Goodbye 2012…

Looking back on my crafting for 2012, I actually managed to accomplish quite a bit more than I thought I would, and quite a bit more than I thought I did! I finished a few quilts and sewn garments, but for my photographic evidence, I am focusing on knitting.

Finished 2012

I finished 3 sweaters, 3 shawls, 3 pairs of socks and 2 cowls. Apparently it was my year of 3’s. Since I needed a 12th picture for my mosaic, I also showed my only running medal for the year, which was from the 15km Chilly Chase I ran in January. I did finish.

Another change to my crafting life this year came with the start of my videocast – Snappy Stitches! I have really enjoyed transitioning over to the video medium and I love being able to show what I’m working on.

I’m hoping to be back tomorrow with a few plans for the new year. Hope everyone is enjoying this last day of 2012.

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September is for Sweaters…

Happy September! Fall is definitely in the air first thing in the morning and that has me thinking about sweaters (and knits of all kinds really). I told myself that I wasn’t going to start knitting sweaters until November this year, but I just can’t help myself. It started innocently enough, with a couple of swatches –

Swatches!

From left to right: St. Denis Nordique, Berroco Pure Merino DK, and a Sandnes Garn Strompegarn Superwash/Zauberball stripe.

Two days ago, I cast on for the Goodale Cardi

Goodale

And yesterday, I cast on for the Breakwater Pulli

Breakwater

Here’s a little group photo of my progress so far –

Goodale and Breakwater

Breakwater is going surprisingly quickly for a fingering weight sweater –

Breakwater Pulli Progress

I absolutely love the woven stitch detail on the collar –

Breakwater Pulli - Close Up

I’m going to see how much I can possibly knit this weekend while enjoying the last long weekend of summer. We are also hoping to get another hike in over the weekend, but I think I’ll still make pretty good progress.

Oh yeah, I also made some 3 stitch icord sections for button loops to use on the collar of the Mondo Cardi –

Button Loops on Mondo Cardi

Now, I just need to sew on the buttons and weave in the ends. I suspect this fall will be full of sweatery goodness.

Have a great last long weekend of summer!

FO: Present Cowl

I’ve gotten into the habit of stuffing my finished handspun in one of my kitchen cupboards (something I swore I wouldn’t do at the new house), and I thought that instead of finding a new place for it, I’d actually knit with it!

This finished object started life as this fiber –

...and then there's this :D

And I spun it into this navajo plied yarn –

Finished n-plyed yarn. #handspunFTW #tdf

I decided that since I didn’t have very much (only 78 grams and 250 yards), I’d make a cowl. I toyed with the idea of making a small shawl, but the softness of this yarn combined with the limited quantity solidified the idea that I wanted this yarn in contact with my neck as much as possible.

In progress –

Handspun cowl

And here is is all finished –
Finished handspun cowl! Pattern is 'Present Cowl'.

I was so excited to be finished that I snapped the picture before I sewed in the ends, but I swear, they’re all sewn in now.

I’m ready for fall!

Here’s my Ravelry project page. I made a few alterations to the original pattern:

1) I cast on 114 or so stitches.
2) I knit a few extra repeats to make it a bit taller.
3) I knit it so it would be the same on both ends, which just involves knitting a lone purl row, followed by 5 knit rounds before starting the garter stitch at the end. Easy peasy!

So there you go, you can’t say I never knit anything!