FO’s – Neck Wear

Hi All,

Can you believe it’s already New Years Eve? I am absolutely amazed at how fast this year has flown! I have three final projects to end the year with you. I’ll try to write up a recap tomorrow as I reflect on this last year of crafting. It’s been a pretty good year for that with lots of big and little projects.

First up, a crochet project. This one was gifted to my dear friend Emmah for Christmas this year. I happened to be scrolling through the Free Testers Group on Ravelry and saw this test request. I knew I had yarn that would suit it perfectly and I wanted to make something for my friend to put in with her presents. This is a beginner pattern and would be perfect as a first project. It took me an hour for the original pattern, and then I decided to finish up my skein and it took me another 40 minutes.

Ravelled Here: Wintergreen Cowl by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/15/17

Hook: US K (6.5 mm)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Metallics in the colorway Poinsettia

A couple of days before Christmas, the Designer reached out again for another crochet test. I would classify this one as an Intermediate level. This was my first time using the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) and the stitch patterns were more than a beginner would know what to do with. The pattern has a 6 row repeat and it definitely takes some concentration at the beginning. After the first section, it’s kind of easy to see what you are doing and moves a little quicker.

It took me about 8 hours to complete this one, over two days; however another tester took 4 hours total and another said it only took her a couple of hours. They both classified it as an Advanced Beginner pattern. I guess it depends on your skill level and I thought I was pretty advanced. This one hasn’t been published as of yet, but will be soon. As soon as it is, I will link up my project. I just finished blocking it and blocking really opened up the pattern.

Ravelled Here: Autumn Leaves Cowl (Test)  by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/26/17 ~ 12/27/17

Hook: US F (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the colorway Weather Vane

Techniques Learned: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Last, but not least, is a project that’s been on my needles for quite some time! Everyone knows the Hitchhiker pattern from the designer, Martina Behm. She sells that pattern, along with three others in an ebook called Hitchhiker – A Trilogy of Four Patterns. I chose Trillian as my first knit out of this collection.

It all started with one of my fellow knitters in the group I attend every Thursday showing off a shawl she knit in Miss Babs Yowza yarn. I went home that day and purchased two skeins, Morticia and Beachglass. A couple of weeks later, one of my other fellow knitters was talking about the Trillian pattern. We decided to start it at the same time. She finished hers within a few weeks.

Unfortunately, I wound up with some hand issues and then some emotional issues and this got put away for quite awhile. I’m so happy to have it finally completed, blocked and final pics taken.

Ravelled Here: Trillian by Martina Behm

Started / Finished: 8/5/16 ~ 12/9/17

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 10 (6.0 mm)

Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza in the colorway Beachglass

I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! We are going to a dinner party and then playing games with friends, while sipping on delightful champagne. I hope your evening is just as fun, no matter where you are or what you do. Happy New Year!!!!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

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FO – Yes, I’ve been knitting!

Hi All,

I’m back again and am not sure I’m going to make it to the end of the year with all the catching up; however am trying my best 🙂 Next up on the plate is a hat that I blogged about earlier this year.

I’ve made several Sockhead Slouch Hats throughout the last couple of years and always have one on the go since it’s a super easy take a long project. Earlier this year, I decided I wanted a super quick option and decided to work the pattern in Worsted Weight. It turned out super snuggly due to the yarn I used and I thought it would be another hat for me. Turns out my Aunt Karen loved it and I gifted it to her while I was in Indiana. She’s definitely knit worthy 🙂 Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Slouch IV (Worsted)

Started / Finished: 7/20/17 ~ 10/12/17

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the colorway Arco Iris

Modifications: Since I used Worsted weight yarn instead of Sock weight yarn, I cast on with 104 stitches. I tried to do the Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast On; however twisted the stitches when joining in the round and decided the time wasn’t worth it to try again. I will try it again in the future.

Next up, is another quick hat by Purl Soho. I wanted to make another purple hat for my cousin that would keep her super warm on those cold Indiana nights. She has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension so she is always super cold. It helps to have things to keep her warm and toasty. This one I started right before I left for Indiana…worked on the plane going there and finally finished a few days before Thanksgiving. It was a super easy pattern and would have been quicker to knit if I hadn’t been distracted by the goodness of hanging out with Rainy and the family 🙂 I made no modifications to this pattern. The gorgeous flag behind my head was made by my cousin-in-law, affectionately known as CIL. His company is called Our Old Flag.

