Friday, November 1, 2013

Finished knits and the beginning of NaNoWriMo

Finished the Boneyard shawl that I had started on my birthday in September

Had my daughter take pictures earlier this week when the weather was nice. I used all 3 skeins that I had. Even used a crochet bind off since I actually ran out of yarn.

And the whole reason I made the shawl; to be worn on the swing on a cool evening. Here I am with my boys.

I love the little flecks of colour.

Overall I am very happy with this knit. This is the third time I've knit this pattern and would easily do it again if the need or want arose.

Had my daughter model it too.

I think everything always looks better on her than me, but this one is definitely mine. It's also great for wrapping around shoulders during late night writing.

Finished my first pair of FrankenSocks. The baby was responsible for inspecting my work. He approved. I used up 4 different colours from my stash. Very happy about that.

Still need to work on the gusset hole and cast off but loved making my first pair of toe-up socks. I have several more pairs planned. Especially after both my mom and sister requested socks for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, I hadn't planned on making anything for anyone this year, except for my own kids. But after moving all my craft stuff a few months ago I have trouble justifying spending the money for gifts instead of making them - and we could use the room. This week I began working on a list of gifts. I've been going through my ravelry queue and bookmarks trying to decide what I can attempt to make. I hope to add a page to the blog of the list of gifts I hope to make and my progress. Right now the living room is covered in yarn and other craft stuff while I make decisions.

One gift was decided on and started. Here's just a sneak peek. I've been loving the crochet so much that I added a couple crocheted gifts to the list. Including 2 afghans. I must be crazy.

I was up til midnight last night ready to start NaNoWriMo. 

Baby was sleeping on the couch beside me.

Finished for the night/morning and I had already done my word count for the day (the goal is roughly 1,667 words a day). I added over 500 this afternoon while the baby napped bringing me to 2,269. A good start. Hopefully I can keep up this pace. Did I mention that I also joined 3 knit-alongs as well? Only one of them has a hard deadline of December 6th. One has a deadline of December 31st and the other is open ended. Only one of the projects is for me, the rest are Christmas gifts and mainly using stash yarn.

1:07am. Finished writing and was finally off to bed. With writing and gift making the next 2 months, I think I won't really sleep again until 2014.

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