Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Yarn Haul 2017

Yes, I purchased more yarn this month!! I didn't really need anymore hyarn for my ever growing collection, but I couldn't resist buying yarn on sale at $2 per skein!! So, I added six skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma yarn in the Stormy colorway. I'm not 100% sure what I am going to use this yarn for, but I think I am going to use it to make more cowls.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

UFOs or Unfinished Objects Begging to Be Finished!

This month, I've once again started knitting on the cardigan sweater I began making last year. The cardigan sweater is made by knitting six separate pieces and then sewing them together to make the final product.

Unfortunately, I lost momentum while knitting the cardigan sweater after some minor frustrating blips occurred along the way. I decided to shelve this particular project for other knitting projects to make for myself and others last year. So, after leaving this project on a much needed 'time out', I decided it was time to begin working on it with renewed vigor!

I still need to rework one of two front pieces that comprise the front of the cardigan. Plus, finish knitting the second front piece. I also need to knit the scarf that goes with this cardigan as well... And FINALLY, sew all the pieces together.

It's been an interesting journey knitting this cardigan sweater so far. I decided to go with a self striping yarn and now realize why that may not have been a wise choice on my part as the width of the stripes varies with each separate piece one makes. This is something I didn't think about at the time I began knitting this sweater. 

Also, if one has to cut out knots found in skeins or join a new ball of yarn along the way, it can throw off the striping. This means more work for the knitter in terms of trying to keep the widths of each stripe even throughout each piece. Long story short, it would have been much easier to knit this sweater in a solid color.

Lastly, I am a loose knitter, which means I routinely have to use smaller knitting needles than called for in order to make an item that will fit the dimensions stated in the pattern itself. After making a gauge swatch for the cardigan, I thought I had the correct size of knitting needles to make a cardigan sweater that will fit me. Unfortunately, I've noticed that each piece I've knitted for the cardigan sweater is still wider than the dimensions called for in the pattern, which is a bit frustrating as I want the piece to fit. 

At some point, I will need to learn how to make better gauge swatches in the future for a better fit. In the meantime, I am keeping my fingers crossed that this sweater will fit alright after making it!

So, what are you knitting and/or crocheting this month? 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What Have You Been Crocheting And/Or Knitting?

This has been a busy week for me making fun things! I crocheted two ruffle scarves in jewel tone colors earlier this week.

Ruffle Cowls in Jewel Tone Colors

I also knitted another cowl exactly like the one I made last month for my grandma in the same colorway using Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn in the Bright Pop.

Cowl in Bright Pop Colorway
I've also begun working on the cardigan sweater I'd originally started knitting for myself last year and have yet to finish... I'd planned to complete the cardigan sweater last year, but alas I was too busy making other things to complete this particular project. I am hoping that I will finish knitting my cardigan later this year as I look forward to wearing it!

Anyway, I feel pretty blessed to have knitted or crocheted at least 9 different things this year so far.

So what are you knitting or crocheting these days??

Friday, February 10, 2017

Poncho & Wrist Cuff For My Niece

Yes, I am totally excited to be finished knitting a poncho for my teen aged niece! I completed knitting the poncho last weekend and had additional yarn leftover to make matching knit cuffs to go with the poncho. I made the poncho using Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick in yarn in the Galaxy colorway. Below is a picture of the finished items I knitted.