2018 has not only been a great reading year so far, but a fantastic knitting year! I’ve been knitting up a storm lately and am very happy to have finished several projects in the past two months! And to make things even more enjoyable, I’ve had lots of fun listening to audiobooks and podcasts while my hands are busy. The Help was my first audiobook of the year; at the moment I’m re-listening to Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. It’s one of my lesser-favorite of Austen’s novels, but to be honest, any of her books are great stories to listen to while knitting. 🙂
Here’s what I’ve knit up in the past two months:
I’ve knit myself a sweater before (“Ease” by Alicia Plummer) and I knit my one year old a sweater for Christmas using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s percentage system, but this was my first sweater for myself using the percentage system. In other words, I didn’t use a pattern – I took my own measurements and wrote up my own personalized pattern! Overall it went well – I learned a lot and my sweater is very cozy! There are definitely mistakes, though, and things that I’m not crazy about. Like the fact that it’s about a size too big and the garter sleeve caps look a little funny. But I already have my yarn ready for a second sweater, so hopefully the next time, I’ll be able to knit a sweater that is just as cozy, but fits a little better.
These scrappy socks were also knit not using a pattern, and used up tiny little balls of leftover sock yarn that I’ve had for years! And once again, I made several mistakes – mainly in the form of a very odd and ill-fitting heel. But just like with my sweater, I learned a lot and hopefully my next pair of improvised socks will fit better.
In my quest to master the art of correctly-fitting raglan sweaters, I decided to try a classic raglan pattern that I’ve heard lots of good things about: Flax by Tin Can Knits. I knit my daughter a hat (Barley by Tin Can Knits) in order to test the gauge. It turned out so adorable and only took a few hours from start to finish! I didn’t quite meet the gauge on that one, so I quickly knit her a second purple Barley hat:
And that time I got the gauge right. So I cast on a baby version of Flax in order to test it out before making myself one! Elanor isn’t picky and will wear pretty much whatever I knit her, so she’s a good knitting guinea pig. 🙂
Finally, I finished two hats using a lovely Cascade yarn that I bought two years ago. I knit myself a Hermione Hearts Ron hat, and with the leftovers made a teeny newborn hat. No, I’m not pregnant. 😀 I just have recently discovered the joy of making tiny little baby knits – they’re soft, adorable, use up small bits of yarn and are incredibly fast to knit. And the next time I do get pregnant I’ll have lots of little knitted garments ready to go.
Anyhoo, that’s what’s been keeping me busy lately! Having gotten all of my WIP’s (knitter slang for ‘works in progress’) out of the way, I rewarded myself by casting on a cowl, a pair of socks, Elanor’s Flax sweater and I will likely cast on another pair of socks and a hat in the next few days, just for the heck of it.
I don’t know why the knitting bug has bitten me so hard lately, but I certainly am enjoying it! I have patterns assigned for all the yarn in my stash so I’ve got a great deal of knitting lined up – several months’ worth. Which means that you may be seeing more posts like this in the future! 😀