I’ll give myself a B for this effort. It’s the 3rd animal I’ve made from this book and while it’s not hard – you have to jump back and forth in the book so it can be a little confusing. Especially when I forget that she’s using British crochet terms so a DC (double crochet) really means a SC (single crochet) in US terminology. Of course, she states that in the general notes in the book but I went straight to the pattern since I’ve made two other animals. Luckily it’s easy to see pretty quickly that I wasn’t doing it right and crochet is very easy to pull out and do over.
All the body parts were finished last night.
The eyes are still a little weird but I’ve taken them out once so I think I’m going to leave them. The black doesn’t show up against the dark gray so I’ve tried to add a little white to make them stand out.
Here’s a side view that shows the trunk a little better.
It’s time to stop playing with yarn and get my rooms ready for the kids … their agendas have changed several times and I thought I had until tomorrow night to get ready but Adam just called and they’re getting here after lunch tomorrow and Chris will arrive shortly after that around dinner time. Adam is also able to stay until Monday and Chris who was going to stay until Monday has to go back on Sunday. None of it’s a problem – I’m just happy they’re both coming for the parade weekend with the kids. I know it’s a long drive for just a couple days but Keith is a big kid and he was home alone last year and went to the Gasparilla children’s parade by himself – he asked both boys to come so he could go with the little ones this year!
My Simply Woven quilt was not only pin basted but quilted! As you can see, I chose an irregular grid rather than one that quilted each line. Simple straight line quilting that kept it nice and soft. It’s a free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop.
I also walked a couple miles before setting down with my knitting for the night.
We had some cooler weather which has been very nice and last night I even used the heat for a little while for the first time ever and promptly ordered a small heater from Amazon as I just needed a little extra warmth here by my knitting chair and didn’t need to heat the entire house (although the thermostat did read 63 when I turned it on). I used to keep it at 65 in Minneapolis but I also sat by the fire in the evenings.
Of course, I also had someone to cuddle with in MN! Thinking of him a lot this week as I’ve heard that there are two new puppies in the family. We will NOT get another dog … at least not while we’re traveling so much … and maybe never because I don’t think another dog could ever replace him. I tell Keith all the time I’m not a dog person, I was a Chesty person!
I started this scarf in September but set it aside to work on a couple other projects.
Pattern – Shine (it’s the 2nd time I’ve knit this pattern)
Yarn – Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton
I’ve tried to convince Mom to use an iPad app for her knitting but she insists on paper and pencil. I use Knit Companion although I always just use the PDF in a quick start project.
We have lots of appointments this week so plenty of reading and knitting time.
I finished one hat that will either be gifted or donated and started another one for my SIL. Both are the One Skein Action hat from one of my knitting books and made from fingering weight yarn. I’ve got yarn here to make one for Rae too. It’s just a little beanie but so easy to make that it’s the perfect project. I tried a scarf but have pulled it out twice already!! I may try again next week when we’ll have more time at home.
This is the perfect hat right now… I’ve made 3 for my SIL in fingering weight yarn.
I searched Ravelry for hats and have made several from worsted weight yarns that will be fine this fall and winter but it was hard to find a fingering weight yarn that she could use right now. This was from one of my books and I finished the 3rd one tonight and am ready to cast on another.
Still not happy with the results here – not the fault of the pattern, just me trying to knit it to a gauge/size that I love.
Pattern – Occasional Purl Hat
Needles – US size 7
Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza, light worsted
The back – love when the top of a hat comes together so nicely.
I’m thinking I need to try the size 7 needles with a more robust worsted weight yarn. I will give it another try but probably not next.
The Sock Yarn Slouch hat is done although there’s not a lot of slouch in it which is fine with me but I’m not a fan of the twisted rib for the band.
Pattern is free on Ravelry
Needles US size 1
Fingering yarn from stash, KnitPicks Hawthorne
Hat #5 has been cast on – it’s another Occasional Purl Hat – the first one I made I didn’t do all the decrease rows because I thought it was going to be too big and it turned out too short….wearable, but a little too short.
I’ve finished 3 hats and am working on #4 and now that I’m home I can show the finished ones on hat head!
First the red Hurricane hat. It’s a free pattern found on Ravelry – it’s the third one I’ve made and I will be making others. I love the pattern and it’s a quick knit.
Size US 7 needles
Superwash wool, worsted weight yarn from stash
Back of Hurricane Hat
Not so quick was this one from one of my knitting books – Action One Skein hat (Ravelry link) – but I love how light weight it is.
Size US 2 needles
Superwash wool, fingering weight yarn from stash
Back of the Action One Skein hat
Hat #3 is the Occasional Purl hat and I think I made this one a little short but I’m going to do another version of this one too. It’s also a free pattern.
Size US 8 needles
Superwash wool, worsted weight yarn from stash
Back of the Occasional Purl hat
Hat #4 is also from fingering weight yarn so it’s taking longer but I’m making progress.
It’s 1pm and I haven’t even showered or started to work today – so, so lazy but I was up really late last night. First knitting and then reading.
I was ready to cast on a new hat in fingering weight yarn but I just didn’t want to think as hard as the Slipstream hat was going to require so I cast on an easier one. I will make the Slipstream one eventually but in addition to the unfamiliar stitches, it’s going to require some adjustment in the number of stitches I cast on … Which means adjustment in the pattern when it’s time to decrease and my brain just wasn’t up to all that last night.
So here’s one from a book I bought a while ago – haven’t ever made anything from it so this is good! My yarn will work up differently than the one she used but maybe I can find a similar yarn with shorter color changes and make another one later. The pattern isn’t available online although you can see the ones people have made on Ravelry.
One thing I love about Ravelry is the notes that people add when they make something – in this case I thought that 5 inches before the decreases would be too short and reading the notes, I see that it is so I’ll know to knit to my usual height about 6.25 before starting the decreases. The Ravelry notes for the SlipStream hat were also helpful In that they told me that the band was too loose with the number of stitches cast on. All good stuff to know before starting a project!
This one is for my sister – Mom pieced it, I quilted it and I hope it’s not too heavy! Luckily, she lives near the mountains in VA so it should be nice and toasty this winter. She wanted a quilt that was soft with a lot of drape so we used Minkee for the backing – I’ve done these both with and without batting and she wanted batting in it – She may need a summer quilt too.
Quilting is hard to see on the front but it’s the pantograph Leapfrog. It’s the most open one I have and she wants this to be soft and “broken-in ” feeling.
Here’s a photo of the back.
#11 of 15 to be quilted in July. There are just 4 more to quilt while I’m here – one last one of my Aunt’s bed-runners, another RWB donation quilt of mine, and then I’ll choose the last two from my other donation tops waiting for quilting.
I also finished the crown decreases on my first hat and will cast on the second one when the plumber leaves. We’ve got a couple minor things needing attention so I scheduled the work to be done before we leave.
The yarn is a KnitPicks worsted weight.