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My knitting world has been quiet

I honestly haven’t done much knitting the past 6 months. Between moving and starting a new jobs (twice >_>), there hasn’t been a ton of time.

I did, however, recently finish a hat for my step-father that turned out looking pretty good:

Modeling a hat I knit for my step-father.

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The only other knitting thing going on as of late is starting a new new scarf for my mother since her old one was lost. Also have plans to start projects for my sister and future brother-in-law so hopefully I can get these all wrapped up before the holidays.

Hope everyone out there in the world is doing well!

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Some Recent(-ish) Projects

Hi there! I’m still around. I know I’m a bad blogger the past year and a half, but I’ve taken a bit of a break from knitting and crocheting. I didn’t totally stop, but I took a break for a while. It was worth it, though, because I finished first novel which is quite exciting!

This year I plan on getting back into knitting a bit more again. Crochet is enjoyable, but I don’t enjoy it as much as knitting, regardless of the speed or outcome.

Here are some projects I’m working on or have finished.

Another mushroom blanket. It’s a bit further along than this photo, but still has some work to go.

Easy baby blanket in garden walk for a friend’s baby that came along in November 🙂

Ear warmer I made for my sister.

Blogging Fail

So I haven’t kept up with blogging much this year. I actually haven’t been knitting too much since the holidays. I overdid it a bit with holiday gifts and needed a bit of a break. Hopefully this weekend I will get a chance to take pictures of what I have been working on.

This weekend, I promise!

I know, I know, I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve been working on one project at a time lately as well as doing a bit more programming and video games so there hasn’t been terribly much knitting. I have finished a project and started a few more, though. I promise, this weekend I’ll write a new post!

Thanks!

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for all of the kind comments and new follows after my last post!

A year of ohmisterknitter!

It has officially been a year since I started this blog! It’s also been about a year and then some since I started knitting. I can honestly say that it has been quite fun to watch as my projects and skills progress and I’ve learning a lot along the way.

I do have thank several people (via Twitter users) for their help along the way and if I forgot someone, I do apologize and it’s not intentional: @MaiaSpins, @theindigomuse, @ojollyknitting, @knit1eat1, @make1inc, and especially @badapplebettie who even though I’m sure I annoy her at times, she’s still patient enough to try to help me figure something out.

I haven’t updated in a while, but I currently have two projects going on. One is the large granny square blanket that I am making for a coworker who is expecting her first baby in July. I’m close to done, but ran out of a color with about 4 squares left so I’m waiting for that to get here. After I finish the squares, I just have to do the edging.

The blanket is so close to done and I couldn’t be happier with it!

The other project is a scarf based on this one. I modified the pattern a bit to keep it from rolling after it gets blocked. I did a swatch and that method worked. I’m planning to put it up on Ravelry at some point soon.

To give an idea on how much I’ve progressed in a year, that amount took me about 4 hours and a year ago took me a few days. This is worked in a colorway called Garden Party that I absolutely love…so of course it was recently discontinued.

I can’t believe that it’s already been a year, but I’m sure before I know it another will have passed and then another and another.

Another update is that I’m sad to say that my Gauge Guide project as I planned it is unfortunately not going to work out. The APIs I planned to use are doing nothing but fighting with me and I haven’t been able to find useful help. BUT I do have another idea that I’m going to map all out on paper and see if I think I’ll be up for working on it. That other idea will incorporate the gauge guide project in it.

Kylie25 Project

A few weeks ago I posted about one of my ideas for a project. I think I’m going to go through with venturing into it over the next year to year and a half.

If you haven’t read the previous post, the idea is called Kylie25. Kylie Minogue is my favorite singer and 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of her first album. Kylie also survived breast cancer, but my grandmother didn’t so I’d love to see a cure to help save other people. This project is two fold in that it will give me more experience with designing patterns and I will be donating part of what I make from selling items based on the patterns to breast cancer research.

The first pattern that I have totally mapped out in my head is called In My Arms (here is the video). The pattern is for a pair of fingerless gloves for women that split just above the wrist and run up just past the elbow. The split will be tied together with ribbon used to lace the two sides together and make the pattern an adjustable size. I have two color variations in mind for it. If you’re curious, here is the Pinterest board for planning it (please bear with me while I fight with getting the images to actually pin).

Another pattern I have in mind reaches back to Kylie’s 1997 album Impossible Princess (here is the song called “Dreams,” the name of the album comes from the lyrics in this song). I definitely want to use the colors from the album’s cover (see below) and am trying to think of an adult pattern that is kind of a “deconstructed” kid’s pattern for an adult. But this is where I’m stuck because I’m not sure what kind of pattern to do. I’m thinking something around the head and/or neck, just not sure what.

Finally, a good scan of this album cover (found via Google image search).

I think the emotions on her face with the bolder colors against the black background work together and will inspire a great pattern, just not sure what one.

I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

Do you have any ideas to help me with this pattern? If you do and would be so kind as to share them, sound off in the comments. I would greatly appreciate it!

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