What I’m Working On: September 2020

Cross-stitch Christmas Stocking

This stocking is for the new baby, and it comes from a Dimensions cross-stitch kit. I started working on it in July and I’m about 70% done. I’m hoping to finish before the baby comes in November (except for the name, since we haven’t chosen yet)! It would be fun to have everyone’s stockings up for Christmas this year.

Forbes Sweater

It’s been a while since I made a large item like a sweater, since I tend to prioritize accessories that fit well even if my gauge is a little off. I’m currently obsessed with Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns, and I thought the Forbes Sweater looked perfect for late fall, when I’m hoping to have it finished. It uses the limited-run Brooklyn Tweed yarn Ranch 02 in color Natural. I’m around 10% done so far.


This cowl is from Darn Good Yarns subscription box earlier this year. The pattern is the Kahawai Cowl by Ellen Bergmann, and the yarn is Lace Weight Silk in color Sparkle Sandy Beach from DGY. I’ve been working on it off and on since around April. It is finally almost finished: the last step is to seam the two ends together. I just need to find a half hour or so to finish it up.


As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been planning more projects and ordering all the supplies. Just last night, I ordered some fingering weight yarn and a pattern for a colorwork hat for my husband. I know it’s going to be hard to keep up with all these projects once the baby comes, but I’ll get to them all eventually.

I’m Back!

It’s been a long time! I was active on this blog for a little over a year, and my last post was February 2016. I may not have been blogging during the past 4.5 years, but I have been crafting. I’ve had a lot of life changes since then, too:

  • Moved across the country
  • Had a baby (who’s 2.5 now!)
  • Bought a house
  • Started a new job
  • Having another baby in November

Whew, that’s a lot of change! I haven’t always been consistent with my crafting progress (especially when taking care of a newborn!), but I have continued to enjoy the creative process of making things by hand. More than the final objects that I create, it’s the process that keeps me coming back for more. I love all the steps: the excitement of planning out a new project and ordering supplies, the calm meditation of working on it for days, weeks, or months, and finally the satisfaction of completion.

So what’s next for the blog? I have a backlog of finished projects from the past few years that I’ll be highlighting in upcoming posts. After I’ve worked my way through those, I’ll do my best to add new projects as I complete them. I will continue trying to use up yarn from my stash, but…

My stash in February 2016
My stash in September 2020

One thing that is certain is I won’t be clearing my stash again anytime soon. I am currently in the nesting phase of pregnancy, which for me is manifesting as an intense desire to buy all the yarn for all the projects. I’m trying to plan out real projects rather than buying yarn randomly, but I’m definitely acquiring yarn faster than I can knit it. It’s probably good right now, though, during the coronavirus pandemic, for my main hobby to be something easily done at home.

Thank you for reading! I’ll be back soon.