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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


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 ;).

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.

Work in Progress Wednesday

I now have socks! Well, a sock. I’ve still got to knit the other foot, but at least I have one sock done now. Despite making it through a sock and not having much trouble with it (other than not have a smaller size needle or crochet hook for picking up stitches on the heel flap), I still don’t think this is a project I’ll do again. Or if I do it again, it’ll be very rare.

Why is this a work in progress? I'd look awful funny wearing only one sock on two feet. I think that would stretch it out as well.

Yes, the sock is gigantic. I have humongous feet. The nice thing about knitting a pair of socks for myself is that they are custom made for my humongous and differently sized feet (yes, I have two way differently sized feet that will be obvious when I finish the second sock and have one next to the other).

The scarf for  my sister is slowly coming along. Now it’s back to about the size it was before I had to frog it (pull it apart) and start over because of the dye lots. This is a pattern that I definitely like and would be willing to use again.

Kati's scarf is coming along. I really like the subtle striping which is really easy to see in this picture.

So once these projects are finished, I’ve got one more that is definitely planned to do after. I’m also thinking about knitting a holiday stocking for the partner and myself after finding a cool pattern on Ravelry (this likely will require a log in). Although, if I do decide to knit that pattern, I’m going to have to tweak it so that the toe of the stocking isn’t so droopy. I think the problem is caused because the stockings are knit like two flat planels rather than a three dimensional object like a sock that has been flattened. We shall see.

And yes, I am well aware that this post is title Work in Progress Wednesday and it’s Thursday. I figured I’d wait and post some better looking pictures taken in decent light rather than the crappy dark ones from last night that I couldn’t Photoshop to look decent.

WiPW and Finished Scarf

This week’s Work in Progress Wednesday is going to be rather short. I haven’t worked on my sister’s scarf at all, but I have worked on my socks quite a bit and finished two other projects.

The sock now has two and a half of the four pattern repeats finished. It is now starting to look much better.

(Sorry for the blurry image) This is a photo I took earlier before doing another 6 rounds (wanted to get a pic with good light)

I’m slowly liking knitting this better…but I’m still thinking right now that this may be my first and last pair of socks.

I didn’t take a picture of the hat because, while I’ll probably wear it here and there, I don’t think the yarn was a good pick for a garment of any sort. I think I’ll just use it for home type projects like pot holders and dish cloths and such.

My dad’s scarf, however, turned out better than I thought it was going to. At first I wasn’t too thrilled with how this variegated yarn was turning out. After taking a photo of it, I realized that that was because I was seeing it really close up. Seeing it from a few feet away, I noticed the really cool ripple effect that was created by a combination of the pattern and the yarn.

A closer picture of the scarf at the ends.

This is a closer image of the scarf showing off the basket weave-ish pattern. I think the next time I use this pattern, I'll alter the 6th and 12th (last rows before pattern switches) so that the scarf is reversible.

I’ve had a few guys tell me that they’re not a big fan of a scarf with tassels on the end. I can see that in some cases, but I really think they help make this scarf even more. I know Dad hasn’t seen any pics of it, so hopefully he’ll like it when he gets it when I head back to the ‘burgh for Thanksgiving.

I love this colorway of yarn. The only thing I hate about it is that KnitPicks discontinued it. I have the feeling they’re discontinuing the ones I like so that I learn how to dye yarn at some point. Won’t Adam be thrilled when I get to that and make a mess of the kitchen? Mwahahaha…

So the last big project I have on needles right now is my sister’s scarf. I think I’ll be able to finish that up relatively quickly. Then after that, I’m supposed to be knitting scarves for a few people at work (~wink, wink; nudge, nudge~ http://statesthattouch.wordpress.com/)

Work in Progress Wednesday

I’ve managed to post again for WiPW. This one will be short, though.

Here is that hat I have been working on:

It's getting there

This hat is made with some Knit Picks Dishie yarn that I have left. Dishie is a nice and soft, lighter yarn that also is quite strong. I decided to use it for a hat because anyone who has met me or seen pictures has seen that I was [un]lucky enough to inherit the thin hair genes from both sides of my family so going out in the sun in the summer burns my scalp.

My original goal was to use a pattern that I got on Ravelry and knit this hat over the weekend. I did a swatch to make sure I had the proper gauge and I had it. The circumference of the hat was supposed to be 19 inches…but despite the fact that I’m a loose knitter when it comes to hats, I’m not sure this one would’ve fit my friends’ infant. So I frogged what I had done and decided to make up my own pattern. It’s very, very loosely based on another pattern that I like for bulky weight yearn. Dishie is a worsted weight yarn, so I would’ve had to do some adjusting anyway and decided to try my hand at a hat pattern.

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