Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kicking Off 2016

Nothing astonishing, nothing technically difficult, nothing beyond just daily use.

Dishclothes and a new kitchen towel.

The ones I knit eons ago (really, it's been at least ten years) have finally worn down to a point that I can't repair them without losing material. They're good for scrubbing the bathroom after cobbling a couple together, and even then they're not long for this world. Eventually, cotton does wear out.

So, here are the new ones. I cannot say how much I love the Lily Sugar'n Cream Solids & Denim cotton yarns. I bought them a few years ago during my dishcloth mania/potholder knitting for the girl's and her beau's kitchen. And since the skeins I bought were the larger ones, I had plenty of leftovers for me.

The cloths become softer with use, they don't get nasty smelly yuck like the nylon/polyester blends and they last, as per my comment above, for eons.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

And This Concludes The 2015 Knitting Season

Not as much as I had hoped to knit, but due to various issues, I think this is a decent list of finished items.

January 24 - Two-Cup Teapot Cozy (me)
January 25 - Mug Cozy (me)
January 31 - Mug Cover/Cozy (Elaine)
February 7 - Redwood Boot Toppers (me)
March 4 - Veg Hat (Veronica)
June 6 - Sideways Scarf (me)
June 18 - Baby M Sweater (baby M)
September 7- Acadia Cap (me)
October 12 - Well-dressed Poultry sweater vest and scarf (Leslie)
December 12 - Toddler Pullover (Dawson)
December 20 - Blue Tulips Baby Sweater (Hendrix)

Whatever you may celebrate this holiday season, peace and love to you and yours!

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Sweater Love

Y'all know how I feel about the Tulips baby sweater pattern.
Y'all know how I feel about SNA's stilleto point knitting needles.
Y'all know how I feel about the color blue.

It was the perfect knit to end the year.

Blue Tulips Baby Sweater

US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
1.25 skeins = 250.0 yards (228.6 meters), 125 grams

Colorway: blueberry ombre

Purchased at:
Jimmy Beans Wool

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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Dark Time

This is the time of year I'm least enthusiastic about outside of the January/February freeze. Too many hours of dark, but the Winter Solstice (12/22/15) is nearly upon us and then a slow return to more daylight.

In the meantime, there are things to knit! Most recent FO, toddler pullover.

I quite like this pattern, Benjamin. It was that collar that decided me to buy it and try it out.

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I reinforced the seams as kids are hard on collars.

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Just a lovely knit and sweater.

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US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
2.5 skeins = 500.0 yards (457.2 meters), 250 grams

Colorway 7762 Green Plum

Purchased at Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

Now on to the next sweater, the Tulip, as y'all know is one of my favorites.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Darling Boy

Sweetheart, you were such a lovely young man, wickedly funny and bright that could reduce me to tears with laughter. You only mocked me gently for my terrible crochet, and quite generous in my awful results when trying to spin with a wheel.

It was such a privilege to be your friend and knit fun things for you and with you.

Be at peace, love. You'll be so greatly missed.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

It Must Be Fall, Chickens Wearing Sweater Vests and Scarves

So a friend of mine has been torturing me with this fixation she has about chickens who are molting and in "need" of sweater vests. Now, I've knit various items for various organizations to help out those in need...but I draw the line at animal clothing. I knit one dog sweater and ol' Chesty McChesty Tank blew it out, so that's that.

Recently, I needed someone to care for said Tank the Sweater Killer, and my friend was kind enough to offer her home and her time to watch after the girl.

So I broke down and knit a chicken sweater vest and scarve. In my friend's favorite colors. But it was a stuffed animal chicken. I would have *totally* bought a real chicken for her, but for some reason her city doesn't appreciate well-dressed poultry.

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Vest is made out of cotton yarn from KnitPicks: Dishie Multi
Scarf is made out of woool yarn: Cascade 220, color is pumpkin

Monday, September 07, 2015

Late Summer Startitis

Not that I don't have enough projects to keep myself busy, but I decided I wanted to knit myself something for this fall and winter.

It was a toss up between socks or a hat, and the hat won. And y'all know I like a good hat pattern! So I went spelunking in Ravelry and came up with Acadia. Just charming design and affordable, and I do enjoy those cable/texture knits, too.

The next step was deciding the color(s) for the winter hat, and since I have blue winter accessories, I poked around my storage tub and noticed I have no hat for my red and black accessories (my beloved cashmere scarf and cashmere hand warmers). Red and black Malabrigo Rios (super wash) was the ticket. So off I went knitting a wool hat during one of the hottest weeks of the summer. (Praise to the invention of AC!)

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It's not quite finished, it's been washed and now blocked and drying. Once it's dry, I'll stitch up together the liner with the cabled band.

I followed the suggestion of the designer and went down two inches for the size due to how it’s supposed to fit (rather snug). It fits beautifully for the circumference as suggested by the designer. However, due to the shape of my head, I added another 1/4” to the hat before decreasing for the crown (size 4 in the pattern).

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US 6 - 4.0 mm

Yarn used
241 yards, 1.15 skeins

Malabrigo Yarn Rios
0.65 skeins = 136.5 yards (124.8 meters), 65 grams
Colorway: 611 Ravelry Red

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Malabrigo Yarn Rios
0.5 skeins = 105.0 yards (96.0 meters), 50 grams
Colorway: Black

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

Monday, August 17, 2015

So Many Days Later, So Little Knitting

The hell. The last time I remember it was June, wait, July? This is what starting a different job will do to you...

Anyway, knitting has fallen to the side while I get used to the new gig. I've been fixated on Time Team with Tony Robinson ("Baldrick" from Blackadder series) videos on YouTube when I get off work and I'm perfecting my yoga form called "slug." Or my face has been buried in a book.

I'm not feeling the knitting because I've also reknit this same bit of yarn four freaking times now. It's going to be, some day, some way, a wrap for a friend of mine. I've tried several different patterns and then fell back to the standard:

Row 1 - K2tog, YO to end
Rows 2-4 - knit all

It's nothing terribly exciting, but I found I actually knit about 3 repeats while watching the Time Team last night as they dug up the grounds around some of Britain's royal palaces.

Here, stitchmarker pr0n shot for you. My glass sheep:

Meanwhile, I'm no longer angry with the Shark Hat I tried to knit earlier this year. Then there's the Steelers hat for another friend I want to get to her before football season really gets underway... And I've a pair of thrummed mittens I want to cast on in the next few weeks for a friend. I'd like her to have them before May 2016. And for some reason, I was stroking the sock yarn for a pair of socks this winter for me...remember this skein?

Yeah, I know. We'll see what actually happens in the next few months.