Category Archives: Watch Me WIP

I’m Not Dead, Just Tired

I finished my spring classes! YES! I’m super happy to be enjoying a small break before the summer session, even if I have been kinda sick the entire time (*cough* thanks, Mom *cough*).

I’m relieved to be finished with my biology class, because my professor wasn’t particularly nice. At all. Currently, all unfriendly and unpleasant professors I’ve had have been women, which is a disheartening trend to observe. I’m hopeful that my experiences have been based on chance and aren’t an accurate representation of my future time in the workplace.

I’ve essentially finished the Ginny Cardigan, lacking only buttons, pockets, and seams, but I haven’t felt any inclination to do anything with it, so it’s been set aside for a bit. I occasionally look at it and think, “Oh, I should work on that,” but then I go and make scones with coffee or something.

Speaking of coffee, I have gotten into this terrible habit of making a cup, taking one glorious sip, and then leaving it on the table for five hours while I work on other things. WHY DO I DO THIS?!? I like coffee.

Oh, crap. I just realized I’m continuing the habit right now as I type, because my coffee is still on the other side of the room. One second, I’m going to go get it.

Okay, everything’s good now. Crisis averted!

Remember that gorgeous lace crocheted shawl that I started working on back when I was a fetus? No?? Oh. Well, I COMPLETED IT! I’m actually very happy that I made it, because I was using an ivory hook from Grandmother, and I wanted it to continue being used to create things, rather than being locked away in a box somewhere.

I made a sort-of impulse buy (sort-of, in that it was only vaguely premeditated) on Friday, and I got a blanket’s worth of Bernat Blanket Yarn (blanket pattern here). It’s not for me, and I have to finish it before my first summer class begins on the 30th, so I’m not sure why I thought making it was such a brilliant idea!

Thankfully, I’m good at meeting deadlines, and if I somehow don’t, I can always use a later date, although it wouldn’t be as smashingly impressive.

I also joined the Pokemon Go crowd this week and made a character. I’m pretty pleased, and I can see why the game became such a widespread success!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hello, again, all of you lovely people! I’m writing this post quickly before I finish packing for my family trip to Belize.

The end of 2016 was a very hectic period for me, and it consisted of  Christmas parties, Christmas itself, and birthdays galore. The New Year has been just the same with a New Year’s Eve party (I sound like I’m a party animal, don’t I? Well, I can assure you that I’m definitely not; I love sleep too much), my parent’s wedding anniversary, and, yesterday, my 18th birthday.

I haven’t been working on that many projects since my classes ended because I was feeling rather burnt-out, and my hands were aching from the constant repetitive motions. Still, despite being weary of creating things, I managed to knit my friend a Christmas hat- of which I don’t have a picture, oddly enough.

On my birthday, I started making a bright pink doily for the same friend’s birthday  present. It’s from a free vintage pattern, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.

Sometime before Christmas, I started a Ginny Cardigan for myself, on which I have knitted about 3 1/2 inches. I really like the yarn that I chose for it, a Knit Picks’ Tweed DK. It’s soft, and I think that it’ll be comfortable to wear.

 

Now that I’m nearly packed and ready for the trip tomorrow, I just hope that my hook and needles won’t be confiscated as I board the boat to Central America. XD

Seriously, though.

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

A Pig That Is Not A Pig (Feat. A Cat That Is Not A Cat)

It’s that time again, y’all. No, not Christmas time, although it’s approaching rapidly. I’m talking about the time of the year where adults rejoice, and kids and college students (*cough* ME *cough*) alike mourn the loss of freedom so recently gained. *sigh*

Actually, despite that it’s going to cut into my crafting time, I’m not really that disappointed to be going back to class. The main reason why is because I got a plethora of the same comfy V-neck t-shirt in different colors, so my school wardrobe is set! Now I just have to get some tennis shoes that I can wear with my skinny jeans and my *whispers* mom jeans. XD

But enough about clothing and school- let’s get to the meat of this post: the finished objects.

I made a tiny guinea pig! He fits in the palm of your hand, and is so tiny that his front feet are made out of bobbles. Ugh, he’s too cute.

Next up is a kitty-like creature in a tutu. I didn’t give it any whiskers due to the high level of resentment I was beginning to feel toward its face after I ripped them out four or five times.

