Category Archives: Knitting & Crochet

Yarn

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I haven’t done much knitting since Finn joined the family – yarn is something he’d love to get his paws on. I thought maybe some knitted washcloths would be a quick easy project and the place I found to donate scarves to also requests washcloths so it would be easy to send them along. 

I’d tried to talk my sister into learning to crochet and bought her some yarn, a hook, and a book to make dishcloths but she never got into it so I asked for it back the last time I was there if she wasn’t going to use it. 

I’m planning to find some ones to knit but the book and the hook were right in with the yarn so I decided I’d crochet a couple today. It’s a worsted weight cotton yarn and a size I hook.

 

And I did finish the 2nd one and the ends are already woven in. 

Weaving ends

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I’ve shared before about how bad I am about weaving ends in and blocking my knitting. I had a goal of finishing two projects by the end of February that have been waiting … both of these only needed the ends woven in, no blocking, and still I waited until the last day of February. 

 Be Simple Variation – it’s a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve made 3 of these now – it’s simple knitting and variegated yarns work well and sometimes it can be hard to find a pattern that does work well with them! The knitting on this one was finished in November. LOVE the colors in this one – yarn is Wollmeise pure – a fingering weight yarn. 


This one is the TGV shawl although it’s more of a scarf. Believe it or not it’s been finished since early 2013 except for weaving the ends in. There were 3 knots in the single skein and the yarn wasn’t the softest so after finishing the knitting I stuffed it in a bin.  Now it’s done and in the bin with a pile of other scarves and shawls that need to be donated! I really need to find a place to send them! Yarn is Zauberball®Crazy and I haven’t bought any more of it. Not a fan of the knots or the texture although I loved the striping effect. 

If I was grading myself …

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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!

Quilted

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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!

There’s knitting too

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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. 

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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. 

Another finish

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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. 

Hat #5

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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. 

Another hat

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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. 

Hat Head

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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.