Tuesday, July 12, 2011

AN EZ Almanac Update

Oh my goodness! My poor neglected blog, it has been almost a month since I last blogged.

I have an embarrassing admission to make.  It's been so long since I last blogged that I couldn't remember my password when I logged in tonight to write this!  eek!

So very very much has happened in the last month craftwise and knittylike, but I'm not going to try and squeeze it in to the one blog post. No, that would be horrendously long! I'm going to try and blog nearly every day until I catch up. You know it's been a long time since last blog when you can write a list of the different blog posts that you NEED to write. I have quite a few, including one I've been planning for a good couple of weeks about the design construction and process of one of my patterns currently in testing.

I thought to get back into the swing of things I'd start with something easy-ish; an EZ KAL update. So here's my month-by-month run down for the first 6 months:

January: done.
Cheated  and did the BSJ instead of the big-ass aran sweater.  I did cast on the aran beanie for part of March though.

February: done
Top marks for this month, I actually completed two February Baby Jackets. woot! I've share the pics of the one I made for Lily already, but not the one I made for Sage.

March: done.
Ignored the idea of the difficult sweater, even though it's not really difficult and knit the double knit pot holder from February instead. Technically, that means March isn't complete, but let's not squibble about such small details. Also cast on Aran beanie from January... not finished though because the yarn I chose is crap!

April: done!
The Mystery Blanket.
ahem, yep I knit a whole flippin' blanket!  And..I..actually..finished..the..damn..thing!
Yep, finished. It's not languishing in the WIP basket like I fully expected it to be for the next six months or so; it's actually finished. This is pretty amazing stuff!

Here she is:

All 20 squares of her, weaved together!

It took 10 balls of Noro Koreyun exactly. No, please don't work out how much that cost!! eek!!!  it was well worth it, a fun enjoyable way to pass the time, the little boy loves it, it's used daily and really, it's heaps cheaper than a crack addiction. Truly.

See, it's getting used every where!

May: fail
I cast on the mittens for Lily, did some extremely rough calcumations to downsize them to child size. Flew through most of the first one in a night, tried it on Lily ~ too small. It fit Toby but he doesn't want pink and purple mittens.  Lost faith in the mittens so hid them.

June: fail
June is hats, three different options in fact. I shall blame the fact that I couldn't go to the KAL night on the fact that I have knit none of these hats.
I did knit three hats in June...just not the ones for the KAL.

four out of six months sort of done; well that's not too bad really. And I suspect I will get to those mittens shortly and perhaps even a hat.

July is a shawl, a big round mother of a shawl. We already have two beautiful circular shawls though... I guess I'm not really feeling the love for the shawl to be honest!


  1. That blanket is gorgeous! Absolutely! I *need* to make one now. I have gone through the Almanac a few years ago with some friends and ended up with some fun projects. I never did do the blanket, but now I will! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love the blanket but I want to know what the hoodie pattern is. It would look great on my 1.5 year old this winter.

  3. I'm so glad to see a new blog post! I've been anxiously awaiting your return. Looking at that blanket reminded me of how often you find such beautifully striped yarns! I don't care for Noro and have trouble finding (cotton) yarns with longer color repeats. How do you do it?

  4. That blanket is absolutely beautiful - if it's worth spending the time making it then it's worth the cost of lovely yarn.

  5. I recently finished crocheting a blanket with Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock, so I totally understand your sentiment -> one doesn't want to think about the cost, but the results are gorgeous. Love your blanket.

  6. Sorry to say, but I got more excited by the little red tricycle. We had one just like that when we were kids, my Dad gave it a bit of a reno and now my nieces play on it. I can still remember riding around the backyard on it when I was little!

  7. LOVE the blanket and agree that the cost of 10 balls of noro is cheaper than a crack habit, and certainly much longer lasting!!
    But I have to say, with slight smugness, that I'm glad you had a few knitting fails. You see, when someone as awesome as you stuffs something up, it makes me feel better about all my stuff ups!! :-D


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