Monday, March 27, 2017

I'm glad I can read my knitting!

  I am done with the knitting section of the Combo Corset-T I vaguely showed before.  Now I have to decide if I want to add the crochet edging or if I want to use frogs to close it.  It was started about 13-14 years ago, so a little more of a wait won't hurt anything.

  I wasn't sure what to work on at K&CC last week, so I whipped up a water bottle holder.  There is a funny story about those.  Many years ago a lady brought a ton of them that her church had made for Claire to bring to TAPS.  She had no idea what she was going to be doing with them, but people loved them and all got taken home.  Now people expect them ever year.
  We don't manage numbers in the hundreds, but we keep making them.  Someone said that they even gave theirs away when they were in Africa.

  I have been watching the vlogs by SV Delos on YouTube recently.  One of the main crew members, Karin has this really cool bracelet that I sometimes see.  Since the focus of the videos is sailing and not so much jewelry, it has been hard to get a really good look at it.  These were my attempts.

  I also have altered a large t-shirt to act like one of those pillowcase dresses.  I cut the sleeves and collar off, then I hemmed the raw edges and made a casing.  Now I need the cord to hold it on.  I have not found any pre-made cord I like, so I decided to make some with kumihimo and chunky yarn.  Still working out how I want to finish the edges.  I'm thinking of gluing some ribbon on.

  Here is the next project from my pre-Ravelry/pre-blog life.  I wanted to make a shrug with a braid cable going down the shoulder/sleeve.  I also added a standard cable on both front edges.  I wasn't sure at that point how I wanted to finish it, so once I added the sleeves to the body I stopped.

  I wanted the fronts to be more narrow at the top than the bottom, V-neck style.  So I did some math (or maybe guessing) and came up with a plan.  I decreases on two right side rows in a row, then one plain front side row.

  I also didn't want the braid cable all the way up the shoulder, so I started this section to form a triangle at the top.  Without being able to read my knitting and figuring out what I was doing before, I would have been lost.  I would have had no idea why I had stopped the braid cable, or how to tell how much to decrease.
  I was also scared that I wasn't going to have enough, but I went rooting around in the box I had all the other projects and found another skein.

   There was also this scarf.  Someone had started it at the Homespun Yarn Party.  Though they started it on size 6 needles.  Way too small.  The project was left to let people come and work on it as they wanted.  Some people did a few rows of stockinette where it had been garter before.  This is normally fine, but at some point someone had dropped a stitch and it had run back.  Then when someone else had also dropped a stitch they tried to pick up back up, but they did it incorrectly.  Claire ended up taking it all out since there were some huge holes and it was way too tightly knit.  She brought the new scarf with her to K&CC this last Saturday and let all of us work a few rows if we wanted.  It was fun.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Road Trips are usually better for knitting.

  My mom is a huge fan of the Free section of Craig's List.  She has found a ton of good deals.  One listing was for a bunch of yarn.  The owner just wasn't finding herself using it as much as she had pictured.

  Both those bags are filled with yarn that she brought to us.  The handy thing about her living where she was is that she was really close to where we meet on Mon nights for knit-group.  She got to see it and we mentioned that it was an every week thing.  Hopefully she gets the crafting bug and stops by.

  Right next to where we meet on Mon nights had been a Handcock Fabrics.  We were all sad to see that they had closed since it was easy to pop over for some buttons or a yarn needle when in need.
  It was really exciting when we heard a few months later that there was going to be another fabric shop moving in.  They missed their projected open date by a few months, but they finally got all settled in.  In fact, The Fabric Place Basement actually opened before we knew it.  Turns out they are only open until 7pm and we usually got there after that.  So it looked like it had not opened yet, when really, we missed their business hours.
  We made a special effort to stop by when they were open one day.  That lovely picture above is their massive button bin.  I want to jump in and swim around.  I also really want to go through and organize them into dozens of tiny bins.

   Last weekend a friend and I had heard that the Richmond Home and Garden show was going to have a tiny house in it.  We are both obsessed with them.  She wants to own one, and I just think the whole concept is super amazing.
  Richmond, in general, is about a two hour drive south of me.  I figured it would give me lots of time to work on a project that I can't show you.  I am testing for a mystery knit-a-long.  It is so darn cute, I really want to show it off, but I've promised to keep it a secret.  We wouldn't want any future knitters to get spoiled on the end surprise!  The funny part is that on the way there and on the way back I didn't knit a single stitch!  I didn't even have anything cast on for it!   There are two things I can show you though.  The first is a link to these really cool crocheted octopi for premature babies.  Reading through the articles makes them make a lot of sense to have.  You can't really explain to a premature baby that their various tubes aren't their umbilical cord and it isn't safe to move around.  I think I will have to make a few.   The other thing I can show you is the video I made from the first half of our Richmond adventure.  The next half will be up next week!  Make sure to watch on YouTube so you can make it nice and big.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Treats and Monsters

  Yummy snacks and fun monsters? Sounds like a fun Saturday to me!  Isn't the bear just the cutest?

