A Year of Projects: Weeks 21/22

It seems to be the season of biweekly posting. I guess this is what it’s going to be for a while. We’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas. The Christmas crafting is in full force. Babygirl has completed her ornaments for family so we can get them in the mail. We’re both finishing up some gifts so we can get them in the mail soon.

It’s a windy, rainy day here so we plan to put the tree up. Decorating the tree will wait until we see how “the puppy” reacts to it.

Socks

Babygirl’s Fall Socks are done. she has already worn them a few times.

I’ve completed the knitting on my Stripey socks. I need to Kitchener the toe and add afterthought heels to complete the pair. it’s on the list of things to do this week.

Most recent picture I can find.

Christmas socks have been started for Sockmas. I’m making a pair using Cascade Heritage in a Christmas colorway. I’ve misplaced the band, will update the colorway when I find it. Sockmas is a KAL hosted by Knitty Natty. It runs from November 25th to December 16th.

Musselburgh

This is my focus. I’ve got three more inches before I can start the decrease. I’m hoping to finish it this week so it’s ready to go in the mail.

Stash Acquisition

A few months ago I purchased two skeins of Sewrella’s Autumn in New York Collection. It arrived a few days ago. I plan to use it to make a shawl in the New Year. I’m still trying to figure out what pattern I want to make. Open to two skein fingering weight shawl patterns if you’ve got any to recommend. The colorway Brooklyn reminds me of home, so I chose that and Sweater Weather because it went well with Brooklyn.

Last week I also received a prize I won from a Patreon group I’m in.

I’ve also received my Sock Advent yarn from Cozy Knitter. I’m still waiting on my Advent calendar. I’m really hoping it gets here in time. It’s cutting it a bit too close for my liking.

I think that’s about it. Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects: Week 11

Startitis

It’s been real over here this week. So many pretty yarns just staring at me! Started two pairs of socks for myself, a pair for my daughter, and a sweater. Purchased an afghan pattern that my SIL and I are going to do as a CAL, and found 3 other projects I want to start. My sweater CAL starts tomorrow, so that’ll be another start. I want to make ALL the things… now to find the time.

Socks

Finish! Finished my watermelon socks.

Started my first DK weight socks. Love how quickly they knit up! Using Crazy Sock Lady’s DK vanilla pattern with yarn I received in my Fall swap box. Working on size 2 9inch circulars.

Splash of Color Yarns- Fall Splendor

For my second pair I’m using another Fall colorway sent to me by a friend. These are also plain vanilla as it is a self striping yarn.

The third newly cast on pair are for my daughter. It’s a yarn she dyed using Wiltons food coloring (Regia base). She went back and forth for a while between Hermoines socks and plain vanilla. In the end she chose plain vanilla. So Hermoines socks remain on my knit wishlist.

Sweaters

Started my Light and Boxy Fade this week. No surprise I couldn’t get gauge with the listed needle. I don’t like the fabric with the needle I get gauge on, so I’m going to be slightly off on this one. Being that it’s a boxy sweater, and doing the math for my gauge vs the pattern gauge, I think it’ll be ok.

I haven’t purchased the lace yet, I’m waiting for the local yarn crawl to begin. Each store is going to have a different colored crown stitch marker. I’d like to be able to get a few. Charlotte is referred to as “The Queen City” hence the markers.

The sweater CAL for the Toni Cuffed Cardigan begins tomorrow. I’ll be using the suggested yarn.

With all the new castons I haven’t touched any of my WIPs/UFOs. Hopefully this week.

School/Life

We started our school year this week. Mostly, lol. Our Language Arts curriculum was delivered yesterday, so we’ll start that this week.

Our Social Studies program this year is studying the Eastern Hemisphere. We started with China, perfect timing to learn about the Mid Autumn Festival. Unfortunately, it was stormy here and we couldn’t see the Harvest Moon. But we did find an Asian Market and purchased a red bean Mooncake to try.

That’s it for this week! Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects 22-23: Where am I?

