Two New Finished Projects!

26 Sep

Hello Blog! I’ve been away enjoying my summer, traveling and hanging out with my kids. It’s been great- but I didn’t get a whole lot of time for crafting. I did manage to get two knitting projects completed though!

Earlier this summer, I started the Ginkgo Shoulderette to challenge myself with a larger piece- with a chart instead of just a pattern. Normally I don’t wear chartreuse but when I found this yarn it seemed perfect for a “Gingko” shawl. It took ALL SUMMER. Fingering weight yarn is TINY, meaning thousands more knit stitches than with a thicker yarn.

Lucky for me I was sent to Biloxi Mississippi for a month-long training course. I got a lot of work done on the plane, and in my hotel when I wasn’t in New Orleans or Pensacola. It is also my first project which required a significant blocking (blocking is basically shaping a knitted object, get it wet and spread it out like you would a sweater you just washed) and it was tricky to keep all the edges straight and even. Technically I still have to weave in my ends but it is otherwise done:

 

My next,  much quicker project came together in just a matter of days. Recently we traveled to Philadelphia and completely unintentionally ran into a beautiful Yarn/Fiber Arts Shop called Nangellini. The owners were amazing, introducing us to all the hand-dyed and hand-spun lovelies, taking time to credit the local artisans and even give a very quick demo of a drop spindle for me and my husband. My daughter purchased some awesome single ply super thick yarn for her finger knitting, and they showed her how to use the ball winder.

I got myself some amazing hand dyed yarns- it was very difficult to choose. My very favorite though was a super squishy bumpy thick to thin skein dyed an amazing rich magenta and spun with a black cord dotted with silver sequins. It’s maker named it “My Heart Beats Double For You”, and while it may be the most expensive yarn I’ve ever purchased, it’s character makes it worth it. This made for a very quick knit as a Drop Stitch Cowl.

 

Completing these projects felt really good, as I have a TON of knitting projects half done and there always seems to be a new pattern I want to get started on or a beautiful yarn that calls to me. My husband cleaned out our spare bedroom so I can use it as a crafts/sewing room- just in time for crafting season (otherwise known as Winter).

 

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3 Responses to “Two New Finished Projects!”

  1. rgregory0612 September 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Loving the ginkgo shawl… ❤

  2. Lucindaloops March 24, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    I LOVE your Ginkgo Shawl. Uh oh…more distractions!

    • beccasimplified March 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Thank you! Lol, add it to the queue right? It was a really quick knit though overall.

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