It’s gonna happen!!

I have purchased both the pattern and the yarn to make Stephen West’s Exploration Station Shawl. I have been dying to make this, and it’s on my 2018 list of goals. It was really hard to pick four colors of yarn. Ultimately I have ordered Cloudborn yarn:

I love the Cloudborn Superwash Sock Twist yarn. It’s what I used for my Naomi Jane Socks.

Now that I have ordered the yarn I’m trying not to second-guess my choice of color combination. I’m sure it will look great… I hope. Fingers crossed.

In unrelated news, everything in my Etsy shop is 10% off for the entire month of February. No coupon needed, it’s automatic.

I’ve also completed another pair of socks. They are just my own sock recipe with the heart chart taken from Susan B. Anderson, which is available for free online here.

These were made with Valley Yarns Huntington in Light Gray Heather. As I have said before, I want to try to complete one pair of socks per month this year. So far I’m right on track. I already purchased yarn (bought Patons Kroy sock yarn because I want to try it out) to make my husband his socks in March. I refuse to start a new pair before the 1st, the way I figure, I can cast-on socks every 1st of the month, work on the socks only until they are complete, then use the rest of the month to work on my larger projects or maybe other small projects. We will see how that goes.

Since I have finished Hannah’s Heart Socks for February I am back to working on Gillian’s Flax Sweater.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got 🙂 Enjoy your day! Happy Knitting.

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Naomi Jane Socks.

I am so excited about these socks!! I love them annnnddd… I’m wearing them right now.

These are knit toe-up with an afterthought heel.

I wrote a pattern for these which is available on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy. The pattern includes the following sizes:

(foot circumference) Child 5 ½” (6 ½”), Adult 7 ¾” (8 ½”, 9”, 9 ½”)

Since I have finished these I have cast-on a pair of toe-up socks for my 10  year old, which have hearts in them. I am not using a pattern for the socks themselves, but I have modified the heart chart by Susan B. Anderson, which you can find here, so that it works toe-up instead of cuff down. I am also putting two knit rows between each heart instead of one knit row. So far I’ve only gotten through one heart motif:

I don’t like the yarn, it’s very stiff and I’m hoping it softens after washing. I know the hearts will open more after blocking so I am trying not to worry about that right now. But the yarn itself…. super stiff and I don’t like it at all.

I have not made any progress on Hannah’s shawl or my sweaters, or Gillian’s sweater. I seem to be stuck on socks at the moment. Remember my list of 2018 Knitting Goals? Well I have decided to add to that: one pair of socks per month. We’ll see how that goes.

 

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Shop Updates.

Last weekend I finished a couple of project bags, these ones with zippers. One was made quite tall in order to fit long straight knitting needles.

This weekend I also managed to write a simple sewing pattern so that you can make your own project bag. I have not written a pattern in quite a while and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it. The pattern is for a simple drawstring bag, but there is no crazy measuring involved in order to create a channel for the ties, I made it as simple as possible.

Sew your own drawstring bag

Sew your own knitting project bag, sewing pattern

The pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.

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