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. Sadly, most has not been crafting related. Today’s post will be taking stock of where I’m at with my projects. Unfortunately I did not spin at all this week. I have carved out some time to spin this afternoon to try and get back on track.

Socks

I completed one sock last week for Sock Week. Finished its mate this week, so now I have another pair done for Summer Sock Camp and Sock BINGO.

These were knitted as toe up tubes with an afterthought heel. I’m not loving the fit of the heel. I’ve heard good things about The Fish Lips Kiss Heel, so I’ve purchased that and will be trying it for my next afterthought heel.

Babygirl’s Christmas socks have been getting the most attention this week. I keep them in the office and work on them if one of my students doesn’t show/is late in the afternoon. Secret knitting time for a Christmas gift has been the upside to the crazy work projects, lol. Details can be found on Ravelry on my project page.

Heel flaps have been knit on both my Watermelon Socks and Camping 2022 socks. I’d like to get the gussets done during the beginning of the week as we’ve got a little day trip planned for Friday. I’m hoping my husband does the driving so I can get some knitting time in.

Watermelon Socks
Camping 2022 socks

Candy Mountain Socks are on hold until next week. Just going to focus on plain vanilla socks this week. I’ll pull them out next week and get back to work on them. Due to the color changes they are not a great travel project.

Summer Fairy KAL

This project has been sitting. I’ve set a goal of 15 minutes a day for this one. I’m hoping to get a few rows in with my morning coffee. My friend finished hers last night and it is absolutely gorgeous. I’d love to have this ready for Fall.

Other Stuff

Babygirl and I dyed up some yarn last week. I’ll have a post coming on that this week. She’s asking for socks from her yarn. I told her I need to free up a pair of needles first, but they’ll be my next cast on. After that, I’m looking at a pair of Hermoine’s Everyday Socks. My friend’s yarn shop is doing that as their August sock KAL. I won’t be participating officially, but I’ve wanted to make this pattern for a while. It’ll be nice to be able to talk to her about it while working on the socks.

Babygirl took a quilting class at the library this weekend. I’m in awe of her sewing. It was put on by a local quilt guild. They made kits for the kids and had them sew up placemats. She asked if I wanted placemats for our table. We’re going to take a look at fabric next time we’re at JoAnns.

That’s about it for me. I’m off to go knit/spin a bit.

Happy Crafting!

Year of Projects 2022-2023 Week 1

The Plan

I’m excited for another Year of Projects! I love the community, and seeing what everyone is making. Posting weekly also helps keep me on track with my projects… mostly. I will take my WIPs/UFOs from last year and incorporate them into this year’s plan.

I’ve found that shorter term goals are what work for me. So I’ll be posting quarterly goals. Here’s my plan for quarter one:

1. Socks, socks, and more socks: currently participating in Summer Sock Camp and Sock BINGO, both end August 31st.

2. Tour de Fleece: July 1 – 25: I’m hoping this gets me back into the routine of spinning on a regular basis.

3. Summer Fairy KAL: this one ends mid July. I won’t be done by then as I just frogged and started over.

4. Needle felting: finish 2018 gnome of the year and make Christmas tree gnomes.

5. Dye sock yarn

6. September: baby sweater

7. Pull one WIP/UFO from YOP 21/22 to work on.

8. One new project.

My Week

It was a productive week. Finished a pair of socks, started a needle felting project, started Tour de Fleece, and did some gardening. Babygirl also had her first in person Chess Club meeting.

Socks

The Tapping Tootsies socks are finished! I was able to finish them on Monday.

Plain vanilla, size 0 9in circulars

Since I finished them, I had to cast on anew pair right away, lol. Another plain vanilla pair on 9 in circulars. This one uses the camp color way Gone Camping by Happy Mermaid Yarn Co.

Added a bit to the Watermelon socks this week while we were at an outdoor concert. I’m just about ready to start the heel on these.

The Candy Mountain and Cat Socks are sitting right now. They will get back in the rotation sometime this week. I’m using the Cat Socks as part of a Christmas in July MAL as they will be a Christmas present for my daughter.

