Crafting melds

What do I mean by crafting melds? Do I mean combining knit and crochet? No, that is bistitualness. I am talking about putting two completely different crafts together. Like brewing and knitting. I like craft beer, I drink craft beer and I knit at craft breweries. I also make things for some of the drink containers used by craft brewers. The first one, the pink and white bag to the left is the most recent growler bag I’ve made. A 32 ounce growler can fit very nicely in it. I started with an 8 stitch cast-on, then increased 8 stitches every other row until the circle covered the bottom of the growler. Then I knit straight up. For this growler I decided to make it a little fancy and did a diamond design using yarn overs and decreases. I knit 3 stitches together to get the two decreases I needed for the diamond shape. I also ran out of pink variegated and finished up with a yarn Em gave me, which was a little different than the pink. Overall, I am pleased with it.

img_0629-1Whenever I learn a new stitch I immediately want to knit it in the round. You might say I have an obsession with it. This is not my first Entrelac in the round project, that was a koozie. I don’t know if I have a picture of it. Maybe in an earlier post. This was also started with an 8 stitch cast-on, like the one above, then I started the Entrelac. This growler is fuller, kind of glove shaped instead of more straight up and down. This growler bag is big enough to carry a 64-oz growler or a 4 pack of cans. I haven’t used it for either yet, I don’t normally get 64 ounces of beer since I don’t think I can drink that in an evening and with growlers, the beer needs to be drunk rather quickly after the growler is opened. I also just discovered it was big enough for the bigger growlers.

This is the second growler bag I made. The stitches are a combination of regular knit and elongated knit. There is ribbing at the top and icord handles. You may have noticed the others also have icord handles except the crocheted one. I don’t have a picture of the first one I made, it met a rather sad demise. I took it to Other Half to get a growler and get it filled. I was excited to try out my new design. Leaving Other Half and walking down the sidewalk to the subway, I dropped the growler. I was holding it with my hand, and the handles slipped out of my grip. I picked up the bag, it was filled with broken glass and dripping beer. A man walked past me and laughed at me. I decided I wasn’t carrying a beer soaked bag that was a reminder of my shattered hopes and dreams home and proceeded to toss it. This bag almost met a similar fate, I dropped another growler, I was holding it with my hand, I now loop the handles around my wrist. I still have this one because I dropped it inside the brewery and the bartender rinsed it out for me. I still had to redo it because the glass cut some of the yarn.

After knitting a few I decided to try my hand at crocheting one. This is the C2C stitch, for those not familiar with crochet that stands for “Corner to Corner”, you are knitting on the diagonal. First I made a square for the bottom, then I started doing the C2C, up to make the sides. I can’t really explain it, maybe someday I’ll make a video if anyone is interested.

The rest of these are can koozies. The purple one is for a regular can. The others fit the 32-oz can crowlers from craft breweries. The purple and variegated one with words on it was planned to fit the crowler. The Yankee logo one was not. I did it double knit, not realizing it would make it bigger. The bottom is single thickness, then I added stitches by k1, yo1. Next row I started double-knitting. I made a few mistakes, but all in all it was a learning experience.

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What I Knit and other stuff

These are stitch markers from the Brooklyn yarn crawl. What is a yarn crawl you say? It’s like a pub crawl, instead of drinking you buy yarn.

This is a 32-oz crowler sized coozie. One side says, “5H Fiber Faction” which is what the craft meetups at 5th Hammer are called. The other side is “Beer is People”. Which is a hashtag 5th Hammer uses on all their instagram.    Here is some yarn I bought. I can’t remember where or when, I might have bought it during the above mentioned yarn crawl.

Sports and drinks

Now that I have become somewhat proficient in double knitting (and now that I have seen a video explaining how to add the second color after the cast on), I am doing it in the round. I have done both of these designs flat, now they are going to be drink holders or as we call them here, “Koozies”. You can probably guess from the colors what teams I am knitting up. You will also notice that they are perfect. That’s because I took a picture of the side without any mistakes on it.
If you can’t guess the team, check the tags.

Allentown Fiber Festival

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Dishclothes

img_0707My nephew got married so of course he gets hand made gifts. This one is crocheted. The pattern is Love Dishcloths. I am not very happy with it because it doesn’t lie flat. I keep saying I’m going to iron it, but that involves getting my ironing board out, and my iron, in other words, effort and work.

