WIPs: Carry Along Projects for February

knitting with cat

I have been a member of the Ravelry.com Carry Along Forum since 2012. Each month we make a list of projects and vote for the 3 that everyone likes best. You can knit whichever one, two or three you like. The only criteria; must be free on Ravelry, and hopefully small enough to take with you on your travels.

This month I have opted to do 2 of the 3 Kals.

Be Simple Variations Scarf

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and

Bandana Cowl

Thinking this might make a nice Christmas present.

Thinking this might make a nice Christmas present.

Both of these came from stashed yarn!

Since 2012 I have completed 30 KALs with this group of great people!

The scrap Jar for 2014 ended up being 58gms!

The Jar 2014 dec 58gms 2013 - 63gms 2012 - from Mar to Dec 40gms

The Jar 2014 dec 58gms
2013 – 63gms
2012 – from Mar to Dec 40gms

January begins the new Scrap Jar for 2015

Slow start for January!

Slow start for January!

WIP List = 8

  1. Zuzu’s Petals
  2. His/Hers Socks
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  7. My Fair Cardi 
  8. Simplicity Lace Scarf   Kal/feb2015

FO’s 2015 = 3

WIPS 2015 = 8

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 5

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 3

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Happy New Year 2015!

Well it has been an active year. 

Fibre related Christmas gifts from my family this year!

Book: Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock (spectrum)

Book: Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock (spectrum)

The last few projects of the year 

Knit by the dozen socks my design 

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks. Modification: Inserted heel rather than Short row in the original pattern.

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks.
Modification: Inserted heel rather than Short row in the original pattern.

My Favourite Top-Down Socks 

These worked up just as nice as My Favourite Toe-up socks.

These worked up just as nice as My Favourite Toe-up socks.

my design – yet to be published 

and I am madly casting off my Hue and Value Shawl 

Hoping there is enough yarn to finish casting this off...

Hoping there is enough yarn to finish casting this off…

As I look back on my New Years Resolutions for 2014, I am stunned by the number of things I finished this year.

In 2011 – 105,

2012 – 78,

2013 – 112 

2014 – 61

It’s been a good year!

Projects in 2014

Resolutions for 2015!

  1. I will Complete 8 WIP’s on my list
  2. I will knit the lovely Madeline Tosh Sock yarn (spectrum) my DH gave me for Christmas 2014! 
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 15 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year! Ok this sounded like a great plan, last year and yes I did parcel up 14 projects ready to go…still there nothing happened. Going to add one more for 2015…
  4. I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves  (update this lasted for 25 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction! Again!
  7. I am counting making my studio usable as a minor success. However the Guyz tidied the house for Christmas and the a lot of stuff has disappeared and 4 laundry baskets are missing, I am guessing where… back on the list since 2013!
  8. I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2015 
  9. I will make my DH and DS each a Scarf this year
  10. I will spin more. I have been spinning a little more, and I need to dig out my sewing machine this year too.
  11. I am going to invest in Shelving and containers and organize (sort of ) my stash and studio. 
  12. I will join Fibreholics anonymous (Just kidding :0)
  13. I am going to use more none virtual patterns, I have loads of knitting books, magazines and patterns I should use them!

Total of 13 Fibre Resolutions for 2015, we will see how this goes :0)

The Jar 2014

I begin 2015 with WIP List = 8

  1. Hue and value shawl 
  2. Left over Cowl 
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  7. My Fair Cardi 
  8. Simplicity Lace Scarf  

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year.

It wouldn’t have been the same without you. 

FO’s 2014 = 61

WIPS 2014 = 8

 Stash Used 2014 = 80 + 3 = 83

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = O

Books 2014 = 37

cya next year :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

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WIP Round up

Bday flowers for fibre friends

I have been experiencing a bad case of ideaitis. An urge to invent something new. So in an attempt to get control of my WIP Count, I thought it my be a good time to review the to do list to maintain some semblance of rationality! So here we go…

The Jar for Jul/Sept (I missed my photo last month)  

WIP List = 11

Quicksilver Lace Shrug

Huston we have a problem!  Finished part a, should be 114st and 31cm... why do I have 126st and 44cm? Ouch!

Huston we have a problem! Finished part A, should be 114st and 31cm… why do I have 126st and 44cm? Ouch!

Flashy Earbud Sweaters done!

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Birch Leaf  

At 26 repeats, why is this ball not getting any smaller?

At 26 repeats, why is this ball not getting any smaller?

My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 

I have been out and about a lot so I have been working on these and other small projects too.

I have been out and about a lot so I have been working on these and other small projects too.

Left over Cowl  

4 of 8 repeats of fairilse design sequence.

