Hobbit Robe

Guys, I am in love.

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I am so in love with my beautiful new Hobbit Robe!

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I talked a little about this last time I made a blog post.

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At the time, I was thinking about making a lot of granny squares and stitching them all together.

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I soon realized, however, that that would, a) use a lot of yarn and b) be crazy heavy.

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So, since I had already came up with a lacy crochet stitch pattern for rectangles, I decided to use that same stitch pattern for the whole robe.

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It required a lot less seaming this way, because I was able to work each square off of the previous square in each strip.

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I attached the strips to each other as I went along, so the only seaming that I had to do was the side and shoulder seams.

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The border is the same stitch pattern in burgundy.

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The belt is also in the same stitch pattern. The belt loops are just one row of single crochet.

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This was my first big crochet project that wasn’t primarily granny squares.

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I made a few mistakes in the processes of figuring out what I was doing, such as joining the strips backwards, but it’s a patchwork robe, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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I may someday write up a pattern for it, but since I don’t know diddly-squat about crochet terminology, it would be a very confusing pattern to follow (although, Elizabeth Zimmerman wrote crazy-unclear patterns, so maybe I could get away with doing the same).

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I used eight colors of Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton: Taupe, Brown, Antique Gold, Burnt Sienna, Purple, Forest, Stonewash, and Auberguine, all picked because they sorta matched the colors of the robe Bilbo wore in the first Hobbit movie (except for the purple. I chose it because I thought it would look good with the other colors).

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It wasn’t until after I was halfway through that I realized there’s a navy blue color of this yarn. I betcha that would have looked good too.

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I finished it a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing it as much as I can.

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The sleeves are a bit long and get in the way just a little when I’m brushing my teeth, but I just fold them up a bit and it’s not a problem.

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The belt has a tendency of getting too loose after it’s been tied for a while, but that’s not hugely annoying.

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The squares are all different lengths, because I thought I was going to run out of some of the colors.

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I’m not overly concerned with that, I think it makes it look more patchworky.

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Did I mention that I absolutely love it?

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Lacy Scarf

I don’t even remember how long ago I finished this scarf, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it.

Yarn: Joann Sensations Dolcetto, sadly discontinued

Color: Purple/Pink

Needles: Size 9

Pattern: Kinda made up. I used the lace chart from Montague Bulky Lace Vest, from New England Knits. I added a 6 stitch cable at each side, and knit until it was long enough. I forgot how long I made it, maybe 50 something inches?

I’m looking forward to wearing it this when it gets cooler this fall. Since it’s not 100% wool and lacy, it won’t keep me very warm when it’s really cold, but it should be good to keep a chilly breeze at bay.

Cria

The day before Christmas Eve, I started knitting Cria, and last Friday I finished it.

Pattern: Cria

Needles: US size 4

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport

Color: Blossom Heather

I took this picture on accident, I was setting up the camera and took the picture without setting the self timer, so it took right away.

Modifications: obviously, I made it as a pullover instead of a cardigan. I started knitting the pattern as written, but when I got to the row where, as written you would switch to stockinette stitch, I instead started knitting in the round. I held the first 7 stitches on a needle out of the wat, then when I got to the last 7 stitches of the round, I knit the two stitches together, kinda like a 3 needle bind off, but just knitting, not binding off. I also just did a k2tog, yo buttonhole, because I had trouble understanding the buttonhole as written. I knit it in size 30, which is one size smaller than I actually needed, because my stitch gauge was a little big. I also made the sleeves closer fitting, because they were huge on me as written. My row gauge was a little too small, so for the yoke, I added in a few rows (I think 2) in order to make up for that, and for the body and sleeves, I just knit until it was long enough. I added a little more shaping than the pattern called for (I think I did 3 decrease rounds, decreasing 4 sts per round, then after a few inches, did 13 increase rows). I also knit the bottom garter stitch band in two pieces, front and back.

I quite like it. I wore it on Sunday with a skirt, but I also think it works well with jeans too.

The buttons were my Grandma’s; I have, like, 150 of them.

Here are a few pictures that I took last night after I took a walk (after supper! Isn’t it exciting that it’s still sorta daylight at 5:10?)

The moon. I had to have it kinda off-center, because there was a street light near by and I didn’t want it in the picture.

Residual sunset lightening our backyard. I think this might be what my dad refers to as “dusky dark.”

My class tomorrow is canceled, which is exciting. I need to study though, I’ve been kinda lazy here of late.

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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.

