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52, that’s the number of finished knitting projects I made this year! That is 20 more than last year and 17 more than my all time high in 2011. Because there are so many I decided that I am only going to hit on the top two of each of these categories: most interesting, most annoying, most enjoyable, and most used and well loved things that I made.

First off, the most interesting:

This was my first ever mystery KAL and first ever Stephen West knit. This shawl really pushed me and made me step out of my comfort zone. It was rather exciting not knowing how it would turn out and it was even more exciting to see it finished. This pattern probably had the most interesting construction, which is why it is my number one most interesting.

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One more shot of it.

Next most interesting would have to be the mandeville. I haven’t really talked about it yet because the pattern hasn’t been released yet, but I had a lost of fun with it and it too had a very interesting construction.

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Now for the most annoying:

Coincidentally they are both Christmas gifts. First up are the sock monkey booties. The reason they are so annoying was because the pattern that I bought was not very well written so I had to rip them out and mix two patterns to get this finished object.

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The second would have to be the afterglow, but that was because I made stupid mistakes in sizing, I wrote more on the  sock monkey and afterglow patterns on my ravelry project pages so to save space you can visit those to find out the problems.

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Now for the most enjoyable knits of 2014, in first place is the tonic water by babycocktails!

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The tonic water was actually a gift for my cousin that I just finished yesterday just in time for her Birthday which was yesterday. The reason this was so enjoyable is because it is incredibly well written (which is to be expected I mean it is from babycoctails), but it also looks way more complicated than it really is! I just couldn’t be happier with out it turned out and I loved knitting it up because it had just enough going on the I was always interested, but never overwhelmed. Plus the pattern is pretty easy to memorize.

In second place is the thorough bred by Alicia Plummer.

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These mitts were so enjoyable the pattern was so much fun, easy to memorize and oh so simple. Also the yarn I used is just wonderful.

Now on to the most used and well loved things of this year. This section is quite difficult because I love all of my hand knits, but if I have to choose they would be the grace and the chocolate stout.

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I wear both of these cardigans a lot! They fit so well into my wardrobe and they totally are by go to sweaters for outfits.

While looking back through my list of categories and seeing all of the pictures I am reminded of what was going on throughout the year while making those knits, it’s been a long year and I can’t decide if I am sad to see it go or not. A lot of things have happened and it’s funny how things have changed, but it really doesn’t seem to be a big change.

And now I will leave you with the most recent finished Christmas gift, my sisters holden, modeled by my sister.

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My mom is still patiently waiting for her present which will get finished after the new year. I’m also sad to report that I have at most 6 WIP’s that will be following me into the new year, hopefully if tonight goes well it will only be 5, but those except for my dang helix scarf will get finished within the first two weeks of the new year so I can start some new stuff!

Happy New Years Eve everyone!

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Christmas Won

Well you know how in my last few posts I talked about all of the knitting that I had left and that it would take a Christmas miracle it get it all done, well no Christmas miracle happened. The realization hit at 4:00 am Christmas morning when my eyes wouldn’t stay open any longer and I had two unfinished Christmas gifts left. The gifts were for my mom and sister, both of which knew I had a lot to do and had told me that it was okay if there gifts weren’t finished in time.

But I have to give myself credit I did get a lot of gifts done, so here are the pictures of all the finished gifts (not modeled by the people they were made for)

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I will post pictures of my moms and sisters one they are fully finished and my cousin kit’s birthday gift when it gets finished, but until then, I have more knitting to do.

 

A time to Reap

So I realized today that I forgot to blog about one of my test knits since it has been released.

So here it is, A Time to Reap

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Rav project page here.

Pattern: A Time to Reap

Designer: Melissa Schaschwary, also know as dandiliongrl

Yarn: Zitron Trekking Undyed

I adore this pattern! It is very clearly written and is a fun knit. There is just enough detail to make in fun and interesting, but the pattern is very easy to memorize. Then it has a nice stockinette section to break of the pattern, but it doesn’t stay too long in stockinette to get boring. When I finished I had about 50 grams of yarn left over so it only took half a ball of yarn to make these beauties.

As you can see in the title this yarn was originally undyed. I dyed this yarn up and I couldn’t be happier with it, I hit just the right shade of purple (luckily), because I wanted something that was light enough to look delicate and elegant like the mitts, but just dark enough not to show too much dirt too easily.

And for your viewing pleasure one more picture. There are more pictures on my ravelry project page.

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Also an update on Christmas knitting, I have gotten my dad’s slippers done, the sock monkey booties just need the final details sewn on, I have a hat done for one of the little girls I babysit (one more to go), i have started my mom’s slippers and my sisters shawl, and I have dyed my other sisters yarn for her scarf. I also had the meeting with the family friend instead of one sweater it is three shawls, should be four, but she loved one of mine so much I went ahead and gave it to her and she gave me the money to buy the yarn to make myself a new one.

