Posts tagged ‘armwarmer’
Hello? Is anyone still here? …..Anyone?
Yikes… I’m rather surprised to realize that it’s been about 8 months since I’ve updated this blog (time flies!). But, almost as sad, is that even if I did update these past few months, I wouldn’t really have much to write about. I haven’t gotten very many crafty projects completed since my last update.
After tax-time, my husband and I moved into another place which proved to be a larger undertaking than expected (despite the fact that we were only moving about half a mile!). Then summer brought with it convention season and comics shows, and I was busy trying to get some new work projects off the ground. Then my favorite LYS, A Mano Yarn Center, sadly closed. It was here that I used to get most of my knitting done, and once it closed I didn’t have as much of an excuse or drive to set time apart for knitting. (There is something to be said about knitting in company).
I did have some small victories. I completed another pair of socks – my most complex pair yet. Yes, the Rogue Roses from the 2nd shipment of the Rockin’ Sock Club.
They, like most of my projects, took me longer to complete than expected, but thanks to the two-at-a-time method of knitting on one circular, both socks were eventually completed at the same time, and I gifted them to my mom as a belated birthday gift.
I feared they would be too small, but she tried them on and they seemed to fit well (as long as she wasn’t fibbing and her circulation wasn’t really being cut off!). Sock sizing is something I’m still figuring out, but I figure I’ll get better with more practice!
Besides these socks, I didn’t complete anything else the rest of the year except a super-quick Noro scarf and armwarmers (the latter is actually my first completed project of 2010!).
Completing these reminded me of how much I’ve missed knitting these past few months and, even though work is about to pick up again, I hope to carve out some time to return to crafting. Which shouldn’t be too hard because my brother got me a lovely set of Knitpicks’ Harmony Wood interchangeable needles for Christmas, and my husband signed me up for the Rockin’ Sock Club again. (Of course, he didn’t know I only completed 1.5 pairs of socks from last year’s shipments, so obviously I have a LOT of catching up to!)
Let’s hope 2010 is a year of success in creative ventures (and blogging!). My personal goal, as always, is to learn more techniques and knit more socks, and convince my husband he likes to receive knitted things! (I’m still waiting for the day he actually asks me to knit something for him, rather than me forcing woolly things upon him! 😛 ) In fact, he’s lately started wearing only red socks, so maybe that’s a sign! Haha 😀
Well, I haven’t fulfilled my sock itch yet, but I did buy some lovely orange Koigu yarn that is destined to become biking socks! For some reason, I feel a little reluctant to actually cast on. I always feel a little intimidated casting on for a new project – especially with yarn as thin as this. It’s like part of me already senses the hours of work ahead of me and balks a little. So, for now, I’ve mostly been squishing the yarn and appreciating it in cake form.
I did promise myself that before casting on for socks I had to finish one of my other works in progress. I kept to my word and finished my 2nd Hurry-Up-Spring Armwarmer, to go with the first one that I made a year ago!
I guess my knitting has improved because the 2nd one felt much easier to knit and I didn’t mess up on the placement of the thumb like I did the first. However, I realized halfway through that I must have been using a larger needle size than I did on my first armwarmer (either that or my hands have learned to relax considerably) because the stitches looked much bigger. But I wasn’t willing to rip back so I plunged ahead and finished the thing anyway. Now, seeing them side by side, I can see that they are, indeed, two different sizes. Fortunately, it’s not as noticeable when I’m actually wearing them. It’s just that one feels a little more snug than the other.
Anyway, I’m just glad they’re done with.
I have to say that Noro is now one of my favorite yarns… at first I deemed it to be too scratchy and rough, but it really does soften up when knit, and when I wore my armwarmers around one day they felt cozy and warm and not scratchy at all. And the colors are just lovely. I’m already wondering what my next Noro project might be…
I also finished a quickie project the other night – a neck-warmer. My friend Feaver sent me a link online to a shop that sold neckwarmers and commented on how it’d be cool to learn to make one. I agreed, and decided to try one out. It’s basically just a really short scarf, so it flew off my needles.
Speaking of needles, I actually started this project as an excuse to try out my new Lantern Moon rosewood needles that my friend Cecily got for me! They are the most amazing knitting needles I have worked with. I thought I was happy with bamboo… until now! Thanks, Cecily!!
Anyway, I digress. Here’s my finished neckwarmer which I made using Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends Yarn:
I love Alpaca yarn and was excited to see a “cheapie” yarn with Alpaca fiber at my local Michaels. But even though it feels soft to the touch, it’s incredibly itchy against my neck…
Itchy or not, I love the idea of this cozy little neckwarmer, so I’m already planning to make another. This time in orange, and in a much softer yarn: Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky. Yum!
I’ll let you know how it turns out!