Monday, February 8, 2016

catch up!

It's always around this time in the semester that I catch something. And you can tell because I disappear from this space! I'm on the mend from whatever cold-head-sinus thing I had this time, so here's a little of what had been finished since my last post in January!

First up, a bit of stashbustin' and charity crafting--I just finished 10 crocheted beanie hats for newborns that my local knitting guild will be donating to our local hospital this year. This was super satisfying on several fronts--it's one of those patterns that is super fast and I used up two skeins of Hobby Lobby Baby Bee yarn that had been sitting in my stash forever with no end in sight. That's 754 yards out of my stash! Yippee! I held yarn double since the pattern (basic beanie, a freebie!) calls for worsted weight. Baby Bee seriously felt like fingering weight yarn to me (maybe sport weight at best!). I was shocked to see that it is listed in Ravelry as a DK weight yarn. More details on my Ravelry project page.

And my other big finish was the cowl pattern I was test knitting for Jennifer Weissman, the betangled cowl. Oh, how I LOVE this one. It used 1.5 skeins of Malabrigo worsted to make the small size. It's the perfect close-to-your-neck snuggly cowl size, but yet not too tight or constricting on your neck. I put green buttons on it since I love a pink-lime green combo and envisioned wearing it with this coat, but now I'm second guessing this look! Ha!

Pattern: Betangled cowl by Jennifer Weissman (link to my Rav project page)
Needles: size 8 Knit Picks Harmony
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted (colorway: fuscia), used 1.51 skeins
Mods: none!

That's a grand total of 1,071 yards out and the month is just barely started!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

knit your library, vol. 4

Finished another crochet edging for a fleece blanket! This one took approximately 75 grams of Yarn Bee Soft Secrets yarn (more details here).

Not being very original, because my next "knit your library" project is using the exact same pattern from The Needlecraft Book, but in red and with the remaining robot fleece fabric. When I'm done with this project I'm going to have to make a picture of the HUGE pile of blankets I make!

 My other distraction is the cowl pattern I'm test knitting, which has grown a lot since last week! This is Malabrigo worsted in the fuscia colorway, and I looooooove it. This one is for me, selfish me. The pattern is the Betangled Cowl by Jennifer Weissman. Everything she makes is fabulous!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

knit your library, vol. 3

I'm about half-way done with the blanket I'd started after finishing the two I posted last week. This time I'm using the "multiple stitch" edging pattern from p. 149 of The Needlecraft Book. I'm really loving this one, and the side benefit of this one is it is getting me to finally memorize the different crochet stitches since you rotate through them all! Literally it goes like this: sc, hdc, dc, 3 treble crochet in same stitch, then dc, hdc, sc, and slip stitch. Phew! I feel like a "real crocheter" now that I'm learning them and don't have to look them up every single time. :-D

I should be done with this blanket, but two projects are distracting me. First, this cute santa ornament!! It's a free pattern, and I can now I say I can crochet in a circle! Granny squares here I come! LOL. It's for an ornament swap I'm in, so you'll see me bust out another big batch of these since we send an ornament a month throughout the year. Should be fun.

Pattern: Santa (link to my Ravelry project page)
Hook: Size G (4.0 mm)
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Oyster Heather for the face, Knit Picks Swish Worsted for the hat, Caron Simply Soft for the beard.
Mods: Used hdc for the hat to make it taller, then chained 6ish and hdc in each chain to make the tail of the hat. Used 6 mm safety eyes and glued on pom poms for nose/hat.


And last but not least, I'm starting a new test knit, this time it's a cowl with reversible cables using Malabrigo worsted in the fuscia colorway. Yum!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

knit your library, vol. 2

Working my way through the crochet edgings section of the Needlecraft Book has been going well the past week--I finished the Seahawks blanket I posted last week, and a second blanket in the meantime!

Pattern: picot scallop edging (link to my Ravelry project page
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in marine heather (one sc crochet base, then dc around = 1.5 skeins, 165 yards); the picot scallop pattern is in Knit Picks Stroll Brights in sour apple held double, used approx. .85 of one skein total.
Hook: size H
Mods: None! Next time I would love to try to mirror the picot on the base dc round, maybe playing with different sized stitches.


And here's the second blanket! This one used the bold scallop pattern on page 147 of the book. I really like the substantial look of this one--cute, but not too frilly. I think this will be my go-to for the "boy" blankets I make!

Pattern: bold scallop edging (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in harvest red, used 100 grams of the 170 gram skein
Hook: size H
Mods: Nada!

 Hope your knit your library challenge has been going well so far this month!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

sunday's stitches, vol. 1

sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor whatever your stitching on

Since going small was so successful in December, I'm maintaining that theme by working on one of the many small projects filling my needlework bin. First up? This adorable owl!
See my progress from week to week on past sunday's stitches.

Friday, January 8, 2016

FO friday: asante cowl

first finished object of 2016!

If you've followed my blog for even a nanosecond, you'll have quickly picked up on how cowl-crazy I am. I just can't stop making them! Over time I've learned that I'm really awful at "artfully arranging" them, however .... which means that although I love a generous double-wrap cowl, they can frustrate me. Lately I've been intrigued by the "long tube" style of cowl that has been popular lately (think Joji's 3-color cashmere cowl, for example).  The length allows for generous pooling of the cowl (which is cozy and comfy) and yet since the circumference is smaller, no need to double wrap. My problem solved! So when I saw the free Asante pattern pop up on Ravelry, I wanted to make it right away. The Party of Five mini skein sets from SweetGeorgia just sealed the deal! So this was my December gift to myself--yarn to make this cowl, and I cast on right before Christmas. Fun, easy knitting that I finished up during bowl game marathon viewing on New Year's day! It feels good to have my first "following through on my intentions" finish of the year, too.

Yarn: SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted Party of Five (2 packs, 500 yards total, in the Goldigger colorway)
Needles: size 8 Knit Picks Harmony
Mods: skipped the tiny bit of ribbing detail so I could have a brainless knit!