I Believe in Miracles

The kind of my own making.

I love ankle socks. I knit them almost exclusively.

You guys. This is huge for me. I finished TWO things within 24 hours (Thursday evening/Friday afternoon). Not just two random things. But TWO PAIRS OF SOCKS. Not the long languishing socks of years past. Socks that were finished in UNDER a month of cast-on. You may say, “But Cinna, LOTS of people finish socks quickly” and “Many knitters finish the projects they start” or “Imagine how fast they could have been done if you weren’t working on 15 projects in the last month”. Yeah, but not me. Not this lady. I have epic cases of 2nd sock syndrome (and start-itus). Last year I finished a pair of socks I started in 2012. This year, I might actually finish a pair of socks I started in 2013 (I had one sock and most of the cuff completed of the 2nd before I tossed them aside).

About the Socks

Thick Boot Socks

Now if you want to get into technicalities, one of the pairs had an unfair advantage. It was knit on size 4 needles with the yarn held double. AND they were for a sock class series I’m teaching. To be honest, the pattern was AWFUL. Since I want my students to be happy with their finished project, I literally re-wrote the pattern from the toe-up. I changed the cast-on, gave expanded stitch count options so the sock would fit an actual adult (instead of a child), re-tooled the short-row heel so it wouldn’t have holes or be too shallow, modified the leg and ribbing ratios (who want to knit 5.5 inches of ribbing, ugh), AND fixed the cast-off (because a regular cast off doesn’t actually work for socks).

About the yarn: Sometime between 2010 and 2014 my spouse purchased two huge balls of sock yarn from a random (not yarn) shop while on a work trip to Germany. I’ve managed to lose the ball bands. Both of them. I know its a wool/nylon blend. I know there’s a bunch of yardage. I made 3 socks from the yarn, and there’s still a bunch left! Yes, 3 socks. The one sock might be ripped out, its absurdly long and narrow. I am using it to illustrate that socks will stretch to accommodate a larger width, given additional length.

My leftovers. (To be more socks)

Say Yes to Pie Socks

Last month, one of my favorite local dyers (AT Haynes House Yarns) did a Trunk Show at my LYS. I picked up two colors of their awesome sock base: “You Say Yes?” and “Pumpink Vs. Sweet Potato”. I designed a toe-up sock. Which I love. And I was CRAZY EXCITED to finish (because I’ll be releasing the pattern this summer). BUUUUUT, I made them a little long. And didn’t make them with enough negative ease (I like a really snug sock). SO while I could wear them, I wouldn’t be thrilled with them.

Not wonky, just baggy.

There is a silver lining: They are the perfect size for a man’s foot, and the pattern is ABSOLUTELY UNISEX (bonus because now my pattern will accommodate more feet). Spouse doesn’t wear knit socks (they are too warm for him), but his dad has a birthday coming up and has constantly chilly feet since his heart surgery 8 years ago. Now for the bright side, I still have 2 ounces of the purple left!!!!!!! I can RE-SIZE THEM AND KNIT ANOTHER PAIR! In the name of pattern design perfection and testing, of course. I have enough of the orange to make socks on their own too. I’m winning all the way around.

They are even baggy on my ankles. I really wanted them for my very own.

Up Next:

Finishing 3 baby blankets, finishing those socks from 2013, then I can start on a sweater design from the AT Haynes House Worsted base! AHHHH- I’ve got IDEAS. But I REALLY need to finish those blankets in April. Like REALLY REALLY.

How to Track Your Rows

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The best laid plans of mice and fiber artists.

Sunny, but brisk.

I had every intention of this post being my victory lap regarding my “Say Yes to Pie” socks. Instead, I’m going to switch it up and give some advice about keeping track of your rows.

Why do I need to keep track of my rows?

Very good question. In some instances, you don’t. If you are making a garter stitch or double crochet scarf and every row is the same, you don’t. All you need is a measuring tape. But are you making a pair of something? How about utilizing a pattern repeat of more than 2 rows? Are you adding shaping? These are all instances where you need to track your rows; where you want precision. You could guess or count from the beginning row every time, but this is not precise of efficient.

I will discuss three of the ways I keep track of my rows; this is not exhaustive simply methods that work best for me.

The Paper Method

Honestly, this is the method I use the most. No tech, no fancy tools. Tremendously portable. Just paper (sometimes the pattern, an index card, or a random scrap of whatever) and a pen (or pencil, marker, crayon).
I encounter frequent distraction (I have a kindergartner and a preschooler at home) so I easily lose my place.

