New Projects on the horizon…

Ravelry always causes problems for me. Whenever I am creatively stuck I go to the patterns section to gain some inspiration. 30 minutes of perusing and I now have too many projects for one girl to make! Here are some of my favorites so far.

Admiral’s Knot Tank– Perfect for hot summer days (outside of San Francisco haha)

Eyelet Yoke Sweater– I am super petite so the fact that the front is shorter than the back hooked me. Since I work with kids, I am constantly bending down and therefore need to have long tops. Yet, when the top is long in the front too I tend to look a little stumpy.

Bottom of my Heart Baby Bloomers – Made with cotton instead of wool would makes these a great gift for a summer baby.

There are about 2 other projects in my queue that will have to take a back burner. The weather man is predicting it will be a rainy weekend. I better hit up my LYS and get to work!

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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 label😔. 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.