tops of her to be aqua, so we'll see how that turns out I guess.


While I was away my oldest daughter and I opened an Etsy shop. You can see that here if you're at all interested or curious.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reyna Shawl.

I have spent the last two weeks working on a shawl as a Christmas gift. I purchased the Blue Angel Shawl Knitting Kit from Craftsy. I did not actually get very far with it:


I found that it was a little difficult for me, since I am still what I would call a beginner. I ended up ripping that out and starting over on a new shawl, called the Reyna shawl, which I found on Ravelry here.  (I'm actually much farther than the picture below, I just haven't taken any photos yet.)


I love it so far. And I am totally in love with the yarn. It's the yarn that came with the Blue Angel Shawl Kit. I do think I will go back and make the Blue Angel Shawl later, when I get better at knitting.

Also... I joined Ravelry, which I am enjoying. Add me if you have a Ravelry account!

Friday, June 2, 2017

I've learned to Knit.

I have always wanted to learn how to knit but the one time I tried, about 16 years ago, I was not able to get the hang of it. In January I decided I wanted to try again.

Of course I went straight to Craftsy. My first class was Learn to Knit: My First Hat. I completed two hats and they were the first things I have ever knit in my life. You can see the second hat and a progress shot here.


Of course that was so much I wanted to do more, so I purchased 'My First Socks'. I knit two pairs of socks with that class. The socks are cuff down. Then I decided I wanted to learn how to knit socks from the toe up. So I enrolled in 'My First Toe-Up Socks'. I have since completed four pairs of socks using that method.


Currently I am working on a hat from the Fall Knit-Along (free class), as I have already finished the cowl from that class.


So those are just a few of my projects since the beginning of the new year. There are more pictures on my Facebook page. I do miss sewing and quilting but I have to say that I am really enjoying knitting.