2017 so far

I fell behind in posting my projects (as usual) so figured I’d post what I’ve done so far at the end of June. I’m a bit late, but here we go!

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Back scrubber

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Washcloth

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More wash cloths

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Hot pads

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Alpaca blanket

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Added some decoration to my shelf, mostly to keep things from falling of the back.

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Pin loom woven teddy bear

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Back of bear

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Knit shawl of my own design

I have some other things to post, but will put them in their own postings later. I’ve not done too much as I have many hobbies and jump around, but I’m back into a crafting craze, so many more to come!

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Pretty Basic Shawl – Completed

The Pretty Basic shawl is a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve been wanting to try other techniques with knitting, aiming to do lace eventually. This shawl is a great way to dip your toes into the water and get the hang of yarn overs. The pattern was very easy (I memoriezed it quickly and my memory is horrible!) and it’s fully written out. I have not learned to read charts yet, so this was perfect for me.

The yarn I used is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in the Koi Pond colorway.

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This was my first time blocking something. I don’t have any wires yet, just pins, so it’s not perfect. It’s fine for me though, so I’m not worried about it. I’ll probably do this shawl again in the future. Fun and fast. I finished in just over a week. I think it’s the fastest I’ve ever finished something.

My first loom-knit fingerless gloves

After I finished that baby blanket for my niece (see previous post), I finally started a project on one of my new looms. I used the fingerless glove loom from CinDWoodCrafts. I really love this loom because the sizes are already marked in different colored pegs.

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CinDWood Crafts fingerless glove loom

There were many different patterns to choose from. I wanted something that wasn’t really complicated but still looked interesting. I picked the Inverted Garter Block Fingerless Gloves pattern (found both on Ravelry and the CinD website with the loom). I did struggle at first because I got confused about a part of the pattern, but after I figured it out, it went quickly. I did do it a bit different. I only did the block pattern on the front of the gloves instead of both sides of the body. This made less pegs to keep track of which is what I wanted for my first time doing fingerless gloves.

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One down!

I tried the first one on to test the fit to make sure I didn’t need to go up or down a size. It’s a little loose, but wearable. I quickly cast on the second glove and finished it in a few hours.

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My first pair done!

The pattern looks like a mess in the above picture, but in person it actually looks right. The yarn I used was Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino Petite in the color Portsmouth. I held it double since it is thin. The next pair I make will be using heavier yarn.  My mother stole these right away, but of course we are now getting a week of warmer than average weather, so she’ll be waiting a bit before she uses them.

Baby Blanket Progress Update

I have made more progress on the baby blanket for my sister. Last night I started the next color stripe; teal!

I am still really enjoying this pattern. Simple but looks really pretty. It’s a bit harder to see the ripples in the above picture, but they are there.  So far I have only made one mistake and hopefully I will not make anymore.  If you would like to follow my project on Ravelry, click the picture and it will take you to the page.

Thanks for looking!

Learn Something New: Cables

I have always been in love with cables, ever since I was little. I had a cabled sweater I used to wear all the time until it fell apart! A few years ago I started trying to teach myself how to knit. I’ve been working on it off and on, but I’m trying to get more done. I’ve decided that I was going to finally attempt cables!

I’ve always been intimidated by cables because they look so complicated to do. I was talking with a knitter at one of the fairs I went to last year and mentioned that to her. She was knitting something with cables at the time and showed me how easy they were to do. So now that I have time, I finally started something with cables. I chose the Irish Hiking Scarf which is a free pattern available on Ravelry. It looked really easy and I wasn’t intimidated by a hundred different abbreviations. There are only two rows that are repeated seven times, then the eighth row (the cable row) is only slightly different. I started working on it over the weekend.

It is so easy! I don’t know why I waited so long to try out cables. Now that I know how they are done, I’m going to finally tackle the long list of cables I have faved over on Ravelry.  What I’m knitting right now is not going to be long enough for the Irish Hiking Scarf (I don’t have enough of this yarn) but it is enough to get me practice.  For now, I have a few repeats done of this pattern.

Irish Hiking Scarf in progress

I only wish that I had picked an easier yarn to learn with. This one has mohair in it and the extra fuzz makes it a bit fiddly. Not impossible though so I’m going to keep going until I use up this yarn. There is only 140 yards or so, I’m hoping long enough to make a cowl at least. If not, I will save it and use it for a big block in a blanket. :)

Spinning and playing away

Over the holiday I have been working on my fiber related projects. I took stock of all of my fiber and uploaded them in to my stash on Ravelry so I can keep track of what I have. It also makes it easier to add to my projects when I list them. I got a gift card to Webs from my coworker for Christmas as well as a gift card from my parents and grandparents. I will be going down soon to stalk up on more fiber and to hopefully get some weaving yarn.
Here are some things I’ve done since this past Thursday:

Rolags from mystery fiber. Hard to tell in the picture, but they are black and purple.
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I spun this up and plied it with silver metallic thread. It is Loops December Bullseye of the Month Club “River Safari”. This is my first time spinning one of her bullseye bumps. I really enjoy watching the colors spin up as I get to them. I am looking forward to the next mystery bump!
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This one was a double experiment. I have never spun Polworth before or tried corespinning. I really dislike the Polworth. It is very “sticky” and hard to draft. I had to stop constantly and pre-draft. This was intentionally spun thick for weaving with.
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And a few projects I made earlier in the year but I don’t think I ever posted about. Nothing interesting really, just some basic scarves and ear warmers. The two black and white houndstooth scarves are woven. The others are knit.
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And aside from those, I have been making cotton wash cloths. No pictures of them yet, but I have a mountain of them. I’m trying to use up the small balls of Peaches n’ Cream I’ve had for a few years before buying new yarn.

So that’s what I’ve been doing! I hope everyone else had a nice Christmas and holiday.

Wingspan Shawl

Over the weekend I finished knitting my first project that is not a basic scarf or plain rectangular shawl. I also used a pattern for the first time. Since I am still a beginner, I wanted something easy. I found the Wingspan shawl on Ravelry and thought to give it a try. I worked on it off and on for a week and finished it Sunday. It is a super easy pattern and one that people should try if you are just learning to knit. Experienced knitters could do it in their sleep!

This is the yarn I used. It is Jitterbug in the Ischia colorway, 100% superwash Merino sock yarn, 400 yards at 150gs. The pattern called for 100gs but did not give yardage. I am glad I went with this yarn because I only have a tiny ball left. Keep that in mind if you want to make this yourself.

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And here is what it looks like. It is not a big shawl (more a shawlette), a lot of people would probably consider it a scarf.

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If you want to get the pattern (sorry, it’s not free), you can find it on Ravelry HERE.

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