Making Update #7: Getting Busy & Getting Real
This will be a relatively short post, but I have a few victories from the past couple weeks to report! The first one is that I got started with my #MakersGetReal Instagram challenge and have loved reading everyone's stories! If you haven't joined in, read my blog post here and jump in with your own honest tales of maker life. Even after only one day, it's been so humbling and encouraging to see the number of people who have joined this challenge and really given it some thought. I had no idea it would resonate with so many people, and I'm grateful to be part of a movement toward being more honest with one another. It's amazing how easy it is to feel inadequate in the maker community, and I think the fact that so many people are taking a moment to share and prop one another up is a testament to how very loving this community can be.
Anyway, on to making update things. I got my Bonfire Scarf pattern published and into the world, which is immensely exciting! I really think this scarf pattern is super versatile and would make for an awesome men's scarf, or kiddo's scarf if the width and length were adjusted. Not to mention it's super cozy, and I can't wait until it's cold enough that I can wear mine. I'm pretty excited to see some people hopefully work this pattern up for Christmas gifts this year!
The non-maker victory for this week is that I got my IRB protocol for my thesis project turned in, which is a huge load off. If any of you have gone through the thesis process (particularly if you've had to do so with the IRB breathing down your neck), leave some love in the comments. It's a daunting, stressful, anxiety-producing ordeal. And for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about – you're right, I digress. Back to yarn!
Flat White Throw
I finished this throw a few days ago. It was such a fun thing to be able to get back into crochet. The motions felt so natural, even though I had spent some time away from them. It really is funny how fiber arts just kind of dig deep into your muscle memory. This throw is very simple, with a repetitive stitch pattern that makes it easy to sit down with some Netflix and coffee and let the stitches fly. I'll have this pattern up soon, but first, there's a little giveaway action planned with We Are Knitters comin' at ya later this week! Keep an eye on my Instagram if you don't want to miss anything.
My sweet friend Brittany sent me a message after the Sneffels scarf release asking if I could make her something similar, but with deep reds instead of mustard. We picked out some beautiful sock yarn together, and she graciously trusted me with the task of creating something a little different from the Sneffels scarf, though with a similar vibe. I don't know if any of you guys are the same, but I get really bored creating from the same pattern over and over again. My dream situation, particularly with scarves, is to just kind of make it up as I go. I know that makes for less precise patterns, but it feels more organic, and it's kind of interesting to have a visual representation of your thought process at the end it. Anyway, that's what happened with this scarf. I knitted fairly extemporaneously while binge watching the crap out of This Is Us (which is SO GOOD), and finished much more quickly than I had anticipated! It's already in the hands of my sweet and trusting friend, and I'm thinking about potentially writing up a pattern for this one soon. (I'm really trying to front-end the pattern writing before my lengthy list of Christmas gifts needing to be made catches up with me!)
Works in Progress
Final Countdown Cardigan
I got started on this sweet, spotty cardigan kit so generously sent to me by Wool and the Gang, and I am really valuing the simplicity of working on this project. As much as I love playing with different ways of constructing garments and learning new techniques, I also love sitting down with something that is, in the best sense of the word, easy. Relaxing. It was kind of a theme for me this week that the projects I am spending the most time on are meditative, chill, not too taxing. I needed that after all the stress school has been throwing at me, and this project really delivered. I'll be writing up more about it soon, and there might be something for you guys on the horizon too... Who knows?
Truthfully, I haven't gotten much past swatching for my Moody Cardi. I struggled for a while with a little bit of cast-on paralysis, which was mostly wrapped up in horrible fear that I'm going to screw up this cardigan. So, I spent extra time on the front end, sketching and doing math and settling on the exact ways I want to accomplish construction for the beautiful cardigan I have in my brain. I'm hoping to have more pictures and process notes to share with you all after this week!
Probably more scarf/shawl action
I'm not 100% sure which of the many projects on my ever-growing to-make list will get my attention next, but there's a good chance it will be something scarf or shawl-like. We'll see. For now my brain is mostly full of cardigan design plans!
6 x We Are Knitters The Wool (Flat White Throw)
2 x Madelinetosh TOSH Sock