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The Final Stretch: 2021 Knitting Projects

I absolutely cannot believe that there are only 4 months left in 2021! So in reaction to this I bring you a list of the knitting projects that I want to finish before the end of the year…or at least cast on.

One of my goals for 2021 was actually to knit less, if you can believe it. I did a ton of knitting in 2020 through the pandemic I was knitting basically all the time I finished 38 projects! But I didn’t enjoy all the knitting that I did, it was more compulsive than anything and it certainly wasn’t mindful. –

So for 2021 I decided that I wanted to knit much less and focus some of my free time on other hobbies like reading, playing video games and my new craft cross stitch. I set a goal of knitting just 12 projects.

I’ve completed 11 projects and with 2 on the needles that I will definitely finish this year, plus some others I plan to cast on which you’ll hear about shortly, I will exceed the 12 project goal. But that’s okay because I have enjoyed everything that I knit this year! And when I didn’t want to knit, I didn’t feel like I had to.

And now to the knitting projects and yarn, which I know is the real reason that you’re here! 😉

Current WIPs

I already wrote about these two WIPs in my July/August Round-up a couple of weeks ago so I’m going to be brief and just share some updates on these projects!

Baby Flax

I’ll definitely be down this one soon because I just cast off the body and I’m planning on doing short sleeves!

Weekender

I’m ready to separate the back and front on my Weekender. I was just waiting to finish the body on the Flax sweater so now that’s done I’ll work on my Weekender for the next few days.

Current progress on my Weekender, Baby Flax before the ribbing

Cast-ons

CL Beanie

I’ve been hunting for a project for this worsted skein of Breaking Yarn in Hazmat Suite – which is my favourite colourway of all time!

When I bought it I knew that I wanted to make a hat it just took me a while to seek out the right pattern and I’ve finally decided on the CL Beanie (Ravelry link).

This is a free pattern and I think this hat is going to be sooooo cute and of course I’m going to add a faux fur pom.

Maize (fingerless)

I’ve been wanting a simple pair of fingerless gloves, but I couldn’t find a pattern that was quite right. Then when I was looking at Tin Can Knits to download the Flax pattern I realized I could make the Maize mitts fingerless!

I definitely want to get these knit soon before the chilly autumn weather comes, and well before it’s too cold and time for real mittens. I don’t have a full skein of worsted in stash, at least not in a colour I want to use, so I’ll probably use a couple of colours together. I just need to look through what I have.

If I have enough Hazmat Suit left from my hat it would be awesome to use it as one of the colours and make a matching set.

Coffee Talk

These socks are going to be my 2021 Christmas Eve cast on so it’s going to be a while until I get them cast on. And I definitely won’t finish them this year.

I’ll be using my Christmas Day advent box from Woolberry Fiber Co which is from way back in 2019! And trust me the skein was pristine when I received it, but it’s a little raggedy now from being in my stash LOL

Part of the reason that I haven’t used this yarn yet is that I have been waiting for the perfect green minis to do heels and toes. These minis were part of a set I got from Nikki Slipp.

I’ll probably also cast on a new sweater soon after finishing my Weekender, but I have a few sweater quantities in my stash to choose from and I haven’t fully decided yet which one is next!

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July & August 2021 Round-up

Hello friends! I have a knitting double feature for you today. I didn’t post a July knitting blog because we were busy moving, so today I’ll be sharing my FOs and WIPs from July AND August.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of August 2021 and that we’ve been in our new home for a month now. We’ve been settling in, still have some unpacking to do, furniture to acquire and painting to do.

I haven’t fully unpacked my craft and knitting supplies, those are sitting in a box in what will be the guest room/ The box was organized, but as I keep having to dig through it to pull out different yarn and tools it gets messier and messier – LOL. I should have my yarn storage in a couple of weeks.

My new desk 🙂

I’m really excited to finish setting up my office, after working from home for over a year I finally have a dedicated home work space and it has been great! I have my desk all set up, all that’s left is to paint the walls and then hang up my posters and pictures. I’m going to get a cedar chest from my mom that she has in storage so I’ll have a nice place to store my knitwear!

