Thursday, February 20, 2014

FO: Flavia the Unicorn

I simply couldn't be happier with my latest crochet project....  Meet Flavia the Unicorn, another freshstitches friend!  I wanted to crochet something for the Ravellenic Games and I wanted to start now, so I had to pick something that I could knit entirely from stash, and then I remembered how much I loved the Flavia pattern when Stacey released it last year and I knew it was meant to be.

yarn details
Green Oak Acrylic in White
worsted weight
100% acrylic
100 g / 200 yds

Caron Simply Soft in 9742 Grey Heather
worsted weight 
100% acrylic 
machine wash warm water, dry on low heat, delicate cycle
170 g /315 yds @ $2.50

...and random worsted weight stash yarn in rainbow colors

12mm safety eyes
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: Flavia the Unicorn by Stacey Trock
finished size: height is 10'' from foot to horn base, 12'' if you include the horn; arm span is 10'', body is about 5'' wide.
hook:  H (5.0mm)
gauge: No.
yarn used: about 1.2 skeins of the white yarn (180 yards), guessing on the rest based on the designer's calculations: grey - 40 yds, light yellow - 10yds, rainbow colors: 20 yds each.
duration: February 7 - 16, 2014.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Maybe Monday: Nel the Tiny Owl

It's another freshstitches inspired Maybe Monday.  This week I'm dreaming about making Nel the Tiny Owl.  Isn't he a cutie pie?

The hardest part is going to be deciding which colors to knit him in!  Spent some time flipping through project pages on Ravelry and people have done so many cute color combos.  Here are some of my favorites:

(1) by freshstitches (2) by CranberryAmi (3) by carfis11 (4) by carfis11

I think I'll do mine in more traditional colors, like #1, though I am very tempted to do purple like #4.  I love the giant eyes in #3, but I also love the baby-safe eyes in #2 and the little white glint in the eye is so cute too!  Too many options!  I may just have to knit more than one!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Aerial Unwind

I had some fun last weekend unraveling some long forgotten projects and harvesting the yarn to be reused future endeavors.  And the best part is that I'm getting credit for it in the Ravellenic Games for the Aerial Unwind event!

Au Revoir Tie Back Shell:

See Ya Later Afghan!

Couldn't have done it without you, my dear sweet niddy noddy!

Savin' Some Money!

Today is a day all about saving some green.  Just bought a Groupon for three Craftsy classes for $45!  Sweet!  Plus.... this is happening:

Hell yeah!!  Stash?  What stash??

Monday, February 10, 2014

Maybe Monday: Happy Hour!

It's only Monday and I already need a drink...  uh oh.  Gonna be a long week.  Perhaps I could make it a little more enjoyable if I crocheted up one of these ADORABLE amigurumi happy hour drinks!!

Seriously cute, huh??  I'm partial to the martini with the cute little olive, but I have to say that my favorite is the margarita glass.  (Am I wrong, or are there little seed beads sewn on to the rim for salt??)

Now the usual will she or won't she analysis:

Why I would crochet these: I would love to give them as gifts to some people and they are just lots of fun and could mostly be made out of stash yarn.

Why I wouldn't crochet these: I've gotten into the habit of crocheting through the back loop like you do in freshstitches patterns, it may drive me crazy to go back to doing it the regular way.  (Then again, I could try crocheting these little guys through the back loop and see what happens!)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Let the Games Begin!

This year I am participating in the Ravellenic Games for the first time.  So excited!  If you don't know what the Ravellenic Games are, you can read more about it here, but the gist of it is that knitters and crocheters from all over the world work on knitting projects during the Olympic games and try to finish projects up before the Olympic torch is extinguished.  You can "compete" in all sorts of different events and earn (digital) medals for completing your projects.  It's all very fun.

My main event is going to be Toy Tobogganing, for which I am going to crochet an adorable unicorn which will have a pretty rainbow mane, so I can march in the Rainbow Parade.  It will also qualify for the Stash Skeleton event.  I'm also entering the Aerial Unwind event twice (goodbye Tie Back Shell and Aunt Bev's afghan....) and I'm hoping to finish up Tess for the WIPs Dancing event, but that all may be a bit much.

And the best part....  I'm a member of Team Freshstitches!!  Yay!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Day Knitting

Yesterday was a lovely SNOW DAY!  Yay!  I spent the morning working from home, but the afternoon was all mine to do whatever fun indoor activities I wanted.  So, of course, I got in some major knitting time!!   I recently enrolled in the Craftsy class, Stranded Colorwork: Basics and Beyond because I want to add fair isle to my set of knitting skills, so I figured this would be a good place to start.  I spent a good chunk of the afternoon yesterday just practicing stranded colorwork on a swatch.  I want to do it two-handed, picking the yarn in my left hand and throwing the yarn on my right, so that's what I have been practicing.  It's not as hard as it sounds.  I also practiced making floats using this method.  It was lots of fun.  The Craftsy class has you make some mittens to practice these skills, so I ordered some yarn yesterday and I will be able to start on the mittens just as soon as it arrives.

After playing around with my swatching, I also did quite a but of work on my Turmeric socks.  I finished the leg and started on the heel flap.  It was a little weird picking up this project after so long, but I eventually got in the swing of it.

In all my snow day fun, I failed to take pictures of any of these WIPS, so there is no art for this post.  My apologies....

Monday, February 3, 2014

Maybe Monday: Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket

Every time I knit a baby blanket I always get so frustrated and swear I will never knit another one.... but then I always forget about it whenever the next baby comes along.  :)  So, for today's Maybe Monday, I've got my sights set on a cute little baby blanket pattern called Hugs and Kisses.  I love the cables and lace on this blanket - it is so beautiful and make a lovely heirloom piece.

Why I Want to Knit It:  It is just lovely and I think the mix of lace and cables would keep the knitting interesting.  Blankets can get pretty boring without some variation.

Why I Might Not Knit It:  Not sure when I will have the opportunity to knit another baby blanket, but I will definitely keep this pattern in mind!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ding Dong the Cyst is Dead!

Amazing news!  The cyst on my finger is gone!  It was still about 3mm as of Friday, then Saturday evening I just happened to glance down at my finger and notices it was completely gone!  It is an absolute miracle!  I'm so happy.  Spent all of today knitting up a storm!  Can't say enough how glad I am to be back at it!