FO Parade

Well May was a busy month filled with many fun events and a lot of knitting!!  Two of my FO’s are from my 17 in 17 list which means I’m about halfway through the list with 7 months to go!!!  Let’s dive right in!

First up, another Mermaid tail afghan that was actually finished in April but was given as a gift this May to my beautiful goddaughter.  You may remember the Story of the Little Blue Sailor Coat that was knit for my friends’ foster daughter.  I’m happy to report she is their adopted daughter now and I can’t stop knitting for her!!!

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Pattern: Mermaid Tail Blanket for Children and Teens by Angie Hartley  Yarn: Encore Worsted (held doubled) in an ombre of pinks

Next up is the Arrosa shawl by Jennifer Weissman which is in the spring 2017 issue of PomPom Quarterly.  I got this done in time to wear to the baptism and had it on for all of 30 minutes.  It turned out to be a warm and humid day and my goddaughter fell asleep on me before the service started so I know it’s soft and cozy.  But babies are portable heaters so off it came!  I was not able to block it to the specifications but I never checked gauge while knitting it so hard to say.

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Pattern: Arrosa shawl by Jennifer Weissman Yarn: Hedgehog Skinny Singles in Ghost and Boom Box

I don’t know about you but when I finish something that I’ve been going all in on I kind of need a break.  I picked up a second sock that had been hanging around, knit a few rows and realized it was time for the toe so I finished those up as well.  These were just vanilla socks with a fish lips kiss heel.  Yarn is Julianna’s Fiber in the I Smell Snow colorway.

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And last, but certainly not least I finished my oldest WIP as part of the Graduate Your Stash KAL being hosted by Kino Knits.  This is the Derecho shawl and it was on my needles for 3 years plus a few days.  Remind me to never get sucked into another Kauni project again!!!

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Pattern: Derecho by Laura Aylor Yarn: Kauni in ee and ET colorways

Whew!  I think that’s enough so before I sign off I wanted to share a few bits of news.  If you are interested in hearing more about tech editing check out the latest episode of the Kino Knits podcast.  You will hear me talking with Mary about the process and how she and I work together.

And, finally, I wanted to let everyone know the blog will be taking a break for the month of June.  It’s shaping up to be a very busy month so I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up with posting.  But don’t worry, I’ll be back in July with some travel logs, a wrap up of the Great Lakes Fiber Show, thoughts on my afternoon with Bristol Ivy, and other knitty adventures.

October FO’s

I’ll get back to my Rhinebeck story next week but I wanted to pause and do my monthly round up of FO’s (and there are lots so I had to share!).

First up, I knit a hat to match the Little Purple Sailor Coat.  I had some yarn left over and the baby’s birthday was approaching so I knit this little Bow Cloche which is a pattern from Knit Simple magazine, Fall 2013.  This was definitely a lesson in listen to the notes your previous self left on the pattern.  I had written a note from the first time I made it that the pattern ran really small and so I should knit a size up.  The sizes are 2, 4 and 6 years old.  I was knitting for a 1 year old so I made the smallest size.  I took it into knitting and everyone told me to start over.  I made the size 4 and was still concerned that it would fit.  But, it fits great and she looks adorable in her ensemble.

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Once I got that done it was time to focus on finishing the Rhinebeck shawl.  It was full steam ahead for the two weeks before the show.  I really needed to get it done by the weekend before so it would have time to block.  And, with much whining and complaining, it was on the blocking mats the Sunday before I left.  There’s a picot bind off and I won’t discuss the number of stitches involved in case you have one your needles but, oy!  I got some blocking help from my friends on Instagram and it looked amazing on the mats.  I also got a ton of compliments at Rhinebeck because that pink popped so much, especially in the bright sun of the day.  My friend Becky wore her sweater knit out of Knerd String as well and we had one overlapping colorway so that was really fun!

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Funny story about the blocking mats.  I bought mine at Five Below and I only had two and knew I would need more for this shawl.  I was out with my Mom and ran into the store to pick up another two mats.  The next day I showed her this picture so she could see what I did with the mats.  She said “is that lace?” and I said “yes” and she said “you knit that?”. Yes, yes, I did but trust me I whined the whole time!

