knitting

Finished: Little Cotton Rabbits Bunny + New Instagram

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For years, I've been following the Little Cotton Rabbits blog, dreaming of the day I'd either have enough talent to make a bunny myself or the good fortune to purchase one from the source.

Needless to say, I lost my mind a little (in a good way) when she released her bunny pattern awhile back, which means I purchased it immediately

But I still consider myself more an intermediate knitter than advanced, and to me, the Little Cotton Rabbits creatures seemed beyond my skill set. Except I'm trying this new thing where I stop doubting myself with everything and plunged into a wee bunny project for my mom's birthday.

Here's the deets:

Pattern: Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress by Julie Williams
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK
Project Link: Ravelry

I quickly discovered I loved making this bunny - it was faster than I thought (even with seaming, which I shockingly didn't mind) and I loved stuffing the face to make it look as fat and happy as I envisioned. It didn't take long for her to come to life in my hands.

So all-in-all, I'd consider her a success; I even got commissioned to knit two more! All she needs now is a name. My mom and I are looking for inspiration, so feel free to throw your hat in the ring with suggestions :)

PS: I started a knitting-only instagram account that you can find here: https://www.instagram.com/jennlikesyarn/ - I'd love if you could join me in my adventures!

Finished: Kindness KAL Shawl

Once again, I'm behind on blogging. Which, let's be honest, isn't surprising because I always switch my hobby to obsessive reading in the summer. As usual, my Goodreads list has grown exponentially in the past few months, with many thanks to my recent subscription to Book of the Month.

Kindless KAL Shawl by Jaala Spiro

But don't worry: I've picked up my needles again and am finishing a bunch of projects I started before my week-long Vegas vacation my girlfriends and I took for our birthdays (oh, did I forget to mention I saw the Backstreet Boys while there? Twice? You wish you had my life.)

One of those projects was the Kindness KAL Shawl that I started... I don't even know when. I think it was before I left for a conference in April. Regardless, it took me forever to knit and even longer to block because it sat around in a box for what's going on three months.

I promise I'm responsible.

The biggest reason I knit this shawl was because I'd recently acquired (read: hoarded) a massive stash of the new-ish Knit Picks Stroll Gradient. I'm officially in lerve. I've always had a thing for long gradients and the easy effect they can add to simple knitwear designs, but the only ones I've found in a usable quality have been hand-dyed and kinda pricey. Y'all know I'm a huge fan of indie dyers, so I don't say that to knock them, but it's great that I can now have the option to buy these, too.

The colorway I selected is called Unicorn Princess. If you have to ask why I chose that, then you clearly don't know me at all, nor have you paid attention to this blog. I say to you: UNICORN. PRINCESS.

Anyway, I finally got around to blocking the heck out this thing over the weekend. I opted to block it in a round formation instead of pulling the lace pieces down. Why? I'm not sure. I went a little crazy with pinning it down and that's just what happened.

So that's the latest "off my needles" update. As far as other life stuff, I've mostly been busy with work, light traveling, visiting with friends, and planning more upcoming light travel. Musikfest just ended in my area, too, so I was able to see a bunch of good bands I like and eat poutine. All in all, it's been a win of a summer.

In the meantime, I'm:

Reading: The Blinds
Listening to: Gogol Bordello - Wonderlust King

Finished: Vanilla Latte Socks

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Well, that didn't take long. I was able to bang these puppies out in less than two weeks, partially thanks to my husband being stuck in the hospital all day for gall bladder surgery. After having to check in at 5AM and not getting dismissed until 3:30PM, it's easy to see how I got so much done. Including several naps in a pretty uncomfortable plastic chair.

Anyway, he's home and resting now, and I'm loving my new finished socks - only my second finished pair! I haven't accomplished any of my other goals for 2015, but at least I'm blowing through my one goal of "finish one freaking pair of socks". Now I've got two off my needles :)

For more information, or to download the free pattern, click here to visit my project page. This is such a great pattern for beginners and experts alike, and has enough design features to keep you interested in knitting around and around and around for 7" (or sometimes more!)

In the meantime, I'm...

Knitting: Anne's Sweater + Another Pair of Vanilla Latte Socks
Reading: To Kill a Mockingbird
Listening: Chappo - What Are You Kids On?

In Progress: Anne's Sweater (Green Gables Knits)

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After waiting impatiently to receive the yarn I needed (and after absorbing myself in the world of sock knitting), I was finally able to cast on my Anne's Sweater last Sunday morning while relaxing with a bunch of built-up knitting podcasts on my "Watch Later" playlist.

I don't want to get into much detail because I'm reviewing the pattern and overall book (Green Gables Knits) in an upcoming publication, but let me just say: WOOHOO!

Anne was my childhood hero and she still holds an important place in my heart, so I'm more than excited to knit a project that reminds me of innumerable days and nights spent reading her books.

In the meantime, I'm:

Knitting: Vanilla Latte Socks + Anne's Sweater
Reading: Lady of Hay
Listening: Jungle by Emma Louise

Finished: Rose City Rollers Socks

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And they're done! My first pair of finished socks. Turns out all I needed was a bad week full of frustrating experiences to make me focus on anything other than the axe wound that is my life. Oh, and it helps that the leg on these socks barely exists, so it's essentially just turning a heel and making some toes.

Indeed, Rose City Rollers is the perfect sock pattern for newbies. It's straight-up stockinette stitch, so you don't have to worry about purling if that's not your thing. Also, the pattern goes into enough detail that you begin understanding basic sock construction, and two toe options are provided so you can alter the sock to either fit your foot or visual preference.

I flubbed up a bit on the toe, but I'm pleased nonetheless. I even managed to almost perfectly match the stripes. As a result, I've officially been bitten by the sock-knitting bug, as I've already cast on another pair in some Knit Picks Felici that I scored from their latest limited stash release (which is nearly sold out, so get it while the gettin's good).

In the meantime, I'm:

Reading: Lady of Hay
Knitting: Vanilla Latte Socks
Spinning: More Hobbledehoy fiber on my new AaronMakesStuff spindle (review coming soon!)