Sunday, January 15, 2012

What I'm Working On...

I'm thinking about adding a regular post to the blog about projects I'm working on. Maybe weekly, maybe monthly... We'll see how much progress I have to show, I guess!
Here's what I've been knitting on this week...
Somehow, I got myself into two knit-a-longs this month! And, they are both mystery projects, so I don't even know exactly what I've been knitting so much on!
The first is a mystery sock. Each Sunday, a new "knitting clue" (part of the pattern) comes out. So far, I am really happy with the results, though it is by far the most intense sock I have ever knit! And, it has bobbles, which I've never knit before. It's always good to try something new, right?! Here I a picture of what the sock looks like after 2 clues- 3 more to go!The pattern is by Kirsten Kapur of the blog Through the Loops. I'm knitting with Madelinetosh Sock yarn in the Kale color way. I picked this yarn up at fibre space in Alexandria, VA, when Mike, Ben, and I came house hunting about a year and a half ago! It is always good to do projects that use yarn you already have!

The second thing i've been working on is another knit-a-long (or KAL) with the Knit Purl Hunter. My friend Vicky is participating and suggested I join in, too. We are knitting fingerless mitts, and since I have never knit any for myself, it seemed like a good idea! And, the pattern was free and, imagine this, I already had yarn that would work! I am using some Cascade 220 in a rosey, mauveish color. I think Em actually gave me this yarn when she moved. They are knitting up very quickly. I have almost finished the second clue on the first mit. And, I'm knitting these 2 at a time, so when the next clue comes out, I'll be ready to finish up! I'm sure it will be warm again by then!
My third project is that Rocky Coast cardigan, by Hannah Fetig. I am knitting it in the Arctic Tundra color way of Organik by the Fibre Company. It is truly luxurious to knit with! This yarn was my Christmas present to myself! I'm pretty generous! The sweater was knitting up very quickly before I started these other 2 projects! I just have to knit the sleeves and collar and then it will be ready to wear (and maybe never take off!).

Last, but not least, I have been practicing my sewing skills on the new machine!  So much fun!  I have been making baby wipes out of some old receiving blankets.  A very exciting project, I know!  But, we seem to have a ton of those small receiving blankets and it gives me some practice.  I have made a variety of wipes.  Some are single layer with a zig zag edge and some are double layer, turned and top-stitched (if that makes sense.)  I can tell I am getting a little more straight and even with my stitches.
Any ideas for what I should make next???  I'm open to suggestions for easy beginner projects!

I'll keep you updated on my progress!