Oh, I’ve been remiss.

The holidays came and took over my life as well as overtime in my regular not as exciting day job.

We had such wonderful holidays and I hope you all did too.  So many toys!  They are still all over the living room with no homes yet in the bedroom.  Here’s a picture of my muffin with her Christmas Sweater on, waiting, umm not too patiently to go to her grandparents to open even more gifts.

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Since Christmas, I’ve been working on selfish items.  I’ve knit one pair of socks

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The second pair is a short row heel which I’ve never tried before.  I’m expanding my horizons this year!  I typically do cuff down, slip stitch heel with gusset.  This year, I’m branching out.  There are so many other sock techniques out there and I want to try them!

What are you working on?

Make it Monday!

Still chugging along on the Christmas presents.  I don’t have much to show so I’ll share the patterns I’m working on.

Fond of You by Jenny Wiebe

Flax by Tin Can Knits

Evanlyn by Kaitlyn Yeager

Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke (more on this in another upcoming post)

Plain Socks without a pattern

Diamond Cowl by Me (pattern will be published in I Like Knitting February 2015)

Still on the to do list:
Sayers Hat by Me

Sayers Scarf by Me (Pattern coming soon)

Sayers Mitts by Me (Pattern coming soon)

Runcible Hat by Nina Machlin Dayton

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

Once again this year, I am a proud participant of the Indie Design Gift-A-Long being hosted on Ravelry.  This is a huge event.  I hadn’t expected it to grow as much as it did this year but am so so excited it has.  How it works is, starting today, November 13th at 8pm EST 293 independent designers on Ravelry will have over 3,800 patterns on sale for 25% off using the code giftalong2014.  In my Ravelry Shop, all of the paid for patterns are eligible but each participating designer that has a bundle in their Ravelry Shop that lists the patterns they have that are eligible for the sale.

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Coinciding and following the sale, there are a ton of KAL threads, games and approximately 2000 prizes to give away in the group.

I hope to see you there!

All stats are courtesy of 80skeins and her infographic.  Thank heaven for people like her to feed my need for stats without having to figure it all out myself.

Make it Monday! – Whoa a sweater edition

What am I working on this week?

Well, Christmas knitting of course!

On Saturday night, I decided that most of the gifts I’ll be giving this year will be knit.  What does this mean exactly?  Today, I created a list which is wayyyyyy longer than I anticipated.  I knew I was going to knit a sweater dress for my daughter as it is already started but hmm, maybe the socks she’s been asking for as well.  Then I thought about my side of the family.  My brother could use a hat, his fiance could use another hat and mittens, maybe my mom would like a hat and scarf, well hmm how about my nephew, he could use a sweater and mittens, my sister-in-law asked for a pair of socks, and so it went.  I think the list ended up with 14 things on it.  Holy moly!  That will NOT be happening before Christmas.  Oh and, I have some commissioned knits that are also due before the end of the year.  We shall see what I get done by the end of the year.

Currently on the needles:
Flax by Tin Can Knits in Plymouth Encore in three colors and to add just a little more interest there is an arrowhead lace detail on the sleeves.  It is being knit in the 8-10 year old size with size US 8 (5mm) for the ribbing and US 9 (5.5mm) for the body.  The colors are almost accurate.  The dark color is actually a plum not a navy as my screen is showing but the other two are pretty true to color.

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Make it Monday – Lots of Finished Edition

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I have a ton to report here!

Finished Objects:
Adult Lattice Hat  – my own test knit of my upcoming hat pattern
Child Lattice Hat – same as above
Mustard Diamond Cowl – pattern for I Like Knitting Feb 2015

In progress:
Plain Socks – some plain socks in Cascade Heritage Paints – finished one sock and the cuff and half leg of the second
Corncob Mittens – an upcoming mitten pattern in which I miscalculated yardage and have mittens made out of two different yarns

Time out:
Periwinkle Sheep Fingerless Mitt – no progress on these at all, will be a spring pattern
Diamond Cowl – zero progress this week

I frogged the snow cone shawl.  My heart wasn’t in it right now.

Make It Monday

Good Evening! (the edition without a picture, ho hum)

FINISHED:
Hat made out of the Ella Rae Classic Superwash  Its a magazine design, sorry no pictures.

Baby test knit of a pattern I’m hoping to release by the 30th.  It will be available in three sizes, baby, child and adult.  My test knit was made from Lion Brand Wool-Ease.

IN PROGRESS:
Cascade Sock – finished the leg, heel flap/turn, and gusset decreases, just straight knitting until the toe left

Mustard Cowl – finished one ball of yarn, need to continue to work pattern through second ball of yarn

TIMEOUT (no love this week):
Snow cone Shawl – not a singe stitch

Periwinkle Sheep Fingerless Mitt – not a single stitch, this mitt only needs a thumb