I’ve got an exciting weekend coming up. Friday morning I’m headed to a Creative Mornings lecture series here in Atlanta, and in the afternoon I’m hopping on a plane with Jasmin to go visit our families. There’s even a slight chance that my brother will also be home visiting my parents, which will be the first time I’ve seen him since last summer. I almost considered saving this sock for the plane ride – but then I figured I could find something a little easier to tote around. So, here it is, the last project I had sitting on needles! Yes, that afghan still needs finished, but that doesn’t actually count, since its on a hook that I can take out at any time. So, my needles have all, officially, been freed. How exciting!This sock is made of Lion Brand sock yarn and the pattern is the one they print inside the label. About as simple as it gets. I always imagined myself knitting 30 pairs of these, and having them just lying around my house. I think I’d like being the kind of person that secretly wears hand knit socks every day. But, so far, this is only my 3rd sock (in about 4 years…) so I’m not sure that will ever happen. Especially since Jasmin’s dad has requested that I make him a pair…which…I really need to get started on…
Another one bites the dust. I spent all night on this – and it was so worth it. This baby is definitely going back to PA with me next week. My mom definitely needs it while she’s dealing with the negative temperatures. This took 4 big skeins of chunky yarn and was knit garter stitch on big needles. It wraps around my neck 3 times and is so big it barely fits under any of my coats. I only have 2 projects left undone – a sock that I’m going to work on tomorrow, and an afghan I’ve been crocheting that will take a whole lot longer than just a few more days. I didn’t realize how exciting it would be to finish all of these. I’ve been looking at them as old, boring projects – but its so exciting to be able to knit for a few hours and then have this huge finished thing… Also, it’s been a little cold and Jasmin has really been into watching movies in the evening. I’ve seen 5 of the Rocky movies, a documentary about dinosaurs, a few Pens games, and Source Code. That’s WAY more TV than I’m used to. So it’s nice to have a warm snuggly thing at the end.
I love this yarn. It’s beautiful. I bought it a while ago (when I didn’t have a steady income) and it was a bit of a splurge at the time. I didn’t buy much of it – so of course I just cast on a tiny scarf. But something happened. It’s curling up at the ends (and I even tried blocking it!). I’m considering pulling it out and knitting something else – but I’m worried the yarn might be too kinked (since I knit most of it a few years ago). Any knitters out there have any suggestions? Why is this curling? Can I fix it? Should I just pull it out?
So…much…knitting… But really, it’s worth it, isn’t it? I’ve been working so diligently trying to get all of my projects finished – and honestly its sort of a shame it took me so long to bind some of these off. This scarf was knit out of a sport weight yarn and done in a stockinette stitch rib. It isn’t as long as I was hoping (I ran out of yarn) but I love the way it feels wrapped around my neck. It’s thick and sturdy – and a beautiful shad of green. I wish I’d bought more of this yarn…Happy Making!
I made another scarf using the arm knitting technique. I had some leftover blue yarn from the very first time I made one of these, so I made a twin. Now my mom and I can have scarves that match. This one is an infinity scarf that wraps twice. The knit is pretty loose, and the yarn is super soft. I also really like how the sequins yarn looks wrapped in.Happy Making!
Another project off the needles. It seems like I love neck warmers – but really sometimes I buy yarn and don’t know what to do with it. I don’t buy a whole lot, so then I end up making neck warmers. In the past I wasn’t sure I could make a hat or something more complex so I’d just cast on a bunch of small simple projects. Maybe this is why I got bored with them and never finished them?
I like this one. It’s a little flimsy and not very warm, so I might keep it for myself here in Atlanta. The yarn is pretty and soft. It doesn’t wrap twice, but its a lot looser, so it doesn’t bother me. Happy Making!
I’ve freed another project from my needles! I love this one. It’s a neck warmer made out of yarn I bought in North Carolina when I went to visit my little brother before his second deployment. He just got home from his fourth deployment…so that should tell you something about how long I’ve had this yarn.
I used a pattern for the textured ribbing. And I bought these big buttons from JoAnn Fabrics before we left PA.
We’re planning a trip back to PA in few weeks so I’m hoping to get the rest of my half-done knits complete. That way I can take them all back to PA and let my family and friends pick which ones they want to keep. Again – not much use for all of these in PA – so I want to make sure someone can enjoy them.
I have so many half done knitting projects around that I’ve made a new rule for myself. I’m not allowed to start anything new until I finish what I have laying around. I’m also not allowed to buy any new yarn until I use what I have.
This sounds extreme – but seriously – I have so much. I have balls of yarn I’ll never cast on unless I force myself to stop buying new. I’m calling this Operation Free The Needles.
This was the first project that I freed. A chunky purple neck warmer that is thick and sturdy (it basically stands up on its own). I like the yarn a lot, but I think I prefer the double wrapped infinity scarves. This one pulls on like a turtle neck which makes my hair a little staticky. Happy Making!