The first FO of the year is Sleepy Renard who is not looking very sleepy. I didn't really have the patience to stitch lashes and crocheting eyelids but I find this cute all the same. I used sock yarn and a small crochet hook to stitch this up for one of my former students. I didn't follow the pattern for the body either, I started another head by accident and and decided rather than ripping to just start decreasing and calling it a day.
I'm still spinning this awesome fiber from Holiday Yarns. I'm about 3/4 through the roving and I love how this is turning out. I'm not sure if I will keep it as singles or ply it. I have time yet to think it over. It was so nice to spin after my knitting and crocheting marathon these last few weeks.
This is what I had to deal with when I started winding yarn up for the second installment of cast-on-apalooza in our local Ravelry group. Every time I use lace, I encounter some kind of uber knot. What the heck!? I enlisted the help of my friend, Jen, who definitely made a dent in the mess and then I picked it back up on one of snow days we had last week.
Voilà! I beat you, stupid knot!
This was my first CO with the lace from above. The pattern is called Critron which is the crocheted version of Citron. It's a free pattern by Martha Simonsen. It's basically a bunch of single crochets which is going to be a test of endurance for me at this point. I like it so far but I'm not really dazzled at the moment. Good thing is, depending on what I decide to do, I finally started this project after having it in my queue since I joined Ravelry. If I frog, there will be absolutely no guilt!
My second CO was the Storm Cloud Shawlette, by Hanna Breetz, using my own hand spun singles from Pear Tree Farms. It was a little difficult to get started because my singles haven't seemed to relax since they've been washed and weighted. I'm hoping that if I block this, they will chill out. Or, I could be totally wrong and have a very wiry shawl. Either way, no guilt if I need to frog this in the future either. So far, neither project has been as exciting to me as picking the yarn and pattern out but, I could also be in some sort of post-holiday funk. What project are you starting the new year out with?