I use this method to track my place in a pattern repeat and also for my total number of rows/rounds. I am sure to have clear delineation between the items I’m working on (see below).

Cons: Easy to lose. Easy to forget to mark your place. Your pen cap may come off and leak all over your project (this hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’m aware that it could). If enough time passes, you may forget what your marks mean or which project they are for. I find random slips of paper with row and pattern counts all the time; I have no idea what project they go with.

The Paper Method: My low-tech approach to tracking and pattern writing.

The Stitch Marker Method

I generally use this for socks without a pattern (plain stockinette, ribbing, 2-row repeats), sleeves (straight OR shaped), shaped waists, armhole shaping, button hole placement. With the “Stitch Marker Method” I prefer to use locking stitch markers. This way they are less likely to become lost. I purchased THESE recently; I am happy to report they are working as intended. If you prefer the non-plastic variety: these are the ones I THOUGHT I was going to order (don’t shop at 11:30 pm is the take away). I have used them in both knit and crochet. Although I do not have any crochet projects utilizing them at the moment.

Currently I have them tracking my total rows for a pair of beginner socks. I use them to mark the beginning of the round, but I place them in row increments of 10. This way I don’t have to guess if my socks have equal rounds: I KNOW. I have 50 rounds from the end of my toe shaping to the short row heel, 26 rounds from above the heel shaping to the ribbing and so far 7 rows of ribbing. The yellow marker denotes the first row of my heel shaping. These are teaching socks, so there is a bit more information to read from them than if I was making these from personal use.

Cons: They are a little obtrusive. If they get caught, the might cause a snag. You need a lot of locking stitch markers available. Solid ring markers are unsuitable for this task.

Stitch markers denote both the BOR and my row count, in this case units of 10.

The Stripes Method

Here is where you allow your striping pattern to make it easy to count your rows. It can be simple or complex, but the end result is an easier to read project (than a solid or varigated). This way you can know at a glance exactly how many rows you have.

Other Methods You Could Use

There are dozens of apps and ingenious row counting devices. Yet I always go back to the ways I find easiest for me. If you have an app you love, or a row counter (like THIS pretty piece) that you can’t live without, keep on using it!

Whats your favorite method for keeping track of your rows?

Home Stretch!!!

Say Yes to Pie.

You guys! I’m SOOO jazzed right now, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to share my excitement. My “experimental” “Say Yes to Pie” socks are entering the final stage!I added the heel row on the second sock. Only 31 rows to go until I can start the (new-to-me) HEEL!! I’ve opted to complete both heels at the same time.

My boss new yarn bowl from Furls.
My scrappy crochet pillow cover, before sewing. 18×37

Other project updates: I finished the crochet portion of the 18×18 pillow cover, and have sewn up 3/4. Will finish tomorrow. I’m considering attaching some fanciness. Stay tuned. I ordered more yarn for the Ranclaw Blanket (Disclaimer, this link is an affiliate marketing link). 3 skeins won’t be enough, but 5 will! I’ve been making some progress on it the last couple days; when I really buckle down, it goes really fast (the yarn and the completion of rows). I’ve lost some steam on the other set of blankets I’m making. I’m not in love with the stitches I’ve chose. Lucky for me, I’m the artist and I can rip it all out and make it BETTER!

Ranclaw Baby Blanket

Busy Work.

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Oh! Hello Cherry Blossoms!

Time has lost all meaning. I haven’t driven my car since Monday, and then it was just over 2 miles round trip. Since days are all kinda blending together, I don’t mind that I am home with the family. I’ve been somewhat productive with household chores that I frequently shirk (because I don’t have the “time”). I removed extra clutter from the hall closet, COATS can actually hang without hitting a box of kid created detritus (in the form of literal scribbled on sheet of paper crammed into a box).

This coat closet won’t get me featured on an organizing or decor blog, but its functional and organized.

I FINALLY tackled the space I keep extra coloring books, crayons, watercolors, and apparently educational workbooks. Between the closet (see above) and the storage bench (which houses the kids’ extra art supplies) I amassed quite a pile of said education workbooks. Both kids worked on books with stickers this afternoon for almost 45 minutes, without losing interest. My son lost interest first and wanted me to keep him on task, of course I obliged. My daughter did one of the short workbooks in its entirety; she didn’t want to stop until she completed it! She didn’t need much help, I’m very impressed with her reading ability and tenacity to complete her task.

