Saturday, December 20, 2014

Quick Mitts

Oh hey, more yarn and more projects!

Me, jump on a new project when I have one item due by the 22nd and three more due by the end of the month? Of course! A quick pair of mitts was requested, so of course I had to grab some more yarn and get right on that:

Yarn: Bernat Sheep(ish) in Black plus some Malabrigo Rios in Black for the second pair
Needles: US7/4.5mm
Timeframe: December 15 - 19, 2014
Mods: Different increases (M1L/M1R), so only knit two after marker before binding off for thumb. Also only knit 1.5" of ribbing on the first pair, and 2.5" for the second to use all the yarn.
Problems: A touch of confusion for the thumb, as the instructions were given for a decrease I don't like to use. I think my brain was just not working the first time I read through it. Otherwise, very quick, very easy!

The best part is, I was able to get a pair for myself out of the leftover yarn plus a small bit of Malabrigo Rios I had lying around - so really, this project helped me use yarn, furthering my goal of fewer miles and fewer entries in the stash log. Really!


Yes, I can rationalize just about anything. It's a skill I learned from my mother. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Project Cascade

I have one more holiday project I have to start. I have the yarn and it's all ready to go:

Except that it needs the needles that are currently in another project, one I'd like to finish tomorrow:

Except I can't finish the slipper without the second cable that is currently in use in the very beginnings of a hat:

Which I can liberate once the hat fits onto the DPNs, except the necessary DPNs are currently in use as well:

Planning fail!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Finished Metamorph Cowl

The first of three Loopy Academy projects, finished! For a first time with brioche, I was quite pleased with how quickly it knit up and how it turned out.

Pattern: Metamorph (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Charcoal, Lorna's Laces Team Spirit in #10
Needles: US7/4.5mm, US8/5.0mm
Timeframe: December 5 - 14, 2014
Mods: Knit until Charcoal ran out, did the second cuff in the Team Spirit. It's also a bit shorter as I had slightly more Charcoal than the Team Spirit.
Problems: None in the knitting, some in the washing

With brioche stitch, the back definitely looks different compared to the front. Sadly, the orange and purple are a bit muted from the bleeding of the charcoal when washed. It doesn't pop nearly as much as it did originally. Annoying.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stashbuster Trivets, Washcloths, and Tawashis

In order to use up all of my leftover kitchen cotton, I decided to make a couple of interesting trivets and some washcloths. Then I made a couple of tawashis because I had more left over than anticipated.

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Fruit Punch
Needles: US7/4.5mm, USH crochet hook for CO
Timeframe: December 1- , 2014
Mods: Bound off on Row 2 to match cast-on better
Problems: None!

My only complaint with the trivets is that the colors aren't really distinct enough to make the pattern pop like some others on Ravelry. They'll be useful and I finished off both skeins of the cotton I had laying around - that's more important than the color scheme!

Pattern: Woven Circles Trivet (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Husk and Fruit Punch
Hook: 5.0mm/USH
 Timeframe: November 29 - 30, 2014
Mods: I used the chain stitches modification (22 sts) instead of plastic rings.
Problems: Only the desire for different colors, no problems with the pattern itself!

Pattern: I (heart) tawashis (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Fruit Punch
Needles: US7/4.5mm
Hook: 5.0mm/USH
 Timeframe: December 3 - 4, 2014
Mods: None!
Problems: Had to find a cached version of the pattern as the site seems to be offline.

Friday, December 12, 2014

One Down, Two to Go!

The cowl, Loopy Academy project #1, is about finished. It just needs to dry and get buttons.

The charcoal seems to have bled into the water a bit. I'm really hoping it didn't mute the orange and purple!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nine Washcloths

I wound up knitting nine washcloths to gift with some soap I made. They were a big hit, and I was able to use up most of the large skein I still had from last year's washcloths.

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Solids in Husk
Needles: US7/4.5mm, USH crochet hook for CO
Timeframe: November 1 - 28, 2014
Mods: Bound off on Row 2 to match cast-on better
Problems: None!

I used a mold for the soaps to make some little flowers of olive oil soap. Decorative if desired, but also 100% useful and something that is made to be used up. As we've moved a few times and are planning to move again (and would like to live in a relatively uncluttered place), I'm more a fan of useful gifts that have a definite purpose and/or will be used up. These fit the bill nicely!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

No-Sew Blankets

I loved my cat blanket so much that I bought blanket kits (on sale) for all the little children I make holiday gifts for. I hope they all enjoy them!

For one brother and sister, I also gifted some Precious Moments pillows, and these pillows came with extra pictures to applique. I put them on the blankets, mostly because I had them available and wanted to use them.

The edges are not tied like typical no-sew fleece blankets, they're braided following this tutorial. I love how they turn out, and they're really simple to make.

My only worry is that I may have cut some of the slits too close to the edge and they'll break with heavy use. It's an easy fix, but I'd hate to give a gift that has to be fixed (although if they're breaking, that means they're being used, which is a plus).

Love that braided edge!