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It’s Been a While

I’ve done minimal knitting since my last post.  Since last May I completed a baby blanket, a wrap and the following hats.  The baby blanket will not be showed off since I did not have a chance to photograph it before gifting it away.  Will say the parents-to-be were very happy with it and couldn’t get over the fact they’d received a hand knit item.  I’ve yet to take decent pics of the wrap I knit last fall but as soon as I do will be blogging about it.  For now I leave you with the little FOs I completed for my Blythe last September.

The hats were all experiments to see if I could knit a decent hat like others I’ve seen posted across the web.  What’s nice about knitting for Blythe is that any scrap yarn amount will do.  At some point I had plans to knit and sell these on Etsy but I really wasn’t too please with the FOs to consider them sellable.  Oh well,  my Blythe will have an assortment of head gear to wear.

All the hats were knit on dpns from the top down to get a better fit.  I experimented with several increase sequences and found one or two that I really liked.  For the most part though, the increases yielded a bumpy crown so I’ll have to continue my experiment.

First hat was knit with  Joann’s Sensation Camelia. 

Pink Blythe Hat

I had just enough Kureyon left over from my Lady Eleanore to knit this ribbed beanie.

Kureyon Blythe Hat

There was half a skein of CTH Rainbow Ribbon to knit many more hats, but for now there’s only one.

CTH Blythe Hat

I finally found a FO I like with the CTH Potluck Worsted I bought years ago.  Do have to remember to CO a few more stitches since the hat was a little to tight on the doll.

CTH Worsted Blythe Hat

Another yarn which had been laying around for years is the FB Fashion Denim I used to knit this hat.  I didn’t quite like the end product, since the texture at this scale is very distracting.

DB Fashion Denim Blythe Hat

The next two hats were knit with the first yarn I ever dyed.  Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool was dyed with Kool-Aid with flavors I can’t remember.  Overall I like how both hats turned out, but I think someday I’ll go back an frog the green one just a bit and reknit it.  IMO the yarn is just too bulky to have it folded.

LB Wool Blythe HatLB Wool Blythe Hat Green

Finally, I just have to show off this lovely skein of Paca-Peds alpaca sock yarn I found at the recently relocated Yarn Barn.  The shop is still on McCullough St. but a lot closer to downtown and conveniently located across our family doctor’s office.  Yep, no matter how bad I feel, I know I can always hop over to yarn heaven and feel so much better.

Paca-pod yarn

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Eleanor and Mini-Clowns

I can honestly say Eleanor (left pair) is my first FO of this year.  I started the first sock last April when  Momma Monkey sponsored a knit off which I signed up for as part of team Koigu.  This is as far as I got that weekend:

Only a leg

Sometime that year I finished the rest of the sock, but it stayed single for four seasons.  I finally CO its companion last month and weaved all the loose ends sometime last week.

The yarn used to knit Eleanor is KnitPicks Bare Essential which was my dyeing project from a year ago.  I really like how the colors came out and they seem to complement the pattern nicely.  Needles used are size US 1 and the Eleanor is a Socktopia exclusive pattern.

The socks to the left are a mini version of my Happy Clown Socks.  DD insisted she wanted socks like mine and given the amount of yarn left over from the first pair, I had no excuse not to knit them.  If you look with  a more critical eye, you’ll notice one toe has a whole lot more fuschia then the other.  The only reason that happened was because I ran out of the Opal Feelings.  A good thing I had the Opal Uni Solid to finish the socks off.

I started the Mini-Clowns in December and finished the last pair a few days ago.  I love the contrasting cuff, heel and toe look, but I detest the weaving of all those loose ends.  I swear, sometimes it takes me longer to weave those ends than to knit the whole thing.

Needle size US 1 and generic pattern is improvised by me.   

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Little Blue Riding Hood

Apologies for the crappy picture since it does not do the pattern justice.  I started this project in August ’07 and finished knitting the body sometime in October.  My intentions were to introduce a more girly color either through embroidery or applique of knitted flowers, but my motivation and creativity were very limited.  Before I knew it,  December was upon us and the recipient of Daphne could not wait any longer.  If I had, she’d be old enough to dress her dolls with the cape. 😉

  

Little Cousin with her Mommy

Pattern:  K2T Daphne’s Cape
Yarn: Shepherd 4 Me in Navy
Needles: US 3 & 6

Verdict:  The pattern is very easy and I love the concept.  I would knit this cape again but would like to introduce other stitch patterns or some colorwork to make it a more interesting piece to both knit and look at.  The yarn is great to work with and felt wonderfully soft in my hands.  The easy care of this yarn makes it ideal for baby wear.

 

 

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Clown Socks Finished

I’m relieved I got my knitting mojo back and was able to finish my clown socks this weekend.  Overall, I am thrilled with the end result.

Clown Socks finished

Yarn: Opal Feelings’ shade 1705 for the leg and foot and Opal Uni’s shade 1413 for cuff, heel and toe. 
Why I like this yarn: 1.  The colors are bright and happy and the coordination is awesome. 2.  The yarn is self striping and in big bands.  Yep I hate weaving in those loose ends. 3. Provides lots of yardage.

Clown Socks on

Pattern:  My own.  The cuff is a 2×2 rib, the leg and foot stockinette, Folk Sock’s provided the Dutch Heel and Star Toe.  Since I wanted to utilize as much of the yarn possible and have a longer leg, I CO 96 stitches (because of my ginormous calves 😦 )and decreased 8 stitches at the beginning of every band’s color change until 68 remained. 

