Allentown Fiber Festival

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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).

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.

Tetris scarf is coming along nicely.

As is Z’s blanket.

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

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.

A Prince is born

This is the second Pincha scarf I have made. The first one was made with the color way “Purple Haze” hence the name ‘Ode to Jimi’. The color way for this yarn is Purple Rain. Get the picture?

I know this is not knitting 

This blanket has been a wip for forever, not literally but longer then I care to admit. I finally got it out, unfolded it and realized it was almost done. I sewed on the motifs I had finished, crocheted enough to finish the last row, and then decided that instead of crocheting the border and fill-in sections I would knit them. So far it looks great.

Double knitting 

I just finished my third DK project. I’m got the knitting down pretty good but the cast on and off look bad.

This is my first project, I got the chart off the internet and used the kitchener method to bind off.

My friend got a pattern for a pussy hat made in the double-knitting style. She couldn’t figure it out so she sent it back. In order to understand what the designer wanted I knit a mini hat, then gave it to my teddy bear. I tried and failed with the kitchener for this project.

This is my most recent project another butterfly. This project got ‘frogged’ three times. I modified my original chart to make it look more like a butterfly. Some people say it looks more like a bat. I did make a mistake but left it and used a regular bind off.

I gave this to a co-worker, she said: Oh what a cute coaster! FISTBUMP for knowing what it was.