Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I know a lot of you have given up on this blog, since I haven't posted in forever.  I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, but the end of 2012 and a lot of 2013 were busy.  Before I knew it, it had been a year since my last post and I had kind of lost my blogging mojo.  I hope to be better this year, but I make no promises. :-)

I guess I'll start with some catching up.  I'm still in the same house, with the same job, and all of the cats are happy and healthy.  I've been doing a lot of crafting and some redecorating at home so it's probably a good idea to break this up into a few posts.

I'll start with finished knitting projects that were in progress last time.

My plain vanilla socks made with Destination Yarn in the Vancouver 2010 Five Rings colorway;

My Falling Leaves socks in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal yarn in the Foliage colorway.  I'm not a huge fan of these socks.  They're pretty but really stretchy and so they don't stay up very well.  Also, I'm pretty sure I biffed the pattern somewhere.

My Medallion Lace socks, designed by a friend of mine.  The yarn is String Theory Caper yarn in  Winterberry.

I finished the Multnomah Shawl  that I started at Multnomah Falls in 2012. (Destination Yarn, Yosemite)

The Color Affection shawl is done, too, but I don't have a good picture of it right now.

The grey beaded mystery shawl and the February Lady sweater have been ripped out. I cast on the sweater again, and the grey yarn is in progress in another project, but since this is all about finished projects, we'll save that for later.

Now for the knitting projects I started and finished since the last post.  It should be no surprise that most of them are socks. 

First up, a pair of Watching Hawks socks in Space Cadet Aurora yarn, Spiffy Iffy.  These were for a Knit Along (KAL) that started on October 1, 2012 and had to be finished by election day. I finished them with a couple of days to spare.  The yarn has cashmere and they're very soft and warm.  The only problem is I don't really wear those colors.  Also, it's hand-dyed  yarn, so they color isn't the same on both socks.

Next, some Groovy socks in String Theory Colorworks yarn. (not the same company as the yarn I used in the Medallion Lace socks). The yarn base is Entanglement and the color is called Kinetic.  I think they look like ribbon candy.  I LOVE these socks.

I loved the yarn and pattern so much, I made a pair of matching fingerless mitts.

On Christmas Eve 2012, I cast on these Sunrise Socks by Wendy D. Johnson. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersocke Select yarn in the Very Scary colorway.

Since I have a couple of pairs of Christmas socks now, I decided I had to have some for Halloween.  So I present Charade socks in more String Theory Colorworks Entanglement in the Galactic Ghoul colorway.  I also made the matching project bag.  Actually, I made three project bags with that fabric.  One of them was for Create 2013, but more on that later, also.

I always have to have a pair of socks in my purse, in case I get stuck in a doctor's office, or if I get the chance to go knitting somewhere and don't have a bigger project with me.  This is the latest pair of finished plain socks.  The yarn is Berroco Sox in color number 1427. These aren't my favorite socks, but I'll probably get a lot of wear out of them.

In between the socks, I made a few little things.  A little Helix Striped Hat (designed by another friend of mine) for a preemie hat collection, and a gag gift for a guy at work. He was very fond of his mobile hotspot, so we named it Fred, and I knit a little "sleeping bag" for him.

Finally, my awesome knitting group has a Christmas party and stocking stuffer exchange every year.  Last year I lost my mind and made a few dozen knit ornament covers with beads.  Every one of them was unique.  These are some of them, but I made a few more that I didn't get pictures of.  They were a lot of fun to make. Even using 90 to 140 beads each, they didn't make a dent in my bead stash. I need to think of some other projects to use them up. Suggestions, anyone?

I think that covers all of the finished knitting projects.  I'll catch you up with the sewing and other crafty things in the next post(s).  I promise it will be this year.  Maybe even this month. :-)

I don't have a lot of cat pictures handy at the moment, but now that it's cold and snowy out, I'll be seeing a lot of this.


There's a heat vent under the kitchen table, so it's nice and toasty under there. Conveniently, there is a chair for every cat.