FO Friday: Hualpa Kimono

Guys, this post has been a long time coming! (We got finished project photos while we were slacklining so ignore my funny faces and weird stances!)

I hardly made any mods with this pattern – I did add a few rows of garter to the neck edge along the back piece, I didn’t like the way it rolled and you could see the wrong side of the work there. Other than that, I followed the pattern directly as written!

I really like the colors, especially how vibrant the blue is. My biggest beef with the wearability is that it slides off my shoulders very easily – I think I’ll add an icord or crochet chain between the shoulder seams to try and keep it in place a bit better.

Do you have any finished projects this week? What spring/summer knits have you got going?

WIP Wednesday: Back to the Peony

This poor little shawl has been my “purse knitting” for months but hasn’t gotten much actual love until just the past few days! I’m loving the yarn (Hazel Knits Entice MCN) and how it’s working up in the almost-linen-stitch pattern. The little bit of cashmere must be working it’s charm on me – I love feeling it flow through my fingers and the color is to die for!

I’m only a few rows away from starting the eyelet section and I’m looking forward to having a new shawl, a quick(er) project and the freedom to cast on something totally new!

What are you working on this week? Be sure to come back Friday for photos of the Hualpa! It’s finally done😀

WIP Wednesday: Almost There!

I debated writing this post today. These fronts are so close to being finished that I kind of wanted to wait and surprise you all next week with the finished kimono!

As of this picture, these fronts are only a few rows away from being bound off, then it’s straight into a bath and block, then seams, little armhole edges and fringe and it’ll be done! Writing it out like that makes the process seem long but I don’t think it’ll take more than an hour to seam, maybe an hour for the armhole edges and probably another hour for fringe – soooooo T minus 3 hours + blocking time? That’s so quick, right?

Aaannndddd it doesn’t look like I’ll be in danger of running out of any of the yarn!

What are you working on this week?

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?