Have you ever purchased a yarn just because it looked so pretty? That’s how I ended up with my pink/white/blue Zauberball.
But I had no clue as to what to do with it … until recently. I saw on Ravelry a Wingspan Shawl and shazam! There it was.
It’s a very easy short-row pattern that is all garter stitch so you can knit while watching TV.
The colorway I purchased was very feminine-looking, so I am calling my shawl “FairyWings.”
I can’t wait to finish it.
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Please pardon me, dear readers, for not blogging much the last few months. I was quite busy with Christmas knitting (will post pictures soon) and, of course, the “job that pays for the yarn that keeps Cindy knitting and sane!”
So, without further ado, here are my very own 2012 Knitting Resolutions:
- Before June 1, learn a new technique – knitting with beads.
- In the Summer, participate in the 2012 Ravelympics games.
- Knit from my stash yarn one project a month.
- Knit one item from my WIP, current kit projects (not listed on my Ravelry project page), or hibernating projects every other month.
- Teach someone else to knit and continue to encourage all knitters, new and experienced!
- Knit a pair of socks every other month.
- Knit 4 items (once a quarter) for charity projects (i.e. newborn caps, prayer shawls, etc.).
- Take pictures and put my yarn stash on Ravelry to help me keep organized.
So there are my 2012 resolutions. While I belong to several groups of “12 in 2012,” I don’t think that I want to plan to knit 12 of anything for this year. If it happens anyway, it will be a lucky coincidence!
So, dear reader, do you have any knitting resolutions? Feel free to share with me. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress throughout the year, as well.
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I absolutely love, love, love hand-made gifts! But, until recently, I never gave that many out to my friends and family. So, what changed? My knitting organization plans!
Now, beginning every July and through December, I use the first two weeks to knit Christmas gifts only. The last two weeks can be whatever kind of knitting I want to do–even Christmas knitting, if I so choose.
It worked beautifully last year so I am really putting it to the test this year as I am giving away a number of shawls and shawlettes to some of my good friends.
To help me organize, I pulled out the yarn that I wanted to use (nearly all of it is stash yarn), then chose the patterns I wanted to do. I then put all of the patterns in plastic sleeves and into a one-inch binder. The patterns that I used and completed are in the back of the binder. That way, if I decide that I want to knit another shawl/etc., the pattern will be nearby.
How do you plan your Christmas knitting? I would love to know!
What’s on my needles today? Well, since it is still in the LAST two weeks of the month, it’s something for me. A shawl, of course.
Heartland Lace Shawl
Have you missed me? I have missed writing for you lately. I’ve been mostly knitting and not much writing lately. In fact, I have one project, Traveling Woman, made with Sockotta Limited, that I have completed but I don’t have a picture yet to post on it. The yarn for this project was generously given to me by a very good friend, Judy S.
I am also working on a Holden Shawlette with a superwash merino/tencil yarn from Happy Fuzzy Yarn. It is looking really great and I am nearing 3/4 of it done. Again, no picture.
I am also still knitting on the Little Loopy Monkey socks. I have one completed and one about 1/2 way done. I also have a pair of plain vanilla toe-up socks in my purse that I knit on when I have a small slice of time. This yarn was also generously given to me from my good friend, Orvietta. I think I’ll do a separate blog on how all of the yarn from friends has been used.
I’ll try to get some photos and more information on my next post.
So, dear reader, I got on the ‘puter last night and wandered through my Ravelry Queue, where I received quite a shock! I have 13 different shawl/stoll patterns in the queue and only 6 sock patterns! For those who know me as the “Sockknitter” (in fact, that’s my moniker on a lot of sites), that’s a revelation!
When I checked out my WIPs, the projects revealed that I am slowly turning to the shawl side….I have at least 4 shawl patterns on the needles and only two socks.
Last Tuesday evening, I promised Judy S. in our Knit Night group that I would start on any shawl that she wanted to do from the book Victorian Lace Today so that we could work out the pattern together.
And I really, really want to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry!
Hmmmm….I may have to change my pseudonym to Shawlknitter…or maybe just Shawlstarter since I haven’t really finished many shawls lately!
Toe Up Socks Knit from Lorna's Laces
A number of knitters, myself included, like to have several different projects on the needles so that we don’t get bored with just the one project! I try to limit these WIPs (Works-in-Progress) to three or four so I don’t get too many UFO’s (Unfinished Objects)!
In my purse, I always keep a sock knitting as I can pick them up and do them for quick, short periods of time. The Rambling Rows Afghan is one that I started last fall and I am very close to finishing it; the Lucy Bag was started soon after New Year’s Day, and I recently started a red Clapotis lace wrap, which will be a birthday gift for my good friend, Andrea P.
I think that I need to come up with a plan like my friend Lisa B. does when she knits large projects: She figures out when she wants the project to be completed, then divides the total number of rows (or inches) needed to complete it by the number of days/nights she has to knit. She’ll say, “For such and such, I knit 10 rows and then I either read or knit on something else.” In fact, she sometimes designates days for each project: i.e. Monday is socks, Tuesday is sweater, etc.
Perhaps I’ll get one of the four finished this weekend! Cross your fingers for me!
The yarn for my Rambling Rows Afghan was originally to be used as a sweater for me. But I just can’t knit sweaters. I either don’t get them started or once I have started, they languish in a tote bag until I frog it.
So, I pulled out my yarn and started a lovely Rambling Rows Afghan. I am now probably about half-way done.
That sometimes happens. My yarn determines that it will NOT be what I planned, but instead, breaks free to become something else. I suppose it is what artists might call the creative spirit.
What about you? Does your yarn sometimes yearn to break free to become something else?