WIPs and plans, Week 51-52

My current most favourite WIPs include just a few things. Quite a few different shawls! The first is my failed OWL from Fall term this year, the Ley Lines shawl. I’ve found some new energy for this one now that several big projects are finished which makes me happy :) I’m into the fourth section out of five, but as this shawl is assymmetric, I’m just past 45% in stitch counts. Getting there :)

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The second is a proper lace shawl out of Tosh Merino Light. Despite my firm belief that I don’t like singles yarn, I love this one. Pfft ;)

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The pattern is called Soli Deo Gloria. It requires concentration in just the right amount for me :) In the pic you can also see one of my newest acquisitions, a needle holder for WIPs. Super smart and keeps your knitting on the needles! It’s from Kitchen Counter Crafter :) I got this one and a bag in the same fabric, love it so much.

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Those are the WIPs that get the most attention right now. Since I went on Christmas Break yesterday, I’ve also got some spinning and weaving done which is lovely. I’m planning/dreaming of future weaving projects with the lovely Finnish wool warp yarn I got for my birthday. I hope to use up more of my handspun this way, maybe even make a “mix-and-match” blanket out of panels of handspun. Or a ruana. Or both :)

Plans also include a crocheted blanket. I want to prove to myself I can do it and not abandon it like I’ve done with most blankets I’ve started. I’ve not yet figured out the magic word or project though that will keep my interest enough. We’ll see :)

Spinning WIPs

My spinning WIPs aren’t near as numerous as the knitting and crocheting WIPs, so I thought I’d start with an update on those :) But first, a hightlight of some yarns I’ve finished since I last blogged!

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From upper left and around: BFL from Three Waters Farm (TWF), Merino batt from Nunoco, Superfine Merino from TWF, my OWL spinning with fiber from TWF, Moods of Colors and Greenwood fiberworks, and last a Targhee from TWF.

I joined a fiber club from Three Waters Farm called Top of the Month, which is so much of my spinning is their fiber :) They have lovely colors!

Spinning is like my meditation, I spin mostly for the joy of it and not to have a finished product. Sometimes I want the yarn for something special, but mostly not. At the moment, I have three WIPs going, although one is very close to finished (it’s plied and resting on the bobbin). That is a merino and milk fiber blend from Nunoco, here it is resting

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The second WIP is a TWF braid of Corriedale, the first single is soon finished and then onto chain plying. I don’t have any pic of that, apparently. It’s drafting nicely and I really like Corriedale as a spinning fiber. It will be interesting to see how it is as yarn :)

The last spinning WIP is a superfine merino from TWF

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It is really soft but does not draft as easily as Corriedale or BFL, so it can hurt my hands if I’m not careful. This is the second skein I spin from this braid and I’m planning to use it for weaving a scarf later :)

I hope sharing my WIPs like this will get me moving on finishing them :D

[English] A year in review (YOP #26)

I’m doing a combined “year in review” and “year of projects” post today. I’m still att my parents’ but I want to post this up before the new year :)

2013 was the year I learned to crochet and found out was the most awesome of hobbies. I’ve loved yarn since I was a kid, but I’ve never been able to actually use it for something. I dabbled in knitting during school and a short time during uni, but it never caught on. Maybe it was just too hard, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood yet, I don’t know. Now I have an awesome hobby which also lets me buy lots and lots of yarn!

What convinced me to learn crochet? I’m not sure what was the deciding factor, but I know Lucy of Attic24 and her wonderful creations was one of the big reasons. By reading her blog, I got the feeling anyone could do this because she makes everything seem so easy and fun. I think her second ripple blanket was the one biggest inspiration!

Interlocking ripple from Attic24

Apart from Lucy, my other inspiration to start crocheting was the cute amigurumi I found, and especially sweets and cookies. I’m not creating a lot of those anymore but I loved making them! Need to get back to it someday :)

Below you’ll find a gallery of most of my makes for this year. Not all of them, that would never fit into a blog post, but those I’ve liked most for some reason.

Crocheted sweets

These are some of my first creations :) I especially like the sheep, it was only my third amigurumi but turned out super cute!

Amigurumi etc

Some more amigurumi and other crochet creations. Need to use that crocodile stitch some more.

Attic24 inspiration

A very happy girl who just received her Lucy pack! And my Lucy-inspired creations.

Doilies

Doilies!

New adventures

I love shawls! This picture also shows my adventures in knitting and spinning :)

YOP-wise, I haven’t done much over the holidays. I’m crafting every day but I started a silky shawl just before we left (22 Dec) and that’s my main focus right now. I have a few plans for new items I want to make and I’m dreaming of buying a spinning wheel but I’m trying to relax and just enjoy the slowness of the holidays atm :) I was also sorted in the Harry Potter House Cup on Ravelry (Huzzah Hufflepuff!) so I’m hoping for a fun and challenging year ahead! Since I’m sorted, all new items have to wait until the 1st so I can use them for points in the cup.

It has been a wonderful year and I’m really looking forward to another year of crafting. Over the last couple of days I’ve read a lot of year end reviews from my favourite blogs and I feel so inspired. There is so much left to learn and so many things to create! One thing that hit me though is that I love reading blogs with beautiful photos, both of nature and crafting, but I can never be bothered myself. I think my resolution for the new year should be to take more photos of my everyday life and give more love to my crafty makes and take the photos they deserve. I’m not a photo genius but I think I could still do a bit better :)

To a lovely, productive, relaxed year!