Friday, January 9, 2015

So far this year....

  We are on our way with 2015 and I thought I would talk about my first finished objects of the new year. Spoiler alert - there is NO knitting!

  My biggest Finished object this year would be the 6 scarves I double crocheted for the Pine Ridge Reservation. It was fun to work with the bright colors and crochet just goes so much faster than knitting for me. I started these in December and had hoped to get them finished and in the mail by Christmas, but it was just too hectic and I didn't get enough time to get them done, so they went out in the mail yesterday.

  I didn't put much detail into my Ravelry page about these scarves, (they are all double crochet and I mostly winged it) but if you are dying to know what yarn I used for one of them or want more information, feel free to pop over HERE and have a look.

  The other finished object I have to share is a scarf I made for myself. We went to Michaels Craft Store on New Years Day and I spotted fleece yarn in a cheetah pattern and I had to have it! And yes - that means the first day of 2015 I purchased yarn! No yarn diet for me!

  The scarf is Double crochet with a size L (8.0 mm) Hook. I used two skeins of the Premier Yarns Cuddle Fleece in the Cheetah colorway. (You can see my Ravelry project page HERE.)

  It wasn't too bad to work with, but the end product was a bit stiff. I am hoping a run through the washer and  dryer will help soften it up a bit. I wore it to work the day after I finished it as we had a -35ºF wind chill and I wanted to be warm! It worked - but turning my head with this around my neck while driving to work was a bit of a challenge. 

  Part of the joy of Ravelry is that I can keep track of all my statistics. I tag my projects as I go, and so far for 2015 I have used  1,259 yards of yarn. Neat! 

  And that is all I have so far. My hope is to finish some socks that I started in the fall of 2014, and do some WIP (works in progress) busting over the winter, but we shall see. The need for scarves and mittens For the Children of Pine Ridge is great, so I will probably be working toward that rather than focusing on WIPs. 

Happy knitting everyone and Stay Warm!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it? 2015 is here! I find that amazing. 2014 went by in a blink. It was a really busy year at our house with new jobs, school, a certification exam, two surgeries on our dog Emma, and lots of knitting. 

When I went to Ravelry and clicked on the projects for 2014 I was surprised by how few projects I had completed when I compared it to other years.

I feel like in previous years I had more projects because I was knitting larger yarn, larger needles, and more hats. This year I managed to finish 6 pair of socks.  Two pair below are knit in worsted weight (Large picture and 2nd picture on right side), one is bulky (purple slipper socks), the blue socks on the lower corner are sport weight, and the two socks under the large photo are fingering weight.  

So according to Ravelry in 2014:

I used 2,684 yards of yarn in 14 projects 

6 projects were socks and I used 1,333 yards of yarn on those.

6 projects were charity and I used 1,169 yards on those projects

1 hot water bottle cozy with 124 yards

1 Malabrigo hat with 58 yards.

 I know I will beat all those totals next year. Can’t wait to get started!  


Have a happy, healthy, and safe 2015 everyone!

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