Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Since I'm working on a lot of things, it's time to share!

City Creek Cowl in KnitPicks Reverie
Holy cow, I have never used alpaca yarn before let alone baby alpaca and I have to say it is the softest stuff on the planet. If this weren't a gift, I'm pretty sure I'd never be able to take it off. But once holiday knitting is over, I may have to buy more and knit a cowl for myself! It's so snuggly. Also seen in the pick is a cute WIP bag that I got in a tea and yarn swap on Ravelry! HPKCHC has some awesome members and the swaps are a lot of fun. I just recently participated in another, so once I send off my package, I'll make sure to share what I received this week!

Pedestrian Crossing Cowl
I changed my mind about what to knit my younger FSIL. I was worried that one skein of KP Swish wasn't quite enough, so I went with the Pedestrian Crossing Cowl. Honestly I really enjoyed knitting this! The pattern was really easy to memorize, so I took it with me everywhere and finished it pretty quickly even though I'd only work on it for an hour or so at a time. Also Swish is a superwash merino, so it's softer than most wools I've worked with before. I think the next sweater I make in worsted wool will be in this. I do recommend it for people who usually find wool itchy to give it a shot, there's nothing itchy about it. (If you're allergic, though, it'll still irritate your skin.)

So 2 knit gifts down (the PC cowl and the neck scarf from a few posts ago), 1 in progress, and at least one more to go! I am making decent progress! And once I'm done, I can go back to knitting Paulie, which is sitting lonely and untouched in its WIP bag and will do so 'til Christmas knitting is done. :( Soon, Paulie, soon!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas Crafting Planning...

The time of year has come when I need to start planning and making handmade Christmas gifts. I honestly can't believe it's November, but in a way, I'm pretty happy about it! I get to basically non-stop craft from now until Christmas! Well, when I'm not finishing up school work, that is, but I'm graduating in December and senioritis is trying to get the best of me. But papers-shmapers, I just wanna knit. So what are some of the projects I'm thinking of making right now? Let's see!

First up will be for my future mother-in-law (L), some Abra Alba wrist warmers.

via Ravelry
L really, really likes the Pittsburgh Steelers, so I'll be knitting these up in team colors: black for the main color and then red, yellow, and blue for the ripples. I decided to go with fingerless because she can wear these over whatever gloves she likes. My fiance's family moved out to Salt Lake City, UT over the summer and it gets pretty dang cold out there during the winter, so I didn't want to make gloves that might not be warm enough. And then she can also wear them during the spring and fall months that are chilly enough for fingerless mitts!

Next up will be my younger future sister-in-law (C), a Drawstring Lace Cowl.

via Ravelry
C just turned 18 and I honestly have NO idea what she likes other than she really likes the color aqua. Like...a lot. Her room is aqua, her bathroom accessories are aqua, her favorite shirt is aqua. So since she is also out in UT, she is getting a big thick cowl in her favorite color. Most likely Swish Tonal in Blue Yonder.

And for now, my other future sister-in-law (J) will be getting a City Creek Cowl.

via Ravelry
J is closer to my age and has a soft, pretty feminine style, so I'll be knitting this up in Reverie in Regal, since she really likes dark purples. From what I've seen on Ravelry, even though it's pretty fuzzy, Reverie still gives good texture definition but still has a nice soft, halo about the finished pieces. So hopefully it'll be both pretty and snuggly once it's done!

So as soon as I get the yarn and finish the body of my Paulie (which is about 3/4 the way there!), I'm going to take a short break from it and start on these. I also have a hat to make for my friend C and my mom would like a cat bed for her cat, but other than those and some baked goods, I think this will be it for crafting.

Have you started planning for holiday gifts yet? If you have, I'd love to know what you're making!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Win a Wishlist!

Connecting Threads is having a contest to win a wishlist! My wishlist can be viewed here.

It's pretty simple... I really want to make a rain coat at some point and two fabrics from their Soaked Collection are perfect for it. I really want to use the laminated Thunderstorm for the exterior and Raindrops in Jade for the lining. I haven't found a good raincoat pattern yet, but I'm hoping I can find one eventually.

I would also really like to make a quilt out of strips of Bookish. The collection is really bright and fun and I think it would make a good quilt for a bibliophile like me! :)

Connecting Threads has a lot of cute fabric collections as well as thread, notions, and books, so if you're interested in quilting and/or fun fabric, check it out! You could win some goodies!

(Note: I am not affiliated with the website, I am posting this on my blog per rules of contest. All images are borrowed from Connecting Threads.)