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Color Craving and Tiny Hats

The first weekend of the New Year, how exciting! As the first few days of the year come and gone I have been busily working on and planning knitting projects.

Molly and Clare from the Homespun Podcast are hosting a shawl KAL (knit along) this month. That means that on January 1st (or after) anyone participating casts on a shawl of their choice and has until the end of the month to finish the shawl. I have chosen to knit a Color Craving Shawl by Steven West. I bought this pattern way back in August to knit, as part of the mystery knit along that Steven West had designed it for. However I was way too busy then to actually knit it.

I am using Knit Picks Pallette yarn in the color ways rouge, heather marble and alfalfa. Pallette is a fingering weight yarn made out of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.

Ooh, so pretty!

I love the rich saturated colors of the yarn! (It is not red but a bright pink!) πŸ™‚

I was so excited to get it cast on that I was starting to worry after several false starts, but I finally got the shawl cast on late Thursday night. This pattern definitely takes a lot of concentration but I am loving seeing how the colors are looking together!

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My Color Craving Shawl, only 25 rows knit so far. πŸ™‚

I have designated this as my after the kids go to bed knitting. There is no way that I have the brain power to knit this while the kids are around without making a ton of mistakes. So while the kids are up and about I have started making preemie caps for The Precious Preemie Project charity group that collects and distributes preemie hats to NICU’s in the United States.

These little hats are so tiny and quick that I am able to crochet or knit one up in no time at all! It is a great project to fill in the gaps in between household chores and kids random requests. πŸ™‚

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It is so much fun creating these little hats!

I can’t wait to see how many of these little hats I can make this month! I love the fact that my love for knitting and crocheting will make a difference in someone’s life. πŸ™‚

I would like to apologize for the crummy pictures there isn’t enough natural light available this time of year to take good pictures. It doesn’t help that these were taken with my phone camera because I have yet to locate the charger for my camera since the move. I promise to look for it more this weekend though. :O)

 

 

 

A New Year, A New Journey!

I love the start of a new year. It always brings with it a renewed creative spark that gets me thinking about all the wonderful things I”d like to make and things I’d like to learn through the year. My brain starts working overtime trying to figure out what new project I am going to cast on first.

This year was no different. That is until I realized, on New Years Eve when I was still working on Christmas presents, that I was behind schedule….way behind schedule! How could this happen?! I mean I had a plan, as of the first I was going to be working on new things, things that were going to be the start of my new journey in a new year! I thought about casting the projects I was working on in the basket next to the computer and “come back to them later”. Who was I trying to kid? There was no way that once I put down those WIP’s (works in progress) that I was going to go back to them anytime in the near future. So I revised my goals for 2013.

My Goals For 2013:

  • Finish all existing WIP’s. I’d like to complete at least 3 WIP’s before casting on a new project.
  • Have no more than 3 projects on the needles at the same time.
  • Learn to sew!!!
  • Blog! (well I have started working on that goal)Β  Update blog often and regularly.

What about you? What goals are you working on to make 2013 the best year yet?

Welcome to Not Just a Knit Wit!

Hi, welcome to “Not Just a Knit Wit”! First let me introduce myself, my name is Stacy and this is my first post in my first blog. I am a mom to two wonderful children and when I am not busy with them I knit or crochet. My goal for this blog is to share my knitting and crocheting successes and disasters. As well as any new crafty, fun hobbies I try along the way.

I taught myself how to knit 17 years ago when I was a teenager on summer vacation. My elderly neighbor, Mrs. Brown, had brought over a small ball of cream colored yarn, a pair of US size 7 straight needles and a Columbia-Minerva #744, Teach Yourself to Knit the Easy Way book (which was already vintage at the time). I remember tackling the task of casting on and learning how to knit and purl with such determination, not for a moment wanting to think that the yarn might when the struggle. In a few days I had knit the entire ball into what I’d now refer to as a gauge swatch, and was ready to try “real knitting”. I pulled out the square and rewound the ball by hand. I then cast on for my first pair of baby booties, nothingΒ  fancy but they compelled me to knit them just the same. I remember feeling such a feeling of accomplishment when I finished those booties later that week.

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The first pair of baby booties I knitted.

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Looking back on these booties now I am glad I didn’t see the flaws in them then like I do now. After all, these are the booties that started my whole knitting obsession, and without knitting I wouldn’t be me.