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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scrappy II is nearly done! on: December 20, 2010 11:05:20 AM
Just a border to go, and this 72"x56" blanket is ready to give my niece for Christmas!

I started this a way to use up lots of little balls and partial skeins of blue and green yarn.  But it just kept growing until it completely covers the top of a full bed, above.  Rather than knit separate squares and piece them together, I picked up stitches from a completed square and knit from there.  Keeps sewing up (my least favorite thing!) to a minimum.

My niece, who has a really good eye, helped me a lot when I brought Scrappy home for the weekends.  She'd go thru the enormous bag of yarn I carted around with the blanket, and select one, then go thru the pattern books and choose a stitch.  It's a great way to experiment with new stitches without having to commit.  (She doesn't know she's getting the blanket, but last time I was home she spread it out on the floor and posed on it, to show me how well it sets off her blue eyes!)

And one last pic, because I had a lot of fun with this, and I'm (just a little) sorry to see it go!

Thanks for looking!
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Barrel full o' [sock] monkey [hats]..... on: December 30, 2009 12:04:56 PM
These are the final three of a ton of sock monkey hats I made for friends (and strangers!) for the holidays.  It seemed every time I was just finishing one, someone else would come up and insist they had to have one.  Or two.

Super fun pattern from Knitty.com

33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first Fair Isle element on: December 29, 2009 01:27:42 PM
I tried my first Fair Isle elements in two Christmas hats, and I think they turned out rather nicely.  I simply took an element from a Fair isle pattern in a book of sweaters, then created a watch cap, and then a ear flap/gnome hat around it.

I really like them!

34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby jester hat on: November 12, 2009 11:12:27 AM
Several friends and I are working on hats as a charity project this fall.  We're taking some to a homeless shelter, some to a cancer hospital, and some to an outfit that helps parents with newborns.  It's a nice project in that we all have an excuse to get together for a few hours every other week, and because the scope of the project is so wide, we have an excuse to try all sorts of things.

I've looked at this Bernat Baby Jacquard yarn for some time, and final bought it, to make this hat from the pattern on the label:

I'm rather pleased with it!

We're up to about 35 hats, to be delivered right after Thanksgiving.  Here's some of my other contributions for November:

35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey hat on: October 28, 2009 11:08:48 AM
Got a commision from a co-worker to make her a sock monkey hat, to complete her mother-son sock monkey Halloween ensemble.  She'd found the pattern on Knitty, so all I had to do was crank it out -- which took a fraction of a weekend!

Unfortunately, I hadn't paid attention to the yarn called for, and of course, didn't bother with a gauge swatch -- so I produced a lovely little hat that was just a little too big for her 5 month old son!

Tried it again with doubled yarn, and it turned out wonderfully!

(I also made her a knitted tube of a tail she can pin to her jeans or the rest of the costume if she gets it done.)

She had thought to hold onto the smaller version for the end of the winter, but it got scooped up when her mother did the babies wash -- and now might fit a large doll!

A co-worker agreed to make a pledge to the public radio station if I'd make him a sock monkey hat.  Then a college friend in town for a reunion saw it and *she* wants one.  And another one wants *two* -- one for her son and one for his best friend

Looks like I'm going to be the socke monkey hat queen this season!

(Can't seem to get the pictures to show up -- any suggestions?
Tried Flickr, then ravelry, now flickr again -- okay, finally uploaded to Crafsdter!)
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Tailgater's" bedside rug on: August 03, 2009 10:48:02 AM
From the Mason-Dixon ladies, a "tailgater" rug of cotton yarn and calico.

I took a yard and a half of white figured blue calico, cut it into 1" strips, then cut a slit in either end of the strips and looped them together.  Folded the fabric in half, to make a 1/2" 'yarn' and wound it into a ball.  (man, is that sucker hefty!)  Used a double strand of natural cotton yarn, and started each off the three segments with the log cabin pattern.  Sewed the segments together, and am in the proccess of knitting 3 rows of fabric all around the edges.

I didn't realize until I was well into the project that the pattern called for a double strand of "double worsted weight" cotton yarn -- 12ply instead of the standard 4 ply I was using.  (I don't think I've ever seen double worsted weight cotton yarn in the stores.)  It makes a difference --  the rag stripes feel much thicker underfoot than the cotton portions.

But it does make a nice little bedside rug -- I made it as a present to myself, moving into my first house.  I especially like the geometric patterns of the segments -- very nice!