 

 

An Update About Some Knits

A lot of times I make stuff that I can’t use right away. Usually because I finish a lot of stuff during the summer and can’t wear it until winter. So when I make posts about my knitting, I can’t really say much about how functional they are. So today I’m going to talk about some things that I’ve been wearing lately and how warm they are. If I wasn’t so lazy I would take pictures of me wearing the knits in question, so you can see what clothing they look good with, but since I am a lazy ka-photograher, I’m just going to use old pictures.

First off are my Saxony socks.

 

Yesterday it was rainy and I wanted to wear my rain boots. Last winter, however, I wore my jaywalkers with my rain boots and they fell down around my heel and it was very uncomfortable. So I thought about all of the socks that I have in order to decide which would be the most comfortable to wear with rain boots. Obviously not the jaywalkers. And my first socks are baggy, so they’re out too. The Glynis socks would have probably stayed on my leg, but they are lacy and short, so they wouldn’t keep my legs very warm. And my modified Kai-Mei socks are stretchy and ribby, so they probably wouldn’t stay p very well. So I decided to wear these because I hadn’t worn them yet and I figured that since they’re so tight (seriously, I probably should have gone up a needle size for the leg instead of just doing some increases, but oh well) that they wouldn’t fall down past my ankles.

These socks are very warm and comfortable. They kinda slouched down my legs, but it was no big deal since they are so tall anyway. As predicted, they didn’t fall past my ankles which was nice.

I’m not going to talk about Ishbel and Vivian today because I’m about to go fix myself some scrambled eggs.

But first, I am going to tell you about a new pair of socks that I started: Garden Gate in black and red.

Some Pictures

So I have a few pictures! I finished the Ishbel shawl a little while back.

This is the before blocking picture. I don’t have an after blocking picture yet, but I will eventually.

Here is a close up of the lace.

I made a skirt last weekend, but I didn’t take any pictures of it, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s made of denim, and all that I did was hem it, and put in elastic for the waist. It was really easy, and I thinking about making another skirt similr to it made of wool, because there’s a sale on Sunday, and I’d like a warm wool winter skirt.

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I try not to be whiney. I also try not to exaggerate. So if I find myself saying or thinking “I need ________,” I usually have to reming myself that I dont need it; I want it.

Here lately it’s been cold and I’ve been wearing my Jaywalker socks because they are my only pair of socks that are long and warm enough to wear when it’s cold out. So I’ve found myself thinking “I need a new pair of wool socks.” I do not need, I can get by with just the Jaywalkers. But I would like to make another pair of wool socks, because 1.) if I keep wearing the Jaywalkers every cold day, they will wear out and 2.) I have plenty of sock yarn, so I won’t need to spend any money on this need want.

Speaking of cold, What do you wear to church when it’s cold? I bought three wool-blend sweaters from Old Navy a few weeks ago, and I have warm things for my hands and head, but what about my lower body? In theory, pants are more practical to wear than skirts when it’s cold, but in reality they’re not. Maybe it’s just my dress pants, all of which are kind of loose and thin, but wind and cold seep through pants just as easily as tights and skirts. Thing is, pants won’t blow around in the wind, so pants aren’t practical. Which leaves me with two things that I need want. First off, some more dress pants. The three pairs that I have all don’t fit right, and I need want to find some pants that don’t look so dorky. Second, I need want something that will keep me warm from my waist to my knees. Think about it. For every other body part, there’s something to keep you warm. Hats for heads, scarves for necks, sweaters for torsos, gloves and mittens for hands, socks for feet, and leg warmers for calves. But there is nothing for thighs and faces, except perhaps skirts (which don’t look good on me) and maybe bigger scarves that you cover your face with. I’m beginning to think that I’m a bit of a weirdo, because no one else has come up with something to keep upper legs warm. Maybe nobody else’s thighs get cold, and I’m just some freak of nature who’s knitting keeps her warm everywhere except her thighs. When I asked my parents what they thought about something to keep thighs warm, their response was long underwear. Sure, that’ll keep you warm, but you can’t take off long underwear when you go into a heated building for an hour. So, yeah, I need want something to keep my thighs warm. It’d be nice if I could find something like a coat for your legs you know, something that you can take on and off fairly easily. Interestingly enough, when I was in elementary school I thought about that. We wear clothes, then we put something to keep warm over just our top half. Why? I’m sure I was just as much of a weirdo then as I am now,  and no one else’s thighs get cold. Or perhaps no one else is willing to do anything about it. I mean, I knit, so if I’m cold I’ll I can make something to remedy that. But, apparently, not this time.