Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

Lilac Lion’s Cowl


I started this cowl WAY back when. Like, when I lived in a different state and was engaged back when. I always loved the way the two yarns worked together. They create this beautiful halo of pink, lilac, and orange that was a little dreamy. One of the carried yarns is a mohair mix which also adds to that halo. This was an experiment with drop stitches to see if my idea would work out. It did, I’m happy to report. Drops are fun.

I worked on a few stitches here and there for years, but couldn’t manage to buck up and finish the beast. I am proud to report that my de-stashing efforts are paying off. In this case, with a new soft squidgy cowl. I’m playing around with the idea of trying to open my Etsy shop again, so I’ve kept it packed safely away in a box. But yay! FO!

My knitting for this year seems like it has decreased, but I keep seeing things laying around that I’ve knit. I discovered that part of this is because I hardly ever use my camera anymore. If it’s not on my computer when I try to post something, I start to think that maybe I never finished it afterall. Or maybe I’ve already posted it. It’s amazing what one thing can do. I’m trying to separate out all my FOs that don’t have pictures and round up the pictures already taken so I can see what the hell I’ve done.┬áThis one is hell to capture on camera. I have always wanted a dress model, so that may be the only way to look at this with any kind of context. Maybe I’ll treat myself at some point…



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Tidal Pool Cowl

I keep using these yarns in combination because I keep loving them! Of course, I’m nearing the end of my stash so I’ll just have to enjoy what I’ve made of them so far. I wanted even more texture than the yarn provided, so I went ahead and knit in garter stitch. Then I carried either a yarn of green or blue to create subtle bands of color with a little halo of yarn fluff. It’s weighty, but not too heavy and soft. It feels satisfying. That’s a good word. Satisfying.

This was really easy. I wanted to make a mobius, but didn’t have long enough needles handy, so I cheated and made a full twist cowl. I can live with that. I followed the instructions for the twisted cowl pattern on Ravelry to make sure I didn’t completely screw it up, but what’s hard about knitting something that everyone has screwed up before. The big secret? You know when you first learn how to knit in the round on circular needles and people tell you not to twist your stitches or you’ll die? Just twist them already. One twist is one full revolution and that’s all we did here folks!

I’m wondering what a much longer version would look like with multiple twists and whether that would be wearable. Has anyone tried it or seen one somewhere?

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Calico Scarf

I have been on a destashing run for Xmas 2012 gifts. There are so many pretty yarns that I just can’t figure out how to use that I’ve got a use it or lose it basket. This pretty fall-colored eyelash yarn has been languishing in the back of my stash for so long that I can’t stand it. I finally decided to pair it with an orange eyelash – also languishing – knit it up and call it a day. I think the colors are perfect for my sister, so another one down!

This was a quick simple garter scarf. Adding the tapered ends just gives it a little more flair and a tad more length. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I hope my sis will like it.

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Care Shawl: Revenge of Care

Holy cow, ya’ll. It’s been a little bit, hasn’t it? I have no excuses except for my present one: my volunteer service is over mid-November and I’m trying hard to find a job. I’d like to stay in this area of PA, but it will depend on the job situation. Scary scary.

Now let’s touch on one of our favorite topics: knitting. Specifically the sheer lack of knitting posts this year. Guys, I have to tell you something. I’ve knit more this year than ever. Since I’ve been in PA, I’ve put all my other knitting to shame. The only reason I haven’t told you about it was because I had a vicious bout of sickness. It was called something that sounded like hazy, and maybe started with an L.

Moving on. Remember the first care shawl I knit? Well, I was knitting two at the time. Actually, #2 didn’t work out, so I knit three. Plus, the recipient sometimes reads this blog, so I couldn’t talk about it until it was knit and sent. Check and check.

I liked it so much I nearly kept it. Also, I really wish I could get an action shot of this one *ahem* so you could see how well it draped and the dramatic stripes of color. It’s a sassy little thing.

I’ve got a ton of things waiting in the wings, but I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m busy with Christmas knitting that I’d like to have done and sent before I move in November. Also, I’m turning into a basket-case trying to job hunt. Ugh. Nevertheless, I will try my damnedest to come around more often so we can chat.

Before I go, what is everyone else making for Christmas? I feel like I’m going to run out of knitting ideas by next year.

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My Vest!

For me! My own! My Precious!

Alright, alright. I actually finished it maybe two months ago and finally got someone to take pictures of it for me. Still, it’s done and we should all be happy.

You’ll notice a little flub on the button band that I couldn’t be bothered to take out. That and the top left button band curls outward just a tad. Other than that, I’m supremely happy about this FO.

I used Vanna acrylic yarn and have been pretty happy with it. I do find it a bit on the scratchy side, but for something I’ll wear over my clothes it’s no big deal. Plus, it’s pretty cheap when you get it on sale.

Now all I’m waiting for is cooler weather so I can really show it off.

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Charm Bag

Please note: I’ve quit the job in question. Long story that is incredibly boring. Now on with what I should have posted nearly a month ago.

I feel like all I’ve done since starting this new job is complain about it. Granted, the people I’m working with are nice, but who knew answering phones could be so difficult. Also, someone who shall remain Turkish has skipped the country (to Turkey) and left me all alone with my stress. Between shifts and training and complaining, I did manage to make him a little present before he left. I’m so proud.

I’ve wanted to try my hand at a little amulet type bag for a while. Since I couldn’t be bothered with directions, I made this as I went along. I think it turned out quite well for an experiment. I picked up a hamsa charm while visiting a friend and used a bead for the closure. It needs a little tweaking, but I really liked making it and see more in my future.

Changing gears, what do you guys do for hardcore relaxation? I forgot that I’m not nearly as productive during the dark hours and of course that’s when I’m up now. I think a lot of that is due to stress that I don’t know how to shake. So what do you do when you need to unwind in a hurry?

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A Garland of Flowers

Remember all those Awesome ideas I was talking about not too long ago? Remember how I told you that they usually never come out anything close to what you originally pictured? Well, most of the time they don’t but sometimes they come out better than even your own (Awesome!) mind can imagine.

Take for instance my humble little idea of mixing silk flowers, beads, and yarn. I’ve never seen anyone else do it, though I’m sure it’s out there in abundance. Still, I had a dream for a delicate, sophisticated lariet style necklace that could multi-task as a bracelet, hair accessory, or anything else I could wrap it around. Start off with a wisp of yarn that has a slight sheen, add tiny white silk petals, and top off with iridescent beads in lightweight plastic.

I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out and I had so much fun making it that I might not be able to stop. Watch out world! Spring is busting out all over.

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