I know I’m a day late…

But how about a WIP Wednesday?!! I’ve got a few of knitted projects that tie in with a KAL (knit along) I’m participating in.

I recently signed up as a headline sponsor for Down Cellar Studio’s Pig Skin Party! Which means I am providing a prize (a prize pack actually!) and a discount code for my Etsy shop. If you love KALs, head on over the the DCS Ravelry board to sign up and get my discount code! The KAL runs for the entire football season in the US (Sep 10 – Feb 8, I think?) so plenty of time to knit and get some points together. Also, if you use one of my products, you get a bonus 8 points as I’m a headline sponsor! And now onto the WIPs!

My first cast on for the KAL was the Aisling shawl by Justyna Lorkowska. My project page here.

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This is my cast on pic, and I’m now up to my third stripe of the lighter colour. I am knitting it out of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the colourways Shale (lighter) and Inverness (darker). It’s a very simple knit so far, very easy to work while watching TV. It’ll get a bit trickier I think when I get up to the applied border at the end. I’ll be sure to let you know how I go!

My second cast on is a Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu. My project page here. No pics of this one just yet. If you’re part of the knitting community, I’m sure you’ve heard of this cardigan. It took the knitting world by storm and is still a very popular pattern. I’m knitting it out of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Raven. It’s sure to be an awesome finished item. 🙂

My third and final cast on (so far!) is the Morning Mist tee by Annie Claire (Annie Rowden). My project page here.

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Again, I am knitting this out of a Knit Picks yarn! Actually, I think every item I’m working on currently is from a Knit Picks yarn. I love it! Such great quality for an awesome price. 🙂 Anyways, this is being knit from CotLin in the colourways Whisper (purple shown) and Rocket, a powdery grey. I’ve been focusing on this project more than the others this week. It’s knitting up so quickly that it’s addictive. I am now knitting the front down to the point that I can add stitches for the back then it’ll be even quicker as I’ll be working in the round. Probably more boring knitting but quicker. 😉

So there you have it. That’s what I’m knitting so far for the Pig Skin Party 2015! Head over to the Down Cellar Studio blog or Ravelry board if you’re keen on joining us. It’s lots of fun so far!

ETA – You know that Hitofude I mentioned? Yeah well, it’s well and truly in the frog pond. The yarn was knitting up too variegated and not showing the lace well enough. I shall try again in another yarn. Oh and the Raven yarn is knitting up a beautiful Rust & Stone cardigan… 😉

Knitting Goals

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As knitting has become my primary craft, I thought I would talk about it first!

  1. KNIT FROM STASH – Having thoroughly cataloged my stash via Ravelry, I have 200 active items in my stash. And by active I mean they are still hanging around my house in some form, be it leftovers or brand new skeins. I also have 1,474 patterns in my Ravelry library. In 2015, my aim is to reduce my stash by knitting from yarn I already have and to knit patterns that I already own in my library. The exception being that I can buy new yarn or new patterns so long as I have finished any other WIPs and I am ready to cast on the new project straight away, and then finish it.
  2. HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 2 PROJECTS ON THE NEEDLES AT ANY ONE TIME – I am allowing myself to have one small and one large project on the needles at a time. I am through with having WIPs scattered around my house.
  3. BE MORE MONOGAMOUS – See (2) above.
  4. FINISH ALL WIPs – Again, see (2) above.

I figure, using what I have instead of buying more will assist with two of my main goals this year, one being to save money and the other being to declutter my home. I am participating in a lot of knit alongs (KALs) this year that will use stash yarn so that’s helpful.

The first one runs from 1st January to the 28th February and is being run by the Just One More Row Podcast girls, Brittany and Dana. This KAL is called the ‘Clean Slate Challenge’ and it challenges you to knit down your stash from yarn that has been there for more than 3 months. Thankfully, virtually all my WIPs are being knit from yarn that fulfills the criteria and I am focusing on finishing them first.

Then after that, my favourite yarn store Eat.Sleep.Knit (ESK) are running the equivalent of a KAL per month to earn yardage for their Yarnathon they run every year. The catch is the only eligible yarn you can use had to have been purchased from ESK. I have been through my stash and I think all but two of the KALs are covered from what I already own. I have completed my first KAL for the Yarnathon so I’ve got a good start.

If you’d like to keep up with my progress, you can find me on Ravelry as anneofjulie.

Tell me, what are your knitting goals for 2015?