At the beginning of 2018, I made a list of creative goals for the year. Now that it is the beginning of March, it's nice to see that I've made some progress, so to speak. That said, my January list of projects can certainly change, based on my mood or how much time I have. However, I've found that making a list allows me to take stock of what supplies I have on hand and what projects they might be well-suited to. And this particular project is one I've been wanting to make since I first tried on a sample knit of it (in the same yarn) at my local yarn shop. When my parents gave me the yarn for Christmas, I knew it would be something I would knit early in the year.
For even more details, you can see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Berroco Cantena, in the bluestone colorway, 3 skeins
Size: one size, although I did knit one more repeat to make better use of the yarn
Pattern: Yeva shawl by Amy Christoffers
Needles: US 11, one size down, per usual, since my gauge is always loose
Specifics/modifications: I knit one extra 10-row pattern repeat (prior to beginning the decrease section) to avoid having an awkward amount of yarn remaining, and it worked well.
This yarn is incredibly soft and lofty, and since I rarely knit with bulky weight yarn, I forgot how fast it is! This was seriously a treat to knit the entire time. The finished shawl weighs next to nothing while adding a lot of coziness to whatever I'm wearing.
We went to a local coffee shop so I could knit while he worked last week, and on the way out, Nicholas snapped a few photos. Here's a sneaky belly photo at 24.5 weeks! We just had an appointment today and he's continuing to be a growing and healthy baby.
P.S.— I've been really into the color blue lately, and I'm not sure if that has to do with the fact that I'm having a boy, or that it's been an unsung color in my life for far too long. This blue maternity sweatshirt is a prime example of my blue fixation (and my always fixation on being cozy as much as possible).
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.