Mr. Garfield likes to come hang out with me ❤

Finished Objects

Twilight Time

Pattern: Twilight Time by The Marvelous Mrs. Maker Designs (Links to Ravelry)

Yarn: MC: Bar à Tricot Blue Skies CC: Dragon Hoard Yarn Valeris

I knit this Twilight Time headscarf with my leftovers from my Ripple Crop Top I had juuuuuust enough of the main colour to make the scarf and have enough for a square in my Coziest Memory blanket.

I really love how this knitting project turned out and it’s a super cute accessory, but oh man did this pattern remind me why I hate to knit lace!! It wasn’t so bad once I got the hang of the repeat, but the first couple were rough.

I’m making a silly face LOL but this is the best picture I have of my Twilight Time 🙂

There’s nothing wrong with the way the pattern is written, it’s very clear, I just don’t enjoy knitting lace! This is a really great project for leftover sock yarn.

I had wanted to knit another one that was a solid colour in the middle, but I think it might take me some time to work up the strength.

Streamline Tank

Pattern: Streamline Tank by Two of Wands

Yarn: KnitPicks Comfy Sport (discontinued) in Lilac Mist

I came across 3 skeins of this yarn while I was packing and considered tossing it in the donation pile, but I decided to take a look and see what I might be able to make with it.

I had been eyeing this pattern from Two of Wands for a while and I was pleased to discover I had just enough to make it. This yarn is sooooo soft and I love the details in the pattern.

I finished just in time to wear it to my step dad’s birthday dinner, and good thing because I had packed all my nice clothes at this point!

I have some KnitPicks CotLin DK that I’ve also been looking to use up – leftovers from my Campside Cardi (Ravelry link) – so I think I may make another one for next Summer.

Notched Hem Tank

Pattern: Notched Hem Tank free from Purl Soho

Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss Fingering in Navy

This is another amazing free pattern! Purl Soho is a great resource for free patterns and they have wonderful knitting tutorials as well – I use them all the time for new techniques or when I need a refresher.

This garment is such a wardrobe staple and is something that can be dressed up or down. I definitely know that I will wear this one a lot!

This was another knitting project that came out of packing and finding some leftover yarn and then taking to the internet to find a use for it! I used KnitPicks Gloss fingering, which is a yarn that I live so it was great to use up a couple leftover skeins.

Works in Progress

Baby Flax

Pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits

Yarn: Stroll Tweed from KnitPicks in Earl Grey Heather

This is my first baby sized sweater and I just want to squeal every time I look at it. It’s going by really fast this is the 1-2 year size and I think I’m going to do short sleeves so it will be done in no time.

I am loving this soft grey with tweed. Stroll is such a soft yarn I love using it for socks.

The Weekender

Pattern: The Weekender by Andrea Mowry (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Provincial Tweed from KnitPicks in Pumpkin Pie

Another tweed project! I’ve been wanting to make myself a Weekender since I knit one for my mom for Christmas. And I’ve been wanting to knit something in a pumpkin orange for Fall.

This tweed yarn went on sale a little while ago and I knew it was meant to be! Finally I was in the mood to cast on thanks to motivation from Knitty Natty’s Fall MAL (Ravelry link).

This post is a bit of a KnitPicks fest! I get most of my yarn from them as it’s really easy for me to order online and the prices are really affordable, including the shipping costs which can be quite high shipping to Canada.

Reads of Steele

Vampire Academy – I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately and I remembered a Tiktok I saw that said the best way to get out of a slump is to re-read a book you enjoyed reading when you were younger. So I picked up the Vampire Academy series, inspired by re-watching the not-so-great movie adaptation.

The Witcher – I’ve been working my way through The Witcher books rather slowly, only about halfway through book 2. But I just started up again and I’m really enjoying it.

Better read fast the loan period for my new library system is only 14 days and I’m used to 21!!

Well that’s what I’ve been up to outside of packing and house stuff! Thanks for reading 🙂 and don’t forget you can keep up with my day-to-day knitting adventures on Instagram.

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Pure Comfort Knit Cardigan FO Spotlight

I knit this sweater for my mom’s birthday which is at the end of April…and she still doesn’t have it yet. I finished it late, but also I keep forgetting to bring it when I see her. I say it’s partly her fault because she doesn’t remind me!

Please note: this post contains links to Ravelry, links to Ravelry are noted with (Rav link).

