I have been a crafting fiend lately!I have been knitting and sewing up a storm lately to get all of my Christmas projects done in time. I don't know why, but I promised about half a dozen people I would knit them things for Christmas, and then there are another few people that I want to make gifts for as well..
It's a little overwhelming, and I want to make sure that I make really nice items for everyone. It's looking like there are going to be a few people that are going to either receive late gifts, or that will have to wait until next year for hand knitted items, but I am quickly working my way through my list.
Unfortunately, with all of this crafting, my school work has sort of taken a nosedive. Don't get me wrong, I still have a 4.0 (that isn't going to change, dagnabit!), but I have definitely been procrastinating on studying and researching...
This means that this last weekend has been full of furious studying sessions to prepare for my multiple exams this week...AND I have a research paper due on Halloween and another project due next week for my online class. AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS KNIT! *Sigh*
In other news, I am planning on adding a video segment to this blog, and (at some point) turning it into a podcast, but since all I have all I have right now is a POS webcam that I got for five dollars on Amazon, that project will have to wait. My boyfriend, Brandon, hinted that he may be buying me a nice webcam/camera for Christmas so...fingers crossed.
So, anyway here is what I have going on lately, knitwise (see what I did there?)
Works in ProgressRight now the only thing I have on the needles is a striped scarf for Brandon
I am knitting it on my size 7 Clover circulars with Knitpicks Brava sport in Soltice Heather and a yarn that I recycled from a thrift store sweater. I threw away the tag a long time ago, but if I remember correctly, it is a cotton, angora, and acrylic. It is very soft and goes well with the Brava.
Since the white yarn is more of a light worsted weight, I am decreasing two stitches when I change to white, and adding the stitches back when I change to blue. So far this seems to be working well
I decided to carry the yarn up the side of the scarf, instead of leaving long ends and weaving them in like I usually do with striped projects. I'm sure that this will save my sanity in the long run, but I keep getting my balls of yarn tangled and it is driving me crazy!
Finished ObjectsMy sister Celeste can stop reading here, please!
She has not seen her present yet, and I want to keep it a surprise. I have shown my younger sister, Molly, her present because she is the pickiest person I have ever met.
1) Textured cowl
This is my Christmas present for Molly. It is a simple seed stitch, garter stitch, and stockinette stitch scarf, with buttons sewn on one end so that it can be turned into a cowl. I knit it on size 15 (maybe 13..I don't remember) needles with Caron Simply Soft in Off White and Sand. I figured a nice soft acrylic yarn would be good for a seventeen year old- it is machine washable and durable. I have more information about this pattern in my Ravelry notes.
2) Celeste's Daisy Stitch Scarf
So I really hope Celeste isn't reading this.
I used Morgen Dämmerung's Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks pattern for this scarf, and I knit it on size 13 needles with Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Lotus held with Paton's Lace in Vintage. The scarf is super warm and squishy, and I really think she's going to like it.
3) Finn Hat for Finn
This is actually a sewing project, but I am too excited about it not to show it off. It is a hat based on the hat that Finn wears in the show Adventure Time. My nephew Phoenix (whom we call Finn) absolutely adores that show, so I decided to make him this adorable hat. Unfortunately, I did not realize that the pattern was for an adult until I had already started sewing, but my nephew is enormous, and I'm sure this hat will fit him soon enough.
I got the pattern here, and I made it out of white fleece from Hobby Lobby, and then sewed on velcro on the ear flaps. I love it!
Ignore my weird face.
So I found this yarn from a Chinese seller on Ebay (that link will probably expire soon, but the seller always has some for sale) and I snatched it up because it was cheap, it looked super fluffy, and I have been on a mohair kick lately. The description claims that it is "52% angora mohair and 48% wool cashmere" which doesn't make any sense at all, but since I have had a chance to feel it in person, I am pretty sure that is is mohair and wool. It is really soft and fuzzy.
I also recently got a couple samples of merino yarn from Colourmart in lace and DK weight so that I could decide if I wanted to buy from them They sent me some very generous samples, and the yarn is lovely. A couple of cones of their merino may be in my future once I have some spending money. i have several sport and DK weight sweaters in my Ravelry queue, so their yarn would be perfect.
Whew! That was a long one.
Thanks for coming by, and I will try to post again soon.