WIP Wednesday: A Different Kind of Project

The other week I was so frustrated with my inability to knit and therefor my inability to make progress on my long-term projects. I decided to add another hobby to my tool kit. I’ve posted on Instagram before about having learned how to make these wrap bracelets and as satisfying as they are, sometimes I just need a project to sink my teeth into, something that will take hours of dedicated crafting, you know? Having learned how to cross stitch as a kid, I decided that it would be a fun addition to my works in progress and picked up a kit from Joann’s. 

I already know that I haven’t done some things “correctly” but I’m going to improvise and make it work for me. That lighter brown section around the edgings wasn’t supposed to be a whole “x” – just half. And they were supposed to be worked in 2 strands of the light brown but I only worked them in 1. And I didn’t start the project in the center of the motif or the center of the fabric, I started on the lower right edge. 

What are you working on this week? Any recommendations for cross stitching patterns or resources for a newb?

Springtime in Colorado

The past few weeks the weather has been warming, the grass is greening and the trees are blossoming. Ask anyone who lives in Colorado though you and you know that this is not the time to be putting away your boots and gloves.

Throughout March, April and even May we routinely get late-season snow. This weekend we got another storm and I’m hoping that the blooms pull through! The moisture is good for us, we need more wetness to prevent summer forest fires and add to the snowpack in the mountains. 

Anticipating the weekend’s storm, we decided to head out on Friday for a little bit of climbing before the precipitation started. This was our first time out with our new gear and our first time going out just the two of us (plus Lisa, of course). We chose a nearby spot in Clear Creek Canyon that is usually teeming with people but – probably due to the weather and the fact that it was a weekday – we had the entire wall to ourselves!

It felt so good to get out of the city and smell the plants and rocks and rain. It really does a lot to fill my spiritual cup, you know? Is it springtime where you live? What are your favorite springtime activities?

WIP Wednesday: Back to the Hualpa

Happy Wednesday friends! Spring has arrived in Colorado and the grass is greening, trees are blooming and the occasional rain storm is passing through. I love spring, I love love love it. It’s perfect for wandering through the mountains and taking in the views, perfect for cruising just around the block with the dog and perfect for picnics in the grass a the park.

I finished the basic ribbed beanie over the weekend and have started working on my Hualpa Kimono fronts again. I haven’t gotten too far on these but they do knit quickly so I’m hoping to have them finished in no time!

What are you working on this week? What do you love (or not love) about spring?

New Stash

If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen my newest addition the other day!

This gorgeous skein flung its way across the country from Florida to Colorado. It’s a 400 yard/100 gram skein of fingering weight, superwash goodness. Ana Erban of Erban Studio on Etsy dyed it herself and I feel so so privileged to be able to test it out for her!

The colors are so cool and so perfect. I have an idea of what I want to make with this stuff – I definitely want it around my neck because of how soft it is.

Have you enhanced your stash at all lately? Who are some of your favorite indie dyers?

 

WIP Wednesday – A Small Detour

Something different! No, that doesn’t mean that the fronts of the Hualpa Kimono are done, quite the opposite. What it does mean is that the other week during Knit Night at our usual brewery, one of the regular’s asked if he could commission a beanie.

I’m not the sort to say no to people when they ask for knitted things I know will be appreciated and well taken care of and besides, I had just enough of the Kona Sport lying around from the Mountains Beanie to whip up a quick project. It’s the perfect combination of a total colorway, a soft but washable fabric and some stash busting – what’s not to love?

What are you all working on this week?

My Fibreshare Surprise!

Have you heard of the Fibreshare swaps? This is my second one and it’s absolutely just as awesome as the first!IMG_3504

Not only did I receive an awesome haul of yarn (check out that fabulously moody skein of Madeline Tosh!), my thoughtful partner also sent me the cutest project bag and stitch markers along with a pint glass (because she knows how much I love beer).IMG_3508

If you haven’t tried a Fibreshare swap yet, I highly recommend you do! It’s so much fun putting together a package for a yarn-loving stranger and when you receive yours, it’s like Christmas!

 

Movin’ Along

You guys! I’m making progress!

I finished the back piece of the Hualpa Kimono and blocked it over the weekend. The floats that I was worried about did work out for the most part although I’m fairly certain my gauge grew because I was trying to work so loosely through the colorwork. Hopefully this won’t affect my yardage too much, I don’t have a lot of the white color left and I’d hate to run out because my gauge got bigger.

I also started the fronts – yes, both of them. I saw on Instagram that another knitter had done the fronts this way and I thought it was a smart idea! That’s all the white I have left down in that picture, luckily the fronts have much less colorwork than the back but I’m still a bit nervous.

So, fingers crossed I don’t run out of yarn. What did you do this weekend?