Currently Knitting

Waiting for Rain: Wooly Mastadon

As promised today I’m stopping by to share my current projects with you, or my WIPs. I think I’ll start in the order that they were cast on or oldest to newest. I would also like to add that some of these have been sitting, but my knitting mojo…my creative mojo…is back so these should all be completed soon to make room for more new projects. My habit of browsing Ravelry for new patterns has also returned and I want to knit all of the things. I’m also open for suggestions. Okay, on to the knits:

Waiting for Rain: Wooly Mastadon

My oldest WIP for the moment (that isn’t in hibernation) is currently my Waiting for Rain by Sylvia McFadden. For a while everyone was knitting this and I couldn’t be left behind. Then in good ol’ Tori fashion, I let the project sit because I was convinced I had to be 100% focused on the project. Not so! The garter sections are a great break from the lace panels and even those are a joy to knit and make perfect sense. Now I can’t seem to put it down and can’t wait to have the finished product in my hands.

The specs: (Rav Link)  yarn, Knit Picks Stroll Fingering hand-dyed by me ; needles US size 6 4.0mm

Scrap Ghan: Wooly Mastadon

Next up, my Granny Scrap Ghan. I gave up on my last afghan project and put it into hibernation months ago, but kept getting the itch to work on another one. Thus, I decided on one big granny square as it is currently the only type of afghan I enjoy making. I love this project although it has been getting less love during the hot summer weather.

The specs: (Rav Link) Red Heart Super Saver in various colors (using up scraps); hook US size H/8 5.0mm

Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Socks: Wooly Mastadon

On to the socks! I will bundle these two projects together to a point. I knit all my socks toe-up with an afterthought heal (with the placed waste yarn so not a true afterthought heal, I know) on US size 1, 2.25mm needles. The only difference between these two pairs is one is knit magic loop method on what I believe is a 32 inch cord (my preferred method for my travel project socks) and the other is knit on dpns. I tried Knitters Pride Karbonz for the first time and I love them! The stitches don’t slide off the needles and they are light weight. In fact those socks on dpns…they’re finished as of Friday! Yay for a new FO. I’ll share some photos later this week.

The specs: (Rav Link) DPNs: Cascade Yarns Heritage Wave in Solar; needles Knitters Pride Karbonz US size 1, 2.25mm

(Rav Link) Circs: Knit Picks Felici Fingering in Sprinkles; needles Knit Picks Fixed Circulars US size 1, 2.25mm

Dishcloth: Wooly Mastadon

Dishcloths, oh dishcloths. When my Mom asks me for something like this I can’t say no. Thus I pulled out some leftover cotton from a box of yarn from my Aunt and got to work. The pattern is from an old knitting book that I adapted to fit my needs and it is her favorite dishcloth by far. It’s a simple project and a quick knit during the summer heat.

The specs: (Rav Link) Misc Scrap Cotton; needles Hobby Lobby (no idea the exact brand) fixed circs in size US 6 4.0mm

Well, that’s it. This is what I’m currently working on. As many of these projects are close to completion I’m looking for my next project. What should I knit next?

~Stay Inspired

 

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Some Small FOs

FO Friday: Wooly Mastadon

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to show you some FOs, but finally I have gotten a few things off the needles to show. Neither are very grand or exciting but it’s good to have them done. First off, I finished another pair of vanilla socks. Per usual, I knit them toe-up with an afterthought heel (with the placed scrap yarn) with the magic loop technique. Clearly I have settled into this style since I’ve knit the last 10 pairs of socks this way and am not sick of it yet. These socks were knit on size US 1 (2.25 mm) needles out of Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the Meadow colorway. Can we take a minute to admire the almost striping effect this yarn had on these socks? It’s lovely and it was exciting to knit to see how the colors would react. When I saw this in the skein I had no idea it would turn out this way and I absolutely love it. One more side note, it is entirely ironic when I finished these socks because I happened to finish them on our hottest day of the year thus far, a 90 degree (Fahrenheit) day. Yeesh, I didn’t even try them on it was so hot, but they are done and they are awesome.

