KNITTING UPDATE #34 | CLEARING THE NEEDLES

There’s no stopping me anymore, or so it seems! I pretty much did all the important stuff I had planned for myself this week. Which means I’ve been clearing the needles like a maniac. And that doesn’t happen too often, so I’m feeling like I should print and frame this blogpost. Besides my productiveness, this week was awesome for another reason as well: the coming-alive of a fab collab! (If it rhymes, it’s true.) Now let’s get this writing over with, so I can pursue all my next goals. 😉

Mae Andrea Mowry

WORKING ON THE LAST SLEEVE (OF THE TWO, IT’S NOT LIKE IT HAS A DOZEN SLEEVES) OF MY MAE SWEATER

Finished objects

Mae Sweater

Yayayayayayayayyyy, it’s done, complete, finitoI must admit, this project started to take too much time, and the sleeves became a bit of burden in the end. But that was all my own fault, because I let it linger for too long. On the overall, this was such a fun knit! Yesterday, I finished the second sleeve and immediately sat down to weave in all those ends — otherwise it never happens. It’s blocking right now, so I can’t show you a proper picture, but I’ll probably do that next week. I’ll also shoot a few photos of me wearing it and use those to illustrate a separate blogpost dedicated entirely to this beauty, just like I did with my Long Island sweater. Stay tuned for that if you’re interested!

clearing the needles Chain Twenty

YARN: DROPS ALASKA MIX // COLORS: DARK GREY (#05), LIGHT GREY (#03)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZES: 5 MM, 7 MM
PATTERN: MAE BY ANDREA MOWRY

You see what I did there? ^^ I started adding needle information as well. You’re welcome. 😉

San Agústin facecloth #9

This was a slow knit — even though it’s a small project — because this was my pattern sample. Therefore, I had to photograph different steps in the process, which meant knitting with good lighting, etc. It pretty much took me the entire day to knit, photograph and finalize the pattern, but it’s all done now!

Chain Twenty San Agústin facecloth

YARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: LIGHT GREY (#23)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS,  LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 3 MM, 4 MM
PATTERN: SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTH BY CHAIN TWENTY (SOON AVAILABLE ON ETSY)
FINISHED SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS AVAILABLE ON ETSY

San Agústin facecloth pattern (testers’ version)

And the pattern is send to five testers with varying (pattern) knitting experience. It’s my first pattern, so I’m kinda nervous, but I know I tried my hardest to make it perfect, so I know that with their remarks it will sure be. They have a two-week time frame to get back to me, so the pattern will be released in my next shop update, which will be on September 20th! I seriously don’t know how some knitwear designers out there are able to release pattern after pattern in what feels like two seconds!? This took me ages and it’s just a simple facecloth, haha!

Chain Twenty San Agústin facecloth pattern

ONE OF THE STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS ILLUSTRATING THE PATTERN

Works in progress

Zigzag blanket

It’s slow going with this blanket, but I love working on a large project now that my Mae sweater is finished. I’m thinking I might do a scrappy blanket in this pattern, but I don’t know if the texture will show up properly then. A lot of scraps have been accumulating over here though, and even though it’s a nowhere-near-enough amount for a blanket, I do like the idea of cleaning up and starting one already. We’ll see. I can also simply crochet one, which is much easier also because it doesn’t occupy needles. I’m afraid I won’t like it as much though… we’ll see. I have to think about it a few weeks more I suppose. Funny that this paragraph contains just one sentence that actually deals with my Zigzag blanket, but oh well. #bloggerlife

knitting clearing the needles

YARN: LANA GROSSA LINEA PURA CASHSILK // COLOR: WHITE (#07)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 7 MM
PATTERN: ZIGZAG BLANKET BY CHAIN TWENTY (IN THE WORKS)

Future projects

San Agústin facecloths #10, #11, #12

Having only one project on the needles means these future projects aren’t so futur-y anymore. I’ll probably cast on all of these soon. First of all, I wanna finish a couple of facecloth sets for the shop update. The idea is to make a set of a grey and white one (the grey one being already done), and maybe a pinstriped set.

