I’ve been planning to write for the last few days about my little side projects. I was even going to title the post “unravelled”, because not one thing will ever be listed on my projects page. They are small projects, a few Christmas gifts ( you know, the ones I’m not knitting, to avoid being totally crazy) and some odds and ends. I’ll show you some pictures:
Two simple cowls.
Some beer mitts.
And some hats. All of these were made from scrap and leftover yarns. All of them were made when I needed a break from my bigger projects, which obviously haven’t been getting much love lately. A few other projects that won’t see ravelry are two pairs of fingerless gloves I’m working on.
The purple ones are for me. I showed you these last week when ibwas learning to knit two at a time on magic loop. I just kind of winged it on these, but they are for work so don’t have to be beautiful. The tan ones are for a friend, in super bulky yarn.
The second post I was planning was just about cleaning up my knitting area. I’d love to be able to say I clean everything up regularly and keep it all super organize. I would be a bald faced liar if I did! I cleaned up because I felt like there was an impending yarn avalanche looming over me, and I felt very overwhelmed by the amount of projects I had on the needles. I even sorted my stash, downsizing considerably. Sometime soon I will be delivering the yarn (two large garbage bags full, plus a grocery bag) I know I’ll never use to the local hospital to give to the folks that knit for the babies. My yarn is under control, and I don’t have as many projects going as I was afraid of. Two sweaters, a pair of socks (they’ve been shifted to the car for bus stop knitting) and a first point of Libra shawl. Oh, and the two pairs of gloves. All in all, not too bad.
Now I’ll tell you what the motivation behind this cleaning frenzy was. I thought for sure I had a pair of size 2 16 inch circulars. I had a box of my grandmother’s needles that had fallen between the wall and my end table. I was convinced that’s where this elusive circular was. I needed that needle so I could start the hat I’m planning to give to my son’s girlfriend for Christmas (and there I go again, not knitting for Christmas!). In order to get to the sport where the needles fell, I had to clean everything else up. While I feel great for having reorganized all of my stuff , and for not having an absolutely obscene amount of wips going, I never did find those needles. Good thing I’m heading to sit and knit on Thursday! All this leads me to my third post:
I treated myself to a swift and ball winder last week and have been anxious to play with it.
And with that I created this!
This will become a pair of socks, to be given as a gift at our annual river girls party in January. (Yes, I decided my auntie had a darned good idea.) Not sure what pattern yet, but they will be done two at a time.
The swift and ball wonder are a marvel!! So easy, so, well, swift, and no more sitting in a bizarre position while looping a hank over my knees.
So there you have your three posts in one. All a bit shorter, and probably choppier than I planned, but I am exhausted, all of a sudden, and ready to rest my head.