knitalong


This weekend was a whirlwind of crafting.  Toss in a little grocery shopping, some cleaning and I’m ready to go back to bed lol!

I was going to write a post about how I had to wait to take pictures because my husband stole my camera batteries for his remote control car and decided that in the time it would take me to write and complain I could get pictures.  Turns out though that I didn’t even have to do that, because my batteries were a little more juiced than I thought!

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I made these last week, but never posted them.  Our dishcloth weekly knitalong on ravelry was the Feather & Fan dishcloth.  I decided to take it one step further and make a dishtowel to go with it.  I’d never done a dishtowel before with the little hanger on top so I just sort of winged it.  I cast on 60 stitches for the towel (54 pattern stitches and 3 border stitches on each side) and just worked the pattern until it was about 12 inches.  For the towel topper:

Row 1: K2tog across.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K2tog across.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: K2tog three times, K 3, K2tog three times.

Row 6 – 36: Knit.

Row 37: K 3, BO 3, K 2

Row 38: K 3, CO 3, K 3

Knit five rows, BO.

Ugh.  Sorry if those simple instructions take up so much room.  I hate the way wordpress does that.

Anyway.  I was supposed to meet up with my bestest friend on Thursday afternoon, but the cold that Paul’s had was once again trying to thwart me.  I called Shan and bailed and slept most of the day.  That night, around midnight or so I caught her on messenger and we decided to go to our old haunt and have some coffee and crochet.  I’m a smoker, and when our town implemented the smoking ban on restaurants I stopped going to our local truck stop.  We used to be found there at least once a week (like clockwork!) to visit and drink copious amounts of coffee.  It was sucky not being able to smoke there, but it was worth getting some visiting time in with my best friend and starting the afghan we’re working on together!

We picked an absolutely gorgeous project if I say so myself!  It’s called Prairie Star and you can get the pattern here.  You crochet the motifs together as you go and it’s a fairly quick afghan so far!  I suspect that it’ll take longer to see progress as I go lol.

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Shan’s doing hers in blues and purples and I’m going a little earthier on mine.  I’m starting to re-think the dark burgundy in the center, but I think it’ll turn out okay.  It needs a little “pop” anyway.  It’s really easy to memorize the motifs after a few, you just need to keep track of where the different colors go.  It’s starting to get big enough now that I need a lot more room to work on it and I’m not even halfway finished!  I can’t wait to see the end result though.

Here’s the Orno Abaci scarf I’ve been working on:

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I don’t think it looks like much right now, but it’s quite impressive looking in person.  It’s knit on the bias and I really like the way it’s a straight scarf but it’s stitches are diagonal.  I’m just starting to get in to the color changes that are closer together so I’m feeling good about it now that I’m seeing some progress.  It’s SO soft and squooshy.  I think it’s a scarf I’ll actually keep and wear!

This weeks dishcloth knitalong is the Tribble

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It’s a fairly quick little scrubby and it’s fun to see it come together.  It’s exactly like the Tawashi, (which I think I posted a picture of previously) except it’s knit instead of crocheted.  Someone on ravelry posted that she’d put nylon scrubby fabric in the center of hers to keep it puffed out and I think I may do the same with some of the ones I’m making.  It’s a great little pattern for using up extra scraps of cotton, which I have a lot of laying around!

I also did some sewing this weekend!

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My mother in law and I keep missing each other for various reasons, so I decided to just start working on my sewing.  Yes, it’s really that pink (which brings to mind Princess Peach, Barbie and bubble gum) but I’m planning on doing some stencilling on it when it’s all finished.  I’m not really using a pattern, but a tutorial I got off of Craftster.  It’s dead easy and coming out very nicely.  It’s the first project I’ve ever put a zipper in (eek!  It was kinda scary).  The t-shirt I used to cut out my pattern was the largest I had and so it’s big even on me.  It’ll be nice and comfy though and I’m looking forward to wearing it when I can’t get warm in this damned house.  I’m taking my time on it and sewing it together slowly.  The body is completely together and now I’ve just got one pocket, the hemming and the actual hood to put on.  I should be finished with it in the next couple of days.

I even took time to mess with my altered book this weekend.  Nope, I didn’t sleep much.

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I started working on this page awhile ago, intending it to be for journalling, but I didn’t get very far.  I pulled out my ephemera and rifled through it to find this classic beauty.  The little tag is from Home Depot, I stole obtained a bunch few of the countertop samples awhile ago and they’re great for all sorts of crafts.

I didn’t work on my sweater this weekend at all.  Or my dad’s hat.  I’ve been trying to give all my crafts equal opportunity, but some win out over others.  They’ll all get done eventually though!  I’ve been thinking a lot about tags for my wearables and I’m still stuck.  I don’t really plan on selling my finished objects (most of which I couldn’t even if I wanted to because they’re other peoples patterns) but I’d like a more finished look when I’m giving gifts.  I need a name and Chaotic Crafts just doesn’t seem to ring to me.  Still pondering, I’ll figure it out eventually.

I’m hoping to get the motivation to go through my dining room and kitchen cabinets today and clean them out.  We’ve got so much crap that we don’t use that I want to get rid of.  Maybe then I’d have room for the stuff I want to keep! 

