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Knitting, Spinning, and Some 2016 Goals

Hello everyone!  This week I have a finished object, some works in progress, spinning, and a crafty purchase to share with you.

Finished Objects:

Last week I showed you the “Wurm” hat that I made for my husband.  This week I finished the fingerless mitts I made to go with it:

WeltedFingerlessMitts

The pattern is “Welted Fingerless Gloves” by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.  I knit them out of The Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted in the colorway “Peat”, on size US 5 (3.75 mm) needles.  I made quite a few modifications to the pattern.  I cast on three fewer stitches than the pattern called for, did two extra thumb gusset increase rounds, cast on three extra stitches after binding off the thumb, and did five rounds of 1 x 1 rib at the top to keep the bind off from curling.  All in all, I’m very pleased with the result, and Dave loves them, so that’s awesome!

Works in Progress:

I finished my first “Vida” sock:

VidaSock1

This is a pattern by Mina Philipp, and I’ve really been enjoying knitting it.  I’m hoping to get the second sock done before the end of January, so I can enter the pair into a KAL (knit along) that Mina is hosting through her podcast (The Knitting Expat Podcast).

I also dug out an older work in progress:

HitchhikerPurpleYellow

This is the “Hitchhiker” Shawl by Martina Behm.  I’m knitting this with A Hundred Ravens Aesir in the colorway “Urban Spring”, on size US 6 (4.0 mm) needles.  This is the second time I’ve knit this shawl, and probably won’t be the last.  Andi, of the AndreSue Knits Podcast, is hosting a Shawl KAL and I plan on entering my Hitchhiker in that.

Spinning:

I finished spinning the Malabrigo Nube fiber I was working on:

YarnZarzamora1

It is 100% merino, and I ended up with two skeins, each with about 240 yards in a sport weight.  I’ll be adding this to my shop the next time I do an update.  (I’m not sure yet when that will happen.)

After that I spun up some hand dyed merino / yak / silk top from Port Fiber:

SeaUrchinYarn

I finished this skein today, washed it, and it’s currently on the drying rack.  This will probably also be in my next shop update.

Next, I think I’ll start spinning some hand dyed BFL wool / Tussah silk from Greenwood Fiberworks:

PaperRosesFiber

The colorway is “Paper Roses”, and I think it will make a lovely Valentine’s Day themed yarn.

Crafty Purchases:

I have a crafty purchase I forgot to share with you last week:

DriftYarn

This is The Uncommon Thread Uncommon Everyday in the “Peat” colorway.  I purchased it for the “Drift” Sweater by Kristen Finlay.  Here’s what the sweater looks like:

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(Photo is from the pattern.)

One of my crafty goals for 2016 is to knit more garments, and “Drift” will be my starting point.  I’m not going to cast on quite yet though, because one of my other crafty goals for 2016 is to get my number of WIPs (works in progress) under control.  I’ve ripped out several really old projects that I just don’t like anymore and didn’t want to finish, and I’m going to try to finish one or two other projects before casting on a new sweater.  We’ll see…

Anyways, that’s it for this week.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

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