Sunday, March 8, 2015

Finishing Objects

It's been a good year for me so far. I have a good satisfying job with long term potential, even if I did end up working yesterday (I'll get my Saturdays back some time!). I have a happy marriage. I'm finally beginning to tidy my cluttered little apartment a little bit. And I've stuck to all my hooky goals this year!

I've been finishing instead of starting to the extent that I've only started (and finished) two small projects since I made my finishing resolution. This hooker has also not purchased a single ball of yarn this year. I admit, I'll need to get a blanket quantity for a wedding present before the year is out, but that purchase was included in the goal. It means I haven't broken the yarn diet even a little bit. I'm proud!

I've been working on these socks this week, and it's been nice to have a project that goes by so quickly. I pulled out the heel on the first one because I realized that I was putting too many stitches from the foot and not adding enough chains at the back. It was causing the socks I make to pull across the top. Even with just that first row of heel, I can already tell it's going to be more comfy.

I should have these socks finished this week, and that knocks my current WIPs down from 17 to 16! That means I have only 9 left to go until I hit my goal of 7. Not too shabby for someone who started with 25 projects. This is the halfway point. Now, to be fair I have a lot of time consuming projects left. Not all of them are going to take that long, though. I think I can do it in the first half of the year.

This picture doesn't show all the WIPs or all the finished projects, but it's nice to see some of what I've finished already.

After the big long sweater project that I worked on very diligently, I needed something fast and simple to cleanse my crochet palette. I started this scarf a few years ago intending it to be a Christmas present for my brother. I then ran out of time and decided it was much too warm for someone who lives in a very warm climate. It sat half finished for a long time, so I pulled it from the WIP pile and  knocked it out. It was nice to work on something that went by so quickly!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to make a cup of tea and get a bit of sock finished before I head out to my hockey game.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Good morning sunshine!

It has been an absolutely frigid winter. Two pairs of pants and four layers on top in the cold hallway where I work.

Thankfully I have lots of wooly things to keep me warm. How does everyone else do it?

These had been unfinished for ages, but I really needed something to keep my hands warm and couldn't find my other fingerless gloves that had partial fingers. It's also nice to finally have them done!

The big excitement for me was finishing this sweater over the weekend. I've been working on it since May on and off, and it's one of those projects that felt like it would never be done.
Above is before blocking.

This is after the first blocking- I decided it was too loose blocked like this, so I reblocked it and made it somewhere between the two. I might just lay it flat and let it sit like the unblocked sweater because I like the collar shape in the top photo, but for now it's a drapey collar and a snugger bodice.

I love this sweater! I had to pull the sleeves out so many times- I easily pulled out a whole sleeve and then some figuring the first one out. But now they're perfect- not too tight, not too loose. They fit with no sleeves underneath, or with a light layer. They also fit inside a heavier sweater.

It's almost time for me to leave for work, where I'm excited to show off the finished sweater to my knitting coworker, and to the people who watched me working on it over lunch the last few months. Now to add some layers on top.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Lot Of Sunrises

It's hard to believe it's only been a month since my last post. A lot has happened to me. The big news is that I got a new job. It's been great so far- I like the work, and the people and company both seem pretty great. The downside is that until we move to our permanent home in March, I commute about 3-4 hours a day. I have to wake up very early, and I don't have a lot of time at home.

I do see a lot of gorgeous sunrises, now. So that's one thing.

I've actually been getting a lot of crocheting done on my commute, and at lunch breaks. My new work friend is a knitter, so we're starting up a yarn club at the studio. I don't have a lot of time to take pictures of anything, because I'm so rarely home when it's light out!


I made my friend a snuggly winter neckwarmer tube like mine. She hates the cold, so I thought something warm would make it better and be a reminder that I love her!

And this super sweet hat was a baby shower present for a friend who just had the most darling little girl. Hopefully it'll keep her head warm this winter :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stash Flash!

