Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Happy New Year Belated Edition

I wasn't inspired to blog while on vacation, but now it's back to the grind and maybe back to a semi-regular blogging schedule.

A couple of these belong on a FO Friday post, but I don't know if that'll happen, so here's some WIPs and project updates.

I finished my Kawaii Winter Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I also purchased the trim and cloth to make it into a pillow. That will happen sometime before next Christmas. Right now, it resides all together in a bag in the closet along with my Christmas socks - cause I just can't get into Christmas projects in January.

The finished (but not ironed) piece:

The cloth and trim:

Been doing a couple rows here and there on my Eilonwy cardigan, but nothing to write home about.

So - I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions, but I wrote a little list of craft-related things I would like to do.
  1. Try to stitch one square of The Frosted Pumpkin Woodland Sampler a month. I started the border on January this week - no pictures, cause it's just a brown half-box.
  2. Try to stitch one square of The Frosted Pumpkin Once Upon A Time a month. January will be tough for this one, because the pattern is released one square at a time starting on January 10th. The first month also contains the pattern for the entire border, AND one of the flosses I ordered is on backorder, so it hasn't shipped yet :((( Oh well - I'll just do what I can do.
  3. Try to finish up at least one hibernating project. I have a few - (links are to Ravelry pages - you have to set up an account to see): 
    1. My Skew socks will hibernate until late next yea, because they're super Christmas-y and see above on Christmas stuff. 
    2. I have another pair of socks, but they're real autumn-y (and also kind of a pain in the ass). If I don't get those done this Fall, I'm frogging them.
    3. I have very little done on a purple Torch Lily Tee made out of Shibui Knits Heichi that I hope to pull out and bang out some rows on soon.
    4. I started a vest for Bill like a million years ago. It's not an un-fun knit, so I'm not sure where the love went on that one.
    5. Last AND least, I have this long-suffering bag that hurts my hands, and the yarn blows. I do hope to finish it one day, but ugh. Thinking about it makes me cringe a bit.
  4. Try to knit a pair of colorwork socks and make another pair of selfish socks too. On this front, I have been making awesome progress. I *suck* at colorwork and have done VERY little of it. Well, I pondered for days on patterns (I fell into a Rav-hole) until finally settling upon First Footing. I then went about shopping in my stash for the perfect red and cream colored yarns, and ... here is what I have so far!! I am so excited. They are fitting snugly, because I decided on small instead of medium. My size is between those sizes, and I usually knit socks with 2.25mm needles, and these are knit with 2.75 needles. I think it will work out. (also included in pic - an awesome yarn bowl Bill got me for Christmas)
     5. Try to make Christmas gifts. I am not good at this one. I have a few ideas - legwarmers for my aunt [by request]. Gloves for my sister [by request - I've never made gloves before]. Socks for my nephew [by request]. Vest for Bill [see hibernating projects above]. Embroidery pillowcases for Mom.

    Ok - that's the list. I also have a couple of finished objects I will come back and post about on Friday =DD Woot woot - Happy New Year, y'all.

    Oh - and just for giggles - here's a pic of some yarn I bought. I buy very little yarn these days. This is Numma Numma Toasty in the Georgia Peach colorway. This is a Georgia-based dyer. Yarn purchased from Eat.Sleep.Knit. (BEST YARN STORE EVAH). My picture sucks - see the ESK website for super top quality photos.
    Be sure to check out the other WIP Wednesday posts at Tami's Amis (although she hasn't posted one today yet)!