Felting

This week, my project included felting!

My friend has been making these great, felted tote bags and is now making a Japanese knot bag (on my Ravelry list of many projects to do).

I decided to make a small, felted project bag.

I chose to make Puk Vossen’s Mortarde tas bag (free pattern on Ravelry).

My color choice was inspired by Ravelry member Mellifico’s bag.

I used Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

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Due to my newness at knitting, where I picked up stitches (to start knitting in the round) was rather sloppy.

So, I chose to do a reverse single crochet all around the seam (otherwise known as the crab stitch).

Where I casted on for the handles was a little loose, but the felting helped that tremendously.

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On cycle in the washing machine, with some towels and it was done!

It is ADORABLE!

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This is perfect size for when I actually attempt to make socks!

Next felted project will be k knits felted knot bag (free pattern on Ravelry)

Today was also my second week of a five week sewing 100 class I am taking.

Last week we learned all about the machines.

This week, we cut our fabric for our first project-a small pillow.

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This will be a pillow for Miss ME.

Our second project will be a tote bag.

Have a good week!

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Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, The Crafting Nook, Sew Can Do

Mistakes a plenty

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…

I made a lot of mistakes making my Oats Cowl.

Am I upset?

Not at all.

The main two mistakes:

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Knitting in the car waiting for my son.

I was so engrossed in an NPR story that I totally forgot to knit row 2.

Then, I was so far in I just kept going.

Row 1 for as far as the eye could see…

Upset?

Nope.

Now, my cowl is reversible!

Next mistake:

I’m terrible at weaving ends into knitting projects.

I really need to watch some Youtube videos about it (it is a lot easier in crochet-lots of nooks and crannies).

Upset?

Nope.

I added a charm to the area.

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Not only to camouflage it, but to also remind myself that it is all a learning process.

The yarn is warm and soft and it wraps nicely (twice) around my neck.

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I’m quite happy and love it!

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I used Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost (1.5 skeins) and 5mm circular bamboo needles.

Update:  I wore it out the other day and LOVE IT!

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Have a wonderful week!

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Success!

I made a hat!

I made a hat in the round!

I made a hat in the round with worsted weight and NOT chunky weight!

I’m on top of the world!

Well, maybe not on top of the word, but I am pretty stoked!

I used Patons Work Sock Hat pattern.

I liked this pattern because even after you started decreasing, you still had enough stitches to stay with circular needles.

I’m not up to double point needles yet 😉

I used a little less than half a Caron Cake, color way Boston Cream, and 5mm circular needles.

I love it!

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I’m gifting this one, but plan on making another for charity.

We had our first winter snow storm too!

Although I’m waiting for the kids snow pants to arrive from Amazon, we had fun hours in the snow in our double layers of sweat pants.

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Love my baby girl running to me laughing!

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Have a good week!

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PomPom Scarf

Many, many, many moons ago, I started a PomPom Scarf from the book Learn to Knit by Fiona Goble.

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My beautiful yarn (gifted to me by my Sister in Law) seen on the left.

Then, I worked on it slowly.

It was seen in Yarn Along pictures.

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Then, I made a mistake and had no idea how to fix it.

To my rescue, my friend Jean.

She frogged and fixed and knitted a few rows for me on her lunch hour.

I finally finished it!

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A simple row repeat that is mainly knit stitch (I still don’t like to purl, so this was perfect).

This yarn is so soft and I enjoyed working with it (Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande-Thank you Mary Ellen!).

I used two skeins and US 11 straight needles.

I had purchased two purple/pink Lion Brand Fur PomPoms, but honestly, I couldn’t figure out how to attach them.

I know this sounds silly, but the pompoms have an elastic loop and are solid (I couldn’t get a needle through).

If I cut the loop then knot it after its on, the knot doesn’t hold.

If anyone has advice on how to attach them, let me know-I have hats I could used them for!

So, I made pompoms from good old Lion Brand Jiffy yarn.

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I love it!

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I haven’t blocked it yet, waiting for room to clear of holiday decorations so I can set up my blocking boards.

Regardless, I don’t mind the curl.

It is warm and even though it sheds a little, I’ll be wearing this one!

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

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Linking to: Sew Can Do, Live Randomly Simple

Yarn Along

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I finished The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

A quick, sweet read.

Next up, Today Will be Different by Maria Semple.

I picked this up at the library yesterday and I hope I like it.

I was a fan of her previous novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

I continue to make hats for the homeless to send to Hooking For the Homeless (in New Hampshire).

I have figured out my issue with knitting hats in the round.

I preface this with the statement, I never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

I thought the “16 inch” cable needles referred to the length of the cable, not the total length tip to tip.

I could never figure out how you didn’t need to add a lot of stitches to make it reach to join.

Then at Joann’s I saw  size 13 16″ circulars and it was a “light dawns on marblehead” moment.

So, I am currently knitting a hat on my 60% off 16 inch circulars.

Using up stash bulky yarn, Lion Brand Hometown USA in Spartans (found in the discount bin at Joann’s)

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

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Year Of Projects Update

This week, I needed to put my knit PomPom Scarf on hold.

I made a mistake and need to frog 3 rows.

This is a precarious situation.