You may recall that I knit my mom the Weekender by Andrea Mowry (Rav link) for Christmas in 2019. You can read all about that project here! She loved her sweater so much and kept hinting that she wanted a cozy cardigan, mom is very knit-worthy so I decided to make her one for her birthday this year.

It wasn’t a surprise as she picked the pattern and the colour. I was showing her some sweaters I wanted to make and she said “I want one of THOSE!” very enthusiastically when she saw the Pure Comfort Cardigan pattern. Me too, mom, me too.

About the pattern

The pattern is the Pure Comfort Cardigan (Rav link) by Andrea Yetman for Biscotte Yarns. It is available for free on the Biscotte Yarns website. Biscotte Yarns is a family-owned Canadian yarn company that specializes in hand-dyed yarns.

The fact that this is a free pattern is amazing. It’s designed to be knit with Biscotte Yarns Pure DK which is not the yarn that I used. However, I have some of their Bis-sock yarn in my stash and it’s beautiful so I bet the Pure DK is the same.

If you download this free pattern from Biscotte Yarns, give them some support by following them on Instagram!

About the yarn

I used Berroco Vintage DK for this project which is becoming my go-to yarn for DK sweaters. It’s an acrylic wool blend and I find it to be so cozy and soft. I used Berroco Vintage DK for the first time for my For Fox Sake (Rav link) and fell in love with it!

The colour I used for mom’s cardigan is Oats which is a nice beige. The original instruction I received was “I want it in the same colour as that dog” – we were out walking in the park LOL, but no surprise “that dog” was not an available colourway. So this is the colour that mom landed on and she’s very happy with it.

Size, gauge and modifications

I knit this in the size large which has a finished bust circumference of 46.5 inches. That gives it 8.5 inches of positive ease on me. It’s recommended to be worn with 8-10 inches of positive ease.

The pattern is written for 3.75mm needles, but I did not get gauge and had to size down to a 3.5mm. I flirted with the idea of knitting a size down with the larger needles, but ultimately decided to just go with the pattern gauge and I think that was the right call as it came out perfectly!

I knit this exactly to pattern and I’m really happy with the finish product. I’m planning to knit one for myself and will make it the same way. I will note that you may want to modify the length based on your height as that will determine how long it is on you and where the pockets fall!

Other notes

This was my first time doing pockets and I was a bit worried about that part as when I read the instructions I thought “oh boy”. But as I was knitting it became really clear how the pockets were done. They’re not perfect my flap seaming definitely leaves something to be desired, but I think they turned out pretty good.

This was also my first time knitting an applied collar. Before I knit this sweater I was reading through the project notes to see if anyone else made modifications or pointed out anything else about the pattern. One thing I saw again and again were comments about how long the collar takes. I thought “how long could it take really?!”

The answer is A LONG-ASS TIME. It took me about two months to finish this sweater and I worked on it fairly monogamously during that time. In April it was the only thing that I worked on.

The collar took me 4 of those 8 weeks.

However, it is totally worth it. The applied fisherman’s rib collar is squishy and adds so much to the cardigan’s style. It’s my favourite aspect of the sweater.

You will definitely see another one of these sweaters here in the future (probably next year because I have my 2021 projects all planned out) because I definitely want to make one for myself. I really want to steal hers and save myself the hassle of that applied rib collar, but I’ll be a good daughter and eventually remember to hand it over.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to head over to Instagram and follow me if you haven’t already to see my day-to-day knitting adventures – and some cute kitties ;). You may even get to see some pictures of mom in her sweater.

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Monthly Round UP

May 2021 Round-up (and a life update!)

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while since I posted on the blog. I didn’t have much of an April 2021 round up as I only worked on one project for all of April…if you can believe it! So there wasn’t much to talk about.

But May was a little different and I have a bunch of FOs and WIPs to share with you.

Another reason I skipped April, is because it was a pretty busy month for us because we were house hunting! So we spent our weekends in April attending viewings out of town as the city we’re moving to is about an hour away.

We found the perfect little townhome and we’re moving at the end of July 🙂 We have quite a bit of packing to do of course, and that includes packing up (and de-stashing) some of my yarn. I might write a post about my process of organizing and packing my stash, would you be interested? Let me know in the comments!

Please note some of the links in this blog are to Ravelry, links that direct to Ravelry are noted with “Rav link”.

