Working at Joanns is great for many things, among them is seeing what fabrics we have and when things are on sale. I tend to mostly pay attention to the fleece and flannel. One such fleeces was a beautiful leaf print that screamed autumn which is my absolute favorite time of the year. My wonderful and sweet mother got both the leaf print and a solid orange for me while Joanns was having a 50% off fleece sale.
It took me far less time to do the blanket than I remembered them taking. In less than 2 hours, I had a new blanket! I think next I want to make myself a winter one. It’d be nice to have a couple seasonal blankets.
The yarn has been taking over my desk for some time now. I decided awhile ago that I would make a basket to keep on my desk for the yarn and WIPs that I’m currently working on. It took me awhile to make but when it was done, I was very happy to see it was bigger than I thought it would be.
All the basket is really just five granny squares, one for each side and one on the bottom. And yes, you can see my favorite elf amigurumi in the corner. :3
As it is now friday and I’m actually remembering my knitting blog, I’m going to go ahead and post this at 3am. The last post I made was a WIP Wednesday about my shawl, Seraphim. Well, it’s done. It’s been done. It took some time to get the pretty outside pictures I wanted but I have them!
There is a park near where my brother and I live that we sometimes go take walks. It’s really pretty and has a bunch of neat paths through green areas, perfect for writing inspiration.
I’m so glad this shawl is done. It took me exactly a year and a month. Most of that though, was Seraphim sitting on the back burner while I worked on other projects. It is also my first big shawl done in lace weight.
Pattern: Seraphim Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Raspberry
Recently I’ve taken Seraphim out of hibernation to work on again and finish this time. I’ve finished a total of three bigger shawls, although Laminaria is probably somewhere between shawlette and shawl. Seraphim has finally reach that point where the rows are super long so it takes awhile for one row to get done. It is nice to have that purl row to have a break from the lace.
And a close up of the lace beginning to take form:
I started Seraphim back in July of 2012. Its been over a year now. My goal for finishing it is the end of August. If I do 2-3 rows per day, I should be able to reach my goal with ease.
While one of my best friends was on vacation and thus, not online much, I wanted to knit socks and couldn’t think of a pattern that was perfect for the only sock yarn I’d packed. One of my other best friends came up with the perfect combination and we decided to surprise Rae (the best friend who was on vacation) because we knew she’d squee.
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Thunderhead
Mods: I did 10 rows of ribbing instead of 8 and two full repeats instead of the 1.5 the pattern called for. I’m glad I did because it came out to the perfect length I wanted it.
The main inspiration behind the combo was Mistborn and the swirling mists that come out at night. If you haven’t read the trilogy, go do so now. It is amazing.
They’re finally done! Actually they’ve been done for awhile. I’ve been meaning to make this pattern for a long time, I just never actually did it. It also took me two tries to make a pair of fair isle socks that could go over my heel. They’re still pretty tight too. Maybe the next time I do a pair of full fair isle socks, I’ll go up another size.
Pattern: Norwegian Rose Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Natural and Blue Topaz
Needles: 2mm and 2.75mm
All in all, I’m really happy with the way they turned out.
My birthday is Monday and I wasn’t looking forward to it this year because I figured I’d be spending it without anyone to hang out with. Plans are in the works for me to go spend several weeks with my brother. And a super happy thing came in the mail today, from two of my best friends.
Trindle~ I’d been wanting one after hearing Rae and Cotton talk about them. I just wasn’t going to get one yet. Now I don’t have to because they got me one for my birthday. :3 You can look at the different trindles in Trindleman’s etsy shop here.