I bought the book Pacific Knits by tincanknits a while ago because I thought the patterns were super cute! It took a few months for me to finally decide what I would cast on. I decided to make the Antler Hat in the baby size. I made it out of Knit Picks Brava in Cornflower. It went fairly fast and I also taught myself to cable without a cable needle – WAY EASIER TO CABLE!!! I was so proud of it and showed it to a few friends at work, who promptly ordered hats of their own. I agreed and then set off to knit more antler hats. What I learned is that knitting the same hat three times in a row is a pain in the ass. But I still like the pattern, and will probably knit more…just not right away!
I finally finished my granny stripe blanket! It sat in my knitting basket for a really long time not being touched. Once we moved, I was determined to get working on it! I did a couple of stripes before I decided that I was done working on it. It ended up with 50 stripes and then 7 border rounds. I used a scallop edging on the last color round. The blanket fits perfectly on a twin sized bed. I think it will become a very well loved and used blanket in our home. It’s a really good size for cuddling up under.
It’s Friday again, and I’ve got a few more FOs to show. I only have three at the moment. Hopefully starting next week I’ll be able to do a post for each FO again, as well as a WIP update.
FO 1 – Dean Street Hat – free on Ravelry
This hat is made from Knit Picks Brava Bulky yarn with size US10 needles. I like this hat, but I realized that I don’t like the look of mock cables. I would just rather do real cables. This hat is big and soft and warm.
Finished July 4, 2013
FO 2 – Basic Baby Hat – free pattern on Ravelry
I had some Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo that was left over from a pair of booties I made for my nephew. I wanted to use the blue for the ribbing and then white for the rest…then I changed my mind and went with striping. I think it turned out really nice, and since there’s 13 pregnant people at work right now, I know it will go to a good home!
Finished July 14, 2013
FO 3 – Angee Socks – Sock Innovation by Cookie A (book purchase)
I have fallen in love with Cookie A sock patterns. I ordered the book from my bookstore and impatiently waited 2 weeks for the book to come in…when I finally got home with my book, I almost cried – all the socks are charted. I have never worked from a chart before, and was absolutely terrified! I set the book aside for a couple of weeks and read the book cover to cover before I decided to give it a try. I picked the Angee pattern because I thought the pattern looked the least scary and started. I instantly screwed up the pattern repeats on the ribbing…ended up ripping it out a couple of times and put the sock in time out for a day or five. When I was ready again, I came armed with stitch markers – five of them to be exact. I placed a marker in between each pattern repeat and set forth from there. It worked! I am immensely proud of my ability to now read from charts! I am still scared of charted cables, but I know I will get there eventually. My awesome socks took me almost 2 months total to knit, but the second one only took me 16 days. I love these socks! I wore them to work and they are super comfy work socks!
Finished July 17, 2013
Next week, I hope to have my Granny Stripe completed!! I’ve made some alterations on it since I last blogged about it, but I’m keeping it secret until it’s done.
Well, I am officially horrible at blogging!
Alex and I have now moved into our new house. Since June 2012, it has been crazy. In June 2012, Alex got a new job and moved 3 hours away. He moved twice within a month. We got married in September, sold the house in October, and I made the official move with the stuff and the dogs into an apartment in November. I started my new job in November. We finally saved up enough money for the down payment for our new house, found our dream home… and moved in June 2013. It is so nice to have all of our stuff back and have the space we so desperately craved! Our crazy roller coaster year is officially over!!! We finally feel settled for the first time in what feels like forever. Now that we have an office again, it will be so much easier to keep up with blogging (I hope)!
Here’s 5 more FOs that have been completed this year:
1 – Ballband Dishcloth – free on Ravelry
I made this out of Bernat Handicrafter cotton. I really hated this giant ball of the swimming pool colorway and finally decided to do it in. It took me a few repeats to figure out the pattern…I thought I knew what I was doing, but I just wasn’t reading properly.
Finished May 1, 2013
2 – Aviatrix Hat – free on Ravelry
This is one of the first baby hats I ever fell in love with on Ravelry, and it took me forever to actually make it! It was super easy to do and only took me a few days…which probably works out to maybe 6 hours of knitting time. I don’t have a particular baby that I knit this for, so it’s sitting in my gift bin. I still need to find a button for it, though.
Finished May 6, 2013
3 - Three Dishcloths – free on Ravelry
This is the official last of the giant handicrafter ball! The green one is made from Knit Picks Dishie, which I like much better.
Finished May 30, 2013
4 – Leafy Washcloths – free on Ravelry
These are super cute and I made both leaves. They are on the small side, so one is a coaster and the other is under a plant in the kitchen.
Finished June 2, 2013
5 – Ripple Hand Towel – free on Ravelry
This was really fun to make and I managed to memorize the pattern very easily.
Finished June 24, 2013
Well, there you go! I said five, and that’s what you got. I actually have more, but I need to save some for next week. I have next Friday off too, so hopefully I’ll be able to put together another FO show for you! I’m not too far behind anymore..
I realize that I haven’t posted any finished objects this year, and it’s the middle of May! So let’s do a parade of stuff that I’ve completed! I have managed to squeeze in some knitting time while adjusting to the demands of my new job, and I’m actually able to knit at work sometimes. Sometimes meaning only on night shifts when the unit isn’t crazy.
1 – Baldwin the Bathroom Monster - book purchase
I bought Rebecca Danger’s book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters and made me a Baldwin! He’s so cute and cuddly. I was originally afraid of the process and the assembly, but it wasn’t too bad.
Finished Jan 25, 2013
2 – Toothy Joe the Mailbox Monster - book purchase
Once I finished Baldwin, Alex decided he wanted a monster too! He picked Toothy Joe.
