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Fiber Friday: New Year, New Start

I did something a little crazy to start 2017 with my knitting. I decided that since I had cleared my needles off at the end of 2016 I would kick off the new year with a big cast-on extravaganza. So for the first week of January, I cast on a new project every day. So seven days, seven new cast ons. I will admit it was a little crazy and I feel like its giving me a little bit of knitting ADD but it was fun all the same. I have been trying to work on each one a little bit every day but that means I’m not getting very far so I may need to rethink this strategy.

I did actually finish a project that I started that first week. It was a hat for Mini Me.

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This is now the third time I’ve knit this pattern [podcast]. Its the Red Herring Hat and it is a fun and quick knit. Mini Me is totally thrilled with having the hat.

Since I cast on so many new projects, I have a lot of WIPs to show. I’ll just go in order that I cast them on.

My first cast-on of 2017 was a pair of socks. I want to knit at least one pair of socks every month and Knit Picks has a series of sock patterns for free that correspond to each month and I thought that it would be fun to knit those and use the yarn they highlight with the pattern. I’m terrible about branching out in my colorways so I thought this would be a good way to do that. The pattern [podcast] for January is the Thermal Socks.

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While I love the colorway I am using (Knit Picks Hawthorne in Vancouver) I really am not a fan of the pattern. For starters, alone the edge it calls for a purl two together through the back loop (p2tog tbl). I am a tight knitter and this was a nightmare for me. It felt like it took forever for me to get through those rounds with that stitch. So about half way up the foot (as you can probably see) I stop doing that and just switched to garter stitch. This makes me much happier. I’m so glad that I’m knitting these two at a time, otherwise I don’t think I would finish the second sock.

My second cast on was my 2017 temperature blanket.

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Since the 2016 ended up being way too long I’ve altered my approach. Instead of doing two rows per day I’m taking a different route and doing one square each day. I think this is going to give me a much more manageable size when I’m done.

Project number three is a shawl that I’ve had my eye for a little while. It intrigued me because it is a four color shawl and it uses lots of different techniques. So I decided to give it a try and knit Stephen West’s Exploration Station [podcast].

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I am working on the brioche section now and it did take me a little bit to wrap my head around brioche but now that I have it, its not so bad to do. I will say that it does require a bit of concentration so I can’t do it when I tired or too distracted.

My fourth project is one that I have been wanting to do for awhile and I finally have treated myself and started it. So I am finally knitting a sweater for myself. I am loving it. The pattern [podcast] is called On the Grass by Joji Locatelli.

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At first I was wondering if I should have done something with just straight stockinette for the body for my first sweater but I’m really glad that I chose this pattern. I love the texture of the body and its a simple enough pattern that I don’t have to think to hard about it but different enough to keep it interesting.

My fifth cast on was actually the hat for Mini Me, which I finished.

Number six was another pair of socks that had been in my Ravelry queue for a very long time and now that I’m going on them and have finished one of the socks I wonder why I haven’t ever knit these before. The pattern [podcast] is Hermione’s Everyday Socks.

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The pattern is so simple but gives the sock such a nice texture. It also fits me perfectly. I love it and I just want to knit only this pattern because I’ve been enjoying it so much.

My last WIP is another shawl. Its another four color shawl and its by the same designer who did the Red Herring Hat. This one is the Bachlein Shawl [podcast].

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Its not a complicated pattern and its proving to be a nice end of the day knit because I don’t have to think too hard about it.

All these projects has made my post kind of long so I think I’ll save my other fun little project for next week. I will say that it is a little overwhelming having so many WIPs but each one has something about it I love and they are all unique so it is fun at the same time. I am looking forward to getting some finished and I don’t think having this many projects at once is going to be a normal occurrence for me.

So what’s on your needles?

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3 comments on “Fiber Friday: New Year, New Start

  1. Rachel
    January 20, 2017

    Love the color of those socks! The Hawthorne line is just amazing. My favorite colorway so far has been Laurelhurst. 🙂

    • Heather
      January 23, 2017

      I like the Stroll line a lot as well. I’m excited to wear these and see how the feel. I looked up the Laurelhurst and that is a nice colorway as well.

  2. Verónica
    January 20, 2017

    Loving the shawl!! 💜💜

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