Winter Knitting and Embroidery

We are in the middle of winter and I have some finished projects to share as well as some plans for the next couple of months! I am a very new knitter and have been dabbling in embroidery for years now. Having projects to work on sporadically has always kind of been how I worked, but lately I’ve been enjoying planning projects and thought I’d share them here with you.

For embroidery, I’ve been enjoying my Cozy Blue Stitch Club kits. I finished up the November kit this week and have the December one in my hoop. These are really easy to throw in my bag and work on in the carpool line or while I’m at Sam’s school. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to make with the finished samplers yet, but I have a few fun ideas brewing.

I have three finished objects that I knitted and I’m so excited about each of them for different reasons.

The first is my Shake Your Groove Thing Poncho that I knit as part of the Fall KAL over at Knit Collage. I love my finished poncho and I enjoyed the entire process of making it. I learned how to make increases and decreases and how to change yarns easily and seamlessly. At first I wasn’t sure how much I would wear this, but I’ve found myself reaching for it quite a bit.

My next sweater is one that I don’t love the finished product but I learned so much making it and it boosted my confidence in knitting. I immediately wanted to cast on a new project when I finished to take what I had learned and apply it! This is the Be Mine Sweater from Knit Collage. I made the cropped version (kind of by accident?) and I’m sorry I don’t have a pic in it to show you. I’m going to have to be creative in styling it up and just haven’t found the right pieces to pair it with yet. Even if I never find a way to wear it, I don’t know that I’ll ever get rid of it. It’s my first knitted sweater and I’m so proud of it, warts and all!

My third sweater came off my needles this week and I immediately threw it on. I need to block it this weekend but man oh man, I’m in love!!! This is the Kingston Sweater by Good Night Day and it’s fabulous. A classic raglan sleeve sweater with fun cropped, bell shaped sleeves, this one was so fun to knit. I love the bulkier yarn and this color is gorgeous. I used the Crazy Sexy Wool in Duck Egg Blue from Wool and the Gang and I think I need to find a fun cardigan pattern to make up for Harper in it. Fun to work with and a really satisfying make, I can’t wait to wear this more through the winter.

Coming up I’m going to try and find a cardigan pattern for Harper (would love your favorite chunky cardigan patterns, bonus points if they’re for tweens!) and a balaclava for Sam out of January’s Knit Crate Yarn. Lisa from And Sew On has a coupon code, go check out this video!, if you would like to try out this subscription box. I don’t plan on getting it every month but I think it will be a simple way to learn about more yarns.

My big project for the rest of winter is going to be the Wednesday Sweater from Petite Knits. I bought the Knitting for Olive Merino and Silk Mohair in the color way Copper and am so excited about this one. It’s going to take me awhile, and I’ve accepted that!, but I’ve already cast on and have learned how to knit German Short Rows. In love with this color and yarn already!

While I’m feeling a little less than inspired with sewing I’m finding embroidery and knitting such satisfying projects and having warm sweaters to pull on- that I made!- is a whole new joy to me. What’s on your needles at the moment?

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