Monday, May 19, 2014

Tunisian Crochet... it's just not for me!

I have always been curious about Tunisian crochet ever since I found an afghan hook in with my grandmother's belongings after she passed.  I had no idea what it was for at first, then I looked it up on the internet and was intrigued, but never pursued the matter.  Years later, enter Craftsy.  They have a course on Tunisian crochet* and I just had to take it to see what it was like.  Well, it turns out that I don't really like it.  It's a shame because I was really psyched about it and I even bought my very own set of hooks, but I just don't think it was meant to be.  I got frustrated with it very easily and don't really love the way the finished stitches look - they are cool, but I think I'd just rather have something knitted.


 I got about eight rows into this washcloth and then finally frogged it yesterday after a few months of struggling with it:


I may go back and try it again later, but, for now, I'm just saying that Tunisian crochet is not for me.  However, the instructor is really good - she was friendly and made the directions easy to follow.  There is also a pretty cool lesson on how to choose colors that is worth watching.

*That's an affiliate link.

Friday, May 16, 2014

FO: Ro III

I can't quite explain why I love Ro the Tiny Monster so much....  I just do.  So, here is another one:


This Ro is in sport weight yarn and he is about 2.5 inches tall.  Observe:

yarn details
Cascade 220 Sport in White and Cotton Candy
Sport Weight
100% wool
dye lots 5652 and 3765
50 g / 164 yards @ $3 (clearance)

findings
8mm safety eyes (I believe...)
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Ro the Tiny Monster" by Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches, $4 available on Ravelry or here.
hook: E (3.5mm)
gauge: small
yarn used: ??
finished size: about 2.5'' tall
duration: April 21-23, 2014

notes:
  • Not super happy with the placement of the eyes on this Ro.  Gotta remember to get them closer together.
  • Milestone alert: this is my 10th freshstitches project:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

FO: Sam the Koala

It was love at first sight with me and Sam the Koala.  I bought the pattern the morning it was released and couldn't wait to get started creating one of my very own.  I had my first opportunity to make one when I signed up for the freshstitches Secret Springtime Spectacular Swap and I knew I just had to make one of these cuties in purple, my swapmate's favorite color.


My swapmate is a pharmacist, so this koala bear even has his own little labcoat!


yarn details
Berroco Comfort in Raspberry Sorbet (9728) 
Worsted Weight 
50% super fine nylon, 50% super fine acrylic 
Machine wash on gentle cycle in warm water. No bleach. Tumble dry on low heat. Do not over dry. Do not iron.
100 g /210 yd @ $7.00 per ball


Knit Picks Brava in Eggplant 
worsted weight 
100% acrylic 
machine wash/tumble dry low 
100 grams/218 yds @ $2.99 each

findings
polyfill stuffing
12mm black plastic safety eyes
white felt

project details
pattern: "Sam the Koala" by Stacey Trock, $4, available here or on Ravelry
finished size: about 5.5'' tall
hook: H (5.0 mm)
gauge: ??
yarn used: ??  (pattern calls for 90 yards of main color and 5 yards of nose color... that sounds about right)
duration: March 8-24, 2014

In case you're interested, here is everything else that went into the swap package:

And I earned a stamp in my freshstitches passport for embellishing with felt!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

FO: Cheerios Socks

This is one of my most exciting FOs to post because it is the first knitting pattern that I have designed myself!  Yay!  Go me!!  I was inspired to design my own socks after taking Donna Druchunas's Craftsy class, Knit Original Toe-Up Socks.* I took notes while I knit these and I fully intend to write up a little pattern for you to follow if you would like to make your own pair!


yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Queen Anne
dye lot 03641
75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine Wash Gentle Cycle / Tumble Dry Low 
100 g / 462 yds @ $10.99 per hank

project details
pattern: my own creation!  Available here soon!
needles: size 1 (2.25mm) bamboo dpns
gauge: 42 sts and 50 rows = 4" in pattern stitch and 38 sts and 52 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
yarn used: 425 yards (92% of the skein)
finished size: heel to cuff: 9'', heel to toe 8.5''
duration: August 9 - November 10, 2013

notes:
  • I'm generally not a fan of toe-up socks because I like a gusset heel, so I was happy that the Craftsy course included instructions on how to create a gusset heel with toe-ups.  The math was slightly complicated, but I managed to figure it all out - just had to concentrate.
* That's an affiliate link...  more yarn $$!!