I am working on a couple sewing projects to share, but in the meantime I thought I would catch-up on some of the knitting I have been doing in my spare time this summer. I always enjoy summer knitting because the projects go so much quicker than winter projects. Just leaving off two long sleeves or a hood saves so much time!
My first summer project uses one of my favorite yarns (Hempathy) and the pattern is from one of my favorite knitwear designers (Connie Chang Chinchio)
I like the little details, like the two diamonds in the lower corner.
The pattern extends across the back, which gives some interest to an otherwise plain back.
Here’s the Ravelry link if you want the details.
I worked on this one on our trip last month. We spent about 22 hours on planes, 12 hours on trains, and another 18 hours in automobiles, so had lots of time to knit.
I haven’t worn this one yet, as I’m not loving the fit. It looks fine from the side, but I think that I knit the neck too high. I didn’t want to have to wear another tank underneath, so I kept the neckline up. Turns out I will probably have to wear a tank underneath anyways, as the side of the top is full of holes. What was I thinking? I must have been having too much fun looking at the beautiful scenery to think clearly about what I was doing.
I also worked on this top on our trip. The simple SS pattern meant that I could mostly knit by feel and wouldn’t miss any of the scenery.
I love the simple, yet unique styling. The back wraps forward to meet the yoke line in the front. It was supposed to have long sleeves, but I only had enough yarn to make a vest. Here’s the link for the details.
I also made this tee over the summer. I like the cable detailing, but I liked the yarn that was used in the original pattern better. I had this yarn in my stash and wanted to use it up.
I love raglan sleeves, so that, in addition to the cables, drew me to this pattern. More details here.
I love a little bit of lacework and decided to use up some of my stash on this purple number. The pattern was super easy, unbelievably fast, and fun . . . until . . . .
I finished it and tried it on. If Frumpalicious was Hot right now, I would be “like so hot”. But, since frumpy isn’t in, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this thing. At least it was really fun to make! I’m wondering if I can alter it somehow. . . .
That’s what I did with this one.
It used to look like this, but I never wore it because I hated the color.
After a little Rit dye, it’s a whole new sweater! Much improved, if you ask me.
As you can see, I’ve been keeping myself busy in my spare time. I’m having my usual issues with knitting (mainly fit), but still really enjoying it. I like that I can take it out onto the deck in the evenings and enjoy being outside. That’s a little harder to do with all my sewing stuff! Being transportable is a definite plus.
So what have you been doing in your spare time this summer? If you have nothing else to do at the moment, I’m open to suggestions on the frumpy purple sweater.