Making Update #1: Gather Ye Yarn Balls
Hi, friends, and welcome to my first blog post! This will be my space to ramble about projects, gush about yarn, and generally share my maker story with whoever feels like reading it. I've been putting off starting this up, mostly out of a weird self-consciousness I have about internet-y things, but I figured it was time to just go for it. To paraphrase Robert Herrick, "Gather ye yarn balls while ye may." Or something.
To start with, I was inspired by Merel of Chain Twenty to make use of weekly making update blog posts so that I can keep track of my knit and crochet projects in an organized way. The idea is to have a weekly log of finished projects, projects in the works, future project plans, and yarn stash updates. As a person who is drawn to structure, this set-up is up my alley. So, for my maker friends (and whoever else has stumbled onto this blog), welcome! Happy to have you. Without further ado, here's what I'm working on.
Pop Life Cardigan
This is my first finished knitwear project! I'm so excited, I have worn this thing pretty much every day since I finished it, despite the fact that it is nearly 100 degrees where I live and even though this is made with mostly cotton yarn, it's still way too warm for Texas summer. I throw it on in the air conditioning and wear it around my waist in the sun. Pop Life Cardigan, I wish I could quit you. I would sweat less.
This cardigan is riddled with little mistakes, but most of them are hidden and all of them taught me something important, so I'm happy to hang onto them. Parts of knitting are completely mystifying to me, until I mess up, have to fix something, and then realize how that thing works. It's like when you're a little kid and you can stare at the words on a page all you want, but you just don't get it until you get it, and then it's hard to imagine ever not being able to read. That's how these complex little stitches are for me. They've been such fun to learn and practice.
Skills this project taught me: Picking up stitches, increasing, seaming knit garments, & weaving in yarn ends like a champ
works in progress
I have been hard at work on this beautiful, textured T-shirt from We Are Knitters. The 5mm needles prove slow, but in a way that relaxes me. I'm motivated to finish this one soon, in part because it's quite warm in Texas and I have a feeling the end result will be pretty cute, and in part because I'm itching to get some new ideas on my needles. I've been trying this thing where I never have more than two WIPs going at once. It's... really hard. My squirrel brain feels jumpy.
Skills this project taught me: Eyelet stitch, picking up stitches (again, because I didn't do a great job on the cardigan)
Chunky Striped Blanket
Drumroll, please... It's my first original knit design! Staying true to my usual yarny ways, this blanket is intended to be simple, textured, and chunky chunky chunky. I'm super excited to see how this design looks as it grows, even though it's actually kind of hard to knit continental with yarn this thick. The roving is gorgeous but it just doesn't slide off the finger the way worsted cotton does.
This is the first of several pattern designs in the works for my fall pattern release, which I'm planning to happen September 1. I love indulging in the absolute coziness of wool roving, but I must admit, it feels a little bit insane to cuddle under this warm thing in Texas heat. Truthfully, it's almost never cold enough to justify wool where I live. But I love it anyway.
Koigu Mystery Project
Have I piqued your interest with this very secretive and intriguing title? I am overjoyed to have been asked by Koigu to design a cozy product using their yarn. So, I've been swatching and thinking and designing, and I'm so excited to finish up some of my current projects and get this beautiful wool on my needles! Any guesses what it could be? (It's not hard to guess, I'm pretty predictable.)
– 15 x We Are Knitters' The Cotton (yeah, I know, but they're all intended for Christmas gifts, so each one has a purpose... that makes it okay to have splurged, right? Right.)
– 6 x We Are Knitters' The Wool (a gift from this fabulous company, destined for a special secret collab coming soon!)
– 5 x Wool and the Gang Billie Jean (Pop Life Cardigan)