Just a couple FOs

I finished a second pair of mittens! This pair which much more quickly. My daughter wanted the tops to be different, so I went with that.

Hannahs Mittens

I also finally managed to finish the Nurmilintu Shawl. It’s smaller than I expected but I do like it and since it’s a Christmas gift, I hope the recipient likes it as well.

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Currently on my needles is “Flax” by Tin Can Knits. It’s a free sweater pattern on Ravelry. This is my first sweater and I’ve already had to rip back and start over!! But now I am back on track. I’m making the 8-10 year old size for my daughter, Hannah. Figured I should probably start small with my first sweater.

flax start

I know it’s not much right now but I’m pretty excited about it. I also have another Snowflake Beanie on my needles, which I generally work on when it’s slow at work, because I am familiar with this pattern and it’s kind of hard to mess it up.

IMG_3514_small2 It’s actually farther than that, but I haven’t taken a photo lately. The last two times I made this hat I finished in a day, so it’s goes pretty quickly if you sit and actually work on it!

I also currently have a pair of socks on the needles. Well one sock… Okay, one sock toe.

I think that’s about it for this week. I added some new project keepers to my Etsy shop. There are also a few project bags still available, I will be making more of those soon though, first chance I get.knitting project bags

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Four FOs and Two WIPs

I have been knitting every chance I get, which isn’t often since I have four kids and work full time. I am very excited about my first finish, which is the Reyna Shawl I was working on (free pattern on Ravelry here). This was my first shawl, and it’s a Christmas gift, which I am very happy that I have finished on time. The yarn is Cloudborn Superwash Merino. I love it, its soooo super soft.

Next I started and finished not one but TWO winter hats for my kids. I bought the pattern on Craftsy here, after seeing it on Off Our Needles. There is also a kit available that includes the yarn here.

This was my first time knitting colorwork, and the hat on the right was the first. My floats were a little too tight which makes some of my stitches sort of disappear. When I made the second one, on the left, I made my floats looser and you can see that it makes a huge difference. I realized this after watching the class, Modern Stranded Knitting Techniques.

One of the first classes I took was My First Mittens and Gloves, but never made any because honestly, I was too scared because I thought they would be really difficult. But with winter on the way and two hats finished, I decided I would give it a shot. So far I have finished one pair, and while the class doesn’t teach the over stitching, I do have a book that does so I tried that, although I definitely need some practice with it.

I started another shawl, again intended to be a Christmas gift, but I did get sidetracked with the hats and mittens so I have not gotten very far. This is a free pattern on Ravelry called Nurmilintu. The yarn is Cascade Yarns Heritage Prints and it’s generally used as self-striping yarn for socks, but I decided to try it and see how it looks in a shawl, so far I like the way it’s looking.

Currently I am working on the second set of mittens for my other daughter. She doesn’t want that overstitching, she wants the tops of her to be aqua, so we’ll see how that turns out I guess.

While I was away my oldest daughter and I opened an Etsy shop. You can see that here if you’re at all interested or curious.

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Reyna Shawl.

I have spent the last two weeks working on a shawl as a Christmas gift. I purchased the Blue Angel Shawl Knitting Kit from Craftsy. I did not actually get very far with it:

I found that it was a little difficult for me, since I am still what I would call a beginner. I ended up ripping that out and starting over on a new shawl, called the Reyna shawl, which I found on Ravelry here.  (I’m actually much farther than the picture below, I just haven’t taken any photos yet.)
I love it so far. And I am totally in love with the yarn. It’s the yarn that came with the Blue Angel Shawl Kit. I do think I will go back and make the Blue Angel Shawl later, when I get better at knitting.
Also… I joined Ravelry, which I am enjoying. Add me if you have a Ravelry account!
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