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Sunday, January 15, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things...

I'm super excited about the scarf I'm knitting -- it's called "My Favourite Things" by Jill McGee.  It's more of a "recipe" than a pattern.  The instructions to get you started are a free Ravelry download, so I recommend checking it out.

I am stashbusting for this project, which means it's mostly coming from my leftovers of acrylic from various amigurumis or whatnot.  (All gathered together in what I call my "bag of chaos.")  I'm having tons of fun playing with different color combinations and picking out cool motifs to make the scarf.  I just pick color schemes and motifs that remind me of my favorite things.  Like this one, where I'm knitting the Federation symbol while watching TNG...

I'm also loving the pink cat motif (although I used some extra crappy yarn for that piece and it looks pretty bad.  Really should have frogged it and started over with better yarn, but that ship has sailed, so I'm gonna live with it...)

I'm loving playing with color and getting to use everything I learned in my color theory class on Craftsy [affiliate link].  BTW, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I'm enrolled in 108 classes, but happy to report that this color class is absolutely my very favorite!

OK, back to knitting!  Pepper out.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

FO: Emergency Ear Warmers (Two Posts in One!)

After all these years, I lost my beloved Head Hugger Earwarmer.  RIP my dear friend!  I'm so sad.  I really hope someone found it and decided to use it.  I hate to think it just ended up all dirty on the street and got swept up....  no, Pepper, don't think that!!

Anyway, I tried to knit some replacements the weekend after I lost it.  Don't really love either candidate.  I'm going to be ordering more Lamb's Pride Bulky soon so I can replicate the original Head Hugger.

Anyway, here are the ones I knit. You can get more details on the Ravelry pages if you are dying to know the details.

The Parisian Twist Earwarmer:

This one is knit out of some acrylic yarn that I randomly bought recently.  It is nice and soft, but not very warm.  However, I am excited that I got to use this cute button on something!  {details on Ravelry}


Head Hugger:

This is the Head Hugger pattern, but without any embellishments.  I was going to embellish it, but after wearing it, it's not warm enough.  I used some lovely thick & thin yarn on it, but I think the thin parts are letting the wind in. {details on Ravelry}

Monday, December 26, 2016

FO: Office Retreat Socks

Every year the organization I work for goes on a lovely retreat in Santa Cruz which gives me a chance to knit on the beach, which is a fabulous experience.  (OK, to be fair, I knit from my balcony overlooking the beach.  You know, 'cuz of sand issues.)

This year I cast on a pair of 9 to 5 socks for the occasion...  get the irony?  Because I was knitting them while away from the 9 to 5?  I crack myself up.  Anyway, here are my Office Retreat Socks:

9 to 5 Socks

And here I am working the gusset while enjoying my lovely view...

Knitting on the Beach

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue-Violet
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 35709
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon/Polymide
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$10.99 per 100 g /462 yd skein (purchased in Oct. 2013)

project details
pattern: "Nine to Five Socks" by Nicole Hindes; available as a free Ravelry download!
needles: size 1 (2.25mm) wood dpns
gauge: I didn't swatch, but at the end of the day, my gauge was 18 st and 24 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 351 yards - 76% of the skein
size knit: medium (one size only)
finished size: length from back of heel to tip of toe: just shy of 9.5''; length from top of cuff to bottom of heel flap: 9''
duration: July 17, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

FO: My So-Called Scarf

I've been meaning to knit this scarf since back before the days of Ravelry...  back when we all used to all hang out on Craftster.  (Which, BTW, I totally miss!)

In my efforts to stashbust last year, I decided to use up some funky yarn that I bought back in 2007... also Craftster days, so it was an appropriate choice.  Of course, then it took me a year to finish the scarf, but in the end, it turned out lovely, I used up all the yarn, and I crossed the pattern off my list.  Done and done!

