August’s arrival always makes us feel like summer has gone too fast. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Soon, we’ll get to enjoy wonderful cool fall weather like what we experienced earlier this week. There’s a special coziness about wearing snuggly sweaters and drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa!
Current WIP Mountain Stats
Total WIPs: 13
Travel WIPs: 3
At-home WIPs: 6
Special WIPs: 4
The original WIPs list is in the single digits! 9 to go! I can’t resist the temptation of my projects from the MN Yarn Shop Hop, but I’m doing my best to give equal attention to both sides of the project list.
I finished my Simply Soft Shrug back in mid-May and never got the chance to take a picture of it. I struggled to understand the pattern at first, but I’m happy with how it turned out.
It would be fun to get some nicer yarn and make it again. I might even change the stitch patterns on the sleeves. This one feels more like a test knit, but it’ll be nice to wear around the house when fall arrives!
We took a road trip to Wisconsin the weekend before Memorial Day to visit my brother and explore Madison and Baraboo as a family. It’s a 5-hour drive one way, so I brought the Labyrinth Owl Hat along as a nice travel-sized project. I thought it would be just challenging enough to keep my interest, and big enough to last through the whole weekend. I was definitely wrong about that! The hat was finished by the end of day 2 of our road trip, except for adding the buttons and making the pom-pom. Oops. 😅
This hat has a lot to offer, with its cabled owl design on the front and the moss stitch on the back. I couldn’t put it down! Luckily, The Sow’s Ear was close by, so we stopped in to explore. I got a beautiful skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn in the Reflecting Pool colorway and picked a new travel-sized project from my Ravelry library: Love In Every Stitch from Lila & Claudine’s.
The shawl pattern didn’t make total sense to me the first time around. I wanted it to match the stunning results I saw on the Ravelry pattern page, so I tweaked the instructions a little bit. Those modifications are listed on my project page. It’s a quick and easy knit, and I love that Braille is incorporated into the lace stripes. Imagine customizing this pattern with your own personal messages in Braille lace!
I just finished the shawl a couple weeks ago and love it. It drapes so nicely! The yarn is soft and light, and the teal color varies slightly, just enough to add interest. I used the last little bit of Malabrigo Sock to jazz up the pom-pom for the hat, so I officially finished both around the same time. They go pretty well together, don’t you think?
Most recently, I finished my cowl version of “The Pattern Your Way” by Lynn Kindem. Mom and I were doing our own mini-KAL of this pattern and we’ve really been enjoying the design. I made mine with Sun Valley Fibers MCN Fingering in the Red Velvet Lounge colorway. I love those beautiful bursts of cherry red and the diagonal bands of red orange!
Twisted Loop Yarn Shop‘s Finish-It-Summer continues until August 25th. I know I’ve taken on more than I can finish, so I’ll be happy with what progress I can make. I expect that I’ll have completed 4 of my 6 chosen projects by the event deadline, and that sounds like pretty good crafting progress to me.
In Other News
Finish-It-Summer takes priority at the moment. That said, I’ve got a small but growing set of projects in their final assembly stages. If I can just make time to sit down and put the finishing touches on, I’ll be able to share a couple more finished projects next time. That will allow me to significantly shrink the original WIP list.
I’m starting work on a commission for a friend’s cosplay. We’re still getting the details together, but I’m excited to start work on this fun pattern.
We’re going on a road trip in a couple weeks to catch the total solar eclipse. It’ll take several hours of driving one way to reach our destination, so I’ll be picking out an easy travel project from my Shop Hop stash to take along like I did back in May.
August is exhibit time in my neck of the woods. I’m taking two projects to the county fair later this week. Three more are in an employee art show through work. With any luck, I’ll be going to check out the exhibits at the state fair too.
There are a couple fun events coming up in August that I’m really looking forward to. Stay tuned for more details!