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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. In 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:

The secret fiber project revealed!

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!

Baby blanket and new pattern!

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.

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

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.

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:

WIPW 03/14/2012

I haven’t done one of these in a while so I figured it was about time. The funny part of this Work in Progress Wednesday post is that it doesn’t have any knitting projects in it. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s about crocheting because I needed to switch gears for a bit.

First up is the granny square afghan I’m making for me. The colors are taken from a pillow that I have in my living room and really like the colors of.

It's coming along quite nicely. Yes, it may only be 5 squares, but I FINALLY decided on a color flow I liked.

It’s true that I have been working on this for a while and various squares have popped up in posts pretending to be for this blanket. I wasn’t happy with the single and two tone squares so I figured out a 4 round variation that I liked and keeps brown as the joining color which is what I had planned to do.

The other project technically hasn’t started yet. I’m going to be crocheting a granny square blanket for a coworker who has a baby due this summer. I decided that since it is for a baby, I wanted to use bright colors (pastels were created by Satan). I also wanted to add a little more obviousness to the texture for the baby so I am going to be using bulky weight yarn. I’m going to try to make this big enough that she can keep using it into the toddler years at the very least. Below is a picture of the colors that I am going to be using for it.

For both blankets, I’m using the join as you go method that I learned from Attic24’s great blog while browsing around there. I love looking at her work because it is all brightly colored and though I’m not a cheery person, you can’t help but be happy from the bright colors.

I’ve also started reading through Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. I’m not very far into it yet, but I’ve already learned some great crochet tips from it. Hopefully some of the fun shapes will make their way into my afghan somehow. I have to say, though they can often be a little pricey, I really like the knitting and crochet books I’ve bought so far because they are full color and use text book weight paper in them.

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