Lionheart, Part 2

I finished my Lionheart socks and I could not be more pleased. I’ve been rereading the Harry Potter series this summer in anticipation of the new book coming out in July (among other reasons- hint, hint). So I plan on making many more of Erica Lueder’s Harry Potter themed socks in the near future.

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Neville Longbottom Socks

This particular pair was made using Lueder’s Neville’s Socks pattern and Knit Picks Stroll Sock yarn – it’s been a while since I used a solid sock yarn and I really like how it lets the sock pattern shine.

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Lionheart, Part 1

I really enjoyed the last Erica Lueder sock pattern I made so I decided that my next pair of socks would be Neville’s Socks. It’s a subtle stitch pattern that’s easily memorized so these are just flying off my needles.

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Gryffindor Red

At first I thought I would make them in green as a nod to Neville’s love of herbology, but the more I thought about it the more I realized how much Neville truly embodied Gryffindor’s core values – so red it was! The yarn is Stroll in Firecracker Heather.

Looking Backwards and Forward

Well, it’s that time of year again, time for New Year’s Resolutions. But I can’t look forward without first looking back. Last year I put my crafting resolutions in writing right here on my blog and, while I didn’t actually stick to any of them, I think I followed the spirit of most of them.

First, here’s a little update on my 2015 resolutions:

  • I actually did knit only from stash and I can see a noticeable dent
  • I’m not sure that I never had more than four projects at a time, but I was a lot more conscious of how many WIPs I had and took that into account before starting anything new. As a result I don’t have a bunch of half-finished projects lying around
  • I did not spend time with Mabel, my trusty spinning wheel, every month as I would have liked. In fact, I only completed three spinning projects in 2015 – I think this one is my only total failure resolution-wise
  • I vowed to only buy yarn three times, and only from local stores. I actually only bought yarn that one time back in the fall, but it was from Knit Picks and not my LYS, so this one is a bit of a toss up.

Now that that’s out of the way I can look ahead to my 2016 resolutions:

  • I’m not buying any fabric this year. There is one exception to this; several months ago Connecting Threads posted a sneak peak of an upcoming fabric line that looks like it will be bee-themed; when that is released I will be buying at least a quilt’s worth of it. But other than that I’m only sewing from stash
  • I won’t limit the number of projects I can have going at any given time, but I do want to approach my knitting in a more focused manner this year. I’m not saying this will be all I knit in 2016, but I’m going to try and prioritize these
    1. Socks – I have way too much sock yarn, so I’d like to dub 2016 The Year of the Sock. I’m going to try and knit at least 10 pairs in 2016
    2. Hexipuffs – my Beekeeper’s Quilt has been sorely neglected in 2015, so I’d like to commit myself to at least 100 new puffs in 2016
    3. My extra special secret project that I’ll tell you all about a bit later in the month
  • Spin more. Maybe not every month, but I can certainly do better than three projects, right?
  • No online yarn purchases, LYS only!
  • I can’t buy any new cross stitch patterns until I finish the ones I already have. I have four purchased patterns plus another idea I’ve been playing around with, so that should probably keep me busy for the year

So there you have it, my crafting resolutions. Here’s to a great 2016!