So many ideas and so few hours to knit! I am continuing to get ready for the Artisian Fair for my fiancé’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:
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. 😉
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. 😕 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.
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.
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.
This blanket looks like it would be super fun to make. Maybe for a superhero fan or for Halloween?
Find it on AnneM‘a Ravelry page. This is a free pattern 😊
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.
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.
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!
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 label😔. So far it is looking and feeling amazing. Just the right combo with my Starbucks. Happy Thursday!
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!
Check out Steve Martin’s band!
I also started some projects that I should be finishing up this week.
My final square in the Dogwood blanket from Tin Can knits.
I started on the DIY Byzantine Chain Bracelet featured on Craftgawker. I plan on adding buttons to it to change up the design.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.