Off my needles: multiple projects!

First I finished a pair of mittens to match Naomi’s hat and cowl. I used the basic pattern from a Craftsy class, but added the garter stitch and used a k2tog and ssl on the decreases at each end instead of k2tog even spaced around. I think they came out great.

I also designed a head wrap/ear warmers that I’m calling “Reversible Diamond Ear Warmers”. I know my names are so clever haha. This can be purchased on Ravelry, Craftsy, or Etsy.

Then I made another Oats Cowl for my daughter Hannah.

Still on my needles: Gillian’s Flax sweater, Hannah’s Reyna shawl, and my Light Rain Sweater. Between work and home I don’t have a lot of time to knit, but I am slowly and steadily making progress.

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Finished: Beanie and Cowl

First, I have started one of the items on my 2018 Knitting Goals List:
Hannah’s Shawl. I am getting to use the Darn Good Yarn Bowl my cousin got me for Christmas. And I love it!! You can purchase one here (50% off with code: YB50).

I think that Hannah’s hand dyed yarn is looking very pretty all knit up! I can’t wait to finish, she has been wanting a shawl with this for quite some time.

I have also separated the sleeves on Gillian’s Flax sweater, which is great because this is yet another project on my 2018 Knitting Goals list.

And so far for 2018 (10 days in), I have knit Naomi a little cowl and a matching beanie/hat.

Patterns: Oats (cowl) and Barley (beanie) by Tin Can Knits
Purchased from: Ravelry

Started: January 7, 2018
Finished: January 8, 2018

I feel like I’m off to a good knitting start this year.

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2018 Knitting Goals.

I taught myself how to knit in January of 2017. Once the calendar flips I’ll have been knitting for a year. Exciting stuff for me.

I didn’t knit as many things as I’d have liked, and not everything I knit came out the way I’d hoped, but I would have to say I think I did really well for my first year knitting. My largest project was a sweater for my 9 year old daughter. My smallest, a pair of mittens for my 3 year old daughter. The easiest project I completed was a hat. The hardest, a shawl for my aunt. I knit many pairs of socks, I completed some stranded colorwork. I knit a few toys. I even wrote my own pattern.

In 2017 I completed a total of 29 projects: 7 hats, 7 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of mittens, 3 dolls, 2 shawls, 2 cowls, 2 sweaters, 1 Christmas stocking, and 1 dishcloth.

I even managed to dye 11 skeins of yarn and sew 11 project bags.

In 2018 I’d like to:

  • Finish my Light Rain Sweater (by Joji Locatelli)
  • Finish Gillian’s Flax sweater
  • Knit Hannah the shawl she wants using the yarn she dyed herself
  • Knit a pair of fingering weight socks (all socks knit in 2017 were worsted weight)
  • Finish the Christmas Stockings I started (1 of 6 is completed)
  • Finish my Flax sweater
  • Knit myself the Exploration Station Shawl by Stephen West

I think that’s it. For now anyway!

I hope that everyone who reads this has a very happy new year!

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