Happy Sunday! Checking in with a Year of Projects post today. Year of Projects is a group of bloggers who plans their projects for the year and then blogs about their progress weekly, usually on Sundays. You can find my list for the year here.
I actually don’t have a whole lot to share today. Since I last checked in, I have slowly and surely been working on my baby blanket, and I should finish it tomorrow (or maybe tonight if I stay up for the whole football game?). My knitting has been down a little bit, both because of the busyness that was two weeks ago, and then also because I have been drawn in a bit by other crafty adventures. As you saw in my post Wednesday, I did sew a dress this week, so that took some time! I am going to update my YoP goal to sew at least 6 garments, because I’ve already made two! I made a shirt I didn’t show off, and then this last dress. Plus I have plans to sew at least a better version of the dress and maybe a jumpsuit on my vacation. Yes, I am bringing my sewing machine on vacation because it is a solo vacation and mostly I will just be enjoying alone, free time in a place that is not my home.
Anyway, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to bring on my trip knitting wise. Like I said, I am about to finish the blanket, and I don’t want to start something big and complicated like one of my sweater/shirt stashes. The WestKnits MKAL is starting the Friday I get back, and I know from last year you can’t really do anything else with the KAL if you want to even sort of follow along! I do plan to bring my ace socks (and maybe another skein because I am nearing the end on those) for like “Sit at breweries” knitting, of which there will be a lot), but I don’t want my “me time” knitting to be just stockinette. So ANYWAY, now I’m doing cross stitch!
There’s something so satisfying about switching between worsted weight yarn on size 8 needles and watching a blanket just build up, and then slowly and surely seeing little tiny stitches with string form a pattern. I have cross stitched before, I picked it up in maybe 2016/2017 or so? I really like following a pattern, and how you can get such cool images, but at the time I found it just too weird of a combination of mindless and concentration. I actually made most of that butterfly above when I was into cross stitch. I’ve recently fallen down the rabbit hole of dress history/ costuming YouTube, and the amount of hand sewing shown in those videos kind of got me feeling it again. A few years ago, I got a bunch of flower patterns sent to me from a friend’s grandma who could no longer cross stitch, and I decided that bringing one of these would be the perfect type of project I am looking for on this vacation. I know I won’t get it finished, but I’ve been really enjoying trying to finish the butterfly and I’m looking forward to working on these flowers.
In other random news:
Last weekend, my friends and I were part of a world record at a local farm/ museum – the most people knitting “in the presence of sheep.” We had 230 people, and while the sheep were shy most of the time, it was still a great day just hanging out with fiber friends in some pretty perfect weather.
Check out this awesome mandala my friend Debbie made, and sent to her daughter Leah (wearing the blue shirt in the photo above) to assemble for a local music festival. Debbie was one of the first knitters I met in CT, in the group that eventually lead to the four person awesomeness that is Leah, Jen, Kristen, and I. Crafty friends are such a blessing.
I hope everyone has a great week filled with lots of crafting and awesomeness.