   So you might be wondering if this is a bag of finished things I needed to have remembered to take with me to donate.  You might then wonder that if that were true, why was there no mention of them on the blog?  Well, they are very old things that never got finished for one reason or another.  The one on top I started in college, then realized I didn't really like how the yarn felt or how it looked on me.  Since I didn't know about charity knitting at that point, I was stuck.  Now I can finish it and donate it, I'm sure someone will love it.
  The grey thing under it, that you can't see, was started back when I worked at InkStop. I was trying to half follow a pattern I saw on TV and half make one up. I wasn't sure how to finish the top then, but I think I do now.  It was the one I went looking for that started this.
  The dark blue thing in the larger bag was the beginning of a draped neck sweater.  The only problem is that I'm pretty sure I don't have enough yarn.  Since I am pretty far along, I think I will make it into a vest.
  This will be nice since it means that I will be getting more things out of the house.  I need to remember that even though I start a project and use yarn, it still doesn't count as using it until I am done and it is headed off to its new home.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

So Many Pretty Things!

  I told you that when it was going to rain finished things, it was going to pour.  Or should I say, snow?  The weather has been crazy.  Yesterday it was in the 70s and today it is snowing.  How does that make any sense?

  This is the scarf I managed to finish first.  I didn't start it first, but since I made it a bit thinner than the green and brown one, it was as long as it needed to be.  I mean, I wouldn't have minded a bit more length, but since it is a kid's scarf, I think it works.
  The pattern is super easy, and I can't take credit for it.  One time when Barbara was teaching a Crochet 101 class she made a little swatch when she wondered what would happen if you didn't skip the first stitch when counting your turning chain as the first double-crochet.  This is what happens, and since you don't go into the loop at all you don't increase or anything.

  This is the one I started before the blue scarf but didn't finish until after the yellow and brown hat.  The green was way too short.  I worked on this one during my trip out to California.  I like how the pattern looks when you do a row of single crochet, a row of double crochet, and then a row of treble(triple?) crochet.  I didn't know how many rows I was going to get out of the brown since it was left-over from that hat and so I didn't want to risk it landed on some odd row.  At first I was going to have the ends be just single crochet, but that was too tight looking.  Extended single crochet to the rescue!

  This bad boy was last mentioned on July 28th!  Finally done!  It would annoy me that two of the yarns behave so much differently than the other two, so it is a good thing that it isn't for me.  However, I do think it does look awesome.  I think Tank approves too.

  Remember this from a million years ago?  Okay, not really that long, but I did start it in December of 2015.  I just kept putting off buying buttons for it.  Then I heard that there was a 50% off sale on buttons and knew it was time for it to get those finishing touches.

  This is the hat mentioned above.  I was hoping to make it look like a cupcake, but since I only had limited yellow yarn, I could only do so much.  The color of the yarn is looking washed out in the picture, but I think it is a cute little mushroom/cupcake hat.  I did 2x2 knitted ribbing for the base and crochet for the top.  When I joined them I just crocheted the live knit stitches to the row as I was going along.

  This is another one that is a trip down memory lane.  It has been finished forever, but I don't think I ever posted about it.  I didn't totally follow the pattern since I thought that would take it a bit tall for my taste, but I do love this yarn and the colors together.  It was a fun knit and I think I will be making at least one more Slippy Cowl.

  I have scrolled back through old posts and I'm pretty sure I never even mentioned this one!  There was a request for boy's hats and scarves.  I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I kind of was winging it.  I also wanted to test something because I have a shrug pattern brewing in my mind that I want to try out.  I wanted to see if I used garter instead of reverse stockinette if I could get the same look as ribbing, but without it pulling in.  Turns out it looks different, but it looks good on this hat.

   I feel like I'm not telling anyone on here anything!  I went on a mini-vacation, made a hat, and told you about none of it.  I vaguely mentioned that it was going to happen and that I was back, but then nothing else.  I started this hat with a pattern in mind, but I didn't know that I was going to match the decor of the cabin.

   Here it is all finished.  I had planned on doing regular ribbing for the band and then brioche ribbing for the body of the hat.  Well, I was really liking how the yarn was pooling and couldn't stop regular ribbing.  I knew the pattern would get a bit funky at the top, but that's how it goes.

