Saturday, March 28, 2015

It's Supposedly Spring Around Here

I've been meaning to post this finished object for the past four weeks. However, the nasty gut virus (version 3) nailed me hard back in February, and life got in the way after that episode.

So, to the finished item!

This is going to a friend of mine that I promised back in January. My friends, if they nothing other than this one thing about me, know that gifts will usually arrive at least three months later than the celebration. If not up to five years later.

It's made from leftover yarn in my stash: Malabrigo. *sigh*

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Malabrigo Yarn Rios
How much? .33 skein
Colorway: glazed carrot
Purchased at: Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

Malabrigo Yarn Rios
How much? .33 skein
Colorway: lettuce
Purchased at: Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

A hat based on the scrunchie hat pattern for a favorite person of mine.

Size 7US circ needles
Cast on 104 stitches
6 rows knit
2 rows purl
crown is knit and decreased every other row (K2TOG every 8th stitch) to the top

Saturday, February 07, 2015

A Day Late, A Donut Short.

I finished my leg warmers (aka as the renamed "boot toppers") on a day we hit 42F degrees. After a week where we had two days of -10F temps with the windchill.

Go figure.

But I'm ready for the next blast, should we get one this late in the winter. And with it being the Midwest, it's not out of the realm of possibility.

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I adore these cables.

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And if the snow is too high, reverse the cuff and bring the warmer up past the knee.

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US 13 - 9.0 mm (for the cable piece)
US 11 - 8.0 mm (for the leg shaft)

Plymouth Yarn De Aire

How much?
4 skeins = 436.0 yards (398.7 meters), 400 grams


Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

The cabled band is sewn together with mattress stitch for a sturdier seam.

Stitches picked up around the edge - 70 total, adjust to 68 stitches.

Shaft of the leg is 2x2 ribbing, size 11US dpns. Knit to 6” in length.

Cable pattern used:
Cast on 28 stitches

Odd rows: K2, P2
Even rows: P2, K2

Knit Stitch – K
Reverse Stockinette Stitch-St st

Cable 8 Back (C8B)- slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 4 sts from left hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

Cable 8 Front (C8F)- slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 4 sts from left hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle

Skill: Intermediate
Cast On: Panel of 20 sts on a background of reverse St st.

Row 1
(Right side): k20.

Row 2

Row 3
k4, C8F twice.

Row 4

Row 5

Row 6

Row 7

Row 8

Row 9
C8B twice, k4.

Row 10

Row 11

Row 12

Repeat rows 1-12 until you have reached your desired length.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Cozy Kick

We've been under a Winter Storm Warning since yesterday 7 pm, and it doesn't look like it will lift until tonight around 9 pm. Seriously big snow this time, prediction is between 10" to 12"+. We'll see what happens...

Meanwhile, I have been on a bit of a cozy kick lately. It helps use up the half skeins of lovely wool I've had in my stash for a while now. The latest mug cozy/cover is for a friend. I made it to match the fingerless mitts I knit her early last year. It's based on several different hat patterns I've used in the past few yars.

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US 8 - 5.0 mm double-points

Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted

How much?
0.25 skeins = 52.5 yards (48.0 meters), 25 grams

Loro barranquero

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So Hot!

First, the teapot cozy works marvelously well! Tea stays piping hot for at least 45 minutes after brewing.

I also finished up the tea mug I wanted for my mug at work. Leftover bits of a sequined yarn and some sock yarn.

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The fabric can be folded over for a small mug, and unfolded for a larger mug.

I rather like the stitch holder and will use that instead of a button.

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US 7 - 4.0 mm

Rozetti Yarns Polaris
Handpainted sock yarn

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hot Tea, No Iced Tea

After knitting a variety of teapot cozies and cup/mug cozies, I decided to make myself a cozy after a pot of tea went cold while I was reading last weekend. I grabbed some leftover cotton and wool yarns and whipped up a kind of shiny cozy for my two cup mini teapot. It photographed like crap, but it's quite cute in person.

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US 5 - 3.75 mm

various leftovers in blue

DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Love In A Cold Climate

I'm going to make some thrummed mittens next month, so I went in search of the perfectly dyed roving. After several false starts, I came across this luscious bit of wool. And the fiber artist couldn't have been nicer! I even received treats with my roving.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

What To Do... What To Do...

While 2014 was fairly decent for projects, I've decided I've too many "I want" projects listed. I also have many friend gifts that I want to knit.

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Time to organize!
Redwood Cabled Boot Toppers - me
Shark Hat - Rose

Thrummed Cloisonne Mittens - Kimmie
Steelers Top Knot Hat - Karen

Sunshine Wrap - Jolene
Scrunchie Hat III - Veg

Two scarves for Two Girls
Winter Gloves - me

Princess Plaid Scarf - me
Cloisonne Mittens - Doreen

Manly Man socks - Tom
Silken Scarf - Ruth M.

Fingerless Mitts - Diana
Bacon socks - mine

Duotone Scarf - Matt
Magic Square Hot Pad - me

Fingerless Mitts - Bonehead
Comfy - Elle

Tardis Scarf - Bryan
Surprise! - Erika

Jade Fantasy Wrap - me

Holiday Knitting

Of course, at any point and time, this schedule could be completely derailed. I'm willing to give it a shot!