2014 Projects

2014 ProjectsWell, I have one more pair of socks to photo and then my completed projects list for 2014 is finished! Here is a collage of all but that last pair of socks, which I’ll photo in the next day or two and will share in an upcoming blog post.

I added year-tags as well as project type tags to all of my projects on Ravelry and like that I can look things up that way now in my projects list. I don’t keep track of stash on Ravelry, but I definitely like keeping track of my completed projects. This year I finished 34 things – definitely my most productive year. Having to knit up the Celebrations yarn every month sure helped! (Next year we’ll do Celebrations yarn quarterly. I can’t keep up with every month again! We do have some fun ideas for celebrating through yarn in 2015.) This year my projects broke down to:

SONY DSCSocks: 6 * Cowls: 7 * Hats: 6 * Shawls: 7 * Sweaters: 1 * Mitts/Mittens: 6 * Booties: 1

I think my favorite was the Angelus Shawl I did for Camp Loopy. Camp always seems to push me into some of my best projects. This was done with Blue Moon Socks that Rock Mediumweight. We have more of those two colors coming in January.

Socks2In 2014, I wanted to complete more socks (and pairs, not singles), so I did focus on that. Only one single this year. 🙂 It’s really terrible how many single socks I have. (There were so many different yarn lines I needed to test out back in those years.) I know my knitting gauge has changed over the years, because now I have to knit my socks on size 0’s and it used to be 1’s. So it’s probably pointless to make the matching pairs, don’t you think? See all of these singles?? This is a true confessions post if ever there was one. I know I could wear mis-matched pairs, but I really don’t think that would work for me. My feet (and brain) would be feeling weird all day.

As you look back at your 2014 projects, were you happy with the ones you were able to get done? What was your favorite completed project this year? Do you know what type of project you knit most often? Will that change in 2015?

My plans are to keep knitting pairs of socks and to finish the two sweaters that I currently have on the needles. (Because FPS already!) Of course there will be Loopy Academy and Camp Loopy projects in my queue for 2015, as well as working with the gorgeous Celebrations colors that we’ll have coming out. And somewhere in there I want to fit in some quilting time. So – it looks like another full year ahead for me. How about for you?

Sheri HappyNewYear’sEve!

 

Patterns with Multiple Colors

Loopy Customer Karen emailed this week, asking for some suggestions for Martina Behm’s Tubularity pattern. Once I started playing with colors, I had a hard time stopping. In addition to working well for Tubularity, I also think these colors would work well for Sleeves. (Can I be honest? I wasn’t sure about Sleeves when I first saw it. But now, after having played with colors, I think I might need one.) There are a lot of different finished Tubularities and Sleeves shown on Ravelry, from mixed colors to stripes to solids. But I think with patterns like these, part of the fun is mixing different colors in big swatches.

I pulled color sets from our Loopy Ewe Solid Series to match the seasons. For Sleeves, you’d use 1 skein each of 5 – 6 colors. (Slightly less yardage for smaller sizes.) For Tubularity, you could get by with a skein each of 4 – 5 colors.

Color combo for Spring: Hydrangea, Cornflower, Vintage Rose, Perfect Pink, Grape and Lime.

The-Loopy-Ewe-Solid-Series-Spring

Color combo for Summer: Butter, Robin’s Egg Blue, Blush, Lilac, Ivory and Celery.

The-Loopy-Ewe-Solid-Series-Summer

Color combo for Fall: Barn Red, Orange, Mocha, Pine, Eggplant and Sunshine Yellow.

The-Loopy-Ewe-Solid-Series-Fall

Color combo for Winter: Iron, Caramel, Malachite, Rosewood, Teal and Coffee. (This is the combo I’m leaning towards for my own Sleeves.)

The-Loopy-Ewe-Solid-Series-Winter

All of our Loopy Cake color combos would also be beautiful in either of these patterns. The colors in each set are listed on each label on the website photos (and you know you can make all of our website photos more full-sized by clicking on them, right?). Instead of buying the Loopy Cake sets, you’d want to get a full skein of each of those colors. But the sets will give you more color ideas!

For Spring: 60’s Mod Squad

Mod-Squad-The-Loopy-Ewe

For Summer: Sizzle

Sizzle-The-Loopy-Ewe

For Fall: 70’s Kitchen Sampler

70s-Kitchen-The-Loopy-Ewe

For Winter: Chocolate & Roses Sampler

Chocolate-Roses-The-Loopy-Ewe

See what I mean? Once you start looking at colors, you’re halfway to making it…..

Sheri beinginayarnshopalldaycanbehazardoustoyourprojectlist

 

Glove & Mitten Inspiration

My friend Maria in Germany knit these gorgeous gloves and gave them to me when I was visiting. I just love them. I have often pondered over this designer’s amazing glove patterns, but haven’t had the gumption to give them a try. This is Eve, knit up in Wollmeise Pure in the Sabrina colorway (which happens to be one of my favorite Wollmeise colors.) The beads are worked in to both sides of the gloves.

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Here are some gloves and mitts completed by other Loopy knitters this year, in case you need some more ideas and inspiration!

Maia Fingerless Mitts (done in ShibuiKnits Staccato).

Terry's-Maia-Fingerless-Mitts

Celtic Flower Mittens (done in Dream in Color Classy):

Celtic-Flower-Mittens

Knotty Gloves (done in Hand Maiden’s Casbah Sock):

Knotty-Gloves

Nunt’s Cabled Wristwarmers (done in Shalimar Breathless):

Nunt's-Cabled-Wristwarmers

Lady Eowyn (done in Madelinetosh Sock):

Lady-Eowyn

Eugenia’s Mittens (done in Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted):

Eugenia's-Mittens

and Wanderlust Mitts (done in Dream in Color Cashmere Blend Worsted):

Wanderlust-Mitts

Looking at all of these pictures has me wanting to make some mittens or mitts again. Gloves have a lot of fingers to knit, which holds me back a little. Although I did hear a good tip – poke each finger inside out (back into the palm of the glove) after knitting it, so it’s not hanging around and getting in the way when you’re working on the other fingers. That sounded like a good plan.

Do you have a favorite glove/mitten/mitt pattern? If so, share it in the comments so we can check it out, too!

Sheri whogoesforfingerlessmittsmoreoftenthannot

 

Shibui Heichi Trunk Show

We’ve carried Heichi for quite awhile, but I hadn’t made anything out of it yet. That will change. We received several garments from Shibui for an in-store trunk show, and it’s just beautiful knit up. Heichi is a worsted weight yarn that is 100% silk and comes 105 yards to the skein. All of these patterns are in the book Heichi, by Shibui.

Trace (the tank) using 6-8 skeins of the color Fountain, and Ripple (the dark blue blanket) using 8 skeins of the color Canal.

Echo (the long sleeve cardi) using 4-6 skeins of the color Steel and 4-6 skeins of the color Tar, and Reflection (the short sleeved sweater) using 6-9 skeins of the color Column.

Element (the tank dress/tunic) using 6-9 skeins of the color Lichen.

Shadow (the vest) using 10-15 skeins of the color Tar.

Dusk (the long sleeved sweater) using 9-14 skeins in the color Steel.

Dusk is the one I have my eye on, although I also like Reflection a lot, too. But you know my history with sweater knitting. I seem to be unable to finish many. At all. I need to change that. Maybe a new pattern (Dusk) and yarn (need to decide which color) would help? If I’m going to have to walk in the door at Loopy every morning and see those beautiful knits for a few weeks, I’m going to have to jump in and knit one. Which is your favorite?

Sheri likingthemoreneutralcolors,Ithink