To fill you in on what I’ve been doing

These two scarves are the same pattern, it’s called “Workday” you can find it on Ravelry. One is made with a variegated  acrylic and the other is black alpaca.

This is another alpaca scarf or shawl if I have enough yarn. It’s the “Hitchhiker”. It’s for my friend who is graduating from college this spring so I’m kind of under the gun to get it done.

Not sure you can see the “B” in the black section but it’s there. This is for my friend who’s a Bruins fan, black stripes for wins and gold for losses.

This shawl is called Sweet Seventeen because you should end up with 17 of the stripes that end in a heart shape. This yarn is Loops & Threads Woolike and is very soft. I like this pattern but I’m taking a break while I finish the scarves that I have a deadline for.

How 10 stitches saved a WIP in prison. 

Another WIP I wanted to get to is this cotton blanket. I didn’t have a pattern, if I remember correctly I saw the blanket in a knitting magazine, bought a bunch of cotton yarn and started knitting, first a rectangle, then stripes all around the sides. This necessitated putting stitches from the side I had finished on a stitch holder when i went to the next side. After a while there were too many stitches for a holder and I started putting the stitches on a circular needle. Besides making for a rather cumbersome project, this meant not being able to use these needles and not being to accurately tell how big the blanket was.

When I decided to finish some WIP this year, I thought of this blanket and wondered what in the world to do with it. I didn’t want to undo it, I had done a considerable amount of work but had no idea how to continue. Than I saw the “10 Stitch Blanket”. It looked similar to my blanket but much nicer. I downloaded the pattern and did a small test knit. Not wanting to restart my blanket I had to figure out how to adapt the 10 Stitch to what I already had, as you can see, I figured something out.

This is the 10 Stitch Blanket, yes I stole the picture, don’t tell the designer. Clicking on the picture will take you to the pattern page on Ravelry where you can download this pattern for free.

Koozies 


Year of the wip

Wip=work in progress
The knitters in my knitting group talk about projects being put in ‘time-out’. Some of mine have been there so long it has become ‘long term confinement’. We’re talking prison time not jail. I decided this year i would dig out my wip’s and finish them. So far that hasn’t happened.

What has happened is when i’ve gotten my wip out, i’ve taken them apart and used the yarn for a new project. A cotton sweater (that was almost finished!) is now pads for Swiffer and washclothes. This wip was going to be a blanket. It still is, just a different pattern. Mainly because i don’t remember the old pattern and decided i really don’t like knitting on huge needles.

The pattern is a mitered square blanket. I found the directions on Tikki. Check it out, kind of tricky but not really hard. Also a good way to use up leftover yarn.

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Summer beauty

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Unsolicited advice 

Today (or last night) i posted this on Facebook. It was posted in a private group but this is my picture so I can post it here. After a while someone posted the following comment: “Put it in Time Out, then throw it away & buy a nicer yarn & start the pattern again!”

I’ve been doing a slow burn since then. First because I wasn’t asking for advice. If you look at the post you can see I was just venting. Second was the phrase: “buy a nicer yarn”. That really burns me up. It seems rather condescending. Like I am a worse knitter because I use inexpensive yarn. Yes the yarn is ___ (insert chain craft store name here” brand and not expensive, but it is very nice yarn. The purple is knitting up like a dream. The only problem I’m having with the purple is because of the size, and I would have that problem no matter what yarn I used. I am severely allergic to wool so I can’t knit with it. This is the first time I’m doing knitting this pattern, I never use expensive yarn for the first time since the first time has a tendency to end up being a hot mess. At least in my experience.

After all the work and time I put into this project I’m going to throw it away? No way! I want to post a comment in response, “I didn’t ask for advice so please stop telling me what to do”, but I feel that be construed as being “Snarky” and I just might get thrown out for that.

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Swiffer pad or adventures in crocheting

So Em suggested a crocheted swiffer pad might work better. I got out the pattern and made my chain, then i did my first DC, then the chain twisted around and i couldn’t do the second DC, i undid the crochet stitch and tried again, same result, tried a third time ….

Sigh. 
A square, going to start with a square and adjust from there. I am truly hook deficient. 

Growler Caddy (craft beer peeps only)

One day, I decided I needed a bag to carry a water bottle in. I had all this ugly brown cotton yarn that I had purchased to make a pad for my swiffer. After three tries and getting bored as fuck, I decided I could just use a washcloth on my swiffer. But what was I going to do with this ugly brown yarn? Make a bottle holder I decided. Except I made it too large.

img_5187img_5188However, it ended up being the perfect size for my 32 oz Growler, also know as a ‘Howler’. If you are confused, here is a picture. I hope Yonkers Brewery doesn’t sue me for copyright infringement for posting this picture.

The pattern is mine. It’s very simple, a base, sides and carrying strap. The PDF is posted before and on Ravelry. Here’s the catch, if you get it from here today or tomorrow, it’s free. If you get if from Ravelry it’s $2. BUT, there is a coupon code in the tags. Happy drinking and knitting!

Edit I couldn’t figure out how to sell patterns on Ravelry, here is the link to my paypal send me $2 I’ll send you the pattern.

 

Growler Caddy

Just wrote a pattern

For my hooded scarf. I decided to name it, Cables and Ruffles and I’m selling it on here. This is the link to my Paypal account, $5 gets you the pattern and access to me with any questions.

Buy it or don’t, I don’t give a fuck.

$5 for Pattern

In the mail today

 This was in the mail. I ordered it quite awhile ago. It was “free”, i just had to pay shipping. 
It is smaller than i thought it would be, but being small is fine. Means i can carry it with my small knitting projects. 
The scissors have a nice feel to them. The only thing i can’t figure out is the thimble thingie, it is like a ring, so where do you wear it?