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The Current Projects

I think it might be time I finished something…

Garterstitch Baby Blanket
Pattern: My own. Basic Garterstitch
Yarns: Two re-purposed sweaters, Orange and Red
Needles: Size 10.5 Circular Bamboo
I started this project on a whim and haven’t gotten very far. Hopefully before the next 2nd Cousin comes around, I’ll have something prepared.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Striped Scarf
Pattern: My own: K1P1 Rib
Yarns: Spud & Chloe Sweater: Burnt Orange and Brown
Needles: Size 8.5 Straight Bamboo
I started this project while on the plane to Seattle since I figured it would be small and easy to work on. Since then I’ve lost some interest and have only a couple feet done on it. I’ll get it done one of these days.

The Super Small scarf/Neckwarmer
Pattern: My own: Basic Garterstitch
Yarns: Mochi Mini blue variegated
Needles: Mom’s Size 2 Metal
This takes forever but it looks pretty cool so far. I only come to this project if I’m in the mood for a challenge

Honey Tweed
Pattern: My own: Garterstitch and Honeycomb
Yarns: Cascade 220 Tweed in Purple
Needles: Size 8 Straight Bamboo
My first foray into Cable Knitting and I’m very proud of it!

Tim’s Christmas Present
Pattern: My own: Vertical Garterstitch
Yarns: Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black- Yarn held double
Needles: Size 10 Circular Bamboo
Changes: As opposed to Anthony’s scarf, I only cast on 175 sts. This will hopefully yield a 6-foot scarf, rather than a 9-foot one.

Beer Cozy
Pattern: From Knitting with Balls: Pattern will be K3P3 pattern
Yarns: KnitPicks bare yarn- hand-dyed with Grape KoolAid
Needles: Size 8 DPNs. Set of 5.
Changes: I’m working this pattern in reverse. Yarn Over’s just aren’t for me.

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This yarn hates me

The yarn of Chucky

It’s the bane of my existence. I have knit the entire skein and then taken it apart probably four times. Soon it’s going to felt because it’s just not the right kind of yarn.

I’m in love with my other Spud and Chloe product, but this yarn is just… not working for me. I’ve tried to make a scarf for Tim only to find that I had a foot and a half of knitting… so I thought I could use it as well as a grey yarn used as well for the scarf for Tim. I found that the yarn was too thick for use with the darker grey.

So I took it apart and thought I could make a hat out of it.

I don’t have enough.

So now it’s in my project bucket, because I can’t stand looking at it.

I’m going to make a neckwarmer this weekend and hope and pray that I have enough yarn to create something I might actually like with it. Wish me luck!

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Go Go Get your Garterstitch on!

First thing you need to know about me is I’m ridiculously indecisive.

My good friend Tim has been asking me constantly since we became friends if I’ll make him a scarf for his birthday or Christmas or… just in general. Not being a very conscious gift-giver, I decided to start early.

I asked him: what color do you like to wear? He told me gray (not surprising because it’s his last name…)

So, as I always do, I went to Loop. I picked up some machine-washable Wool/Organic Cotton blend in gray which I thought he’d really like (especially since he told me he wanted gray).

NOTE: When it comes to hand-making gifts for guys, never ask what their favorite color is- just because they like bright green, doesn’t mean they want a sweater in bright green! Either ask what colors they like to wear, or keep an eye on the colors they most wear- that way you can make both of you happy.

I then tried to find a “manly” pattern and found that the easiest thing I could probably do with one super-bulky yarn is the Garterstitch in a wider scarf. I found the “Go Go Garter Stitch” scarf in my copy of “Stitch ‘n Bitch” and figured it would work for this pattern too.

Using size 13 needles, I cast on 18 sts and continued on in my endeavor thinking this would be super soft and awesome and Tim would love me for it.

…Two hours later I ran out of yarn.

I double checked the tag that came with the hank. The hank contains approximately 60 yards of yarn… which would not be nearly enough even if I went and got another two hanks. at 14 dollars a hank, I didn’t want to go down that road.

The next day I went to Loop again, and asked one of the ladies who works there what I should do. She suggested I go away from machine-washable, since they’re expensive and they usually have less yarn in each skein. I found a beautiful and super soft organic 100% Wool in a darker gray than my Spud & Chloe yarn. I didn’t want the first yarn to go to waste, so I took my Dark gray and started making stripes. My new yarn has 165 yards, more than twice the Spud & Chloe, so I make my stripes of dark gray in varying lengths, and add the Spud & Chloe in every now and then.

I tried that and found that the Spud & Chloe yarn was thicker than the Wool, so I took it out and just started knitting through with the wool.

The other day I took it apart. I don’t like how boring it looks and it’s not the same affect I’m wanting in a scarf. I doubled the yarn and have to go buy a pair of 15s or 19s (Broomsticks, people… Broomsticks!) and I imagine changing it to the Moss stitch will allow the knit to be bigger, and just as manly as the garter stitch.

I also figure, since Tim wanted machine washable yarn and I couldn’t give it to him without spending upwards of 40 dollars, I’ll tell him whenever he needs to get it washed, he can give it to me and I’ll hand-wash it for him. I really wouldn’t want him to have a two-inch scarf because he threw it in the washer. Plus, scarves need only be washed about once a year, if that; so I think the payoff will be very good, even though I’m not giving him exactly what he wants.

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Baby it’s cold outside- Keep your wrists warm

My friend turned me on to this idea for making wrist-warmers without the fingers!

Since I’m still what I like to think of as a novice-knitter, I haven’t really branched out of items other than scarves and hats. I also don’t usually make anything with needles smaller than size 10* so I figured this would be a quick and semi-painless endeavor. This would also be a great way to learn how to use Double Pointed Needles.

Double Pointed Needles come in all the same sizes as your common straight and circular needles but are for smaller items, such as socks and mittens. Each package of needles consist of 4 to 5 needles, with a point on both sides, so it’s easy to knit in the round with them. On a straight needle, you’re stuck with just going back and forth.

I did a google search on how to use double pointed needles and found a great page on About.com on how to use them. The concept is simple enough and I caught on pretty quickly. After figuring out how many stitches I would probably need to make the item fit part-way up my arm, I got started. Even though the -many- needles got in my way sometimes, I found the endeavor quite fun.

They're sometimes fun, but you have to have enough patience for them
They're somtimes fun, but you have to have enough patience for them

I quickly discovered that I hated what I was working on and frogged it. I then pulled out an old skein of silver from a scarf I had made and decided to cast-on to that. I really haven’t gotten much father than casting-on because I quickly became engrossed in another project (which happens a lot…). I’ll return to it one of these days.

*Size 10 needles: In Europe, the size of the needle is directly proportional to the millimeters around the needle is. In America, it means nothing. Yes… Nothing.