They Keep Coming

So many ideas and so few hours to knit! I am continuing to get ready for the Artisian Fair for my fianc√©’s school. My focus is on hats that can be unisex as well as appealing to a diverse crowd. I haven’t made many hats recently so I had forgotten how addictive they are.  All I want to do is knit hats!  Here are the latest off my needles:   

  Wool/ Blend from my stash   Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue

Red- Caron 220; Denim Color- Sesia’s River Jeans (cotton)  Caron Simply Soft in Blackberry and Dark Country Blue

What Is in My Bag?

My knitting bag is stuffed with WIPs! Okay really it is a small bag and there are only two WIPs inside. (Haha) I did manage to fit three in there, but I finished a project that I will reveal on Friday. ūüėČ

The first project is the re-start of my Buisness Casual Socks. This go around I am following the pattern exactly and it is going much better! I am using DPNs and everything. Last night at knitting group, I made it to the heel turn. 

   
 The other project is the ever growing Pinwheel Blanket. I told you two inches  would be added and I did not lie! Unfortunately, I am approaching the end of my last scrap of yarn. ūüėē No worries! This just means a pause in project…therefore not the end of the world. I plan on ordering more yarn later this week. 

  
What are you working on this Wednesday?

Re-Learning Crochet

This weekend I dabbled on “the other side” with some crochet. A friend ¬†gifted me 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet¬†by Leonie Morgan.¬†This book is perfect for those who are beginners or have limited experience with following crochet patterns (This girl!). ¬†Awesome feature: The patterns include both written directions as well as pattern charts. I decided on the pattern¬†Hot Star which is a pattern in the round.¬†¬†I have not quite mastered crocheting in a straight line as my edges always end up really crooked. ¬†Therefore, this pattern was perfect.

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Interesting thing I found out while I was working on this project: I prefer reading crochet charts rather than the written pattern.  Normally when I knit, I prefer written directions unless it is a color work piece. Maybe it is because I am not use to the crochet abbreviations?

In terms of yarn, I practiced with some acrylic yarn scraps that I had in my stash bin. All yarn was worsted weight. I used a plastic crochet hook that I had lying around and that was a mistake. I guess I am super strong like the Hulk as I broke the plastic hook (whoops!). Fortunately, I uncovered a metal hook and could finish my project.  I guess if I am going to keep up crocheting I better invest in some more metal hooks.

I hope to make a few more patterns in the coming weeks. I ultimately would like to make a large blanket for holiday gifts.

Happy Monday!

Finish Projects!

It is so relaxing to have the week off to do what I please. I can catch up on things such as blogging!

Remember that Rainbow Shawl that I started on my camping trip?  Well here is the finished product! I was really excited about how it came out. It is the perfect scarf for living in a windy city.

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I also completed a  wrap headband made from a pima cotton blend from Berroco. Due to my relatively new curly hair, headbands and wraps are essential!  This headband is the perfect natural hair solution.

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I also crocheted a flower headband and finally got to get some pictures of it action. Crochet is growing on me more. It is a great way to make a project fast.  Wear this piece as a headband, bun adornment, or necklace.  Now available at my Etsy store!

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WIP- Jewel Tone Alpaca Hat

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I am stuck between projects. Basically I can’t decide if I want to create a sweater or do some baby items. In my quest to organize I discovered I had two balls of Alpaca fiber in pretty jewel tones ( teal and purple). The Alpaca came from my aunt who bought it for me when she went to Peru several years ago. I don’t have much so I decide to combine it with my favorite metallic acrylic yarn Vanna’s Glamour in Topaz. Sorry no brand on the Alpaca . I lost the labelūüėĒ. So far it is looking and feeling amazing. Just the right combo with my Starbucks. Happy Thursday!

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Weekending in San Francisco

This weekend was the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. I am not necessarily a bluegrass fan, but who can say no to sun, fun, and wine!

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Check out Steve Martin’s band!

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I also started some projects that I should be finishing up this week.

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My final square in the Dogwood blanket from Tin Can knits.

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I started on the DIY Byzantine Chain Bracelet featured on Craftgawker. I plan on adding buttons to it to change up the design.

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I also am working on the knitted coasters from Craftgawker. My friend is getting married this weekend so all of the coasters together will spell out their name.

I Heart Bows!

I recently switched to a short natural ‘do and hair accessories have become my best friend. I whipped up this floppy bow headband and I’m really loving it.

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This is a quick project (2-3 hours) for children through adults. Sizing can be altered by knitting fewer inches starting after row 24.

Cast on 24 sts. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Row 5 and all odd rows: Purl all sts
Row 6,8,10,12: Knit all sts
Row 14: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Row 16,18,20,22: Complete the same as row 14.
Row 24: Knit all 14 sts.
Work in stockinette for 21 inches or desired length.
Shaping the right bow: (you will be increasing)
Right side rows: K1, inc 1 in next stitch,knit to the last 2 sts, inc 1 in next stitch, K1. (Total: 16 sts on needle)
Wrong side rows: Purl all sts.
Repeat 5 times. You should end up with 24 sts.
Once increases are completed knit 5 rows in stockinette. Then knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off 24 sts. Sew in ends using a tapestry needle.

Enjoy!

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The hardest blanket ever!

Backstory:

I was walking down lovely Valencia St in San Francisco when I stumbled upon Serendipity. I saw skeins of beautiful yarn in the window …I went to just take a peek… I met¬†Kathy, the purveyor of the yarns… she showed me the wonders that were for sale…and well you know the rest. I ended up walking out with a new pattern book:¬†9 months of Knitting by the gals¬† at Tin Can Knits http://www.tincanknits.com/collection-9months.html¬†and 4 skeins of Cascade Superwash Wool. Looking through the book, I fell in love with the¬†Dogwood¬†pattern (seen below). I did my “new project happy dance” and skipped home to begin.

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Cut to 3 weeks later:

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This is how I feel when knitting this project. I consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, but is blanket is beyond me? The design of the blanket is to knit the pattern in the round and eventually you end up with 4 large squares that you sew together. As of today, I have  finished just 1 square!!! This makes me sad/frustrated/annoyed and oddly more determined to complete this project. I mean I have worked on this project pretty much everyday, for at least an hour, so I should have more progress right? Well not really as I had to start the whole piece over 3 times and then had to rip out sections at least 4 times. Ugh!

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But I am determined to conquer this beast!  Hopefully the tricks I picked up completing the first square will help with squares 2-4. Pray for me folks, because I think this baby is going to be going to Kindergarten before this blanket is complete.