So, for a knitting blog, it’s kinda been a while since I’ve really talked about knitting… Let’s fix that.
But before we get into what I’ve got on the needles, I want to say a quick thank you to Jen of the Commuter Knitter Podcast! A couple of weeks ago, I sent Jen some of my Wanderer Sock yarn in my Exploding TARDIS color-way for her to try out, and she has given me a lovely review on her newest episode!
If you’re a knitter and podcast listener and haven’t listened to Commuter Knitter yet, I HIGHLY suggest that you do. It’s one of my most favorites. I especially suggest you listen to Episode 78 though…there may be a giveaway and TLMYC coupon code as well! 🙂
Now let’s get into knitting…
Last I updated you on my own personal knitting, I had just finished my Imagine When shawl. But what have I been working on since then? Not surprisingly…too many things…
Project #1: My main project right now, which I’ve mentioned only briefly, is the Essential Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. Having such a quantity of luscious alpaca yarn from my trip to Peru, (highlighted in this post), I knew I had to get a sweater on the needles.
Even though I’ve been a serious knitter for about 5 years, this is actually my first adult sweater project. (Eek!!) I’ve always felt that sweaters were too big of a commitment… “What if I mess up? What if it doesn’t fit?? Plus, buying that much yarn at one time is super expensive… No thanks, I’ll stick to socks.” However, I’ve taken the plunge…and as anxious as I had been about the process, it seems to be going pretty well. Not really much more complex than any other project… (All of you seasoned sweater knitters say it together: DUH! :P)
At this point, I’m past the raglan increases and dividing for the sleeves, and now I’m just knitting down the body with minimal waist shaping. Easy peasy. I can’t wait for this to be finished so I can cuddle in it!
Project #2: For those of you who are already Outlander fans, this is not news… (For those that aren’t (yet) fans of the series…get on that.) Currently, to celebrate the premiere of the Outlander TV series on Starz, several podcasters have gotten together to host an Outlander KAL (aka #kiltmenowKAL). Being a huge Jamie Fraser fan myself, I knew I had to participate in this one…so, I cast on another Outlander Cowl by Andee Fagan.
Outlander Cowl project in its cozy Halloweenie bag. (PS: it’s twin is listed in my Etsy shop!)
I’ve made this cowl once before a few months ago but this pattern is so potato-chippy, that as soon as I cast off the first one, I wanted to cast on another. (THIS NEVER HAPPENS TO ME.) Though I didn’t cast another one of these cozy cowls on immediately, I jumped at this KAL as a reason to make another.
As you can see, I’m not very far into it yet…I pretty much only work on it when I watch Outlander. But I definitely like how it’s turning out. This one is being made from one skein of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in the color way Inkwell Tonal, (but I call it Wicked Stepmother).
Project #3 & #4: Lastly in the rotation are these two pairs of socks, which I’m knitting out of two different colors of my own hand-dyed yarn.
Top: Hermione’s Everyday Socks in SweetTreat (Wanderer Sock)
Bottom: Vanilla socks in Police Box (Essential Sock)
Both of these yarns are currently available in my Etsy shop as well, if you’re interested…but I wanted to see for myself how they knit up. So far, I’m a fan. 🙂
Close up of Sweet Treat, Wanderer Sock (available on Etsy here)
Close up of Police Box, Essential Sock (available on Etsy here — PS: only one left in stock!!)
These photos actually portray SweetTreat as a little too “orange-ish”…it’s really a lighter blend of yellow, orange, and white. Very Halloween-y. 🙂 These are going slowly right now, actually, because I’ve misplaced my circular sock needles… But there are more on the way, so hopefully I can get these going again soon.
FO: Last, but not least, I have a finished object to share! Not knitting — but knitting related.
If you’re a fellow Disney maniac, you may just recognize these patterns….
Welcome Foolish Mortals to the Haunted Mansion! Mwahahaha!
For four months following my graduation from undergrad, before I headed off to grad school, I participated in the Disney College Program, and got the incredible honor of working at one of Walt Disney’s most classic attractions: The Haunted Mansion. When I came across these Haunted Mansion fabrics on Spoonflower, I knew they must be mine.
So far, these have been sitting in my fabric stash waiting for the perfect project for over a year…but I finally decided it was time to make something. So, what did I make? A project bag, of course! (Can’t have too many, amiright?)
This spooky bag utilizes fabric matching the “bats” wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion ride, and the green/black fabric of the Mansion Cast Member’s costumes. Safe to say, I’m in love.
This one will not be listed in my Etsy shop, as I only had enough fabric for one… But there are lots of others in my shop if this sparks your Halloween spirit!
Well, that’s all the projects I have to share today. If I’m being honest…that’s not all the WIPs I have. But I won’t bore you with the snoozer projects, and there may be a couple of design ideas going that I need to keep secret. 😉
What are your current WIPs?