So I spent many hours today pulling out every single ball in my stash and sorting through it. It took a long time and was exhausting... but fun, too. I enjoyed going through it. Got rid of a bunch, got a bunch ready to give away. Found some with signs of moth issues, and some stuff that just got tossed. All of the yarn I've kept is stuff I'm pretty sure about wanting to use.

This is all of it dumped onto the couch.

This if all of my acrylic and man made yarns.

Here is all of my cottons.

This is my little fibre spinning stash. I intend to never let it get bigger than this- I'm a slow spinner. I only finish a few projects a year. 6 kinds of fibre waiting to be spun is as much as I ever want!

This is all of my animal fibres and blends. Yummy wools.

Here is all the animal fibre sorted by colour.

More views of the delicious yarn.

I love all of this yarn so much.

This is the frog pile- stuff on the right is wips I had forgotten about that I'm pretty sure I'm going to finish. I'll need to add them to the wip-down.

This is all my scraps and partial balls.

And then I had to take some silly pictures of lying on the yarn.

I love my yarn, but I am ready to stash down. I am very much glad that I have all of it, and I loved all the great sales I got when the store closed. But now my stash is bigger than I want and I'm ready to make it smaller.
So... this year, I'm going cold sheep. No buying new yarn this year, except anything that I need for gifts that are leaving the house. If I get through the year without buying yarn, I'll buy myself some of the seasilk I've been dying to get for years. Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust

I finished it! I finished the sweater!

I even had time to block it. Can I tell you how great it was to have it fully finished and blocked and still have a full day before the party where I was giving it away?

AND IT FIT! It fit her perfectly. I was very happy about that. It looks great on her. And she seemed to like it.

I need to get a proper photoshoot of it, somewhere with light, but it's done and the pattern is written. Good photos and a test are all that's missing. Yay! That can wait until the new year. For now, I'm down to 16 projects already, and the new year hasn't even started.

I also blocked out my critron, which really improved it. I still don't want it, but now it looks much nicer for whoever gets it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Progress!

Despite a still dreary, dark world out there and a cold I'm fighting off, I've actually made progress on my resolution!
I wanted to start with the easy stuff to get that early satisfaction of finishing stuff off, and to knock a few things off the list that have been in progress for... longer than I'd care to admit. Some of them still need blocking, but hey- baby steps.

My critron. I was going to make it double this size (ha!) but each row was taking about 20-30 minutes at this point, and I don't love it now like I did when I started. I just did a few more rows of the last ruffle and finished. It needs a serious blocking, and then I'll probably give it away.

This was going to be a cape, but I did the weirdest shaping and it was turning out terribly. I could have made it a nicer cape now, but I just decided I didn't want to bother any more. I pulled apart the weirdest join I've ever done and just added a scarf to the hood. Andrew says I look like some kind of elf, which I can live with. No idea what I'll do with this.

This was originally going to be my veil, then I decided I didn't like the pattern or the choice of yarn (cotton for a veil? Nope!) so it was going to be a shawl. But I wasn't really loving it, so I just finished off the row. I'll block it and it can be a table decoration or something.

That's all the finished stuff for now, but I've made some real progress on other projects, too.

This is the Christmas present sweater for my best friend. I finally finished the collar and have now moved on to sleeves. Here's hoping I don't have to pull them out 3 times like I did the collar. This also clearly needs some blocking, but that will wait until the whole thing is done. The goal is to have it done for the Christmas party I'm hosting on Saturday. Totally do-able!

I'm a little bit in love with this sweater. I'm completely deviating from my original plan and I love it. Since it's tunisian, I can do traditional fair isle-style colourwork. Yes please!
I was working on it at a gathering this weekend and people kept asking if it was for a kid. No way, this colour scheme might be a bit young but it is all for me!

I love the vivid hearts and am having so much fun. I'm gonna do another row of the little hearts, then a bit of geometric shape stuff, then maybe another heart row and a few hearts going up the front of the cardigan from here. Who knows- at this point, I'm just having fun with it!

