Hey Summer – slow down!!

I didn’t realize that last week was the last week of June (and I was very excited about Shepherd’s Day) and so I neglected to share my June FO’s.  I’m not sure where June went but many of us feel with our hockey and basketball teams winning championships this year and those seasons being extended into mid-June assisted in June flying away.

Either way, not much to report on for June.  I did finish my Graduate Your Stash KAL project which was these 2 bowls made from yarn I purchased somewhere in Eugene, Oregon in 2006.  The pattern was Stash Busting Project Bags and Bowls by Molly Conroy.  It’s a free pattern and comes with five different options depending on how much yarn you have left.  This is the yarn I blogged about trying to figure out the content of because this is a felting pattern.

The next challenge was actually felting the finished bowls. I have a front loading washing machine so no agitator.  What I did was put the bowl in an old pillow case and washed it with an old towel on high and hot water.  It came out kind of felted so when I finished the second one, I put them both in the pillow case and threw them in with my entire load of towels.  And it was much more felted. You can see the results in this picture. The one on the left was put through twice and the one on the right had been put through once when I took the picture.  I put the second one in for a second go around and am happy with the results now.  I’m going to put the small leftover bit in my yarn bombing scraps pile.

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The other thing that I finished was the set of 3 golf club covers that I knit for a local charity golf outing.  I chose the colors of the charity (orange & black) and really love how they turned out.  I was playing yarn chicken at the end but made it work by manipulating the stripe pattern of the last one.  I’m glad I started with the largest one and worked my way down.  I used the pattern called Golf Club Covers by Purl Soho.  It’s another free pattern which I love!  I also had a fun photo session with these in my backyard.  This is the most action my clubs have seen in 5 years 🙂

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That does it for FO’s for June.  I did a lot of knitting but none of it got anything finished.

Now, somehow it is 4th of July weekend here in the States and summer is half over.  I wanted to take a minute and catch up on some of the summer KALs I’ve been doing and talk about a little challenge I’m setting for myself this month.

I’m still entering photos for both the Summer Superlatives KAL hosted by the Knit Actually podcast and the Great Outdoors KAL hosted by Knitting Butterflies.  I try to stick to KALs that are easy and have limited rules (no Stash Dash for me – too much math 🙂 ). There are some categories for the Summer Superlatives KAL that can be found on Ravelry but it’s more about having fun and getting some summer knitting done.  Likewise, the Great Outdoors KAL is about knitting outside or things for the outside so that pretty much covers everything!  I’m also looking forward to the Ravellenic Games which run during the Olympics.  I see they are making some changes so it read up if you have participated in the past.  I haven’t decided what I’m entering yet but I’ll think about that more towards the end of this month.

Speaking of this month, I decided to do my own little knitting challenge.  I’m knitting Christmas in July.  I started my Verdure Shawlette in December using Voolenvine’s Blitzed yarn in the Deck the Halls colorway.  I, of course, got bored with it when Christmas was over and it has been sitting in the Land of Forgotten Projects.  All I have left is most of the border but the heavy knitting is done.  I’m going to focus my attention on trying to get it done this month so I have a nice shawlette ready to wear in December!  Care to join me?  I will be posting my progress on Instagram and fingers crossed this gets done 🙂

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I think that is everything going on right now.  I’m finally going to get to do some traveling this month so my posts might not be up every week but we’ll see how it goes.  I definitely have some yarny adventures planned and will be excited to share when I return!

 

Three FO’s and a HO

May has been a pretty productive month!  The other day I had lunch with a crafty friend and she did ask if I have like 17 projects going on at one time.  I laughed and said yes!  She was under some sort of mistaken impression that I actually finish knitting things. LOL! But, this month I have finished a few things and am making good progress on a few date sensitive projects.

Let’s start with this little pumpkin hat.  Pattern is Little Pumpkin by Susan B. Anderson and I used mystery stash yarn.  I believe the orange might have been a Cascade of some sort and the brown is maybe a Lion Brand or equivalent from the big box store.  It’s for some friends who just had a little boy.  When they did their pregnancy announcement on Facebook it was in October and they used a pumpkin in the photo so I thought it would be cute to knit the baby his own pumpkin hat.