Finished Objects

Mom’s birthday sweater

Pattern: Pure Comfort Cardigan a FREE pattern from Biscotte Yarns

Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK in Oats

Before getting into the details, I have to say the fact this pattern is free is amazing! I didn’t use Biscotte Pure DK for this project, but I have some of their sock yarn and it’s beautiful so I’m sure the Pure DK is the same.

As the title implies I made this sweater for my mom for her birthday, I knit a lot for mom she’s very knit-worthy! In fact I’ve written a whole post with the projects I’ve knit for her 🙂

This sweater was a little late for mom’s birthday…her birthday is April 20th and she still doesn’t have it yet – but it is finished! This was an enjoyable knit, but oh man did I underestimate how long that applied fisherman’s rib collar would take.

One (heel-less) sock

Pattern: Plain old vanilla with an afterthought heel (check out my afterthought heel post)

Yarn: Pattons Kroy sock yarn

I guess this is technically a WIP as it’s not even a full pair being heel-less and all. But I need to round out the FO section a little LOL!

I’ve got a nice green mini set aside to do the heels and I’m making them shorties. The last pair of shorties I made came out a bit longer than I had wanted, so I’m making this pair even shorter. 80 rounds instead of the 94 rounds I did on my last pair.

You can see that pair of socks here (Rav link).

Works in Progress

Cross stitch

I haven’t been cross stitching lately, but my cross stitch mojo came back this month and I’ve been working away on my Vintage Expresso Machine designed by Happy Sloth Patterns.

There’s also matching vintage coffee grinder and stand mixer patterns, I may need to complete the set!

I have my next two cross stitch patterns lined up and my “to stitch” list is growing recently as my cross stitch motivation has returned so I definitely want to finish this project up soon. I’m aiming to be done by the weekend I just have a little bit more to go.

Here’s a sneak peek of the floss for my next project, any guesses what it is?

Cozy memories blanket

Pattern: The Coziest Memory by Kemper Wray (Rav link)

I don’t write about my cozy memories blanket in every round-up post because this is a long-term WIP. I’ve been working on it since August 2019 and I’m not half-way through yet so I anticipate it’s going to take me until 2023 to finish.

But I reached a pretty big milestone this month: square #100!! 140 squares will be halfway and I expect to make it to that point this year.

Scrappy triangle hexagon blanket

Pattern: Bernat Knit Triangles Hexagon Blanket from Yarnspirations (free pattern alert!)

I’ve been watching Bernadette McLaughlin’s podcast (you should check her out!) and she’s been working on a couple of blankets, well that got me in the mood to knit a blanket.

Of course I don’t want to buy any new yarn until after we move, but I also had the challenge of what to do with all the super bulky bits I have in my stash. I didn’t really want to take them with us, but I also didn’t want them to go to waste.

I was sifting through pattern options when I came across this free pattern from Yarnspirations and it gave me the idea to make it a scrappy blanket with my super bulky left overs and some worsted and bulky weight yarns held together.

The plan is a blanket so hideous it’s cute!

Ripple crop top

Pattern: Ripple Crop Top by Jessie Maed (Rav link)

Yarn: Dragon Hoard Yarn, Velaris; Bar à Tricot, Blue Horizon; Plank & Stella, The Belcher Family

This is a dream project for me and I’m so happy to have finally cast it on! I started with the Plank & Stella yarn and was on the lookout to find two other yarns to make a nice fade.

I just have the back panel and the sleeves to go and I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out. I don’t love the fit of my first Ripple Crop Top (Rav link) because I knit it in a different needle size and knit quite a few sizes up.

I didn’t get gauge for this one either, but it seems to be turning out much better!

I’ve started posting a monthly round-up video on TikTok so if you’re on top of the TikTok trend head over there and follow me to see those videos and more! I am definitely not a TikTok superstar, but I have a lot of fun making videos.

Reads of Steele

Here are the books I’ve been reading/read in May! Links are to Good Reads.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide – I didn’t finish this one and it had to go back to the library so you’ll probably see it on the Reads of Steele list again!

A Court of Silver Flames – if you’ve seen the recent rise in popularity of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series in the knitting community, you can blame Kate of Red Door Fibre Studio who started reading it and inspired a trend! This is the fifth book in the series and now I’ll have to wait until the next one.

