I have a case of senioritis. A bad one. With only a week and a half of classes left, I’m ready to be done. As a result, I’ve been doing more knitting than I probably should.
My first project comes from the book Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachiyo Ishii. It’s a dangerous book. The projects are all tiny and adorable and woo you with the thought of “Well, it’ll only take me an hour to finish.” NO! Put the book down. Yes, each project only takes a couple hours, but once you start you will not want to stop because you are so close to a finished project. It’ll be a great book once I’m done with classes and finals but for now I think I need to hide it somewhere so I’m not tempted to make anything from it until I’m done with school. Here is the product of my afternoon yesterday (please ignore the mess in the background. I’m going through my stuff in preparation to move):
Like I said, the projects are adorable, but addicting.
In another chapter of the senioritis saga, I have learned that crocheting is not as terrible as I once thought. I always found it very confusing, but once you figure out the basic stitches, it isn’t so bad. I decided to learn how to crochet for real this time (I’d previously only crocheted a lopsided mini pig) and this teacup was the result.
It was all single crochet so pretty straightforward, but the end result is pretty cute for a first project if I do say so myself.
Ok, enough crafting. I need to get back to work.
I just looked and I can’t believe my last post was in November! Things have been crazy with it being senior year and all. I actually graduate in about a month! I’ll be starting a post-bac research position at the NIH on June 1st which I’m really excited about. Beyond having the opportunity to do some awesome science, I’m excited to have real free time!! And that means more time for knitting!
Until then though, I’ve just been able to fit in a bit of knitting here and there. I’ll use this post to fill you guys in on the projects I’ve completed since my last post.
First is the Nutkin beanie– a pattern from the knit picks website. My younger brother is obsessed with squirrels so this seemed perfect for him. To make things even better, I snagged some wonderful cashmere blend yarn from Knit Picks on sale! This project took me about a year on and off since the yarn was really small making progress pretty slow, but I’m proud of the result:
Next up in my month of hats, was a secret snowflake gift for a new medic in the EMS organization that I volunteer for. During his interviews, when asked what breed of dog best described him, he answered “A bulldog, because I’m short and stout.” Needless to say, when I found this next pattern, I had to make it for him. It was my first time holding three colors across a row which was pretty rough, but I survived and the finished product is pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
Finally, my boyfriend’s birthday was in mid-December and of course I had to knit him something. First, I made a snowflake hat to help him get through the winter in DC where he’s working now.
I also made him this Guston Pullover sweater. I used Knit Pick’s wool of the Andes tweed yarn which was much softer than I expected. It was my first time making anything with button holes which was a challenge, but the finished result was so comfy that I almost couldn’t stand to give it away:
Well, I think that covers everything I’ve done since my last post. More posts will come soon as I’m learning some double knitting and am planning to maybe even release my own charts/pattern pretty soon! Thanks for your patience with my lack of posting! I’ll talk to you all soon!
My MCAT is done! And so is the Embrace Octopus Sweater! I spent my study breaks these last couple weeks working on it so I just had to weave in the ends today (which took forever…). Here’s the finished product:
I’m driving back to Minnesota tomorrow (a 9 hour drive. Ick) so I’ll post a picture of me wearing the sweater once I’m there and have someone to take a picture of me.
Overall, I enjoyed this sweater but it was definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever knit. The directions weren’t very descriptive (especially for a $17 pattern…) but the detailed charts were great. I just had some trouble interpreting the directions for the short rows of the neck. I’m not sure if I did it correctly but the sweater fits so I guess it turned out ok. The only part of this sweater that I really disliked was the left sleeve with the tentacle spiraling down it. I had to float the white yarn all the way around the entire way up or else I would have had 500 ends to weave in. It took forever and I just got kind of tired of it. I messed up a bit on the tension towards the bottom so it’s a bit tight but it works.
Just to demonstrate all of the floats I had to do, here’s a picture of the inside of the sweater:
The only thing I changed was using worsted weight yarn instead of bulky as suggested in some of the comments on the pattern. The sweater is a bit tight but I think that if it had come out too large, the octopus wouldn’t be as visible.
Overall, if you’re up for a challenge, I’d definitely suggest knitting this! It’s pretty fun and it’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever made.