Wednesday, December 4, 2019

An Update from the Past 6 Months!

It's been a busy 6 months that included a cross-country drive, conferences, moving, starting a new job and so many other things! I'm sad I let my blog lapse, but I've revamped all the photos on the sidebar and it's back up and running.

This post will be a summary of the three (and only 4! I had hoped to have more) projects I've completed since May.

Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: The Fibre Fox Merino Sock in Fog, Cotton Candy, and Freyja
Needles: US Size 4
Project Page

First up is my Find Your Fade shawl. This pattern was very fun to knit and it was clear that was the case when I completed a fingering-weight project on size 4 needles way quicker than I would have expected.

I modified the pattern to use only three colors and to reduce the size (some of the project pages of others' show huge -- and extremely beautiful -- shawls). Notes can be found on my project page!

I don't wear it quite as much as I thought. I think the colors lend themselves more toward late winter than late fall. This winter will be a test!

Pattern: Ripple Bralette
Yarn: The Fibre Fox Merino Sock in Fog and Freyja
Needles: US Size 2 and 4
Project Page

I jumped on the ripple bralette train pretty quickly. So many props to Jessie Mae for making a design that is so easy to knit and looks AMAZING on everyone. I finished this project during the cross country road trip and finished just in time to take photos in Badlands National Park.

I lengthened it to make a tank top rather than a bralette. The yarn is alternated each row for the marled effect and was a great way to use up my leftover yarn from the Find Your Fade shawl. It's not so comfortable right next to the skin, however. I might make an actual bralette soon with a yarn that's a little softer.

Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike in White
Needles: US Size 2 and 4

Next is this sweetest bonnet I knit for my niece's baptism. I can't believe this pattern was free! I love love love the scalloped edge around the face. The yarn I used was perfect for this project and extremely soft so I knew it would by itchy for her.

Pattern: Halfpipe Hat
Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike for the pompom, an unknown chunky yarn for the rest!
Needles:US Size 11

Finally, just today I finished this quick knit for my niece for Christmas. After many projects on small needles and thin yarn, this was a great project to mix it up. It was also a great way for me to use up some of my stash.

I think part of the reason I did not get quite as much knitting done as I thought in the last 6 months is that I picked up a new hobby: embroidery. I really, really enjoy it and find it pretty meditative. While I knit I can watch TV or chat, however embroidery really requires my full attention (in a good way!). I'll share some of those projects soon. 

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