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Next, my friend runs a nonprofit that helps local families in our area who have children who are struggling in some way, either with or without a diagnosis.  They are having their first ever golf outing in June so I offered to knit a set of golf club covers she could use as a prize.  I’m using Purl Soho’s Golf Club Covers pattern.  I got all the yarn from the big box store (and, shhh, don’t tell her but I used the gift card she gave me for helping with their annual fundraiser 🙂 ).  I have knit them in the organization’s colors which are orange and black.  Their logo has all the colors in the stripes of the black one.  I have one more to make – the set is for the driver, the 3 wood and the 5 wood.  I love how they are coming out.  The Purl Soho pattern is great!  I love all their patterns and they are free!!!

My only issue is that when you get to the part that covers the club head you have to hold the yarn double.  This makes for some tight knitting so it’s a bit tough on my hands/wrists but I started working on them early enough that I’ve been able to take a break between covers.  I will be playing a very tight game of yarn chicken for the final one.  I’m glad I started with the biggest and worked my way down so fingers crossed!!

 

Next, I talked about my mystery yarn and the Graduate Your Stash KAL that I’m doing.  So, I did finish one bowl and kind of felted it.  I’m going to knit up the rest of the skein into bowls and head over to a friend’s house who has a washing machine with an agitator and hope they felt some more.  The pattern is Stash Busting Project Bags and Bowls by Molly Conroy and is free on Ravely.  This first one came out a little smaller than I thought so I’m using bigger needles on the next one and will see how that changes the size.  Otherwise, it’s a great pattern and has five different options depending on how much yarn you are trying to get rid of!

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And, last but not least, I finished one sock so that would be the HO.  More details and pics when I finish the second sock!

There are a bunch of fun KALs going on this summer.  I know everyone is all about Stash Dash which is such a great idea.  But, I don’t participate because it requires just a little too much thought and planning for me.  I’m finishing up the Graduate Your Stash KAL which ends June 30th.  I will also be participating in the Summer Superlatives KAL hosted by Becky of the Knit Actually Podcast and the Great Outdoors KAL which is hosted by Emily of the Knitting Butterflies Podcast.  If you are looking for fun and low key KALs I would recommend either or both of them.  You can find more info on them in their Ravelry groups or on their websites.  Side note, I think I might get to do a little knitting with both of these ladies as I will be visiting Colorado in July so we’re trying to figure out a little knitting get together while I’m there which will be super fun!!

 

All the (tiny) FO’s

I have lots of FO’s this month, and they are all really tiny, and none of them were WIPs but that’s what April is for right???

Let’s start with my Easter knits.  A couple of weeks ago as I was scrolling through Instagram I saw these super cute little bunnies.  They were posted by Dyed in the Wool and I knew I had to cast them on immediately!  My goddaughters are 12 and at that lovely tween stage but I think these bunnies are cute and will make cute decorations for their room.  The pattern is Bunny Nuggets by Rebecca Danger and is a free pattern!  You can use whatever yarn you have and that affect the size of the finished bunny.  I used leftover sock yarn – one in Lollipop Pink Rainbow and the other in Julianna’s Fibre in I Smell Snow.

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The girls have two brothers and I did not think they would enjoy brightly colored bunnies so I found this other free pattern by Rebecca Danger for Monster Chunks and knit up a couple of monsters for the boys.

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And then I got the brilliant idea to stuff them in plastic eggs to add to the egg hunt the kids do on Easter morning and they are pretty stinking cute!

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My other tiny FO’s are little ornaments I’ve been playing around with.  I’m hoping to update my Frekol shop with a bunch of these ornaments.  I wanted to make them in team colors and I found this yarn on the Aloha Blu Etsy shop.  And it is the Columbus Blue Jackets colorway but also doubles for the local Cleveland Indians with the blue and red.  I have to say that Christina was lovely to deal with and she has so many amazing colorways in her shop.  She was also happy to dye me up some Ohio State yarn that I saw on her blog but was no longer in the shop.  I haven’t dug into that skein yet but I love how these are turning out.  I’ve kind mashed together a bunch of patterns for tiny accessories to get these FO’s.  I also love that they take about an hour so I get at least 2 done a week as I work on them during my 1/2 break at work.

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I’m still toying with the sock as I would like it to be a bit more stocking like and a little less sock like so we’ll see.  I’m thrilled with the little mittens and I might tinker some more with the hat.  I will also be adding a scarf and perhaps a little sweater.

So, if you’re counting, that’s 8 FO’s and might be a record but really between all 8 probably not even a hat’s worth of knitting 🙂  I’m off to celebrate Easter with my bunny and monster filled eggs – hope everyone has a great weekend!

