Thursday, December 31, 2015

HOTN - Soft Snow Socks!

I finished up my December Knit-Along socks just in the nick of time! These are part of a monthly knit-along I participated in with the Facebook group Knit & Chat. It really is a fantastic group of knitters who are super helpful with questions, showing of our stuff, and general knitting chatter. For December, we were to complete a pair of socks that represented winter.

The pattern name - soft snow socks - speaks for itself about winter. The yarn is a Malabrigo base that I hand-dyed myself in the kitchen. It was my first go at trying to dye a gradient - and obviously I've got some practice to so. Those lines are not a soft gradient in the least! And my dye job must have been off because I had to cut the yarn to make the stripes on the pair line up. But I'm still pretty please with how the pair turned out. The darkest color is a deep green, with just a hint of blue that reminds me of a Blue Spruce Christmas tree. It then move to a lighter green, into mint, into soft gray and ends with a dark steely gray.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Let's get started!

Hey friends! Welcome to the very first blog post for Heirloom Purls! I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while and this is the year it's finally going to happen. One check off my New Year's resolution list! Here's a list of the other things I'm hoping to accomplish in the New Year, and plan on sharing with all of you!

  • Learn two-color Brioche knitting, because it's sooo beautiful!
  • Knit my first Amigurumi (Stuffed animals). I've got two new little nieces or nephews coming, and they need lovies! 
  • Knit baby blankets for said nieces or nephews. 
  • 12 pair of socks! I joined a sock Knit-along club that knits a pair each month. 
  • Knit a baby blanket for my 2 year old (which I planned on doing when I was pregnant and never got around to. Time to get that finished before she's old enough to resent me for it!)
  • 100 days clean eating challenge! We're starting this up in February, mostly because I'm tired of eating things I can't pronounce that come from a box. 
  • And of course, the obligatory exercise and lose 10 pounds. This has been on my list for the last five years. Ehhhh.... maybe it'll happen this year. 
  • And here's the biggie! My goal is to knit completely from my yarn stash this year. NO MORE BUYING YARN! (I know, I know, blasphemy!) But I've got 10 large totes full, and am at the point where I'm not even sure what's in there anymore! Time to use some up! 
So there's my list of things to get done this year. And I'll be sharing my progress with all of you. Along with some knitting tips and tricks, a few tutorials, some recipes I plan on making, the anarchy that is my two crazy kiddos, and whatever else strikes me at the moment. So check back often to see what's new!
Until next time - have an awesome New Year's eve and stay safe!