It's been awhile since I've catalogued my creative plans and works-in-progress. Personally, I find it helpful for me to see it all laid out together, so I can plan and prioritize in a more thoughtful way. After all, I don't want to make things, just for the sake of making them. I'm process- and product-oriented in my making.
Cabin on the Knik shawl: just finished
Such a fun, fast, and (might I add), addicting knit. And it's so wearable! Here's a link to the pattern.
Nick cowl (for the second time): in progress
I adore this yarn my mom gave me for my birthday last year, and I knit it up into a lacy cowl. But it was much too visually busy, and I disliked it. Life's too short to knit things that are ugly or not well-suited to the materials. So, I cast on a tried-and-true, incredibly wearable pattern, the Nick cowl, with modifications for a worsted weight yarn. I love it so far! And it's flying off the needles at a slightly heavier weight.
Bayard hat: just started
My friend Molly gave me some Brooklyn Tweed yarn(!) awhile back. For those unaware of different types of yarn, "wool yarn" is an incredibly general term. It varies hugely based on breed of sheep, length of fiber, manner of processing (woolen spun or otherwise), and type of dye. This is a very lightweight yarn with an entirely different feel that anything I've knit with before. I think this will be a fun little project, knit on needles the size of toothpicks. And I love the subtle slouch of the finished hat.
A shawl for my grandma: almost started
It will be a fun, bright knit to break up all the neutral knitting I've done lately.
Looking forward: not yet started
I'm excited to start a larger, garment project (rather than another accessory). I'm thinking maybe a cardigan? I love the look of Sticks and Steel, Big Sister, or Woodfords, or alternatively, the big and cozy Barn Sweater (especially that green version). I still have some planning and dreaming to do before I even think about getting started. We'll see!
A heating pad: just finished
I picked up some cozy plaid flannel a few days back and we made a larger version, filled with uncooked rice and peppermint oil. Assembly was simple: a long rectangle, folded in half, seamed on three sides, edges zig-zagged, filled in sections with seams in between. Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, and cuddle up. Per my mom's recommendation, I'm going to sew a little washable cover for it.
Our podcast: in progress
We recorded episode three awhile back and just got around to editing it and taking notes today, over coffee and knitting. Look for (and listen to!) it soon :)
What are you working on?
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!
I've been fairly prolific (by my own standards) lately in terms of sewing and knitting and I figured it was time to share some of them! With spring and summery weather, I always feel a shift in terms of my creativity. I still want to knit with wool, but I see myself drawn a bit more towards color or lighter tones and printed fabric. I'll share below what I've been up to!
Spring is here! And with it, I find myself wanting to start all kinds of new projects, but I've been holding onto some self control and trying to wrap up my current projects, somewhat successfully. Since my last check-in, I've finished a few knitting and sewing projects, made progress on some current projects, and made plans for upcoming projects.