This is a lovely sweater. A very nice sweater, thanks mostly to the fact that it's hard to screw up stockinette, and the two colors my mom sent me together. Always handy having pre-coordinated yarn!
This year my main crafting resolution is to branch out. I both knit and crochet, though I've been concentrating on the crochet for the past year or so, and I want to do more than hats and blankets. I have several sweaters in mind that I want to make, but that required just one thing.
Actually starting a sweater.
Thank god my son is forgiving. Since I am his mother and can tell him what to do, I made him stand so I could measure him. I looked at the hooded sweatshirt pattern in stitch and bitch to give me a starting place (like how much yarn I might need, what sort of size I was looking at, etc.), then did all the math myself in order to figure out how to make a sweater for my son. He's 8, yet I had to adjust everything over the biggest size in the book! (he's big but not gigantic, and I know it wasn't written by the terminally tiny...just more reason why I never follow a pattern)
To give myself even more reason to not finish it due to "wait, I have to think about something? And make it match something else?", I decided to do raglan sleeves. I just think they look nicer.
I know myself pretty well, and I don't do well when locked into a "must do this at such and such a time", I tend to procrastinate, then panic when it's close to time to be done, then just give up and say the hell with it. So, I haven't given myself any particular limits, though I'd like to have 12 completed sweaters/or other thing that irks me (like knee socks) done this year. I'm looking forward to making things I have to work at.
I'm nowhere near done, but I am really proud of myself for not only starting something I've been dying to do forever (I've been knitting since I was 10, so have spent nearly 2/3 of my life fearing sweaters), but not taking the easy way out and not making the sleeves I really wanted to. Of course, the decreases going back and forth might just kill me after being spoiled by stockinette in the round, but I've got other projects waiting for me to have something to distract me when I'm ready to roll it all up and shove it in the bottom of the closet.
This is it 2/4, after I've forgotten what day I started, so am unsure of what exact day in the project life it is. Most of one side is completed, and I just have do do the decreases on the other side, then it's sleeve time!
Well, it's sort of a half-cowl, half-giant wrapping scarf thingy. I don't often keep what I make, but as soon as I finished this, it was love. LOVE. I made it with the purple varigated boucle from Jo-Anne's. I love that stuff! I was originally going to make it a big shawl, but it ended up too thick, so I waited until it was as matched as it was going to get, seamed the end up, and slapped it on. There are two pics of me with it wrapped around my head, because that is my favorite thing, but it goes great around my upper arms as well.
It's a simple strip of 150 chained, hdc. This stuff is an absolute pain to try and do the first row on, but once done, it's all good.
I made a really big red and pink blanket a year or so ago, and recently discovered I had two left over squares. So, what to do with them? Make a cheater rectangular blanket! I love the rectangular granny squares, but it's a pain to do the middle stripe, so this was a great way to feel like I'm cheating. It took less than a week to make, and the full-on shot is it stretched out on my son's twin bed. I am so making more of these!
It will be spring soon...okay, in like 3-4 months. But it's time to stop with the earflap hats, and start with the headbands! I made a ton of these for a couple friends last summer, and they were big hits. Basically, I took the concept of the self fringing scarf from the Happy Hooker, and just do it up and back. Sock yarn, 70 stictches, unworked chain at the end to make it easier to twist in the braids. In this style, on the second to last set (you want to work in sets of 6, for the two braids) going up and back, I'll make a loop for the ties to go through, and on the last set, either go straight around, to give the loop a little more security, or do some sort of edging, to help with the loop security and to look cute. Here are the three I made yesterday.
All these are done with sock yarn, I don't remember all the kinds, but the black and white is Moda Dea, and thicker than the pink and red white blue and brown one.
Seriously, people seem to love these hats! Some of these have been made for friends, some for sale, and some all ready sold. Honestly, they're not my taste, but I like making them, and people like them, so it's all good! I tweaked the pattern a little tiny bit, and put the earflaps a little farther back, so there is a visible front/back. I'm no good at writing patterns, I just do what works for me, but if anyone wants one, just ask!
I wanted to make a hat and scarf set, since I usually just make one or the other. I had 2 skeins of random mottled goodness, and even with this made, I still have about 3/4 of a skein (I bought them at a lys, so am not certain after all this time what brand it was). I actually crocheted out from the base chain on each side of the scarf, so it wouldn't curl, or have one side that wasn't as springy. Now, it kind of flares the tiniest bit on either side. And is HUGE!
I found this pattern in a big 80's pattern library, the kind where you collect all the patterns you like and put them in a binder. It had a weird step halfway through that completely confused me, so I just kept up with the spiral shape until it was a size I liked.
So, I have a bunch of boucle, mostly RH's Light and Lofty, and have been trying to think of ways to use it, since I don't have enough of any one color to make a blanket, and not enough that coordinates, either. So, big bulky earflap hat time! I've made four so far, one specifically for a friend (I don't have a picture of it, but it's really really pink), and the one she's wearing in the picture my son has stolen. He loves it. Won't take it off. Searches for it. He's 8, so not really in the "wow, mommy makes cool stuff" groove, so I'm glad he found something he LOVES.
This one has a tiny patch of the brown varigated on the crown, just to tie it all in together.
I love the star pattern. It's so quick and easy, even though as I got to the last five-ten rounds on this baby, they took at least half an hour. Each. But that's why I love crochet so much, I can stop in the middle of a round! Anyways, I was just using up some stash yarn, and wanting to make a star blankie, et voila! Candy cane stripes just in time for Christmas!