FO: School Cloths

I am getting a jump start on Christmas gifts this year, as I alluded to in one of my previous posts.  My mother’s side of the family is easy enough to knit for – she has 2 sisters and they both like to receive knit items.  This year it is going to be dishcloth sets.

For Tracy, a 1st Grade teacher, she is going to receive the School Cloths Set.

yarns used:

ABC – Peaches & Cream Light Blue (23 g)
123- Sugar N Cream Soft Teal (23 g)
Apple – Peaches & Cream Red (24 g)
Book – Sugar N Cream Hot Orange (23 g)
School Bus – Sugar N Cream Yellow (22 g)
Pencil – Sugar N Cream Jute (23 g)
Globe – Sugar N Cream Sage Green (24 g)
Scissors – Sugar N Cream Hot Purple (24 g)

These were so fun, and just like the halloween set, very quick!  I can complete 1 cloth in just over an hour, so it makes for great TV watching knitting.

I am really enjoying choosing the colors for each cloth and then seeing the completed sets.  I have already gotten started on the next set (fruit), for Mother’s youngest sister.  I do admit to being tired of working on dishcloths, but the instant gratification is a nice payback.

Juniper Feather & Fan Baby Bonnet

It should be no secret that I like to knit for babies, and while I don’t like for people to ask me to make many things, I never can resist when my mother asks me to knit her a baby gift.  Baby knits are cute, quick, and cute.  What’s not to love?

So when she asked me to make a baby girl gift, I consulted my ravelry queue (there is a reason why I have 857 items queued) and chose the Juniper Feather & Fan Baby Bonnet.  All of the projects on ravelry are adorable, so it seemed like a good choice.  (I would also be able to use stash yarn!)

The directions really leave the sizing up to you depending mostly on your yarn and needle choice.  I wanted a small-ish size so I chose Elann Sonata in Nougat from my stash (bought AGES ago and never even touched – I have about 40 skeins of Elann sonata in perfectly un-usable colors), Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK in pink – also from stash, and size 4 needles.  Hopefully I’ve ended up with a bonnet that won’t fit a toddler.

This was a super quick project.  I started it on Saturday night while we were watching the football game, and finished it up on Tuesday night while watching TV.  This could EASILY be completed in 1 sitting, it just did not work out like that for me since I am also working on Christmas gift dishcloths.  I have been alternating projects in order to keep everything fresh and still feel like I was accomplishing something.

happy fall!

fall

Getting Ready for Halloween

Every year I *want* to make some decorative dishcloths for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas.  Usually I do not plan far enough in advance to actually get to use anything that I make for the intended holiday, but this year I am on top of things.  The first set I’ve finished is the Halloween Creepy Cloth set.  (I love all of Kristen’s patterns!  You’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the weeks to come.)

Yarns used were:

Frankenstein – Sugar n Cream Hot Green (24 g)
Pumpkin – Sugar n Cream Pumpkin (25 g)
Bat Cloth – Sugar n Cream Hot Purple (24 g)
Grave Cloth – Sugar n Cream Warm Brown (25 g)
Witch Cloth – Sugar n Cream Wine (24 g)
Ghostly Cloth – Peaches & Cream Ecru (26 g)

These were so fun and QUICK to make.  I used size 4 needles and got cloths that are approximately 6 1/2 ” x 7 “.   I really do prefer these smaller cloth sizes despite the fact that they will shrink up some in the dryer.  Huge cloths are just that, HUGE!  I ended up ripping out a bunch of the other dishcloths that I’ve made and never used to in order to make room for these cloths (and cloths to come) and have some more solid colors to choose from.  For whatever reason, my cotton yarn stash is full of variegated and ombre yarns!

Yarn Sale

I dipped into my Rhinebeck money stash just a bit to head over to the yarn close-out sale of my former LYS today:

For $40 – it was worth it!! 🙂

Ramblings & FO: Anne

I have not fallen off of the face of the blogging world! I am back!!  Since most of my activities seem to come (and go)  in spurts, my knitting/crocheting has gone by the wayside lately – I’ve been reading on several of my book series and just not keeping up with crafting.  Thankfully, the weather is *threatening* to cool down and I have a somewhat renewed spirit for my yarn.

With that being said, I have several upcoming projects, some seasonal and some not.  I am knitting very limited Christmas gifts this year.  Some people are just easier to knit for than they are to buy for, so those few will receive a knitted gift (read: dishcloths).

My only recent FO is this scarf, Anne, using some hand-spun yarn that I purchased from a seller on Etsy. When I saw this pattern, I knew that it was perfect for this yarn.

I started this scarf before Jason and I went to Seattle thinking it would be good for working on during the flights.  The pattern is super easy and very straight forward.  I am (always) nervous when I try new things, but this proved to be much easier than I had anticipated.  I did not, however, work on it very much at all.  Maria and I have started reading all of the Danielle Steel books from the beginning so I will admit to doing more reading than crocheting.  Thusly, that is why it took me so long to finish – from July 17 to August 16.

If anyone is interested in my thoughts and opinions about Danielle Steel’s earliest novels, feel free to ask in the comments and I will get back to you.  I would hate to ruin her good name simply due to her earliest efforts. 😉