Months of Knitting

So I didn’t post any for more than ten months. I didn’t knit much for a while there, and for almost six months I lived in another city where I had terrible internet service and no camera. So I’ve finished several projects since last I typed here, and now I have some pictures to show for the last several months.

First, I started a blanket back in April. I was my “I-had-to-work-on-my-day-off-and-hated-it-so-this-makes-up-for-it” gift to myself.

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The pattern is Hap Blanket by Ysolda. I’ve made one of these before, but this one is going to be bigger.

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The yarn is Knit Picks Reverie. It is the softest thing that ever existed.

The colors are Hawk and Regal. Very pretty together.

 

The yarn store here went out of business in June, so I bought a bunch of stuff on clearance. Including the yarn from this hat.

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The pattern is Bramble Beret from Vintage Modern Knits.

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The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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It is quite warm and I love it.

 

Not long after I moved, I bought some yarn at Michaels that was on the clearance rack. I think I paid two dollars a skein, so it was a pretty good deal. I didn’t know what to make at the time, but I ended up making a very simple blanket.

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I had four skeins of the multi colored yarn, so I made four granny squares out of those. I had one skein of cream, so I crocheted the squares together using a thick band. I had one skein of brown, so I did a few rows of border stitches.

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Very cute, if I do say so myself.

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The yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

 

I made a scarf/shawl back in July or August. I love it to pieces.

I just came up with the idea for the pattern, but later realized that is was almost the exact same as the Baktus pattern.

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The yarn is unknown. I got it at a Colonial Fair back in May. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. I should set a scrap of it on fire to find out for sure.

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In this picture you can see that I’m still wearing my arm guard from shooting my bow.

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Last September I started a sock. I finished the first sock sometime last year. I didn’t start the second one until this summer. Cause I’m lazy like that.

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The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks.

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The Pattern is Coupling.

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I made my mom some socks for Christmas. They really didn’t take that long to make, and they fit her perfectly.

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The yarn is Premier Serenity Sock Weight.

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The pattern is just seed stitch.

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More than a year ago I started a baby sweater in hopes of giving it to a couple that was having twins. I soon realized I wouldn’t have time to make two sweaters so I made booties instead. So the sweater just sat there. For like a year. Then I saw it when I was cleaning my room and decided to finish it.

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I haven’t, but considering all that I had done was the sleeves and part of the ribbing, I think I’ve made great strides. I’m taking a break from it now because I messed up twice, and I don’t really want to rip back to the start of the yoke. I’m attempting to do seamless set-in sleeves.

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The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

 

Last week I started crocheting a table runner/centerpiece/placemat with some more yarn that I got when The Yarn Company went out of business. It’s just a giant granny square.

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The yarn is Cascade Luna.

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I haven’t decided if I want to do a picot edging or not. Hence the unwoven in ends.

 

Last but not least, I started a new project last week. Let me give you a little background. A couple of weeks ago I thought I would sew a bathrobe. But I’m kinda terrible at sewing. So I was thinking over how to go about sewing a bathrobe without it looking terrible. Then I saw the first Hobbit movie. And in the beginning, when all the dwarves came to Bilbo’s hobbit-hole, he’s wearing a patchwork robe (or maybe it should be referred to as a dressing gown?). And I said “I love that robe!” And over the course of like a week, ideas muddled in my head and I decided to crochet a patchwork robe made out of granny squares (yes, I seem to be on a bit of a granny square kick here of late).

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I just bought seven skeins of yarn (each in a different color) last week so that I could know how many squares I could get out of each skein. I’m know I’ll get one more color for the edging, but I’m not sure if I’ll just keep it at eight colors or get more.

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I’m needing to make large squares, rectangles, and small squares. I don’t know how to make a good looking granny rectangle, so I just did a little lacy stitch instead.

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I’ve already made eight big squares and I’m working on the ninth. It makes for good travel crocheting and good for watching TV too. I’ll have a bajillion ends to weave in when I’m done, but itll be worth it.

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The yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton.

Well, that’s about it for yarn related stuff in 2013. Or at least all that I took pictures of. Don’t know when I’ll be posting again. Have a Happy New Year, and hope MMXIV is nice for you.

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To Done List

Happy late Thanksgiving! I hope yours was nice! Mine was; I got a lot accomplished, so I’m going to type out everything that I did this long weekend, kinda the opposite of a to do list, this is a list of what I’ve already done.

