FO Wednesday for 21 March 2018

Okay, this is neither a WIP post nor a knitting post. But it’s a craft FO post, and I have nowhere else I’d rather share it, so here you go.

In addition to knitting and crochet, I do cross-stitch. I don’t work on my projects very often anymore, but I learned how to cross-stitch before I learned just about any other craft. I’ve been doing cross-stitch since I was very young. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how. (To one degree or another of complexity, anyway. My early projects weren’t done very well, but I did them all myself.)

This is my latest cross-stitch FO. And they were a UFO for way, waaaay too long. (They stopped being a WIP years ago.) The only thing that kept me from finishing them was… well, the finishing. Doing the cross-stitch wasn’t a problem. It was the sewing them into ornament pillows that was daunting. (I don’t know why. I also sew clothes and costumes. Sewing shouldn’t be a big deal.)

Anyway, these have been all finished but the sewing for a couple of years now. Maybe as many as 5. (Or 10. I’m not sure, but a long time.) I finally decided that I was going to finish these before I allowed myself to start any new projects, and what do you know? That got them finished really fast. I am pleased with how they turned out. I’m only a little annoyed that I didn’t bother to get out any Christmas decorations to use in the photo shoot. Still, they look good just sitting on the counter, too.

Happy Wednesday!


WIP Weds for 28 February 2018 ~ the FO edition

Okay, so this week I have been knitting on the Lacy Entrelac Chroma Scarf (because lace and color change yarn and fun fun fun) and the Raw Honey Mitts (because gift knitting) and the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket (because it’s 2018 and I’m still working on a project named after 2016).

The Chroma scarf has no new pictures because I could spam you with the pretty but since I took one last week there hasn’t been *that* much change since your last picture.

The Raw Honey Mitts have no new picture because I realized that I made a mistake on the first mitt and started the thumb gusset way too early, and now I have to decide what I’m going to do.

That leaves us with the Geek-A-Long blanket.


This is the “Periodic Table” square from the 2014 blanket. As the square was written, the back side would be a mirror image of this side. (AKA mirror writing, with the letters not readable from the back.)

Well. I couldn’t have that. Instead, I tweaked the charts a bit and made this one Extreme Double Knitting, and ended up with this for the back side of the square:


I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

WIP – I mean FO – Wednesday for 31 January 2018

I’m not showing you any knitting WIPs today, sorry. Instead I’m going to show off my two most recent FOs!

You’ve already seen teasers of it, but here’s the completed Trinity Shawlette.

I really love the way this turned out, and I think the yarn plays well with the pattern. Neither overpowers the other. (I am sad, though, that I haven’t been getting home early enough to get daylight pictures of the shawl. Oh well.)

I have also finished the first of the 2018 Geek-A-Long squares: Monty Python! Featuring That Rabbit!

So much fun. I’ve cast on my next square for this blanket (and spoiler alert, it’s from the 2017 squares) but I really enjoyed knitting this one. I’m hoping that I’ll continue enjoying the squares all the way until the blanket is done. I’ve been knitting GAL squares semi-consistently since 2016, and haven’t gotten sick of them yet, so I have hope.

Happy Wednesday! Hard to believe that tomorrow is February already…

WIP Weds for 10 January 2018

Wow. 2018. I’m still not used to that yet.

In any case, there has been knitting. I’m going to start with the most recent FO: the Vanilla Latte socks!

Vanilla Latte socks

These were finished in time to be a late Christmas gift. (But the gift wasn’t late… we celebrated late, so I had a few extra days to knit on them.) (Please forgive the creased tissue paper background. I took the pictures while I was wrapping the socks.)

Vanilla Latte socks

I really like this knit, and will probably make another pair sooner or later. The pattern was easy enough to memorize and yet interesting enough that I actually wanted to knit the second sock. I also like how different heel and toe options were given, so that I won’t have to look up any variations if I want to tweak the sock a little.

Vanilla Latte socks

And… of course I matched the stripes. I’m a little obsessive about that with self-striping yarn. But really, who can blame me?

PATTERN: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
YARN: Knit Picks Felici in Schooner
DATES KNIT: 1 Sept 2017 – 2 Jan 2018

And there has been other knitting, too. I’ve been working on the Minecraft socks again, now that the gift socks are off the needles. (No progress picture, though, since there hasn’t been much visible progress. That’s the problem with knitting a pattern on such dark yarn. It’s hard to see what’s happened.)

I’ve also been working on my Trinity Shawlette. This picture was from the cast-on, and shows how the colors look in natural sunlight.

