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The Rest of 2015

Posted by Andi on January 24, 2016

My last post from a few weeks ago showed the last of my finished objects in 2015. I had a few days left in the year, but didn’t want to cast on anything new because I wanted any new projects to count towards my Winter Camp score, and for that I couldn’t cast on before 7:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.

I decided to go back to my long term work in progress – the Beekeeper’s Quilt. A while back, maybe two years ago, a friend sent me a bunch of fingering weight leftovers. I put them all in a project bag, and tried to make two of each with the time I had left in 2015. I didn’t get through all of them, but I made 24 new hexipuffs.

24 new hexipuffs

For Winter Camp (which I will discuss more in my next post) we can get one point for each hexipuff we do. As such, there was a thread in the Ravelry group where participants posted where they were on their Beekeeper’s Quilts or other sock yarn blankets prior to the official cast on time. For the first time in a long time I counted my hexipuffs and examined my progress.

Beekeeper's Quilt Progress

The bottom part of the picture shows the quilt in progress. There are 86 hexipuffs that are already sewn together. The top part of the picture shows two piles of hexipuffs. I start sewing on from the pile on the left, which has 24 hexipuffs. The pile on the left contains duplicates of puffs already in the blanket or in the pile on the right, and there are 79 hexipuffs in that pile. The total number of hexipuffs I have is 189. I will need to see how big the blanket is once all 189 are sewn together, but I’m guessing I’m close to half done with it.

I was counting my yards in and yards out in 2015, hoping to be around 100% – using or destashing about as much as I acquire. It was a spectacular failure, mostly because I bought several sweater’s quantities of yarn, but didn’t knit them up. I either knit or destashed 12,537.5 yards, but I acquired 16,944 yards. I hope to do much better this year. I can say that so far I have finished a hat (which I will show in my next post) and so far, have not bought any yarn.


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Catching Up, Part 2 – The Last FOs of 2015

Posted by Andi on January 3, 2016

So here we are. The projects that rounded out the year.

First, I apologize for the poor quality of this first picture. I forgot to take a photo before I gave these as a gift, and only had a quick moment to grab a photo after giving it. You can see what the stitch pattern better by looking at photos on the Ravelry pattern page.

Harvest Dew
Pattern: Harvest Dew by Yvette Noel
Yarn: Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stealer in Thus With a Kiss I Die, .66 skein (287.1 yards)
Needle: US 1
Date started: November 26, 2015
Date completed: December 9, 2015

I made these socks for my mother as part of her birthday present. I’ve used this same yarn for socks for myself, and really like the base. It was my first pair of socks with cashmere content, and if anyone deserves socks with cashmere it’s my mom. When I went to the Leading Men Fiber Arts website to figure out which colorway to buy, I started with looking at yarns with pink in them. My mom likes pink. At the same time I happened to glance down on the floor, where I spotted the Amazon box with the books I ordered for my mom as another part of her birthday present. I noticed that one book had a white cover, the other had a violet color. I looked up and saw this colorway – the colors of each book plus pink. Perfect!! It was meant to be!! This yarn was a delight to knit with, and I really enjoyed the pattern as well. It’s great for variegated yarn, so I recommend it if you have a highly variegated yarn but don’t want to knit a plain vanilla sock.

Striped Boomerang
Pattern – Inspired by Dramaticknits’ Foliage Boomerang
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in 8891 Cyan (1.28 skeins, 349.4 yards) and 9570 Concord Grape (.6 skein, 163.8 yards)
Needle: US 6
Date started: October 15, 2015
Date completed: December 22, 2015

This was part of Tim’s Christmas present. I worried this would’t be finished by Christmas. I bought the yarn a while back. Tim picked it out. He saw these two colors in the yarn shop. They were right next to each other and thought they looked nice together. At the time I suggested I could make him a boomerang scarf, since I had made him one before and he liked it. He agreed it would be nice, but suggested that it be more blue than purple so I bought two skeins of Cyan and one of Concord Grape.

I wanted to surprise him with it for Christmas, which meant I couldn’t knit it at home. At least most of the time. I worked on it at knit group. I worked on it on the train once or twice. One of my friends at knit group took pity on me and invited me to her house to work on it one night. I told Tim that knit group was having an extra meeting before Christmas so we could all have extra time to work on Christmas presents. That wasn’t really a lie, since I was with someone from knit group and we were both working on Christmas presents. Finally, to get more time in, I started waking up early and would work on it for some time while Tim was sleeping. Eventually I got it finished, and he seems to like it. He wore it out today for the first time when we walked to the hardware store. He said it was nice and warm.

Striped Boomerang

See… he likes it!!

Pattern: Nuvem by Martina Behm
Yarn: SuhRim Trading Co. Ltd. Muse in 29 – 2.83 skeins (1,709.3 yards)
Needle: US 4
Date started: May 21, 2015
Date completed: December 26, 2015

The shawl that never ends finally ended. I shouldn’t say that. It took this long because I would set it down for weeks at a time without working on it. The rounds eventually got so long that I didn’t like working on it outside the house. It was huge and difficult to maneuver sometimes because I was knitting it on two long circular needles. It’s not a method I particularly like, but it was necessary because eventually the rounds were so big.

It got to the point where this and Tim’s boomerang were the only projects I had on the needles. I was working on this at home, and Tim’s boomerang outside the home as described above. Once Tim’s boomerang was done, I decided to finish this shawl as my last FO of 2015. I worried I couldn’t get it done in time, but I finished it the day after Christmas.

And that’s it. Pretty much. I didn’t want to cast on anything new in the last few days of 2015 because I am participating in Winter Camp 2016, where we couldn’t cast on until 7:00 PM on New Year’s Eve, and I wanted anything new to count toward the camp. More about that in an upcoming post. So I spent the rest of the year knitting hexipuffs. The next post will be about that progress.

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