Wow what a busy month January turned out to be! Yet I don’t feel as though I have accomplished much.
My month was consumed with knitting my Color Craving Shawl by Stephan West. But it is finished; it is finally finished!! WOOHOO!!! 😀 I have to say for a garter stitch shawl it is definitely a challenge!
I opted for the picot edge bind off.
I love that Stephen gives you 3 different bind off options! I chose the picot bind off. I think the results are smashing, however if I had known it was going to take me 3 days of knitting time to finish the bind off alone I may have chosen more wisely. 😉 Eh, who am I kidding? The finished results are well worth the extra time and effort. 😀
Finished shawl measures 68″ long and 36 1/2″ at it widest point before blocking!
Besides knitting the shawl I have crocheted 10 preemie hats for Precious Preemie Project
. I am planning on Whipping up a few more this week before mailing them off. I am looking for small projects to work on before the Ravellentics start on Friday February 7. 🙂
Last time I posted I mentioned how I signed up for Homespun Podcast‘s shawl KAL for the month of January.
Well I am happy to say that I am making some progress on my Color Craving shawl, I have just finished knitting the first section, and later tonight I will be picking up the stitches in order to start the second part.
My Color Craving Shawl today after I finished the first section!
The first section has a hairpin turn in the middle that was difficult because I had to push all the stitches around the turn close to the end of my needles making them tighter then my usual tension. This made my hands and wrists sore and slowed me down. As the rows got longer the easier the turn was to make, but was still outside my comfort zone.
I am a little nervous about finishing it up before January 30 and wish that it didn’t require me to think so much. Not being able to knit on when the kids are up really limits the amount of time I can actually work on it. I am hoping that the second section requires a little less concentration. 😛
I am happy to say that I went out and bought a new charger to my real camera! However after taking a bunch of great pictures I sat down to upload them to the blog and I realized that I don;t have the USB cord to connect it!! Ugh!! 😦 So I am sorry I am still using iPhone pictures…maybe next week. sigh
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.
I love the rich saturated colors of the yarn! (It is not red but a bright pink!) 🙂
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!
My Color Craving Shawl, only 25 rows knit so far. 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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)
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