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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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June 2021 Round-up

I cannot believe another month is over and it’s time to post a monthly round-up! As quickly as June went by, I got a bunch of knitting done so I have a lot of share with you today on the knitting blog 🙂

Finished Objects

Ripple Crop Top

This is like a dream come true project for me! I had been thinking about knitting a faded Ripple Crop Top for a while now. It took me a little while to collect the perfect yarns.

I’m so pleased with how the colours came together. This was one of my first fades and I’m pretty happy with it.

This one is definitely getting a stand-alone FO spotlight post so there will be more details there about how I did the fade, what I would change, and the few modifications I made from the original design.

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

Yarn: Dragon Hoard Yarn, Bar à Tricot, Plank & Stella

Espresso Machine Cross Stitch

It’s done! Finally. I’ve been working on this project since December, my stitching mojo ran out in the early part of 2021. Thankfully it returned and I chugged through the last bit of this project in late May to early June.

I’m really holding myself to a one WIP policy with cross stitch so I don’t get overwhelmed and it works to motivate me to finish a project so I can move on to the next one.

Now I just need to get around to soaking and framing them LOL this one went right onto the stack. I may tackle that after we move though so I can frame and hang in our new house!

Pattern: Vintage Espresso Machine by Happy Sloth

Super Bulky Scrap Blanket

Finished right on time to make it into the FO section! I completed the final triangle in the evening on June 29. This blanket used up so much of the leftover bits of super bulky, worsted and bulky yarn I had in my stash. Any full skeins that are left are getting donated and the remaining worsted acrylic is becoming cat toys.

I debated if I was going to put the border on this blanket, but ultimately I decided not to to keep the scrappy patchwork vibe, also because I just wanted to finish 😉 So happy to check this project off the “knit before moving” list.

Pattern: Knit Triangles Hexagon Blanket from Yarnspirations

Works in Progress

Sharks

My current cross stitch project is a couple of sharks, the second one is a hammer head. I’m so close to being finished the first shark, after having to rip out a whole section because I counted wrong…

Pattern: Sharks from DMC

Twilight Time

So, my plan for June and July was to focus on finishing up projects and using up yarn before we move on July 31. But….I really couldn’t resist this pattern and I had just the right amount of yarn left from my Ripple Crop Top.

I struggled hard with the first repeat of the lace, I’m not really a lace fan. But now that I’ve got it down it’s going much better and I think I’ll be done by the weekend.

I’m worried the speckle and the lace is a bit busy…but I think when it’s worn you won’t really be able to tell.

Pattern: Twilight Time by The Marvelous Mrs. Maker

Yarn: Dragon Hoard Yarn, Bar à Tricot, Plank & Stella

I have a half-done pair of socks as well, but I didn’t work on them at all in June if you can believe it. Knitty Natty’s Sock Week make-a-long is coming up so I think I may try and finish sock #2.

Stegosaurus

I thought the espresso machine cross stitch project was my oldest WIP until I found this gal when I was cleaning out my yarn preparing for our moving day. She had all her pieces ready to go just needed to be stuffed!

She had a buddy, a plesiosaur, but he was further from being finished and it’s a lot of work to stuff and seam. My heart just wasn’t in it so I made the choice to let him go.

So far, I’ve stuffed and sewn together her body and started sewing on the armour plates last weekend. I’m planning on finished her up this weekend.

She definitely needs a name – taking suggestions in the comments!

Reads

Photo by Thought Catalog on Pexels.com

I’ve been reading the Shadow and Bone series I finished book one and have started book two. I wasn’t super sure as I was reading book one if I was going to continue reading them, but then I liked the direction the story took and I started book two, Siege and Storm, right away.

I’ve also been reading The Haunting of Alma Fielding. It’s not nearly as exciting as its name leads you to believe. It’s not a bad book, actually I’ve kind of enjoyed it so far it’s just not as page-turn-y as I anitipcated. I keep debating abandoning it, but it’s got me curious on how the whole thing plays out, and I’m over halfway done, so I’m going to finish it.

Knitflix

Not much to report for the Knitflix section this month, I’m watching pretty much the same things that I was watching last month!

Thanks for checking in on my knitting adventures – stay tuned for the FO Spotlight posts for more info on my Ripple Crop Top and Scrappy Blanket.

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Countdown to Moving Day!

If you read my May 2021 round up, then you know that we are moving at the end of July! About 5 weeks to go and there are a few projects I want to wrap up before moving so I can de-stash some yarn!

Scrappy Hexagon Blanket

First up is this Triangle Hexagon Blanket that I’m knitting with super bulky scraps and some lighter weights held together. I’m nearly done this bad boy so I’m not worried about finishing. Only 7 triangles to go!

There is a border in the original pattern and I haven’t decided if I’ll do the border yet. The only colour I have enough of to do the border all the same is this brown with metallic thread. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Pattern: Triangles Hexagon Blanket from Yarnspirations

Stegosaurus and Plesiosaur

I came across these guys, well at least their parts ;), when I was sorting through my yarn storage determining what I was going to pack and what would be donated. I had totally forgotten about my dinosaur knitting phase. I think the reason I didn’t finish these two is that I didn’t have any filling.

These are from the book Knitted Dinosaurs by Tina Barret, the first knitting book I ever bought. Unfortunately, I packed all of the books already, but the Toronto Public Library has come to the rescue and I was able to borrow a copy so I can finish them up.

Stegosaurus (pink) dates back to 2015 or 2016 and is pretty much complete except for stuffing and seaming.

Plesiosaur (blue) goes back to 2017 and it just missing one fin piece and can then be seamed and stuffed.

I definitely want to get these two finished before we move and then put them in their new home in my office 🙂

Washcloths

I have some cotton hanging around and I am in need of a few washcloths so instead of buying some I’m going to make myself a set.

I’m planning to hold the yarns double to create complimentary washcloths. I got the idea from Kyna’s Washcloth and I plan to base mine off of this pattern, although I imagine the gauge will be different.

This is my lowest priority project, if I don’t get to them by moving day I’ll just bring the yarn with me and knit them later!

Cat toys

When my scrappy blanket is done I’ll still have a bunch of worsted acrylic hanging around that I don’t want to move to our new house. Nothing against acrylic at all, but it’s all in bright colours that aren’t really my style anymore so I don’t have much use for it. And none of them are a full skein.

I’m going to make some catnip filled cat toys to be donated to a cat shelter. This is something I had been doing in the past and never finished…whoops. My mom has a coworker who has a close relationship with a cat shelter and she delivers the toys for me.

I use a free pattern for these fishies and it’s so fun to play with different colours. I might knit some of the mice up this time around as well. I’ll put together a tutorial of how I stuff them with catnip!

If Dora and Garfield are lucky maybe they will get to take a couple for themselves 🙂

This is just my list of knitting related moving tasks…I still have to do all the regular packing and cleaning and moving stuff as well. I better get to work!

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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.