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.


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 –


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


And yesterday, I cast on for the Breakwater Pulli


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!