Ravelled here: Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho

Started / Finished: 11/7/17 ~ 11/20/17

Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland in the colorway Hot Springs

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)

And last, but not least for this post…my Aunt Karen asked for a warm pair of gloves that she could also use when she wanted to play her games. This called for some serious hunting. Thank goodness I purchased the Chilly Podsters pattern from Glenna Knits! These are fingerless gloves and mittens all in one. Be still my heart! The only thing is that she wanted them in black. Do you know how hard it is to knit with black yarn in the winter? If not, please don’t try it. I persevered and finished these on Christmas Day. I also got them in the mail today, so win for me!!!

My Aunt Karen will be enjoying these in no time! They are a wee bit large, as I made the large size; however my Aunt Karen wanted them like that. There ain’t no shame in that game. BTW, she’s also requested a fingerless pair of mitts that match her hat in the same yarn. Since she’s knit worthy, I’ll make that happen.

Ravelled Here: Chilly Podsters by Glenna C

Started / Finished: 11/21/17 ~ 12/25/17

Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in the colorway Black

This was my first time actually making fingers on gloves. I’ve made thumbs before…just never fingers. What a rush to actually complete each glove 🙂 And how cute are my knitting jammies? I got these last year at Target and they are super comfy!

We’re almost finished with this year and I’m almost finished catching you up! Tomorrow will be three more FO’s that may cause ring around the collar? Hint, hint 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

FO’s – Unicorns Galore

Hi All,

Back at the beginning of December, I had high hopes for lots of blogging to show you some of the items that I had to keep secret as they were gifts. Now, it’s nearly the end of my three week vacation and I’m wondering where the time went! I’m going to share a couple of items with you today, just to get things moving again.

First up, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some “In Progress” photos. Several months ago, my cousin and a friend saw a Unicorn Blanket pattern that both wanted dearly. I found the pattern on Etsy (later realizing I could have bought it on Ravelry) and printed it out. It took me a little bit to purchase all the yarn I would need as several stores would have 1-2 skeins of it…I needed A LOT!

I learned a lot with the first blanket. I had never crocheted in the back loop only before and found that it creates a look much like ribbing with knit. I used office supply binder hooks to hold the hood and the blanket together for placement and sewing. I learned that I should use a much smaller hook with the yarn for the horn as it came out way too big. I also learned that since the stitches were larger, white fiberfill does not look as good. Although the horn is secure, it is not as firm as I would have liked. I also learned that gauge really does matter when you are trying to make a toddler size blanket. It turned out to be sized for a teenager. This was originally for Iris aka “Rainy”; however I gifted it to her Mama instead.

Ravelled Here: Unicorn Blanket by Keri Palbicki

Started/Finished 9/12/17 ~ 9/23/17

Yarn: Blanket used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Celebration; horn and hair used Lion Brand Landscapes in the color Boardwalk Promenade

Hook: Size US P (11.5 mm)

Final Pictures:

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I called the second one, Unicorn Shlanket since it’s a hybrid between a hooded shawl and blanket. I incorporated all of my learning from the original blanket, although I knew I wanted to make this a special fit for my cousin Nichole.

I made the hood with a size US M/N (9.0 mm) crochet hook, which made it much smaller. I also used a size US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook for the horn. I bought black fiber fill off of Etsy to stuff it with and it made a world of difference! I also made the mane much fluffier than the first by using a ton more yarn. I decided to make the hood first so I could maximize the amount of yarn used in the shlanket part and this turned out to be a wise decision.

The shlanket itself was made with a US P (11.5 mm) crochet hook and I decided not to add the fringe since it was so long. Unfortunately, I do not have finished pictures of the full shlanket because I forgot to take them before shipping this off to my cousin (hint, hint!) and she has not gotten back to me with final pictures. I do have picture of the hood however, and I think you’ll agree that it turned out much better! Also included is a picture of the “In Progress” shlanket part. I used the same yarns; however the shlanket is in the color Fisherman instead of Celebration.

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Until next time, Happy Knitting or Crocheting!

 

 

Once Upon a Sock: October Edition

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Hi All and Happy October!

