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!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 10

Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

I absolutely love Rebecca Danger and her book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I’ve made two of the patterns so far and they are really easy to follow. They make excellent gifts for my great nieces / nephews and are easily customizable. For the first monster, I followed instructions and used white felt for the mouth. For the second monster, I crocheted “teeth” and sewed them on. You can mix and match parts and once you’ve made one, you want to make more.

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Hugo the Couch Potato Monster and Petunia the Patio Monster

I’ve test knit a lot for Linda Browning and I love how each of her patterns can be built upon to make them larger or smaller, based on your preferences. She tends to write smaller shawlette patterns that fit her very petite ballerina daughter; however I’ve always sized up for someone that is a “regular” size. Last year, during the month of December, she offered one free pattern a day. So, if you look in my Ravelry library, you’ll see that I have most of them. Here are a few pics of the ones I’ve test knit for her. I have another one that is super gorgeous and was my first project with beads; however it’s still in stealth mode because the pattern hasn’t come out yet. (The pattern names are added to the pics, dependent on which method you use to view the content.)

Another designer I love is Joji Locatelli. I’ve purchased two of her patterns so far and really enjoy the ease of her patterns. You’ve already seen the picture of the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl that I blogged about on Day 6 and Day 7 & 8 of the challenge. I also purchased the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. For now, I’m waiting until I have a few more projects completed before I purchase her ebook titled “The Authentic Collection“. I want to knit every single pattern in the collection, so I feel it is a fantastic deal.

And last, but not least (because I seriously could go on and on…like yesterday’s post on yarn), Tin Can Knits. Because how could you have a post about favorite designers and not include them? I’ve knit two of their patterns so far (the Barley hat twice) and I adore their sense of color and style. Their pictures make me drool and wish that I lived in their neck of the woods; if only so I could wear everything they design.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO, WIP and Other Ramblings

Hello All! Once again, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged. I’ve been slowly healing from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome issues and am at about 90% right now. I haven’t been working on my socks because of the tiny needles; however I have been working with DK weight and larger needles…slowly, ever so slowly.

I’ve been listening to a lot of knitting podcasts on YouTube lately and one that I’ve come to adore is Milk Shed Blog. It’s like listening to your best friend talk for about an hour or so about topics you adore. I’ve joined in for an annual project where you use 1 skein of yarn for one project each month throughout 2016. I have a ton of single skeins and this project is perfect for digging into my stash! I’ve been using the hashtag #1year12skeins12projects on Instagram and Twitter.

I shared the January project, which were my Quick Socks. February’s FO is the Honeycomb fingerless gloves / mitts pattern from Tin Can Knits. I received the pattern for free when they were doing their 12 days of Christmas giveaways. Can I tell you? I am in love with this pattern! I’ve never knitted mitts before…I always thought they were too scary. However, when you find the perfect yarn to go with the perfect pattern, it’s easy, peasy! Thumb gusset? Check! M1R, M1L? Check! I love learning techniques that are new to me.

Ravelled Here: Honeycomb

Started and Finished: 2/9/2016-2/18/2016 (Would have been easily a quick project; however I was going slowly due to my nerve issues)

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the color Arco Iris

Needles Used: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 7 (4.5mm) using Magic Loop

Each mitt used 26 grams of yarn and I think they turned out beautiful! Take a look and let me know if you agree 🙂 You can click on each picture to make them larger.

While waiting for March to roll around, I decided to join in on a KAL that Stef from Milk Shed Blog and Jules from Diary of a Yarn Snob Podcast are hosting. BTW, I love Julie too 🙂 It is called the 3 Color Cowl Along and runs through March 31, 2016. You have plenty of time to join in if you wish! Just go to their Group pages in Ravelry (I’ve linked with their names) and join in the chatter.

The pattern is called 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli and is for purchase. Instead of fingering weight yarn, I’m using Madeline Tosh DK and Madeleine Tosh Merino DK. Color A = Curiosity, Color B = Sugar Plum, Color C = Mourning Dove. I’m documenting my progress on Ravelry and you can see the notes about changes I’ve made here. It’s a lot of fun and super easy. It’s my first time using more than one color in a project and I love the way they are coming together. Here’s my progress!

Here are links out to Stef and Julie podcasts. Show them some love by subscribing. I’ve gotten into so many lately that I think it deserves it’s own post, so stay tuned for that!

Hopefully I will be back to my sock knitting soon and I still have a couple more WIP’s that have been languishing since last year that I need to get back to.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!