Start making worsted weight mittens: A week or so ago, I went on a hayride, and I was wearing my mirror mittens, but my hands were still kinda cold, so I said that I should make some medium weight mittens, so that I could have something in between thin sock yarn mittens and bulky huge mittens. So I started making some striped mittens yesterday evening.

Yup, that’s right, I’ve knit everything except the thumb on one mitten. Ah, that sounds too braggy. I should add that I didn’t have anything important to do today, and I have kinda small hands, so that’s why it went by so quick. Don’t feel bad if you’re a slow knitter, usually I am too.

It kinda took me a while to figure out how exactly to get the gusset right; I think I have weird shaped hands because I had to knit 26 rows before splitting the thumb from the fingers. It’s probably going to take me a million years to weave in all the ends on these; they’ll be a total of 48 when I’m finished with the pair.

Wash, block, and sew on buttons to Versatility: I never mentioned this before, but it’s too dark for pictures right now, so you won’t get a finished product post today. But I can say that I finally sewed on the buttons to a scarf that I started back in August. And I’m going to wear it tomorrow!

Clean bathroom, take down recycables, clean loveseat and table, wash clothes, bedding, and hand knits: Uh, I’m just talking about normal everyday things as if they’re something huge, but hey, they’re successful accomplishments!

Finish first lacy sock: just one sock finished, but yay, it’s finished!

Sew buttons onto baby booties: Another thing just sitting around waiting to be finished.

Take pictures of knitted stuff and put on ravelry: I don’t think I’ve added any pictures to my ravelry projects page since this summer, so I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and uploaded them today, I’ll put them here too.

Three log cabin projects, first is a washcloth, which is how I learned log cabin and what started my addiction. Second is a blanket, which is my go to mindless knitting project. It’s going to be so snuggly warm when I finish! Last is a scarf, that I need to bathe in conditioner to make it softer.

Set up and decorate the Christmas tree: I didn’t do this all by myself, but it was still a lot of work. But definately worth it, because it looks good.

Wrap presents: I am the resident gift wrapper in this household; I’m to only one who likes to do it, so I wrapped all of them! Except a few that my mom put in bags.

Complete one homework assignment: Uh, just one, but that’s better than nothing right? After I’m finished typing this post, I may work on a presentation that’s due monday (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! because I’ve barely started working on it and I always stumble over what to say and I’ll get points docked for that and did I mention that I’ve barely started working on it and and and and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

In addition to this amazing list of things that I’ve accomplished this long weekend, I’ve also watched like 4 movies and listened to lots of music (but not Christmas music, unless you count Father Christmas by the Kinks, because I don’t like to listen to Christmas music too early. Or at all, except mayb the Burl Ives tape. But I think I’ll wait until after finals week (and graduation!) to do that. I’ve also taken several walks, which was really nice earlier this week when it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt (I love Tennessee, where else is it almost 60 degrees in November?) but it was also nice yesterday and today when I had to bundle up a little bit (just a sweater and accessories, no coat).

I may make a few finished project posts later, but I may not, because I’ll likely be busy during the next two weeks of classes (wow, only 2 weeks?) and finals week. I tell you what, this semester has flown by. Or spaceshiped by? Fast, really inconceivably fast is how it’s gone by.

A Belated Post About a Sweater

This is like, the third time that I’ve tride to blog about this sweater, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish this time. I can’t remember what happened the first time, but the second time, I tried to make the post typing area full screen, and it lost everything I had typed. So hopefully, third time’s a charm.

Unrealated to the sweater, I didn’t mean to wait this long between posts (two weeks actually isn’t that long, in fact, it’s pretty good for me), but I’ve been busy. I was starting to feel sick when I was typing the last post, and I was thouroughly sick for the next couple of days. Stupid allergies.

Then we had VBS at church, and I helped with that for a couple of days. I did some cleaning on my room; it’s still a mess, but it’s better than it was.

It’s also been unbearably hot, which is kinda aggrivation because I don’t like not being able to take walks. I suppose, in theory, I could still take walks, but when I say unbearably hot, I mean it. It’s been getting up into the hundreds. It’s been so hot that I feel miserable just sitting on the porch in the shade. I’d feel a million times worse if I was in the glare of the sun for fifteen minutes.