Summer Fairy KAL

Nothing to see here. Literally nothing to see as I’ve frogged what I was doing in order to go up a size. I’ve cast on and knitted 7 rows. This will be my focus today so I can get past the shaping rows. Then I’ll be able to work on a large chunk while watching TV.

Tour de Fleece

Day 1 I finished spinning something I started months ago. Day 2 I started plying. Today, (Day 3) I will ply the other two bobbins I have singles on. I’m going to need to get more bobbins at some point. I find that with the four I have to stop just as I am getting into the grove of spinning.

Needle felting

Pulled out my 2018 Gnome of the Year to work on. Discovered Going Gnome at Rhinebeck. At the time I didn’t want to start a new hobby. It was probably 2-3 years that I looked at kits and resisted buying any. Then my friends and I went to a knitting retreat at Mohonk Mountain House. We were lucky enough to live locally and could attend for the day. one of the workshops was Intro to Needlefelting. The ladies from Going Gnome gave the workshop. The first year they taught us how to make a gnome. The second year we made hedgehogs. Needless to say, we all went home with felting kits. Periodically we’ve had felting get togethers with my knitting group. So I’ve completed a few of my kits. But I’ve also got a stash sitting on a shelf in my closet. My daughter and I decided we are going to work on some his summer.

Hedgehog from Needlefelting workshop
Current project

That’s all I’ve got this week. I’m excited to go check out everyone’s plans for the year!

Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects Post

Baby Blanket

It’s finished! Maya’s blanket is complete! I finished it up on Tuesday. First time using Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn. Super happy with the way it worked up. The blanket is soft and it’ll be easy to care for with a new baby.

Pattern: Textured Lap Blanket. Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in

Hook: J

Summer Sock Camp

Currently, I have four pairs of socks on the needles. My goal is too always have a pair that I can grab for car trips or park play dates.

My Candy Mountain Socks are coming along nicely. I don’t take these out of the house as there is some counting involved for the color work. I’m using two new to me yarns and enjoying them both.

Yarns: Kimber’s Cozy Creations Cozy Fingering Mini Set Summer Sock Camp 2022 and Momma Jess Knits SummerSock Camp 2022. Needles: 9 inch circulars size 0

My Tapping Tootsees Plain Vanilla socks have received the most attention this week. I’ve been carrying them in my bag whenever we’ve gone out. I hope to finish the first sock today so I can cast on the second for our field trip tomorrow.

Yarn: Tapping Tootsees by Done Roving Yarns color Tutti Fruitti. Needles: 9 inch circulars size 0

Next up is Veroni. These are for my daughter. I’m trying to keep them a surprise. Worked on them last night on my knitting Zoom. So far she hasn’t seen them. I’ll be knitting these toe up with an afterthought heel. I’d like to have this tube done this week.

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Fingering weight Red Rocks and. Knit Picks Stroll Needles: size 1 circulars

Last up, another plain vanilla pair. They are the safest for travel, lol.

Yarn: Southern Skeins July 2021 Watermelon colorway. Needles: 9 inch circulars size 0

Other Stuff

That’s it on the knit and crochet front. Lots of other stuff going on as well. We’ve been doing some decorating/buttoning up of projects around the house. We’ve got the línea furnished and I’m working on the finishing touches. I’ve been enjoying taking my Zoom calls out there.

We’re wrapping up our school year and I’ve been gathering/planning next year’s curriculum. Books have been getting delivered daily. I’d like to have that done by the end of the month. Just need to gather a few more books and decide on the electives.

Blueberry season just started. I picked our first blueberries yesterday. When I finish writing this I’ll be going out to pick blueberries and blackberries. We’re in for a heat wave this week, so everything will be done in the early morning.

That’s all I’ve got this week.

Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects

It was a productive week, crafting and otherwise. We’ve had a nice Spring like weather week. Makes it easier to get things done. Our big project was finishing and outdoor run for the chickens. Usually they free range, but Avian flu numbers are going up here and we get a lot of birds in our yard. As a precaution we will keep them cooped up for a bit. They’ve got an awesome covered run (2 car garage port), but we added a 10×10 uncovered run so they can get some sun.

