Monday, July 15, 2013

Getting ready for vacation

Only a week until vacation!

The last couple weeks have been really stressful at work, so I am very excited to have some fun next week. My family and I are going to stay in a cabin on a ski resort in upper Michigan. I can't wait. It's going to be fantastic! 

I've been getting some projects done lately and I am planning on bringing a few things to work on on vacation, so hopefully I will have a ton to show you next time I post. 

Here's what I've been up to lately. Sorry that the picture quality isn't that great this time, but I just wanted to get something up to show you while I have time. 

Finished Objects

1) I finished all of the knitting on my tank top finally! 

I still have to finish sewing it together and putting buttons on, and then it will be wearable and beautiful! I will post another picture here once it's completely finished, but here is what it looks like being blocked. 

Edit: Here are some finished pictures

This is knit with Queensland Sugar Rush in color 02 and size US 3 (3.25 mm) needles using the Versailles Shell pattern. I am so excited to wear this!!

2) I started and finished one sock. I was feeling kind of sad last week, so I wanted to make something bright and happy.

I am knitting these on size US 1 (2.25 mm) needles with Knit Picks Felici Sport in Southwest. I am using Wendy D. Johnson's Toe-Up Slip-Stitch Heel socks, but I am knitting them with a 3x1 ribbing and an eye of partridge heel, which makes the heel pretty and stretchy.  They are so bright and cute and they fill me with glee. 

Works in Progress

1) I am still working on my handspun shawl for Molly.

I am knitting this with size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles with Corriedale hand spun yarn using Jane Tanner's Dane Shawl pattern. The lace is going to be gorgeous when it is finished but I think the yarn might be a bit to scratchy for Molly. 

2) I am almost done with Brandon's second sock!

I just got past the heel on the second sock, so I'm not to far from finishing now! I am knitting these with Patons Kroy Socks FX in Camo Color with size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles and a combo of Hermione's Everyday Socks and Wendy D. Johnson's Toe Up Socks with a Gusset Heel.

Stash Enhancement

Ok, so I may have cheated and bought some yarn last week. But purely for therapy.

This yarn is normally around 9 dollars and I got it for 3 dollars at Tuesday Morning. I love deals!

So that's all that's going on with me right now. Tomorrow (or actually today, since it's late) is Brandon's and my four year anniversary, and I am excited to spend the day with him and do fun date things. I'll give you more updates after vacation!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Slaying the knitting and ...err...vanquishing projects?

I'm finally getting some projects completed!

After weeks of slogging away at projects that seem to have no end, I am finally getting some work done. I've been working a lot lately, but in between I've been knitting, crocheting, and sewing up a storm. 

I have been watching the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series over again, and if you can't tell, I'm obsessed. I love this show so much that it's a little ridiculous. I'm just finishing up season 2, and remembering why I love Xander and Willow so much.

Only three more weeks until we go on vacation, and about two months until school starts. I am loving the summer! Now if only it would stop raining. 

Finished Objects

1) GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH I finally finished the nursing shawl for Celeste. 

It's HUGE! Final dimensions are 80 inches wide 20 inches deep. This was the Color Affection shawl, which I knit with Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Peony, Whisker, and Sea Foam and size US 6 (4 mm) needles. I ended up using 926.5 yards of yarn. Like I said, HUGE! 

Half-Finished Objects

1) I finally finished the back half of my lace cami

This is the Versailles Shell knit with Queensland Sugar Rush in color 02 on size US 3 (3.25 mm) needles. 

2) I got one sock done for Brandon

These are modified Hermione's Everyday Socks knit with Patons Kroy Socks FX in "camo colors" knit with size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles. I am using Erica Lueder's stitch pattern but Wendy D. Johnson's sock pattern. 

Works in Progress

1) This is a non-knitterly project, but I'm almost done sewing a quilt for the new baby.

The top fabric is from Meijer's and the bottom fabric and binding are from Jo-Ann's. So far I have the basting stitches done and I "stitched in the ditch" around the borders of every square. It is going to be so soft and squishy. I am going to do the actual quilting with the free motion foot on my machine. 

2) I've made some progress on Molly's shawl

This is the Dane Shawl knit with some of my hand-spun on size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles. 

3) I started a new afghan

This is sort of a modified version of the Around the World Quilt, crocheted with a size H (5.0 mm) hook and a ton of my stashed acrylic yarn. 

4) I'm almost done spinning that Polwarth! 

Just about one more ounce to go!! I am so excited to be done.

So that's all that's new with me, folks. No new yarn to speak of at the moment, although I did buy some snuggly Rambouillet fiber that I'm excited to do something fun with. 
Now back to watching Buffy kill vampires and rid the world of evil 

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July if you're in the US!