2015 Second Quarter Stash Report

Here we are at the halfway point of the year already!  June went by in the blink of an eye for me because I spent most of it traveling.  Halfway through the year and halfway through the summer (for school).  This quarter I had a lot of crafting adventures – a friend’s bridal shower, Maryland Sheep and Wool (MDSW) Festival, Great Lakes Fiber Festival, handling alpaca at the local farm, seeing the Mount Vernon sheep in person, AND the ultimate – my first visit to WEBS, the biggest yarn shop in the United States!  I was so happy to squish all the yarns in person.  I also went in with a plan in mind – find DK yarn for the new Paula Emons-Fuessle pattern.  So I did just that, finding a Rowan DK closeout for $20.  Just $20 in yarn from WEBS?!  I know!  It’s like the first time I went to MDSW…a lot of self-restraint.  I still have a lot of work to do the rest of the year to stay ahead!  Here is the official stash report.

Fabric Update: (Really?  I still haven’t sewn anything this year?  Wow!)

Used Year to Date: 0 yards

Added Year to Date:  3.5 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -3.5 yards

Fiber Update(I made some progress here!)

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  12 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  38 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  594 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  20 ounces

Follow Your Arrow KAL 2015

Yarn Update: (I could go the rest of the year without buying yarn…don’t I always say that?)

Knit Year to Date:  4,354 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  745 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 6,198 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  150 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   120 yards

Hope your first half of 2015 was as wonderful as mine!

Wall of Shawls

One of my new year’s resolution for 2015 was to create the “wall of shawls” in my bedroom.  The goal was to get all of my handknit shawls and scarves out of a plastic bin and on display so I could see them in all their glory and hopefully wear them more often too.  First, we had to paint the bedroom (a nice shade of burple – right in between blue and purple).  Then I had to decide how I wanted to hang the shawls.  We thought about a big piece of lattice.  I searched high and low on Pinterest and only found displays of a couple shawls at a time.  I thought about a lot of different options from Amazon.  I finally stumbled on a coffee mug wall rack.  Great price and long pegs for my shawls to fit on.  Perfect.  Two of these hold up my wall of shawls.  I have already ordered a third one for the second bedroom (a mini wall of shawls for guests to admire).  I unveiled the wall of shawls to my friends on Wednesday night when they were over for knit night.  There should almost be music playing softly in the background.  It is a stunning display and I love it!

Parker’s Log Cabin Blanket

Once my sister told me she was pregnant earlier this year, I wanted to knit all kinds of projects for her.  But we did not know the gender yet and so of course a blanket made sense while I waited.  My local knitting group was just finishing up the Blanket of Love and I wanted to make more squares!  So I picked out six colors of Vanna’s Choice at Joann’s and got started.  Even though Vanna’s Choice is a 100% acrylic yarn and non-snobby, I really do enjoy using it for baby and kid projects.  It has a nice thick consistency and rich colors.

I just jumped into the project, knowing I wanted to stick with the red/orange and yellow centers in the squares.  I only bought one ball of each color to start…but then once I saw that the balls made exactly four squares…and four squares was a good size for a baby blanket…I stopped there!  I love the finished result.

I just gave the blanket to my sister at her baby shower this weekend.  Of course now we know she is having a boy and a Dr. Seuss themed nursery.  So this blanket turned out perfectly!  I will definitely return to this pattern and highly recommend it.  

Wedding Craftiness

The anticipation has been built! The big day happened! And it was wonderful and beautiful AND crafty. I stuck true to my goal of enjoying the crafting for my wedding. There were no late nights of frenzied crafting. No going overboard on minor details. Just simple crafting that I enjoyed along the way. Time for the photos!

 

Gifts at the rehearsal, many handmade.

 

I made eight boxes for the girls who helped with the wedding (I didn’t have official bridesmaids). Each girl got a personalized bookmark and handmade sugar scrub (sugar + Olay Dawn Dish Soap Pomegranate – two ingredients).

 

A little hot glue with flowers, tulle, and a hair comb. Easy! I made two versions of this and the hairstylist chose this one. I tried to make a full birdcage veil and it just made me look like a lunch lady. This worked out so much better and I couldn’t even feel it.