Is there such thing as TOO MANY workbooks? Asking for a friend.

I also decided to make soft pretzels with the kids today. They were a huge hit. I modified the recipe from Gather for Bread as follows: I added a teaspoon of salt to the dough so they didn’t rise out of control, filled my stock pot half way with water and added a lot of baking soda (that I didn’t measure, likely 1/2 – 3/4 cup), batch boiled 8 pretzels at a time for 2 minutes, brushed generously on all sides with a butter/egg/water slurry, sprinkled generously with course salt, “bagel seasoning”, or Fox Point Seasoning and baked for 12 minutes (the first batch wasn’t quite as browned as I like my pretzels). My shaped sticks were pretty shaggy/sad looking, as I made my dough a little too dry and didn’t try too hard to make them look better.

Regardless of how they looked, they tasted REALLY great! No need for sauce or mustard: they were flavorful plain. The kids did NOT hesitate to gobble them up once they were cool. My son had at least 2 and tried to snag a third! My daughter decided to eat the biggest one.

But lastly, what this blog is supposed to be all about: FIBER CRAFTS. I feel I haven’t made much progress this week. In order to be honest with myself on the amount of active WIPs I have going, I literally brought all the projects that I have worked on in the last 24 hours together. No wonder I feel like nothing is getting accomplished! I’m only working on each piece for a little while, bouncing between projects, dependent on where I happen to be in the house at any given moment.

left: scrappy throw pillow cover, top: bobbles baby blanket strip, center: “dresser sock”, right: teaching example socks, bottom: “Say Yes to Pie” sock design project (using my AT Haynes House Yarns Bare Feet sock yarn)

Right?!?! No wonder nothing is getting finished “fast enough”. Disclosure: The dresser socks are from 2014. They will be a lost knits file feature in the coming months. I hope. Realistically, I can finish 3/5 of these in the next week at the scattered pace I’m working. Which means I can start on designing and knitting the fall sweater I’m dreaming about! I’m so excited!

In the midst of it all, I am getting some quality reading in. A couple months ago I purchased Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet. Honestly, I am really loving this book. It echos so many of my own experiences; it resonates with me in unexpected ways. I don’t want to put it down.

I’m curious to hear what everyone else has been up to. Tackling a backlog of chores, relaxed knitting/crocheting, reading that ever growing pile of books?

Free Pattern: Done-in-a-Day Knit Pillow

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When I work on numerous large and long-term projects, or have a couple of finishing set-backs, I start itching to finish something I LIKE. I’m also trying to minimize the number of partial skeins I have floating around my life.

Too many partial skeins. But I have a PLAN!

Today I solved a handful of problems with one solution a “Done-in-a-Day” project. I’ve been inspired by the number of absolutely STUNNING scrapghans that knitter and crocheters have been putting out this year. In the spirit of finishing it now, I decided to cast on for a pillow. I tried the size 50 needles, but they were just too big. I dug out my 15mm/19s. They were perfect. Chunky stitches. Not too unwieldy. Yarn Piggery abound.

9 strands of yarn. Knit all at once.

Now knitting with 9 strands at once is great for using a bunch of yarn. But inevitably it gets all tangled. I think a full third of the time spent on the project was removing the biggest tangles! Ball management is rough, but hey, that’s what happens when you just dump the working yarns into a pile and work from the tangle.

A few rando yarns for my project.. And TEA!!

Regardless of inspiration striking at 1:30 pm, choosing the right yarns, untangling them constantly, reading my book, dinner, kids’ baths, watching TV with spouse, the project was finished and sewn by 9pm! Winning! I finished it fast.

Completed “Done-in-a-Day” stash-busting pillow!

Hopefully this will inspire you to make a matching pillow for your really awesome Scrapghans! See below for the “Pattern”.

Done-in-a-Day Knit Pillow

Suitable for all skill levels.

Finished Dimensions: to cover an approximately 10×18, (18×18) pillow. A slightly larger pillow will squish to conform to the the internal dimensions yielding a firmer finished product.

Yarn:  9 (18) x 100 yards of worsted weight. Yardage need not be continuous, join new yarns/colors as needed/desired.