Trinity Shawl start

And this picture shows the (approximate) current progress on the shawlette in artificial light. It shows how far I’ve come in the knit, but not the true lovely color of the yarn. This has been a fast knit so far, but it’s to the point where the rows are getting long and so it’s not moving as fast at this point. Still a very fun knit! I might make more of this shawlette pattern since there are pattern options I can play with.

Trinity Shawlette

I hope you’re having a good week so far! Happy hump day!

Misc Monday ~ in which there is a surprise FO

I have another knitting project that I haven’t mentioned on the blog yet. Since I forgot a WIP Wednesday in there, and this was a very fast knit, this particular project was an FO already by the time last week’s WIP post came around. Instead of adding it to that post, I decided to give it its own blog.

Without further ado, I present to you:

the Manly Mitts

Yeah, okay, the name is a bit silly. But that’s what the pattern is called, so there you go. The plan for these is to give them as a Christmas gift, but I might get too attached to them in the meantime. We’ll have to see.

I used Knit Picks Capra in Burnished for these. I didn’t knit the cuff ribbing as long as I could have, because I was concerned about running out of yarn, but I ended up with plenty leftover and should have knit the full 2 inches of cuff ribbing that was called for. Oh well. It doesn’t bother me enough to rip them out and start over. (Besides, the knitting gods being the way they are, doing that would guarantee that I’d run out of yarn on the second attempt.)

This was a really easy pattern, so I might make another pair. Regardless of the pattern name calling them “manly” mitts, I didn’t see anything about them that specifies a gender. I was looking for a good unisex pattern, and I think this is one of them. As long as you can get past the pattern name.

Capra is a lovely yarn. I can’t get over how much I love this yarn every time I knit something from it. And yet I haven’t ever made something for ME from it. I think it’s time to fix that. (Which is another reason why I might keep these mitts.)

Misc Monday ~ in which I finish a shawl for ME

Last week I mentioned that I was working on the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl again after it had hibernated for a while. Well, I finished it over the weekend!

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

It was not without some concern, though. I thought I was going to run out of yarn. I DID run out of yarn. But I had another yarn left over from another project which is essentially indistinguishable from the Freia. Luckily, I had worked the shawl so that the white was at the end, and the other yarn was KnitPicks Bare lace yarn, so it was also white.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

This is the replacement yarn, which I used for the last few rows, but if I didn’t know where I switched I’m not sure I’d be able to tell (except by looking at the back for where the yarn is doubled).

Blocking this thing was CRAZY. I have never knit a shawl this large. (This may be the largest ANYTHING I have knit. It might count as larger than the afghans I’ve crocheted, too, depending on how you measure it. I think this shawl’s wingspan is larger than the longest side of any of my afghans.)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

But it’s done! So I will get to wear it this fall and winter! Yay! I must say, though, this is not going to be a casual-wear item. It’s big! I’ll need to be aware of it when I wear it.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

PATTERN: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
DESIGNER: Nim Teasdale
YARN: Freia Ombré Lace (with a smidge of Knit Picks Bare Shadow Lace)
START DATE: 5/31/2015
END DATE: 9/30/2017

Misc Monday ~ in which Reyna is done

I have another FO post for you today!

Finished Reyna

This one is the Reyna shawl, which I’ll be giving to a family member as a gift this holiday season. (Remember, I haven’t decided if it’s birthday or Christmas but it will be in December, therefore “holiday season”.)

(For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 7 gift knits complete so far for this year. I have one more in progress, and a couple that haven’t made it past the “thinking about it” stage, so I’m in good shape for this year’s knitted gifts.)

Finished Reyna

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. For me, I think this would be more along the lines of a shawlette, but since the recipient is more petite than I am, it should be a larger shawl on her than it would have been on me. And the colors will be great for her, I think. Hopefully she’ll like it. I think she will.

Finished Reyna

I haven’t determined if I’ll be making another one of these shawls. The pattern was easy enough to work, and yet also simple enough that it was easy to memorize. It didn’t even get mindless to the point of boring, so it was pretty easy to finish, too. However, there are so many shawl patterns out there that I want to make, so this one may be one of a kind for me. We’ll have to see – I guess I’ve determined that I won’t be making another one soon, but I might make another down the road when I need a fairly quick (or easy to memorize) shawl knit. It certainly looks like the mesh will keep the fabric lightweight enough for California weather.

Finished Reyna

However, for now I’m not going to think about whether or not to make more, and I’m just going to be happy that I’ve made this one. I like how it turned out, and I didn’t make any modifications to it, so I give this pattern two thumbs up!

The pattern is here (and free!) if you want to make your own.