26 August 2014

Merlot:- washed and blocked

My knitting is still off track. This week I've started the same hat four times and every single time I reach the same place in my knitting I unravel it. Sighs. Can't seem to make any real breakthrough. I'm also struggling with the sleeves for the cardigan I'm working on for my friend's daughter. Nothing is going right in my knitting. I think I know the reason behind all of the false starts and the hurdles. I will go into this more very very soon. In the meantime, I washed and blocked Merlot :)

If you look closely you'll notice that Merlot can be worn three ways :- 1) slouchy toque, 2) as a beanie with the brim turned up and 3) beanie with brim turned inwards.

21 August 2014

New Hat:- Merlot

I just looked at my ravelry page and realized that it has been two weeks since I blogged. Where did the time go? I have a newfound respect for bloggers who post several times a week. I just don't have it in me. Sighs. I will be a happy camper once fall starts. My knitting output is directly affected by fun in the sun :)
I am pleased to report though that I have finally finished something. Nope, it's not one of the WIPs shown in last post. Sad to say, no progress has been made there, other than I frogged the hat and started another. The new hat was completed yesterday.

I think I have been bitten by the cable bug. This was my first time using Northampton by valley yarns. I love it! It is nice to have another go to workhorse yarn that is affordable. Will be ordering more of it in the near future.

This is the hat prior to being washed and blocked.

Do you have a blog? If so do you ever have moments or phases where you don't blog frequently?

07 August 2014

A week of WIPs

Over the last few years I have realized that I am a process knitter. I enjoy the entire process of creating a hand knitted item....for the most part (the process becomes less enjoyable for larger items) this is true. The last few weeks I have not had any completed projects. My head and heart aren't connected with my needles. It has been lots of knitting a row or two here and there. But every little counts right?

First work in progress is the Sawtelle sweater I started in March. Yup, I knowwwwwwwww it's now August. Sighs. What can I say

I am hoping it will be finished before Fall starts. Today I was able to finished the back and fronts. I had hoped to start the sleeves but my mind is having trouble following the directions. Instead I think I am going to knit the sleeves separately then attach. Fingers crossed that it doesn't take me another month or two to finish

Next up, is a hat I've been commissioned to make. I am feeling a tad bit "iffy" about this. I am not going to frog it or st least that's what I keep telling myself every time I pick up the needles to work on it. Oh did I mention this is another hat where I've been given total creative control? Yup...we all remember not so long ago how I stressed myself out in a similar situation. No second guessing this time.

Btw:- don't you just love my knitting bag? It's really a cosmetics bag but I'm all about converting. I absolutely love it. I picked it up from Michaels a few weeks ago. Can't beat a three for one deal :D

The final WIP is no longer a work in progress but rather a member of the frog committee. I do plan on remaking it. I love the yarn. Will talk about it in future posts

What are you working on this week? Do you ever have moments or phases where you just can't create?