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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Needle
US 7 - 4.0 mm

Yarn
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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Needle
US 5 - 3.75 mm

Yarn
various leftovers in blue

Weight
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!
January:
Redwood Cabled Boot Toppers - me
Shark Hat - Rose

February:
Thrummed Cloisonne Mittens - Kimmie
Steelers Top Knot Hat - Karen

March:
Sunshine Wrap - Jolene
Scrunchie Hat III - Veg

April:
Two scarves for Two Girls
Winter Gloves - me

May:
Princess Plaid Scarf - me
Cloisonne Mittens - Doreen

June:
Manly Man socks - Tom
Silken Scarf - Ruth M.

July:
Fingerless Mitts - Diana
Bacon socks - mine

August:
Duotone Scarf - Matt
Magic Square Hot Pad - me

September:
Fingerless Mitts - Bonehead
Comfy - Elle

October:
Tardis Scarf - Bryan
Surprise! - Erika

November:
Jade Fantasy Wrap - me

December:
Holiday Knitting



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

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Last And First - All In One Post

First post of 2015, the last knit project of 2014. This is a holiday gift for a dear friend. Easy stitch - half of the bee stitch pattern:

Odd number of stitches
Row 1: knit all
Row 2: *K1, SL1 - *repeat to end, K1

And that's it. I like the texture knitting that results.

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Details

US 7 - 4.5 mm
Yarn used
245 yards, 5 skeins

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Angora
How much?
2 skeins = 98.0 yards (89.6 meters), 20 grams
Colorway
Baby Blue

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Angora
How much?
3 skeins = 147.0 yards (134.4 meters), 30 grams
Colorway
fawn

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Not Too Shabby

I did fairly well this year given I had a massive amount of free/knitting time eaten up studying for my boards exam.

January 4 - Three Kinds Of Soft scarf (mine)
January 11 - Tricor Lux ruffled scarf (Tulisa)
January 25 - Cabled Collar Scarf (Brenda)
February 9 - Cafe Slouch Hat (Nancy)
February 22 - Sweater Repair (Monica)
March 12 - Twisted Carrot Hat (Stephanie)
March 19 - Dead Fish Hat IV (Cathy)
April 1 - Twisted Lettuce Headwrap (Jolene)
May 17 - Fingerless Mitts (Kimmie)
June 27 - Tulips Sweater Modified (Ruby)
August 24 - Drop-Stitch Wrap (Christy)
October 1 - Cashmere Cowl (Karen)
November 2 - Ribbed Bolero Shrug (mine)
November 18 - Silky Merino Angora Cowl (Nancy)
November 27 - Dishcloth Mania (Seneca)
December 4 - Beauregard, the Cabled hat (Seneca's beau)
December 10 - The Beau Scarf (Seneca's beau)
December 14 - Scrunchie Hat II (Seneca)
December 31 - Thumper Scarf (TBA)


I think out of all the projects, this is by far my favorite and I'm totally prejudiced because Rubylicious is one of my favorite wee people:

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Rubylicious in cookie action mode:

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The sweater is my absolute baby sweater "go to" design by Lindsay Pekny - Tulips, A Colorful Cardigan for Baby

The yarn was Malabrigo Silky Merino in turquoise color (bought at Knit & Knot) and two strands of Handmaiden Fine Sea Silk in pumpkin color (bought from Knitty Noddy ages ago). Horse ceramic buttons (Rubytastic was born in the Chinese year of the Horse) bought via Etsy.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry, Merry!

My girl and her beau were in town for the holiday, and it was a wonderful time having them here!

The Beau loved his new scarf, the color looked absolutely dreamy on him with his skin tone, and of course it doesn't hurt that he's not hard on the eyes to begin with! To respect his privacy, I cropped the photo to just the scarf...

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And the girl! She loved her winter hat - I was so happy. I made her wear it for at least 20 minutes. I got an eyeroll from her, but she complied as I had put a lot of work and money into that hat.

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Needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn used
273 yards

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Angora
How much?
1.5 skeins = 73.5 yards (67.2 meters), 15 grams
Colorway - Cream

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted
How much?
0.65 skeins = 130.0 yards (118.9 meters), 65 grams
Colorway - 29 Pink

Yarn
Tilli Tomas Flurries
How much?
1 skein = 70.0 yards (64.0 meters), 50 grams
Colorway - Hush

Notes
There’s six layers/rings:

Ring 1: Encore with angora
Ring 2: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 3: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 4: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 5: Tilli Tomas Flurries - Hush (knit rows, Encore)
Ring 6: Encore with angora
Crown: Encore with angora

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And with that, my holiday and birthday (both the girl and beau have holiday birthdays) knitting is complete. I can knit any fucking thing I want with no deadlines - woohoo! I feel like dancing!