8a86141c-b441-4a00-8637-bf9cf3e62db9This is the ‘Almost Lost Washcloth’ and is a favorite of mine to knit when I want a pretty looking washcloth. I knit a bunch for my mom in the black and white yarn.

Entrelac beer caddy

img_0629If you remember the bottle coozie, this is on the same idea, entrelac in the round, only sized bigger. There isn’t a pattern for this, I make them all the same, just use different yarn and size needles. If you want more specific instructions it might be available on my Ravelry account, BeFoxxDesigns. If it’s not there, send me a message or leave a comment and I will respond. The directions are written down somewhere.

What I’m knitting

Just a quick recap of my wips (works in progress, yes I know the ‘s’ is in the wrong spot).

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This is a scarf for my friend Mary, she’s Bruins fan and the design is dependent on wins and loses. I also threw I logo in there. I started one last season and got thoroughly disgusted with my lack of progress so started again this year. Not making great progress with this one either, this is what happens when my idea doesn’t look how I want it to look.

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Tetris scarf is coming along nicely.

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As is Z’s blanket.

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10-stitch blanket has become a 10-stitch pillow cover. One side is done.

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And my newest project, this is called a Quast. Pattern is on ravelry.

 

Coffee sleeve

coffee sleeveMany years ago I knit a coffee sleeve for my mom. I used some cheap purple yarn I had lying about. She was actually the inspiration for it. She was reusing the cardboard sleeve because “it’s wasteful to only use it once”. So I knit a coffee sleeve for her. She still has it and still uses it, that is my mom. Seriously, she still has and uses the root beer float mugs we used as children that she bought when she was a newlywed (she’s been married over 60 years). Anyway, my dad saw it, this was what, last month? Very observant man my father – insert eye roll – and wanted one. Cue mom calling me and asking me to make one for him.

img_0644Of course I didn’t have a pattern, and I couldn’t remember how I made hers, or any other pertinent details, other than it was purple and the same yarn as my purple hat. I did have my new addi® FlexiFlips, which I love, seriously how could I not love double-pointed needles that bend? So after a bit of trial and error, I figured out how many stitches. This is a black and white variegated yarn with an occasional dot of gray. I used the linen stitch because I wanted it a little thick and not very stretchy. I am super pleased with how the linen stitch made such a cool design with the yarn.

Mom said it was perfect. Dad is not so effusive in his praise, but that is dad!

Having a not so good yarny day

Recently I bought a Huglight, it’s like a book light but has bendable arms you can wrap around your neck. I was really excited to get it in the mail the other day, until I couldn’t get the battery cover to stay and tossed it. I do that sometimes, I’m impulsive.

Yesterday I decided to buy some batteries and try again. I got home, dug the light out of the trash and … couldn’t find the battery cover. I put the batteries in and tried taping a piece of cardboard over them and wrapping it around, didn’t work. I put the light in the drugstore bag and went to bed.

Today was laundry day, I picked up my hat and there was the battry cover, I put in in the light and what do you know but it worked! I got the rest of my stuff together and went to the laundromat (I didn’t take the light).

While waiting for my clothes I went to a local coffee shop/bar, which is what I always do because 1) bathrooms, 2) cold drinks. I take my knitting with me but can’t do it because it’s too dark. I guess they turned the lights off because it was happy hour and no one wants to know who starts drinking at 1 in the afternoon I guess.

When I got home, even before I finished my laundry I decided to do some knitting. This is the 10-stitch blanket I’m working on. I knit a corner, it looked good, problem was it was in the middle of the side, not where a corner should be. When I realized what I had done, I unraveled it and started to reknit it. That was when I realized I had 9 stitches on my needle. Yes a 10-stitch blanket is supposed to have 10 stitches on the needles. Since I couldn’t tell where I had dropped a stitch, I had to tink row by row until I found it. I got it done but now feel like I’ve wasted time. 

NYC Yarn Crawl

NYC Yarn Crawl 2017 was last weekend, 15-17 September 2017. Like last year I went with my knitting group. I looked at it as an opportunity to rush madly about the city with like minded ladies, I was not going to buy yarn or spend a lot of money. Well …. you can probably guess what happened to that determination. Like last year the pretty yarn started speaking to me and I crumbled. I also got three new circular needles for me and one for Z, and some Purple Baby Alpaca for Em because she needs a pretty present. Check out the pictures below, or go to my instagram account @NYCPhotoUES to see the captions.