I finally finished this set last night for my sister, who's having twins March 4th (unless she goes into labor before the scheduled c-section...)
I'm in love with it and hate to send it, but it's so perfect for her considering she just spent almost $100 on a diaper bag with sock monkeys on it. Before you choke to death on the price, know that it was custom made, very sturdy, and big enough to carry enough stuff for twins and a spoiled rotten toddler without looking so big it's frumpy. Anyhow, back to the point - she'll get it when my mom goes down to help out for four months on Wednesday.
I took it to my LYS and she doesn't know, so I'm begging you - WHAT IS THIS?
It's incredibly soft, and though it's fuzzy the stitch definition is ridiculously awesomely amazing and nifty. We were thinking it might be some kind of alpaca/acrylic (weird, huh?) blend, but really have no clue.
This is the best picture of the yarn, with a preemie hat I whipped up with it:
And here's another picture that's a little fuzzy but shows the thickness pretty well:
If you have created something, no matter how awesome, that is simply stripes in a rectangle...
Do you bother with a pattern?
I ask because I've made a scarf and a blanket just winging some stripes here and there. They are pretty cool looking (to me) but I don't know if it's worth trying to write up a pattern to post on my blog. It's possible that some early beginners could use it, but at the same time I don't want to write a pattern for something that simple if nobody will ever want it or use it.
I made these scarves for my son's TKD instructors for Christmas. I kind of winged the whole thing, but in the end I really liked how they turned out... except I got myself rushed like an idiot and screwed up some of the fringing and ends.
The stripes are the belt colors in order for that particular school (I know pretty much every school is different) and so far the only instructor we've been able to give it to has LOVED it. The other two will get theirs next Thursday at practice.
So, with no further adieu:
One of the scarves was done with each colored stripe being two rows of hdc... the other was made with each colored stripe being one row of dc. Black stripes in the middle are one row of sc, on the edge is one row of sc and one row of hdc. I still haven't decided which I like better, although the dc ones do have an interesting effect of being reversible to see more or less black.
So... the pictures aren't perfect, but what do you think? I know it wasn't all that difficult a "pattern" to wing, but I was kinda impressed with myself...
Dc in next 0 sts? Really? How? Why didn't she just say "for adults, dc in next 2 sts"? Is there something I'm missing here and should know? I'm planning to make the pattern for myself and adults so that instruction is not as important because I'll be working the parentheses, but should I decide to do the kids size...
I have long hair. I wear it in ponytails most of the time. I like beanies. See where this is going? I HATE wearing beanies when I have a ponytail in, so I was thinking about making a beanie with a ponytail hole. I don't want a calorimetry, they fall off my head sporadically. So what I was thinking about doing was working in the round until the point where I wanted to start making the hole, then going back and forth around the beanie until it's as long as I want it, then going back to working in the round. Maybe changing colors for the section where I'm working back and forth... dunno.
Is this a good idea? Has someone else achieved this previously here? Will it look funky if I change from in the round to back-n-forth? How big should I make the beanie hole to accommodate different ponytail heights but keep my head warm? Suggestions/Warnings?
I didn't have a chance to take a picture before I had to run outside and give it to the oldest tadpole's bus driver as he dropped him off after school today (Xmas break starts NOW) but there's a picture of the pattern I followed, so here it is:
I am very proud of myself, because I only started it a little after 9:30 this morning and was JUST finishing up as he drove up at 3:00 PM. Granted, my hook-holding pinky is sore as heck and my shoulders are killing me now from rushing, but it's DONE!
A couple things I did differently: I followed her notes in the pattern and only did 12 stitches for the front of the bus instead of 16, and for the wheels I just did a magic circle of 13 triple crochets for simplicity. I didn't actually get the wheels attached, just handed them to him, but heck, if that's the only thing I didn't have done (I got the ends woven in and that was huge!) then I'm happy. Other than that, and the embroidered bird that I didn't do, it looks EXACTLY like the picture. Wahoo!
Heh... I found my camera. On my desk. I need a new desk with room to organize!!!
Okay, so here's some pictures of the latest creations.
This here is a hooded scarf I made for my next door neighbor. She loved the others I made for my nieces and so I decided she deserved one. It's a Lion Brand pattern, 3 strands held together and the Speed Hook - I used Wool-Ease instead of Microspun but it turned out better than when I used Microspun!!! And it's essentially just a really wide scarf folded in half and stitched down in the back for however many inches.
Pardon my cello case, it was the only thing even mildly head-shaped to hang it on besides my lumpy one, and I don't make a good model.
Another picture with more of it:
I also made a scarflet and scarf set for my husband's grandmother and her new husband. I was told she really likes gold, so I found some Homespun in Fawn, bordered it in black, and created. The button is small enough to fit through any of the stitches, so it's way customizable:
Here's the matching scarf I've dubbed "Black and Tan":
(Yeah, it looks a little uneven. It's not, I swear!)
I hope you like, they were all pretty quick projects but left me pretty happy with the results.
My sister knits. Woo! Relevance! I was just gifted a CRAP.TON. of knitting books. Which is awesome, because once I feel totally comfortable with my crocheting skills, I'm going to teach myself how to knit. The thing is, I have nothing for my sister for Christmas, and am thinking one or two of these books might be nice. Her Amazon list has Favorite Mittens and Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave on it. I don't know what she already has (besides Knitting Without Tears), but I'm relatively confident that a) she would get the book to someone who needs it if she's already got it *regifting is just fine with me*, b) she would send it back to me knowing I'll eventually learn, or c) she'd be able to take it back to a store because they're all in perfect shape and get a book she wants. Granted, I could just buy her one of the books on her wish list, BUT I have all of these now and figure why not give her one of them?
Here's the list - I'd like to send her one or two - if someone could give me a suggestion or two, I'd REALLY appreciate it!!!
Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick
Hip Knits from Better Homes and Gardens
Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti
Inspired Cable Knits by Fiona Ellis
Knitting in No Time from Reader's Digest and by Melody Griffiths
Knitting Year-Round from BH&G
The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman
Big Needle Knitting, ed. Bobbie Matela
Fast Knits, Fat Needles by Sally Harding
Knit One, Felt Too by Kathleen Taylor
The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book (Green Mt. Spinnery and Margaret Klein Wilson)
The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
Style at Large by Carol Rasmussen Noble
I told you there was a lot. Without two of the books (no price listed) there's almost $300 of books here. WOWZA. (That's not counting the quilting books she also gave myself and my mom, either... *gasp*)
Have any of you used any of these books? Is there one that you think she'll never ever want to be without ever again? And what might you suggest to give the lady that gave us these books as a thank you? She had to get rid of them as she's moving to a significantly smaller living space, had already picked out the books from her collection that she wanted to keep, and practically begged us to take them off her hands. We barely made a dent in her library but we feel so guilty about getting it all for free... how can we repay her???