Just wanted to share -- I had all my knitting stuff packed up for nearly a month, and it's nice to have projects out again!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / L'il Scrappy and Son of L'il Scrappy on: June 30, 2009 12:22:51 PM
Altho' I've been on a looong hiatus from Craftster, I've been busy crafting away, and I wanted to share one of my favorite projects I completed this winter spring. (I don't think I ever posted it here, but if it's a duplication -- pardonez-moi.)

This winter, thanks to the Mason Dixon book, I learned how to pick up stitches.  Since I usually make little swatches to test out new stitches and techniques (which then become useless!) I thought I could combine the two steps, and knit a 'patchwork' baby blanket from scratch.  And so was born:  L'il Scrappy!

I started by knitting and binding off one square, tthen picking up stitches in another color along one side, and knitting another square.  (Altho' not all of the squares, were square.)

I'm still not very good about coordinating colors, so I bought four skeins to start the project, so I could make sure they went together.  The original skeins were blue, green, blue-green-white varigated and coral-green-white varigated.  I quickly discovered four colors wasn't really enough, but it was easy to use up other scraps in the same weight yarn.

I knit the edges in the four main colors, and it turned into a quite nice, 30"x32" blanket.  But I was left with a lot of the four main colors.  So, in the same scrappy vein, I used the Lynn Barr's Meandering Stripes pattern, and produced -- Son of L'il Scrappy!

A lot of ends to weave in, but I'm pretty pleased with the results -- all 11 feet of it! (Pardon tthe cat butt in the corner!)

Amazingly, I still have a little of the yarn left.  turning to smaller and smaller projects, I think beer cozies for mice are probably next....

Just wanted to share!
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kingfisher scarf on: April 20, 2009 01:27:21 PM
I was very impressed with aliastriona's Magpie scarf, and EmilyFlew's Bowerbird scarf.  So impressed, I decided to make my own, kingfisher-inspired scarf.

Unfortunately, I realized that design is not my strength!  I clearly envisioned the rust sash on white -- but the rest of it was not so well planned.

But it was fun.  I cast on 300 stitches, aand the end product is 10 inches by 8 feet.  It's incredibly warm and unmistakeably mine -- my new favorite ugly scarf!

39  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to finish this baby blanket? on: April 20, 2009 01:09:44 PM
Let me introduce my recent portable patchwork knitting therapy project -- L'il Scrappy...

I did a Mason Dixon Log Cabin blanket and became enamoured of picking up stitches, so I started this as a way to experiment with different colors, patterns etc.  It's been a nice counterpoint to some of the more complex, more time consuming projects I've got going, and now that it is a 30" sqaure, I'm rather pleased with the way it looks.

I think I will turn it into a baby blanket, but I'm not sure how to finish it off.  The patches do not make perfectly straight edges (the stockinette rolls up, some of the ribs and cables shrink in, etc)  and it's a little poofy and pouchy in places.  Since it's acrylic yarn, blocking won't help.  Here's some of the options I thought of that could help.

Knit edges -- pick up along the sides, and knit mitered corners.
     knit all sides in one color?
     knit each side in a different solid color?
     knit two sides in the blue/green varigated color, and two sides in the coral/green?

Line the blanket? (I couldd tack the corners of the patches to the lining, to help keep it trim)
     wrap the lining over the edge of the blanket, to edge it?

I'm half tempted to keep making it bigger, and eventually making it something for me -- but I like to finish projects in this lifetime, as well!

Appreciate any suggestions!
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A trio of christmas scarves on: December 30, 2008 11:05:11 AM
Last year I made nearly everybody scarves for Christmas.  This year, I was a little more restrained, but my love of things rectangular continues!

Well, nearly rectangular.  When I bought two skeins of "Decadence" at Hobby Lobby, it made me think of a Joan Miro painting I grew up visiting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and I wanted to make something just as fun.  Simple garter stitch; the angles were made by M1 at the begining of a row, and K2tog at the end.  It's hard to see in this picture, but I made vertical and horizontal rows of eyelets (K2tog, YO) randomly, and threaded bright yellow rick-rack and dark red braid thru them.  A colorful scarf for a colorful friend!

A friend of mine loves Celtic knotwork, so I made her a big thick scarf using Lion Brands free cable scarf pattern, all in creamy oatmeal wool.  My first real cable project -- I think it turned out pretty nicely.

And finally, an autumn color scarf.  (That's when I bought the yarn; just didn't get around to it until Christmas!)  The pattern is Lynn Barr's "Meandering Stripes", and is the first time I tried wrap and turn short rows -- a pretty quick knit.

(You can see my pickup rows were still a little rough here; they got much smoother as the scarf progressed.)

Just wanted to share!
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