Creativity check & finished projects, mid March 2021
I wanted to check in and give a few updates and plans about my creative pursuits. I've been knitting and sewing some lately, and it's been so satisfying to finish several projects.
I finished a pair of socks for Cooper. They are much too large for him to wear this winter. I know that I knit at a loose gauge, and as such, nearly always size down my needles, but I didn't this time, and sure enough, they are rather large toddler socks. Oh well, too big means they will be of future use. I used the Rye light sock pattern (it's free), and knit them in yarn I had leftover from when I knit a hat for my father-in-law.
I also finally finished my Nurtured sweater, and it's drying after I blocked it today. But that will get its own post soon enough. In short: I love it.
I finished my first pair of socks knit from indie-dyed self-striping yarn, as well as my first time knitting with a BFL sock base. They turned out so fun, I think, and the striping sequence really did make me knit faster. I used a leftover barely-there speckled pink yarn for a few rows at the very top of the cuff and then for the heels.
For more details, see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Nomadic Yarns Brit sock in the colorway Cold Snap
Size: 64 stitches
Pattern: my own vanilla socks recipe, plus some notes taken from the Late Night Socks pattern (free)
Needles: US 0 dpns
Specifics/modifications: All the details are on my ravelry (linked above), but I knit them to fit my foot, approximately. Contrast for a few rows at top of cuff and for heel. I rarely do contrast heels, but it was fun this time.
Works in progress
- A pair of slipper socks for Nicholas, knit with a cozy, rustic 100% Faroese yarn that my brother bought for me when he was traveling. I'm knitting a second pair of slipper socks with the Elgin pattern, the only toe-up sock pattern I've ever knit and have enjoyed (I generally greatly prefer cuff-down sock construction). I knit a pair for Nicholas back in 2017 and he wears them all the time. That pair, also knit in a more rustic yarn, has proved to be quite durable.
- A pair of Crunkled socks, technically not started yet, but I will cast on tonight, in the cheeriest pink yarn. I'm craving color and a textured sock pattern
- An improvised ribbed cowl knit with the softest white/navy marled yarn from Woolfolk (their Sno line)
- Another pair of socks knit with Paton's Kroy, in a fun gold self-patterning yarn
- A sweater with my Cestari yarn (traditional collection 2 -ply in light grey/medium grey tweed). I could happily knit any of Ozetta's sweater patterns, but I'm especially taken with the Towns Sweater, the Lodge Sweater. I also love the Seasons Cardigan, but that's probably better suited to a solid or heathered yarn, rather than a marl.
A quilted table runner for our coffee table. This was an impulsive project. I was at hobby lobby, saw the fabric, thought that would make a night whole cloth table runner and I I bought fabric and started it the next day. It was a rather economical project, as well, since I only bought the binding and the fabric, and then used batting I already had. I just made a "quilt sandwich" of fabric + batting + fabric, pinned it together with curved safety pins, and then quilted along the diagonal lines in the fabric. I then trimmed the edges, machine-stitched the binding to one side, then hand-stitched it to the back (perhaps my favorite part of the quilting process). I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
I'm finding that I'm doing a little more practical sewing, since my machines (regular sewing machine and serger) are more handy in the finished part of our basement. I mended our long-worn fabric laundry hamper insert and resized some pillowcases that were too large.
In the near-ish future, I'd like to hem the curtains in Cooper's room. And I may like to sew a small set of coasters. Beyond that, I'm itching to make a larger project bag, quilted or not, that's TBD.
And I love the idea of sewing another apron, as I've grown fond of wearing one nearly every time I cook, because they really do protect my clothes from splatters, and I love the homey feel of a good apron. This apron pattern from Purl Soho is free and worth looking into, I think!
And those are the plans, as of now. I'm feeling excited about my stash and yarns I already own, so I'm doing my best not to window shop for (and subsequently be tempted by) any new yarn or fabric purchases.
Creative goals for 2023
At the beginning of each year, I like to make a rough outline of some creative plans. I know that these tentative plans will invariably change, but I like to have a starting point when I look ahead to projects, especially in terms of using yarn or materials already in my stash.
Creativity check, August 2022
It's been some time since I wrote a post about my creative projects, and since a lot of my creative energy has gone to smaller projects like socks and accessories, I've been rather prolific (for me, anyway).
Creativity check and finished projects, spring 2022
It's been just about a month and a half since my last creative check in. A lot has happened in that time, most notably the arrival of our newest family member. In a flurry of last minute nesting, I finished a few projects, and in the wake of postpartum life and Nicholas home on parental leave, I've finished (and modified, more on that below) a couple more items. Completion of things will naturally be slower, of course, since our hands are more full these days, but I wanted to document and share what I've been working on.