4 of 8 repeats of fairilse design sequence.

Cabled Hood with Pockets 

Long enough to wrap around a mug :0)

Long enough to wrap around a mug :0)

Foots First Sox

Finishing the cuff, then insert the heel and done :0)

Finishing the cuff, then insert the heel and done :0)

Sea of Dreams Blanket

3 more repeats to go.

3 more repeats to go.

Isla lace Pillowcase edge  

Only 6" to go!

Only 6″ to go!

Rose Harbour Shawl 

3 more chart repeats to go, far more impressive when stretched out. August too.

3 more chart repeats to go, far more impressive when stretched out.

My Fair Cardi  

Back finished, working on the fronts.

Back finished, working on the fronts.

Simplicity Lace Scarf  

Pattern: Simplicity Lace Scarf in luscious Bamboo fingering from Dye-Version

Pattern: Simplicity Lace Scarf in luscious Bamboo fingering from Dye-Version. I am actually much further along, I just like this picture.

FO’s 2014 = 35 + 1 = 36

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 61 + 1 = 62

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 26

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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Handspinning Demo with the Girlz

Saturday after a delightful lunch at Timmies.  (Tim Horton’s for those nonCanadians, look it up on google)  

The Durham Handspinning Guild

The Durham Handspinning Guild

We three headed to Darlington Provincial Park to Handspin for Pioneer Day. We have been doing this for a number of years.  It’s always loads of fun. We spin answer questions and visit.

Superwash Merino

Superwash Merino

This stuff is a joy to spin 

I actually have more on the bobbin now.

I actually have more on the bobbin now.

Butterfly’s shawl is finished

All that was left. More on this next week.

All that was left. More on this next week.

Little Varya 

A little more progress

A little more progress

Linus scarf /shawlette

I have finished my last shawlette. I plan to revamp my wip list, more on this later.

I have finished my last shawlette. I plan to revamp my wip list, more on this later.

The Jar July/14

The Jar July/14

WIP List = 12

  1. Linus scarf 
  2. Little Varya Started July 29/14
  3. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  4. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  10. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  12. Shazzas Bucket Hat for my June Kal group
  13. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit

FO’s 2014 = 31 + 1 = 32

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 + 1 = 12

 Stash Used 2014 = 56 + 1 = 57

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 20 + 1 = 21

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

(Note for the summer I will only be posting on Weds.)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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WIP Weds: Soper Creek Yarn Challenge

Currently we are having sunny but really nasty cold weather. I am rebelling and put flowers along our driveway!

Currently we are having sunny but really nasty cold weather. I am rebelling and put flowers along our driveway! 6 to 8 weeks till spring in this neck of the woods :0(

Quick note today, I’m out and about for Ash Weds. Church, then the craft group, lunch with friends and off to Knit nite at the LYS. Busy, Busy! Have a nice day. Wishing you all the best through the Lenten Season. 

What a pleasant surprise! My Mittens won 2nd prize in the Yarn Challenge :0)

  O Canada Mittens 

 I’ve made a good start on my Left over Cowl

Chart 1 completed

Chart 1 completed

This is the Jar for Feb 2014

Feb 2014

Feb 2014

WIP List = 11

  1. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  2. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  3. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  4.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  9. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  10. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit
  11. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14

FO’s 2014 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 34

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0) 

 

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Years all!

For info on the past year there is a short note on my last post

Well it has been an active year.

As I look back on my New Years Resolutions for 2013, I am stunned by the number of things I finished this year.

In 2011 – 105, 2012 – 78,

2013 – 112 It’s been a good year!

Update on New Years Resolutions for 2013

 

#1 I will Complete 7 WIP’s that have been sitting around. Done!

#4 I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash! 98% success with this one!

#7 I am counting making my studio usable as a minor success. However the Guyz tidied the house for Christmas and the a lot of stuff has disappeared and 4 laundry baskets are missing, I am guessing where… back on the 2014 list!

#8 I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2013 Woohoo total success!

All the Andy's Capps and 2 scarves.

All the Andy’s Capps and 2 scarves.

And my niece in her “Piles of Smiles Cowl

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#9 I will make my DH and DS each a Hat Another success!

This years Resolutions!