My So Called Scarf

yarn details
Lion Brand Landscapes in Spring Desert
Super Bulky Weight
Dye Lot 5503
50% Wool 50% Acrylic
Hand Wash & Lay Flat to Dry or Dry Clean
$0.97 per 50 g /55 yd skein (purchased in July 2007)

project details
pattern: "My So Called Scarf" by Allison Isaacs of ImagiKnit; free download.
needles: size 13 straights
yarn used: 220 yards - 4 balls
size knit: medium (one size only)
size knit: CO 20 stitches
finished size: 72'' long x 4'' wide
duration: August 29, 2015 - August 27, 2016


  • Notes for cast off on wrong-side row: Purl two together. * Purl next two together, then pass the far right stitch on right needle over to bind off. Repeat from * to the end of the row.
  • After knitting a yard of this, I realized that I had been making a mistake in the pattern.  What mistake?  I don't really know. I just know that I picked it up several months later, started following the pattern, and realized it was drastically different.  Oops!  Had to frog.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FO: Ellie

In love with this adorable elephant that I made for my boss's granddaughter.  This pattern isn't exactly for the feint of heart... it involves some painful stitch-picking-up and you need to knit in some very tight spaces - but in the end it is totally worth the adorable result!

yarn details
Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel
DK weight
Dye Lot: 15 10 148754
100% Acrylic
machine wash & tumble dry low

362 yards / 140 grams @ $3.24 per ball

Bits of black and pink yarn for bow and eyes

polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Elijah" by Ysolda Teague, available for purchase on Ravelry (£4.50 GBP)
finished size: sitting (seat to top of head) - 7.5''
needles: size 3 nickle-plated dpns
yarn used: 225 yards (about 40% of one ball)
duration: August 31  - September 18, 2016


  • Please save yourself a lot of pain and suffering by using a crochet hook to pick up the stitches for the limbs! I didn’t figure this out until the second arm. Don’t make my mistake!
  • Used these instructions for eyes
  • Followed pattern in Bshain’s Ravelry notes for the bow.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

FO: Skywalker Shawl

This post contains affiliate links...  more yarn money for me!

Who is in love with my gorgeous Skywalker shawl??  I knit this as a project in Laura Nelkin's Craftsy class, Mastering Lace Shawls.  It is a really fun class -- Laura is a joy to knit along with and I love this shawl - you get a chance to practice a lot of different techniques.

Here is the shawl on the blocking board:

And Roxy helping me block it:

And, finally, me wearing it:

yarn details
Knit Picks Capretta in Turmeric
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 149564
80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere
Hand Wash/Dry Flat
$7.79 per 50 g /230 yd ball

project details
pattern: "Skywalker" by Laura Nelkin - available in the Craftsy Class, "Mastering Lace Shawls"
needles: size 6 nickle plated circs
yarn used: 420 yards  (about 1.8 balls)
duration: January 30, 2016 - Match 20, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

FO: Drachenschwingen

I'm freaking in love with these socks!!  First: glittery!  Second: amazing traveling twisted stitch pattern that is reminiscent of dragon scales!  What's not to love?

At first I thought this pattern was so hard and it gave me massive headaches.  But once you get used to it, it's not bad at all.  You just need to get in the rhythm of it all.  Also, the Craftsy class Bavarian Twisted Stitches helped a lot (affiliate link).  I heart Donna Druchunas!

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Peacock
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 157817
70% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Metallic
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$2.95 per 50 g /231 yd ball (purchased in Nov. 2014)

project details
pattern: "Drachenschwingen by Scarlet Plume; available as a free Ravelry download!
needles: size 1.5 wood dpns
gauge: honestly, I didn't swatch it... sorry, knitting gods
yarn used: 314.2 yards - a little less than 70% of each ball
size knit: small
finished size: bottom of heel to top of cuff - 8.75''; back of heel to tip of toe: 8.75''
duration: January 30, 2016 - July 24, 2016

  • If I were to make these again I would arrange the dpns so there isn't a needle change right in the middle of the center motif. A bit of a ladder appears there, which is hard to avoid in the reverse stockinette background.
  • Did two full pattern repeats on leg; only worked 23 rows on the heel flap.w