WIP Wednesday: Progress on an Oldie but a Goodie

At Knitting Brew Crew last night I got to work on a project that has been waiting patiently for me to return to it for a while.IMG_4553

I finished up the first sleeve and sewed it in to the armhole, tried it on and immediately began the other sleeve. Obviously, this sleeve has not been blocked yet like the rest of the cardigan, I wanted to sew it on before I lost momentum on it AND I wanted to see how it fit into the armhole before I spent all the time and energy knitting the other one so that I would know what mods to make, if any.IMG_4555

I can’t wait to finally have this thing finished! I’m not working on anymore deadline projects until this one is completely done – hold me to that, folks. I hope to have it done by the end of June, it’s only one more sleeve, what could POSSIBLY happen? Amirite? (Or maybe I shouldn’t jinx it)

What are you working on this week? Long-overdue projects?  Quick stuff?  New and exciting things?

FO: A Quick Knit

After spending so much time on my other knitting projects, I just wanted something that was an instant-gratification project.

Luckily, that need surfaced around the time I had an inquiry come in about a custom version of my Shift Knob Cover pattern! (The photo below is my roommate trying to figure out what the heck this thing is)IMG_4552

This little guy knit up super quick and the pattern was easily modified to fit a more spherical knob. I added an extra increase and decrease round and I worked the decreases at the top at a slightly quicker pace to round off the top quicker.

Have you been slogging away on long-term projects?  Or are you into the instant gratification knits too?

A Much Needed Weekend

I don’t know what ya’ll did this weekend, but I had the best time!  I took full advantage of the long holiday weekend here in the States and headed to the mountains with some friends.  Epic off-roading led to our campsite for the weekend in the mountains near Salida, CO.IMG_4182

Friday we woke early (but later than intended) and hiked Humboldt Peak, a gorgeous 14er that ended up being about 19 miles.IMG_4390

The mountain saw fit to grow us our own bouquet and dispersed the flowers throughout the entirety of the hike.IMG_4335 IMG_4325 IMG_4317

Many marmots were seen, more were heard and only a few had the opportunity to be hassled by Miss Mona Lisa.  Both pups took every opportunity to sit in the shade and/or grass on the way down from the peak, they were completely exhausted (as were the people).IMG_4407

Saturday a few of us took some more phenomenal off-road paths and ended up in Great Sand Dunes National Park through the back entrance – absolutely gorgeous drive that most cars can probably not accomplish.  If you can, I highly recommend it.IMG_4501

The Sand Dunes are such a weird thing, totally out of place amidst the mountains and greenery that is the rest of Colorado but very majestic and powerful.IMG_4507

Knitting accompanied me and plenty of drive-time allowed me to make good progress on The Complicated Sweater which I will share with you once it’s completed!IMG_4331

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

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Larimer Scarf

If you want a cozy, massive scarf-wrap-cessory, my latest design which will be published in the Knitscene Fall 2014 issue could be your match!

(C) Knitscene/Harper Point

The Larimer Scarf bares a striking resemblence to the over-sized scarf worn by Mr. Kravitz and even calls for epic fringe-y bits on the ends too.

Bonus: If you wrap this scarf around your neck a few times, it can double as a neckbrace.

The scarf calls for 8 skeins of FibraNatura’s Llamalini in the lotus colorway.  I was a little worries about how the yarn would feel with that mix of fibers but it’s actually very soft and even seems to do well if you throw it in the dryer!

(C) Knitscene/Harper Point

Even with it’s gigantic size, this scarf knits up super quickly on size US 9 (5.5 mm) needle.

Crazy Hail in June

Wednesday morning saw the foggy aftermath of a crazy, relentless hailstorm that was dumped on Fort Collins Tuesday night.  Most of what was on the trees (leaves, twigs, entire branches) are now littered on the ground, snow shovels were brought out to clear the way for cars and bikes (Wednesday was Bike To Work Day), and the place looked like some sort of post-apocalyptic world.IMG_4108

My poor plants didn’t make it so I’m scrambling to get some new ones in the pots.  We’ve still got time, right? I mean, last year I didn’t get my garden in until after the 4th of July.IMG_4126

My car is pocked to death and I’m sure my roof needs some attention.  I honestly haven’t looked that hard yet because I’m afraid of what I’ll find.IMG_4110

At least I have a roof even if it needs attending and it’s a good thing my pup and I were safe indoors during the whole thing, but it was a crazy one!

Have you experienced any crazy weather lately?

WIP Wednesday: Slow Progress

Knitting has been happening around these parts, but not as much as usual.IMG_20140621_152450_794

There has been more park-time, more friend-time and not as much dedicated knitting time.IMG_20140621_114247_959

The Complicated Project got worked on pretty intensely at this week’s Knitting Brew Crew (if you’re in Fort Collins and wanna join, let me know!) and although I think I made a mistake….or six…..I’m going to fudge them and keep right on truckin’.IMG_4131

This is one of those projects that makes me feel guilty if I work on anything else instead of it, so no progress has been made on the orange sweater or really anything else.

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday

The complicated thing has had much progress made, after a few re-starts, and even though it looks like a crumpled mess now, I know it’s going to be a great sweater when it’s done!IMG_4104

The fisherman rib hat is coming along also but because it’s my work-knitting, I don’t have anything better than crappy cell phone pictures to show you for it.  I also made progress on this little hat I think I forgot to tell you about.IMG_4105

I was able to knit on it during the drive to and from the Wool Market this weekend and the color is very cheery :)

What are you working on this week?