Yardage:  Approximately 900 – 1800yards of worsted weight yarn total. You will need more or less depending on the size of your pillowform

Needles: 15mm/size 19

Notions: Yarn needle, pillowform/pillow insert

No need for new! Covering throw pillows from my old Duvet set.

Gauge:  approximately 1.5 sts/in

Instructions:

Holding 9 strands of worsted weight yarn together:

Cast-on 17 (28) stitches.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Purl all stitches.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for36 inches or required length required to cover your pillow.

Bind-off.

Weave in ends on the “wrong side”; either side of the fabric is suitable for this.

Finishing:

Sew the short ends together: stitch around the base of the cast-on and bind-off stitches. Position the pillow inside the loop. Using mattress stitch, seam up one side, then the other, enclosing the pillow completely. Weave in seaming ends.

This is how I closed my pillow; I wasn’t sure where I wanted my short side seem at the side or at the center. This allowed me to position (slightly off-center) exactly where I wanted my seam to fall. Feel free to finish your project any way you want.

Enjoy your fast, EASY scrap-busting project!!

Progress Report: Socks, Blanket.

Today was not the day I envisioned. The confluence of my allergies and lack of sleep was not a good combination for doing my normal activities.

This perfectly sums up the way I’m feeling. Meh.

But the combination was good to hang about and work on my “Say Yes to Pie” (working title??) socks. I am going to do the heels together, so I’m going to call this pair 45% complete.

Oh baby! Look at this BEAUTIFUL SOCK!!

When I initially wrote about these socks a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to be doing a bunch of new techniques. Well, today I tried Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off in pattern (2×2 rib). I think it should be called Jeny’s Surprisingly Tedious Bind-off; it felt like it was never going to end. I USUALLY do a knit-two-together bind-off. I’m fast at it and I don’t need to think. Jeny’s technique is slightly stretchier than my “usual” stretchy bind-off. Looks about the same.

K2tog bind-off in the back, Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off in the front. Needle size different: 3 vs 1.5

Free Pattern: Beginner Triangular Shawl.

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too.

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Sample B worn with the point in front

Recently I taught a class called “Crochet Tips and Tricks”. A catchall class that covers yarn weights, materials, and preparation, hook sizes and materials, how to pick the right size hook, reading a pattern, untangling yarn, and a couple of techniques. What the class didn’t have was a project. I wanted something my students could make that would allow them to practice some of the techniques we learned in class. I searched the web for a suitable triangular shawl. None of which were EXACTLY what I wanted. There were a couple that were close, but not quite. So I designed my own.

I wanted it to be suitable for any fiber; cotton, wool, acrylic, blends, linen. Not everyone enjoys working with wool; budget, allergies, ethics. Modifying the fiber will affect the look of the finished project. I’ve worked 3 different shawls so far. The first in a Nylon, the second in an Acrylic/Wool Blend, the third in Mercerized Cotton. Each shawl has its own beauty, but the drape is slightly different for each.

Beginner Crochet Triangle Shawl

Sample C worked in cotton, perfect for spring!

By Cinnamon of Miscellaneous Design Studio

EASY AND BEAUTIFUL

Wrap yourself up against the elements (or overly air conditioned spaces) in a beautiful shawl suitable for crocheters of any skill level.

Suitable for any fiber content.

Skills: Magic Loop, Increases, Chain, Double Crochet, Treble Crochet

Finished Dimensions: Small:  49” wide 17.5”deep, Large: 70-76” wide 30” deep

Gauge: gauge for this project is not vital, but to obtain a finished product of the approximate size with the approximate yardage given in this pattern use the listed gauge as a guideline:
  3-3.5 sts/in, 1.5-1.7 rows/1”

Yarn: You can use any DK (size 3) weight yarn, in any fiber content, of your choice. You will need between 375 and 900 yards depending on the size you wish to make and your native gauge. Smaller shawls will use less yarn, larger shawls will use more yarn.

Sample A: 5 skeins Hand-Dyed Heaven (100% Nylon, 175 yards) in Jawbreaker by Lion Brand Yarns.

            Sample B: 2 skeins Wool-Ease DK Cake (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 393 yards) in Meadow by Lion Brand Yarns

            Sample C: 325 yards total Desert Flower (100% Cotton, 125 yards) in White, Aqua, Pink and, Yellow by Dark Horse Yarns (this yarn is discontinued)

Hooks:  I/5.5 mm

Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Tips: You can easily make this project larger or smaller. Vary the gauge or the number of rows worked.

