Little Cabin Knits Ep: 53 | Old Wips & New Resolutions



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Little Cabin Knits is a biweekly podcast all about knitting, mental health, advocacy, my pregnancy journey, and life happenings here in the wilds of Alaska with a little bit of Hygge sprinkled throughout. I’m your host Emily. I am a knitter, crafter, mental health therapist, and explorer of my home state of Alaska


This week’s episode contains:


Admin

’raise a cuppa

On the couch

On the Shelf

Personal Skill Set

Contemplation Corner


Admin:

· Andersmillknits on IG and Ravelry

· Between Knits and Purls on Youtube

· You can find all the show notes on our official website: www.betweenknitsandpurls.com

· If you have a question, or comment you can email me at littlecabinknitsAK@gmail.com

· The YouTube Channel is hosting a special Knit Along in collaboration with one of the great friends of our show, Anna of Zebra Yarns. It is called “knitting the Blues Away.” Anna has 3 special colorways she has designed specifically for this KAL and she is still offering them on her Esty shop!

o The KAL is running from Jan 10 – Feb 7th

o Winners of the Grateful question from the Thanksgiving YouTube episode was announced this last weekend! So, if you think you might be a winner go and watch the episode to find out!

· We are also having another knit along, or more accurately, a Project Along (PAL) in January that I am calling “Project Down Along”

o So far, we have prizes donated by our friend “knitterCat” on Ravelry. She is very generously gifting us 2 skeins from her stash!!!!

o In addition, I have another beautiful sock set from Zebra Yarns that will be a prize!

o And a sweaters Quantity of Knit Picks fingering in the Storm colorway as a prize!

o So, Come January 1st we will all be working on finishing all those languishing projects in the “project Down Along”

o use the hashtag #projectdownalong2022 on IG and I’ll also open a FO thread in our Revelry group of Between Knits and Purls.

o PAL (project Along) will run from January 1- March 31st

o And if you know of anyone/maker or generous doner like Catt, who would like to contribute to the prize pool let me know!


Raise A Cuppa

No show notes for this section, I just wanted to give an update on things.


On the Couch:

This week on the Couch segment I go over all my current wips and languishing projects for the Project Down Along PAL.

This las week I discovered I have

8 pairs of socks

8 shawls

6 sweaters

6 blankets

1 mitten

1 toy

Total = 30 projects on the needles.


Some I will rip out and some I will finish this year.

My goal is to have less than 10 of these current projects on the needles by the end of 2022. I plan on casting off at least one project a month for the duration of the PAL. However, I am also allowing myself the space to cast on anything I want and desire for my little guy that is due in June!


To Frog

3 Socks

1 sweater

1 shawl

2 blanket

total 7 projects frogged

marked below with ****Frogging this project****

So now have 23 projects on the needles!



Sweaters on the Needles

Knit with Knit Picks High Desert Sport weight in the Lupine colorway

Cast on in Summer 2021




Knit with Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Harbor colorway

Cast on spring of 2018

****Frogging this project****



Knit with Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool in Brown, Dark Blue and White

Cast on in July of 2019



Knitted in Elsbeth Lavold Silky wool in DK weight Pink and purple

I am not sure when I cast this on but I think in the spring of 2020.

I also am not sure where the rest of the yarn for the sweater is so until I find it this sweater remains on hold.

But I sure love it! so I hope I find the yarn or I will have to Frog it. :(


Knit with Cascade Heritage in Plum and Long Dog Yarn in New Growth

Cast on in in February 2021

I think I my plan is to first, reblock the sweater to see if that fixes the fit in the body problem.

If it does then I will continue on to the sleeves. If it doesn't I will rip out to the sleeves and adjust the stitches for a better fit for me.



Knit with Dream in Color Smooshy in the Juliet's Blush Colorway

Cast on in the Spring of 2016 OLDEST SWEATER WIP!

Will try and figure out exactly where I am in the body and continue on with it - I love this sweater so I would love to finish it.


Knit with Malibrigo Sock in Light of Love Colorway

Cast on in Summer of 2020

Have completed the front of bust and cast on for the back. I think I can complete this so I will continue on with the project.


Shawls on the Needles


Knit in Annie Paaron Yarns in all of her Bridgerton colorways.

Cast on Thanksgiving Day 2021

waiting on new needles to arrive to continue with the project.



Knit in Alaska Jude's Yarn - No colorway

Cast on July 25th 2021

Will continue with project it's so beautiful!




Knitting in a mystery white worsted weight. I believe it was a handspun that was gifted to me. I have 2 skeins and am guessing I have about 500 yards

Will try and figure out where I am at in the pattern and continue on.


Knit in Rowan Lima in colorways 894 (Blue) and 889 (brownish grey)

OLDEST SHAWL WIP!!!!! cast on in 2011!!!!

I mean I have to finish it don't I??? lol


Knit using Sew Happy Jane in the Aubergine, and Lavenders Blue colorway as well as Hazel Knits in the Cabbage Rose colorway

Cast on in March of 2019

Cast on to knit with my niece (who has been a guest on the podcast) she finished it, I didn't get past the first color. I want to finish this though.


Knit using Swift Yarns in the Folklore colorway, Plucky Knitter in the Move Over Darling Colorway, and a mystery white fingering weight yarn.

This is perhaps my 2nd oldest shawl wip having cast on in 2018.

I think the reason I haven't finished this project is that I really dislike knitting with the plucky knitter yarn. But I do love how it looks and I believe I am 1/2 way done so I want to finish it. Especially since I really love the Swift Yarn and the mystery yarn.