I’ve also been working on summarzing some articles for my class, in fact I’m working on one right now, concurrent to this post. Let’s hope I don’t accidently get switched on what I’m typing. I don’t think you’d mind too much if I started typing abput standards of practice in dietetics, but I’m pretty sure my teacher doesn’t want to read about my sweater. (I actually don’t expect to get so confused as to actually accidently get swiched, so don’t thinkI’m that absentminded.)

So now, on to the sweater.

Pattern: That Weasley Girl

Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermans Wool (Side note: Hobby Lobby doesn’t sell this any more. Very aggrivating. Where am I supposed to buy my basic wool now, hm?)

Color: Oatmeal

Needles: Size 6

Size: The pattern is a check-your-gauge-and-measure-yourself type pattern, so I don’t remember what size reccomendation I did. Logic would dictate that I started with the size 32, but the pattern says that the neck size for size 32 is 13.5 inches, and I’m fairly certain I cast on for 14 inches. So, long story short, either size 32 or 34. But really, I only followed the pattern for the yoke, and then did the waist shaping, sleeves, and hood without any assistance from the pattern.

Modifications: Other than the aforementioned lack of adherance to the pattern, I made the seed stitch at the bottom of the body of the sweater and sleeves be as long as the seed stitch on the yoke, instead of the recommended 1 inch. I also didn’t follow the instructions for the hood, because they didn’t make any sense (Pick up and knit stitches. Next row, knit to marker. Wait, what marker? You didn’t tell me to put any markers anywhere. Where did they magically come from?). I think I picked up the stitches along the neck of the sweater (where I cast on, just in case that didn’t make any sense), and cast on a few extra stitches at each end to sew back for the drawstring casing, then increased in two places at the back of the hood until it was wide enough, then kept on knitting until it was long enough, then did some short rows to shape the top. Then I grafted the stitches together and sewed back the extra stitches for the drawstring casing. The drawstring was just six pieces of yarn braided together.

This isn’t the best picture of the hood, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

For the pockets, I picked up stitches along the seed stitch portion, then knit, attaching the pocket to the sweater by picking up a stitch at the end of each row and workin it togther with the pocket stitches. I kept a six stitch border of seed stitch at the outer edge (um, the edge that’s not attached to the sweater. The lateral edge, if you’re familar with anatomy) of the pocket, to match the borders of the rest of the sweater. I then decreased to get the slpoe of the pocket right. I had to look up some old precalculas notes, trying to get the shaper right, but that didn’t work, so then I tried to mimic the shaping of the pockets in Melia, but that didn’t work either, so I kinda just winged it. I wasn’t entirely happy with it, but I figured nothing would lay (lie? laid? lays? sleep?) flat like I wanted it to, so I just let it be. After blocking, it got to be a little better, and I’m perfectly fine with how it is. So don’t be thinking that I’m going to be staying awake at night worried that my pockets aren’t perfect.

 

The zipper was kinda aggrivating to sew in. I pinned it in place, but when I tried it on, it looked stupid, so it took a bit of work to get it to lay (lie? fib?) right.

Want to know something unusual? I’m wearing that shirt in the pictures right now. And I was wearing it the last time I attempted to type this post. And I was working on this sweater on the day I recieved that shirt. I remember I finished the first sleeve that day. And if you’re curious about what the shirt was for, you can click here to find out all about it.

I’m going to try to work some more on my homework now. I just have to have it done by the time I finish my field experience, but I’d like to get it done this week because I start my rotation at the hospital next week! I’m kinda nervous, because I’m not 100% certain (maybe I’m 80 or 85% certain) what exctly I need to be doing (the syllabus isn’t particularly clear) but I think as long as I work really hard, I should really get a lot out of my field experience. And then the week after next I’ll be at the health department. And then maybe back at the hospital after that? I’m not sure, but I don’t do the scheduling, so I’m not worried. And then after I’m completly done with my field experience, I’m going to start looking for a job. Maybe they’ll have something part time at the hospital (and by part time I really mean part time. Like less than 20 hours a week, not 39 but still considered part time. I’ll still be taking classes in the fall, and that’s more imprtant to me than money. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to find a job with that few hours. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to find a job period. My past efforts at job hunting have been 100% futile. But back to the topic of the original sentence,) and they’ll mention it to me when I’m there doing my field experience and I can turn in my resume to an actual person. We’ll see.

