So I am really showing the little men in my life some love right now. I finished my new nephew’s blanket a few days ago. He isn’t due til the end of July, so technically I will be giving the blanket to my SIL. I used a basic granny square pattern and changed the colors every once in a while. I wanted to use Red Heart Soft Yarn, since I already had a ball of it in Avocado. Since it was a pretty unique color I had, I wanted the other colors to be unique, too, so I got teal and grape. I think of it as a modern baby blanket, since it isn’t made with lighter colors, like baby blue and mint green. I had a hard time taking a good pic, since the yarn tends to shine when I use the flash on the camera. I hope the pics are decent.
This is the yarn I had left over from the three original balls. I am going to use them in a fair isle hat I plan to make for myself. I am not going to make it until I finish my garter yoke cardigan. I want to use the leftover yarn from that project as a base color for the fair isle hat.
My mom gave me two balls of Scarlet Red Caron Natura Yarn, and I had no idea what to do with it. It is a little bright for a scarf and hat set, atleast for my skin tone. I imagine that it will make my skin look orange.
So I decided to crochet a toy for Peanut, a big red ball. He loved it, expecially since he didn’t see me make it. My husband has requested that I make a bunch of these balls in different colors. He has also asked that I make a soccer ball. I have a lot of black and white yarn, but I don’t think I have a lot of patience to make the kind of soccer ball he wants.
I have also started making some cable socks from my Sarah Dallas Knitting book, but I have not taken any pics of them yet. Today is laundry day, so I probably won’t be able to work on them today. I might get some pictures up by the end of the week.
My mom came to visit this past Wednesday and I got to hang out with her and my brother. It was pretty fun. We went to Luby’s for lunch and then stopped at the Yarn Barn for some yarn shopping. He wanted some washcloths for computer dusting so I agreed to make them for him. I bought a green yarn. I think the camera didn’t do any justice to the color. I like to think of it as a Christmas green, but it looks a lot lighter in the pictures.
Here is how small the ball was, which made me unsure of whether I was going to be able to finish both the cloths. I finished both cloths on Friday. I think all the ribbing in the Marlene socks has helped me knit faster. I can transition between knits and purls a lot easier now, and having a row counter was helpful. I didn’t have to put my knitting down after each row to write down the rows I complete. Here are some pics of the yarn, the Autobot dishcloth, and the Transformers dishcloth. If you didn’t know already, these are the two symbols for the good guys and the bad guys from The Transformers.
As payment for knitting the dishcloths my brother let me choose a yarn for myself. I picked a Hand Maiden Casbah sock yarn in Cedar. I think I am going to make myself some Monkey socks, but first I have to finish my Marlene socks. The Marlene socks are almost done. Today, I turned the heel on the second sock. Tomorrow I will finish the gusset and hopefully the majority of the foot.
This week I also finished up a new cardigan. I used the Pinguino Super Bulky to make the Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardigan from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation by Debbie Stoller. I omitted the fair isle part, but it still looks very nice. I will post pictures of the finished product just as soon as I put some buttons on it.
I also started another big project on Thursday. My SIL is having a little boy next month, so I am crocheting a big granny square afghan for her. I finished the center square, and now I have to go to Joann’s to get more yarn. I am using the Red Heart Soft Yarn, and hopefully I will be able to find a nice match to this avocado color.
That’s it for now. I will try to finish a few things before the end of next week, including my Marlene socks, the baby blanket, and lacy scarf (that I have not even started yet, but hope to start soon).
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.
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. 😀
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.
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.
This week I decided to use my Red Heart Super Solids yarn in dark orchid, and the pattern Spring Beret. The pattern was free on Ravelry. I started the hat on Sunday, and I think I unraveled the hat twice. The first time I casted on too few stitches. The second time I accidentally repeated the same row twice, and the lace was all wrong. Now the hat is complete. 🙂
I have completed the Finding Nemo Hat, fins and all! The hat was supposed to be for Peanut, but he doesn’t let me put it on his head. However, he loves it when I wear it, so I think I will keep it for myself. There is a lot of orange, white, and black yarn left over. I am planning to make more hats with the yarn, perhaps a Halloween theme hat or trick-or-treat bag for Peanut.
Week Three of my Hat a Week Project is still undecided. I know that I will use purple yarn, but I have no idea what kind of hat I want to make. I can either make a bulky beret, a lacy beret, or a beanie. I hate to wear beanies, though, because they make my hair so frizzy in the winter. I think I will go with something that fits loosely.
Yesterday my mom and Lloyd came down to visit and it was very fun. They came to eat lunch and then came later for a visit. I got to give them Eric’s hat, which fit Lloyd so it should fit his brother. After Lloyd went back home, me and my mom hit the stores for a shopping spree. We went to Borders, which was a big disappointment. THe only book that I was interested in was Weekend Knitting, but it was too expensive for my budget. We decided to go to Half Price instead. I had a great time there, and I bought a few things. The two books Quick Knits Cool Projects by House of Birches (I paid only $8 and saw the same book at JoAnn’s for more than $20), and Blankets, Hats and Booties by Kristin Spurkland. I also bought the winter issues of KnitSimple and Knit.1. The Knit.1 magazine made me a little upset, because someone tore out 8 pages! I am missing 5 or 6 projects from the project list.
I really enjoyed making Eric’s hat, but I am back to knitting the Transformers squares. I casted on my third Decepticon square today. I have also decided that I would like to start a new project, Hat a Week. I will knit a different hat each week. It only took me one day to make Eric’s hat, and that hat was actually more complicated than most. The first hat I want to make for my new project is the fish hat from the Knitty website. I bought the yarn I needed for this hat today. I will make a clown fish, sort of like Marlin. I won’t make Nemo since it would have a heavy side (the larger fin). I also bought some purple yarn to make a hat or something. I really just wanted purple yarn. I noticed that I have never purchased yarn in orange or purple. Now I have both.
Oh, my mom gave me her cabled newsboy cap so that I could take pics. I made it around September or October. I can’t really remember since it only took a day or two to make.
I will post pics of the Marlin Fish Hat as soon as I start working on it.