Recently, I have been super focused on getting our personal finances in order. I want to make sure we are being smart with our money for the long term. Through all of my research, I keep hearing this term “Debt Snowball. ” Essentially, you begin paying small debts first then move to large ones. Think like a snowball headed down a mountainside. Yesterday it struck me that I don’t need to snowball my money, but I do need to snowball my knitting.
There are a lot of WIPs going on in Casa de Whit. So much so that I needed to take a hard look at myself and commit to finishing some projects before even thinking of casting on one more item. So far I have 7 WIPs that range from sewing in ends to partially complete.
This is so unlike me. I am a pretty monogamist knitter. I like to keep focused and get the finished object (aka I am a product knitter). Nevertheless, I just can’t keep focus on a single item lately. I start something and then *poof* my attention has gone elsewhere. So a dedicated plan is in order. The first step of my knitting snowball is to list all of my “debts” from ‘almost there’ to ‘needs some TLC’. Here we go:
- Unnamed design hat- add pompon ( I am working on samples for a design I am trying to publish)
- Big Flax Sweater- I am making Christmas sweaters. My husband’s has been approved by him in terms of fit and needs the ends woven in.
- Hoi An Top- When it came to making the icords for the arm holes I stalled. So I have an armhole, neckline, and ends to weave in.
- Medium Flax Sweater- My sweater has 1/3 of a sleeve and ends that need weaving in.
- Unnamed design baby hat- I got inspired by a colorwork mosaic and had to dig in. This project is 50% there.
- Sweet Lady Blue – This chunky sweater is so close. I have one sleeve left and I am making 3/4 sleeves due to limited yarn.
- Vanilla Socks- I bought a ball of Cascade Heritage Prints this past July and embarked on some toe up vanilla socks. I am trying to think of something a little spicier than 2×2 ribbing for the leg section.
Okay step one done! Tomorrow’s mission is… make a pompon and take some photos. Easy enough right?
Until Next Time,
The two skeins of Magpie Fiber yarn I bought this past summer are really going the distance. In addition to the Pivot Cowl, I also got a hat and mittens out of the deal! 🙌🏾
The beanie is the Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits. I used “Frankie Says Relax” for the whole hat. This hat was a pretty quick knit and it really let the yarn shine. I also like that this hat is slouchy. My hair takes up a lot of room and it definitely all fits in this hat.
The third project out of my Magpie Fiber yarn was a process knit project. I made some simple mittens. I casted on and let the design unfold. The main portion of the mitts uses “Jaded” by Magpie Fiber. I decided to include a garter stitch panel to keep all of the pieces connected by a textural element as well as color.
Believe it or not this is my first matching set of winter accessories. I won’t be able to wear them much here in Guangzhou. But, I have two winter weather vacations coming up. 🤗 I look forward to taking pics in my new knitwear on the Great Wall of China and in the snowy mountains of Japan real soon!
Until Next Time,
The babies are coming! The babies are coming! Well that is at least what I have been chanting in my head. May I present my latest baby gifts…
Mini Flax Sweaters by Tin Can Knits. Tin Can Knits does a lovely job with creating everyday basics for the whole family. The tan sweater is sized 0-6mos and the red one is 6-12mos. I really love this pattern as it is free, well written, and has so much potential for variations.
I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted for both sweaters. I made no modifications except using an alternative color on the neck, cuffs, and bottom edge of the tan sweater. I will say I had a little trouble with keeping the stitches even as I picked up additional stitches at the underarms. However, I went back and did some tightening up of the stitches with a tapestry needle and spare yarn.If you are in need of a quick and easy pattern, I highly recommend the Flax Sweater. Did I mention that they have a lightweight version too?
The babies aren’t due till spring, but I am glad I can check these gifts off the list.
What is your go-to baby sweater pattern?
Until Next Time,
I hope all of my US readers had a lovely Valentine’s Day. In our household, we are not into the commercial side of Valentine’s Day. We usually exchange small gifts and then plan a fun activity to enjoy together. This year I made my fiancé the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. This hat is from their Pacific Knits Collection.
This was a great knit. The pattern is free and it comes in sizing from kids to adults. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Charcol Grey. I did not make as many cables as the pattern called for ( I only made 7 before decreasing) as my fiancé doesn’t like the brim folded up. I got a “Wow!” with an overjoyed look. I think I did well 😉. This hat is well timed as he is headed on a week- long ski trip tomorrow.
Later in the day, we went on a 7 mile hike in Marin County, California. We started at Stinson Beach and headed up the mountain on Matt Davis Trail. I appreciated the switchbacks on the trail as we accented 2153 ft above sea level. Switchbacks make hiking soooo much easier. The views of the Pacific Ocean were great.
We then headed down the mountain on Steep Ravine Trail and later cut over to Dipsea Trail to take us back to the beach. Steep Ravine Trail was the best section of the hike. Imagine being in a wooded wonderland covered in ferns, Redwoods, and huge boulders surrounding you on all sides. It was beautiful.
At the end of the trek, we headed to the beach for a few minutes. It was super crowded so we didn’t stay long. Who knew Valentine’s Day was also unofficial go to the beach day?
Hiking, beach time, and amazing company are some of the best ingredients for a day of love!
The latest off my US size 8s is…
I used the remaining Cascade 220 Sport from my On the Beach sweater ( I swear there will be some photos of it soon). I casted on 80 stitches and made a 2×2 rib. After that, I then just made up the pattern. Basically it is a single stitch alternating color pattern. The sizing came out a little small so this is defiantly a kid/ teen hat.
As I finished the above, I casted on the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. Someone in my house is expecting a handmade gift for Valentine’s Day ❤️.
Happy Monday all! I hope your weekend was wonderful. I finally got to show off my Flaxsweater from Tin Can Knits. I am so happy with how it came out I might make another one! Photos were taken in front of the Martin Luther King Fountain in Yerba Buena Gardens in Downtown San Francisco
I also finished a beanie made with some acrylic extras. My friend is a big San Francisco Giants fan (hence the Halloween looking colors) and needed a hat to keep her warm during chilly games.
Too bad my measurements were off and the hat is a little too short. So much for eyeballing it 😒
What did you work on this weekend?
Yay my Flax sweater from Tin Can Knits is coming along well! I have the body done as well as the majority of one sleeve. One mistake I made was not buying and extra skein of the main color (Rowan Softknit Cotton in Sand-571). I am pretty sure I will run out of yarn. 😦 This is always the worst. I just want to finish my project and stare with amazement at my work. But no! I will now have to let it sit in my work bag until my new yarn comes in via the mail. Did I mention that my LYS has every other color except the ones I am working with? Ugh… Well I guess I have to start a new project in the meantime. Any suggestions?
Well I finally reached the peak of the mountain. After about 2.5 months, I have completed the Dogwood Blanket from Tin Can Knits pattern found in 9 Months of Knitting. It was a hard project for me as you saw in my previous blog posting (see link below), but I did it! I think it came out looking pretty good. I will defiantly keep my new little cousin warm.
Things I would change if I ever made this again:
1) I would block each piece as I go. I only blocked the first square to make sure it came out as a square and that I didn’t bind off too tight. The white square was knit with a little tighter of a gauge so I had to really stretch it when blocking for sewing.
2) Possibly crochet the edges to make it a uniform square. As you can see some of the outer edges are wavy looking.
3) Pick bolder colors. I really like the blanket being different colors and wish I had picked some crazier colors.
- The hardest blanket ever! (knitsbywhit.wordpress.com)