New Year = New Start, New Goals

Sooo… My plans to post on this blog at least once a week didn’t quite work out the way I’d hoped. But it’s a new year, full of exciting changes and new beginnings for me. :) Namely, I am done with grad school and will hopefully soon have a disposable income, yay! Which means that I can soon follow my lifelong dream of filling my house with wonderful, beautiful yarn!! :D … Don’t worry, I’m kidding. Mostly. ;p

More seriously, I have some goals this year, one of which is to blog more regularly. I wasn't able to do this last year (especially last semester), but I am definitely going to try this year. I want to do this mainly because I've been wanting to be more involved with the online knitting community, but also for myself – blogging regularly will allow me to stay organized and on-track in terms of my knitting projects and hopefully (hopefully!!), I won't go crazy like before and start a gazillion projects and not finish any of them. :)

With that said, one of my knitting goals is to complete 13 cowls/infinity scarves in 2013. I've realized that I love knitting and wearing infinity scarves! I feel like they knit up so much faster than regular scarves and much less fussy to wear – just loop it over your head once or twice, and you're set! :)

My other goal is to knit down my stash and keep yarn buying to a minimum. Realistically, I am not very confident that I will achieve this goal. My all time favorite activity is browsing yarn stores online, which tends to lead to impulse purchases (because really, sometimes you just need that gorgeous skein of cashmere/silk/alpaca/etc), so that will be a difficult habit to break. I also often find excuses to go yarn shopping, like when I knit gifts for other people. Hey, I can't help it if I need to find a skein of machine washable blue wool for a hat, and it turns out I don't have anything suitable in my stash! And the other 5 skeins of yarn in my cart? That's just so I can get free shipping! (Yes, that's the excuse I usually use to justify extra purchases… :P)

Anyway! Before I completely embarrass myself over my yarn purchasing habits, here are a few things I've been working on since the new year. First up is a Honey Cowl in Skein Yarn's gorgeous Merino Silk Sport in the Blueprint colorway. It was my first time using this yarn, and let me just say, it was such a wonderful experience! The yarn is beautiful and so luscious to knit with. And the colors! I typically stay away from variegated yarns, but I completely fell in love with the blues and greys of this colorway.

Like I was saying, I typically stay away from variegated colorways, and it's usually because I don't know what to knit with them. I don't like using variegated yarn in patterns with cables or lace because I think thy usually end up looking rather messy. The Honey Cowl is one of the few patterns that I really love knitting with variegated yarn – something about the slip stitch pattern just looks really good, I think! Although, to be honest, I think I just love the Honey Cowl pattern, period. :) I knit one awhile back using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Tart colorway, and I wear it all the time. The texture from the slip stitch pattern is so lovely, perfectly squishy and soft. I also started another one in Skein Yarn's Merino Cashmere Fingering in Elderberry for my mom, who requested it after seeing mine! Aaand I started one in Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in the Moorland colorway for a friend's belated Christmas present. Yep, I'm just a little obsessed with this pattern… I will probably knit a couple more for myself in the future. :p

Another project I've finished recently is the Big Herringbone Cowl using an acrylic/wool blend from Daiso in a nice, neutral tan color. Yep, another cowl. :P The yarn is actually quite nice, and I really love the texture from the herringbone stitch!

However… It was kind of a pain to knit. :( I finished the cowl pretty quickly, thanks to the US #15 needles I used, but oh man, the herringbone stitch really hurts after awhile! And I wish the ends didn't curl up so much. :/ But that's easily fixed with some blocking (or ironing, in the case of acrylic yarn? I'm not reslly sure.) I guess…. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the end result, and I'm even considering making another one for myself – not for awhile, though!

That's pretty much all the knitting I've been doing lately. Two cowls down, 11 to go! :) I will probably have updates on the other two Honey Cowls next time I blog, which will hopefully be next week or sooner~ ;p

P.S. Isabelle approves of my new cowl! :)


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