Ombre Hexipuffs

ombre hexipuffs

Two posts in one day, what a treat!  I need to get myself focused againI’m completely unfocused over here!  I have always been the type of knitter/crocheter who jumps from project to project, but recently my rate of jumping has been absolutely absurd (and if I’m saying that, it must be really bad…)  I must have stopped and started at least 4 projects in the past month – nothing holds my interest.  A lot of it has to do with the balancing act of primarily taking care of Miss Emme, yarn dyeing, and chores (because while Mr. Yarny Cakes doesn’t mind if the house looks like a wreck, I feel out of sorts when the clutter takes over).
Part of the problem may be that now that summer time is my crochet season, but I have no idea what I want to crochet!  Lord knows I have enough yarn to make just about anything, but nothing is striking my fancy.  ~sigh~  At times like this, I typically revert to an easy, dependable pattern that will just keep my hands busy so a babette is always a possibility, but that is way too many ends to weave in.  So all that happens is that I end up right back at the beekeeper’s quilt.  All of my knitting roads seem to lead back to this easy portable project.  To that end, I rummaged through my yarn room and found some yarns that work for an ombre of pinks.

I’ll have to admit, my attention span these days is so short that the color changes every few rows of a hexipuff is keeping me interested in these little guys.  I fear that I will end up tired of the colors before long so I’ll have to change things up!  The yarns I am using are cascade heritage sock – love this stuff, lots of yarn, great colors, and the price isn’t outrageous.

WIPS (Work in Progress) Wednesday!

I’ve decided to make every Wednesdays posts be about my current projects.  I only have 2 going on right now and that is more than enough!  I needed simple projects to focus on (or not focus on as it were) during my breaks with Miss Emme.  For example, she’s nursing while I type of this post – it’s all about the multitasking I tell you!  Posting about my project progress weekly will also help to keep me motivated as I’ll have a goal of sorts to achieve.  I can’t very well have a progress post if I haven’t made any progress – that would just be silly!  I’m also planning to post links to these projects in the menu above –

YarnyCakes Beekeeper’s Quilt

I started knitting these puffs just last week and have just about 12 completed!  How many I end up knitting up is really going to depend on how much yarn I end up dyeing, but I at least have enough for 50 or so puffs and I’m adding more yarn each day!  My favorite of this collection is definitely my rainbow puff on the top.  The picture on the right is of my most current puff.  It is almost finished!  I love these pictures because they were taken on this gorgeous first day of May in a park that Miss Emme and I discovered today.  She got to have her stroll around the park and I got to sit and knit a bit while she took in the sites.  All around a win-win.  I can see up heading back to that park in the near future…perhaps even tomorrow!

May1Progress.collage

 

Madelinetosh Log Cabin Quilt

My absolute favorite yarn is Madelinetosh merino light.  It is just such a soft and delicious yarn.  At one point, I had all of the colorways for TML, but then I decided that my yarn hoarding was bit out of control and decided to share the love with other Ravelers and sold a bunch of it at a discounted price.  I would never be able to part with all of it though and kept quite a bit for myself to make this quilt.

I have been knitting like crazy on this the past few days – I knit two puffs and spend the rest of the my knitting time on the log cabin as it takes significantly longer, especially as the rows become so much longer.  I’m hoping to have this rectangle finished by next Wednesday, but we’ll see what happens!  I knit quite a bit on it last night when Mr. Yarny Cakes insisted that we watch the movie, “The Punisher.”  This is the perfect TV watching project for sure!  I have a grand plan of what I would like it to look like, but those ideas are still being mulled over.  In the meantime, may I present, the first several rounds of my rectangular log cabin square!

LogCabinBlanket

How do you keep yourself accountable with your knitting projects?

Rainbow Glory!

Unitam Collage

A very good friend of mine asked if I could dye rainbow yarn and while I had never done that before, I decided it was time to experiment!  I ended up creating a skein that I named ‘Utinam’  While I was at it, I created three complimentary skeins to make into mini-skeins!  Off to do some knitting…hexipuffs must be knit!

Rainbows

 

Day 2: The Mascot Project

Day2Collage

As a “bee” knitting type, the mascot projects that I flit back and forth between are long term projects, namely blankets and throws.  In the photo above, I have provided examples of my long-term projects – the top two pictures are two different beekeeper’s quilts that I have started and the bottom pictures are a log cabin baby blanket and one square for the stained glass window afghan.  The only one of these that were finished are a baby version of the Parcheesi Afghan, a log cabin blanket in the bottom left corner and that was mostly because I had promised the baby blanket to somebody Mr. YarnyCakes worked with.  It was an extremely long project, but I finished it because I knew I HAD to.

When I’m not absorbing new techniques and processes, I like to work on relatively easy, brainless projects.  Hexipuffs and log cabin squares provide both of these.  The best thing about these types of projects is that you can just stop them at a certain point and still have a “finished” project.  Many of these projects have morphed into mini versions of what they were supposed to be, namely becoming baby blankets and cat blankets.  This is an example one such blanket.  My stopping point on the babette blanket seems to be section five so many babettes have ended up being about 30×30 inches.  (My three kitty cats love this blanket, especially during the winter months).

Babette.4.23.2013

So as fitting for the “bee,” I can’t decide on just one mascot project, but have decided that long-term projects that I can switch back and forth between definitely define the bee house for me!  Knitter confession.  I have never finished a pair of socks or a sweater.  I’m clearly not a real knitter, haha.

If you would like to see more of my UFOs, or unfinished projects, find me on Ravelry – my rav name is Julsa.