This started back in October when I picked out yarn for my Dragon Watcher’s Hood. Just in the past week, I’ve completed three other projects using some lovely green yarns. I can be picky with my greens – some tones wash me out. However, I am learning to embrace the wonderful green shades that do flatter me.
Back to that Dragon Watcher’s Hood. I finally have a good photo of it.
The yarn for this is awesome! Its Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool in worsted and the color way is blue spruce. Its a gorgeous, rich green with flecks of blue. Its really soft and toasty, too! I’d definitely suggest it.
More recently, I have finished a heart shaped shawl from Lion Brand’s Homespun. I know this is probably one of the most hated yarns out there, but I will be honest: I like it. No, not for complex stitch patterns, but if you use a very simple garter/stockinette pattern on large needles, it cooperates pretty well. And wash it. Its probably the softest acrylic I’ve ever used. I found a shawl cheat sheet that I used and I love the heart shaped style – no hassle getting it to stay on your shoulders!
Didn’t it turn out well? I added the picot edging just to add a little more to such a simple shawl. I think it really finished it off.
Finally, I have a hat and cowl set I finished. I have just enough of the yarn left to make a very small pair of mitts, too! This yarn is wonderfully soft and I can’t stop touching it when I wear the hat. I used Tiny Owl Knits’ Orchid and Fairy Lights and Bedknob and Broomsticks patterns to make the set.
In the past week I have finished three gifts – one for my mom, one for my sister, and one for my best friend which I mentioned in my previous post. Now I just have one for my dad – for which I still need to figure out what yarn to use – and one for my niece, that I know what I’m doing, but I’m essentially making my own pattern for. When I’ve finished it, I’ll post the pattern for anyone who is curious as I’m pretty sure my sixteen year old niece won’t be searching for my knitting blog as her preferred artistic method is pencil (or paint) and paper.
This leads me into a question for all of you seasoned knit givers. How do you wrap your knits when you gift them? I don’t often use gift bags; I prefer to use paper and tape and bows. Lots and lots of bows. I was thinking about buying boxes, wrapping the knits in tissue paper, and then wrapping the box up. I still get to play with wrapping paper and tape, and yet they aren’t getting a wrapped yarn lump as a present.
Not only have I been ahead in my schoolwork, I’ve also finished three, yes three projects! Two were WIPS, and one was a Christmas present for my best friend that ended up being a very quick project…and I know she’ll love it! Unfortunately for all of you, you won’t be able to see a photo of it until she gets it – I don’t want her surprise ruined if she comes to visit my blog. I’ll get a photo of her modelling it once she receives it that first weekend in December.
Do you remember my cowl obsession I mentioned previously? I finally finished the cowl I was working on – the test was called off by a moderator in the group so there was no deadline. Drumroll please!
Here it is!
I’m quite fond of it. I still haven’t mastered getting the gauge of my cast on and bind off to match perfectly, but I’m working on it.
I’ve also finished my dragon watcher’s hood. The green I used is a beautiful, rich green with hints of blue – the name blue spruce describes it perfectly. I have yet to get a good photo of it – when its not on, it just looks like an odd shaped triangle, but when its on, I can’t get a good photo of it. I’m not sure when I’ll be seeing my best friend yet, but she’s an aspiring photographer, so if the weather is nice, I plan on taking a few knits so we can get photos of my knitwear and she can expand her portfolio!
Like, say, 2:00 in the morning. Rarely, I have trouble sleeping but when I do I blame it on the right side of my brain – its screaming for its numerous creative ideas to be let out.
Forget the logic! It screams. Create, create, create!
Tonight was one of those nights. It is currently 4 AM and I have yet to sleep. I did manage to make this inconvenience productive, though! I finished numerous physics assignments before caving in to my right brain. I picked up a small, but absolutely adorable, test knit that is due on Sunday. What is it, you ask? I think I’ll keep it quiet until I have finished and you can see all of the adorable-ness in a photo.
While all of that is fine and dandy, I have also started organizing my thoughts and projects I must get finished in the near future.
I’d like to finish my (latest) cowl this weekend. I only have three-six round repeats left, and its under a hundred stitches round. Definitely doable. In other words, I need this off of the needles so I can start something else.
I need to start a super, secret, special gift for a super, secret, special someone. I’m in Tiny Owl Knits TOKmas swap and I need to work on my spoilee’s present. Luckily, I have made this in the past and I know that the fantastic results do not take long to achieve.