  1. Success!
  2. I will knit both sweater patterns my DH gave me for Christmas 2012! One is almost done
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 13 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year! Ok this sounded like a great plan, and yes I did parcel up 13 projects ready to go…still there nothing happened. Going to add one more for 2014…
  4. Success!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves  (update this lasted for 20 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction! Again!
  7. My studio will be dumped out and made into a haven for Knitting, sewing and scrapbooking! Well it is a mess, but a usable mess!
  8. Total Success!
  9. Success Woohoo!
  10. Last fibre related resolution, I will spin more. I have been spinning a little more, and started sewing more this year too. (see resolution #7)

Added Resolutions for 2014

  • Of the 14 wips I am starting the year with if they are still on the list next New Years, they get frogged!
  • I am going to invest in Shelving and containers and organize (sort of ) my stash.
  • I will join Fibreholics anonymous (Just kidding :0)
  • I am going to reinstitute The Plan: I will cycle through the list of wips one a day till this list gets to a more manageable size!
  • I am going to use more none virtual patterns, I have loads of knitting books, magazines and patterns I should use them!

Total of 10 Fibre Resolutions for 2014, we will see how this goes :0)

The Jar 2013

The Jar Dec 2013  I fill this jar with scraps trimmed from my knitting each year. This year 63gms, (2013 it was 40gms).

The Jar Dec 2013
I fill this jar with scraps trimmed from my knitting each year. This year 63gms, (2012 it was 40gms).

In the spring I will put it all in an onion bag and hang it outside for the birds to use for nest building.

I begin 2014 with WIP List = 14

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec 
  2. Shoulder Shawl  v2 started Nov 14/13 
  3. Northman Mittens  Started  Dec 2/13
  4. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Iced Cardigan  Started Oct 1/13
  7. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  8.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  11. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  14. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2013 =  112 (34 more than 2012)

WIPS 2013 = 14 (7 more than 2012)

 Stash Used 2013 = 99 (11 more than 2012 and I just might have invested in a little more fibre in 2013)

Sewing FO’s = 4 (4 more than 2012)

Books 2013 = 42 (6 less than 2012)

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year, It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

cya next year :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket and on Ravelry.com  

WIP Weds: It’s Fall here in Canada

tami_wip

The leaves are beginning to change, and the weather has been lovely. The air smells like nature is getting ready for bed. Our local farmers market is full of produce.

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 We have started the count down till Christmas. My Brother and his family will be with us this year, so I am also thinking of gifts for 8  people. I have started by looking at my WIP list, and I am also looking in my Ravelry queue for ideas.

I have 3 people over 78yrs, 4 people over 45yrs (1 already looked after) and 3 people between 18 and 23yrs (1 already looked after) Total people at Christmas dinner this year will be 10 people, it’s been 2 years since we have all been together for Christmas!

Christmas knitting: Cabled Hood with Pockets for DS

The actual colour, slate grey

The actual colour, slate grey

It’s been 20yrs since I did any real cabling. I want to thank my friends Shazam and Tina for the assistance with the foundation row.

This photo shows the cable better.

This photo shows the cable better.

This Sept Kal for the Carry along forum on Rav: 

Balls up! 

Just under the wire! Both done for Sept Kal.

Just under the wire! Both done for Sept Kal.

Moving on to Oct Kal for the Carry along forum on Rav: 

Iced

Making this shawl collar chunky sweater for Oct.

Making this shawl collar chunky sweater for Oct.

The Jar for Jan/Sept 2013

About an inch and a half left to fill...

About an inch and a half left to fill…

I’m recycling my vintage glasses! Brass frames, they were expensive frames back then. I bought them to wear with my business suits, briefcase and high heels. They are 25yrs old, cat chewed arm, scratched up, and missing a nose pad now. Happy Camper, I was actually looking through the buffet for something else, found almost ready to expire coupon and my old glasses that were not fit to donate to charity! Don’t know how they survived my medical retirement, all the moves, spring cleaning and purges to be reborn!


Using my mad negotiation skills, got the price from outrageous $109.00 plus tax to recycle them to $40.00 flat, for reading glasses lenses, then I  pulled $50.00 gift card from  my pocket told her to keep the change. lol
New/old improved Brass framed reading glasses… Priceless, and they are recovering the chewed ear pcs and installing new nose pads.

Assorted buttons that are really to small to be used from my button Jar :0)

Assorted buttons that are really to small to be used from my button Jar :0)

To celebrate I invented a new eye glasses chain made of buttons. The lighter side of the me that was, and has been reborn after cancer and career change :0)

Current WIP List (8 + 2)

  1. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  2. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  3. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13  
  9. Mr Bunnstible  started Sept 17/13 – finished Sept 26/13
  10. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  11. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  12. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  13. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  14. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13
  15. Calimetry Started Sept 6/13 finished Sept 6/13

 FO’s 2013 = 92 + 2 = 94

WIPS 2013 = 8 (+ 2)

 Stash Used 2013 = 77 + 2 = 79

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 32

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket 

and on Ravelry.com  

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