I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July. I’m planning on eating homemade ice cream with my family foday, and maybe grilling out and watching fireworks with SOC tomorrow.

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I finished my scarf!

Pattern: Peaks Island Hood

Yarn: Lion Brand Cashmere Blend

Needles: size 10

Modifications: The buttons I used were smaller, so I just did yo, k2 tog for the buttonhole. I also used 4 buttons instead of three, and spaced them 10 rows apart.

These pictures aren’t the best in the world, because they’re kinda in shadow, but you can see it well enough.

Last Wednesday I decided to go through the clothes in my closet, and get rid of what didn’t fit or was never worn. While I was doing that, I decided to arrange all my skirts by color, and I decided that I needed to make a red skirt.

At the beginning of May I went to a Colonial Fair with my parents, and one of the tents had fabric, so I looked around in there, even though I knew that it would probably be too expensive for me. But then I saw a remnants basket which had 3/4 yard red wool fabric that was only $6.75 and was just begging to be made into a skirt by me. So I bought it.

At first, I thought about putting a zipper in the skirt, but then I decided against it for a couple of reasons. First off, the only red zipper that I have doesn’t really match. Second, I don’t really know how to sew zippers into garments. Third, I didn’t really want to ruin the fabric if the zipper sewing turned out horrible.

So what I did was measure how big I wanted it to be around the bottom, how big I wanted it to be around the top, and how long I wanted it to be. Then I added in the seam allowances and snipity snip. Then I hemmed it, sewed the two pieces together, sewed together some elastic, and sewed the elastic inside the casing (I think I used that word correctly).

(Yes, I totally lay on plywood, wearing a wool skirt in the middle of summer. And I’m pretty sure I didn’t use lay correctly.)

It’s a little bit scratchy, but if I wear tights and a slip it shouldn’t bother me too much. And If I wear it with wool socks and a sweater, then I won’t freeze this winter.

 

 

Sentences

  • It snowed on Christmas. It was pretty, but we couldn’t go to Chattanooga to visit family because it’s a curvy hilly 2 hour drive, and we didn’t want to end up in a ditch. We played games, which was fun, and ate at Ruby Tuesday’s, which was tasty.
  • I’m finished with the front and back of my Ethel Mildred Ferguson sweater. I’m currently working on the first sleeve.
  • I finished the first Garden Gate sock. It’s the length of a regular sock, not knee-high, since I only had one skein of black and one skein of red. I’ve done at least one color work repeat  of the second sock so far.
  • For Christmas I got the book Gifted by Mags Kandis (The name Mags makes me thing of the book Catching Fire). It has a pattern for crocheted coasters and trivets, and I’ve made one of each! This is a big accomplishment for me, because every time I’ve tried to crochet, I haven’t been able to get the hang of it. I’m not certain that I’m doing it right, but they are felted, so it doesn’t really matter. As long as I have a roughly circle shaped pice of wool, I think I’ll be okay. This reminds me of a story that Dad told me about someone in the band Jethro Tull. He played the flute and the band got famous. And then all these professional flute players told him that he was playing the flute wrong, but it doesn’t really matter because he was famous and they weren’t.
  • I’ve been slowly but surely cleaning my room. On Monday Dad helped me rearrange my furniture. I still have some stuff that I don’t really know what to do with right now, but I’ll find a place for it all eventually. My room didn’t get messy over the span of a few weeks (it got messy over the span of a few years) so I can’t really expect myself to have my room completely clean and clutter-free in the span of a few weeks.
  • I went to Goodwill yesterday and bought an orange wool sweater. It’s pretty, but snagged in a few places. After it dries (on the blocking boards that I got for Christmas) I’m going to rip it out. I may dye it, because I don’t really wear orange all that much. Brown might be and easy but pretty color to dye it.
  • I’m going to try to make pretzels tomorrow. I hope that they taste good.
  • I may make cinnamon rolls for New Year’s Eve. But maybe not. I kinda want to make that Brownie like cake from the Cook’s Country cookbook, but that won’t be very easy to bring. Cinnamon rolls, however, will take a long time. I suppose that I could just make cookies, but they’re kinda boring to make.
  • The calico is a big fat bully. No wonder the tabby is a scardy-cat now-a-days.
  • Mom and I just bought some music from Walmart. I like music. It’s always nice to get a new burnt CD to my listening repotoire. I don’t know if I used thar word properly, but I don’t really care.

