Easter Cloths

After I finished up my Anthropologie Inspired Capelet last week, I used my ‘free time’ before starting project #2 to finish up a WIP that was being ignored.  Since I did not get these finished in time to use them around Easter I did not stress myself on finishing them up quickly.  I was, however, ready for them to crossover from the land of WIP to the land of FO.  Each cloth is such a quick knit that I didn’t have to spend much time finishing up the 2 or 3 that remained.

Easter Cloths, design by Kris Knits…

I love going through my stash of cotton yarns and choosing the color for each cloth.  I always think that I want to use up the majority of my cotton and have a smaller stash, but then that would take away so many of my color options – and for some reason I *always* want to have a lot of cotton yarn to choose from.

For these cloths I used a size 4 needle (b/c my size 3 was occupied) and used Sugar N Cream in Rose Pink, Yellow, Hot Purple, Cream, Tea Rose, Hot Green, Robin’s Egg Blue and Soft Teal.

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HOT HOT Summer

It is HOT here in northwest MS —— that usually means that my productivity level hovers around ‘zilch’ but I am trying to combat my general summer laziness.  When it is too hot to breathe, it’s too hot.

One of my latest projects is this Go Green Market Bag that I made for my friend Amber.  It should come as no surprise to anyone that I have a lot of Sugar N Cream cotton yarn.  I am making strides to use some of it – This bag used about 1.5 skeins of Hot Lime and .5 skein of Summer Splash.  This is my favorite market bag to crochet BUT I have to admit that at this point, after 4 of them, I am tired of it.  So, I am retiring this pattern for a while.  I’m sure it will make a comeback.

The Year of the Cowl

Alright.  So I am not so big into cowls (because I don’t really ‘get’ them I guess)- but everybody else in the knitting community seems to like them so I am jumping on the bandwagon.

This is the Chickadee Cowl (free Ravelry download) that I made for my friend, Amy, for her birthday.  I used about 1/2 skein of Malabrigo in the colorway Little Lovely.  I like how this turned out a lot, but I think I look very uncomfortable wearing it.  This is the problem with me and cowls.  I think they are supposed to be on my neck like a turtleneck.

With my remaining 1/2 skein of Little Lovely, I am going to make myself a Scrunchable Hat.  I think Maria’s turned out so cute, I need one for myself.

WIP Count

I currently have 5 WIPs if you count Jason’s recycled grocery bag.

I am working on my 2nd pair of socks for 2009 – Broadripple, from Knitty.  I really like this pattern, so thanks to Andrea for suggesting it!!!  Also, I’m about halfway finished with a patchwork afghan WHICH I LOVE.  I can’t wait to get that finished and show it off.

Question

I am really getting into some of the handspun yarns that are for sale on Etsy.  Please suggest to me some patterns for handspun yarn!!  I am getting about 145 yards of worsted weight and 176 yards of thick/thin DK-worsted weight.  Maybe a hat or a short scarf.  I need some suggestions!!!

New Knitter on the Block

I’ve taught Jason how to knit so that he can make himself a grocery bag out of recycled plastic bags. He’s been wanting this for a while, but I told him that if he waited on me it would be a while longer. So, he finally let me teach him – He was a very quick learner and I am so proud of him!! Last night he was giving me some pretty good blogging ammo, but I am going to have to conduct a survey before I can crown him the ‘fastest guy knitter ever.’ 😀

As of last night, he’s made it through all of the Kroger bags (which are brown) so next up will be the white Wal-Mart bags.

We are using Hakucho’s Big Bag pattern. So far all I’ve done to help him is cast on (initially) and pick up stitches around the square that would be the bottom. Of course I am also available for troubleshooting which arises from time to time, but mostly he just *thinks* that he’s messed up because he is not really used to how knitting should look.

Now that he is working in the round, his progress is much faster. He’ll have his first FO in no time! 🙂

First Sock!

