Monday, January 26, 2015

Works In Progress; Finished Objects




Monster Pants are progressing nicely. A combination of washable wools (well-aged) are (dark blue) Austermann Juwel and (all the other colors Filatura di Crosa 501.

The actual Monster Face is embroidered in duplicate stitch or sewn on as knitted appliques.

Leg #1 is finished. This is not Sleeve Island.    And besides, they are very small.

It seems that I am getting into this random pattern thingie.


And for something a bit more traditional, this weekend, I finished a shawl, following the basic triangle that's started at the neck. Increase 4 stitches every other row, 2 in the center, two on the edge.

I used some stashed merino silk blend that I bought on-line umpty two years ago. I wound up over-dyeing  a lot of it with Wilton icing color (I think) in a strong blue which made  for shades of purple-y and turquoise-y that I striped with the green shades that seem to be original.

I used a little over a pound of worsted weight to make the shawl. It's about 80" wide.


I finished the whole thing off with a knitted lace edging from Sally Melville's The Purl Stitch that served to both embellish and bind off.

I'm pleased with the way it came out, though I did find Ella (our cat) had decided that she really, really loves this yarn. She was sleeping all over it on the blocking mats.*

In fairness, the blocking mats were on the pool table which is where she spends a lot of her time.

I may have to use the odd bits to make a little toy for her.

*Earlier, I found her dancing on the shawl-in-progress.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Special Request


A few days ago, the Purple Warrior Princess's Mama shared a photo on Facebook. It was Monster Pants. I am going to have to suggest that you search this one either on Ravelry or Google Images, because there are so many adorable variations on this theme that I would be selling them short if I provided a link, because one link does not do them justice. "Monster Pants" should get you there.

Of course, I replied "Mammo's on it!" Then, I had to find out if the request was for a Sesame Street-type monster (Elmo or Cookie or maybe even Oscar), or what I term a Crazy Monster (with oogly eyes and ver' vicious teeth).

Crazy Monster it is! And the very day I finished my last project (a shawl that hasn't yet been blocked (film at 11; patience, Grasshopper!), I cast on a pair of Crazy Monster longies (that's an EZ term--see Knitter's Almanac). Colors as shown in the photo: deep royal blue, bright blue, lime green, sunflower yellow, plus red for the ver' vicious mouth and white for the ver' vicious teeth.

The butt is finished. I am ready to start the legs.



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Nothing Special;Someone Special


Just a little Rib-a-Roni hat for the Tiny Prince Original (who hasn't been particularly Tiny in a long time).

Last week, I mailed off odd bits of 2014 fair entries and things I had made to use up odd balls. When it arrived Tiny Prince Too/Two called to say thank you and to tell me that he likes his hat and that the one I sent for the Purple Warrior Princess (his baby sister) was too big (um, I think this 42-Stitch Hat (Google it!) was intended for Mama) and that there was no hat at all for his brother.

So, the hat you see eyes left will be on its way south on Tuesday since the Post Office is closed on Monday for the MLK holiday.

True story: I originally mailed this package on January 2. It was correctly addressed. On January 9, I came home to find it On My Driveway. A quick check of the USPS tracking showed that it had spent several days bouncing around various zip codes (except the one it was addressed to) before it was RTS (return to sender). So, I re-boxed and re-mailed on Saturday and it arrived Monday. At least they got it right the second time!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Eleven Days


Eleven days into 2015 and I have exactly one FO to show!

Baby hat made from sock yarn (Rabbitworks Revenge colorway). Because of the ribbing, it will probably fit newborn to about six months and it's machine washable wool, so some little one will be toasty. If you look at the posts from December, you'll see that there are sockies to match.

Recipient to be named at a later date.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

It Was a Very Good Year

2014 is officially over and as I do every new year (okay, since 2002), I tallied up the things I finished.




This year, I finished 96 projects, using 17 miles of yarn weighing in at 23.5 pounds.

There were 2 full size afghans and 7 lap robes and/or baby blankets. Car seat blankies were a favorite. There were also 4 woven cat mats for Peaceable Kingdom (local animal rescue).




Add in 16 pairs of booties and baby socks 1 pair of adult socks, 2 adult sweaters, 5 child-size sweaters, 2 cowls, 3 scarves, and 2 shawls




5 hats, 7 baby hats, a pair f mittens and a pair of wristers

1 felted bowl, 6 dishtowels (woven), 11 facecloths, a pillow, a potholder, and a purse


3 pairs of slippers, and 14 toys.

All in all, not a shabby year.







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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Going Out with a Bang

They say that you start the new year as you finished the old.

If that's true, 2015 will be the year of the sock.

Following the completion of the Mitered Sock Yarn Blankie, I started turning the leftover sock yarn into, well, socks. Baby socks.

Awaiting a suitable recipient.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brain Dead



I am off for the week, trying to use up vacation days that I will lose otherwise.

That's allowed me to assess my annual yarn output and to discover that I am coming up alarmingly short of FOs!

Which led me to a desire, no, a need, to complete some very small projects.

Witness the booties and dish/facecloth to the left. There were 2 more face cloths completed, but they are already in the hands of the USPS, so no pictures.



End of the year also forced my organizational skills to kick in. I sorted through several years of accumulated knitting/crochet magazines and leaflets and discovered these beauties (Mon Tricot, I think) from the 70s and 80s.

They, also, are in the hands of USPS, winging their way to Kentucky, where I hope they amuse my friend, who, I hope, will not recreate. . .






And as we were setting the table for Christmas dinner, I opened the drawer where we keep the napkins and discovered

Dave

at least I think that's his name.

He, too, is in the hands of the USPS. . . 

Edited to add: that Minion is Not Dave; he's Stuart!
How could I get that wrong??  

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