Just a dude who knits

First things first, to those who celebrate any of the following: Merry Chirstmas, Happy Festivas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Yule a little late (and if I missed one, happy that as well)! It’s a busy time of year and I can’t believe in a few short days it will be 2013 and then I’ll be 27 shortly after that.

I know that I’ve been a bad blogger, but it’s for good reason. I had to do a lot of work on my secret project and a gift project. I also updated my Chevron Hat pattern for worsted weight yarn (the original was for bulky).

So my secret project has been in the works for quite a while and it was a project for my partner. Somehow in the several months I worked on it, he never caught me. Here are a few pics of the final product (that still needs to be added to).

Finished main part of the 1-UP blanket

Someone was excited to open a surprise gift

I need to add at least 4 rows to it to make it a bit longer. I think I’ll be adding 8 rows. This blanket was inspired by some Googling and I landed on PaisleyJade’s blog post. One day when I lose my mind, I want to make one that is the poison mushroom for me.

Poison mushroom

The other project that I was working on was a scarf for a Christmas gift for my aunt. I didn’t want to post any pictures sooner because I wanted it to be a surprise. It’s the Heide Mountain scarf and it turned out really well. The pattern was easy to knit and I would definitely use it again.

Close up to see the pattern

Kind of blurry, but you can still see the pattern

Blah, another blurry one that is half rolled up

It even looks pretty rolled up. If I had a round box to put it in, I totally would’ve wrapped it like this.

And a matching Chevron Hat (loose version):

Chevron Hat (loose version)

This version of the Chevron hat not only has been update for worsted weight yarn, but it also has variations for the brim as well as a loose and cloche version.

Butch is comfortable enough with his masculinity to wear a woman’s hat and model the cloche version of the Chevron Hat…and Shelia’s head is too small anyhow.

So it’s been a post full of photos and you’ve hopefully made it this far.

My knitting plans for 2013 are:

  • Type up some more of my patterns to share
  • Learn some new knitting skills
  • Get ohmisterknitter.com up and running
  • Hopefully start on my K25 project…which at this point I’ll have to rename (I have one in mind)
  • Try to blog at a very minimum once a month, but twice if I can
  • I might try throwing in some more Work In Progress Wednesday and Finished Project Friday posts

Last but certainly not least, have a happy, safe, and healthy new year!

I am Number 4, part 2

I know, I’m a bad knitting blogger that hasn’t blogged in quite a while. I’ve been pretty slow about knitting lately and trying to work on one project at a time and haven’t been taking too many photos because a lot of them are prototypes. Also, one of the projects is the secret project. Yes, I’m still working on the secret project.

One project that I did finish somewhat recently is my Doctor Who 4th Doctor scarf for my Halloween costume. It was a ton of work but was totally worth it in the end.

The finished 4th Doctor scarf.

The finished 4th Doctor scarf.

Currently, I’m working mainly on a scarf for my aunt for a holiday gift (I’ll post pictures after it’s finished and blocked). I’m also spending some time on the secret project but will post a pic when that’s done.

Well, I know it’s a short post, but that’s all for now.

This weekend, I promise!

I know, I know, I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve been working on one project at a time lately as well as doing a bit more programming and video games so there hasn’t been terribly much knitting. I have finished a project and started a few more, though. I promise, this weekend I’ll write a new post!

I am number four

I know, I know, I’m a bad blogger for not having updated in quite a while. I promise, I have been working on a few fun projects, but I can’t show you the one because it’s a secret.

So what have I been up to since the last post:

  • Lots of work
  • Trip to Disney World (first time!)
  • Secret fiber project
  • Halloween costume scarf

Work has been keeping me quite busy lately. I don’t mind being busy at work. I like my job a lot and I’m the type of person who would much rather be busy than be bored. There is only so much interesting internet that one can look at.

After making his yearly pilgrimages to the cartoon holy land, the partner finally convinced me to go along. I loved it and am really looking forward to going back at some point. I had way more fun than I could have imagined. Despite doing a lot while we were there, it was still really relaxing.

The secret fiber project is secret. Duh.

Even though I enjoyed the movie and really like the books (I’m working on the third now), the post title of “I am number four” is actually a play on words. I have been threatening for a while to make a 4th Doctor scarf from Doctor Who. For those who don’t know, Doctor Who is a British scifi show that was started in the early 1960s and ran through the late 1980s and then was rebooted in 2005. So now that I am going to dress up as the 4th Doctor for Halloween this year, I had an excuse to make the scarf. My colors are slightly off, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out. I’m using a pattern for the 13th season scarf from wittylittleknitter.com.

Season 13 Fourth Doctor scarf as of 10/07/12

I’m a little picky, so after the first few color changes, I switched how I did it so they’re  more invisible. Time and remaining yarn permitting, I might go ahead with the season 12.5 scarf because the pattern is the same as the season 13 with a few more stripes (looks like about a foot) at the end.

It took a little while and involved a bit of tweaking to get the sizing right as well as my own addition, but I managed to finish the Chunky Baby Blanket I’ve been working on for a while for a coworker that is expecting their first baby next month. I’m very happy with how it turned out and with the ribbons to tie it when it’s rolled for easier storage and transporting. Below are a few quick (and I apologize for not very good) snapshots of the final product.

Knit side of the blanket

Fabric side of the blanket

The blanket rolled with the ribbons tied.

The other news for this post is that I have a new pattern posted on Ravelry. The pattern is the On The Cables Hat that I have done several versions of. The pattern is available for sale for $2.

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.

WiPW 06/13/2012

It’s been quite a while since I posted one of these so I figured why not do another.

The first project isn’t a work in progress, but I’m posting about it because I have FINALLY finished it. Is it because the pattern was particularly hard to knit? No, it was because I’m not a big fan of sewing, especially hand sewing. These two pillows have been stuffed for at least a month and I was too lazy to sew up the stuffing hole until last night. And yes, they are a little bit over stuffed because I’m really bad at judging just how much is enough stuff.

Cellular cables pillow in green

Cellular cables pillow in brown

I absolutely, positively love the fabric that Adam helped me pick out for these! I was originally looking for something that had both brown and green in it and didn’t look like poo. Then adam pulled this one off of the shelf and it totally works for both colors. Plus, that type of pattern is a style that I really, really like (if you know the name of it, please let me know in the comments!).

I’m also getting ready to work on a variation of this pattern to produce larger pillows. These ones are about 16×10 inches. The larger pillows will be knit with the same yarn but in black. I’m also hoping to make them more square. The fabric that I got for the larger pillows is very similar to the one used on the brown and green pillows, but the light and dark sections are inverted and the fabric is black and white.

Up next is the updated version of the scarf I knit for my mom last year. The pattern is a simple one that I tweaked the edges on to help keep it from rolling inwards after it has finished blocking. This yarn is one of my favorite color combinations and I’m going to try figure it out whenever I attempt to learn how to dye yarn (the yarn line has been discontinued).

This is one of the fastest scarves that I have knit

Last, but certainly not least, is the start of the Chunky Baby Blanket from MakeOne. This blanket is the first I have done in KnitPicks’ Biggo yarn (the same as the pillows above) and I think it will turn out well.

The color is slightly lighter than the picture (I could not get it quite right when editing) and is called green tea

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