Hey Summer – slow down!!

I didn’t realize that last week was the last week of June (and I was very excited about Shepherd’s Day) and so I neglected to share my June FO’s.  I’m not sure where June went but many of us feel with our hockey and basketball teams winning championships this year and those seasons being extended into mid-June assisted in June flying away.

Either way, not much to report on for June.  I did finish my Graduate Your Stash KAL project which was these 2 bowls made from yarn I purchased somewhere in Eugene, Oregon in 2006.  The pattern was Stash Busting Project Bags and Bowls by Molly Conroy.  It’s a free pattern and comes with five different options depending on how much yarn you have left.  This is the yarn I blogged about trying to figure out the content of because this is a felting pattern.

The next challenge was actually felting the finished bowls. I have a front loading washing machine so no agitator.  What I did was put the bowl in an old pillow case and washed it with an old towel on high and hot water.  It came out kind of felted so when I finished the second one, I put them both in the pillow case and threw them in with my entire load of towels.  And it was much more felted. You can see the results in this picture. The one on the left was put through twice and the one on the right had been put through once when I took the picture.  I put the second one in for a second go around and am happy with the results now.  I’m going to put the small leftover bit in my yarn bombing scraps pile.

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The other thing that I finished was the set of 3 golf club covers that I knit for a local charity golf outing.  I chose the colors of the charity (orange & black) and really love how they turned out.  I was playing yarn chicken at the end but made it work by manipulating the stripe pattern of the last one.  I’m glad I started with the largest one and worked my way down.  I used the pattern called Golf Club Covers by Purl Soho.  It’s another free pattern which I love!  I also had a fun photo session with these in my backyard.  This is the most action my clubs have seen in 5 years 🙂

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That does it for FO’s for June.  I did a lot of knitting but none of it got anything finished.

Now, somehow it is 4th of July weekend here in the States and summer is half over.  I wanted to take a minute and catch up on some of the summer KALs I’ve been doing and talk about a little challenge I’m setting for myself this month.

I’m still entering photos for both the Summer Superlatives KAL hosted by the Knit Actually podcast and the Great Outdoors KAL hosted by Knitting Butterflies.  I try to stick to KALs that are easy and have limited rules (no Stash Dash for me – too much math 🙂 ). There are some categories for the Summer Superlatives KAL that can be found on Ravelry but it’s more about having fun and getting some summer knitting done.  Likewise, the Great Outdoors KAL is about knitting outside or things for the outside so that pretty much covers everything!  I’m also looking forward to the Ravellenic Games which run during the Olympics.  I see they are making some changes so it read up if you have participated in the past.  I haven’t decided what I’m entering yet but I’ll think about that more towards the end of this month.

Speaking of this month, I decided to do my own little knitting challenge.  I’m knitting Christmas in July.  I started my Verdure Shawlette in December using Voolenvine’s Blitzed yarn in the Deck the Halls colorway.  I, of course, got bored with it when Christmas was over and it has been sitting in the Land of Forgotten Projects.  All I have left is most of the border but the heavy knitting is done.  I’m going to focus my attention on trying to get it done this month so I have a nice shawlette ready to wear in December!  Care to join me?  I will be posting my progress on Instagram and fingers crossed this gets done 🙂

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I think that is everything going on right now.  I’m finally going to get to do some traveling this month so my posts might not be up every week but we’ll see how it goes.  I definitely have some yarny adventures planned and will be excited to share when I return!

 

Three FO’s and a HO

May has been a pretty productive month!  The other day I had lunch with a crafty friend and she did ask if I have like 17 projects going on at one time.  I laughed and said yes!  She was under some sort of mistaken impression that I actually finish knitting things. LOL! But, this month I have finished a few things and am making good progress on a few date sensitive projects.