Leap Year FO’s

I’m not sure the extra day is going to help me finish anything more this month but it was a pretty good month for FO’s around here.  Sadly, only one of them was a WIP 😦  And, one of them is a Christmas 2016 present – yea me!!  That will obviously not be shared until much later in the year.

I finished the Christmas present early in the month.  I then tackled the Vintage Giraffe hat by Melissa Kemmerer.  It popped up in the Top 20 on Ravelry one day, I think because it was being offered for a discount price.  It was perfect timing as I was not going to be able to attend a fundraiser for a friend who is fighting cancer and she loves giraffes.  I dug around my stash and found some very giraffe colors that were also soft and set about knitting it.  I’ve stopped printing patterns and read them entirely on my tablet but once I got to the colorwork I could not read it on the tablet.  I printed it out and it still did not help.  The colors in the chart were two shades of blue and it included the “knit stitch” pattern so it was impossible to tell where one stitch began and the other started.  I finally grabbed a piece of graph paper and yellow and brown pencils and did my own chart.  The finished hat turned out great and my friend loved it!

The next finished object is the Citrus Slice Dishcloth which I was able to knit in a day and I loved it!  Note, the first link on Ravely does not work I had to use the Bernat link which is a little further down on the page.  I was doing a craft swap at the Midwest Craft Con and my partner said she loved yellow and had just moved into a new house so I knit up a lemon slice dishcloth for her.  I want to knit a bunch for me (in my spare time LOL) and replace all the misshapen, poorly knit dishcloths I knit for myself when I first learned to knit so we’ll see if I get to that.

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Finally, I finished my FIFTH mermaid lapghan!!!  As usual I used Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Children and Teens by Angie Hartley.  I’ve linked to it numerous times in other blog posts.  And, again, I used Knit Picks Brava Worsted held double.  I think I can knit these in my sleep now.  This one is for a friend who desperately tried to the win the one I donated to COAR in October but failed so he ordered one for himself.  He requested Ohio State colors and who I am to say no to that???

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The mermaid blanket was the only WIP as I had started that right after the first of the year but it’s at least one bag out of the Land of Forgotten Projects.  I’ve got a test knit to finish up in the next couple of weeks and then it’s back to finishing those WIPs!

First FO’s of the Year!

Wow, it’s the end of January already!  I might be having a harder time with how fast this month went because we’ve had such a mild winter in the Great Lakes so I’m not quite as worn down by snow and cold as I usually am at this time of year.  It’s a good thing because this is the first time in two years that I have not had a trip planned to a more tropical destination in February so thanks winter for working with me this year!

Either way, I’ve had plenty of knitting time this month but that will not necessarily show in my FO’s for the month.  After all the Christmas mermaid blankets, I took a short break and then started work on a fourth one which was also a special order (yea for Knit Picks after Christmas sale!)  As long as I was ordering, I decided to do a scrap mermaid blanket and donate it to our youth group raffle that is held during our Lenten fish frys. I needed a couple more full skeins and then used leftovers from the Christmas order to make a rainbow mermaid.  Initially I started working on the private order but was told there was no rush and the first fish fry is February 19 (Easter is super early this year!) so I switched and cast on the rainbow mermaid which is why my actual number of finished items it low this month.  Here’s a picture of the rainbow mermaid.  As usual, I used the Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Children and Teens by Angie Hartley which you can find on Ravelry or her Etsy store and used Knit Picks Brava Worsted and held two skeins together.

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I also can’t resist sharing this picture of the Christmas order I did for my friend’s little girls – they are too cute 🙂

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The only other thing I finished is A Girl Thing by Joji Locatelli and it’s from her new Authentic Collection.  I can’t say how much I love the Collection. There’s such a variety of patterns which is great for someone like me who is not much (okay, or at all) of a sweater knitter.  As soon as I saw the hat I knew I had to make it from my leftover 3 Color Cashmere Cowl yarn because it had many of the same design elements and would make a lovely set.  Recently, I saw on Instagram that Joji is now designing a 3 Color Cashmere Shawl so I’ll probably end up down that rabbit hole when it’s released…

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Love my hat/cowl set!

Last I finished a sock and did cast on the second one (which was my only cast on for the month!!!  Go me on finishing those wips!)  This sock is with the Arne & Carlos yarn so I’m doing a vanilla sock and am trying out the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I enjoyed the heel as it does not require picking up any stitches but I ended up with a weird pucker and I’m not sure if it was a sizing issue or the fact that halfway through the heel the stitches came off the needle and, perhaps, did not get put back on correctly.  (By the way, anyone else notice that there are evil yarn demons that attack your purse knitting???)

