Fall Handiwork///Plans and Projects

Recently I have found myself falling in love with knitting. I picked it up earlier this year and finished one hat, but then never got motivated to finish anything else. Near the end of September I was feeling a bit stressed out by life and not up for sewing and reached for my knitting needles.

I find knitting to be really soothing. The click of the needles, the squishiness of the project as it grows in your lap. The slow and steady progress you can make sitting on the couch with your family, watching football or movies or the world series.

I did manage to complete one side of the Venice Tee from We Are Knitters and it’s a big learning success for me. I have no idea if I want to attempt to finish the other half sometime, but I did learn the basics of knitting and it got me excited to branch out and try other patterns.

I made Harper the Aviatrix Hat by Loopy Mango out of some bulky navy yarn she picked out months ago from Joann. This pattern knit up in a day and is so cute on her! It also introduced me to circular needles and this is a huge game changer for me. I find these to be so much easier to manage and knitting in the round makes a lot of sense to me, especially with a project like a hat!

After completing the hat I wanted to keep going but wasn’t quite confident enough to knit for myself, so another project for Harper in the Holiday Slipover Jr by Petite Knits. This is a sweater vest, there is also an adult version!, and I used Loopy Mango’s Dream Tweed yarn mixed with Bio Balance GOT both purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts. This was a very fun one to knit and while it is far from perfect, I’m really happy with how it turned out. Again, lots to learn and the best way for me is simply by doing.

Now I have cast on this adorable Oslo Hat Christmas Edition for Sam, another Petite Knits pattern. I’m using this yarn by Brooklyn Tweed and much smaller needles that are proving challenging to me, but in a good way. I hope to have this one finished by the end of the month so he can wear it all of Christmas season!

I also bought the Knit Collage fall knit along kit for the Shake Your Groove Thing Poncho. I am going to cast on and start this this weekend and am excited to work with these beautiful yarns. The texture and colors are really inspiring to me! I picked the poncho because it was the most beginner friendly and I’m hoping that working with a knit a long will get me my first finished garment for myself by the end of the year.

I’m also been working on an embroidery piece that I plan to give to a friend for Christmas. I think I can get this one completed over the next few days and then take the time to figure out what exactly I want to turn it into!

And finally, I joined the Cozy Blue Stitch Club and will be receiving an embroidery kit each month to play along with. The Cozy Blue has some beautiful kits (great gifts!) but these are actually patterns she is trying out before making full kits so you can experiment with your stitches and just practice. They are inexpensive and I am looking forward to always having a little hoop in my purse to pull out and work on when I’m out and about.

I hope to have seasonal handicraft updates and to continue my knitting practice. I would love to hear what you have on your needles right now and if you too are sinking in to the comfort of knitting this time of year. If you want to follow me on Ravelry I’m over there as Whit Makes!

Knitting and Embroidery

Awhile back I shared that I had picked up knitting and I had this date set on the calendar to show you the things I made. Well… I have one finished hat to brag about and an almost half finished sweater.

The hat is the Beat It Beanie from Wool and the Gang and it’s the warmest hat I’ve ever owned. The sweater is the Venice Tee sweater kit from We are Knitters and it just took me awhile to get in the groove, but now I think it’s turning out pretty cute!

My big knitting plans are to finish the striped sweater in June and to finish the back of a sweater I started crocheting 2 years ago by July. Then I would love to knit a hat for Harper and some kind of little camisole for myself. I’m loving the knit loungewear I’m seeing around and would like to try it out!

I haven’t picked up my embroidery for awhile but with my recent office cleanup I got inspired to take on a couple of projects. I have one ongoing free form project I’m in the middle of and this piece in the picture is going to be a much belated gift for a friend.

What’s on your needles or in your hoop right now?

Embroidery Piece #1

Lately I’ve been working on this piece and am starting a companion to go with it soon. I have an idea in my head, but I’m not entirely sure how it will all end up. I’ve enjoyed this style of ‘painting’ with fabric and thread and wanted to share the start of it here. My inspiration is our move from Texas to Colorado and the landscapes that I love from both places. I hope to share more soon!

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