Sunday, January 29, 2012

Little Things

 Some tiny foot covers, all in washable yarns, all newbornish sizes. Just waiting for little feets. The two on the left are from 50 baby bootees to knit by Zoe Mellor.

And a dishcloth for March. Pattern here. This is not a direct link to the pattern; there are so many nice ones on this blog. noodle around and enjoy!

I used Rowan Linen Drape and a size 2.5 needle.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Definitely 3

I wove in the last of the ends tonight and packed this sweater up with the first one I finished for Afghans For Afghans.

I'll be mailing both of them after work tomorrow.

The particulars: Pattern is Cottage Creations' Rialey's Sweater. Yarn is worsted weight Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride (wool and mohair blend), the yellow, green, and light blue, and odd bits of Patons Classic Wool, the red and darker blue. Size 5 and 7 needles.

Knit top down, in the round. Minimal finishing (unless you count all the ends.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ain't We Sweet?

The only thing I actually finished this week.

For the newest addition to one of my imaginary families. They'll go in the mail on Monday.

I am making nice progress on the A4A sweater. Expect to see it in all its glory tomorrow. There are just slightly less than a bazillion ends to weave in.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

This Will Likely Be 3

I started another sweater using odd balls of various colors of Brown Sheep Lambs Pride and Patons Classic Wool.

The colors in the picture at the left are pretty true to life. Yes, really that bright! I am loving working with these jolly hues! Just saying.

But I digress. Yeh, yeh, I know.

The reason for the really, really huge photo is to call attention to the raglan increases. The pattern is Rialey's Sweater which carries a range of 2-10 child from Cottage Creations (my favorite go-to pattern company for nearly every occasion).

Take a look at that increase . The technique is described (and shown) in the booklet, so I'm not repeating it here, but I am genuinely stoked at how cool it looks!

This photo shows it as it's worn.

And this one shows it as it's knit.

It's top down.

Here's how far I've gotten. If I finish this week, it will go in the mail with the other A4A sweater next weekend.

I am using the basic sweater pattern and striping it since I need a bigger size and my stashed yarn is limited to 2 skeins each of the gold (wild mustard) and the green (evergreen) and smaller amounts of the other 3 colors.I think the next one will use the great graphics that Cottage Creations intended to be knit into this sweater.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Random Acts-2

No photo because #2 looks enough like #1 that most folks won't be able to tell the difference. Same button, but Encore instead of the washable wool.

I'll be sending it to its new owner later today.


Thursday, January 12, 2012


Cute little polo sweater in Encore (well aged), about a 9 month size. This one is modified like the last one of 2011--collar instead of hood, joined and made a pullover instead of a cardigan.

I think the covered tummy makes for a warmer baby, though cardis are much easier to get on and off. Trade offs, folks.

This one's for Cheyenne River Reservation.

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Random Acts of Crafting-1

 Last weekend One of the clerks at the smoked meats stand at the farmers market commented on the sweater I was wearing (a Lopi cardigan that I knitted several years ago from yarn that the Older Kid and the Not-Yet Daughter-in-Law purchased in Iceland.

She pointed to the (clearly commercially made) neckscarf that she was wearing and commented that she would love one in a color that

matched her workwear (tan and burgundy).

I just happened to have (right, like there was ever any doubt) the superwash wool in the right shade of wine and a button to match, and so I set to work.

I delivered the goods today, much to her delight.

Of course, I now need to craft another for her coworker. . .


Monday, January 02, 2012


Let the countdown (or up) begin!

Patons Classic Wool in Denim Marl, Burgundy, and Evergreen, well-aged stash. Approximately 1000 yards (14 ounces) total. Pattern is a modification of Rich Designs Kids to Grown-ups Seamless Sweaters "tunic" in the smallest adult size.

Recipient: Afghans for Afghans sometimes abbreviated A4A for their current youth campaign.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

2011 Recap

For the past several years (okay, since 2002-wow, that long?) I have journaled my knitting, both here and on paper and then stuck the FOs into a spreadsheet and tracked number, weight of yarn, and yardage.

This year was no different, though the numbers are (at best) disappointing. It's been a b*tch of a year, and as a result, crafting took a back seat to work (you know, the stuff that gets the bills paid) and exhaustion.

Things are looking up now, and I am hoping for some improvement on all fronts.

My "resolves" for 2012 include:

*weaving a rug (even if it's just a bath mat) and trying a new (to me) weaving technique. I have the tee shirts; I have the Rotary cutter; I have the linen rug warp. Bring it on!

*12 in 12 (sweaters) and making at least 1/4 for me!

*random acts of knitting/crafting gifting

*25 (at least) catnip mice for my favorite local animal rescue charity

*there's something about removing 10% of my body weight again this year (back to South Beach--started today) and destashing bunches. We shall see.

So, I know you've been waiting and here's what 2011 saw:

11 sweaters (I am counting 10 actual sweaters and one baby dress)

18 afghan squares for charity
1 complete full-size afghan
1 bag (woven)
2 holiday banners
10 baby bibs
9 pairs of booties
1 Christmas stocking
10 face/dishcloths
2 doilies (fair entries)
9 hats
2 baby blankets
3 pairs of mittens
2 woven napkins
1 pillow
6 woven placemats
1 felted potholder
2 baby caps
1 scarf
2 shawls
3 pairs of slippers
1 pair of socks
2 toys

That's 100 FOs all together. Better than last year (86) but the second worst year since I've started tracking. I used a total of 389 ounces of yarn (24+ pounds)--25,611 yards, or 14.5 miles (3 miles less than I drive to work each day. Maybe that should be my 2012 target--17 miles!

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