 

I made my bouquet very early on in the process. Three fake hydrangea stems with brooches scattered through out. I watched many YouTube videos on how to make brooch bouquets and the series by Jessica Flores was the most helpful.

 

I made us cards to exchange on the morning of our wedding. Here I am reading the one Tom wrote to me. Very similar design to our thank you cards.

 

Of course I had to get a photograph of me knitting on my wedding day! Here I am working on a Bitty Baby dress for Ella. I bought that bag just for the wedding from The Needle Palace on Etsy.

 

And then my sister Avery knit me the shawl for my wedding! I gave her the yarn (Quince and Company) and requested the Shaelyn pattern.

 

Just throwing in one of my favorite shots here. Our photographer was amazing.

 

Reception time! I used three mason jars (quart, pint, jelly) on top of a wood slab. Tom’s grandmother gave us the jars from her canning days and his uncle cut the wood slabs for us from a tree on his property. I bought a big roll of burlap to make the runners myself (raw edges). Hydrangeas and baby’s breath for the flowers with a fake votive candle. Very simple!

 

Our table signs were a little different – from an idea I saw on Pinterest. All numbers that were important to us. Miles between our hometowns, dates, etc.

 

There were about ten children at our wedding, so they had special placemates and a set of crayons. I also made these “I Spy” jars (the tag is on the other side). When you rolled around the jar, you could “spy” the different items, like a dinosaur, eraser, etc. Another idea from Pinterest.

 

Our sweetheart table. I almost bought a custom set of mugs, but then found plain mugs at Joann’s for $2 and dressed them up myself. We had a special wedding brew in them. Very fun!

 

I even decorated the bag for the dollar dance! Just a simple canvas bag from Hobby Lobby. Used a masking alphabet and misting spray. Just took a few minutes to make.

 

Those are the highlights!  Our guestbook were quilt blocks, but I’ll save that for a separate post when I finish the quilt.  I’m so glad I got to craft parts of my wedding and save some money along the way doing it.  We are so blessed!  I’ll leave you with this last fun photo (made that pennant in the background too).

 

Charlotte’s Web Shawl

Before I moved here in August, one of my knitting friends gave me yarn from her precious Koigu stash to make a Charlotte’s Web Shawl.  Koigu is precious because it is fairly expensive, very squishy, and is dyed in beautiful colors.  The five skeins needed to make this shawl transition one into another so well.  I started this project in October and just finished it last week.  It is one of my epic projects for a couple reasons.  First, I could have never knit this five years ago.  I have come a long way as a knitter and you have to read between the lines on this pattern for the lace repeats.  I was also able to easily crochet the edging on this project.  Additionally, it was epic because it took 875 yards, which is a lot more yarn than I have been knitting in projects recently.  So it felt like a masterpiece to finish it!  I cannot wait to wear it and show it off to my new knitter friends!

 

Cleveland Browns Socks

While I have been knitting several smaller projects lately, I usually only share the larger projects here on the blog (the rest are always on my Ravelry page).  These socks are for T., his third pair!  I started working on these after we moved into a football fan area where there are few Cleveland Browns fans.  Most people thought I was working on Halloween socks.  I just loved working with this yarn by Ladybug Fiber Company.  A little bit of cashmere and beautifully created stripes.  I am very pleased with the results and hope they wear well…even when the Browns are losing!

 

Way Past Back to School Vest

It has been awhile since I have had a knitted garment to share with you!  Last January my sister and I decided to do another knitalong.  We tend to find a pattern we both like, knit with different yarns, and we try to keep up with each other’s pace.  Well my sister finished her Back-to-School U-Neck Vest long before it was even time to go back to school.  And I just finished mine now that we are way past back to school!

I have wanted to knit this pattern since I bought the Fitted Knits book back in 2008.  I always love Stephanie Japel’s patterns.  It really is a simple garment pattern and flies off of the needles…you know, when you actually work on it.  I stalled out when it was time to pay attention to the directions to separate for the armholes.  Then I did not pick it up until after the move.  And of course now that I have finished it, I want to knit another!  The yarn is Malabrigo Twist, a heavenly yarn, maybe a little too soft for this structured piece, but oh so soft.  Looking forward to wearing this professional piece to work.