With that on the mats I turned my attention to knitting the cutest little Halloween creature.  I had never seen the work of Susan Claudino and I just love it!  And then Sarah from the Cultivate & Create podcast and Susie from the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin podcast decided to do a Creepy Critter KAL so I got to work.  One of my favorite things is that I used my Candy Skein Summer Fair Foods mini skein pack to knit a Halloween critter!  I knit Patch which is a cute pumpkin headed creature.  I finished him in time to take him to Rhinebeck and he was our trip mascot.  I had hoped to take more pictures of him at Rhinebeck but that didn’t happen (more on that later).  If you want to check out his adventures, I was posting on Instagram with the hashtag #patchdoesrhinebeck.  I loved the colorway names in this mini skein pack – his head is Orange Crush, his body is Chocolate Dipped Banana, and his hands and feet are Pickle Party.  This was a fun knit and I will definitely be knitting more of her stuff.

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Last, I finished the twin’s hat.  So I knit the Cavs hat for my goddaughter and a couple of days after my visit her mom e-mailed and said the twin would like one.  She wanted blue, gray and white.  I checked out Destination Yarn and found her colorway Ice Cave and it was perfect.  Here’s where the project falls off the rails – I ordered worsted weight, not fingering.  I had used the Juxtaposed Hat by Sarah Shoo for the first hat and really enjoyed the pattern – if you’re going to knit a slouchy hat it better be fun!  But that pattern is for sock yarn.  I did a search, asked for help, and ended up with a slouchy hat pattern for worsted weight yarn.  Bad news – it was super boring and I knew I would never get through it.  At this point, I had the stitch count for an appropriate sized worsted weight hat and knew the Juxtaposed was a 10 stitch repeat so I pulled out and started with that pattern and it worked!  Things got a little sticky when it was time to decrease because obviously the hat gets taller much faster with the heavier yarn. (I have notes on my Ravelry project page)  I got it done just in time as I’m headed to visit them next weekend and the cold weather is just arriving.  Cute note – I posted a pic of the finished hat on Instagram and my goddaughter (who follows me) liked it and commented that she would wear her hat when I came to visit so maybe I can get a picture of the two of them wearing their hats next week – we’ll see!

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Phew!  For a very busy month I got a lot done (although both hats have been on the needles for a while and Patch takes very little knitting time)  I’ll return to my Rhinebeck adventures next week so stay tuned!

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!!

 

April FO’s

I started off the month is a crazy, finishing frenzy and it was all downhill after that. So, first off the needles this month were my Arne & Carlos socks, which I love!!  I did plain vanilla socks with a fish lips kiss heel and a round toe.  Of course, the fish lips kiss heel is a pattern by the Sox Therapist.  I used the round toe which is included in Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.  It was my first time for both of these heels and toes.  I loved the heel but I did have a little issue with a weird bulge at the end of the heel so I’m guessing it’s something to do with my gauge but I’m just not sure.  I’m going to t keep experimenting. I loved the round toe as I despise the kitchner stitch.

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Next I finished the Girlfriend Cowls by Churchmouse Yarns.  I cast this on right after the US Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage was announced.  Someone on Instagram had started a rainbow-along.  I had this yarn in my stash – it’s America the Beautiful by Destination Yarns so on the needles it went!  The patterns is pretty simple and really did some fun things with this yarn.  I loved how, once I started knitting, it became apparent that as the skein went from primarily reds/yellows to blues/greens.  Sadly, even though it’s April, I’ve worn it quite a bit 😦

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The last FO of the month was a quick little test knit I did for Kino Knits.  She happened to e-mail on a snowy Saturday so I cast it right on.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry which is so awesome.  I had some troubles with Judy’s Magic cast on as I had never done that one before but otherwise it was a super quick knit.  Mary has written it so you can use any yarn you have.  She did hers in sock yarn and I used a worsted weight.  It’s called Rybka (Wee Fishie) and if you are looking for a quick gift knit definitely check it out!

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Confession – I knit the fish on April 9th and have finished nothing since 😦  Lots of fun stuff on the needles so here’s hoping I have something to talk about at the end of May!

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!