Friday, May 22, 2015

More Fail

Maybe I just have the camera out for failure - I swear, I have a sweater 99% done, a biscornu that's half-seamed, and some other problem-free projects, but here's another trip to the frog pond:

This is the bottom of a cat cave, Nest, for my cats that enjoy hanging out wrapped in blankets and under chairs and in other hiding places. It's also an excellent way to use up some rough acrylic that I have no other use for. Can you see the problem?

How 'bout now? The bottom starts with 8 stitches, and with my hook and yarn gauge, that's one slice of the crochet-increase pie too many. Rip and re-do with seven starting scs, I suppose.

Friday, May 8, 2015

2015: Year of the Frog?

So far, I've had to frog something EVERY MONTH. I usually have frogging-level problems (wrong size, bad yarn/pattern match, etc.) once, maybe twice a year. This year? Six. One needle issue, four size problems, and one pattern mismatch. This month's fail:

Allgäu Socks, started April 23 and frogged May 8. The pattern says to be careful with the starting braid, to make sure that's not too tight. That part is fine. I knit the large, but the slipped stitch pattern was still too tight for me. What's with all the patterns not working? It's not like I ever used to swatch, especially for things like socks! Oh well - I was getting bored with the pattern and wanted to cast on something new anyway. Sigh.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Two Fleece Blankets

The fleece blankets I made for Christmas were such a hit I got requests for a couple more. Here they are!

Fabric: No-Sew Fleece Blanket kits from Jo-Ann's
Timeframe: April 1 - May 3, 2015.
Mods: Didn't measure it out perfectly, but I think it's fine!
Problems:None, unless you count the fact that I find the cutting to be a bit tedious.

Of course, turn your back for a minute and the cat thinks the new blanket is hers. At least the recipient isn't allergic!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Not as good as I hoped. There's a half-shawl, half-baby blanket, and two single socks that show I knit a bit more than the graph says. I was going for at least a mile down, but didn't quite get there. Better finish up all those half-done WIPs for next month!