The instructions for the heel only include the heel so I broke out my Sock Architecture book to find a new toe to try.  Now, for some reason in all my knitting years no one ever told me that there are toes that do not require kitchner stitch – it was like a whole new world opened up to me!!!  I did the Round Toe and love, love, love it!

So, let’s call this 2 1/2 FO’s for January.  The 1/2 is a languishing WIP so a little bit of progress 🙂

Last FO’s of the Year!

I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays!  I can’t believe this is the last post of 2015!  I’m going to start with Christmas gifts that have been given and can now be revealed (most were finished pre-December).

First up are the fingerless mitts I made for two of my friends who went above and beyond this year and so these were more of a thank you gift as opposed to an actual Christmas gift.

Pattern is Minnesota Mitts Four Ways and is a great deal!  It’s only $2.50 and includes instructions for two types of fingerless mitts and two types of mittens.  These are the stockinette fingerless mitts (I hate ribbing so these were awesome!).  I used yarn from my stash – the neutral is Cascade 220 Superwash that I got from one of the rummage sale hauls.  The color is Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy Mill Ends which is a variegated yarn of various mill ends.  I did manipulate the color changes a bit as one of my friends loves pink so I wanted to get to the pink for one of her mitts. These knit up so quick and made great gifts!

Next up is this little star ornament which ended up being a gift for my hairdresser.

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I used the Knit Star Ornament pattern that was part of the 12 ornaments giveaway that was going on over on the HandsOccupied blog.  It was a great mix of knit, crochet and yarn craft ornaments.  I had hoped to make more but got sidetracked by the Ice River snood and hat but I’m definitely saving these for next year!

I got a last minute request to knit a, let’s call it – a building block scarf for Christmas.  It was something I had pinned years ago on Pinterest, a friend saw the pin and contacted me to see if I could make one for her son for Christmas.  I was able to find a pattern and had all the appropriate color yarn in my stash.  This is one of those projects that really requires the proper colors to make it work.  The pattern is Build-A-Scarf by Jessica Owen Day and is a great, quick knit.  I had that scarf done in no time and I knew it looked good because I took it out to work on and the 8 year old who was in the room said “hey, that looks like Legos!”  Score, one for me!

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And, then there were the Ice River patterns.  I shared the finished snood last week and have since finished the Ice River hat.  I did make a small modification that I saw on some other finished projects on Ravelry – I added the 3 stripes from the snood into the hat.  I love both!  And, of course, it’s been unseasonably warm here in the Midwest so I’ve not had a chance to wear them yet (although, I’m sure that’s coming soon enough..)

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There is one more FO but it has not reached it’s final destination so more on that later.  My brother definitely liked his TCU hat (unable to get him to model that) but it fit him great which was a super exciting bonus!

There is still plenty on the needles and I will share more on that next week when I start looking at ahead to my 2016 knitting plans!

FO Parade

I think I have a record number of FO’s this month.  Unfortunately many of them are Christmas gifts and some of the receivers might actually read this blog so I’ll just show some hints and will post full pictures post Christmas.

Let’s start at the beginning.  A third mermaid blanket.  This completed an order for two from a friend.  I think they will look super cute on Christmas!

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Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted

Moving on, while I was writing last week’s post I came across a super cute little ornament pattern that I had to make up for someone on my list. More on this later but here is a sneak peak!

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Also on the Christmas gift list – another sneak peak!

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And, last but not least – from this month’s on the needles post – the infamous TCU hat.  Once I got going on this it actually knit up quite quick and I think it turned out great!  I don’t do much colorwork but there is still quite a bit of give in the hat so my floats were not too tight – yea!!

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That makes 4 (or actually 5 – I made two of the striped project) FO’s for November.  More exciting, and what I’m calling the Thanksgiving Miracle of 2015, I’m finished with all the Christmas knitting!!!!

I’m going to spend December working on a few “extra” Christmas projects for those little things that pop up.  I mentioned the ornaments on HandsOccupied site and she’s really been sharing some cute patterns.  And, I’m going to join The Grinchalong which is hosted by the Knitmore Girls.  I had a moment of weakness and ordered some Christmas yarn from Voolenvine Yarns on Wednesday.  I think I’m going to cast on the Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers and no pressure, maybe by next Christmas I’ll have a cute new shawlette to wear!