FO Friday: Wooly Mastadon

My second FO is a much smaller one but I thought it should be noted. I’ve had dishcloths on the needles for months for my Aunt. The honest truth is I completely forgot about them. Well, when I finished knitting my socks I wanted to pick up another project but it was far too warm to start anything big so I found these and finished them up. There are six dishcloths in varying patterns, a bit wonky but my Aunt loves them and will really appreciate the gift.

That’s about it for this week. Lots of fun things to come in the future. Happy Friday!

~Stay Inspired

Blanket Squares, Dishclothes, and A Sweater, Oh My!

Project Progress: Wooly Mastadon

For starters, I almost forgot that Friday was coming, and that today was it. Because of my highly varied work schedule, Mondays feel like Saturdays and Fridays feel like Mondays, but that is for another day. Needless to say, when I realized I had yet to take progress pictures of my work, the lighting was crap and I either had to scrap the whole thing and forget about a Friday post or plow blindly on into the abyss that is known as bad photos. Alas, I decided that a post with slightly interesting photos would be better than no post at all after no Friday post last week, so bear with me. We’re all growing. As for this week, I have had bursts of activity, followed by bursts of nothing. I have had a lot to think about considering where I am right now in my career and life as well as some additions (an offer to a masters program at a University was in the list). Needless to say, it has been a roller coaster. For whatever reason, that roller coaster was all I needed to start up my scrap ‘ghan and Splistone once more. Who knows, strange motivators abound.

Project Progress: Wooly Mastadon

So, perhaps I shouldn’t be so happy, but I have a few FOs to share. I finished yet another dishcloth for starters. These are a bit wonky, but I’m not too worried since they are meant to be workhorses and blocking would be pointless. These have been coming with me to work everyday and I have been able to make decent progress because of it. I have some pink variegated yarn to use next, as my recipient likes pink… a lot. Hopefully these will be nice.

Project Progress: Wooly Mastadon

In the FO list I am also including some scrap ‘ghan squares. Yes, this may be cheating but I’m doing it anyway. I realized I had to put borders on these circles to revert them back to what was supposed to be a hexagon originally. They seem a bit wonky but once they have the weight of a whole afghan behind them all will be well (I hope).

Project Progress: Wooly Mastadon

Finally, I have picked up my Splitstone once more. I was puttting it off because of some waist shaping mods that I knew were coming but once I just decided to dive in really wasn’t nearly as hard as I was building it up to be. I have got around 8 inches done and am happily plodding along. Perhaps some of my motivation came from watching December – January’s Knit Girllls podcasts, since it was sweater city and Project Sweater Chest craziness during those months. Regardless I am happy with how this is working out and am excited to keep going.

I have also been doing a bit of spinning, but not enough to show a progress photo here. Next up on the needles will be a pair of socks because I am anticipating a day trip next week if my time-off request was accepted. We shall see. It’s been a heavy project week around here thanks to some languishing WIPs. How are your projects going? Are you into sweater knitting? What are your favorites?

~Stay Inspired

New Projects

New Projects: Wooly Mastadon

Friday has come and gone, and you were still left without a blog post. Alas, it has been a wonderful Easter weekend, going into an impromptu additional two days off after the Easter Sunday I requested (the two extra days were not requested, this was just how I got my schedule). My Grandmother came to visit and is staying into Tuesday (yay for bad weather, haha. It forced her to stay an extra day…no one, not even her, regrets this). I have eaten way more candy than I probably have consumed for all of 2015 and perhaps even the Christmas season of 2014. I’ve been keeping busy, taking the photos for my university’s student and alumni fashion show, as well as continuing on some graphic design jobs. I have had some life changing offers, which I felt were not the right fit. I’ve rested, I’ve worked, I’ve been busy. Life is good.

However, I have been knitting up a few small things as of late. Case in point, the dishcloth. I found the pattern for a Double Seed Stitch Washcloth by Laura Doty. Since my Aunt has been requesting dishcloths for some time now, I decided to cast one on. My first one is complete and I am ready to cast on another. Lately, simple projects that can travel have been all I have been wanting to work on. I am burnt out on hats, and this was just something completely different. As for my next sizable projects, I am working on finally adding borders to my scrap ‘ghan motifs so that I can join them together into a blanket eventually. I also need to pick up that Splitstone…it’s making me sound like a broken record, but hopefully it will sink in soon.

All in all, that is the state of things around here. What are you working on?

~Stay Inspired