Finished!

Garden prep has begun! The plan is to redo the whole area. When we purchased the house there were 7 garden boxes surrounded by weeds 2-3 feet high. We were able to get it cleaned out and then I had a foot injury. So, it was not a good garden year. I was able to keep up with one box. We’ve come up with a plan to make it easier to maintain (hopefully), just need to gather materials and do the work now. In the meantime I’ve been reading up on seed starting and winter sowing. This week I have prepped some jugs for winter sowing.

Crocheted Blanket

Finished it up this week. I’m super excited as we’ve just begun planning a family vacation. 🤞🤞Fingers crossed this works out! It’ll be the first time we’ve all been together since Christmas 2019. I’ll be able to give it to my brother then.

Pattern: Textured Lap Blanket by Krista Cagle

  • Start date: November 20, 2021
  • Finish date: February 7, 2022
  • Ravelry project link:

Party Cardigan CAL

Loving this project! As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I needed to make it. I am loving it. I’ve joined the CAL at Make and Do Crew. They are releasing the pattern with videos weekly. I’ll be finishing up week 1 today. The pattern is great. Had some issues sourcing the yarn locally, not sure if it’s the local store, or supply issues. I placed an order with Lion Brand to get what I couldn’t get locally.

One thing I am noting through this CAL is the sweater is a lot larger than it appears on the model. I’m fine with that, but some people are adjusting to get a fit more like the picture. The Facebook group has been helpful for sizing. People are posting the size they made and their height along with a picture.

Socks

With the news of family vacation I decided to cast on a pair of socks. Mom is loving her socks so I’d like to make her another pair. My hope is to have 2 pairs done and let her pick what she likes best. Then I’m going to let her stash dive and pick a yarn for another pair. This way I can really check the fit and see if I need to tweak the pattern. That’s going to be her Mother’s Day gift. One she can take back home, and one to be mailed.

The Coziest Memory

Nothing to see here. Still a current WIP, but I only added a few rows so it’s not picture worthy.

Same with the dishcloths. I think I’ll just post photos of them as I finish them. For the most part I make pretty plain dishcloths so there’s not much to talk about.

That’s all I’ve got this week. Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects Update: Snowy Days

It’s been a crazy week here weather wise. No power loss so I was a happy camper! We had mostly sleet/ice with the Sunday/Monday storm.

My girl went out to make a snowman. She quickly decided there wasn’t enough snow and turned it into a bird family.

Ice covered tree branches.
Snowbird family.

That was our first snow in Charlotte in the two and a half years we’ve been here. It was quickly followed by our second snow. We were hit by round 2 Friday into Saturday. This round was nice because it was actual snow.

Beginning of snow, Friday night

Pictures are not great because this storm started around 9/10pm. Now I’m hearing there’s a possibility of more snow next weekend. Mother Nature is going crazy. Lol.

Musselburgh Hat

It’s finished and on the way to New York. I believe it’s going to be too big. Next week I’m going to start the smaller size. But we’ll see. If all else fails, I like the way it fits and I’ll just make a different pattern for my dad.

Dad’s Musselburgh

Pattern: Musselburgh Hat by Ysolda

  • Yarn: Loops and Threads Woolike Simili-Laine 2oz
  • Needles: size 3 16 inch
  • Size: adult large
  • Start date:
  • End date: January 17, 2022

Blanket

The blanket is coming along. Two and one quarter skeins to go.

Dishcloths

No finished cloths to show this week. I’ve picked the yarn and pattern for my next cloth.

Next up for the dish cloth KAL/CAL

New Project: Coziest Memory Blanket

Coziest Memory Week 1

I started a Coziest Memory blanket this week with the Advent Calendar my daughter made for me. (I wound my sock yarn leftovers into 20 gram balls and she bagged up the yarn she liked. She added tea and handmade stitch markers to some of the bags.)

Later today I’m having a Zoom meeting with my NY knitting friends. I pulled a few days of the advent calendar to work on during the Zoom.

That’s all I’ve got for this week.

Happy crafting!