I hope you're all staying as cheerful as you can in this dark, cold time of year (well, for us Northern Hemisphere folks anyhow). Happy holidays, all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early Resolutions

First, this is the new vase my lovely best friend got me for Christmas, sitting on top of the gorgeous end table my brother in law made us. So many handmade things are starting to appear in our house! I love it.

And some wip stuff- this is the cardigan I've been designing, and also the Christmas present of said friend. I finally finished the body, now I'm on to the collar. Then all that's left will be the sleeves and sewing on the closures! I want to finish it for her for actually Christmas, because it means I can also get the testing started. I'm really excited about publishing this one.

This is the insane fingering weight cardi I've been making myself for what seems like a million years. No pattern on this one, although I really ought to write more of these. Still, it's just nice to have a cardi where I can plod about a little aimlessly and not worry too much. I'm really happy with how it's turning out, and I can't wait to see it finished.

This is what inspired me to write a post today, though. Well, not that mess above. It was actually this pin I spotted today. I wanted to see what it would look like if I took a picture of all my wips. All of them.

It looks like this big mess! Sure, some of them are hibernating... but it's still too much. So my resolution, starting now (no time like the present!) is to get down to only 7 wips. I don't mind having lots of wips, but there are 20 (plus one different kind of project) and that's too many even for me.

So here they are numbered, and here's the plan of action:
#1- my critron! I was going to make this huge, but it is teeny yarn and sloooow going. I haven't worked on it in ages, I don't really want to work on it. I'll finish a few more rows then end it as a small shawlette. Giving it away.
#2- laceweight cardigan, what was I thinking. I want to make some serious progress on this. Even if I don't finish it this year, I want to at least get several inches done and importantly, pull out the old cardigan so the second ball of yarn is ready.
#3- Hood. It was going to be a cape, but I'm going to add a quick scarf to it and call it done. Giving it away.
#4- Neon socks. These I've barely started, but they're a quick project.
#5- Heart sweater. It's a pretty tunisian project and I'd like to start it up again. It's going to have colourwork hearts on it.
#6- Drape front cardi. I'm working on this all the time, so it'll be finished soon!
#7- This is a tablecloth my great grandmother made. It's now stained and dirty, with lots of holes. My mom gave it to me to repair, so it's a different kind of project and something I'll just get to one day.
#8- My doily project. It's a long term thing, so I'm not too worried.
#9- Baseball tee! I'm going to bring this on vacation. I'm so psyched to have this finished object, though it's not the most fun to work on.
#10- This was going to be my veil originally. Now I think I'll just finish it and have it as a nice table centrepiece.
#11- This is a shawl I'm making my cousin, and I'd like it to be part of her wedding gift. She's getting married next year.
#12- This is an insane top I pull out once in awhile. I'll be bringing it on vacation too.
#13- I started this shrug as a store sample and just bought the yarn and took it home when the store closed. So I'll be finishing it some day soon.
#14- This is a shawl I'm also excited to finish because it will be simple and cozy and warm
#15- These are totally crazy shorts that I'm not sure I'll ever finish.... but they're fun.
#16- This is the cardigan I'm making my friend, so hopefully it'll be done within the next 2 weeks.
#17- I have to get back to this cardigan! It's going to be great.
#18- This is just a plain granny scarf I'm just working on for fun. I'm not too worried about when it gets done.
#19- This is the fake chainmail I'm making for a costume to wear next year for con season. It just needs to be a bit long and have long sleeves. It's on a huge hook, so it'll be quick.
#20- I've been making this blanket forever. I need to make 7 more large squares, and then it should be a reasonable size. No more motif blankets!
#21- The dress I wanted to wear to my big brother's wedding last year. I ended up deciding spending the time with my nephews would be a better idea, so I just want to finish it to wear this year! It's already a long tank, so it won't be too much longer.

Alright... wish me luck!