Finished Feb 24, 2013
3 and 4 – Lucky 7 Hat - free on Ravelry
I had a skein of Knit Picks Swish in Gypsy that I wanted to use for a hat for myself. I finally found this pattern and I loved it! I ended up making it too small, and instead of ripping it out and starting again, I gave it to my mom and made a different color for myself and made it bigger.
Red hat finished Feb 28, 2013. Blue hat finished March 24, 2013
5 – Dapperly Dashing Scarf – free on Ravelry
This pattern is cute and really shows off the tonal quality of the yarn. I found it to be a quick knit when I put my mind to it. The pattern also includes a matching hat.
Finished April 2, 2013
6 – Just Yer Basic Sport Sock – free on Ravelry
I got the urge to knit socks! I’ve always been intimidated by socks, so I found a basic sock pattern to try out my skillz! It was easier than I thought. I knit them on sport weight yarn, so they’re nice and thick. They don’t fit the best, but they’re my first pair!
Finished April 24, 2013
7 – Growing Leaves Cowl – free on Ravelry
This is knit with bulky weight yarn, and knits up super fast. I think I only took two days of a few hours each to finish this! I’ve worn it hiking a couple of times, and I love it!
Finished April 27, 2013
Sorry it’s been so long! I really haven’t forgotten, just life has become so busy! I work so much, and have so few days off that when I’m at home, I don’t have much energy to do anything. I have, however, been knitting! I have totally abandoned my granny stripe for the moment, though. I’ve knitted a couple of stuffed toys and a hat. I have too many projects on the needles too. I usually only like having one or two projects on the go, but right now, I have 5. 5?!?!? Yeah. Kinda crazy of me. I frogged my Marywarmers that I have been working on since February 2012. I decided that overall I didn’t like the look of the increases and decreases (my own bad knitting, not the pattern). I decided on a lacy scarf that will be so pretty! I guess I forgot that I hate knitting scarves and I had already started one for Alex. Alex then got mad at me for knitting his scarf and that I should make something for myself. So I casted on and finished a hat – which turned out to small, so I started a bigger one for me. And then, I decided I wanted mittens too….so yeah. I went a little ADHD there, and I don’t know what to do about it. Sometimes I work on one thing a day, but then other days, I work on everything. It’s mind boggling to me. And I think I sound a bit rambly – Here’s a list of my WIPs:
1 – Granny Stripe Blanket
Status: On hold. I haven’t worked on this bad boy since January. I tried to force myself to do a row two weeks ago and I just finished it today. I’m tired of working on this, so it’s just gonna hang out until I find my mojo back. It’s got 48 stripes and is 46% finished. I still want to finish this monster, and make it queen bed sized, but it might be a while in time out. I don’t even have any recent pictures of it!
2 – Strangling Vines Lace Scarf (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: Nova Sock Print Fingering
Status: Slowly progressing. It comes with me to work on night shifts and I work on it when I have time. This might take me a while to complete. It will need a good hard blocking once I’m done (which I’ve never done before) and it will be heavenly!
3 – Dapperly Dashing Scarf (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Tonal Worsted in Deep Waters
Status: Chugging away at this one. It doesn’t travel to work with me because it’s on straight needles, and I don’t want to bring those in to work.
4 – Power Pop Mittens (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Worsted in Folklore (remnants from another project)
Status: Slow as well. The pattern calls for DK yarn and US4 needles, but I wanted bigger mittens, so I used worsted yarn and size US8 needles. This was more of a test because I didn’t want to use my Knit Picks Swish until I had the sizing right, but now I kind of like the crazy barfy yarn I’m using. It’s definitely not a great yarn to show off the neat pattern, but I don’t mind. I apparently don’t have a picture of this right now.
5 – Lucky 7 Hat (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Gulfstream
Status: My favorite project on the go right now! I made the Lucky 7 Hat in Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Gypsy and I followed it exactly as the pattern. It unfortunately was way too short and also too tight. I gave it to my mom, and decided to knit a second one for me! This one I casted on 108 stitches instead of 84, and knit 30 rows of ribbing for the brim instead of 23. I think I will also knit in 8 cable crosses instead of 7. I really liked the gauge, so I stuck with the US7 needle size. It’s so smooshy and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!
So yeah, this is all the stuff I have on the go right now! Hopefully I won’t cast on anything new until these are all done, but I don’t know when my knitting ADHD will kick in!
Soonly I’ll show off a few FOs that I’ve been too lazy to post!
What a week! My poor dog Shadow was feeling sick last Sunday. He was having some diarrhea and wasn’t handling food he ate either. It quickly progressed to having to urgently go outside every two hours for the next 5 days. I ended up having to get a special leave day from work because I couldn’t get enough sleep to be able to properly function. Being a good nurse, I did some research to try and see if I could help fix him without going to the vet. He got switched to pumpkin purée, white rice, and boiled chicken with some results, but definitely not sustained results. I finally broke down and found a vet for my sweet baby. Friday we went in and I ended up spending $500! Shadow had a stool test, urine test, blood work, got a fluid bolus (precautionary – he wasn’t dehydrated), a prescription for Flagyl, and a few cans of soft food that would be gentle on his tummy. We got back the blood results and they didn’t really show anything, so now we’re waiting for the rest of the results. He did, however, seem to turn the corner…just hopefully not too far – he now hasn’t pooped since Friday! I’m off to research constipation and see if I can help him, but I’m stuck between another theory also – I sure hope its constipation and not an ileus! But he also hasn’t really been eating his full meals yet either; I only gave him a full meal of his usual food this morning. Haha, just my luck – one week praying for no poop and the next week hoping for poop!
I just realized that some people might not be happy reading about poop – oh well. Unfortunately, having been a nurse for the last 8 years, not much grosses me out anymore.
Hopefully my life will return to some normalcy so I can spend some time knitting and crocheting this week.