Monthly Archives: May 2009

Meet Baby the Penguin!

It has been so long since I picked up a hook!  I think that the last time I crocheted something was when I made a Winnie the Pooh dishcloth.  I had a lot of yarn left over from the Nemo hat, and I wanted to make something for Peanut, so I made a penguin.  The penguin pattern is from the Lion Brand website, and it’s very easy.  Essentially it is a bunch of circles and one ball.  As I was making it Peanut was amazed that it was becoming a penguin.  I began the penguin yesterday night, and finished it this morning.  Here are some pics.

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We have finally gotten some rain here, and I thought it would be fun to play with my camera effects and take pictures of the storm clouds coming in on Friday.  I think it has rained on and off each day since then.  😀

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Lots of new projects this week!

This week I started my Marlene socks with my bamboo yarn, and I also started my Cherie Amour sweater from Knitty.  The Marlene socks were extremely frustrating!  For some reason my family wanted all my attention the day I casted on, and I had to unravel my sock 3 times!  The first time 2nd time I unraveled was the worst because I had already knitted 2 inches of the sock, and 2 inches on size 2 needles are a lot of rows!  Saturday morning I casted on for the Cherie Amour sweater, and I am still unsure about the yarn for that sweater.  I think I will just keep knitting it until I see a little bit more of the pattern knit up.  Right now it just looks like a bunch of holes!  I am also going to need to pick a hat for this coming week.  I am thinking of just making a plain black beanie, since most of the hats I have made are women’s hats.  I think a plain beanie will be quick.  I will begin my hat on Thursday or Friday.

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Star Crossed Slouchy Hat: Modified

I used the Star Crossed Slouchy Hat as a base for my week 6 hat, but I made a lot of modifications.  I wouldn’t have been able to make the original pattern with the yarn I wanted to use, so I made the house less slouchy and I did the decreases sooner and in my own way.

Here is the ball of yarn I had to work with:

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Here is a pic of the hat indoors, the yarn color is hard to photograph.

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Here is a pic in semi-sunlight, notice it is lighter green.

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Here is a pic in direct sunlight, which makes it look teal.

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And here are the best pics I could get.

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Rainy Day Goodies!

Wow, it has finally rained here!  It really caught us by surprise yesterday at four-thirty-ish.  I was on my way to Yarnivore for knit night when I felt some sprinkles on my cheek.  By the time I got to the highway the rain was pounding on the roof of my truck!  Luckily the rain had slowed down near the store, so I didn’t get too wet.  Knit Night was fun, and productive since I got to finish all five of the decepticon squares last night.  Today it was raining when I woke up, so I decided to stay in and knit the day away.  I finished my ankle socks, and at about three I found out that some yarn had came in for me from Kate.  It was an awesome package of four 7 oz. balls of chunky yarn.  I knitted up a gauge swatch and realized that it will make a thick garment.  I think it will make something very nice, since the colorway is really nice. 

Here are the socks I made.  I used the Pom Pom Peds pattern from the Purl Bee website, and the yarn was a trekking yarn I got from a thrift store last summer.  I took pictures with different backgrounds to show how the different colors stand out.

Beige carpet makes the blue pop. 

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Peanut’s Alphabet carpet makes the black pop.

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The wood linoleum in my kitchen makes the orange pop.

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Here is what was left of the yarn after I finished the socks.  Not much for anything.

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Here is the yarn I got in the mail today.  As soon as I opened the box I ran for my camera. 

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Knitted a gauge swatch with size US 10 needles, 17 sts and 19 rows.

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 This is what it looks like with the flash on the camera on.  Not as nice.

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Finally Finished some projects!

It feels like it’s been forever since I last finished a project!  I have been casting on way too many projects lately, and I think at this rate I will never get anything finished.  Because I really enjoy the feeling from finishing a project, I have made a new rule/guideline for myself.  I will pick one project to work on, and will not work on any other project until that one project is finished.  Technically I am doing this in regards to my sewing, since I will not start cutting the fabric for my needle holders until I am finished with my messenger bag (which may not be for a while since I have not touched it since Sunday). 

I followed my new rule yesterday by casting on hat five of my Hat a Week Project, and I did not work on any other project until I finished the hat this afternoon.  The hat is the Trinity Stitch Hat in Bernat Satin Sport yarn in the color wine.  It looks very nice, but I hated working with two yarns at the same time, especially with all the bobbles.  The top of the hat looks a bit wonky since the magic loop method didn’t work very well to close the hat, I ended up having to switch to dpns.  I also found two areas where I apparently dropped one of the yarns, but this was pretty easy to fix and conceal because of all the bobbles.  The hat is very slouchy, and Anthony called my Rasta style hat.  I think it looks awesome, and it is so soft and drapy.  I wish I had made the Spring Beret with a softer yarn.  I imagine that it would have looked much better in either Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Soft Yarn.  Well, here are a few pics of the hat.  I didn’t take pictures of the hat on the needles, since I mostly worked on it at night and early morning when the sun could not provide very good lighting.  I have noticed that the pictures I take at night do not do my yarns justice. 

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After I made the hat I picked up a blue Autobot square I have not worked on for a while, and I finished that pretty quickly.  I was pretty excited to work on it since I got to use my new row counter (I love my row counter!).  I will try to finish the five Decepticon squares I am working on either tonight or tomorrow.  After I am done with those I will switch to my socks, which I have almost finished.  Once the socks are finished, the only thing I will have left on the needles is my mom’s sleeveless shell.  I will probably stick with the shell for about a week or two and try to get it finished by this time next month when she comes to visit.

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Mmmm…

I didn’t have pictures for my last post, so here is a picture of my favorite cookies, fudge striped cookies.  Mmmm…

 

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New Projects in honor of Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day was awesome!  I got some funds from my mom and my hubby, and I went shopping, of course.  First I went to Yarnivore, by myself (gasp!), and I found some sock yarn for my Monkeys, it is called On Your Toes Bamboo.  The yarn color is seashell multi which is a mixture of pink, blue, and cream.  I think they are going to look awesome, and I can’t wait to cast on!  I also got some Feza Baby Yarn in pink.  I got two balls, which is enough to make a vest/tank so I am going to make the Sexy Vesty by Canary Knits.  Also, I have chosen a pattern for my Hat a Week Project.  It will be the Trinity Stitch Hat .  I will use that dreaded Bernat Satin Sport yarn in the wine colorway.  I have decided that this yarn will just have to go on and become hats.  I am seriously tired of ripping it out and making it into yarn balls again and again!  Well, I will take pics of the gifts I got later and post them.  Did I mention I got some sock needles and a row counter?  I also got Peanut several books from Half Price Books.   

I have also started sewing some things!  I started sewing a messenger bag that I was making in 2005.  I don’t remember why I stopped making the bag, but I have decided to finish it.  On Sunday night I got most of the body finished up, but then I had to stop sewing since Anthony was falling asleep.  I have plenty of yarn left over, so I will use it to make a needle case holder for all my straight needles, double pointed needles, and crochet hooks.  I am still contemplating whether I will make three separate cases or one big case.  It will all depend on how much fabric I have to work with.  I started to take measurements, but Peanut decided that he wanted to use my measuring tape to play with, so I had to admit defeat.  I will try to finish the bag this afternoon, and will hopefully get the needle cases started.

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