Tag: cabled afghan KAL

kira makes the start of a New Year

Four days into 2016, and it’s time for the obligatory New Year post, albeit a little late.

I haven’t done as much reflecting on 2015 as I probably should. It’s nice to have the blog to go back through older posts to see what I was up to throughout the year. Definitely more motivation to try to keep the blog updated more regularly.

This year, according to the blog (not a comprehensive review):

  • Around the start of the year (technically in the December of the previous year), I finished making the squares for the Cabled Afghan Knit-Along. I have yet to sew these squares together into the blanket. Eeesh.
  • Also at the start of the year, I cast on for making the Featherweight Cardigan. I have yet to finish this project. (I’m already sensing a theme here…)
  • I created a digital drawing that I converted into an embroidery piece. I did finish the embroidery, but did not document it here. And, really, the piece needs a good ironing and still needs to be framed. Continuing the “not quite finished” trend…
  • I needlefelted a penguin — first and only needlefelting project so far. I enjoyed needlefelting, might try it again in the future. The penguin suffered a sad fate, when the cats decided that he was their toy and has since then been chewed to bits.
  • I successfully completed A Month of Letters Challenge and International Correspondence Writing Month in February! I plan to try to do this again this year.
  • I started, and abandoned 30 Days of Lists. I partially did not finish this challenge because the lists were becoming increasingly more personal and I did not want to revisit or share some of these memories publicly.
  • I got back into needle tatting; I started making a pair of needle tatted barefoot sandals, making all the pieces, but not assembling them. All the parts are somewhere in the apartment… Also, a needle tatted choker that was started, and turned into an unfinished project.
  • I started my Fleegle heel socks, working toe-up. I made each sock until they reached about mid-calf, before realizing that I probably need to undo them a bit and add calf increases, if I want to keep knitting them taller. Another unfinished project.
  • I GOT KITTENS! Which, have increasingly hampered my ability to make things, as they like to get into nonsense and wander across whatever I am working on.
  • The kittens also chewed a hole in the Mirkwood Shawl, the complicated beaded lace shawl that I started in June, with the hope of finishing it in time to wear to my sister’s wedding in September. While I made a great amount of progress, the kitten-chewed-hole caused the project to get derailed and did not finish in time. It is still languishing in my project drawer, waiting for me to pick it back up and finish it.
  • I completed Drawlloween 2015, making a tiny-tiny drawing for each daily prompt.
  • I finally finished my Les Misérables wrap; it is tremendously long and I wore it several times before the weather warmed up too much to warrant wearing it. Now that the weather is getting more wintery, perhaps I will have more opportunity to wear it!
  • I did some gift-making, which I was unable to document, as they were to be surprises for the recipients. Now that gift-giving season is over, I can showcase them. Woo.

So, in reviewing the year, lots of making: knitting, crochet, embroidery/cross-stitch, drawing, letter-writing, calligraphy, general crafting and DIY. I am finding that I do like starting projects, but often run into issues finishing them.

Hence, my “resolutions” for 2016:

  • make time to work on projects.
  • finish the projects that are waiting to be completed.
  • update the blog more often!
  • actually do the courses that I’ve purchased from Craftsy, Skillshare, and Creativebug.

Those are pretty much my goals for every year. Make more things. *wink*


kira makes non-NaNoWriMo

I knew from the start that I wasn’t planning on participating in NaNoWriMo. One day, I will get back into fiction-writing, but that day is not right now.

After considering what other truncated-word/acryonym challenge I might do instead of NaNoWriMo (such as NaBloPoMo or NaNoJouMo), I decided I really can’t be arsed to do a daily intensive challenge and I’m already a day behind anyway… So, whatever.

I’m going to work on my creative assortment of interests daily, as usual. This month’s focus is Finishing Things.

So far, I’ve completed the Les Misérables wrap and hand-felted it in a basin in the bathtub. Handfelting — what a workout!

Les Miserables - Bathtub

Les Miserables - Felted Closeup

The color never shows up in the photographs right… Sigh. Think turmeric (which is actually the yarn color’s name).

I believe I thought the felting would shrink it a lot more, so it is still massively long. Enough for two wraps around the neck and STILL long. It is too warm to wear right now, but will be lovely in the winter.

In the spirit of finishing the UFOs that I have laying about, I pulled out the Fleegle heel socks I had set aside. As I pulled one of them on, I re-confirmed what I had previously determined: I need to unravel them a fair bit and start to add calf-shaping increases. So… I’m not that excited about that. Part of me wants to just bind-off and call it a day, but I know that I want to keep knitting them until they are TALL socks, and to do that, I will need to add calf-shaping, since they are being unattractively stretched out. But… I will get to that later, when I have more motivation for that.

I then turned to the Featherweight Cardigan, which has been sitting, neglected in a bin. Several rows into the plain stockinette stitching, I got a little bored and was hoping for a bit more excitement. Thinking I might cheat and cast-on for a quick new project (a hat), I remembered that I already knit a hat that is just waiting for some finishing (d’oh!). Tiny Owl Knit’s Deer with Little Antlers Hat. Mine has been sitting in a bin, with the hat part, two ears, and ONE antler. All that needs to be done is to make the other antler, felt them, stitch the antlers and ears on the hat, and ta-da! Done. The hunt for the skein of natural-colored wool began. I pulled bin after bin out of my closet (where I hide my yarnstash), finding several other UFOs along the way — the thick stack of squares from the Cabled Afghan KAL just waiting to be stitched together, a hat that just needed fringe added, and then… a scarf that I made as a gift for a friend… in 2008. Which has been waiting for a cloth backing to be sewn on to hide the back of the colorwork. Since 2008. …wow.

So, I decided the next project to complete was the scarf; I am over halfway through handsewing the jersey backing to the scarf. Once it’s complete, I’ll ship it off to the intended recipient. Only like… 7 years after I started it.