Anyone have anything grand planned for tonight?  We’re going over to my parents house for prime rib and movies…fun!  I kinda miss my days of Miller High Life and kissing everyone in the room at midnight, but at least I won’t have a hangover tomorrow!

I haven’t been doing any big crafting the past week.  Just kind of knitting and crocheting whatever I feel like.  That always feels so strange after a holiday craft fest of craziness.  I kinda feel lost a little.  I’ve finished a few things though.

These were both for the weekly dishcloth knitalong I belong to on Ravelry.  The first one is just a classic ballband dishcloth by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne.  I thought the colors would look really earthy and awesome together, but I hate the Camel color.  It’s all yellowy and sick looking.  Like BILE!  I love the ballband cloth though, it’s so cool looking!  I’ll just have to remember to stay away from that nasty color.

 

The other one is a little hard to see, but I love it.  It’s the Awareness Ribbon Dishcloth by Donna Burgess.  I chose to do mine in purple for violence awareness.  As I was knitting it I thought about the years my mom spent with my abusive biological father and what she sacrificed to make a better life for my sister and I.  I never thought I’d put that much thought in to something that will scrub dishes.  I’m glad I did it though and it was nice to put a little thought in to something I usually view as utilitarian.

I must have kitchen stuff on the brain right now (a clue to do my dishes maybe?) because I also wound up crocheting a Double Thick Crocheted Potholder by Andrea Mielke Schroer.

I love these potholders SO much.  I’d kind of forgotten about them but was reminded about how great they were when I came across the pattern on ravelry.  I did in-home care for a woman named Bonnie back in 2001.  She was an incredible person and I was just really getting in to crocheting things other than granny squares when I started taking care of her.  She showed me how to make these nifty little potholders one day and I instantly fell in love with how well they work.  These things DO NOT fall apart!  I still use the first one I made every day and other than being a little stained from spilled food it’s still in perfect condition.  The only thing I can suggest you do NOT do is make them out of anything but cotton.  I made one out of acrylic in my early days and that was a terrible mistake.  Acrylic doesn’t do well around heat.  We’ll just leave it at that, k?

I’ve got a couple of other things started, but they’ll both take a good long time to complete.  One is the Daina Mittens by Tuulia Salmela and the other is a scrap afghan done diagonally.

The Daina mittens are done on size 1 needles and sock yarn and they’re absolutely gorgeous but there’s two things getting in the way of me finishing them.  One: they’re for me, so they’ve been sitting back burner.  Two: They’re fair isle (or latvian?  gah, I really need to learn the difference between all this stuff) and that, paired with the tiny needles and yarn makes for slow work.  They’re gorgeous though, so even if I don’t finish them until next winter I’ll get them done.

The stash-ghan is just a simple diagonal knit afghan that I’m doing to use up scrap yarn.  I’ve had some of this stuff for five, six, seven years and I’m tired of looking at it.  I can’t throw it away, that’d be sacrilege.  So, it’s turning in to an ugly blanket to be used on the coldest of days lol.  Despite it being all thrown together, I’m kinda digging it.  Colors I’d never think about putting together are being mashed in to this blanket and even if it’s a little hard on the eyes, I’m enjoying the process.  It’s garter stitch so it’s completely mindless knitting and I don’t even have to think about what color to add next because I just blindly pluck a ball from a bag sitting beside my chair.  Awesome!  I’m doing a russian join as I add new yarn and I’m pleased with how it looks.  This way I’m knitting all the way to the end of the ball and there’s absolutely no waste whatsoever.  It makes me happy!  It’s kind of fun to pull out a ball of yarn and say “Hey!  I remember what I made with that!”  The bright green was my little alien stuffie, the pink went in to a baby sweater, the rainbow was a dog sweater, etc, etc. 

So, even though I said I hadn’t been up to much, now that I made a list and showed pictures I’ve shown myself I was wrong.  Now, I really do need to get to those dishes before Paul gets home or else I won’t get another chance until Wednesday when he’s back at work!

*EDIT* – Ugh.  Sorry for the weird layout of the pictures…wordpress is being a pain in the ass right now.

For the life of me I couldn’t get a good picture of this ornament on the tree.  So I took a scan of it instead.

It’s technically a star since snowflakes only have six points, but it’s snowflake-like. 

I used a star (snowflake) pattern from this site on a poly binder divider.  It’s a super-thin plastic that I thought would work well for this since I wanted something thin but more durable than paper.  I folded it, traced the pattern and then used an exacto-knife to cut it out.  Then I put it on a towel, covered it with another towel and used my iron to warm it up enough to take out most of the fold-lines.  I brushed it with Mod Podge and then covered it (and by covered I mean made a mountain) with glitter.  I let it dry, tapped off all the excess glitter and poked a hole for a hanger.  Super simple, but impressive when all the lights are behind it making it glitter.

Now I’m working on the dishcloth a week pattern from one of my ravelry groups, and after I’m done with that I need to finish a few spa cloths that I’m making for gifts.  I’ve scrapped the sweater I was making for my friends daughter because for some bizarre reason I’m unable to get the sleeves right on the stupid thing.  I think I may make her some fingerless gloves or something.  Somewhere in there I’ll have to fix a meal for us because you know, food gives energy and I need energy for all this crafting business.

Hope everyone’s weekend has gone good!