Since my last post, I have finished Exploration Station! It is now washed and blocked (stretched) so that all the details and lace features show up better. I am very happy I finished this project. It’s really interesting because I picked this project and these colours for me. This was not going to be a shawl that I gave away or sold. This one was for me. Turns out it wasn’t. While I love the first few sections of the shawl, I’m not a huge fan of the last half. It really is a shame. The pattern itself is beautiful. I personally just don’t like how the colours came together in the end. While my whole knitting group doesn’t agree with me, what can you do? In the end it all comes down to personal preference! Alas!
Here is the finished Exploration Station:
And here is a closer picture of the details:
Since then I’ve decided to work on another shawl that has a touch of spring in it. The colours – pink, peach and yellow – are just so happy for this time of year. The pattern is called Cornwall Coast. So far, I’m loving it!
Stay tuned to see what this one turns into!!
I decided that my sweater was taking just a little too long to complete so I needed to work on something else to get back into the groove.
I thought I would try out Stephen West’s Exploration Station. I thought I needed a bit more funk in my life! So I started by picking out the funkiest combination of colours I could! All these colours I love individuals and together, they just screamed “yes!”
Then I dove right in! I’m not finished the shawl quite yet – hopefully this week – but I just couldn’t wait to share my works in progress!
As you can see, the pattern started with just organic wavy sections. The further I go, the more different the section become! We have strips and now rows of little stars. I’m not sure what the next couple of sections will bring. The couple of samples I’ve seen of the shawl used much more subtle colours so it looks very different than what my shawl is turning into. Stay tuned to see the final product!
Have you been working on anything fun lately?
If anyone was curious what a big box of happy yarn looks like, here you go!
So much happy! The yarn is so soft and I’ve already started planning what I’m going to make! At some point, there will be finished products.
For right now, I’m in the middle of making my very first sweater! Well, not really the middle – more like the beginning. I think this will be a long work in progress. Hopefully not a “heritage project” as they’re called. The ones you start but might take a lifetime to finish!
This particular sweater is called Freeport Cardigan. Here is what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done.
And here is what I have so far:
It is certainly coming along and I’m very happy with it. I’ve had to check in with my knitting group’s expert on a point or two but I think I’ll make it through. At this point, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that it will fit when I’m done!
On a personal note, I volunteered at a conference this past week. It was a very long few days but incredibly rewarding and the last keynote of the conference was no other than David Usher! Moist was the very first band that I ever saw in concert and seeing him speak on creativity was incredible. He and a band member sang a few songs and he stayed for a book signing! I even got a picture with this glorious man! I did my best to not squeal when I was actually talking with him!
I hope you have all had a wonderful week and I’ll touch base soon!
As promised, here is the first of possibly several baby blankets that I’ve knitted!! I have no idea why all my friends have decided to have kids and all at the same time, nonetheless! I’m pretty sure those in question don’t actually read this blog, which in this case, is a good thing! I already started to knit the second blanket. The next one is going to be a pretty purple. Hopefully both will be generic enough in colour considering we don’t know the genders yet. I’m not entirely sure I like the edging on it. Maybe the next one will turn out better but it’s still neat that I managed to finish one!
Next up is my Christmas tree! 🙂 We made to put it all together tonight. We’re saving the decorating until another night. I’m in the middle of making some new ornaments so they had better be dry by the time we want to decorate tomorrow! At some point, my goal is to have a whole tree filled with just homemade ornaments. We’ll have to wait and see how that goes. I may need to search the internets for new ideas.
I’ll have some new adorable Christmas cards to show you next time! Until then…
When I haven’t been making cards, I’ve been going pretty knit crazy lately! I think I’ve been averaging a scarf every 2-3 days. I’m sad that I haven’t really progressed past the scarf stage but at least they’re pretty! I finally made one using a pattern so that’s something! 🙂 Here are the pretty scarves in the pretty colours! I even decided to make some adorable baby scarves, only to learn that you shouldn’t really put a scarf on a baby… Who knew?
I don’t think I’ve yet posted a picture of my completed quilt top! Even though I hate it now, I’m still proud that I made it this far. The next stage is just to actually quilt it altogether. You know, that will only take a year or so. No problem at all!