Classes Start Tomorrow. Wah.

This is my need-to-post-something-before-classes-start post. I finished knitting my asymmetrical jacket last Saturday, and I sewed on the buttons on Tuesday. The bigger side is longer, probably due to the fact that it is heavier.

 I didn’t have enough yarn to make it nice and long, but that’s okay. Here are some more pictures of it; they’re kinda blurry and off center so I didn’t feel like posting all of them.

I started a scarf the other day. I plan on working on it tomorrow during the down time that I’ll have.

I’m almost finished with my glove. I have less than one finger left, and I plan to finish it today.

I sewed one pocket onto my pea coat, and I’ll sew on the other pocket later on today if I have time.

I cleaned about 1/5 of my room in the past week. I actually have a floor! And it’s very nice being able to walk from my bed to the door without having to step on anything.

I’m going to start something today that I hope to continue on a weekly basis (or maybe postly basis. I like that word. Postly.). I’ll list a certain number of things that I like and then list fewer things that I don’t like. So here goes.

Like:

  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Postly
  • Being able to walk from my bed to my door without having to step on anything.
  • ” ‘Master Malfoy moves with a nobility that befits his pure blood’ croaked Kreacher at once. ‘His features recall the fine bones of my mistress and his manners are those of-” *

Dislike

  • Having to start classes back up tomorrow.

*Rowling, JK. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 451. (My citation skills are a little rusty).

Well, next time I post I will be back in the swing of fifteen credit hours of classes.

Reconnaissance Missions

I had a math test on Friday, and I got out of class early. Since I had an hour and a half until my next class, I decided to hit the town. First, I went to The Yarn Company to see if they had Rowan Scottish Tweed, which is what the pattern or Mom’s sweater calls for. They had it, and it was $17 a skein. Which, considering that the pattern calls for 10 skeins, is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of my price range. Way out of it. So I felt other yarns to see what had the same consistency. Cascade Pastaza and Cascade Ecological wool felt about the same thickness, but they were a little expensive as well.

After that I went to the library. It was raining pretty hard when I got there, but by the time I finished my lunch, it wasn’t too bad. I placed a hold on Weekend Knitting, since its really overdue. I think I tried to place a hold on Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it from the book page; I only know how to place a hold from the search page.

Saturday we cleaned out the basement. It messed with my sinuses. I also started Tulip Toeson Friday. They’re for the next girl baby that there’s a shower at church. I figured that if I knit baby things when I want to, I’ll have a little stockpile to use when babies are actually born, instead of waiting until the last minute.

Today it was kinda chilly, so I wore that brown wool jacket that I thought about ripping out. It’s fairly warm, so I think I’ll just wear it as is. I also got some more use out of my Quant headband. I’ll have to say, the Quad at Tech is pretty. Green grass, red tulips, and little walkways are so much more aesthetically pleasing than the red brick buildings and gray asphalt that I see around Bruner, Foster, the library, and the parking lot.

After my Chemistry class, I got my registration code and time from my adviser, and I signed up for a time to meet with my English professor about my paper. Then I decided to do another reconnaissance mission at Hobby Lobby. Bad idea if you’re trying to not spend money. I ended up purchasing 2 skeins of Lion Wool. They’re pumpkin orange, so I’m not sure what I’ll use them for. But they were $2 each, so I guess I’ll figure that out later. I might knit Pumpkins with it. I also got a skein of black Red Heart Heart and Sole. I guess I’ll knit Mom’s socks out of it, but I’ll need to get another skein sometime. I guess I’ll just switch skeins every couple of rows so that the different dye lots won’t be noticeable. I also managed to obtain some knowledge whilst at Hobby Lobby. First off, I will be using the Nature’s Brown Fisherman’s wool for my pea coat. Second off. when did Yarn Bee become a connoisseur of wool? I thought that they just made novelty yarn. There were at least 4 different kinds of Yarn Bee yarn and each contained some wool. I wanna try them all! One was sport weight, and I might use it to knit my Pioneer top instead of the Knitpicks yarn. They also had sock yarn, which I must try, because I must try all affordable sock yarn.