I cast this on in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in the colorways Anna (blue) and Matthew (pink)

Cast on in 2021

I didn't even bother creating a project page for this as I didn't get very far and I am ripping it out.

Honestly I just found it to boring lol.

****Frogging this project****


Knit with Malabrigo Lace in colors white, blue, and yellow/gold

Cast on in Summer of 2018 for my mom.



Blankets on the Needles

Knit with minis from my two swap partners from the 2021 Happy Everything and Merry in July Swap:)

Plan on continuing this blanket


  • Mystery Blanket

I know this pattern was from the Maxon Dixon team and I thought it was from their book "Activism" but I couldn't find it. SO I will be Frogging this one.

I think I cast this on back in 2011 and I know I have some finished squares somewhere.

****Frogging this project****




I was using my coveted and beloved minis from company ROW One. I love this subscription and I plan on reupping mine this month :)

cast on in 2021

I am frogging this as I feel that I just am not that interested in knitting an entire blanket from this pattern, and I want it out of circulation.

****Frogging this project****



Knitted with scarps and minis from all the swap partners over the years :)

Cast on in 2018

Love this blanket. It is a bit wide so I will probably make that the length and as I crochet up keep in mind that I am know crocheting the width of the blanket.


Originally cast on just because I loved the blanket. However, I have modified it to be my baby's 1st blanket :)

Knit using scraps and minis from swaps over the years.

Cast on in July 2021


Socks on the Needles

Knit with Zebra Yarns 2021 12 days of Christmas Yarn

Cast on Xmas day 2021

Knitting 1 strip color a day, 2 at a time.


Knit with Three Sisters Yarn in the Moxie Sock base - no colorway

Cast on in July 2021 for my wedding

Lost the project in August and so never finished the 2nd sock. Will still finish it and consider it to be my wedding socks regardless of the fact that they are months late to the wedding. lol


Knit using a Malabrigo green colorway in the sock base.

Cast on in 2021

****Frogging this project****

Knit with Malabrigo Sock Yarn no idea what colorway

Cast on in Spring of 2019 When Jeremy and I were first dating. I got his foot size wrong so never cast on the 2nd sock.

****Frogging this project****

Cast on in 2020 for Mr Radio But he did not like how they felt on his feet as the main yarn is very soft. I suspect the yarn is a cashmere blend.

****Frogging this project****

Knit with Bad Sheep Yarn in the Roobius Tea colorway

cast on in 2020 for either my mom or one of my sisters - still not sure :)



Knit using Kenzie Yarn by Skacel which used New Zealand wool. Colorways used are 1009 (blue) and 1018 (gray)

Cast these on in the summer of 2019 for Mr Radio as a pair of hiking/camping socks.


knitting for sister-in-law Jess

cast on in Summer of 2021

using my own pattern.



Mitts

Knit with mystery fingering weight in pink and white.

Cast on in 2019 as a sort of KAL with bestie Farmsteadknits



Toys

  • Moose by Susan B. Anderson

Knit using Knit Picks Provincial Tweed in coffee bean, salsa verde, scream, and black

Cast on in fall of 2021 for my baby due in June 2022 :)



On the Shelf:

I’ve already met my monthly goal of casting off at least one project from my current wips a month. This month I knit up one of the pairs of socks!

· ZebraYarns 12 Days of XMas Socks

Knit with Zebra Yarns 2021 12 days of Christmas Yarn

Cast on Xmas day 2021

Knitting 1 strip color a day, 2 at a time.


Personal Skill Set

This episode, personal skill set is pretty simple. I simply want to talk about the very few resolutions I made on new Year’s Eve.


You already know of the knitting resolution I made this year.


To have less than 10 of my current projects on the needles by the end of the year. By my way of calculating that means I need to finish one current project a month for this year. Now I don’t know if that will be possible once the baby comes, but until then I plan on striving to meet that goal.


The other resolution I made was pretty obvious to me: to prioritize myself and my family.


This pregnancy has been pretty hard on my body so far, and what with all the family crisis’ that have happened in the last month, it made me contemplate what I am prioritizing.


I love to work. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to start and successfully complete projects. I love being there for other people when they need me as well. Sometimes that comes at the expense of my putting energy and devotion into my husband, family, and other loved ones. I want to place them at the top of my list from now on, not my job and other peoples respect and admiration. I want to make plans and projects with my family the priority not the many projects and plans that my job offers me.


So, this year my family is my resolution. To spend quality time with my husband. To fully enjoy every second of this pregnancy and the birth of my son this coming summer. To prioritize my beloved parents and siblings. And if all that means that I have to say no to new opportunities in my community and work life then I am very happy to make that sacrifice.


I often wonder if people I met, or helped ten or twenty years ago, even remember my name, let alone how I touched their lives. My family will always cherish my time and energy that I devote to them, as I do theirs. I don’t have to wonder if my husband thinks of me when we are apart, for I know he does just as I do him. I don’t have to wonder if my family remembers what we did twenty or thirty years ago because we are always reminding each other of little memories from those years. These are the people that will recall my accomplishments and my areas of growth. Not the person I talked to at work for 2 hours the other day. My family and loved ones, are the people whose words of wisdom ring in my ears, whose jokes, and laughter lift me up when I am down. So, these are the people I want to dedicate my time and energy to this year.


I know all this sounds sappy; however, these thoughts have occupied my mind endlessly the past few weeks and I wanted to share them with you all.


I wonder what resolutions you made as we said farewell to 2021 and welcomed in 2022?


Contemplation Corner

“Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love.” Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

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