Every year, I go to my high school's graduation ceremony. Friends are heading off to college and I feel like I should have something to mark the occasion. So after seeing this idea in a magazine, I drew out a template and made a bunch of mortarboard cards for my friends.
I love these cards and they're so cute, but I had no idea how to make the tassels. In an absence of logic, I decided the best way was to tie bits of SEWING THREAD together. This plan failed to take into account my clumsy hands and making them took ages.
Even so, I love how they turned out! I drew the lines of the hat with a metallic golden marker and on the back of each, there's a message written in the same gold ink.
When my brother was born in 1989, a family friend knit him a monogrammed Christmas stocking. This year, I found a pattern for the exact same stocking.
My friend Alex was our au pair when I was little, and she's become like part of our family. She lives in England and spends Christmas with her family over there, but she always comes to stay with us a few days after the holiday. We have a second, mini-Christmas celebration when she visits, so I decided to make stockings for her and her husband! Everyone in our family has a stocking that's "theirs" except for those two, so I thought it would be a nice gift. The stockings are hot off the needles (I finished this morning!), and just in time too, because Alex is coming to visit tonight!
They all have the person's name, a picture of Santa and a tree, and the year knit into them. From right to left, Alex's husband's stocking (Geoff), my brother's 1989 one (Noah), and Alex's.
My tension was really bad on the intarsia bits, but apart from that, I love these stockings! I can't wait for Alex and Geoff to see them.
The knitting club at my school is making squares for Warm Up America. Last year an alumni donated all of her late mother's yarn and needles to us (Opening those boxes of yarn was like being a kid in a candy store. That woman's stash was epic!), and we're using her acrylic yarn for the project.
Last week the yarn was handed out and a couple of people noticed big, discolored spots on their skeins. The yarn is some 100% acrylic that's at least a decade old. I can't think of any way to wash it while it's still in the skein, so my question is... Does this happen a lot to old acrylic or is it just some random stain? Is there any special way to get old stains off acrylic once it's been knit?
A friend asked me to knit her a burgundy hat, but wasn't specific about what she wanted the hat to look like. The yarn is from my stash (yay, stashbusting!) and it's called Peru DK Luxury. I only had one ball of the red and was worried about running out of yarn, so I added a band of off-white in the middle and orange stripes up on the top.
I wanted to add something neat and personal, so I knit her name (in morse code) into the off-white stripe. But....I forgot that circular knitting goes from right to left, so her name is backwards!
I know everyone and their aunt has knit a pair of Jaywalkers, but I've finally finished mine!
These socks have a bit of a sentimental value because I finished the second one yesterday while waiting to hear Joss Whedon's seminar at Wesleyan. (It was awesome!) They're knit in Knitpicks Memories. I really like the yarn, but the colors I got weren't anything like the picture on the Knitpicks website.
Knitting socks on size 1 needles got a bit boring, so these socks were knit for instant gratification! The yarn is Shepard Worsted in the Vera colorway. I only had one skein and I was worried about running out of yarn, so the leg ribbing is really short. I have a LOT of yarn left over, so I wish I had made them taller... The colors are truer in the second picture.
I love Doctor Who and I've liked this pattern ever since I saw it, but I just got around to making a pair.
I love this pattern because it's interesting, but it knits up pretty quickly. I put a row of 1x1 ribbing on the top of the first glove, but forgot to put the same on the second glove. It doesn't make much of a difference, though. Also, I have tiny wrists so I used size 3 dpns instead of the size 4s that the pattern calls for.
In school I play field hockey and last year I got a sweatshirt with my name and number on it. I didn't know what size to get, so I asked for a medium. Then I learned that I'm a lot smaller than a unisex medium sweatshirt. Tiny girl+huge shirt=girl looks like a marshmallow
I fell in love with this pattern, so a few days after the issue of Knitty came out, I had made one. It turned out huge (like everyone elses), so it got buried at the buttom of my projects basket.
It's finally gotten cold here in CT, so I pulled the Calorimetry out and buttoned it in the fourth hole from the end. It fits a lot better that way and keeps my head toasty. I showed it to my mom today and she's already requested one. I'm going to the LYS later today to pick out some yarn for her.
Fun Fact - I was working on this at school when two guys walked by talking about a calorimeter! I tried not to jump up and yell "My headband is named after your science!"
I got the Happy Hooker book for Christmas and I've finished a few scarves already!
All three are made with a J hook and worsted weight yarn. They were all meant for the OFA Red Scarf Project, but the blue one was so short that I'm keeping it. It matches my new mittens and helps keep my neck cosy warm.
The deeper red is single crochet in Red Heart acrylic, and the lighter one is half-double crochet in a 100% wool that came in a 350-yard skein.
I tried to start a hat, but working crochet in the round still confuses me and had to frog it. Oh, well. You can never have too many crochet scarves.
I have two other OFA scarves, but they're knit. They are posted up here.