The tutu was a breeze to crochet, although it was a bit fiddly at first to work around the stuffed body.

This next project is a work-in-progress for my little brother. He wanted me to make him some socks, so he went to The Sated Sheep, bought the yarn for the project, and picked out a sock pattern from one of my many craft books. I have to say, it wasn’t a color that I would’ve picked (I tend to gravitate toward light blues and greens), but it seems perfect for the pattern he chose. I’m in awe, especially because he doesn’t do any needle crafts!

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If you’d like the patterns to the finished projects, they’re free at: Newborn Guinea Pig by Kati Galusz, and Small Cat.

The sock pattern is available in a book called The Joy of Socks.

When Knitting Attacks…

Whew! WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS YEAR?!? It’s flying!

Before I delve into my usual knitting chit-chat, I’m going to quickly tell what’s been going on lately. I finished my first-ever semester at a school with an ‘A’ in each class. I signed up for General Chemistry over the summer term, and it’s already time to apply for fall classes, which is a bit frightening to me. The Yarn Yetis booth at Dripping Springs’ Founder’s Day Festival was a success! 🙂 And last, but not least, I spent the past three weekends in Arkansas visiting my grandparents! I got a good deal of knitting done while I was there, but, sadly, I also got a LOT of un-knitting done. Which brings me to my first project…

This, my friends, is why smart crafters avoid playing Yarn Chicken. I’m going to have to rip back (for the second time!!!!) and restart the lace panel. Somebody cry with me, because this hurts.

I’m not going to completely scrap it because 1) I’ve been working on it so long that I’m almost morally obliged to finish it, and 2) LOOK HOW PRETTY THE LACE PANEL IS!

Guess what project I finally pulled out of the woodwork (or navy blue bag, as it were)! After an admittedly rather long hiatus, I brought back out my fingering weight sweater and finished the right front! I also started the left front last night, and have already completed one repeat of the leaf chart. 🙂

For those of you who are wondering, my sweater is not as tiny as it looks in the photo! Its edges are just rolling because I haven’t blocked it, yet.

I also finished a sock! Technically, it’s not entirely finished because I haven’t kitchener stitched the toe together or blocked it but, in my mind, it’s done.

Here’s a nice view of the cable pattern all over the leg!

You can get the pattern for the shawl for free here. The patterns for the sweater and the socks are from books.

I Got Way Too Friendly With My Toilet Bowl

Seriously. The day after I made my last post, I came down with the sickness that my family had. I’m not going to go into details (you’re welcome, boo!), but my toilet bowl and I saw a lot of each other. So, sadly, I didn’t get as much knitting done as I would have liked. Or school either, but I had already finished my homework, so that isn’t as much of a problem as it could have been! 🙂

I DID make some headway into the right front of my sweater, though! I knitted about four inches of the lace pattern and have already begun the waist shaping. You can’t see it well in the photo, because, although I REALLY love black yarn, black yarn does not love the camera.

I finished the Cables Party socks for my sister Sarah! I don’t have a photo yet, but I might get one this weekend.

Today, I attempted to delve into the world of hands-free money transportation (AKA I bought a wallet at Target). So far, I’m pretty pleased with it!

Yesterday, I drove a little farther than my usual escapade to school and went to Starbucks. Yes, I am indeed one of “those” white girls. ;P My White Chocolate Mocha was a nice change from my normal Caramel Macchiato.

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

KNIT ALL THE THINGS!

Wow, the past month has been crazy! I started college (which, so far, has been meh for me), I found a yarn shop that is only about 20 minutes from where I live, I won yarn (that’s enough to make anyone’s day!), I began tutoring a 14 year old in math, and I also started a ton of knitting projects and *one* crocheting project. This post is going to be long. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? Here we go.

The first project that I’m going to talk about is the Royal Flush pattern from my Joy of Socks book.

I cast it on with the RainCityKnits yarn that I got in my Yarn Box. So far, it has been a blast to knit up! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Next, is my lace crocheted (someone should document this) shawlette. You know, I don’t think I’ll actually have enough yarn to finish it. I started it with some of my little sister’s stash yarn, and it’s using up WAY more yarn than I originally expected. Oops.

