it’s been a long time

So I haven’t been very busy lately with my yarny crafts.  Here’s what I’ve got:

My Weasley Sweater is at 20″!  That means I only have 6 more to go before I start the shoulder shaping stuff.  I’m excited.

The last photo is the closest to its true color.  It’s a dark gray, almost black.  There’s no red to it, actually.

So that’s all for now.  Sorry it wasn’t much.  I’ve been really lazy and doing summer school stuff, as well.

new yarn for more new projects

I’ve got so many WIPs right now!  There’s the little diamonds afghan, the kitty ripple and the Hermione hat, and the socks (which I have not touched at all).  Even so, I’m starting more projects.  Mom liked my wrap so I told her I’d make her one, too, and the yarn just came in!  She wanted an off-white, creamy color, so I got more KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Oyster Heather and Cream colors, which are so similar you can barely tell the difference in my pictures:

Again, the pattern for this is here if you want to check it out.

My second new project is a knitted Weasley sweater from “Harry Potter.”  It’s my first time knitting a sweater so I hope it goes alright.  I got some Universal Yarn: Classic Worsted in Night and Primrose shades (the Primrose is for the giant H that goes on the front — H for Hannah).  I know it’s nerdy and I know it’s knitting, but I can’t help but give it a shot, it makes me so happy.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

The bottom edge is supposed to curl.  Measuring from the curl up I’ve got 8 inches so far (done in 3 days), which is good progress, I think.

The yarn is an acrylic/wool combo, so it’s soft but should be warm, and should keep shape pretty well.  It was also pretty cheap, at $5.50 a skein, so since I’ll need about 10 skeins (according to the yardage required by the pattern), I’m glad I found this yarn at the local yarn shop.

Hopefully next time I’ll have more progress on crocheted items, and I’ll try to keep my Weasley sweater posts to a minimum since it is knitting. See you next time!

gonna be toasty

I finished the cardigan!  I think it turned out pretty well.  Ready for pictures?  I must warn you, nobody was home with me so I had to take them in the bathroom using the mirror.  Sorry about that.

It fits pretty well.  I just need a big button to hold it together in the front and I’ll be ready for the cold English weather!  Or more ready than I was, at least.

I’ve also been working on my first knitted sock, and after much frogging and re-doing, I finished the provisional cast on toe:

I must say I’m pretty proud of this, considering it took me hours and hours of video watching and frustration.  Hopefully it will go smoothly from here on out, although I have some nervousness about the heel.  And as slowly as this is going, I’m not really sure if these socks will be keeping me warm this Christmas or not…

Well that’s all for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

sweater progress

As a break for my fingers from the killer blanket in progress, I started the sweater that everyone suggested after my last post.

But so far I’ve just got this:

It’s the back panel and the front 2 panels sewn together.  Now I’ve just got the sleeves and the collar/rest of the bodice.  I’m regretting using the Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool simply because the tweedy look hides the pretty shells and little lacy panels.

It fits though (so far), so hopefully it will look really awesome when I’m done.  We’ll see.  If it doesn’t, I’ll make another sweater!  It’s coming along so fast that I figure I’ll have enough time to do something else before Christmas…

I’ve been busy!

So the semester is coming to a close, and I have one more paper to finish up before I’m done with my second semester of grad school!  I’m so excited for Christmas break, during which I plan to both knit and crochet like mad.  Hopefully that means more posts coming your way!

I’m hoping it actually gets cold here — today it was around 45 but I’d like it to be colder so that I can model more of my creations in public!  I love showing off what I’ve made not because they’re exceptionally good (because they’re really not), but because I made them and they make me happy.  I’ve already given a bunch of simple crocheted hats to my school friends for Christmas — it’s really gratifying to see others wearing things I made!

I’ve actually got some new things to share today.  First off, my sweet baby pitbull, Zero, models her scarf/bow and her granny square sweater.  The sweater was a spur-of-the-moment creation, and it’s meant more to keep her warm than to be stylish, but I figured I’d share anyway.

I was making her sweater instead of doing the homework on the floor beside her:

And finally, I’ve been working on knitting the HBP Hermione hat (pattern available in the ‘knitting corner’ section), so this is where I am, with the real pic to compare:


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