January FO’s (a few days late)

Is it just me or did those last couple of weeks of January hit everyone like a sledgehammer???  Outside of the general craziness here in the US, I was struck down with the office plague and then there was just stuff.  I’m going to use this week to do a little January wrap up and a look forward.

January FO’s

4 Pussyhats!  That’s one item off my list of 17.  I talked extensively about these in my last post so I’ll move on.

I finished a pair of fingerless mitts which are a gift for my best friend who is moving to Belgium in a couple of weeks.  A couple of months ago I went to visit her and we hit all my favorite Ann Arbor stops including Spun Ann Arbor.  Why Not Fibers was having a trunk show and I had to buy!  I found this beautiful yarn that was raised, processed, and dyed in Michigan.  I thought it would be a nice reminder of home when she moves. This was the same trip where she asked if I would make her a hat and picked out Malabrigo Caracol in Paris Nights (I had already picked out this colorway!)  It is on their Shoreline base which is a 50/50 BFL blend/Alpaca and is an Aran weight. I really loved this yarn – it was so soft and easy to knit with.  I think it’s going to be really warm too (because BFL/Alpaca!).    The pattern is SBB Mitts by Amanda Scheuzger. It was part of the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long but I clearly missed the deadline! They were an easy, fun knit and I can’t wait to give them to my friend next week! This is another item off my 17ufosin2017 list so 2 down!

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Goals

I finished 2 items from the list of 17!!!  The only thing I’ve cast on since the 1st of the year is a gift that I need to have done by spring.  Likewise, the only yarn I’ve bought is yarn for said gift so I’m rocking those goals so far!!

As far as tech editing goes, I’ve participated in some Instagram challenges and did get a new client but I need to keep plugging away on that.

A couple of patterns that I tech edited were published yesterday!  You will definitely want to check out Point/Counterpoint Vol. 2.  This is a fun concept and collaboration between Kino Knits and Prairie Girl Susie from the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin podcast.  They each started with a yarn and designed an original pattern and then exchanged yarns and a photo of the FO and designed something based on that photo.  I worked with Mary on her two patterns which are the Springs to Mind hat and the Lean Into the Wind cowl. I love the cowl and Susie’s shawl but if you like knitting hats and are looking for some interesting hats to knit you really need to check out this collection.  Both Mary and Susie’s hats are super interesting and beautiful.  Mary’s flower motif screams spring to me and I could use a little spring!

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Events

I have some events to share!  First up, I signed up for the Into the Wool Fiber Retreat.  It’s being held in Tennessee in September.  It is put on by Dana from Unwind Yarn Company and the Just One More Row podcast and Tiffany.  I understand there might still be a few spots so if you’re interested you can check out the info thread in their Ravelry group.  It’s only $300 and it’s all inclusive – meals, lodging, and fun!!!  The Ravelry group is quite chatty and I fear they may force me to learn how to spin while I’m there but we’ll see!

My LYS announced this week that they are hosting Bristol Ivy for a weekend in April.  I’m super excited about that.  She is teaching 4 classes and I signed up for the Reading Your Knitting class.  Honestly, I’m terrible at reading my knitting and I thought it might be useful in my tech editing work as well.  It was hard to choose, she was also teaching Short Rows, Blocking, and a designing course.

If you’re on Instagram and haven’t fallen to peer pressure yet, the lovely ladies from Ravelry are hosting a #yarnlovechallenge photo challenge and everyone, I mean everyone, is participating.  It’s lots of fun and very yarn focused (go figure!) so easy to play along with, I’m really enjoying this one.

I think that’s about everything from the last few weeks.  Hopefully February will be a little less crazy!

Last FO’s of the Year!

I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays!  I can’t believe this is the last post of 2015!  I’m going to start with Christmas gifts that have been given and can now be revealed (most were finished pre-December).

First up are the fingerless mitts I made for two of my friends who went above and beyond this year and so these were more of a thank you gift as opposed to an actual Christmas gift.

Pattern is Minnesota Mitts Four Ways and is a great deal!  It’s only $2.50 and includes instructions for two types of fingerless mitts and two types of mittens.  These are the stockinette fingerless mitts (I hate ribbing so these were awesome!).  I used yarn from my stash – the neutral is Cascade 220 Superwash that I got from one of the rummage sale hauls.  The color is Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy Mill Ends which is a variegated yarn of various mill ends.  I did manipulate the color changes a bit as one of my friends loves pink so I wanted to get to the pink for one of her mitts. These knit up so quick and made great gifts!

Next up is this little star ornament which ended up being a gift for my hairdresser.

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I used the Knit Star Ornament pattern that was part of the 12 ornaments giveaway that was going on over on the HandsOccupied blog.  It was a great mix of knit, crochet and yarn craft ornaments.  I had hoped to make more but got sidetracked by the Ice River snood and hat but I’m definitely saving these for next year!

I got a last minute request to knit a, let’s call it – a building block scarf for Christmas.  It was something I had pinned years ago on Pinterest, a friend saw the pin and contacted me to see if I could make one for her son for Christmas.  I was able to find a pattern and had all the appropriate color yarn in my stash.  This is one of those projects that really requires the proper colors to make it work.  The pattern is Build-A-Scarf by Jessica Owen Day and is a great, quick knit.  I had that scarf done in no time and I knew it looked good because I took it out to work on and the 8 year old who was in the room said “hey, that looks like Legos!”  Score, one for me!

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And, then there were the Ice River patterns.  I shared the finished snood last week and have since finished the Ice River hat.  I did make a small modification that I saw on some other finished projects on Ravelry – I added the 3 stripes from the snood into the hat.  I love both!  And, of course, it’s been unseasonably warm here in the Midwest so I’ve not had a chance to wear them yet (although, I’m sure that’s coming soon enough..)

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There is one more FO but it has not reached it’s final destination so more on that later.  My brother definitely liked his TCU hat (unable to get him to model that) but it fit him great which was a super exciting bonus!

There is still plenty on the needles and I will share more on that next week when I start looking at ahead to my 2016 knitting plans!