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I’m still alive!

Hi friends! I am indeed still alive and still working on projects here and there.

Knitting and crocheting have taken a bit of back seat for the past year. I’ve spent most of the past year and a half working on my first novel. It’s all written (yay!) and now I’m working on editing it. My goal is to have it ready to self-publish by the end of the year so I’ve been very excited about that.

Now, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped knitting and crocheting entirely.┬áIn the past 6 or so months, I’ve crocheted 3 blankets and a dish towel and I’ve knit an infinity scarf for my sister. I’m also working on another mushroom blanket like the one I made my partner a few years ago and my sister has asked me to knit her some yoga socks so I still have a few projects on my plate.

Infinity scarf

A picture of me wearing the infinity scarf. I love the color of it!

Granny square blanket

Granny square blanket

Foxy baby afghan dark

Foxy baby afghan dark. I frickin LOVE how the colors turned out in this one! I’m very much considering trying this color combo (but swapping the black for a charcoal gray) on a scarf.

Foxy baby afghan bright

Foxy baby afghan bright – the second baby afghan.

Foxy baby afghans

Foxy baby afghans – they were crocheted at the same time for a friend who is expecting twins in September. They have been designing the nursery for the babies with foxes and that has given some awesome color combinations.

I’m really happy with how all of the projects have turned out and I can see that my skills are definitely improving over time. Practice really does make perfect.

At some point I will attempt to take pictures of the mushroom blanket as I’m working on it. But for now, I leave you with a musical number that fits the title of this post:

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New pattern and other progress

I haven’t updated in a while so I thought now would be a good time to. Lately I’ve been working on designing a new hat pattern. Last winter, a coworker wore a hat that I liked the cable work on but there were other parts that I didn’t find to my liking, namely fit, fiber, and stitch quality. I found a picture of it online for a base idea and completely changed it up to come up with something new.

I was originally going to design the pattern for women because the main design knits close like a cloche, but after trying it on to make sure that it did cover the head right and seeing it in the mirror, I’ve figured out tweaks for two variations for men as well. Below is a picture of the women’s design with some flowers that I crocheted from Neanners Shop’s blog post.

The flowers are fastened on with buttons. I was hesitant to do it that way, but they really added to the pattern.

The other project I’ve been working on a bit has been a baby blanket for a coworker who is expecting his first baby in September. This is one of MakeOne’s Chunky Baby Blankets. I’m going to also add ribbons to one end so that the blanket can be fastened when it is rolled up for easier carrying. Below is a pic of the materials for it.

I know that the baby is a boy, but I am trying to make it a bit more gender neutral incase they have another baby in a few years and it ended up being a girl.

This is one of my favorite patterns and Vashte is a great pattern designer. I am crazy enough to possibly make an adult sized blanket like this for myself one day.

I don’t have any pictures of it currently, but I have started working on one of my Kylie25 patterns called In My Arms. So far it’s turning out alright, but I can already see where I’ll need to make improvements for when I get to the other glove. Hopefully I will either get a bit further or frog and restart this glove for some pictures soon.

A big project finished!

I’ve been working on it for quite a while, but I have FINALLY finished the oversized granny square baby blanket for my coworker who is expecting her first child in early July. My goal was originally to have the blanket completely finished by the end of May, but that had to get pushed back not once, but twice because I ran out of yarn.

I have learned three things from this project:

  1. Crochet takes up way more yarn that I ever expected, possibly even more than knitting
  2. I’ve become quite good and fast at crochet
  3. While this was a fun learning experience and I enjoyed both working on it and the final product, I think projects this large will be reserved in the future for close friends and family

Now for the part you’ve been waiting all of two (three if you count this one) paragraphs for, the pictures!

The baby’s mom’s favorite color is pink so I made the border pink with a dark pinkish-purple line along the very edge.

Close up of a corner showing the detail of the edging and a few of the squares.

A close up picture of the blanket folded to show both the detail and the colors.

I took this picture at an angle to try to show the thickness of the blanket. I think at this point it had only been folded 4 times.

This blanket was done using just about 16 skeins (2,176 yards [that’s 1.25 miles!]/1,989.6m [that’s almost 2 kilometers!]) of KnitPicks’ Brava Bulky yarn in orange(2), canary(2), corn flower(2), rouge(3.5), fairy tale(2.5), and pea pod(2).

P.S. If you hate acrylic yarn, I challenge you to try something with this yarn. I HATED acrylic yarn until I used this one. It’s soft, doesn’t get stringy, and feels like an expensive yarn. My partner who is very sensitive to touching textures even likes the feel of it.

My Thoughts on Fibers – part 2

A little more than two months ago, I wrote a post about my feelings on different types of fibers. One of the things that I noted was that for the most part, I really don’t like acrylic yarn. It often seems to get stringy, untwist, and some of them are really scratchy.

But, there has been one exception to that: Knit Picks’ Brava lines. It comes in sport, worsted, and bulky weights. It hasn’t had any of the problems that I mentioned above and it’s affordable. I used it for my Dude’s Cross Cable Gauntlets pattern after I finalized the stitch counts and it turned out really well. It was smooth, didn’t itch, stretched nicely when I flexed my hand, and also didn’t look cheap like some acrylic yarns do:

They're comfy, but I unfortunately finished them after it was a bit too warm here to need them.

While that project turned out really well, the one that sold me on Brava has been working on the granny square blanket that I’ve been working on for a coworker who is expecting this summer. I have been doing the blanket with bulky weight with really bright colors (frankly, I hate doing things for babies in pastels).

This has turned out amazingly well so far and is super soft.

The lesson that I have learned from this is that I can’t judge an entire fiber based on a few types of one yarn. Who knows, there may be hope for cotton yarn for me yet.

Update: I actually wrote this post on 04/17/12, but for some reason the posting didn’t stick.

WiPW 04/04/2012

I’ve been slowly making progress on the granny square baby blanket. I tend to do a square or two a night. It depends on how I’m feeling and I’ve also been getting a lot faster at it. The colors are awesome and unfortunately I haven’t been able to get them captured properly in a photo, but I’ve attached one below.

The blanket is close to half done. I'll probably end up adding another few rows of squares.

I’ve also been slowly adding pictures for ideas to the Pinterest boards I created for two patterns for the Kylie25 project. The links for the boards are:

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