I absolutely love this time of year. The leaves are just starting to change on some of our trees, although it will take a tad bit longer for the rest of them to catch up. The nights are definitely cooler and the days are too, which is a relief after an unprecedented, super hot summer. Pumpkin everything has come out…although not all of it good. Have you tried Halo Top’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream? I’m not a fan because of the pieces of pie crust (think soggy pie crust…not crisp and flaky) in it. Plus, I think there are some things you just shouldn’t mess with from the original flavor. Pumpkin Oreos anyone?

One of the other things I love about this time of year is getting to wear socks again! Yep…it’s all about the socks. And due to being sick last week, I was able to finish another pair, just in time for this cooler weather! I’ve talked about them many times on the blog. I actually started the first sock back in September of 2015. Socks were not really a priority at that time, even though I was blogging about them every Thursday. I finished the first sock in March of 2016 and cast on for the second. Then I put them away for a really, really long time.

Last month, while trying to determine which sock pattern I wanted to work next, I finally decided to pull out that second sock and get it done. I was tired of them taking up a pair of needles and a project bag. Plus I wanted that extra yarn for my sock yarn blanket 🙂 I also made a solemn vow to myself to finish everything in my UFO and WIP projects before starting anything new. This pair of socks is the reason why I always knit them TAAT* now as I never want to get SSS** again. I’ve even blocked them and taken pictures. Go me!!!

Ravelled Here: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Started / Finished: 9/26/2015 – 10/3/2017

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) 24 inch circulars

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock in the colorway Spectrum (used 96 grams)

Techniques Learned: With the first sock, I learned how to do my first Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset. I’ve used all of these techniques multiple times since then; however this was my first! I also learned that there are some mistakes you can live with and some you can’t. If you look very closely at the sock on the right foot, you’ll see that I got off pattern on the foot section. I decided I can live with it since I’m the only one that will ever see it.

I had to throw that last picture in there because my dog photo bombed me 🙂 Hey! Did you know that my friends and I blog about our sock knitting the first Thursday of every month? If you would like to join us, please let one of us know in the comments and we will be happy to link up with you! In the meantime, check out my very creative knitting buddies to see what they are up to this month! I will link straight to their posts as soon as they blog about them.

Katherine at fiber and sustenance

Kat at felinity knits

Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

*TAAT = Two at a Time

**SSS = Single Sock Syndrome

Once Upon A Sock: August Edition

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Hi All!

Did you enjoy my posts about Baby Rainy’s homemade gifts? If you haven’t checked them out, please do! You can find the links in the menu bar to the right. I would love your feedback. This year is flying by and this past month has been no exception. I didn’t meet my goal of finishing my socks by the 1 year anniversary of starting them; however I did finish them in the same month 🙂 I absolutely adore the pattern, fit and yarn…I guess I just love everything about them!

Ravelled Here: Smooth Operators by Susan B Anderson

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) magic loop

Yarn: String Theory Colorworks Inertia Self Striping in the color Putnisite

Started / Finished: July 10, 2016 – July 23, 2016 (Whew!)

New Techniques Learned: Afterthought Heels…this was new to me and scary as heck when I first started taking out the waste yarn, but now I love the method and will use it for future sock patterns. Especially for self-striping sock yarn!

I knit these TAAT and they took forever; however I’m so happy to be finished with them! They are super soft, especially after blocking and I know I’ll get a ton of use out of them.

Now, I just need to decide what I want to knit next. I’m leaning very heavily towards the Rose City Rollers or actually knitting the pattern from this months Yarnbox Sock Club, Call Me Ishmael. My yarn for the sock club just went in the mail yesterday, so I don’t know what color I will receive as of yet. Maybe I’ll wait until I get it and then decide. Regardless, I will have another pair on the needles again soon!

Me, and my fellow sock knitters, link up the first Thursday of every month to talk about our socks. If you would like to join us, let one of us know and we’ll be happy to add you to the group! I know that Stefanie from Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons is taking a social media / blog break for the months of August and September. Katherine from fiber and sustenance is currently on a cross country road trip with her hubby and I’m not sure if she’ll have time to post about socks this month; however check out her journey! She’s got some awesome pictures and lots of knitting!!! Finally, Kat from felinity knits has her sock post up for the month and it is an absolute stunning show stopper! Check her out!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

FO ~ Baby Footwear

Hi All!

