Ideas, Intentionality, and What I’m Working On

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head, and you can’t stop unconsciously humming or singing it until it passes? That’s what the making process is to me. Ever since I picked up knitting, it’s like the creative part of my brain switched on.

This year, I’m working to be more intentional with my makes and my ideas. My goal is try to notice more when I have an itch to purchase new yarn or to cast a new project, to take a step back, and reflect: will I get lots of wears out of of this finished object? is this inspired by trends? is it something I will reach for or something I’m missing from my wardrobe? I hope to incorporate more intentionality because my making goal this year is to be creative and reduce my stash! I’ve accumulated a lot of yarn, and the amount is more than I’m comfortable with.

Anyways, all that’s to say is most of what I am working on or will be working on is yarn from my stash. I’m excited to see what makes I will accomplish and to get to a comfortable place with my stash as a goal!

Finished Objects:

I’m petite and am only about 4’11” tall and making my own clothes has been a freeing experience. I just finished The Weekender sweater designed by Andrea Mowry, and I love it! I started this project last December and this was yarn that I purchased from Purl Soho on sale. I’ve mostly been wearing it around the apartment, but I got to wear to on a picnic by the park outside where we live. You can follow my project notes and mods here on my Ravelry If I were to remake this, I might make a cropped version.

I also recently finished making a hat for my partner (left). It shouldn’t have taken so long to complete, but I kept putting it off. This was my first time holding strands doubled (that wasn’t mohair) and I kept getting strands tangled. While the yarn was extremely luxurious and a delight to work with, the tangled situation made me dread picking this project up. It’s starting to get warm where we live these days, so I’m not sure how many wears he’ll get until the fall, but I’m sure pleased with how this hat turned out!

The hat on the right is something I made last year, but it’s for a friend who just welcomed a baby girl this January! I’m going to make a pink pom pom. Can’t wait for them to get it.

What I’m Working On

I’ve got lots of projects going on at once right now….I’m itching to cast on a new sweater now that I’ve sorted out my stash and finished the Weekender project, but I know I’ll feel better working on my current WIPs.

I have a colorwork sweater, a mindless shawl for tv/knitting for meetings with a pattern I’m making up as I go, and a tee made with gorgeous merino yarn that I have on the needles.

I also have two socks going on right now: a simple vanilla one with self striping Regia yarn where I’m experimenting stitch counts for the perfect fit, and a more complex pattern called Vervain from Laine’s 52 Weeks of Socks publication. Here are older photos that I took last week of what they look like. (I’ve completed the left sock of Vervain and am almost done with the second sock!)

Fingers crossed the next time I post I have completed more WIPs! Until then, I’ll be anxiously knitting away in the evening during these crazy times.

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