Back before I got married, I was hoping that I could make Jason a pair of socks to give to him on our wedding day with a ‘in case of cold feet’ note, but since I wanted to make a pair of practice socks first to make sure I knew what I was doing that meant that I was going to end up making 2 pairs. It would have been possible, but I just wasn’t up to it. Now that things that settled down more, I am able to concentrate more on my knitting and what I want to accomplish. Yea!

So, with much excitement, I present to you my first sock!!

I used the pattern from Knitwit’s Heaven, Alli’s Anklets since it called for some yarn that I already had in my stash, Bernat Cotton Tots. Since I hate to use DPNs, I did magic loop – which was not a ‘fiddly’ as I’d expected. So I am happy with my result!!! I now feel confident that I can make the pair I want for Jason – Knitty’s Thuja.

Now, this sock is a little big on me, and I did get gauge, so….I guess this means that my foot is a bit smaller than Alli’s! 🙂 I am hoping it will draw up some when I wash it. (If it draws up *too* much, I will just give it to my mother since her foot is one size down from mine. )

Here’s hoping that I don’t get 2nd sock syndrome!!!

A Bunny and A Turtle

May is almost over, so I will be hanging up the knitting/crocheting of amigurumi in order to finish up some other projects that I’d like to do- like finishing up Juliet! I am such a procrastinator at times! But before that happens I have 2 new creations to show off. 🙂

Bunny

So cute! I used about 1/2 of a skein of Bernat Satin in Flamingo Pink. I didn’t do such a hot job of lining up the head onto the body, so that is where the bow comes in. It masks the imperfections a bit I think. 🙂 Fun and quick knit. This was my first knitted toy since Scotty, when I taught myself how to do magic loop. I used size 8 needles, but if I had it to do over again I would use 6s with this yarn. It’s a little bit too stretchy – a problem that I am currently having on my current amigurumi project. Ugh. I think that this is why I prefer crochet amigurumi. Anyway, I think my embroidery skills may have improved a bit on this project. I am doubtful as to whether this is a continuing trend. 😐

Sheldon

I’ve wanted to make this for so long! I really enjoyed it, but that shell was not fun! For him I used 1 skein of KnitPicks Shine Sport in Green Apple and about 1/2 skein in Grass. I am planning on making another using Lion Brand Microspun in girlier colors, but I am going to have to hang back for a while. The applied i-cord took me a long time and I was worn out at the end. I have to get my resolve up for that before I go for round 2!

The fate of these 2 creatures is still up in the air. I had a plan for them, but that might not work out, so in the meantime they are hanging out at my house with the rest of my stuffed menagerie.

Priscilla

I am still completely unmotivated to blog! I blame Ravelry, I feel that once I put a picture of my project up on there, I am finished with it. Not so! I have been a blog-neglecter and it’s starting to pile up on me!

Here is an amigurumi that I completed back at the beginning of the month for my friend, Amanda, who has been the lucky recipient of many of my creations over the past few weeks/months! This is Algernon’s little sister, Priscilla.

Priscilla was made using the Happy Hippo pattern that I found on Ravelry when I decided that Algernon needed a sibling! I wish I had a photo of the two of them together because Priscilla is definitely a LITTLE sister! 🙂 She’s very tiny!

I used a small amount of Caron Simply Soft in Soft Pink and a 4.0 mm/G hook. Very quick and fun!

Amigurumi May is still rocking on! I have 2 more FOs to show and one in progress. I’ve also frogged 2 projects, the Baby Yoda Sweater I started back last year (Actually I didn’t frog this, I just threw in the garbage. The simply soft was not worth saving IMO!) and the Ribbed Shrug I started back in March using Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I really did not like how stretchy it was and knew that it would make my arms look FAT! Not a good thing. I’m still chugging along on Juliet. I think I have about 6 more lace repeats to go, so that’s about 4.5 hours! One repeat takes me about 45 minutes.

Yesterday I started the Babette Blanket – finally!!! I have had to wind up many skeins of Koigu, thankfully I have a swift and ball winder otherwise this project would probably be stalled indefinitely! It is my hope that I can have this project finished by the time I wed in August. Wish me luck!

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