In my last blog post, I talked to you about the cute little headbands I made for Baby Rainy. This time, we’ll talk about footwear. Now, you know that I already blogged about her tiny little Baby Mitten Socks a couple of months ago. What you didn’t know is that I also made her a pair of booties and a pair of flip flops! Let’s start with the booties first.

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Easiest Baby Booties Ever…free pattern on Ravelry

How freaking adorable are these? I decided to use the Sparkle White yarn I used for Rainy’s headbands, which was leftover from her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket. These are quite the cool little construction. They look like a capital T before you fold the edges over and sew them together, then you turn them inside out to get the affect shown above.

I could have sworn I took a picture before I sewed them up so I could show progress pictures; however I can’t find them for the life of me. This is a free knit pattern on Ravelry titled Easiest Baby Booties Ever! by Gina Michele. They really are quite simple; however I highly recommend watching the YouTube video where she goes over construction and sewing together.

These can easily be made into larger sizes and seem like they will be a perfect fit without falling off of Baby Rainy. I did make the newborn size, so I may have to work on another pair for when she’s a little older.

 

I was able to find the in progress pictures for these adorable little flip flops. Again, I used the Sparkle White yarn that was left over from the blanket and some leftover yarn from the Tulip Stitch Headband. I thought they would look super cute together. This was another free pattern ($2.00 on Rav but free instructions on her blog) on Ravelry called the Baby Strap Flip-Flops by Bethany Dearden and is crochet. I’m so glad that I can crochet and knit 🙂 It makes it so much more fun when I see patterns and don’t have to worry about whether it’s one or the other.

These took quite a bit more time than the knit booties due to all of the sewing together; however they were still super simple. One thing that I would change is to wait to weave in the ends until the end. I wove them in at each step and I could have hidden some of the ends better if I had waited. She also has a YouTube video that helps out with instructions that might need demonstration. That’s how I found the pattern in the first place! Again, I made the newborn size since she will be born in August.

I cannot wait to see these on Rainy’s little footsies! To keep those footsies clean, I also included The Almost Lost Washcloth by Julie Tarsha. I’ve made this before; however this was my first time making a project using the Portuguese Knitting style. I really enjoyed the technique and hope to use it in future projects that are all garter stitch. I find the Purl stitch to be relaxing when using this method. The yarn was Lily Sugar’n Cream Twists in the color Squishy Twists.

I’ve now blogged about all the gifts that I made for Baby Rainy. Sweet Mama has promised lots of pictures of Rainy wearing / using everything once she is born and I’ll update my Ravelry project pages at that time. It was so much fun making stuff for a baby girl again after the rush of boys lately; however I’m super happy to be back to knitting for myself. I have more finished objects to blog about soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

FO ~ Shell Stitch Baby Headbands

Hi All,

How many times can I start the beginning sentence for this blog? Apparently 20 times. Okay…enough of that. Let’s get on with it.

Baby Rainy is going to be one styling little chickadee when she is born. In addition to her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket, she’s got some awesome new headbands to wear. The first headband I made for her was the Tulip Stitch Headband, which I blogged about last month. I wanted to create a couple more that had flowers attached and came upon this YouTube video for a Shell Stitch Baby Headband with Flower.

You know I immediately had to pull out my scrap yarn and crochet hooks to try this. There is no written pattern; however it’s easily pulled together just by watching the video. This makes it perfect for those that don’t know how to read a crochet pattern. I wish I could write it out for you; however the designer has it written out for sale in her Etsy store.

The first one I made, I measured until I had approximately 13.5 inches (leaving 1/2 inch for stretch factor) to fit a newborns 14 inch head. I decided to make it in all white, allowing it to go with multiple outfits. It used about 12 grams of the Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn that I used to make Rainy’s blanket, along with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook.

The second one, I kept the white headband and made the flower red. I increased the size to 15 inches and decided to leave the ends hanging so Mama can tie them together and it will last longer. It used approximately 7 grams of Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn for the headband part and 5 grams of Caron Simply Soft Harvest Red yarn for the flower.

They turned out super cute and Mama (and me) are excited to see them modeled on sweet Rainy’s head! Only 23 more days until her due date! (You can click on the images below to make them larger.)

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and Crochet)!