 

Unexpected FO’s for October

Well, a week ago I was afraid this would be my first month without a FO and that was very sad but a couple of things happened that have led to two FO’s!

First up – the Upside Down Daisy Hat by Susan B. Anderson.  You can find it in Itty Bitty Knits (check your library!).  I have to say that it was this book that really turned me on to knitting baby hats.  If you do have lots of little people this book is a must own.  I’ve made many of the patterns and a few them (such as the Daisy) I’ve made multiple times.  It’s my go-to book for the little ones.  I have friends who are active foster parents and they were blessed with a newborn baby girl earlier this month and so the Daisy seemed perfect for her.  I realize it’s October and a pumpkin would’ve been more seasonally appropriate but my friends currently have a little boy and I know they have been craving pink in their home so I wanted something very girly and a pink daisy is nothing if not girly.  Plus, a little ray of sunshine in this very dreary time of year is always nice.

Pattern: Upside Down Daisy by Susan B. Anderson Yarn: labeless stash

Pattern: Upside Down Daisy by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: labeless stash

The next thing that happened was that the project I was working on finished up last week so I’ve had some time off before the next project starts which gave me some much needed time to work on an order I have for Christmas.  Of course, I’m talking about the mermaid lapghans that are all over the internet.  My friend has ordered one for each of her two daughters. I ordered the yarn from Knit Picks and I’m using the Brava held doubled.  The price and quality of the Brava can’t be beat so I got a huge box of Brava in the mail and started off.  The first one was requested to be pink and the second purple and I’m putting a blue fin on the pink one and a green fin on the purple one.  I started the first one about a month ago and this week was just what I needed to finish it.  They look like a lot of knitting but they really knit up fast.  The fish scale stitch is fun and seems to keep it moving along.  I’m taking a couple of days to cleanse my palette with some of my other neglected projects and then start number 2 on Monday.

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Children and Teens by Angie Hartley Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Colors: Cotton Candy and Sky

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Children and Teens by Angie Hartley
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava
Colors: Cotton Candy and Sky

Apologies for the picture – I could not get the colors to turn out right in any kind of light so it’s a bit more vibrant in person!

Off the Needles in September

I managed to get a few things off the needles this month!!

First up is another Canyon Cowl.  This is the pattern by Heidi May and was one of the cowls that was sweeping Facebook and Pinterest like a virus a few months ago.  I’ve made three and will discuss all the details in an upcoming post.

Pattern: Canyon Cowl by Heidi May Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash Color: Really Red

Pattern: Canyon Cowl by Heidi May
Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash
Color: Really Red

In another fit of viral knitting projects I also finished the Mermaid Blanket.  I had a request for one and decided to try out this knit pattern because I don’t crochet and the picture floating around social media is a crochet version.  I love how it turned out and it was a super fun and super quick knit.  This one is being donated as a raffle prize for the organization I work with in El Salvador.  Our benefit is next weekend here in Cleveland and I hope someone will be very excited to take it home!

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Kids and Teens by Angie Hartley Yarn: Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun Colors: Aquamarine and Violet

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Kids and Teens by Angie Hartley
Yarn: Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun
Colors: Aquamarine and Violet

And, lastly, I completed my second test knit.  So far, loving the test knitting and am hoping to continue to grow my test knit portfolio.  The pattern has not yet been released so as per usual I will blog more in depth about it once it has been released.  I will say it was for Mimi over at Eskimimi Makes who puts together Knit and Crochet Blog Week each year.  It’s a super cute pattern.  The release has been delayed while she has been giving birth and caring for her adorable new son! Here’s a sneak peak!

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Still have a ton of stuff on the needles to we’ll see what happens in October!!

FO’s for August

Well, not much this month but here’s what got done during August:

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Yarn: Keppi by Lion Brand Pattern: Jazzy Knit Hat (on label)

First up is the Jazzy Knit hat that was on my needles earlier this month.  This was a super quick knit and as noted in my earlier post a fun and super soft yarn to work with.  The pom pom is a little tricky to attach because it is pretty solid so getting the needle through it is a challenge but I love the way it turned out.  I’m working on a pink one now and they will both be donated to my friend who hosts a fundraiser to raise money for MS.

The only other completed project for the month was my Melody’s Makings test knit which I talked about last week.  If you missed the post, here’s another picture of the cute baby pants and hat.

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I’ve got a ton of stuff on the needles right now so eventually those things have to get finished, right??  Please, tell me I’m right!