March FO’s

Well, I’m working my way through the list of 17!  I finished my 5th UFO this month which meant new cast on (more on that later!).  Back to the FO’s, I’ll start with what else has been crossed off the list.

First up is The Turtles’ Journey Shawl by Heather Anderson.  I started this as part of a KAL in 2015 and definitely did not finish it before the KAL ended.  It reminded me of my trip to Hawaii and I just loved it.  I used Blue Sky Baby Alpaca that was part of one of my rummage sale hauls.  I had a lot of it so I decided to make the larger size (bad move!).  This thing is gigantic and still needs blocking but at least the knitting is done.  It’s a fun knit but does require concentration.  And, while I thought that a picot bind off was my least favorite, I think a knitted on border is my least favorite cast off, especially on a shawl of this size!

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Next thing I finished from the list is the Head in the Clouds hat by Jess Kallberg.  This was one of those patterns that swepts through my knitting group like a 24 hour bug.  It calls for Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails and is a really fun, really quick knit.  Once I picked it up I finished it in a weekend.  It would also be a good way to use up scraps or other mini skeins that you have hanging around.

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Last, but certainly not least, I finished 2 preemie hats.  I’ve talked about the Into the Wool Fiber Retreat I will be attending in September.  As part of that retreat there are a number of pre-retreat KALs going on.  The charity KAL is collecting preemie caps for a local NICU. So, no pattern involved here, I just found some acryllic in my stash and cast on and knit until it looked big enough.  You will see my sizing varies, but so so the sizes of babies’ heads 🙂  I’m hoping to get a least one done per month leading up to the retreat.

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I’m hoping to get a few more things done in April but I’m on track to get rid of that never-ending UFO list by the end of the year.  I’m also hopeful that in April I can get back to my usual posting schedule and reading time – fingers crossed!

What’s on My Needles This Weekend

It’s been a busy month on a number of fronts.  I did another test knit last week and will post more once the pattern in released. I also had a few projects that needed to be finished – a couple for raffle prizes for some benefits I will attending in the next couple of weeks.  And, one ninja cowl for my friend’s son that needs to get in the mail before the cold weather blows in (which it might be doing outside as I type).  But, of course, being a knitter I also cast on a new project for a September KAL.  I blame it on Ravelry and my large stash of rummage sale yarn.

The KAL is for Heather Anderson’s Turtle Journey patterns – I’m doing the shawl but there is also a cowl, a hat and a blanket. I have to say the blanket is amazing!  The blanket and the shawl really highlight the turtle pattern the best.  I feel like you might lose it a little in the cowl and the hat.  In my last rummage sale haul there were about 10 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca in a grey color and so I decided to use that for this project.  The KAL runs the month of September so I clearly won’t finish but still decided to join in.  I just finished the “sand” section and will start the turtles rows next.  It finishes with an applied border and I’ve never done an applied border before so that should be fun!

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The turtles reminded me of my trip to Hawaii last year where we saw so many giant sea turtles!  I thought it would be fun to have a little knitted reminder of the trip, which reminds me I have some yarn I bought there…  No, no, I’m going to focus!!!