Latest Knitting Projects

In between revising Catalyst and the Book Tour for The Field I’ve been working on a few knitting projects. I love knitting because it’s a creative activity that’s portable that I can pick up and work on whenever I have a few free minutes and the urge to create. Here’s what I’ve been working on-

Boyfriend Scarf

For my boyfriend, Keith. The pattern is aptly named ‘Boyfriend Scarf!!

It was a quick and easy project to take on the road. The wool is washable and super soft!

Verdigris Sweater

I actually finished this sweater a few years ago and got the gauge TOTALLY wrong. It was HUGE!! I was so disappointed and didn’t have the heart to rip it out right away. Also, I loved the lace work I’d done for the back. I was ready to come back to it this summer and decided to put my sewing skills to work. I CUT the sweater down and machine sewed it back together! It worked! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s still on the large side, but wearable with skinny jeans.

Squares Afghan

This is my latest project and it’s really fun! I’m making it for my daughter and she picked the pattern and the yarn. I thought it was going to be difficult, but it’s easy and super fun to watch the squares develop.

What creative projects are you working on?

Knit One, Purl Two Sweaters

Here’s what my niece and nephew received from me for Christmas! I love making kids sweaters because they go so fast.

Olivia sweater

Here’s almost-four-year-old Olivia’s sweater. And there are my feet in the picture!! ๐Ÿ™‚

ben sweater

Six year old Ben’s sweater is a little camo-looking.

Here’s the thing. My niece and nephew live in northern California…I’m just hoping that it gets cold enough for them to wear them. I know I’ve been to the park with them often enough wishing I had mittens. I hope they like them as much as I enjoyed making them! I even bought little labels that say “Hand Knit by Tracy Richardson”. Maybe they’ll save them for their own kids!! Just a thought.

A few projects…

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A special pillow for my special niece, Olivia. This is made from recycled sweaters and over-dyed suiting material with a little embroidery, rick-rack and applique.

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Knitted dish towels. All from 100% cotton. These are fast and easy projects.

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And for me, a purple cotton cardigan. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love knitting because I can take it with my on all of my travels and I always have something creative to do.

Knitted Tunic

Iย just finished this tunic that I designed. Every stripe is a different yarn and a different stitch. I actually copied it from a skirt pattern that I saw in a knitting store that I loved, except I didn’t really want a knitted skirt.

It was a lot of fun to make and I love the colors. It’s meant to be oversized and worn with a tank underneath. Now I’m circling back to a black winter sweater that I had lots of trouble with and just had to set aside. Hopefully I’ll get that done before Thanksgiving! So many projects!

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Wool Scarves and Mittens

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since May! So much has been happening. My son and daughter (twins) left for college in September and I finished the rought draft of my novel THE FIELD featuring Eric Horton, the older brother of Marcie from INDIAN SUMMER. More on THE FIELD to come in another post.

Here are some projects I’ve been working on.

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Santa brought me this jacket for Christmas and I knitted this scarf to go with it! Okay, I picked out the jacket myself and Mrs. Claus gave it to me!

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My new obsession is felting sweaters and making stuff with them. Felting involves washing old wool sweaters from Goodwill in very hot water so the fibers in the wool ‘felt’ together and make a fabric you can cut that won’t fray or unravel at the edges. I made these mittens for my cousin, but don’t you think they match perfectly with my old Lands’ End jacket? I may have to keep them for myself!

These are pillows I made from sweaters and rick-rack that I bought years ago at Tuesday Morning thinking that I would someday have a use for it.

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Having the kids go off for college was hard, but it’s the next stage for them and they’re having a great time! It also freed me up for my next stage in life! First step – take over the band room in the basement. I’ve transformed the space into my craft room. I can’t share pics at the moment as it is still a mess from various projects, but stay tuned! Craft on!