One Stop crop top

This project has been in my Ravelry queue for ages now, but I think I think I think this may be the week it’s finally getting on the needles! I updated my Ravelry project pages, queue and favorites by the way, so if you’re interested in my entire knitting history and planning (besides following these posts), you can check out my profile there!

YARN: DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI // COLOR: JEANS BLUE (#26)
PATTERN: ONE STOP CROP TOP BY EMILY MANASC

Lucy Star tank

Exciting news! I’m teaming up with Wool and the Gang to promote one of their Summer kits and their relatively new Out of Space Dyed cotton colorway that looks like it was made for Chain Twenty: the Happy Shiny Cotton in 101 Spots. I’ve been swoooooning over this yarn ever since it was released and now I’m waiting for my very own Lucy Star tank kit to arrive (hopefully this week)! I’m trying to not put too many exclamation marks in this little paragraph, but I just can’t help myself!

Wool and the Gang Lucy Star tank

YARN: HAPPY SHINY COTTON // COLOR: OUT OF SPACE DYED – 101 SPOTS
PATTERN: LUCY STAR TANK BY WOOL AND THE GANG
PICTURE: WOOL AND THE GANG

Classic vest

Sorry Jessica, your lovely classic vest has to wait for a little longer, but I’m still very much looking forward to casting this one on too. How awesome that I’ve got three Summer knits lined up now that all three look different. This is gonna be so instructive — and handy, since Summer is in fullllll swing around here. #feelinghothothot. Hope I’ll finish all of them in time, haha!

YARN: RICO BABY COTTON SOFT DK PRINT // NAVY BLUE MOULINÉ (#36)
PATTERN: CLASSIC VEST BY JESS JOHNSON (KNITS PLEASE)

Acquisitions

Nothing new came in this week, which is probably a good thing, because I’ve got a lot of stuff to knit through over the next few weeks!

Statistics

Totally back on track with my yarn diet, even when Wool and the Gang’s package comes in next week! #highfive

In: 0

Out: 12

  • 7x Drops Alaska // Dark Grey (#05)
  • 4x Drops Alaska // Light Grey (#03)
  • 1x Drops Paris // Light Grey (#023)

In since week 26: 11

  • 5x Drops Cotton Light Uni
  • 2x Drops Paris
  • 4x Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print

Out since week 26: 20

  • 11x Drops Alaska
  • 2x Drops Big Merino
  • 7x Drops Paris

Next week will be all about swatching and casting on new projects, I suppose! Blogging-wise, I hope to be working on my Mae sweater post and write a continuation of the Bullet Journal post. I’m also thinking of writing up the pattern for the El Tablero headband and publish it here, so keep an eye out for that if you’re looking for a quick Winter-is-coming knit. Hope y’all have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

3 thoughts on “KNITTING UPDATE #34 | CLEARING THE NEEDLES

  1. OK, so….well done on finishing the Mae sweater, I seriously can’t wait to see the finished product!

    OHEMGEE that is SO exciting that you’re partnering with Wool and the Gang! You probably don’t need me to tell you that I am ob-sessed with that Out of Space Dyed cotton, it is to die for! All the heart eyes! I’m seriously so excited for you to start on this tank! All of the exclamation marks!

    The yarn that you’ve chosen for the Classic Vest looks SO GORGEOUS. Totally take your time, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how it knits up! I definitely want to knit with more cotton, for sure!

    So excited to see your future updates, I think they’re going to be amazing!

    1. Aaahh, thank you for all your excitement for me haha! I really feel like I’m getting more into a good place now. I’m not looking for projects to knit or things to do anymore, they just come at me it seems haha! Like a proper business. 😉 I actually knit with cotton quite a lot, simply because it usually is superwash and stays really nice after washing. And it’s all about practicality in my book. 😀 Thanks for reading and commenting and that Classic vest will turn out gorgy, I’m sure!

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