I must finish the aforementioned test knit. But again, this is definitely doable – I’m so excited to share the results!
I would like to get a little further on my Dragon Watcher’s Hood. This is my current back-burner project, probably because its all stockinette. I am really looking forward to the end result, though.
So my list isn’t too bad – just a few little things that need to be finished, and one that needs to be started. I also have yarn that is suppose to be here Saturday (but due to our campus post office, I will not receive until Monday) and I plan to make a very simple rib beanie from it. Hey – beanies are everywhere this fall. Why should I buy one when I can make my own and make it exactly as I want it?
For the past few weeks, I’ve spent my (very limited) knitting time working on cowls. I think I’m addicted.
My current project is a test knit for a 96-stitch knit in the round cowl. I absolutely adore this pattern and everyone who has seen it thinks its lovely. Its in Lion Brand Heartland for a nice, washable cowl, and I love the colorway – glacier bay. I can’t wait to finish this and post photos – its so pretty.
The cowl that started this was River and Reeds Cowl that I made using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. I did the narrow version, and I’m crazy about the results. Unfortunately, I left my DSLR at home, so my photos are once again from my phone. The only thing I would suggest is going up a needle size for the cast off. My cast off edge is definitely a little tighter than the cast on edge.
I also did a quick crochet cowl – the Apfel Strudel Cowl. Its just a bunch of trebel crochets and it has a really pretty look to it! My friend bought me an alpaca blend and I whipped this out in just a couple hours.
While I do still have some studying to do, I’m quite looking forward to getting back to my spindle. I have some hand dyed fiber I was working with at the end of the summer – my goldfish, Jasper inspired it. I hope to get it done by the end of the week!
Over the past few weeks, I have been admiring the items featured on Ravelry’s Community Eye Candy as I’m sure many of us have. Many of the projects have made me look into the pattern used. One thing I have noticed is that each item is wonderfully captured. While I do have a DSLR that I absolutely adore, I have realized that most of my projects have a photo that was snapped on my cell phone because I cannot stand having a blank project page. For KALs, I want to update my projects quickly and easily. Yes, my Galaxy takes pretty good photos, but a lot of times, its just a quick snap shot with horrible dorm lighting.
How do you photograph your knits? Do you do a photo shoot with them? Do you have someone photograph you wearing them? One thing I would like to start doing with all of my projects is take a good photograph of my finished objects, not just a quick cellphone snap shot. How do you go about capturing your finished objects?
What happens when inspiration strikes for project after project? You end up with WIP overload. And this is what has been happening to me lately.
I currently have two of my own designs on the needles as well as Tiny Owl Knits’ Dragon Watcher’s Hood, Woodsy Association Raccoon for mom’s Christmas present, and a beautiful cable and bobble cowl. Talk about inspiration!
Fall break is at the end of this week, so I hope to get more knitting time in but starting next week I’m swamped with tests again. I need to prioritize my knitting so my Christmas gifts get finished.
Have you ever been overly inspired to knit many projects at once?
Over the summer, I started Tiny Owl Knits’ “Hopsalot” to remedy this issue. One thing led to another, I cast on a few other projects (I can never have just one project going on – what’s the fun in that?!) and I left the wool on the needles, with maybe an inch or two done.
Fast forward to this past week and my feet have been absolutely frigid. I’m back in the dorm…and I live in the basement. I also live with two athletes, and after practice they come back hot and crank down the air (trust me, I don’t blame them! I know what its like coming home after being at the barn on a 90 degree day, air is a lovely thing). I pulled out my hopsalot knitting Friday evening and my feet encouraged me to knit quickly – they were dry (from their felting) about 3:00 this afternoon.
Look. How. Cute.
I love rabbits as it is, I use to show rabbits when I had them – I have a first place showmanship trophy, a best of opposite breed metal (best of opposite breed is the opposite gender of the best of breed rabbit – my doe received best of opposite and a buck won best of breed), and many ribbons. But these! I don’t want to ever take them off.
The pattern calls for DK weight held double…I used Fisherman’s wool held doubled and they are so soft and so warm and they felted perfectly.
They also remind me of one of my favorite movies (though this thought slipped my mind until they were felting). Have you seen Real Genius starring Val Kilmer?