Clown Sock closeup

Needles: Size 0US 5 set dpn’s

Clown Sock side

Even though I did make these with a longer leg, there is plenty of yarn left over for a small pair of socks. DD has been asking me since I first started these if they were for her. Well I guess she’ll get her socks after all and they’ll actually fit her right. 😉

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Dusted It Off

My sewing machine that is, because it’s been months since it was last used due to the lousy tension which I couldn’t fix.  I figured I’d give it some time off with the hope the problem would take care of itself. 

Guess what? It did.  Maybe something settled down during the time it stood still or maybe I just had more patience to figure out the problem.  Who knows.  I’m just glad it’s working better.

Given that I’d been knitting more socks lately and having to run more errands which required sitting/waiting patiently while my name was called, these two activities merged perfectly together.  Well almost.  You see, I’ve been carrying my knitting in either bags that are too big or too cumbersome. 

For a time now I’ve had my eye on those little pull string bags, aka, sock project bags, but since I’m a cheap ass and couldn’t bring myself to spend $10+ on some rather sad looking ones nor the $20+ on the nicer ones, I made do with what I had.  My philosophy of course was why spend more money when I had the materials and some of the skills needed to construct what I want.  But I was being lazy and used Ziploc bags instead to carry my knitting.

That of course changed when I the sewing bug hit me hard.  I took out my sewing machine, dusted it off, rummaged through my fabric stash (which I’m embarrassed to say could be a tad smaller) and found fabric remnants I’d purchased a while back. 

After some planning and pattern making based on sample bags I liked, I began to cut, sew and assemble.  Here’s the end product.

project bag

DH was nice enough to comment on the fabric’s “happy” colors but their assumed association doesn’t bother me. Let’s face it, I’m of Mexican decent and like the majority of my people, I love color and the more of it, the better.

I forgot how much fabric I had, but was able to make a total of 4 lined bags.  The simple drawstring handle made from ribbon I found in my stash keeps the bag nicely closed and is the perfect length to carry from your wrist to knit as you go. Needless to say, I was rather pleased with the end product even though there are little adjustments here and there planned for a few more future bags.

project bags

Given how inspired I was, I even managed to sew six pairs of pants and start a bathrobe for DD to wear this winter.  Might as well but a dent on that fabric stash and take advantage of a working sewing machine.  For my next sewing projects, I’m planning  storage cases for my dpn’s and my makeup brushes. 

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From Mystery to 3×1 Rib

Poor yarn, poor me.  These socks started out as socktopia’smystery socks  but after knitting two up to the gusset, I came to the conclusion that it was not a happy marriage between the yarn and the pattern.  So poor yarn gets frogged and poor me lost all those knitting hours.  Oh well, many a knitter can relate and I’m sure you’ll agree I did the right thing given how the pattern is lost in this colorway. 

bad mystery

The pattern was put to rest for a more appropriate yarn and the yarn was knit into a simple 3×1 rib.  I think this was a better alternative given how “busy” the variegation on the yarn is.

3×1 rib on3×1 rib

To be honest, I’m not thrilled with the color of this yarn.  The colorway is one of those that looks better on the skein than knitted up, but as long as my feet are warm this winter, I won’t make a big fuss. 

Pattern:  My own.  The cuff is a 1×1 rib followed by a 3×1 ribbed leg and foot.  A modified slip stitch heel flap from SKS was used and Folk Socks provided the instructions for the round toe.
Yarn:Skacel’s Trampoline #235
Needles:US1 dpn’s

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Everlasting Bagstopper

It’s only appropriate that after my last rant I knit something environmentally “friendly.”  Ms. Singer’s Everlasting Bagstopper was a good choice especially since I was gettng grocery shopping done at Big Wally’s, who for some reason does not understand that more than two items can be carried safely in one plastic bag. 

My god, the number of plastic bags they hand out to customers with each purchase is ridiculous.  But shopping there is occuring less frequently.  I’ve opted to shop elsewhere after all the recalls, the amount of Chinese originated stuff they sell and quite honestly, their produce sucks.  (Personally, I have a theory that the Chinese are trying to kill us off and what a better way than through all the crap we buy and consume, but that’s for a different post.)

Anyway, let’s get back on track and talk knitting.

Le Bag

Yarn:  Cherry Tree Hill Rainbow Ribbon in “Life’s a Beach”, acquired over two years ago during a grab bag sale, hence the crappy color.  The yarn is great to work with and is so soft but the color leaves much to be desired.  The hanks come in 530+/- yards, so there is enough left over for another bag.  The question is, do I really want another anything in this colorway?

Pattern:  Knitty Summer 2007 with modified handles.  The idea of carrying a load on my shoulder was not very appealing so I opted for short knitted handles.

Verdict:  If I really intend to stop the entry of plastic bags into my house, I’d better start cranking at least 5 more of these bags.  They also work quite well when it comes to pecan picking.  Not only does the bag expands nicely to accomodate a good picking of pecans, (and believe me, with 6 of these trees on our property and all the rain we had this summer, we are having quite a harvest) but the YOs allow for air to circulate around the pecans making it less likely they’ll turn moldy as they dry up completely.    Fortunately this is a good “no brains needed” kind of pattern so I don’t have an excuse not to make more. 

Good for Pecans

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