I've written countless times about how organizing and planning my creative projects helps me ward off overwhelm and stay "on track," so that I actually finish projects. And much the same, a general outline of my projects in various statuses continues to be greatly helpful to me.
Finished knitting projects
August was the last time I wrote about my projects, collectively, so I have quite a few finished ones. I'll mention three here, and two are gift knits that I'm not quite ready to share.
DK Morrison socks
This pattern had been in my queue for a few years at least? Last summer, I purchased some cozy red yarn in a new-to-me blend (including wool, alpaca, angora, plus some nylon, etc.) I knew the pairing would make a very cozy pair of Christmas socks, and it did! Here is a link to my ravelry page with more info. Also, this was my very first time cabling without a cable needle, and found that worked very well.
I did finally finish the long-awaited sweater for my husband, Nicholas. It was a large project, that sat on the needles for awhile, and I did re-knit various parts of it a few times (that bottom ribbing, I think I knit three times, ugh). But, it's done, it fits him really well, and we're very both pleased with the fit! I'll write a post with more details (and more photos) very soon. In the meanwhile, here is a link to the ravelry project page. (Edit: here is a link to the full post about his sweater).
Marled cowl (self-drafted)
I've already written a post dedicated to this knit, but I wanted to mention it here, since it was an idle project last time I did a creativity check in. I've worn it a few times, seeing as the weather is gradually growing cooler and we are entering handknit season.
I've finished two other projects that I won't share just yet, since they are gifts, but once the recipients have them, I'll share.
Works in progress, knitting
- Habitation throw (in my head, I always call this a hibernation throw, anyone else?) This was an impulse cast on, but I've had the pattern for over a year and knowing I would use stash yarn, it's not entirely impulsive. This has been a very fun knit! I roughly organized my yarn by color, and then, since I didn't have the yardage necessary, ordered an additional skein. I striped the first half of this throw (knit diagonally) and will knit the second half in a single yarn color. Since I am knitting the second half, every other row has decreases, so the pace should pick up when I devote some time to this.
- Musselburgh hat, a new cast on in a grey marled yarn. I realized today that I've used more marled yarn in the last year than ever before. I love a good marl. Knit top-down, the cast on is fiddly, but now I'm onto simple, don't-need-to-look-at-my-knitting stockinette stitch, so it's a great project to work on while the boys play, or in the car.
Future plans, knitting
These lists are very apt to change, but I do reference these posts when I want to cast on a new project, in case I've forgotten a pattern that caught my eye, or want a reminder about a stash yarn I would like to use.
- Cardigan in Knit Picks simply wool worsted (yes, this yarn looks familiar, since it's the same colorway, just a different weight of the yarn I just used for Nicholas' Towns Sweater. I bought this sweater quantity first, and then we decided it was too lightweight. I still love the color, of course, and I'll use it. Thinking either a Champagne cardigan by PetiteKnit or Georgetown cardigan by Hannah Fettig.
- Lopi colorwork mittens. I checked out a Swedish mitten book from the library and have felt so inspired! Plus, I have a lot of Lopi in my stash that my family bought for me when they visited Iceland.
- A few pairs of socks or slippers. I have yarn earmarked for a pair of Hibernation House socks.
- Perhaps a Kled cowl with a skein of DK weight yarn I have in stash
- I received two(!) sweaters quantities of Purl Soho Good Wool for my birthday, and I'm eyeing Plover cardigan, the Daily Sweater, Salty sweater, or the Field Day cardigan, or even Kerti.
- A bandana cowl (Purl Soho) in a special skein of their Plenty yarn (another birthday gift)
- And my family also gave me a few skeins of yarn that I could use to make an Ollie's Classic Crew for one of the boys.
Finished sewing projects
About a month ago, I entered into a whirlwind of sewing. I do this: spontaneously decide to try a pattern, work on it while Cooper plays/I wear Finn, or some combination, and if it is a satisfying project, repeat. The following projects were all started and completed within a week(!) which is prolific for me. I do this in part because I don't have a permanent sewing setup, so when I have my machine out and ironing board set up (and I'm in the mood to sew!), I like to take advantage.
I was browsing my collection of knitting and sewing pattern books and zines, and came across Making Zine No. 1 FLORA that I've had for many years. It's a beautiful publication, and I decided to use the included Petal Pouch instructions and some stash fabric I bought back when we lived in Austin. I love how it turned out, and it was very satisfying to use a pattern and materials that I already had.
Reversible fabric baskets (times three)
Following a thoughtful and thorough free YouTube tutorial by Sotak Handmade, I made three little baskets, back to back. I use one of the small ones for my sewing clips, and Cooper has one for the little odds and ends of childhood. I also made a larger one housing some Lopi yarn. All use either 100% cotton or linen fabrics, just paired together as I saw fit. The tutorial gives some very clever tips on the sewing and assembly to help you get a professional finish, too.
Tiny lined drawstring pouches
I wanted to make a small, drawstring pouch to house my darning and cable needles, and having enjoyed her other tutorials, I came across Erica Arndt's Five-Minute drawstring bag tutorial. Using tiny bits of fabric, this tutorial shows how to make a very tidy, lined, and functional drawstring bag. I made one for my knitting notions, and one for Cooper to use for his marbles. Great tutorial.
Quilted project bag
And lastly, I had an itch to do just a little quilt piecing, so I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas-y/wintery quilted project bag with a pieced front. I just made the front with HSTs (half square triangles), and then bordered it with a linen fabric. Once I had my front panel, I used Erica Arndt's (again) Drawstring Squishy Bag with Pocket Tutorial , a tutorial I've used two times prior to this. I decided to omit the pocket. Thrilled with how it turned out– definitely felt like a project that came to life as I hoped it would in my mind. Fabric was from Hobby Lobby or from my stash.
And that, after several months, is quite a lot of creativity squeezed into one post! I share because it's fun for me to document, and also, I like to look back at what I enjoyed making and managed to complete in various stages of life. Stay tuned for a more detailed post about Nicholas' sweater, as well as a few other projects hopefully wrapping up soon.
Several weeks ago, I finished a new cardigan! This project was the first time I've done an all over lace pattern, as well as the first time I've made a drop shoulder construction cardigan.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks:
As July comes to a close, I wanted to check in and share some recent projects I've been working on, as well as a few that I've completed. I also wanted to share some creative-focused podcasts I've been enjoying, and some musings about crafting in community and future plans for knitting, sewing, and a brand new, very-beginner skill for me: crochet!