So what have I been up to lately? Here’s an overview:
The Craftsy Zadie Sweater Knit-Along (KAL)
The KAL started in July, but I didn’t hear about it until August when I stumbled upon one of the Grocery Girls videos on YouTube. I love these gals and their enthusiasm for this project made me want to do it, even though I long ago swore I wasn’t a sweater-making person (I have two 5 year old sweater projects in my stash still awaiting sleeves). But call me crazy, I got the 50% off coupon and bought the yarn. The Craftsy videos made it seem easy to make AND no sleeves to sew on! They’re all knit in, so I think I’ll like that.
But this is as far as I’ve progressed so far.
Well, a little more on the body, actually. That picture was taken in mid-August just before I went on vacation. I took the body part with me on vacation and did manage to work on it quite a bit while relaxing after a long day of doing touristy things. It was a great for travel because it’s just constantly knitting the round. No shaping yet. I have to get to 15″ before that happens. (I just made it to 15″ yesterday! Yay!)
So, I’m almost done with the body and I started the sleeves before I went on vacation, too.
I’m being daring and knitting both at the same time with magic loop, which I’ve only ever done once before for a pair of socks (to avoid one-sock syndrome that usually strikes if you knit the one at a time). So far, it’s going well. 🙂
Anyway, I’m making progress on Zadie, but way behind in the KAL since it’s over by now, but this project I’m confident I WILL finish before the end of the year.
Wonder Woman Shawl
I LOVE this pattern. It was so easy to make (once you get used to doing wraps and turns — I learned with the help of some videos on YouTube.)
I chose to use Cascade Heritage Silk yarn and I’m so in love with this yarn. It’s super soft and a dream to work with!
The pattern breaks every stripe out into its own section so what I did was knit a section a day and it took me less than 2 weeks to finish. Then I wet blocked the shawl and couldn’t believe how gorgeous it looked. This one I made for a friend, but I went and bought more of the yarn so I can make one for myself now, too. 🙂
The Craftsy Tealeaf Sweater KAL
I think the Zadie KAL has instilled in me a weird sweater-making confidence now, or I’m just crazy, because as soon as I saw this sweater KAL on the Craftsy website, I wanted to sign up. I let it go for a couple weeks, but finally, as the starting day (Sept 14) neared, I couldn’t resist any longer. I ordered the yarn.
I’m still waiting for the yarn to arrive, but it should be here this week . I’ve made myself promise i MUST finish the Zadie sweater first, though.
Crochet Autumn Swirl Scarf
This pattern was in the Autumn 2016 issue of Crochet!, and I’ve had the magazine and yarn in a bag waiting for me to work on it since then.
I chose to use Manos Del Uruguay Fino yarn in a beautiful variegated hand-dyed green (like leaves) and the scarf came out beautifully.
I just finished it this weekend. (It crochets up very quickly once you memorize the leaf pattern.)
The scarf is super soft and very warm! I’m trying to decide now if I should add it to my Etsy shop for sale, or give it as a Christmas gift. Or maybe even keep it for myself! 🙂 Hmmm….
Filatura Di Crosa Zara Fingerless Mitts
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this yarn. I receive it and the pattern in one of Jimmy Beans Wool Big Beanie Bags and then went and ordered more online.
So far I’ve made 5 mitts, working on the sixth. No idea what I’ll do with them. Maybe I’ll put a pair in my Etsy store, but I’m definitely keeping a pair for myself.
I love using DPNs and this yarn is so soft and squishy it’s a dream to work with and so comfortable and warm to wear. I’ll be all set this winter with my new mitts!
And that’s all I have to share for September. As I gear up for the holidays, I’m sure I’ll have several more WIPs to report on.
Until then, happy crafting! 🙂 🐑