Friday, June 23, 2017

First post of Summer 2017 (and coincidentally, the first post of 2017)

It has been a while since I've done a blog post, but now that life has (slightly) slowed down due to my son being on summer vacation and track being over for the year, it's a great time to get back to blogging, which I really enjoy.  In the age of Instagram, Snapchat and other social networks, it is so easy to get so caught up in those that one forgets that blogs still serve many purposes and are great for self-expression & sharing a passion, like crafting.

I have a *huge* Ravelry queue and it can be so daunting (for me) to organize it and pick projects that I'd like to work on (because invariably I would enter my queue looking for 1 project and then I would close out of my queue with 7 that I wanted to start all at once!).  I do KALs on Ravelry in various groups that I am a member of and that helps out so much, because it provides me with the motivation/community that I need and want when it comes to my knitting.  Often, I will start a KAL and not finish in time, but for me, the sharing of my crafting with others is the best part.  I've also joined the 2017 Yarnathon at Eat.Sleep.Knit, a yarn shop with a large online presence, and that has been really fun to try to complete the Booster Badges, since it also forces me to use my stash with the different projects.  There is also a team aspect, which is also really great.

Projects planned for the near future:

  • A cute sweater/coat for my niece's 1st birthday.  Pattern:  Baby + Toddler Tiered Coat and Jacket, by Lisa Chemery .  Link takes you to her Ravelry designs page, and just a warning:  she has some seriously cute baby + kid designs.  I see more cute baby knits patterns from her in my knitting future.  Yarn:  undecided, but color will be purple.
  • Shawl using the skein of Helen's Lace in the Cattails colorway that I got from Eat.Sleep.Knit a month ago.  I have never used this yarn, but it seems perfect for a shawl.  Pattern TBA
  • I am also in the process of designing my own sock!  It will have a bumblebee motif (in honor of my ESK team, the Gumblebees).  So excited to finally do this--will be using Cascade Heritage 150 sock yarn, in a yellow (naturally) color.

Projects currently OTN:

  • Clue Socks (pattern by VeryBusyMonkey) for the VeryBusyMonkey Ravelry group KAL.  These are not going to be finished by the end of June, but they are so fun to make.  I am using Whimzy Sokkusu O, in the color Leafling, which is a pretty green.
  • Lake Erie Island Shawl (pattern is the Fuss-Free Festival Shawl, by Louise Tilbrook). I am really enjoying this shawl.  It will be perfect for my upcoming summer vacation in July, when we go to the islands for 10 days. Yarn:  Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock, in the colorway Lake Country.
  • Nemesis Socks (pattern by Susan Dittrich--Knitty Deep Fall 2010 issue).  This is a really fun and easy knit.  Sock #1 is complete, and sock #2 is getting there.  Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Go Go Grassy.  Pic below:

  • Sprouting Socks (pattern by Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres). I am done with sock #1 and will be casting on for sock #2 soon--this is an awesome sock if you love cables, which I do!  It is also the 2nd sock I have made using Magic Loop, which I have definitely developed over the last few months.  Yarn:  Knitpicks Stroll Brights.  Pic below:

  • Chasing Pavements Socks (pattern by Michelle Martin, AKA PerpetualSpiral on Ravelry).  I had the chance to test knit these a couple of months ago, and the pattern is just wonderful!  It has lots of cables and I knit the sample sock using Magic Loop.  I also used a Fleegle Heel, which was surprisingly easy.  Sock # 1 is complete, and Sock #2 is halfway there.  Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Lunar Zazzle.  Leg model:  my son.  Pic below: