FO Friday: Another Viking Helmet

I finally finished this puppy. Once I put my nose to the grindstone, it didn’t take too long to complete but it certainly took longer for me than the past few I’ve made. I wanted to use mostly stash yarns for this one and I accomplished the feat of not having to purchase more yarn! Woo! Stash busting!

This was made for a long-time friend of mine who travels between Antarctica and Alaska primarily but makes a few trips to Denver a year and we always make the time to see each other when we can. I’m excited to see the pictures of this helmet on it’s many adventures!IMG_1791 (1)

I released the Bearded Viking Helmet in 2012 and thought that it was finally time to revamp the pattern! I’m re-releasing it this month and if you use the code viking4life you can get it for 20% now through the end of the month (that’s a good headstart on your Halloween costume)!

What are you working on? Have you finished anything lately?

WIP Wednesday: Mad and Mal

This week I’m trying to focus my energies on that collaborative project I mentioned a few weeks back. I’m knitting it with Malabrigo Twist in a simple rib pattern and really loving the quick knit process. Can you guess what is it yet?IMG_1898

I’m also working on a new hat design I started just the other week. This is being worked out of MadelineTosh Tosh Merino DK in the Maple Leaf colorway. I’m planning on writing up two versions of this hat pattern and offering them both on Ravelry.  I’ll be looking for test knitters soon, if you’re interested drop me a line!IMG_1902

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Olive Garden Shawl

This has been my backseat project for a while and now that I’ve pulled it back out again my worries about running out of yarn have resurfaced.IMG_1858

I’ve got 33g of this lace weight yarn left and I know I won’t be able to get the full size of the shawl out of it but I don’t know exactly how much farther I can get out of it before I need to start the gorgeous border.IMG_1859

What’s your most reliable way to play responsible yarn chicken? I would hate to get close to the end and not be able to finish out all the beautiful edging rows!

WIP Wednesday: Another Viking In The Making

This is….probably…the…fourth? fifth? Viking Helmet I’ve made and although it’s moving along slower than the others (thanks painful ulnar nerve) it *is* coming along.IMG_1855

This puppy has been put into high speed because the recipient of it will be visiting Denver in just a few days and I want to make sure that I can put the finishing touches on it while he’s here.

You see here the first horn and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I wrapped up the first horn while drinking delicious beer at Upslope Brewing on Monday (I love their Thai IPA). In an attempt to outsmart myself and the clock, I cast on the second horn right away and it’s moving along slowly but surely.

What are you working on this week?

WIP: An Update

I told you I’d have a knitting update for you since, well, this is a knitting blog after all (or at least, it started out that way).IMG_1643

I’m trying to do more yoga (ideally everyday but I don’t get too mad at myself about it if I miss a day or two) and I’ve noticed that my wrist pain has diminished quite a bit which means that I’ve had more motivation to knit when I do find a few minutes here and there!IMG_1639

The new collaborative project I mentioned is coming along, albeit slowly. No, it’s not actually cowl…but it will be worn on the top half of the body…does that count? This piece is now at least 5 inches long and is almost ready for the next bit of excitement and shaping. I don’t want to give away too many details just yet, you’ll have to wait for it’s release!IMG_1645

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Something New

Happy Wednesday friends, how is your week going?

I’ve recently re-started (a few times, actually, trying to find the right yarn that I actually have enough of currently in my stash) another custom Viking Helmet for a long-time friend of mine.IMG_0112

The yarn I’m using this time around is a vintage Tweed from Tahki that I picked up in a large LARGE lot of bags full of yarn from the thrift store many moons ago. Obviously, this means I’m modifying the pattern just a tad to fit the gauge of this yarn but the end result should be just as awesome as the others.

What are you working on this week? Do you ever buy yarn from thrift stores?

Summer Fling Bag – Finally Actually Definitely Finished

Originally, I started this bag last year when my momma was visiting me in Fort Collins in May. I finished the knitting portion at that time but always knew that I wouldn’t be using it until I had a lining inside. IMG_0053

Fast forward to this year.

I finally actually sewed in that lining (by hand, badly) and now the bag is usable. It’s small, which has pros and cons, but it’s cute and different and made by me so dammit I’m gonna use it. On the weekends. And when I don’t have to carry many things.IMG_0058

The cotton yarn we used is soft and inexpensive but it also pills a little too easily for my preference, little pink tufts were all over my black tank this weekend (they probably blended in with all the dog hair, I’m glam like that). So if I knit this again in the future I’d use a hardier yarn that also might not sag so much in the strap.IMG_0017

Also, it was this pretty girl’s 7th birthday this past Saturday.

Have you made any knitted bags? Do you use them?

WIP Wednesday: Aaaalllmost

We’re getting there, folks. I start this sweater back in March, according to Ravelry, and it’s taken me quite a bit longer than anticipated. I’m a few inches from finishing the second sleeve and from there, it’s a quick neckband, buttons and a good block away from finished.IMG_9685

(clearly, Lisa felt the need to supervise) The raglan line does look (and feel, based on try-ons during the knitting process) a bit long but I think that’ll work in my favor for layering this sweater with other tops and dresses. The sleeves get quite tight at the cuff and I may end up ripping those out later to loosen them up a bit but I want to wear it a few times first to find out for sure how much looser I want it.IMG_9686

What projects are you making headway on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Milestone Reached

As many a knitter knows, flying time can be excellent knitting time. Although I can’t currently knit as often as I used to, and only for short periods of time, having many hours on planes did (finally) allow me to reach that silly sleeve divide.IMG_0931

Behold. An underarm.

A beautiful thing, ain’t it?IMG_8477

It always seems like those last rows before the sleeve divide are never-ending. What with all those stitches you’re still increasing, all the shaping and growing of the sweater. That divide is still like magic and I love it everytime. IMG_8476

Now, I’ve still got a long ways to go on this cardigan, my momma is whizzing along on hers, at this rate, I’ll catch up sometime next year haha!

What are you working on this week?