Last summer I took a maker spaces class where I dyed yarn with kool aid, and I bought so much powder kool aid I felt like I was single handedly keeping them in business. Anyway, I wrote up the instructions and everything and I’ve been sitting with this super bright yarn that I wouldn’t otherwise use. (That’s not entirely true, a couple of the colors I had plans for, but the two brightest ones scared me.) After graduating, I’ve got all this time on my hands and finally decided I’d make some socks with the yarn. And I managed to make two pairs of socks in like two weeks? I was pretty impressed with myself.
I used the Rye sock pattern from Tin Can Knits, which is a really solid basic sock pattern, but the garter knit stripe adds a good amount of interest. And since it’s worsted weight, it knitted up really quickly. Overall I can’t wait to have these super bright and super warm socks for the impending winter. (Between being a knitter and living in Minnesota, all I think about is winter.) I have dubbed them the Rainbow Rye and Cotton Candy Rye.
Gauze swaddling blankets
Another late wrap up thanks to finishing grad school and attending graduations. I’ve made a whole bunch of blankets. The first set are the little swaddling blankets that I made for my internship supervisors as a thank you/new baby present (she had the baby). Got the idea from Dana Made It (which I guess is now Made Everyday with Dana?). I’ve always thought that these blankets are SO cute, but I haven’t had the sewing skills to make them, and then when I gained those skills I didn’t have a baby to make them for. After making them, I think these are totally doable for a beginning sewer. This kind of fabric is pretty forgiving, and you’re basically just hemming the edges. I was SO nervous about the color choices. I didn’t know the gender of the baby when I made them, and I didn’t want to go too stereotypical baby colors. And she ended up loving the colors! Win!
Tree of Life Blanket
The second blanket was the one I’ve been knitting for my sister since Januaryish? I told my sister that I’d combine her birthday and graduation gifts into one big thing, and I gave her some options of patterns and yarn so she got to pick everything out. She ended up going with the Tree of Life Afghan from Knitting from the Center Out with Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Alfalfa. This blanket ended up being a little smaller than I anticipated (it was hard to tell because it was so bunched up on my circulars), but I think it’s the perfect size to have over your lap at your desk while studying. And it’s super super soft, and washable, perfect for a college kid. The pattern was easy to memorize, so I could just chill in the evenings and get some work done on it. Here’s the link to my Ravelry page about it.
I was hoping to have some sewing updates in addition to knitting, but I just don’t really have anything that I want to share on that front. SO here are my knitting updates for now.
First up, progress on Beatnik!
I have now finished the back and front of my Beatnik, which I’ve only been working since, like, last summer. But progress is progress. I’m going to cast on the sleeves soon so that’s exciting. While I love the cables, I’m so glad to be done with them. What I love about knitting is getting into the rhythm of the stitches, and I always feel interrupted when I have to stop to make cables. But the end product is so pretty and definitely worth it.
I’ve also been working on a Hazelhurst for my mom for Christmas. And I’m cool with putting that here because she already knows about it so I’m not ruining a surprise. Through a series of unfortunate events, I am making a second Hazelhurst because the first is gone and she really liked it so I’m making a new one. This one is a little bit bigger so that it fits better on my circulars. I really love this pattern. Sure it’s a simple pattern and it can seem a little tedious, but I am all for tedious. This is the knitting I pick up when I’m watching TV in the evening or if I just need to de-stress. I’ve also been trying this thing that I read in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac where I’m marking where I start during a particular knitting session so I can see my progress. So the blue circle in the photo is where I started last night. It’s really motivating to do big amounts of knitting this way. It helps to break down the length, and this is supposed to be 88 inches long when it’s done.
I hope I’ll have some sewing updates soon, I want to get stuff done before school starts up again and I get really busy.
So I am the queen of not getting presents done on time. I’m sorry friends and family. I am finally catching up on stuff, so here’s some belated mitts.
I made these for my mom for Christmas. And if you want to know how much I hate finishing projects, I actually had these completely done and just needed to weave in loose ends and only just got around to finishing them. They look kind of lumpy in the picture, but trust me they look like normal fingerless gloves when they’re one. These were super fun to make, they’re quick and easy, but they have a few different kinds of stitches to keep you interested. Plus it’s a free pattern!
These were supposed to be given to my brother for his birthday, and they are the second pair I’ve made for him. Through a series of unfortunate events, his first pair that he actually really liked are gone, so he asked me to make a second pair for his birthday, even though his birthday is in June. I thought I could get by with just one skein because I thought I had leftovers from the last pair I made him, but I accidentally ordered a different color. That’s what I get for not saving labels. So hence, the stripe in order to save the main color a little bit.
I’ve been finishing up some other things, so I’ll be posting more soon. But here are the Ravelry pages for my mom’s mitts and my brother’s if you want to see some details.