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Got a case of the Mondays

Yesterday was an interesting one: No one was in the office. Well that’s not true- a fair few people were here but a lot of them were gone in meetings and/or on location- AKA Out of the office. It was another day of voicemails. The phone rang about 15 times all day too so it was a very dull day. Perfect day to make another hat!

I grabbed some marine-colored Cascade 220 Alpaca (What is my obsession with 220??) and, again, my size 6 circulars.  I had hoped there would be more work for me to do but projects were being saved for later in the week- AKA it was phone answering and nothing more for the day. It was great.

I decided to go with a k1p1 rib for the brim and then stockinette stitch for the bulk of the hat. What else could be easier than knit stitch in the round?

I finished the hat sans the DPN work shortly before leaving work. It’s a little big since the yarn was a larger gauge but it’s so soft and cushy that it works when it bubbles out a little.

Like Friday, when I take a good-quality picture of this hat, I’ll post it.

Generic Beanie
Design: Mine
Needles: Circular and DPN Size 6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Alpaca blend

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Keeping to my knitting

It’s been a seriously long semester and I’m happy to say that it’s so close to being done. I’m very proud of the work I’ve completed on this blog as well as in my classes, and I’m excited to keep it going.

I graduate in a mere semester but I feel at ease knowing that something is still constant- the craft that I love.

I have an obsession… and I’m not afraid to admit it. I love the cathartic feeling I get from knitting something up, as well as the general feeling of the physical yarn in my hands and around my neck.

I’ve been knitting sporadically throughout the semester and I’m very excited to share more of the Hogwarts Collection. I’ve also sold a hat to Alicia, and I’m currently making many more hats to be sold.

I’m in the process of major re-purposing time and I’m planning on going out to buy this really pretty orange cowl-neck short sleeved rib stitch sweater that has many snags all over it so it’s currently clearanced and sitting on the rack at a cool 7 dollars. Mom said I wouldn’t be able to take it apart because it’s made by a machine, but I have faith in my seam-ripping abilities.

I’ll take pictures soon!

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Anthony

You can probably hear me sighing from my perch in the Library as I post this.

It’s been a trial and error- mostly error- time with Anthony’s scarf.

I love Caron’s products. I always make items super cheap with their stuff and I found all the yarn for my friends’ Christmas presents through Caron.
I went with the tried and true: Caron Simply Soft. Then I looked to the left and saw “Simply Soft: Eco” and thought it was worth a try. It was the same price as the Simply Soft but was just a little bit softer.

I first tried a simple garter stitch but I didn’t like how it looked so I decided to try a rib stitch but I hated how that looked and finally settled on the vertical scarf via garterstitch. Mom said it was a beautiful effect when turning the stitches so they appear as vertical stripes on the yarn.

THEN (yes the mistakes continue) I started knitting but found that it was too short. When I went to graft another piece to it, the seam was so ridiculously clear that I couldn’t keep it like that and respectfully give it to him.

So I frogged it… all of it…

Then I made the swatch and figured out how many stitches I’d need for it to be 6 feet with the needles I was using.

After casting on 300 sts, I found that the sts were completely crammed on the circulars I was using. I dealt with it until my mom’s metal circulars BROKE.

Yup. They broke. The nylon just separated from the metal part of the needle in a clean break. It was saddening but I dealt with it and went out and bought a new pair of bamboo needles to repay mom for her loss and I got me a pair too.

I lost one stitch in the process of trying to get the yarn back on needles. Luckily I picked it up the following row so, while there’s a tiny hole where the stitch was lost, I didn’t lose all that much ego boosting quality.

Having 300 sts on the needles is a bit daunting and I’m finding myself wishing I hadn’t put so many on, but I just keep plowing through and finish every row one at a time. I don’t think about how many rows I have left… and if I’m tired I remember that Anthony is going to be so happy with this scarf (he already is and he’s not seen it yet!).

I’m so far around 16 rows. I’ve got about 10 more depending on how wide I want it. I’ll probably stop when it reaches about 6 inches wide since I feel like a scarf doesn’t have any quality unless it’s thick and wide- better to cover you up in the cold weather!

It’s perfect timing too. The semester is over in just a couple weeks and then Anthony is going abroad- hopefully to some cold countries!- and will be taking the scarf with him. We’ve recently been getting some seriously cold weather and we’re expecting our first snow in Milwaukee so I’m hoping to have it done for him tomorrow so he can start wearing it and hopefully keep warm and comfy while braving the many wind tunnels that populate UW-Milwaukee.

