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Tuesday Night Craft Experiment

Knitting, Jewelry, and more knitting January 12, 2011

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The end of 2010 saw the completion of three projects: a hat, a necklace, and a scarf. Let’s work backwards.

My roommate Joe’s mom saw the scarf I made for him and requested a lady version of her own. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Portland Wine. It’s a beautiful bright eggplant color. I knitted the scarf the same way as Joe’s – so they can be twins.

This necklace I made on New Years Day while watching The Larry Sanders Show marathon on IFC (one of the best shows ever). I was antsy and needed something to do with my hands so I rummaged through my bead box and came across these fake wood pieces I had bought at Michaels for $1.99 forever ago. After consulting with Joe, it was decided that I would use all the pieces to make a pretty draping necklace of fake green wood. Love it!

Lastly is a knitting project that I have had in my ravelry queue for almost a year. It’s called the “Robin’s Egg Blue Hat”, but I call it “Pretty Button hat” because it is not blue (minus that hot button!). It is a very easy pattern involving only knitting, purling, and simple decreases. Its knit from the top up which makes it easier to switch to double pointed needles at the end.

Mine came out a little big with the brim left down, so I folded it up and now its a tad small. I have a weird head. I’m going to play around with it because I absolutely love the colors and style. I knit it using Malabrigo (my favorite!)

 

Sorry for the insanely large picture. It’s either coming out teeny tiny or super huge. I swear I’m like an 80 year old trying to use a computer sometimes.

 

Aside from the numerous personal New Years Resolutions that I have, I’ve made crafting ones as well. I want to become more involved in the crafting community, learn cables and intarsia, take more care in my projects and not be so hasty. Mostly I want to start to be creatively creative. For a musician its the difference between writing your own music and having the ability to perform others. I want to write my own music with yarn, beads, and fabric.

2011 is my year!

 

Completed Project: Joe’s Scarf! December 21, 2010

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I promised Joe a few weeks ago that I would make him a scarf for the winter. I’m trying to make good on my “Yeah, I’ll make you one” promises and have things knit by the time winter ends. It was hard not to be shocked myself over the fact that it is December 21st and I finished this. I missed the first snowfall by hours, but he was able to wear it today. And he reports that’s super warm and pretty cool.

The scarf was knit with two skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. It’s a nice soft wool for the winter that doesn’t shed. The color is hard to see in the photos below, but it’s a charcol color with tiny hints of white peeping out. It’s long, wide and perfect for the winter.

Since I wanted to make good on my promise this scarf was knit with the stockingnette stitch – which is just knitting each row. I like making scarves this way because it looks the same on either side and is easy peasy. I used size 15 knitting needles even though the yarn suggested size 13. I went with what I had and it really didn’t make much of a difference.

Here is Joe modeling the scarf:

Sassy!

 

The Aristocrat

Bundled

 

Sadly, I did not make the hat, but I am hoping to take a workshop this winter that will teach me intarsia. It’s my dream!

 

Jason’s Scarf November 30, 2010

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Every now and then I like to knit something super simple. It’s good to have a project that I can work on while I’m watching television or managing my Smurf Village on my the ipad. My roommate, Jason, recently celebrated a birthday and has painted our entire apartment by himself. As a celebratory thank you, I decided to knit him this scarf that I designed*

I wish I had thought to put a border at the ends to prevent rolling, but he’s impressed with the ones on the side. That’s good enough for me. The border on the side didn’t prevent rolling, but rather encouraged it and creates a tube like effect, which he doesn’t mind. So it stays. I should probably make the border bigger? Thoughts?

Pattern:

CO as many stitches as you would like

Row 1: knit

Row 2: K3, P20, K3

The number of purl stitches varies depending on how many you decide to cast on. The border should always be 3 stitches on each side. If you want to add a border to the ends, knit for three rows.

*I’m sure it’s been done before. I’m just feeding my ego.

 

FINISH HIM! October 31, 2009

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I started knitting in the winter of 2006. My friend Ruby and I signed up for classes. Until then, my life revolved around another hobby: improv comedy. When the theatre dispanded and our groups run ended, I was bored. And that’s how it started. Awesome story.

Class was difficult and intimidating. It took place during a Stitch and Bitch so all these women had these complicated and amazing projects and we still hadn’t even mastered casting on.

Three years (!!) later and I still know mostly basic stuff. I can k1, p1, k2tog, yo, sl1, m1, ssk – add any number you like after the letter. It’s just more of the same.

My most daunting project has been the Lace Ribbon Scarf. A seemingly non threatening project in appearance, but a project, that I believe, is impossible to complete.

I started it in Spring 2008. I took it on a trip to Ft. Myers, Florida with my family. I worked on it at a stitch and bitch at Spark Craft in Cambridge. I had it with me at my parents house when I was laid up with ankle drama and I knit one row. And that was the last time I picked it up.

If I complete one project during the course of this, er, project, please let it be this scarf. I’m about to pick it up today for the first time since April.

Oh yeah, and I want to learn cables.

 

Edit: It’s now 9:23pm, I had picked it up in the early afternoon to discover that I have lost one of my knitting needles.

 

I did it in one night: T-Shirt Scarf October 19, 2009

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This came out so good!! And if I knew it was this easy I would not have paid $15 for one on etsy. However, the one I purchased has polka dots and it’s incredibly difficult to find a seamless shirt with a constant decoration.

I saw the tutorial on craftster.org ‘s amazing “Wear it this weekend” page. And since the entire cost of materials (shirt) was under $5, it fell within my rules. It’s cheating a little, I know.

The tutorial explains how to make this project, so I won’t go into great detail. It’s just cutting, pulling, and looping. I hate measuring – always have – and thats what makes this a great project for me. I can just eyeball what an inch is and go to town. Since the fabric is then pulled so that it rolls, it is impossible to mess this up. Also, since the necklace is layered when you wear it, it doesn’t matter if some parts are skinnier than others. It’s hardly noticeable, but if it is, it just looks like you added some texture.

The difficult part for me was the looping. I didn’t expect to have as much fabric as I did. It also took my brain a little while to get the whole  “oh cross the fabric and THEN loop it” part down.

The tutorial shows two different styles. One done with a seamless tee (which gives you one constant strip of fabric) and another with seams (you would need to tie the strips together). I did the seamless one, but I do like the way the strips one works too.

SUCH a great craft night project!!!