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we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit – begin!

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while — so much has been going on!  A family member recently passed away, I got a new job that I start at the beginning of August, my car is in the shop and might be unfixable, my mom and I went on vacation, and all of this plus some other big life stuff has got me really busy (not to mention overwhelmed, minus the vacation)!

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit slow with the crafting, but I did want to do a little update post on what I’m primarily working on now.  I have occasionally picked up my king-size chevron crochet blanket but I’ve been really excited about a knitting kit that the nice people at We Are Knitters were so kind as to send me for review: the Abruzzo Sweater kit!  Here’s some of my progress:

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

First off, let me say how grateful I am to them for letting me try out the Abruzzo Sweater kit because I really do love all of their yarn I’ve tried (and I’m not just saying that, I even used it for my free knitting pattern earlier this year, the Olympia Cowl), and I’d been wanting to try a pattern/kit for a while.  So thank you so much to We Are Knitters!

The photo above is the back side of the sweater.  It’s knit with the cotton yarn from WAK & their size 8 (5 mm) needles.  I’m making the size medium using the colors Salmon & Terracotta and I love both the yarn and how the colors are coming together!

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

There will be much more detail in the in-depth review that I will post about the kit once the sweater is complete, and I’ll continue to post progress here and on my Instagram (@notyouraveragecrochet).  If you’ve made this kit or any other kits from We Are Knitters (or even if you’ve just tried their yarn), let me know what you think in the comments!

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a slow start

2017 was all set to be productive and had gotten on a decent roll until I fractured a metacarpal in my right hand on Jan. 31.  They said 6-8 weeks was the healing time, and that’s over, and my hand feels normal.  Just a little pain if I hit it the wrong way on something hard (on accident, of course).  Of course that meant I had to take a break from pretty much everything for a little while, and I didn’t knit or crochet at all for over 2 months (with the exception of trying 1 time before I went to the doctor and found out the hand was fractured).

It’s been hard to get back going.  Ravelry hasn’t enthralled me as much or taken up nearly as much of my time, the projects sitting around haven’t been calling me to get to work.  I’ve bought yarn only once.

Finally the other day though a #widn tag on Instagram prompted me to drag myself out of my lethargy and actually DO something crafty.  I got to work more on my second Arlequin Shawl:

These Knit Pro Zing needles are awesome af for wool or stickier yarns (silk I’m sure would just slide right off).  I really want to get the new circular interchangeable set and the double point sets.  And I’m loving this pastel rainbow yarn from Devon Suns Yarns.  So gorgeous.

There’s crochet stuff to work on too, like my king size vintage pink chevron blanket, but I haven’t picked that back up yet.  Now that I know I’ll need to buy even more yarn and that it will take longer than I figured it has me a bit reluctant.

But at least I’ve got something started, and I wanna pick it up again tonight.  I’ll probably do a life update soon because, you know, life happens.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

who doesn’t like matching hats (& a new blanket)?

Well, maybe some people don’t like matching stuff.  But for realsies guys this is just too cute.

I made my 8th Ribbed Waffle Hat out of the same We Are Knitters The Meriwool yarn that I used to make The Olympia Cowl, and it is so cozy!Ribbed Waffle Hat

Here they are together:

The Olympia Cowl

Really it was below freezing when I took that picture and I had wet hair because I didn’t have time to blow-dry it before work, and I didn’t even shiver or get goosebumps.  So warm.  Amazing.

OK so on to the crochet.  I’ve been wanting to do a blanket for ages and just couldn’t decide what I wanted, then I got some inspiration from Instagram and decided that I would make a giant chevron blanket to cover my king size bed, all in one color.  So I got 20 balls of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the colorway 255 Vintage Pink (100% acrylic, because really, how else could I ever afford to make a king size blanket?), which equals 4,020 yards.

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After looking at how far one ball got me, I’m thinking I may have undershot it a bit:

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I’ll probably need at least one more 10-pack (that’s one of the cool things about this yarn, you can get it in bulk from LoveKnitting and they have so many shades & more types of yarn to choose from).  It’s a good price for the yardage (trust me, I did lots of math comparing other cheap acrylic yarns), & it’s softer than Red Heart Classic/Super Saver yarn, which gives me callouses if I work with it too long.  It should also be hardwearing, which is good since I have a husband and 2 dogs.

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Aside from finishing this project I’ll probably try other types & colors of Paintbox Yarns.  If you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!

OK, well that’s all for today.  I’m gonna go start on the third ball of the blanket, get some dinner, & go to Wing Chun class later.  See you soon, thanks for stopping by!

pattern release: the olympia cowl!

 

I’m so excited to share my very first knitting pattern with you!  I worked very hard to get it just right and I hope you enjoy making it.  If you have any questions or problems, please let me know!

the olympia cowl

difficulty level:

medium

finished size:

22″ circumference, 20″ H

materials:

  • 2 balls of We Are Knitters Meriwool in the colorway Sprinkle Fantasy or 297  yds (272 m) of a worsted yarn of your choice
  • US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24″ circular needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors

the olympia cowl

download free PDF pattern

If you have any problems or questions, feel free to comment or send me a message using the contact form available in the menu bar!  I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

The Olympia Cowl

I forgot my Victoria Shawl!

2017 isn’t starting off great for me.  I’ve been sick since Friday and this morning it was raining & on my first day back to work (bleh) I discovered that water was leaking through the ceiling light fixture near the rearview mirror into my car.  I’m making steps to try and be happier in general though, so I’ll update on those if any come through for me.

Anyway, this shawl was blocked and finished in 2016 but I didn’t add it into my gallery of 2016 projects because I didn’t think it was complete! Turns out it totally was.  I just needed to take pictures, that was the only thing left.  I guess I’ll count it as a 2017 project.

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This is the Victoria Shawl by Sandra Paul (hey that rhymes!).  I used 818 yds of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Seashell (75% merino, 25% nylon/polyamide), which was less than 2 skeins.

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I think I’ll give this to someone for Christmas NEXT year.  BAM, who’s got two thumbs and is already started on Christmas presents for next year?  This girl!

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I also have a scarf and like 5 hats that I can gift as well.  I’m well on my way already!

I’m also well on my way to having my Olympia Cowl blocked and as soon as it dries and I get photos, you get the pattern!

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I didn’t purposefully stretch out the ribs so much, it just kinda naturally happened.  We’ll see what it looks like when it’s dry and I pull out the pins!

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Also for Christmas my awesome in-laws got me the Ikea cart I’ve been wanting (thank you so much guys!!!), and it is now the cart I am using to keep important stuff away from puppies and off the coffee table (which was embarrassingly cluttered):

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And yes, my computer’s at the bottom, but the puppy couldn’t easily get at it.  Here’s what’s on the top shelf:

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3 WIPs, my crochet hooks & notions bags, and a mug and a cup which I have declared exclusively mine so that neither my husband nor his friends will use them and then not wash them.  I am guaranteed to have clean cups.  That’s a big deal, ya’ll.  Maybe if I move my computer I could put my electric kettle and my tins of tea on the cart for convenient soothing beverages.

Ok that’s all for me guys, thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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