Abbreviations:

            CH: Chain

            DC: Double Crochet

            TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern Stitches:

            Chain: Yarn-over, pull through the loop

            Double Crochet: wrap yarn around the hook, insert hook into the next stitch of the previous row, yarn-over, draw up the loop, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.

Treble Crochet: wrap yarn around the hook twice, insert hook into the next stitch of the previous row, yarn-over, draw up the loop, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.

Illustration of the Treble Crochet into the top of the top of the CH 3 in the row below.

Pattern Instructions:

Start with a magic ring.

Magic Ring Preparation
Magic Loop Set-up: Insert your hook into the circle, yarn over the hook, pull through. You will build your initial chain on this loop.

Set-up row: Into the magic ring: CH 3, 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, TR.

This is what you will have after completing the set-up row.

Pull the magic ring closed. Turn.

Row 1: CH 3 (2 DC) into the same first stitch, DC in every stitch until you reach the CH space in the row below, into the CH 1 space  (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC), DC into ever stitch until you reach the last stitch (the last stitch will be the top of the CH 3 from the row below), work (2 DC, TR) into the last stitch. Turn.

This is what your project will look like after working the set-up and two rows.

Work ROW 1 every row until shawl is as large as you want it to be.

Finishing:

Weave in ends. Block.

Go grab a coffee wearing your new shawl. Let the compliments flow!

Text Box: 17” – 30”
Sample A: 5 skeins Hand-Dyed Heaven (100% Nylon, 175 yards) in Jawbreaker by Lion Brand Yarns

 

Sample B: 2 skeins Wool-Ease DK Cake (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 393 yards) in Meadow by Lion Brand Yarns
Sample C: 325 yards total Desert Flower (100% Cotton, 125 yards) in White, Aqua, Pink and, Yellow by Dark Horse Yarns (this yarn is discontinued)

Good Intentions

AKA: Failing at Resolutions.

Wearing my boss hat while working on yarn-y things and resolutions.

This isn’t all about how awful I’ve been at keeping my arbitrary resolutions, but merely a lament that I can’t do it all at once.

2020 was going to be MY YEAR. I have multiple crafting resolutions. I became active in one of the Stash Down groups on Ravelry that I’ve been a member of since 2008. I decided to actively engage with the knit and crochet communities. I wrote out my “Sigma 2020 Goals”; they hang on my board. My goals aren’t lofty or unrealistic, and all things considered, I’m making OK progress. But I don’t feel like I’m WINNING this year.

As we can see, keeping my hands moisturized isn’t a goal.

The problem isn’t the goals. Its me. I am an instant gratification kinda lady. I want it NOW. I want to be able to finish my goals quickly. When I have long term goals, I lose interest after a couple months. Even breaking them into small goals becomes tedious after awhile. Some of my goals literally span the entire year ( like writting 10 blog posts a month: for the entire year, or getting in more intentional cardio workouts: I’m notorious for just doing a LOT of strength training and blowing off cardio). Some of the goals I had intended to knock out pretty quick, like finishing WIPs, organizing spaces, and reading books. I’ve completed 3 (out of a goal of 8) long-term WIPs (the Sally Cardigan, the Estes Park Shawl, and my Franken-Top).

Yeah…this Paulie from 2012 still in Limbo

I have a couple of finish or frog projects that I can’t seem to make a decision on one way or another. Primary example: my Paulie cardigan. I’m almost certain its going to be too small for me now. When I started it there was only ONE size available on the pattern; its since expanded in sizes. I love the color choices I made. I DON’T want to rip out all of the work that went into it. Converting it to a pullover with a center panel isn’t out of the question (I need the extra space in the front of the garment anyway). See the conundrum?

LOOK! The heel row is marked. Now to finish the leg/ribbing and the 2nd sock!!!

To be honest, I thought the pattern publishing thing would go faster! I have handful of small projects released this year (find them here!). I also have a pretty substantial pattern pipeline right now. I have 2 free crochet baby blanket patterns in the works, a free sock pattern (that also meets my 1 of my 2 pairs of socks for me goal), two adventurous beginner shawls (one knit and one crochet) that need to be blogged, and a cowl that just needs PICTURES so I can publish. I have some older designs that need to be reworked for pattern release. Then there are ALL THE design sketches just waiting to be brought to life. Not enough time to develop, work-up, write, release, blog, and MARKET in addition to raising two young kids. Little steps, right?

