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My knitting world has been quiet

I honestly haven’t done much knitting the past 6 months. Between moving and starting a new jobs (twice >_>), there hasn’t been a ton of time.

I did, however, recently finish a hat for my step-father that turned out looking pretty good:

Modeling a hat I knit for my step-father.

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The only other knitting thing going on as of late is starting a new new scarf for my mother since her old one was lost. Also have plans to start projects for my sister and future brother-in-law so hopefully I can get these all wrapped up before the holidays.

Hope everyone out there in the world is doing well!

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!

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.

FPF (Finished Project Friday) 12/02/2011

Holy s**t crap, how is it already December? Apparently time flies when you’re an adult.

So for my second Finished Project Friday post, I will keep it brief. I finished Max’s hat for his first birthday!

All done!

Thanks to Vashte from MakeOne (@makeone on Twitter) for another great pattern.

WIPW 11/30/2011

I took a bit of a break from knitting for Thanksgiving. I still did a wee little bit, but not as much as usual.

The family received their gifts, but are waiting until the holidays to open them. I think they’ll be happy…and warm because it gets rather cold in Pittsburgh in the winter (part of why I moved south).

I’m still failing with my one project at a time, so here are my current four projects. Maybe it’s the ADHD.

The first baby hat I've worked on for Max.

Max is the baby of a work friend and he is going to be a year old in a few weeks! This is the first baby hat that I’ve knit. I keep freaking out thinking that I screwed it up because it’s so small and then I have to remind myself that it’s for a one year old.

Still working on Emily's scarf, but it's coming along.

I love this yarn for Emily’s scarf…so of course it was recently discontinued! But it fits her style perfectly and the scarf is really coming along. It’s probably got about two and a half feet to go. I am also going to have to block the hell out of it, but that’s fine because I’ve gotten pretty good at blocking. I’m thinking tassels that are longer than I usually put on scarves for this one.

I've done a bit of work on the garland.

Along with getting two more mittens finished, I have one of the four cords crocheted. In the process of ordering some yarn, I completely forgot the last color that I was missing so it may not be 100% done in time for the holidays, but I’ll probably get it done over my nice, long holiday break. As you can see, it includes blue, purple, and red. It will also include orange, yellow, yellow-ish green, forest green, and pink.

The start of my granny square afghan.

And last but not least, my first crochet project: a granny square afghan. This is a project I can work on slowly and get some basic crochet practice in. I’m missing one of the squares in the picture. I’m sure I’ll find it at some point. The colors are made to match one of the throw pillows in my living room because I liked the color combo.

If you missed it, there is a new page on my blog that I will be populating early next year ;).

Finished Project Friday

I recently noticed that I’ve done a fair number of “Work in Progress Wednesday” posts but I haven’t always shown what the finished product turned out to look like. Sometimes there isn’t a finished product because the project gets frogged, but in most cases, I do finish the project(s) that I am working.

First up, the project that made me learn how to crochet, my sister’s hat:

Kati's hat turned out very nicely and I'd definitely use this pattern again.

The other project that I finished recently is the pillow pattern that I designed:

The pillow after begin blocked.

I suppose you can argue that the pillow isn’t really finished because it’s not sewn and stuffed, but I at least have the knit part finished and blocked. I originally planned to do the repeat of the pattern one more time to make it more square, but ran out of yarn from the hank. I think that being short on yarn worked out and that it will turn out really well as a rectangular pillow. This was my first project using KnitPicks’ newer yarn line called Biggo and I will definitely use it for similar projects in the future.

WIPW…On Thursday!

I finally managed to get pictures together for a Work in Progress Wednesday. This one is extra special because it’s on a Thursday! *crickets chirping in the background* Yeah, I knew it wasn’t as funny as I thought it could be.

You may remember me mentioning several posts ago that I was going to start focusing on one project at a time to make sure I’m able to get them all finished. Anyone who knows me and has seen the ADHD in action knows that that lasted maybe a week. So currently I’ve got four going on, one is just about finished.

First up is the hat that I’m working on for my sister.

You may notice that the hat looks just about done.

The body of the hat is done. I still need to find a good pattern for the flower that is going to go on the side. I had a pattern for one but, after knitting it, it was way too small.

Up next is Emily’s scarf:

I love this colorway

When I first saw this colorway called Nevermore by KnitPicks, I knew that it was perfect for Emily. This is a pattern I created called Dueling Cables. It features two cables twisting in opposite directions and is framed nicely on both sides with wide bands in stockinette stitch. I will definitely add lots and lots of tassels to the ends of this one.

More interior decorating:

First pillow pattern that I have created use KnitPicks new line called Biggo.

This is the first pattern for a pillow that I have created. This is another pillow where one side will be knitted and the other will be a piece of fabric. It’s difficult to see the pattern too much in the work because I’ve only completed one repeat. The pillow is edged with stockinette stitch followed by a cable on each side with a pattern called cell stitching in the middle that is a grouping using cabling methods. This is the first time that I’ve used KnitPicks’ new line of bulky weight yarn called Biggo which is perfect for this type of project because it is soft, comfy, and is also washable.

Last, but certainly not least, a pattern called Smitten which is a holiday garland:

This is an awesome pattern that I can't wait to finish and hang up

So this pattern is a really cute pattern that has a bunch of tiny little mittens hung on a set of cords. It’ll be really colorful when it’s done and hung up for the holidays. I have lots more mittens to go plus the cords.

Needless to say, these will keep me busy for a while which works for me. Also, this weekend is the first knitting get together that the one social group I belong to has decided to have and I’m really looking forward to it.

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