I need quiet, YouTube (Marly Birds-How to TINK your knitting), and coffee.

Most importantly, no little people around me.

So, Monday morning will be my time to do that.

Instead, I made progress on my husband’s afghan.

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The pattern is AnneMarie Benthem’s Honeycomb Blanket found in the book Crochet to Calm.

This is my long-term winter project which I will be linking each month to thistlebear’s Winter Project Link Party.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

I also finished pattern testing The Knot Theorist’s Rain on Cobblestones Cowl.

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I need to block this and will do a full post on it once the pattern is published.

Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Highland DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Have a good week!

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Check out the Ravelry Group A Year of Projects to see what the other bloggers have completed!

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A Simple Knit

2016 is my year to learn knitting.

So far, I have made a shawl, a cowl and scarves.

On my Year of Projects list, I have placed hats and socks at the top of the list.

I purchased Craftsy.com classes for both of these items, but haven’t done the classes yet.

This is due to Craftsy changing the site design and working out the bugs and my shattered iPad.

Recently Target had iPad Minis on sale, but had none in stock (I refuse to pay full price-I’ll just keep checking stock online and then swoop in with my raincheck).

So while I was at Target, I bought a Kindle Fire for basically the loose change I had in my wallet (seriously cheap).

Surprisingly, it is everything I need-books, Overdrive, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I need to check if I can put the Craftsy app on it.

So I will soon be able to watch my classes.

In the meantime, I had some left over Bernat Bargello Plum yarn from my simple lapghan that I made my aunt.

On the label was a knit hat, made flat and then seamed.

This seemed do-able for me!

Except for the fact that I lost track of my right side and wrong side (placed my marker too late), the fact that I am still iffy on counting knit rows (row counting is so much easier in crochet) and my slightly wonky seaming, I think it turned out pretty good!

I had my cousin look at the picture and she thinks it is cute and her mom would love it!

This picture cracks me up:

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Why, hello!

My hat making skills are a work in progress!

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Lacy Keyhole Scarf

In my quest to learn knitting I purchased several classes from Craftsy.com.

Up first, Knit Lab with Stephanie Japel.

The first project is the Lacy Keyhole Scarf.

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Skills learned:

  • Longtail cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Yarn over knit one
  • Knit 2 together
  • Bind off
  • Seaming pieces together
  • Weaving in ends

I chose Lion Brands Wool-Ease in Blush Heather and 5mm straight bamboo needles.

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This was a fun first project (I haven’t done more than knit, purl, knit front back).

I love the lacy look and liked learning how to bind off and cast on to make the keyhole (I could use more practice with this).

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I’m not sure I would wear this much, but I think this would make a very cute scarf for Miss ME (with the plus that with the keyhole it would stay on her!).

I planned on doing the second project in the class, but it is not possible at this time.

Craftsy.com is going through a relaunch of the site and I can’t access any of my classes or patterns (sigh).

So, my next project is the Expression Fiber Arts Ravelry Group’s CAL.

The pattern is Expression Fiber Arts Pink Pearl Hat.

I have several hanks of yarn from the site, but I have had Shimmering Cashmere (color way: Space Nebula) languishing for months.

I simply could not find a project I wanted to use for this yarn (its too thin for any project I wanted to do).

My plan is to use both this yarn and the remainder of the Blush Heather Wool-Ease to make the hat.

I’ll finally use this yarn and not waste the Wool-Ease, a win-win!

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Miss ME’s Cardigan

Miss ME was in need of a cute sweater.

Or, I was in need of making a cute sweater!

That seems more accurate.

I have long admired patterns by Mon Petit Violon.

In July she was having a sale, so I purchased four patterns:

At the beginning of September, my LYS was having a 50% off sale and I picked up five hanks of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport yarn in Cotton Candy and Lemon.

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Perfect colors for a little girl’s cardigan.

I purchased all the pink and yellow available, I should have purchased the orange too…live and learn!

Although I found the yarn a tad splity, I love the colors and the softness.

I found some buttons I LOVE and I think they work well!

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(I am drawing a complete blank where I purchased the buttons.)

This is a very simple pattern utilizing HDC and DC.

It is the wrapping of a HDC around a HDC that gives it such lovely detail.

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I used all three hanks of Cotton Candy and one hank of Lemon.

I chose not to make it long sleeved as I felt the Lemon was a nice accent on the sleeves and it would look strange to have full sleeves in yellow.

I am so chuffed with how it turned out!

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The only change I made was hook size.

I started and completed the yoke using a 4.5mm hook.

I then increased to a 5mm hook for the body and the edging.

It could do with a good blocking, but since a 2 1/2 year old is going to wear it, I figure it is not necessary.

With the remaining hank of Lemon, I plan on making the Pearl Cloche Hat.

I hope to have a picture of Miss ME wearing it soon!

Although this particular pattern was not on my Year of Projects list, one of my goals was to make Miss ME clothing so…

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Happy Crocheting!

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Yarn: Cascade Superwash 220

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm and 5mm

Size: 4-5T

(Miss ME is a tall 2 1/2 year old, but even so, the 2-3T would have been much too small)

Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, Sew Can Do, Live Randomly Simple, Lou Lou Girls, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Bee A Crafter, The Crafting Nook, Moogly