goals, Inspiration, Knitting, Personal Projects, Socks, Wool, Wraps/shawls, Yarn

New Year and New Knitting Goals

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Today, as I am finally coming out of the fog that is my brain while sick, I was like “It’s a new year, a clean slate, and it’s time to set some knitting and life goals for 2018”. 2017 felt like a bust on many fronts. While this year is getting off on a rocky start (with having a cold to start things off), I am excited to see what 2018 holds, and to see what I can accomplish.

My biggest goals for this year is to knit though as much of the KnitPicks palette and stroll tweed sock yarn I have, as well as knit up the KnitPicks Wool of The Andes, Wool of the Andes Tweed, and the Simply Wool yarns that I have in my stash.

This year I really want to work on Stash busting as much of the yarn I have for personal projects as possible. In 2017 I bought a fair amount of yarn, now I just need to knit it up. That is my goal for this year, is to work on knitting as much of it up as I possibly can.

This morning, I got in my last KnitPicks order for a while. This Christmas and New Years season saw a lot of yarn and knitting accessories purchasing. Now I want to put all of it to good use. I am getting kind of tired having bags of yarn that don’t fit in my current stock of plastic containers sitting around. I want to at least get what is sitting out and sitting in bags knit up, or at least be able to consolidate it into a container if I want to use a color that is currently in a container. The only reason I want to buy new plastic containers for anything knitting related is for completed projects, if I run out of storage space.

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As I have spent time knitting, I have found that I prefer knitting with wooden needles, so as I have the money, and projects I want to work on I am slowly adding to my stash of wooden needles. After I had gotten the bulky Simply Wool yarn, I went searching through my needles to see what I had in the way of needles that were in line with the needle recommendation on the back of the label. I only found some plastic needles, which I really don’t care for, I went ahead and had ordered some US size 10.5 (6.50mm) straight wooden needles to use with the bulky simply wool yarn. I also had ordered another set of US size 7 (4.50mm) needles. Size 7 needles are a standard size for me, especially since I tend to have a looser tension than some other knitters. I had also gotten some of the Wool of the Andes Tweed in Autumn Heather and the Wool of the Andes in Marina.

Beings that I have the yarn (between what I have already cast on and am currently using as well as why I have tucked away in bags) for seven shawls and more than 20 pairs of socks, I will be bust this year.

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Knitting, Knitting Projects, Pattern Friday, Patterns

Ravelry

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This Week for pattern Friday, I am sharing with you another one of my favorite pattern resources. I have mentioned it in other posts, but I have not written a post about it yet. This week I am sharing with you guys Ravelry. It has plenty of patterns (some are free, others are not). It is also great because it has groups, and forums and such. I like that feature in addition to the patterns because there are often groups by location, or project (particularly charity knitting/crocheting). 

With Ravelry you will need an account to access patterns and the groups but creating an account is free, and allows you to save patterns to your library and keep track of projects you have completed if you so choose to use that feature. 

This is just one of the places I go to, in order to get ideas of what I want to make. 

Knitting, Pattern Friday, Patterns

Knitty

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This week I wanted to share with you a website that I had been referred to by one of my former coworkers who knew about this site. The website is entitled Knitty and it is a free online knitting magazine full of knitting patterns and ideas. 

This had come up when I had been talking to my coworkers about projects I had in mind and trying to get some pattern ideas and bounce things off other crafters. 

I love getting new ideas, and seeing what others have made and what else is out there. I like getting ideas for future projects and for what I want to use some of my yarn that is just sitting for. I am always up for free patterns and trying new things. 

Hats, Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects, Yarn

Day 2 of 30 days 30 hats challenge

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Today is the second day of my 30 days, 30 hats challenge. I had started a thread about it in one of the charity knitting groups I am a part of on Ravelry, not expecting a whole lot from it. So far I have had my expectations blown away by even having a few people join me in my challenge to each knit 30 hats in 30 days. While I am knitting hats for children in India, I had made the thread more open ended, in terms of the recipients of the hats at the end of the month just because each person who might want to take part has their own charities and knitting recipients that they care about, and the whole point is just to see how many hats (with a goal in mind) in the course of the month.

I will be posting pictures frequently (but not daily) on my Facebook Page, so if you would like to see the hats I will be making this month, as well as other projects I am working on, please follow me on my facebook page (by going to the page, and clicking the “like” button on the main page). I mentioned that I will be posting pictures frequently, but not daily, that is because I enough yarn to make several hats out of the skeins of some yarns, so it would be rather redundant to essentially be posting the same picture for several days in a row. What I plan on doing when I am using the same yarn for several hats is knit up the yarn, and then when I am finished my last hat with the yarn I will take a picture of all the hats I got out of the yarn and post the picture with a short caption with the day numbers and how many child/teen sizes I have in the color.

Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects

60th sweater complete!

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I finished up my size 8 sweater that I had been working on for about a month and a half. This sweater I made using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Grey Heather as well as some hot pink and light pink that were without labels and had been donated to the cause. I had picked these colors after having seen a picture just before Valentine’s day, with three skeins of yarn in similar colors and I at first was thinking about having to go and buy the pinks (I had the grey) but then decided to go see if there was anything in the buckets of yarn that my mom and I have, to see if I could find colors that were close that would work.

This particular sweater is my 60th sweater, so with that, I am taking a break from sweaters to work through some of the yarn I have sitting in a basket and in my knitting area and make hats. The hats knit up really quickly, they help use up remnants of yarn that would not be enough to make a sweater out of. Hats are fun and easy.