I cast on a new project and finished it even!
Pattern: Spiced Cocoa
Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Targhee Classic
Notes: Knit exactly as written. Fabulous little mitts! They’re cute, they’re a little different and the pattern is very well written.
I didn’t touch any of the old projects. But because I finished something, I cast on 2 new projects!! One of which is a simple raglan in this:
It’s the Caress 50/50 Merino Silk yarn. It’s going to be fabulous and I’ll share my simple pattern notes with you when I finish it.
Well. If you’ve been reading, you might have noticed that I finished a few things. The two big sweater projects Acer and Owls were completed. I managed to finish the Caterpillar shawl and release the free pattern out into the wild. I abandoned the sock that didn’t go over my ridiculously high instep and made it a jar cozy/yarn swatch. I also finished Illyria and Barley. (Ravelry links)
I totally tanked it. Nothing else caught on to the point of where I felt I really needed to finish it so they all languish as I do a few rows here and there on each. I even cast on new projects that are now in the same few rows languish as the old projects. I thought the new projects would catch me up in them but they haven’t yet.
Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Sporty (yarn coming in the update)
Colorways: HiHo Silver and Riverwalk
Pattern: Broken Seed Stitch Socks
Details: Working on the foot of the first sock
Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Baby Panda
Colorway: February Club – “Acorns”
Details: I just started really
Yarn: Handspun BFL Thick/thin Singles
Colorway: French Alpine (colorway is Spunky Eclectic discontinued)
Pattern: Top down Raglan
Details: Body is done. I need to pick up stitches and do the sleeves but I’m undecided how I want them to look.
Yarn: March club – it’s a secret.
Colorway: Hint – it’s not all greys.
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket
Details: I’m done with the increases. This one, if I worked on it monogamously would be done in a day or two.
Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Super DK
Details: Working on the 3rd repeat.
Yarn: All Handspun
Colorway: Colorways from SE, Hello Yarn, and Southern Cross Fibres
Pattern: Driftwood with color repeats of Less is More.
Details: 1st color done. Working on solid section of 2nd color. Almost at placket joining.
A simple Raglan in Caress?
A new yarn that is begging to be an Aestlight Shawl?
Finally get those Pointy Pointy Mittens started?
Atalanta (Envy)? or Hilliard (Calypso)?
Or maybe I just haven’t dyed up the next project yet…. I’m trying to make myself finish one thing before I start a couple of others. That’s right. All I need to do is finish one thing then I can start 2 new things. Can you tell I’m a process knitter and not always worried about the final product? If it makes me happy to knit it, I’m on it. Casting on makes me ever so happy. I need a pinch finisher.
This is one of my dumbitious projects that I managed to finish. I think I did fairly well on the dumbitious front but I’ll give you that run down next week maybe. This week I’m away at SPA knit and spin in Freeport, Maine. Tonight at the show and tomorrow online the pattern for the Caterpillar Shawl is live and free.
Link to Ravelry and the pattern HERE
I love making the watercolor blobs and then finding a use for them.
Sometimes they become people
Sometimes they transform into a bird
And then sometimes I think of what I want them to be when I’m laying down the watercolor
The greyish sheep on the bottom looked enough like my Gypsy after I started to pen in her fluff that I changed her tail from the downward sheep tail into an upward goat tail. Which, Gypsy’s tail really does look a little scraggly like that at the moment. It’s almost shearing time again…
I am a note taker. My computer was ringed like a lion with post it notes. Rawr.
No, wait. Really, that’s not so fierce to have that happening. Sometimes it was layers of post-it notes. My desk was covered in little bits of scrap paper with ideas and to-do lists. I’ve tried to like the online or digital based note/list maker applications. Phone, computer, iPad, I hated them all for note taking. Show me a new app and I’ll hate it too. They’re decent applications if you like that sort of thing. It really just comes down to my preference for paper and pen.
I had recently come to the conclusion that I’d rather deal with a messy paper filled desk and lion monitor than try another note/list application on my computer or phone or iPad. Seriously.
In walked the Bullet Journal. At the beginning of the year, the video for this was linked in a bunch of Twitter and Facebook posts. I don’t know who I credit with seeing this first but after seeing it linked a bazillion times, I finally caved and watched the video. This one:
I got really excited so I grabbed my journal and set to it.
Then because my pens bled through my Moleskine squared, I ordered a new journal. I sent the bullet journal video to my teen daughter and gave her the Moleskine with the bleedy pages. We use different pens so I figured she’d be all set. She is. She loves the system and it’s helping her keep on track of things with her schoolwork.
Here’s my February:
Or at least, that’s the first couple of weeks on the main page. I do take notes and write a daily todo list. This is so helpful. It’s keeping me on track and actually helps with the stress load a bit. I have pages set for Miles Run, Knits done, Knits to do, Weaving ideas, Notes for the kid’s 4H stuff, Yarn made, and all kinds of work junk. I no longer have to search for the note that I left laying on my desk, I put it all in my journal.
I can hear some of you now saying “You didn’t really need a special note taking exercise, you just needed to get a notebook and pen and go for it”. I have notebooks. It just never clicked before. I think having a set way of doing it, a method is what I was missing. I’m not the most organized person on the planet so I just needed that little bit of help to set me on my way. Then having all the todo lists, past and present here on my pages helps too. It’s not so easy to forget the tasks that I procrastinated or put off yesterday.
It’s going pretty well, thanks for asking.
Owl Pulli is finished. Well, finished except for the eyes. I’ll get those on eventually.
Mods: I started the body with a size 6 and made it longer to go further down my hips and then when decreasing for the waist, decreased to a size 5 and continued from there. My gauge was a touch off but I like the fabric at this gauge better otherwise i would have knit a size 4. I love how this sweater fits. Easy easy sweater. It took me about 4 days of knitting and about an hour of finishing. Add a few weeks of procrastination on button eyes…
I finished the Caterpillar Shawl
Pattern: Coming in March
Yarn: Caterpillar II
Mods: This is my simple pattern so….
I finished a hat too.
Yarn: Fat Panda
Mods: I clearly wasn’t paying attention that the cutout there is garter and not reverse stockinette. Mine is reverse stockinette but I think I would have liked it better in garter. Not enough to rip and reknit but enough that I’ll make another one correctly at some point. Easy well done pattern.
Acer is moving right along. It would go faster if I wasn’t cheating on it with other projects.
What other projects? I also cast on for a plain shawl and a pair of mittens.
I have yet to cast on for Halliard but the yarn is ready and waiting. This one just might not get done by the end of the month.
As for spinning. Gunslinger (Southern Cross Fibre) and Still Life (Hello Yarn) have been plied and are waiting their turn to be put into a sweater together. I have one more yarn to spin for that sweater. It’s going to be a take on Less is More and this is my yarn (and one fiber that needs to be spun)
24 more days until the end of the month!