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Friday, September 26, 2014

FO: More Jaywalkers

I'm not a very big fan of variegated yarn, but I acquired this yarn in a trade and I had no idea what to do with it, so naturally, I just made another pair of Jaywalkers!  As these started to take shape I worried the colors were a little too wild for me, but luckily my mother loved them, so these became hers.


The only thing I didn't love about working with this yarn was that the colors pooled quite a bit, but mom doesn't mind so I guess I don't either!

yarn details
Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silky Sock in Parakeet
fingering weight
70% merino wool, 20% silk, 10% nylon
360 yards /100 grams

project details 
pattern: "Jaywalker" by Grumperina, available as a free Ravelry download
needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
yarn used: 0.82 skeins (295 yards)
size knit: small
finished size: women's size 8-ish
duration: April 3 - August 17, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maybe Monday: Dinosaurs

It's Monday and I'm surfing for patterns again.  I feel the need to crochet a dinosaur and luckily my favorite amigurumi designer has two dinos to choose from!  So, which one shall it be: Cliff the Brontosaurus, or Spikey the Stegosaurus?

I put this one to a vote among my friends and the overwhelming majority voted for Spikey... sorry Cliff!  Maybe I'll make you both some day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FO: Hannah the Slug

Hooray!  It's time for me to share another adorable project from the freshstitches kit club!  Check out my cute pink slug!  Isn't she darling?  Stacey went to a lot of trouble to pick out a ton of different color schemes and everyone in the club got to make a slug in their favorite color.  Fun!  The yarn was a special kind of embroidery wool that could be split into multiple plys.  And for a special gift, we got a cute snail tape measure so our little slugs would have a friend.


I split all five shades of my yarn into plys and mixed them up for an awesome subtly striped marled effect.  I love the way it turned out!  I split each shade into 3 plys, then I twisted three different color plys together, crocheted two rows, then took out two of the plys and added back in two different color plys, but kept one color consistent, then I did two rows, then switched out two again (this time, switching out the color I left in before), and so on.  It created a very subtle striping that I think is awesome.


yarn details
Brown Sheep Waverly Wool in assorted colors
Bulky Weight
100% Wool

findings
polyfill stuffing
12mm safety eyes

project details
pattern: "Hannah the Slug" by Stacey Trock, available for purchase on Ravelry for $4.
finished size:  about 5.5'' long
hook: J (6.0mm)
gauge: 4 rounds=2.25''
yarn used: five 8-yard skeins in the pink colors and a little over one 8-yard skein of the white for the eyes
duration: July 20 - August 9, 2014

notes
  • I ran out of yarn so I omitted the ruffled "foot" of the slug.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Maybe Monday: Mayapple Shawl

Welcome to another edition of Maybe Monday!  Today I'm lusting after Dee O'Keefe's Mayapple Shawl.  Isn't it gorgeous??


Isn't it great?  I even love the yellow color, though I probably wouldn't go that direction just because it's not super practical.  I've been meaning to knit myself a really gorgeous shawl and I think this may be the pattern I go with!  It looks a little complicated, but I signed up for Laura Nelkin's Mastering Lace Shawls class on Craftsy, so hopefully that will give me the skills I need to make this shawl.

Here's another great pic, just cuz.

{Mayapple Shawl by Dee O'Keefe}

So....  Will I knit it or will I leave it lingering in my Ravelry queue for all eternity?

Reasons Why I Might Knit It: Like I said, I've been meaning to make myself a really gorgeous shawl - something that will really showcase my knitting skills and that I can be proud to wear anywhere.  This fits that bill.  It looks challenging, but not too challenging as long as I embrace the concept of using lots of lifelines while I knit.

Reasons Why I Might Pass On It: When I picture my dream lace shawl, it is made out of lace weight yarn, not fingering like this one, so that might ultimately dissuade me from selecting this pattern.  Other than that, I can't think of anything else I dislike about this pattern.

Friday, August 8, 2014

FO: Sprocket the Robot

I love the freshstitches kit club so much!  This is the cutie that was in May's shipment: an adorable little robot.  His name is Sprocket and all he wants is love!  The fun part about this kit is that Stacey sent us some felt and beads to make that sweet little heart on his chest.  Everyone got different felt/bead color combinations and you can check out all the cutie pie robots here, if you feel so inclined....


I had to learn a new technique to create the square shape on this guy.  It was a little awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's not bad.  I would recommend it for an intermediate level amigurumi maker, maybe not a first-ever crochet project.

yarn details
grey worsted weight yarn
100% wool

findings
polyfill stuffing
12mm safety eyes
hot pink felt
red seed beads

project details
pattern:  "Sprocket the Robot" by Stacey Trock, from the May 2014 freshstitches kit club. Will be available for purchased in December 2014 (see it on Ravelry).
finished size: about 6.5'' tall
hook: J (6.0mm)
gauge: 5 rounds = 2.25'' diameter
yarn used: apprx 160 yards
duration: May 24 - June 29, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hello Again!

I just got back from a long vacation in which I got very little knitting done, unfortunately.  The only knitting I did was on the plane and I finished up one of my crazy mardi-gras-esque jaywalker socks and I am almost finished with the leg of the next one.  More than one person commented, "wow, that's colorful yarn!"  Why, yes, it is.


I also did some shuttle tatting in the airport and that attracted lots of stares.  One woman said to me, "I have to ask: what the hell are you doing??"  Another woman sitting next to me on the plane commented, "I bet you are really good at untangling fishing line, aren't you?"  Ummm.... probably?  Crafting in public is the best!!

When I got home I found my freshstitches kit club package waiting for me and I'm pretty excited about what was inside!  I'm almost finished with that project, but I have to keep it a secret until everyone else gets their kit.  If you are dying to know, you can read the spoiler thread here, I'm post #37.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hue Shift Afghan: The Neverending WIP

In case you are wondering why I haven't been posting a whole lot of FOs lately, it's because the vast majority of my knitting time the past several months has been devoted to one massive WIP: the Hue Shift Afghan.  The afghan is of a modular construction - it is knit one square at a time - and is composed of four large panels, each with 25 squares each.  Then all four panels will be sewn together and I will pick up the edge stitches and knit a border around the whole thing.  I have finished the first panel and I am almost finished with the second panel (5.5 squares to go).

FIRST PANEL (finished)

SECOND PANEL (almost finished!)

As you can probably see, the whole thing is just garter stitch with a decrease in the center of every other row, so it is extremely simple knitting.  Very zen.  I am, however, getting a little restless with it, so I think I'm going to try to focus more on some more complicated sock projects soon and not work so obsessively on this afghan.  (Though, I want to have it finished by winter, so I need to still work on it fairly seriously).