Challenge Accepted

My Christmas knitting is hitting an all time crazy level. It is currently December 2nd and I have two kids sweaters done, so you would think that I was doing pretty good right? Wrong! I still have two pairs french press felted slippers to make for my mom and aunt, nola slippers for my dad, the amy scarf for my sister (which I need to dye the yarn for), a holden shawlette for my other sister, a tonic and water for my cousin Kit, sock monkey booties for my baby cousin Blake, design a baseball pillow for my nephew, and now I have to make a sweater or shawl for the daughter of a family friend (what will be made will be determined tomorrow).  Luckily the tonic and water doesn’t have to be done until after Christmas.

This Christmas I totally bit off more than I can chew, but who needs sleep anyway? I mean that’s why they made makeup and coffee right? So wish me luck and in the famous words of Barney Stinson “Challenge Accepted”

And since I don’t have any finished object picture ready yet here are some pictures of some of my new yarn.

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My nephews finished flax by tincan knits. I hope to have to good finished object photo’s by the end of the week.

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This is from the fiber fangirl. It is a silk and alpaca mix destined to be some cloudy day leg warmers.

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This and the grey/white malabrigo lace below will be a color block featherweight cardigan.

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This will be used for the featherweight cardigan.

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This will be the bough from the latest wool people.

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This will be the main color of the tonic and water.

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This was from the last installment of the Bumblebirch fall yarn club. It’s called sly fox.

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And well this I got because it looks pretty. It doesn’t have a project yet.

 I have some good news though, my semester is almost over and with all of these projects I should be blogging more, or at least I  hope so! Happy Knitting and Crafting!

What Christmas knitting are you doing? Are you in over your head this year?

Too much to knit, so little time

The Christmas season is quickly approaching and I think this maybe the most behind I have ever been since my first Christmas of Christmas knitting. It just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. There are a lot of things to blame for me being behind in Christmas knitting and for the most part it is all my fault. First thing is school work, I have a lot of it and well I the past few weeks I haven’t felt like working on it so it has been taking me forever to get it done (I just recently started having more of a desire to get my homework done early). Secondly I have been biting off  more than I should, I have been volunteering to test knit like crazy. I still have two test knits on the needles which due dates are surprise surprise, in December or January for them. And thirdly I still have so much stuff that I want to make myself that I only want to be selfish.

On the plus side I have my two biggest projects for Christmas knitting almost out of the way, as I mentioned over the summer I made a sweater for my niece and now I am finishing up my nephews sweater. I am knitting him the flax in a bright blue color, I am about halfway done with the body of it and coincidentally it is great textbook reading knitting.

So now that all of that mess is out of the way I have a pretty great announcement.

My Ease by Alicia Plummer is finally finished! After months of talking about it and posting WIP pics it is done and I love it!

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So here is my project page.

yarn: Cascade 220

colorway: walnut heather

I love the yarn and the color of it! The sweater is great too! It is just so comfy and warm. I had been really wanting to make it for a while and I so glad that I finally did! The only thing that I wish I would have done differently would be to go down a size or two on the neck to make it stand up better.

Oh yeah and now my niece and I can be twinsies when I give her her Christmas gift! Yay! But don’t worry in case you don’t remember my niece is getting one in pink.

Christmas in July

Earlier this year I came up with this great idea. My idea was that since I generally hit a wall with my knitting in the summer months I would start my Christmas knitting then just so I wouldn’t be in mad frenzy of trying to accomplish all the Christmas knitting during November and December. My plan was foiled though because I haven’t hit a knitting wall, I have a ton of things that I want to make for myself, and I have been in KAL pretty consistently. Though I didn’t get nearly as much Christmas knitting done as I expected with July coming to a close and coincidentally Christmas  July just having past I do have one project to show you. So here it is my abate modeled by one of the little girls I babysit.img_4543

Outside of that I don’t have anything else finished, but I have lots on the needles. But none of the projects on the needles are Christmas gifts, but alas I am a major procrastinator, they will all get done eventually.

Just an overview

Well the past two months have been an absolute whorl wind. November started Christmas knitting season and I was doing really well and was very much ahead of schedule. I even took on the task of dying yarn for two projects (first time dying experience), a new pattern, and two that I decided to design. Well my first hiccup hit when I made the turtles, they were the new pattern and well i had to crochet which I kind of despise doing and it just took longer than expected. Then I had to rip out the cupido that I was making for my sister because I kept forgetting to do the first step and the holden shawlette for my friend Marissa because I was a dummy and didn’t make a swatch and the gauge was wrong because I was using the wrong needle size.

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Here’s the finished cupido. This is also one of the projects that I dyed. The yarn started out a robin egg blue. I dyed it because my sister prefers darker colors.

After all of those hiccups I thought the rough part was over but then I took on the task of making 4 more hats for friends to give as gifts. Being ahead of schedule I thought that would be okay but then I was at Pier 1 with my mom, she bumped something which knocked something glass over and I went to catch it. Needless to say it broke while I was attempting to catch it and I cut my pinky open right where my pinky bends, it needed three stitches.

But alas I got all 17 gifts done before all of their due dates. I am very relieved all my Christmas knitting is done because I can go back to knitting stuff for myself, making jewelry, and designing my own knitting patterns.