Until now, I have been hesitant to post about my decision to be a finisher when it comes to my knitting projects, but after successfully finishing a pair of mittens and two sweaters while only starting one new project (a hat), which has also been finished, I think it is safe to say that I can do this. Currently on my Ravelry project page, I’ve got 19 “hibernating” projects and two “WIP” projects. My goal is to get these 19 projects all finished up or frogged. Granted, three of these are sweaters that I’ve not even wound the yarn for, but I have the yarn for them and will be making them. Eight of these are over halfway finished, and two just need pictures. So far, this plan has been fairly successful in curbing my desire to buy all the yarns, so it’ can’t be a bad thing!
To start with: I am working on Gimli Socks by Claire Ellen as my carry-around project. I started these in August of 2013, and they are intended as a Christmas gift for 2014. I am notoriously slow when it comes to socks, although I am pleased to find that I am enjoying this pattern very much and that they are going more quickly than I expected. Not to mention my new Karbonz DPNs are making these not hurt my hands, which is awesome. This is one of my few non-Madelinetosh projects, and it’s my first time using Dream in Color. I am very excited about Smooshy, a lovely sock-weight yarn. It feels very sturdy, and the slight variations in the color, called Emerald Darkness, enhance the pattern wonderfully.
For my at-home project, I am finishing up my Grey Havens by Maria Olson. My row gauge is significantly off on this project, but based on some math-fu, I think it’s going to come out perfectly. The pattern is super easy to follow so far, and I am enjoying seeing it shape up. In retrospect, I maybe should have blocked the sleeves before attaching them, but I just couldn’t wait to get them on there! The way the weather has been going recently, it is quite possible that this project, which I originally began one year ago yesterday, will be finished before the end of winter!
Recently finished projects include my Lime Ease. The pattern is Ease by Alicia Plummer, and I knit it up using Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted, a blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon, in the Neon Lime colorway with Baltic trim. I started this project in May of 2013 and finished it near the end of January 2014. It stayed on Sleeve Island for a while, but it’s finally finished! I am in love with the neckline, and I think the Neon Lime and Baltic complement one another very well, with the Baltic toning down the intensity of the sweater just a bit.
I also managed to finish up my Lizzie cardi in Madelinetosh Pashmina Smokestack using Georgie Hallam’s Lizzie pattern. I quite like the construction of this cardi, and I will definitely be using it in the future. I knit the piece with almost no modification, only opting for a shorter sleeve with no lace on the sleeve elbows. I started this project in August 2013 and just finished it in February 2014. I’ve already worn it several times and paired it with a variety of t-shirt colors, including neon pink (of course!) and some of my concert tees. I highly recommend the pattern, and I may even make it in another color in the future.
And last but not least, for Eat.Sleep.Knit‘s Q1 New-to-You KAL, I knit up this lovely Owlet Cable Hat, which is a not-yet-released pattern from Sara Burch. The hat features little owls with beaded eyes. I opted for a neon yellow/lime bead to be paired with some Madelinetosh TML in Norway Spruce that I won from ESK’s Black Friday sale a couple of years ago. My BF approves of the owls, despite my dropping the tube of beads all over his living room floor while beading the second round of owl eyes. Let’s hope my trend of being a finisher continues!