I’m in a weird time right now where I’ve finished my sample for my Holla Knits Spring design, I don’t have the Holla Knits patterns from the other designers yet to start working on, and I’ve got no designs up the pipe.
Chevron Stripes Infinity Scarf
So while I was in Minneapolis this weekend I dug through my stash and searched my Ravelry queue for a fun project to fill this time. Then magically designer Jill Zielinski popped up on my twitter, so I clicked on her site and fell in love with her infinity scarf and cowl pattern Chevron Stripes.
It calls for fingering weight yarn, and I have a ton of Knit Picks Palette laying around, so I cast on! I don’t have enough of each color to finish the scarf, but I figure I’ll figure it out. So far my colors are CC1: Cyan CC2: Semolina CC3: Cosmopolitan CC4: Serrano, and I’m almost finished with the first repeat of Jill’s super smart chart, and all the colors are getting dangerously low. We’ll see what happens!
Since this is a tube infinity scarf, it’s really easy to just work the stranded colorwork chart and not worry about what is going on inside that tube. I’m just stranding my little heart out! It’s fun and addicting. And a great break project before Holla Knits starts making me crazy!
So now that it’s after Christmas and all of my handmade gifts have been gifted, I can show them off in all of their glory right here!
Batman and Friends, framed and… boring!
I showed off my nephew Baby Nolan’s cross stitched batman and friends wall hanging a few weeks ago, when I had finished the cross stitching. I didn’t get a frame for it until just before Christmas, and it was severely lacking. Not at all fun, right?
So I got out my glue gun and some quilt binding that I had laying around, and built a border. It adds so much, right? Now it really looks like it belongs in a kid’s room. And Nolan loved it! As much as a 2 1/2 year old baby can love cross stitch, anyway. Win!
Sometimes all you can do it knit very tiny things.
Tiny Ski Sweater
I haven’t been doing too much around here the past few days. Watching Christmas movies, hugging my cats, and lots of tears.
And for whatever reason I’ve taken up my never ending tiny sweater project and can’t put it down. I punched out two more after tackling one over Thanksgiving, which brings my total tiny sweater number up to 6! See them all on my ravelry page.
There are some other cute things in the Snow Day pattern, but I skipped the shenanigans and went straight for the string of Christmas lights.
Make Them As Long As You Want!
It’s a really smart pattern – you knit up some icord, hold some stitches with safety pins and build the lights there. Then go back and knit more icord! I’ve been knitting up the icord through 4 light bulbs at a time, knitting up the lightbulbs, then knitting up the icord through 4 more lightbulbs. I know I’m going to get sick of it at some point, but so far it’s really nice to be working on something so mindless. The only thought I’m putting into it is which color I’m going to use for each bulb.
So clearly I missed the boat YET AGAIN for creating my own knit tiny sweaters and lightbulbs tree, but 2013 is going to be amazing.
My other site, Holla Knits, is hosting a couple holiday KALs this season. I’m in charge of Tara Shade’s Black Swan.
Black Swan Weeks 1-2
We are knitting this in three weeks, so it’s easily the chillest KAL I’ve ever hosted. Size 17s and bulky yarn! Here are weeks 1-2, the front and back of Black Swan.
I’m using Knit Picks Swish Bulky! I love this yarn, and the gauge looks awesome with the size 17s. I’ll have a Black Swan to show off soon!
Follow the KAL progress at the Holla Knits Ravelry group, and check out the Black Swan FOs as they come in on the forum!
Breaking pretty much every rule I set for myself for the fall, I cracked open the Soak Box I snagged for myself at Vogue Knitting Live a couple weeks ago and cast on Double Pointe Pink, a pair of handwarmers for myself.
Double Pointe Pink
A tiny skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport Solid came in the box, and naturally it’s super nice! Fiona Ellis’s pattern is fun and clear, and I’m loving how the cables are turning out!
I’ll be taking my time with these little guys, since they are not only a selfish project during holiday crafting season, but a knitting project during my mandatory arm resting period. I know what you are thinking! They will be finished tomorrow. But even if I do accidentally finish them tomorrow I’m going to lie and say they took me like two weeks. Because I’m in charge, dammit!