I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I haven’t been very active in posting recently. I felt like the blog that I was creating wasn’t being helpful to you, my lovely readers, and wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be. It was more like a show-and-tell of the things I was creating, than anything meaningful. So after a few months without blogging, my interest in blogging picked up again and The Knitted was born. It is wanted this blog to be. There are going to be tutorials and DIY projects as well as more of a fashion emphasis. Knitting can be really cool and I want the world to see that. So come join me at The Knitted to see what I’ve been up to!
I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland outside! (Lower your expectations people, it’s snow in Texas…) While my friends in Ohio just got 8 inches of snow and a snow day, I got my snow too! Just in manageable doses. But you know what is most exciting about snow? Wearing knitted things!
So I pulled out my turban that I knitted this summer along with my trusty mittens. I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to wear my mittens at all this winter but it turns out it is cold enough in Texas for super thick mittens!
Ravelry page for Triangle Study mittens
Ravelry link for Turban
Sorry for the lame picture of my dog. I was trying to get a cuter one, or one where she was at least looking at the camera but she was hell bent on making all the snow yellow by the end of the walk. What’s the weather like where you live? Do you use snow as an excess to wear way too many knitted layers like I do?
So I mentioned recently that I have become obsessed with purple and I think these socks are at the root of that. I started them when I was suppose to be studying for finals and they went really quickly after that. The yarn selection was a little haphazard. I chose the pattern then cast on with the grey and realized that I never picked out a contrast color. I had a couple of ideas of what I wanted to use but I hadn’t actually decided on one yet! I would like to say that I never do this but that’s not entirely true. Selecting colors is always a “hope for the best” type situation. The purple had been in my yarn stash for ages so I chose it and it was a match made in heaven! These colors work perfectly together! I really am in love with how they turned out and I wear them every chance I get. They’re a little big, which I like. If it gets super cold I can layer them up if I decide to go outside or I could just stay inside and be the couch potato I am.
So yesterday after what felt like weeks of waiting (which actually was only 5 days) my yarn from Knit Picks came in! I can’t go into much detail about the yarn or the pattern I’m doing because the finished project is going to be a gift to my parents. Since my Mom is this blogs biggest fan so, no secrets are going to be revealed. What I can tell you is that it is knit as a giant circle from the inside out! I’ve never done anything like this so I was pretty pumped to get started.
This video is the one I used to figure out Emily Ocker’s cast on. There are a lot of good Youtube videos out there but this one is the one that did it for me. Every single stitch I cast on was an Ah-ha moment for me, which I loved. It was awesome to see it all come together. I’m not very good and could only go at the pace of a crawling inchworm but it was pretty cool to see it come together.
So because I can’t share the project I’m working on with you, I’ll share some other circular projects that start with this cast on technique that I’ve been eyeing!
1. Girasole – Jared Flood 2. Eirwen – Holly Chayes 3. Chrysanthemum – TinCanKnits
4. Tree Rings – Andrea Rangel
I feel like some of these patterns are a bit beyond my abilities – my blocking skills leave something to be desired but they are gorgeous to look at! If you can tackle a project like that, more power to you! Have you attempted a circular project like this before?
As I’m sure you guessed, life took over my everyday and blogging just kind of got pushed aside. Blogging and knitting is definitely more fun than studying (and don’t let me fool you, I did plenty of knitting while I was “studying”) but I couldn’t figure out how to balance my time to do everything I wanted to do. All of this is basically to say, I’m back!
So in the past month when I was neglecting this blog, I did a lot of exciting knitting! I think where I’ll start though is what I’ve finished most recently and I finished this cute little hat very recently (as in last night). Like every knitter on the face of the Earth that thinks about knitting Christmas presents for their loved ones, I said to myself that next year I’ll start knitting presents earlier. Christmas 2013 was full of good intentions and half finished (or not even started) presents. BUT next year will be different and this hat is proof! I knit it for my little cousin Alma Jo and I think it is perfect! How adorable is it?! I’m thinking of adding a pom-pom for extra cuteness.
Pattern: Little Scallops – Maria Carlander // Ravelry Link
So this is what I worked on during Sunday (all day) football – a pair of fingerless mitts (Ravelry link!) for my lovely Aunt. The goal is to get them to her by Christmas.
Things were going pretty good, that is until I tried them on… then it was a crisis situation. I read in a lot of the project descriptions on Ravelry that they tended to be too small. I figured going up two needle sizes would counterbalance the facts that 1. I tend to knit pretty tightly and 2. they mitts tend to be too small. So I used a US size 3 needle instead of the recommended US 1 1/2. Should be in the clear, right? Nope.
If I was knitting them for myself, I would say “I’ve come this far, there is no turning back now” and just have mitts that were a little snug. But I was envisioning something looser and more relaxed for her (plus I don’t know how big her hands are in comparison to mine) so I’m frogging it and trying again. We’ll see what comes of it. The way I see it I have two options, 1. go up another needle size or 2. do some magic and find a way to increase the number of stitches without significantly altering the fair isle pattern. I think I’m going with #1… I can’t do magic.
How’s your holiday knitting coming along? This is only #2 on a list of hundreds so I’m a little behind (like usual). It wouldn’t be Christmas if I wasn’t frantically knitting a last minute gift, right?
These socks, guys. These socks are the socks that make me never want to knit another pair of socks (in a good way). You can’t do much better than these. These are the ones to beat! I inexplicably love them! They weren’t incredibly difficult and they didn’t take very much time but I just love them with my whole heart. I think it’s because I’ve been holding on to the leftovers to make these socks for YEARS! The pink is literally from the same skein of sock yarn that I used to knit my very first pair of socks. That was a lifetime ago! Maybe it’s all the sentimental value associated with them. I don’t know. All I know is I love them to pieces.
However, these are also the socks that cast me into a sock-knitting funk. You saw the pink nightmare (OK maybe a bit of an exaggeration). But overall I think the pros outweigh the cons with these socks.