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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Must. Resist. Urge. To. Shop.

Knit Picks just released new colors in my favorite yarn!  Stroll Tonal is my go-to sock yarn and I am so excited about the new colors, especially this cool black one called Train Station:

I'm not going to order it for now because every time I place an order at Knit Picks I end up spending at least $50 to get the free shipping and that's not in the budget right now....  so, I will wait.  It's called self control.  I can do it!  Right?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maybe Monday: Apple Cosies

I have discovered a new kind of cozy, thanks to the miracle of Pinterest...  apple cosies!  How cute are these?  Which do you think I should make?  A koala or an owl?

 Koala cozy by Ana Paula Rimoli from the book Amigurumi on the Go

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

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

  • 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

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