As someone who has never made a shawl, participated in a knitalong (mystery or otherwise), worked a lot with fingering weight yarns, or successfully followed patterns in general...jumping into the #jojimysterywrap KAL on behalf of Spun Fibre Arts has been quite the experience. Like with a lot of sweating.
I'm slothing along towards the end of Clue 1 (Clue 3 was released already, can't rush into these things), but I'm so happy I've been able to trek (aka struggle 😅) through this with my #hamontsipandstitch ladies Hooks & Needles, Hello Stella, @allthingsiheart and Made by Marlee. I know the five of us are going to come out the other side, perhaps slightly crazed, but stronger and more experienced knitters. Right? RIGHT? #itllbefine
The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze and Yarn Indulgences are complementing each other quite nicely though, don't ya think?
I live my life swimming in a never ending sea of forever projects.
Seriously though, how do you not end up with a million unfinished endeavors? My pile of abandoned WIPs is out of control and of course my first thought when I pulled out this hexie blanket I started last spring was "oooo I should make another one with this colour and this colour and.." NO. BAD KELLY.
You don't even want to know how many other unfinished projects I found in a span of 7 minutes. It's embarrassing!
Alright, I've moved my potato sack sweater from its pile of shame on the floor and am ready to a) rip out my tragic math - no Kelly, 29 is not half of 70 and now your vneck is lopsided in the worst way 😭 and b) finish the front. IT'S HAPPENING.
I really don't have a lot of spare time anymore, so these slow living, coffee sipping, quiet knitting moments are precious. Let's see if we can't get this wide-load sweater done before oversized goes out of style 👊 #potatosacksweaterdiaries
I've had so much fun at @spunfibrearts watching and helping knitters, including two of my lovely sip and stitch ladies @allthingsiheart & @hooks.and.needles (can we make that three, @_hellostella_? 😅), choose their colour palettes for the @jojilocat Mystery KAL that starts May 12th. I've found myself as indecisive as ever, loving colour combinations I never in a million years would have put together myself.
If you're in the area and want to join what is sure to be quite the yarn adventure, come knit the #startingpointmkal with us Friday nights from 6-8pm at @spunfibrearts, kicking off this Friday. Let's do this!
Because when you start something and find your groove, why not get totally obsessed with it?
Can't wait to tie in the last of the loose ends (did I really just say that) so I can start another blanket! Already pondering what colours to do next, though I am loving the neutrals.
Granny square pattern: Bundle Handmade
I just got home from a lovely sip and stitch session with my local yarn loving ladies, and am continuing with my current project: the @bundlehandmade granny square blanket. Pretty much in love (the colours) and am looking forward to finishing this baby, even if I don't get to make it with my favourite crochet hook, sniffffffff.
I would also like to note, the succulent I purchased in December is somehow still alive. Maybe I have finally broken free of a lifetime of plant assassination?
"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." - Henry David Thoreau.
I think it is so important to seek out and discover the things that make you happy, that inspire you, that give you a sense of comfort and purpose.
With all the hustle and bustle and busyness of everyday life, we need a place to recharge our batteries; inhale calm, exhale stress.
A couple of mini excursions to the woods this weekend were very much needed over here. I really did come out feeling taller than the trees, with my sanity intact once again!
Where do you go to reclaim that feeling of levelheadedness and rejuvenation?
"The forest and I was all there was. In the deep, still silence I could feel the earth's beating heart"
When your love of nature, warm beverages, and the written word (in typewriter style, heart eyes!) finally come together.
Knitting and crocheting hasn't been high on my to-do list lately, mostly because I've found myself so busy I haven't had the time. I also forgot my crochet hook case at a friend's cottage in January, which won't be occupied again until March *fights back separation anxiety tears*
I've been without my favourite hooks/tools/babies since then, and it has put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm and creativity.
So, I'm finally revisiting several non-yarn-related ideas and ventures I started and, surprise surprise, never finished. Just working through that big pile of forever projects, including some nature-inspired drinkware (only a year+ after ordering my first samples, but you know, you can't rush into these things).
"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus.
Words I try to keep in mind on days when I'm feeling bogged down by the weight of the world. We all have moments when we feel discouraged or even defeated by life's challenges and curveballs, whether personally, professionally or creatively, but we also all have the ability to overcome and kick some serious butt!
Between work + a couple of very time-consuming projects I've been plugging away at (eep), I haven't picked up my yarn much at all the last few weeks. I did however manage to finally finish this shell stitch cocoon sweater, which I started attempting last April and have since failed miserably at many (many) times. It still needs a little tweaking, but I'm happy to have at least achieved a wearable cocoon!
Pattern to come eventually, when I'm completely happy with the design, it's just not there quite yet. (Also big thank you to @crochet_gallery for rescuing me from maker insanity and answering my desperate cries for cocoon help).
Hello friends, I'm Kelly! I'm a 27-year-old cozy enthusiast who loves creating things with yarn, exploring the beauty of nature, and eating Brooklyn style pizza.