   The good news is that I had enough yarn to make a second hat!  This time I got to follow the pattern I had wanted to with the first one.  I can't get over how soft and springy brioche is!  I love it.  I even decreased in brioche at the top!  (Don't worry if that seems daunting to you, I had to look it up 3 times before I got it.)

  Now don't think I am just slacking off since I have all of this done.  I am well into a crochet shawl I started yesterday during my Crochet 101 class.  The mother joked that if I finished it before the class was over that she could take it home and tell her husband that I was a super fantastic teacher.
   I, of course, don't have any good pictures of it, and since it is snowing out I won't be able to get any right now.  I can post a bunch of pictures I took while out in nature when we were at the cabin before I got make some Pure Leaf tea that I got from Influenster.

Monday, January 23, 2017

We are the Pussyhats, marching, marching!

  I meant to have this posted before we left for the cabin, but my computer was being strange and I was too worried with getting everything ready for the weekend.  There was a New Member Orientation at work and also a lot going on in DC.  The stuff in DC is why we went out of town.  True, we are far enough away that nothing would have bothered us, but it had also been a hectic few months and a it made for a good excuse to run off.

   This is both the first pink hat I made for the Woman's March on Washington DC and also the first to find a new home.  I heard that our temporary house-mate was going to march and asked if she wanted a hat.  She was drawn to this one the second she saw it.

   I had an idea in my head when I made it to make the head part of the hat look like a standard hat and to have the ears look differently.  It also helps them stand out from the rest of the hat.  It is really cute and I might make a similar hat for myself in another color.

   I'm not totally sure if I really like how this hat came out or not, but when I posted about it on FB before I bound off everyone liked it.  I have three versions of ribbing and I think the middle one was the problem one.  Since I didn't have to worry about how I felt about it, I left it as is.

  This hat I made based on a Disney Movie.  I was scrolling through the list of Recommended for You listings on Netflix and a movie popped up.  Bad Hair Day sounded exciting and I gave it a watch.  I really liked the cat ear hat that one of the leads wears through most of the movie.  There are a few things I might do slightly different if I made it again, but over all I am very happy with it.

  Andrea is very good at following directions and made her PussyHat using the pattern they listed on the webpage.  It was super soft and snuggly.  It was also nice to have a hat in the group that wasn't neon.

  My mom made this one.  She added some cute little hearts on the front (or back if you want) to add a bit of interest to it.

  The webpage mentioned that if you were mailing that you should try and get it in by the 14th.  Well, since I was running behind on everything (anyone surprised?) I drove it over on the 19th.  The nice lady thanked me and told me not to worry that they were there after the 14th.  That was just in case bad weather struck and delayed shipping.

  Since being back from the cabin and not having anything to do for work at that moment, I have started finishing those items that should have been done before the new year started.  Lots of pictures will be on their way!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Where, what, huh?

  So I know December had just as many days as it has had in previous years, but I feel like it didn't.  New Year's Eve snuck up on me.  Bill told me that we were invited over to a friend's house to hang out.  I thought that sounded fun and powdered through some work so I wouldn't fall behind by taking the evening off.  It wasn't until I was filling out the payment paperwork and putting the date on the top that I realized that we had been invited over to celebrate the new year rolling in.  Bill hadn't realized it either, so that made me feel better.  It was probably a shock to anyone who has been around for a while (or read the old posts) that I didn't have my usual end of the year dash to get more items finished.  That's because I didn't see it coming.
  Last year was kind of pitiful on how few finished items I finished and donated.  I know, a few items is better than no items, but I like to get more than three done in a whole year.  Good news is that I have a bunch of mostly finished items laying around that will be quick to finish, so this year is already looking up.  I even have some pink hats from other people to show off!
  I also got picked to possibly serve jury duty and went in to be screened yesterday.  I think it is funny that the first time I get called in it was for a week long trial for first degree murder.  I'm glad, for a few reasons, to not get chosen for that jury.  It was just a little too intense for me.  Now I'm guaranteed to not get summoned again for three years.  Considering I have been eligible for over a decade and have never been called is funny.  Bill is a year older than me and has also never been called.  I am really curious how the trail ends though.

  It is really cold in here and I need to go make some lunch before I run off to work!  I'm glad the end is in sight from all the madness!

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Here is a quick list of everything I got done in the year of 2016
Crochet: 1
~~~Wave Pattern Hat

Knit: 1
Neck Items:
~~~Chocolate Strawberry Cowl


Other stuff: ~~~~

Others Work: