daybreak: a finished object

I am so excited to be able to share a finished object with you guys! I believe the last knitted FO I had was all the way back in February and was the cutest little baby sweater. As I have moaned and groaned about many times on this blog, I was injured for most of the year with a pretty nasty combo of radial tunnel syndrome and lateral epicondylitis (aka tennis elbow). I was in pain nearly everyday for the better part of 10 months and knitting was the number 1 aggravator of the pain, so this project was on hold for most of the year. 

I started this bad boy in January. It had originally began life as The Doodler by Stephen West but it just wasn't working for me. Stephen West is known for his out there designs and if you know me, you know I'm not a very out there person. The Doodler was way out of my comfort zone and I'm sure it would've looked rad, but I wanted something that I knew I would wear. Insert Daybreak by Stephen West. This is one of Stephen's earlier patterns and is not quite so zany. Very wearable and very striped, which is exactly what I wanted for these yarns.

Speaking of the yarns, I purchased them in September of 2016 at Stitches Texas from Steven Be. I knew they'd be perfect as stripes and boy was I right! 

In October I started physical therapy and saw results so quickly and was able to start knitting quite a bit again. I went from barely being able to complete a row on a small project to being able to knit for 2 hours at a time within just a few weeks!!! It has literally been life changing and I will write a (very) long post about my injury progress soon. About half of this project was completed from January to March and the rest of it was done in October and November. So let's just say it took 4 months and not 11 :) 

Without further ado, my Daybreak!

Specs:
Daybreak Shawl I made the large size. 
Hedgehog Fibres Sock in colors Fly, Zephyr, and Skinny Dip.
Size 4 needle
Pattern was very easy (suitable for a beginner with experience with increases, slipping stitches, and color changes at the beginning of a row). 
Yarn is gorgeously dyed but loosely plied- if you have to rip anything out, you will have to be careful to not split the strands when re-knitting. 
Ravelry link.
Towards the end of this project, 1 row was taking about 30 minutes to complete and it took me nearly an entire hour to bind off. I have been told I am a pretty fast knitter, so keep that in mind when gauging your own time commitments! 

Special thanks to my sweet friend Ana from Ana Eloise Photography for showing me the life changing magic of using a gallery to upload photos! This will make my blogging life so much easier! 

I hope to have another knitted FO for you all very soon!

new wip on the needles

It was bound to happen. I commit to making a craft goals list for the last bit of the year and then I go and buy 3 of the prettiest skeins of yarn ever and must come up with a pattern for them immediately and then next thing I know I've cast on for a new shawl that is most definitely not on my craft goals list. 

sigh. 

BUT IT'S SO FUN. 

Here's the story. You remember my impulse yarn purchase at Stitches, right? Well, I got home and stared lovingly at my new yarns and had visions in my head of some sort of stripey shawl. I have always been drawn to the stripey shawls, a la Kirsten Kapur, and these yarns were just begging to be stripes. So I got on Ravelry and hunted around and then I found The Doodler. Now I am fully educated about Stephen West and his cult-like following, but I was not aware of him or his imminence before last week! This guy is very popular among the modern knitters and his designs are a little...out there...for me. I like a more classic looking knit (even if I am using crazy colors) and West Knits aren't exactly classics. They are FABULOUS though!! 

The Doodler happens to use 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres and what did I just happen to buy? 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres! Yes! I got to knitting and started progressing pretty quickly, but things looked...off. So I consulted my fellow Ravelers and they informed me that I had been doing the shawl wrong THE WHOLE TIME. So I ripped to about row 3 and started over, the correct way, and it's been fun and perfect ever since! 

Doodler photo updates!

Looking good on the first few rows.

Still looking pretty good 2 wedges in. 

The point where really loud alarm bells went off in my head...things looking reeeeeeal wonky!

Ah yes, much better! Started over and looking normal!

time for some closeup color appreciation!

I'm thinking about putting this thing away until 2017 so I can knit up my other goal knits, but I doubt it's going to stay hidden for long!