I promise I’ll post pictures as soon as this sucker is done. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m glad to be making it though. I love the feeling of seeing their faces light up when I give people one of my presents. There’s such a gratifying look on their faces that just lights up my life regardless of my stress level.

Yup… pictures will go right here!

Anthony’s basic black scarf
Size 10.5 needles
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco. Colorway Black
Bought at Joann Fabrics and Crafts- Brookfield WI.

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Isn’t in Knit-Tacular!

I went on a knitting marathon a few weekends ago (before I got bombarded by massive amounts of homework, that is). I found my first skein of Merino Wool which I found at a yarn shop in Brookfield. It was poorly crocheted into a hat but it was still all one skein… so I never finished it. I frogged out the soft yarn and decided to make a neckwarmer.

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I was browsing through Ravelry/BrooklynTweed and saw The Morningside Neckwarmer and decided to try to duplicate it but do my own pattern. Jared Flood uses the Brioche Stitch. Since I don’t know what the Brioche Stitch is or how to make it, I thought I’d go with something I know.

I never usually go into making something like this with a plan. I knew I wanted it to stretch to fit over my head and I wanted it to look pretty, obviously. I decided to guess-timate the length and did the whole length of the nylon on my 10 1/2 Circular needles. I did a simple rib stitch of k1p1 and did not knit in the round. While I could have knit on straight needles, I enjoy working with the flexible nylon. There’s also more space to work with so the piece doesn’t look cramped and unlike what I want.

The yarn looks beautiful and I expect it’ll help keep me warm in the fall and winter months. I’ve already gotten some work out of it and I wear it a lot more than I thought I would. It’s perfect to fit over a sweatshirt or under a jacket and it’s long enough to even get up to my ears so a hat isn’t necessary a lot of times.

I next found an old skein of blue/green Alpaca that I loved the feel of while browsing around Loop Yarn Shop in Milwaukee.

After wrestling it away from my cat, I was planning on making a scarf.
After wrestling it away from my cat, I was planning on making a scarf.

Instead, I found that I enjoyed the neckwarmer idea and I started the pattern again. Though it was with the same needles, I found the knit to be a lot tighter and smaller than the more chunky thread. While on the larger needles, the ribbing is still very soft and comfortable.

Alpaca is made from a variation of Llama and is super soft and sits very nicely on the body after it’s been knit. It can get a little stretched out but I haven’t blocked it yet so I’m expecting it to do that. In any case, it adds a great level of accessory to any outfit I’m wearing- especially mixed with my black shirts and jacket.

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My third neckwarmer kind of happened by accident. I started with a wool/cashmere mix which I had previously made a scarf from and started making another neckwarmer. I quickly realized I was running out of yarn and had to come up with an alternate way of finishing. I had bought some green wool/acrylic yarn as a present to myself for my birthday and had never figured out what to do with it so I decided to finish the scarf with this.

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The neckwarmer conforms nicely to the neck and keeps me nice and toasty. I have yet to wear this one, mostly because it’s very snug on my neck and I need to stretch it out. Rib stitch is notorious for keeping its shape regardless of what you do to it, so I’ll hopefully be able to get it to be as lovable as my other two projects.

Make up courtesy of Maxwell John
Pictures taken at Hartbrook Park in Hartland, WI

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My Very Second Scarf!

When I first got started knitting, I knit up a huge scarf in a beautiful grey/white mix. I loved the soft feeling of this yarn so I picked up a deep maroon color. I quickly knit that up on a drive down to Illinois with my mom for a wedding, and started wearing it since then. It’s probably one of my favorite scarves. It’s super long so I can wrap it however I want, but it’s thin enough so when I wrap it around my neck probably 800 times, it doesn’t feel too bulky or get too hot. I, again, did a K1P1 Rib stitch and kept going until I ran out of my two skeins.

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Since I’m most proud of this scarf, due to the fact that I didn’t drop any stitches, add any stitches and I kept my hand steady through the entire process, I gravitate toward this scarf constantly. It’s a deep enough shade that it goes with virtually any other color.

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I’m always partial to wearing it with white or black but I’ve also worn it with blues, browns, yellows, and reds.

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Pictures and make up courtesy of Maxwell John