Hats for a Cause 

I’m participating in the Pussyhat Project in my own small way. I’ve only been able to knit up two hats, but I am happy that I was at least able to do that. 


The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft hosted a knitting circle for the project the other day. I wasn’t able to go, but my brother dropped off my hats for me. They’ll be on their way to Washington, DC, soon and will hopefully keep a marcher’s head warm on January 21. 

Pleasant knitting!

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The Waverly Weekend Cowl

I started knitting the Waverly Weekend Cowl by Donna Brooks on New Years Eve. If it weren’t for having to be social at a party, I would have knit this through the night and into the new year! 

This project was quick, and it kept me entertained. Part of that had to do with the pattern, but I was also entranced by the Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Marie Antoinette. The fiber felt so luscious in my hands, and the colors were mesmerizing. 

The edges roll just slightly, but I think blocking will help with that. 


Just look at those colors and the design! Love! Love! Love!


I should note that I used size 7 circs as opposed to the pattern’s suggested size 8. I know I’ll be making another one of these and I’ve already decided to decrease the stitch count by at least 12 stitches (possibly 24)–I like my cowls somewhat on the snug side. I might also make it longer than the suggested 8 inches–perhaps 10 or 12 inches. 

This was one of those projects I just didn’t want to end. Knitting it was just so satisfying. 

I’d like to start another right now, but I’m determined to finish a lap blanket I started for my niece ages ago. 

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New Knitting Tools

I hope you have had a Merry Christmas (if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still hope your days have been merry) and that you’ll make 2017 a wonderful year!

I’ve been blessed to have some time off from work. So, I’ve spent as much time as possible with family, and I’ve done quite a bit of knitting (more on that later). 

My dad and stepmom gave me a yarn swift and ball winder for Christmas. I’m so pleased with it! I’ve balled up every hank of yarn I had in my stash. 



Now, I’m all ready for some–

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A Fibre Space Birthday

My favorite yarn shop is Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia.  Whenever we are visiting the DC area, I make sure that a stop at Fibre Space is on the itinerary.  Recently, my husband, mother, and I took a quick trip to DC to visit my Grandfather’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.  It just so happened that we were in town on my birthday, so my husband took me to Fibre Space and said “Happy Birthday!”

I went a little crazy, but hey, it was my birthday!

As you can see, I got five hanks of yarn and a handy-dandy Fibre Space Needle Gauge keychain.

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Manos Del Uruguay Maxima 100% Merino Wool in Marie Antoinette

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Freia Ombre 100% Wool in Dirty Hippie

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Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky 100% Superwash Merino in Easterwood

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Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Copper Penny

I’m so excited about all this fiber!  I’ve already used the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in Easterwood for the Classic Cuffed Hat I made my husband for Christmas.

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I’m not sure what I want to do with the other fiber, but I sure am having fun thinking about it.

Pleasant knitting!

 

Busy, Busy, Busy

There’s just so much going on this time of year. . .not that that is a bad thing. But, I haven’t had as much time for knitting (or blogging) as I thought I would. However, I have finished a couple of projects. 

The first is the Teenager-Approved Slouchy Hat. I’ve forgotten the yarn that I used for this, but I really like the deep burgundy color. This is a gift for my brother. 


My other FO is a last minute gift that my aunt requested. It’s the One-Skein Scarf by Bobbe Morris (featured in One Skein Wonders).  I knit this in Vanna’s Choice in the Eggplant colorway. Acrylic yarn isn’t my favorite, but Vanna’s Choice is just so darn durable and has always been warm and comfortable to me (as far as acrylic goes). 


My aunt didn’t specify a color when she requested a scarf. I’ve knit other scarves and cowls for her in red and silver, so I wanted to do something different. I think the purple will give a pop of color to her favorite black coat. The scarf actually took a little more than one skein to create, so I have plenty of yarn left over. Maybe I can make a matching Maggie’s Beret for my aunt, but it will have to be after Christmas. 

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Catching Up

When last I blogged, I was looking into a pattern for dog booties. I couldn’t quite find what I needed, so I made something up. 

I gave the prototype to the owner who had requested the booties. She said it was perfect and asked for three more.


As it turns out, they weren’t so perfect. A few days after handing over the rest of the booties, I got a request to make four more–double in length with a drawstring at the top.  Back to the drawing board!

In the meantime, my brother requested that I knit two of my Basketweave Hats for a friend’s mother who was looking for some handmade Christmas presents. I hopped right on the request and got two hats finished in two days. I’m a rather slow knitter, so that’s fast for me! Each hat took me about four hours to complete. 


I should probably block these hats, but I never do. They seem to block out on their own as soon as the wearer adorns them. 

With these requests lately, I haven’t had time to get any of my Christmas knitting accomplished. When should I panic?

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The First Gift of Christmas!

You have to read that title as if you are Santa in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, holding up that sleigh bell and presenting it to the little boy. If you didn’t, go back and try again. 

Okay. So, I’ve done a bit of holiday knitting already (cup cozies for my mom to give her hair dresser), but this is the first project I’ve completed that I’ll be giving as a gift. I call it my Moonstone Cowl. 


It’s a pattern of my own design (and I’m stretching the terms pattern and design here).  I made one for myself last year out of Patons Lace Sequin in the Moonstone colorway. It’s simply 140 stitches cast on to 16 inch size 9 circular needles, joined in the round, and knitted for approximately 80 rounds. I used a size 10 1/2 needle to bind off. That’s all! It makes for a stretchy, ethereal cowl that can be doubled over or worn over the shoulders almost as a capelet. I’ll be giving this cowl to my mom. It’s knitted in Patons Lace Sequins in the Crystal colorway. This yarn is an Acrylic/Polyester/Mohair/Wool blend that is flecked with sequins. 


It’s very soft and warm!  I love how the sequins catch the light. I’ve used a similar yarn, sans the sequins, to knit a scarf on size 15 needles. This made for a lovely, airy scarf. 

I have lots of gifts to knit, but a coworker has asked for some socks for her teeny dog. Any suggestions? I’m gonna see what I can come up with!

Pleasant knitting!