I was listening to a recent episode of the Knitting Butterflies podcast and Emily was talking about her totals for Stash Dash. She finished a smaller number of large projects in comparison to Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast who finished a large number of small projects. It does seem that knitters fall into one category or another and if I’ve learned nothing else from these monthly FO posts it’s that I’m a small project girl! So, let’s get to it!
First up – I finished my test knit for Becky from the Knit Actually Podcast. I talked about this last week so won’t go into the details. I love it and I keep it in my purse so I always have a coffee sleeve handy, especially with the cooler weather arriving (maybe, still pretty hot here in Ohio!)
Next, sticking with my theme of knitting love this month, I finished jar cover for a gift. One of my best partners in crime is moving this weekend, only 3 hours away but that’s much further than 5 minutes across town. Of course, I decided a week before the going away party that I needed to knit something. How else do we cope with feelings?
I had ordered (against my better judgment) more picture yarn from Artistic Yarn by Abi. I swore off picture yarn after the snowmen socks but she came out with this totally cute panda yarn and my friend is quite the panda fan so I had to order it. My thought was that it would make a good Christmas gift some Christmas but the move prompted me to get it out and use it now and to not wait.
I refuse to knit socks for anyone but me so I wanted to figure out something else I could make with the yarn. I was thinking an ornament. The picture is best worked over 60-64 stitches. When I was searching Ravelry I came across the Americana Jar Cover by Jenn Sheelen. It was perfect because it had the right number of stitches and was a manageable amount of knitting for the time I had. The panda yarn came with a matching solid color for heels and toes so I used that to cast on and do the lace section at the top. For this round of picture yarn knitting I went down to a size 1 needle. I knit the snowmen socks on size 2’s. I continue to understand the relation between gauge and needle size better the more I knit and I realized part of my problem might have been my needle size.
The pandas went much better. Maybe it was the needle size, maybe it was just improved knitting. I do know that I still really can’t adjust my tension which is usually a good thing but that is the suggested method for make the picture work. Instead, I increase and decrease stitches in the green between pandas to make necessary adjustments. Only having to do 2 repeats also was great. It helped it seem like it went much faster!
Jenn just released some Halloween themed jar covers and I definitely want to knit those. The pattern was fun and I would love to get a jar and knit a bunch of them. She has versions in snowflakes, hearts, jack-o-lantern and the stars & stripes. It would be a great seasonal decoration by switching out the cover each season. My friend loved it and it was a great hit at the going away party. She is not going to have much space where she is moving so I think this will provide a little bright spot in her world.
Funny note – I had bought a jar at the dollar store and it was a little wide but I got the cover on it. The night before the party I was at a craft store and found the jar in the picture which is perfect. However, the cover had stretched out and I had a bit of a panic. But, yea wool! I wet it down and laid it flat to dry and then slipped it on the new jar and now the pandas don’t look like they had botox!!
Last, while I love the finished object I did not love the process of this project. A friend saw a pair of hockey skate baby booties online somewhere and asked if I could knit her a pair. I found two patterns on Ravelry – one was $5.75 and the other was free. I preferred the look of the paid pattern and while it called for beginner level crochet I went with it. Now, with all the talk of #fairfiberwage I definitely understand paying for patterns and have no problem with it. But, especially when the pattern is almost $6, I expect to have no problems knitting it and that was not the case with these booties. I pulled out a couple sections of the knitting because the pattern was not clear. When it came to the crochet section (basically this was the skate blade) I asked my crochet friends and they could not quite figure it out.
I decided to take a look at the free pattern to see if I could take the best parts from each and make a final product that I liked. From the free pattern, I knit the skate blade. I liked it but it was very one dimensional so I picked up along the cast on edge and mirrored the pattern, adding a few rows for the fold, and then folded it up and sewed it together so it had a little bulk. The only other change I made was using a 2 stitch i-cord for the laces (it was going to a little Penguin fan so the laces are gold) instead of a single chain crochet or just yarn.
And now, I have to scramble to finish my Rhinebeck shawl (sorry, no sweaters for me!) but 3 weeks from today is the big day!!!!