Let’s start with this little pumpkin hat.  Pattern is Little Pumpkin by Susan B. Anderson and I used mystery stash yarn.  I believe the orange might have been a Cascade of some sort and the brown is maybe a Lion Brand or equivalent from the big box store.  It’s for some friends who just had a little boy.  When they did their pregnancy announcement on Facebook it was in October and they used a pumpkin in the photo so I thought it would be cute to knit the baby his own pumpkin hat.

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Next, my friend runs a nonprofit that helps local families in our area who have children who are struggling in some way, either with or without a diagnosis.  They are having their first ever golf outing in June so I offered to knit a set of golf club covers she could use as a prize.  I’m using Purl Soho’s Golf Club Covers pattern.  I got all the yarn from the big box store (and, shhh, don’t tell her but I used the gift card she gave me for helping with their annual fundraiser 🙂 ).  I have knit them in the organization’s colors which are orange and black.  Their logo has all the colors in the stripes of the black one.  I have one more to make – the set is for the driver, the 3 wood and the 5 wood.  I love how they are coming out.  The Purl Soho pattern is great!  I love all their patterns and they are free!!!

My only issue is that when you get to the part that covers the club head you have to hold the yarn double.  This makes for some tight knitting so it’s a bit tough on my hands/wrists but I started working on them early enough that I’ve been able to take a break between covers.  I will be playing a very tight game of yarn chicken for the final one.  I’m glad I started with the biggest and worked my way down so fingers crossed!!

 

Next, I talked about my mystery yarn and the Graduate Your Stash KAL that I’m doing.  So, I did finish one bowl and kind of felted it.  I’m going to knit up the rest of the skein into bowls and head over to a friend’s house who has a washing machine with an agitator and hope they felt some more.  The pattern is Stash Busting Project Bags and Bowls by Molly Conroy and is free on Ravely.  This first one came out a little smaller than I thought so I’m using bigger needles on the next one and will see how that changes the size.  Otherwise, it’s a great pattern and has five different options depending on how much yarn you are trying to get rid of!

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And, last but not least, I finished one sock so that would be the HO.  More details and pics when I finish the second sock!

There are a bunch of fun KALs going on this summer.  I know everyone is all about Stash Dash which is such a great idea.  But, I don’t participate because it requires just a little too much thought and planning for me.  I’m finishing up the Graduate Your Stash KAL which ends June 30th.  I will also be participating in the Summer Superlatives KAL hosted by Becky of the Knit Actually Podcast and the Great Outdoors KAL which is hosted by Emily of the Knitting Butterflies Podcast.  If you are looking for fun and low key KALs I would recommend either or both of them.  You can find more info on them in their Ravelry groups or on their websites.  Side note, I think I might get to do a little knitting with both of these ladies as I will be visiting Colorado in July so we’re trying to figure out a little knitting get together while I’m there which will be super fun!!

 

What’s on My Needles This Weekend?

I’m a little late with this post due to a quick trip to warmer weather (more on that later!) but this weekend I’ve been obsessed with attempting to catch up and finish my Ysolda KAL – Follow Your Arrow 2.  It has been a mystery knit-a-long and the first clue was released on January 19.  It’s been really fun!  Each week there are 2 different clues and you pick which clue to do next so there are many different combinations.  It looked so fun one of my knitting friends, we’ll call her C, decided to do one too.  Each week we text to find out which clue we have each chosen.  So far, we’ve always chosen the same clue and you know why?  It’s the only one we understand!  Ysolda uses some really interesting stitches in the clues and if I didn’t understand them on the read through I knew they would not go well in the actual knitting.  My favorite section was clue 3 that has these cool smock stitches.

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I think these would be cool on a hat and might play around with that when I have some extra time (not sure when that will be but it’s going on the list 🙂 )

I was not able to take it with me on my trip as it does make for good plane knitting so I ended up being a clue behind and since it’s a shawl it’s been growing each week but I have 4 rows left to fingers crossed it will be my finished object of the month before the end of the week!  Here’s a peak of it now!

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