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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!

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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!

 

Lace Ribbon Scarf December 14, 2010

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It’s creation was over three years in the making.  The Lace Ribbon Scarf (or LRS) and I have been through so much together. We went to Ft. Myers, Florida together with my family. It was with me when I had a broken ankle and should’ve been knitting it, but opted to watch the Game Show network instead. It was with me during various overnights at a group home where I was called every bad name you can think of for 22 hours. The LRS and I have had good times and bad. I should’ve turned to it more often to ease the pain, but doing a set of 23 rows of that beast was a 45 minute ordeal and “I just don’t have the time!” or so I would often tell myself.

Now, three years later, here we are. It sits on my desk begging to be worn. I’m slightly embarrassed because I missed up on the finishing (of course), but its not that noticeable*. I’m not going to let a little mistake like that keep us from being together. I love you, LRS, despite my dropped ladders, not purled into yarn overs, and weird bind off.

It wasn’t just the fact that I chose a fairly tedious, yet slightly complex (read: easy to make mistakes) lace pattern for a scarf, but I chose an interesting yarn as well. I chose Artyarns Ultramarino 4, a gorgeous, but heavy,  fingering weight yarn. In retrospect, I should’ve picked a lighter lace weight yarn that would’ve been easier to block and would hang nicer. This one tends to curl in a little on itself. I already had the yarn laying around. If I were to make another one, I would pick a yarn that would better show all the detail – it’s lost amidst the purple and gold.

the intricate lace detail (apologies for the huge picture)

Still, I love the pattern. I love the way that it looks. And I hope I get to wear it soon.

*yes, it is.

 

Highlander Cowl December 13, 2010

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This winter my biggest obsession is cowls. They’re much quicker to knit than scarves, they hold their shape better, and  I don’t find myself constantly stepping on their ends and tripping over them. Oh, and they are much warmer and cozier too.

During the Red Line Yarn Crawl a few months back, I purchased some beautiful yarn on sale from Stitch House in Dorchester. It’s a Super Bulky yarn from Germany called Gedrifa Highland Alpaca. I had no idea what I was going to make when I purchased it, but I love the bulkiness of it as well as the color. Last season I had to say goodbye to my green wool toggle coat that I’d had for almost 8 years. I miss it more than I anticipated.

I began researching what I was going to make by searching for projects made by this yarn on ravelry. I came across a pattern I loved and had enough yarn for (3 skeins), but it was private. I emailed the anonymous ravelry user and she provided me with her improvised pattern. I was thrilled with how easy it was to make. Due to the dropping temperatures in the area, I needed a snuggly cowl.

Ta-da! Here it is. It took me about 5 hours over a few days to complete. The trickiest part was not having a blunt needle wide enough to accompany this yarn so all the finishing and weaving was done with my hands.

I love it!

 

Produce Bags: DONE! May 6, 2010

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These bags are DONE. Not difficult, but time consuming. Took a month to do all six.

Smaller ones were done with one yarn over (YO) and larger ones were done with two YOs.

 

Still on the Produce Bags May 2, 2010

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Done.  I would love to be completely done with these bags. I’ve been knitting them since the beginning of April. They’re just small enough that they can’t be knit on circular needles and need to be done on super obnoxious double pointed needles. It’s not a difficult pattern at all, it’s just knitting them on double pointed needles makes them really annoying. I’ve finished five of my six. Some are smaller depending on how sick of looking at that particular color I got. This whole project was started to get my crafting mojo back and I feel like it’s now slowly disappearing again. I’m halfway done with this last one and I can honestly say that I will not be making any more of this things for a long time.

However, I did get some pretty fantastic items in return. A screen printed Nintendo Logo shirt, a case for my DS that will hold 8 games, and a needle case for my DPNs. Holla.

I have bigger and better projects planned and I am very excited to start them. Trust me, internet, exciting times with yarn are ahead.

Every year I look forward to the Granite State Knit In because it’s a chance to take workshops for super cheap. I’m really not impressed with anything offered this time, but maybe I should go just because.  Who knows, maybe I will learn something that I never knew I wanted to learn.

Now that the weather is warmer and I love skirts, I am tempted to bust out the old sewing machine. This could be the start of something wonderful.  Of course, I will keep you posted.

And thats the general update for today. I will post pics of bags tomorrow. Becuase they will be done. And soon so will the Lace Ribbon Scarf.

 

It’s a produce bag…you know? April 7, 2010

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I love it when people take an interest in what it is that I am knitting. With this most recent project I feel like a bit of a tool explaining it to people even though all their replies are “That’s cool!”

“It’s a produce bag…you know? For putting apples or onions in…and then you weigh it…” then I’ll continue murmuring something about how the one I made is too small and I ran out of that color yarn for the i-chord. It’s really not interesting, but I get excited about it. And I find that people are mostly happy for me and even get a little excited in return.

So, why am I making a gargantuan amount of these bags? Simple. I have tons of yarn and people in the craft swap I am doing requested them. Also, they’re easy and cheap to make and send. How I love the “Ongoing Wish Swaps.” I get to ask for all this stuff I want and don’t know how to make and I get to knit you produce bags. Gone are the days where I struggle to put together a scrapbook cookbook or a sugar scrub…for now anyway.

I want to get better with my knitting. Once I am done with the Lace Ribbon Scarf (which is currently on hiatus due to produce bags!) I will completely free to choose my next project.

Out of the 5-6 produce bags I want to make only one is complete. And small. The free pattern that I got off of ravelry is all sorts of wrong. Wrong needle sizes for that yarn. And get this, it says to use two different sizes of circular and double pointed needles, I mean COME ON, right? Well, I’m changing the pattern just a teensy bit to see what happens. I’m sure the results will be incredible. Breathtaking.

It’s a produce bag, you know.