Knitflix

Here’s a quick list of the shows I’m watching right now (or did watch in May). All of them are re-watches as I haven’t been in the mood to start anything new. Although the last time I watched Sailor Moon I was a child so it feels familiar and new at the same time!

Deathnote

Fairy Tail

Angel

Schitt’s Creek

Sailor Moon

Thanks for checking in on my knitting adventures 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see my daily updates!

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January 2021 Round Up

Hi everyone! We made through the first month of 2021. I know this round up post is coming a little bit late, but I was really focusing on the tips for knitting your first sweater post and it was a beast!

That post ended up being so much longer than I originally planned, but I really hope that anyone who wants to knit their first sweater will find it useful.

January 2021 works in progress

I’m still working away on my For Fox Sake. I knit the sleeves this month, sometimes I like to do my sleeves first! I’m so ready to take on the rest of the body. Mindless stockinette is my go-to for knitting while reading and I have been doing a lot of that lately!

I’ve also been making progress on this baby blanket, I was trying to work on it for 30 minutes a day this month. I’ve been slacking recently, but I just need to do two more pattern repeats.

In February I’m setting a goal to knit a row a day and hopefully I’ll be finished by the end of the month.

January Finished Objects

I was so close to not having any Fos this month, but I finished my vampire vibes socks on January 31! I started these on Halloween and this has been my other go-to project lately for knitting and reading.

There were new cast ons in January!

Unless you count….

New design sneak peek

I have been working on a colourwork hat design for the past couple months! This is the Brigand hat. It uses worsted weight yarn and has a cozy double brim.

There are instructions for three sizes baby/toddler, child, and adult. By the time this is posted hopefully this pattern will be in testing. Keep an eye out for this pattern release sometime in February!!

New yarn!

I did some shopping this month!!! I don’t want to go too wild with buying yarn this year, however, I want to buy more yarn this year, specifically buying form indie dyers and local yarn stores.

Breaking Yarn

I won a gift card for Breaking Yarn from a knit-a-long hosted by Knitty Natty. Definitely go give Breaking Yarn a follow on Instagram. And the dyer just started a new podcast, so you should check that out too.

I picked up a skein of worsted and a sock set (showing significant restraint might I add because sooo many beautiful colours). As soon as I saw this yellow I knew I had to have it. It’s going to be a hat, I’m thinking something with cables.

Dragon Hoard Yarn

I am obsessed with the A Court of Thorns and Roses book series by Sarah J. Maas (more on that below) and Dragon Hoard yarn has a Sarah J. Maas inspired collection.

This is Valeris and it’s one of the mystery colourways from January. As you can see it’s beautiful, I will definitely be ordering more yarn from Dragon Hoard Yarn in the future (like maybe I already have some in a cart lol).

Shirley Brian Yarns

When I saw this this adorable knitasaurus bag from Shirley Brian Yarns I could not resist! I love a good dinosaur pun and while I was there I had to buy some yarn. This is Aperol Spritz on the slub base. I have been planning a faded sweater using slub yarn and this just fit right into my colour scheme I had to have it.

Reads of Steele

I have been reading a ton lately. At the end of December I read the whole A Court of Thorns and Roses series and it really brought back my love of reading. Here are all the books I’ve read this month (cheating a bit to include some I read at the end of December).

This is more books than I’ve read in the last two years! I used to love reading as a kid I devoured books, but lately reading didn’t hold much interest for me, which made me sad. I’m so happy to have my love of books back!

What’s my secret to knitting and reading? Ebooks! I read ebooks on my tablet propped up on a stand so it’s hands free, I just need to lift a hand every now and then to flip the page.

Knitflix

I was getting so bored and running out of things to watch, but I’ve re-discovered an old favourite and started some new shows with Matt.

  • Gilmore Girls – I started a re-watch of the series and it’s so nice to remember how much I love it. The early seasons are so fun! I’m halfway through season 3 now.
  • My Hero Academia – Matt and I were in need of a new show so he put this on the other night, he’s seen it before, and I was surprised by how much I got into it.
  • Marvel movies – we’ve been watching a lot of Marvel and other superhero movies lately. It’s a phase!
  • Wandavision – and of course with all the Marvel we’ve been watching we had to start this new Disney+ original

Thanks for reading the January round up! And as always you can follow my day-to-day knitting adventures on Instagram. I’d love to connect with you 🙂