What Next?

So I am so conflicted as to what to make next. I am using my Orange Socks as a “keep my hands busy project” for the time being while I decide on my next big project. I did buy all the yarn needed for this beauty a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason I am not dead set on starting it.

I have been thinking a lot about shawls lately. I usually don’t make them, but for some reason I have really wanted to make one now. I am thinking the Seashell Shawl by Francoise Danoy. (Whit’s tip: Sign up on this designer’s website for the newsletter and get the pattern for free as well as the chance to peruse her other awesome patterns and tutorials) It is so my style. Simple with elegant touches. That lace…gets me every time 😊.

But then I remembered that I wanted to make this tank top for my summer vacation. Agh!

See my dilemma? Too many choices! And that isn’t even mentioning these socks or these socks.

What is a girl to do???

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They Keep Coming

So many ideas and so few hours to knit! I am continuing to get ready for the Artisian Fair for my fiancé’s school. My focus is on hats that can be unisex as well as appealing to a diverse crowd. I haven’t made many hats recently so I had forgotten how addictive they are.  All I want to do is knit hats!  Here are the latest off my needles:   

  Wool/ Blend from my stash   Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue

Red- Caron 220; Denim Color- Sesia’s River Jeans (cotton)  Caron Simply Soft in Blackberry and Dark Country Blue

What Is in My Bag?

My knitting bag is stuffed with WIPs! Okay really it is a small bag and there are only two WIPs inside. (Haha) I did manage to fit three in there, but I finished a project that I will reveal on Friday. 😉

The first project is the re-start of my Buisness Casual Socks. This go around I am following the pattern exactly and it is going much better! I am using DPNs and everything. Last night at knitting group, I made it to the heel turn. 

   
 The other project is the ever growing Pinwheel Blanket. I told you two inches  would be added and I did not lie! Unfortunately, I am approaching the end of my last scrap of yarn. 😕 No worries! This just means a pause in project…therefore not the end of the world. I plan on ordering more yarn later this week. 

  
What are you working on this Wednesday?

Yarn Selection

  

Sometimes picking yarn is a challange. If you are anything like me, you hardly ever use the yarn that is suggested in the pattern. Many times I don’t use the suggestion because the yarn called for is super expensive. Other times I am trying to use up some yarn in my stash. Here is a great article that breaks down 4 important factors you should consider when substituting yarn in your work. 

Re-Learning Crochet

This weekend I dabbled on “the other side” with some crochet. A friend  gifted me 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan. This book is perfect for those who are beginners or have limited experience with following crochet patterns (This girl!).  Awesome feature: The patterns include both written directions as well as pattern charts. I decided on the pattern Hot Star which is a pattern in the round.  I have not quite mastered crocheting in a straight line as my edges always end up really crooked.  Therefore, this pattern was perfect.

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Interesting thing I found out while I was working on this project: I prefer reading crochet charts rather than the written pattern.  Normally when I knit, I prefer written directions unless it is a color work piece. Maybe it is because I am not use to the crochet abbreviations?

In terms of yarn, I practiced with some acrylic yarn scraps that I had in my stash bin. All yarn was worsted weight. I used a plastic crochet hook that I had lying around and that was a mistake. I guess I am super strong like the Hulk as I broke the plastic hook (whoops!). Fortunately, I uncovered a metal hook and could finish my project.  I guess if I am going to keep up crocheting I better invest in some more metal hooks.

I hope to make a few more patterns in the coming weeks. I ultimately would like to make a large blanket for holiday gifts.

Happy Monday!

Finish Projects!

It is so relaxing to have the week off to do what I please. I can catch up on things such as blogging!

Remember that Rainbow Shawl that I started on my camping trip?  Well here is the finished product! I was really excited about how it came out. It is the perfect scarf for living in a windy city.

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I also completed a  wrap headband made from a pima cotton blend from Berroco. Due to my relatively new curly hair, headbands and wraps are essential!  This headband is the perfect natural hair solution.

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I also crocheted a flower headband and finally got to get some pictures of it action. Crochet is growing on me more. It is a great way to make a project fast.  Wear this piece as a headband, bun adornment, or necklace.  Now available at my Etsy store!

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