 

I almost forgot to mention this- I got a new book! I bought Metropolitan Knits from Half Price Books, and immediately bought yarn for a fingering weight sweater. I know. I’ve got a serious sock yarn problem! ;P

 

 

The pattern is the Brooklyn Bridge Cardigan, and I’ve already finished the back! I’m currently working on the right front, but it’s still really small. *squints at the photo*

 

 

In case you were wondering what happened to the second Cables Party sock, I’m still working on it. I mostly work on it during class while my professors talk. Since I look at my professors while I knit, they don’t mind. 😀

 

My last, but not least, project is my finished chevron scarf! I made it using the yarn I won at The Sated Sheep, and it is fabulously long. I love how the green and ecru yarns had beads and rocks sewn into them; it really added some *sparkle*!

 

Here it is drying on the school room floor:

Now for a mild change of subject-

I was digging through my, admittedly rather large, pattern collection, when I stumbled upon this beauty. It’s an almost-complete pattern for a sweater! All it’s missing are the gauge and how-to-sew-the-sleeves-and-body-together instructions! Now, I didn’t write it. According to my mom, my great-grandmother did. THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!! So, being a lover of history, knitting, and procrastination, I decided to write this pattern up and publish it. Which I did. You can find the free pattern here on Ravelry.

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

MAGIC UNICORNS AND FAIRY FLUFF

Alright guys, this is my first post of many (because my sister Katherine is going to make me do this for all of eternity!:P) I’m going to show you what projects I’ve finished first, and then I’ll move on to WIPs (Works-In-Progress)

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I made this adorable crocheted unicorn about a month ago, and as soon as I finished it, one of my younger sisters got excited because it was ” TWILIGHT SPARKLE!!!!!” lol:)

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I got these pillowcases for my birthday from one of my sisters, and while they took FOREVER to embroider on, it was worth it! The pictures add a nice splash of color, too!

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These dreamcatcher bracelets are fun to make, and look awesome! All of my younger sisters love them and are dying for me to hurry and make them one.

Moving on to the WIPs :

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This is a hand-woven/hand-crocheted bag. The reason it is not finished is because I can not figure out how to use the automatic-buttonhole-maker foot on the sewing machine, and I’m really, REALLY bad at hand-sewn buttonholes!

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This is half of a tatted bookmark. I’m planning on tatting white on the outside, and then I might hang a tassel from it or something… I don’t know yet 😉

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This is my main (and FAVE) project I’m working on right now! It’s a baby/lap blanket! I’m using bulky yarn so I should have it finished very soon! It is really warm and fuzzy. Kind of like the underside of a cat.

Happy crafting!

-Emily

 

What I’m Working On… Sort of…

Alright, guys. Prepare for a majorly long blog post!

Seriously, set aside, like, ten minutes to read this. 😛

Okay… Now that you’re prepared… Here’s what I’m working on…

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Project number one is a ridiculously soft throw. It feels like you’re holding a bunny tail against your face. Now that I’ve written it, I realize that’s a weird description, but I’m gonna roll with it anyway.

 

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Project number TWO is a mesh sparkly scarf that doesn’t like me enough to photograph well. Judging from its width, it’s probably going to be huge…LY AWESOME!

 

 

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Project *whispers* hashtag three is a baby bootie in fingering weight yarn. It’s so cute! Plus, the ribbing on the leg makes it super stretchy, so it’ll fit even the chubbiest of cherubs!

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Project death(4, har de har har) is a pair of socks that I’m probably not going to be able to complete before the booth. The fabulous watermelon colorway has nothing to do with McDonald’s, but still I’m lovin’ it. 😉

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This bad boy (project number five, for you awesome people who are still bothering to keep up) is the only crocheted project I’m working on right now. “HOW DO I ONLY HAVE ONE CROCHETED PROJECT?” could be my biography. ;P

Below is a closer look at the offset ribbing, since you can’t really tell from the first photo.

 

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And… The one you’ve been waiting for… MY FINAL PROJECT (for now)!!!

I’m knitting a fingering weight shawl out of hand dyed yarn, and I’ve gotta say, this is beautiful. It’s soft; it’s squishy; it’s awesome.

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“But, what’s this? Some more yarn?” you say.

Why, yes, dear friend. It is. But this is not just any yarn. Oh, no. THIS YARN is going to be made into something SO AWESOME that I’m not going to tell you what it will be.

You’re going to have to guess. 3:-)

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xoxo,

Katherine Westerman