This time of year, I typically feel very inspired and excited to start new projects, as well as clear off my needles and finish things up. Since my last creative check-in, I've finished off three knitting projects, as well as completed a few small fabric projects.
I've already mentioned a few of the finished projects in other posts on the blog: namely, my completed Habitation throw, knit mostly from leftovers, and a hot water bottle cover I knit for Nicholas as a birthday gift. I've also finished two other projects.
Another hot water bottle cover for a friend, as a gift. Again, I used Lettlopi, since I have a lot of it that my family gave me from an Iceland trip years ago, and I think it makes the most perfect cozy and durable fabric. There are more details and a link to the (free) pattern on my Ravelry page.
I also completed my pair of Hibernation House socks. These did involve a lot of knitting with the double thick cuff (knit twice the length and folded), but it makes for the coziest sock/slipper hybrid. I do think the sock yarn I used for the majority of the sock might not be super durable, since it almost pilled some, just from knitting with it. But we will see. Overall, I'm really pleased.
- I'm working on a pair of socks in broken rib, knit out of a yarn I've had in stash for a long time (I bought it from a destash) and I finally decided to use it. The yarn base in 100% merino, so I was hesitant to knit socks with it, but I didn't feel like knitting anything else with such a variegated yarn. I will make sure to wear them mostly around the house and in slippers, since they will be extra cozy, and to "preserve" them somewhat, from heavy wear.
- I just cast on a Kerti Sweater, using one of the sweater's quantities that my family gave me for my birthday. After doing some swatching, I decided the blue that I originally planned to use as a contrast color wasn't high enough contrast, so I ordered a pale yellow of the Good Wool. After a few false starts, since I had issues getting gauge (and do any other experienced knitters feel nervous when casting on a big project?), I think I'm getting into a better rhythm with those long rows of colorwork at a smaller gauge.
Knitting, general thoughts & plans
Both of my projects will keep me rather occupied for awhile, since the sweater is knit in sport-weight yarn and the socks are a side project. That said, I would love to knit a Sophie scarf for myself in something neutral, for spring, and cast on some brighter socks.
I also spent some time knitting alongside friends in the last several weeks! What joy there is in sharing crafts together.
Sewing and fabric crafts, finished
I've done a little bit of sewing since my last check-in. Cooper loves when I sew because he's fascinated by the mechanics of the sewing machine (of course!) and he loves to play in the basement while I sew. And Finn is just happy to be with us. I sewed a zippered pouch with some Robert Kaufman cotton/linen in a subtle beige stripe. I bought it recently at Hobby Lobby with no specific plans, since I love the fabric content and I find that small stripes are very neutral. I followed this tutorial for cutting my fabric panels, and for the boxed bottoms, and used this tutorial for a neater finish on the zipper, as well as general bag construction (apart from the boxed bottoms). I love the finish with the fabric tabs inset at either end of the zipper.
On a whim, after seeing some fabric stars, I made two following this tutorial on YouTube. I will say, if you use spray starch, be sure to use it in a well ventilated space. Gosh, that stuff is strong, and toxic, I'm sure. Apart from that, they were fun and easy to make!
Looking ahead, I want to find a good place where I can have the Orchards Dress pattern (more versions here) printed so I can avoiding printing out a million pages and taping them together. I'm open to suggestions! But I think it's time I try a garment project again soon, and I already have the fabric I'd like to use (a blue cotton/linen blend).
Until next time, happy making!
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