Image taken from "Knitscene" magazine, Winter 2012 issue.
Image taken from Carina Spencer's Ravelry pattern page, linked above.
Image taken from Donna Smith's Ravelry project page. It is linked above.
Image taken from Melanie Berg's Ravelry pattern page.
I am always overly ambitious when picking projects and developing timelines for completion. However, I thought perhaps it would help me to share my goals with you. If you like any of them, feel free to knit along with me. I will post each project as it is completed unless I know others are knitting it with me...then I will try to post more "progress" type photographs and notes. I would love to get some conversations going, though, so please do jump in if you feel so inclined. Fall is such a great time for knitting and the holidays are only a few months away if you're planning any knitted presents. I'm linking all the photographs to their Ravelry pages/patterns for your convenience. Let's get knitting!
I have already started this blanket (top photograph) and am about halfway finished. However, for whatever reason, it is taking me FOREVER to finish this one. That is why I am putting it on my list. I just need to knock this thing out, put it to bed, get it done...whatever the phrase, it needs to happen. I am using a different colorway than the one here. I am making it for my son and the baby blanket colorway had a lot of pink and red. While I have no problem with pinks and reds for boys, that much pink and red was a little too much, even for me. I swapped them out for a little more green, but I did keep a sherbet-type pink/orange. If you want a tutorial on mitered squares, there is one on my blog here. This blanket reminds me a little of a color gamp, which means while it is a blanket for my son, it is also a study in color for me. Be warned...this blanket is big. The baby blanket is not smaller, it is just a different colorway than the full size, bed covering blanket. If you want one that is smaller, you could reduce the number of squares in each quadrant or perhaps only make one of the quadrants (which would be a perfect size for an actual baby blanket). Kerin Dimeler-Laurence really has some great designs and does a lot for KnitPicks.
Hats! I'm making a bunch of them. Two of them are for my sister and one of them is for me. I feel like these will be quick projects, at least compared to some of the other things I've been tackling lately. I am grouping these all together, but I will post the completed hats separately. The "Regina" and "Baable" hats are free patterns, too, which is great! I love the romantic feel of Carina Spencer's hat designs. (Top two hat photographs.) There are a few more of her hats that I would love to make. She has a website, linked here, that is definitely worth a peek. The "Baa-ble" hat is for me. (That's the hat with the sheep on it...though you probably knew that.) I think it is adorable. I saw a completed project in person at Fiber Artwork, my local yarn store, and it just made me love it more.
I had wanted to make this shawl a few months ago. I bought the yarn for it and everything, but somehow got sidetracked by a whole host of other things. Crazy, right? I'm putting it on my official list so that I'll be more inclined to do it. I don't know what it is about this shawl, but I really love it's sweeping motion and the combination of simple garter and open lace. This designer, Melanie Berg, has a modern flair to her patterns. She also maintains a website, which is worth checking out. She has very clean designs with great color play. I aspire to her level of talent.
Remember- all images are linked to their pattern pages! Also, none of these images are mine, I've just borrowed them.