The book goal is really bothering me too. I wanted to read 6 books by Women of Color this year. I have one that I want to dive into, but I feel I should finish reading the last 20 pages of my current book. I think once I finish up these crochet projects and I’m on some knitting it’ll be easier to read more. I can read and knit. I can’t read and crochet, YET.

My next book! I’ve read the first couple pages and can’t wait to dive in!

How are you doing with your resolutions or goals for 2020? Are you crushing them? Have you abandoned or modified them?

Furls Streamline Swirl Hook Review

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Back in February I purchased 3 Furls Hooks. The Streamline Wood, the Streamline Swirl, and the Odyssey. I reviewed the wood hook here. By and large, the I (5.5 mm) hook is my favorite size. I own half a dozen hooks in this size, most of them the Clover Soft Touch Hook. I had heard so much positive buzz around the Furls Hooks. My love of crafting tools compelled me to purchase a higher price point product. Here’s what I think:

Overall:

I love this hook.

Specifics:

The Streamline Swirl is a resin hook. The website is correct, it has minimal grab and is somewhat heavier than the wood hook and heavier than my Clover hook . It is longer than the hooks of most other manufacturers. As a woman with larger hands, this is great for me; I don’t get stabbed in the palm while crocheting. Because of the bulb shaped handle, there was a short period of adjusting to a new grip. My “new” grip seems to be more relaxed, since I don’t need to hold the hook in my hand: it rests in the hand as you work. Even with the relaxed grip, my gauge/tension remains the same.

A close-up of the asymmetry of my hook’s nose.

I’m not thrilled about the asymmetric nose of my hook. Comparing it to my other Furls hooks, I believe its a small defect. Because of the super shallow left side, I need a different hook to effectively work magic ring with slippery yarns. Other than the occasional dropped loop when doing clusters/bobbles, it doesn’t effect the usability of the hook. The yarn glides right off the hook. No hitching, no catching, all speed.

Bobbles away!!

Take Away:

This is honestly my new favorite hook, defect and all. I plan on adding the J and P sizes to my collection next. There are a few other color combinations available; partially to differentiate the J from the I, as they are similar in size. If you are on the fence about spending over $20 on a hook: consider your hand health. If you experience hand/wrist/elbow discomfort after crocheting perhaps an ergonomic hook would alleviate this pain (along with hand/arm/shoulder stretches and appropriate breaks).

Have you tried the Furls Hooks? What is your favorite hook brand and size?

The Plod

From Sunday Afternoon

As a crafter, I go through fits and spurts of “excitement”. Mentally, the beginning and end of a project are the most compelling as the maker. The middle just plods along; particularly large projects.

Right now, I have the beginnings of two baby blankets. I started one on Saturday, and one about an hour ago. I have 3 total (crochet) baby blankets that I want finished this month. Two will be virtually identical and have a deadline of 3/21 (they are the same commission), the third I want done by 4/1 but can be as late as 5/1 (for a dear friend from college and his wife). How I’m doing anything besides working on those blankets is beyond me. Neither of the patterns will be difficult, and in true Cinna fashion- I’m designing them myself. Obviously working from a tested pattern with accurate yardage requirements when I have a deadline isn’t something I do. This apparently is my own special brand of crazy. Fortune favors the bold, amiright?
I’m certain I have ample yarn for the striped bobble ones. The modified Griddle stitch I’m still uncertain of; 4 cakes of Wool-Ease DK cake would certainly be enough. I have three. Three is going to be close; if I see another in this colorway, I’m going to snatch it up. Worst case scenario: I’ll do beginning and end colorblocks of a solid. Taking a measurement upon completion of the first cake will determine my level of panic (right now 3/10).

I’m certain I need another set of hands to meet my deadlines!

Regardless of how insane this undertaking is, I finally have the opportunity to work extensively with two of Furls Hooks I got last month! My Odyssey (the purple one) and Swirl Streamlines will get a review once I work the projects for 10-20 hours (between 3/6-9).

My pretties.

I’m still working on my socks; 2 pattern repeats until I figure out exactly how do do the heel (peasant/afterthought). I also think they are going to be somewhat looser than I usually prefer my socks. My next pair will be done in a tighter gauge- which possibly means buying new needles (YAY!!! I love new tools! I’m thinking about these). [Unaffiliated link]

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