Too Many WIPs!

Hello my dear yarniacs! HalesBee is here with a howdy and here’s what I’m up to! I have been a bit busy with a new part time gig and some other creative exploits, but I have a few new things to show. So lets get started!

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I did finish a quickie project, just to feel I have accomplished something. This is just a plain stockinette hat with a 2 by 2 ribbed brim. What makes it fun and gorgeous is my yarn from my friend Debbie of DebbieDuckYarns. This is her DK Superwash Merino in her colorway “Mood Ring.” I love it! And I have plenty left over to be able to make a matching accessory, though I have yet to decide what. I used my Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangeable needle set, and as I do everything in the round, I magic looped that baby!

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I’m also making slow progress on my T-shirt design, which I love! It’s looking amazing in the Wool and the Gang Tina Tape Yarn I’m using, which is super silky and breathable and has lovely drape. I’m using my Knit Pro Zings on a size 9, so this should be a super quick knit once I have it written up. True confession: because writing knitting patterns is very involved and takes a lot of editing, I have totally been dragging my feet on this one. I could have probably knit two of these by now. Oh well! I’m going to get there and you’re all going to love it!

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In my feet dragging moments, I decided I needed to cast on some new things of yarns that have been calling to me. This one is the ever popular Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm, a quick garter shawlette that is just the mindless project I need! I’m using a beautiful one of a kind skein from Machete Shoppe, that I actually won in an Instagram giveaway from @countrysideknits and finally found the perfect project for! I have it in my adorable Halloween themed Japanese Knot Bag from Super Stitchy – you know, my podcast girlfriend! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m loving knitting this on my ChiaoGoo fixed circulars, which I do need more of!

I have also been needing to knit with some of my own hand dyed yarn lately. So these beauties on my PlumpleeBee Sock will soon be a Gull Beach Shawl, a brand new, first time design by Super Stitchy that she is currently test knitting. The main color is Aresenal of a Princess, available in the shop. The mini is my Aquarius colorway, included in a number of mini kits in my shop and soon to have more singles. I’m excited to knit these up!

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Remember how the title is Too Many WIPs?! I have more I want to cast on! These four beauties will soon be knit into a Mesa Sweater Wrap by Rosemary Hill. My knitty friends at Downtown Knits in Apex are doing a knit along for the Mesa Wrap, and these yarns have also been calling to my from my stash! The far left is Haute Knit Yarn, the two middle are Olann Yarns, and the far right is Hey Lady Hey. I plan to buy myself some circular ChiaoGoo needles just for the pattern from Downtown Knits, but if you don’t have a local yarn shop, you can find them on Amazon, too!

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The hand dyed yarns you see above are available in my Etsy Shop and you can touch them, live and in person, at Downtown Knits in Apex at the up-coming Pop-Up Market! June 23rd, Saturday from 10 to 4, come see me and some new makers!

I won’t bore you with the other WIPs for now, but I hope you have enjoyed this installment of my yarny adventure! If you click on some of the affiliate links above and make a purchase, I do make a small commission, which means you are supporting my content. For that, I thank you!

Love from HalesBee

Progress, Plans and Selfish Knits

Good day, friends! Welcome to another entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade happenings. I have been slowly making progress on a couple of WIPs, and have also made a few selfish knitting plans.

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Richard’s cardigan with just buttons left to go!

My man cardigan for the hubby is nearly ready for wear! Knitted in Brava Sport Yarn from Knit Picks in Cobblestone Heather and Canary (yellow). Since last entry, I have completed the sleeves, picked up and finished the collar, complete with button holes and finished off the pockets. Now I just need to find suitable buttons and throw it in the wash! Not to worry, it’s been intentionally knitted with acrylic for easy care!

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Progress on Mom’s Worsted Boxy.

I’ve also been at work on mom’s special request: the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. This is a large, comfy fit sweater; so, I do have quite a larger number of stitches each row. Still, I am plugging away and loving the fabric I am getting! I am using my own hand dyed yarn in my Jack Frost colorway from my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsyย (affiliate link). I have also been testing out my new Knitter’s Prideย interchangeable Zing needles from my Melodies of Life set I just treated myself to. I promise to review them later!

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I got my Knitter’s Pride set on eBay (affiliate link), where you can find some reasonably priced sets.ย Brand new sets of the same Melodies of Life needles are available on Amazon also, and for very reasonable prices. Here’s an Amazon affiliate link:ย Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / Accessories

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Selfish socks for me! Done in my own hand dyed yarn.

I’ve also felt a need to cast on a few selfish knits. All this working on sweaters for mom and hubby, and after the holidays!? I need something for me. I went ahead and chose a couple of skeins from my shop – again! I may need to slow down using my own inventory – but I do love some of my colorways!

The sock I’ve started above is using my Pick Your Poison colorway, which will be used for the cuffs, heels and toes of the socks. The main body of the sock will be done in my Always Carry Antidote colorway. See what I did there? I know, I’m so clever ๐Ÿ™‚ Both of these are on my TwistleBee Sock Base, a high twist sock yarn. They are both available in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsyย (affiliate link).

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More selfish knitting in my DK hand dyed yarn. Bag from KnitForBrainsDesigns on Etsy.

Last in my entry today is a bit of enabling from Instagram. I saw a knitty friend had completed the Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylorย in three colors rather than one. Loved it! Had to plan one for me! I selected a few more HalesBee Handmadeย DK colorways (there I go again!) and popped over to Ravelry to get the pattern. My plan is start with my Remnants, do the middle section in Coffee and Pie Oh My!, and finish out with my Chateau de Bleu colorway. I’m so excited to have a shawl for me!

Well, that’s all for this entry, folks! I had better get back to knitting if I want to have more to show later ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the HalesBee Handmade life. If you have clicked on the links marked affiliate and made a purchase (which gives me a small commision) then I thank you from the bottom of my HalesBee heart!

Happy knitting! Love from HalesBee!

 

Faded Featherweight

If you’re at all plugged in to the fiber world, you’ve no doubt seen the explosion of the fading trend popularized by Andrea Mowry, designer of the Find Your Fade Shawl. I myself have completed both a Fade Shawl and a So Faded Sweater by Miss Mowry.

 

 

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My enormous Find Your Fade Shawl.

The new fading trend is wonderful in that you can use the technique in essentially any other knitting project. What I love about fading is that it allows me to use my stash of single skeins of gorgeous colorways from indie dyers in a single project. Rather than needing a sweater quantity of just one colorway, you can mix and match and enjoy a variety of colors in a larger project.

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Faded Featherweight blocking, before cutting the steek.

This is what I have done with my Featherweight Cardigan, a pattern by Hannah Fettig. I was able to use four different colorways: three from Yarn Cafe Creations, and one from Everyday Yarnworks, both on Etsyย (affiliate links).

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After steeking.

I did modify the pattern by adding a steek, which allowed me to knit in the round for the body, rather than knitting flat. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of purling long rows, truth be told. I also knit the body a few inches longer than is called for by the pattern, just for personal preference. As an exceedingly short person, I believe (possibly incorrectly) that longer garments elongate my petite figure.

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Finished, steeked cardigan.

Overall, this was a joy to knit. I find that fading multiple colorways can be very motivating. Whereas with a plain stockinette pattern in one color may become monotonous, this project was exciting. I was always eager to get to the next color and see how they played together.

I highly recommend all three patterns: the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, the Find Your Fade Shawl and the So Faded Sweater by Andrea Mowry.

I hope you have enjoyed this entry in the diary of HalesBee Handmade. For more details on the yarns and needles I used, see my project page on Ravelry.

Love from HalesBee

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