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WIPs & FOs: Logan's legwarmers, Campside Shawl and sun hat

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Recently, most of my knitting projects are for Logan. I do have one for myself on the needles, Campside Shawl, and I'll share a WIP photo in a bit.

 

But before that, here is something I finished for Logan last week.

 

 

I can never take a good photo of him when he is awake. So I put it on bin when he was asleep!

I can never take a good photo of him when he is awake. So I put it on bin when he was asleep!

I decided that he needed a sun hat because we apparently now have no winter season in So Cal and it just got hot again. We went to a playdate last week and I was worried about his skin under the sun the whole time because we can't use sunscreen for babies under 6 months. 

After I came back from the playdate, I immediately cast on for this Sun Hat from "What to knit when you're expecting" and finished in 2 hours. 

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playdate! See how sunny it is??

playdate! See how sunny it is??

Next one is my Campside Shawl. You just cannot take a good WIP photo of shawls! Here are a couple of shots I took for Instagram. 

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The pattern is a free one from Pom Pom Quarterly and the yarn was special purchase from Korea few years ago. I LOVE how this is turning out! It's simple and easy with just eyelet patterns throughout so it easy enough to do around the baby but interesting enough to keep working on it. 

 

I found a benefit of putting legwarmers on the baby's legs. He goes through so many diaper changes (RIDICULOUSLY MANY) and sometimes pants just get in the way. We sometimes skip the pants and go just onesie but I worry about sun protection and chilly desert nights here. 

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I cast on 40 sts and am going around and around in my leftover Toil & Trouble sock yarn. 

 

That's it for this week I guess! Can't wait to show some of my sewing and spinning projects again next week!  

DestashChallenge: Round 5 Complete!

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Round 5 is now complete!

Which means, I used up 50 skeins/hanks/balls of yarn since November! Woohoo!

By the way, the small bits and scraps from the challenge less than 50g are collected in a little suitcase in Logan's room, so that when he's here and I'm exhausted and can't really knit on big stuff, I'll just be making tube socks for him :)

Round 5 completed items:

Friend's Legwarmer (1)
Marty's Flamin' Socks (1)
Cleckheaton Hat from their Kit (2) - blocking now; photo coming soon!
Toil & Trouble Socks for Boston Knitter KAL (1)
Foxie & Wolfie Hat (2)

And at last week's knitting group meetup, I gave away 24 balls of yarn to the ladies. That's destashing too right?!  It was my desperate attempt to get rid of yarns, and losing a little bit of knitting mojo after getting that upsetting news about mom's health (although I've found out later that knitting really is the only way I'm coping with this), and wanting to shop for more yarns to make myself feel better.

So for the round 5, I got rid of 30 balls of yarn from my stash. It feels REALLY good to be able to say that. 

WIPs & FOs: Improv Sweater, Sock It To Me KAL!!

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Last Friday I finally finished a sweater for myself. I totally improvised the sweater as I was knitting so I don't have a pattern for it.

The yarn is Vintage Wool by Erika Knight --

I have a hank of Flax and 1.5 hanks of Lilac leftover. When I was knitting with it, I thought the yarn was a bit too harsh, and didn't think I would be able to wear the sweater without wearing something under it.

But after a wash in a Soak solution, the yarn really bloomed and got softer. Over the weekend, I wore the sweater over bare skin and didn't feel itchy at all.

It's a simple Stockinette st with drop shoulder and minimal shaping. It was super fast and easy knit, in US 9 (5.5mm) needles. 

 

Currently on my needles is a sock knit-along project. Boston Knitter is my newest favorite blog, and her Ravelry Group is hosting a knit-along where everyone uses Fork in the Road by Lara Neel pattern, to try the Thumb-joint Hat Heel pattern. 

Did I tell you this hat heel is my favorite for self-striping heel now? For this project, I chose Toil & Trouble self-striping yarn, in Purple and Yellow. 

The first sock is done, and the second sock has about 2" left until the heel. 

The KAL continues until February 15 so I'm planning on doing more of these!