Monday, November 16, 2009


I usually knit a lot over the weekends. Then on Monday I want to post my progress, but I think "A WIP Wednesday would be a good thing... I'll wait until then." And then I forget to on Wednesday, so here's my weekend knitting. It's a stocking I'm being commissioned to knit. Obviously I need to finish knitting, do the duplicate stitch on the argyle part and block the heck out of it.

And here's Margaret wearing some leggings I repurposed for her from some dollar store socks.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tarn and Tissues

(cross-posted at the bonnet)

In our attempt to waste less, I've been cutting T-shirts up into yarn, or "tarn." I don't increase my yarn stash without a project in mind, so it will definitely become something in the (hopefully near) future.

On the left and in back, you can see cakes of tarn. The orange tarn isn't wound yet.

When making tarn, you don't use the yoke and sleeves of the shirt. I cut the unused yokes and sleeves into "squares" of tissue. That blue bag is actually a tissue box cover that my high school AP chemistry teacher made for her students as a "going away to college" present. Instead of using boxes of tissues, I'm stuffing the new cloth tissues into it.

While I'm not "looking forward" to the next time a cold runs through the house, I'm excited to use our tissues. They are fairly soft, won't fall apart, and are reusable! Plus it'll be cheaper than buying tissues. Yes, we'll have to wash them, but I can sanitize them with the diapers and they won't take up that much space in the wash.

This is part of my ultimate plan to switch to family cloth. Slowly and surely we will get there.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Blue Backpack

On Tuesdays, we go to a friend's house to play and to do our laundry. The last two times we were there, Margaret found a little dog-shaped backpack and refused to take it off (tears ensued when we had to leave).

So I decided to make Margaret a backpack. Her favorite color is blue, and I had this blue-ish yarn on hand, so I made this. I found the pattern in a book at the library. I don't normally check childrens' knitting books out, but it's not like Vogue Knitting has patterns for backpacks, you know?

Pattern: Bright and Beautiful Backpack from The Kids' Knitting Notebook by Cindy Craig
Yarn: Red Heart worsted in Blueberry Pie

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The pattern calls for bulky yarn and I used worsted. This made it a little smaller to fit Margaret, thought it's still pretty big for her.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Pattern: Garden Variety (link to pattern in the left column)
Yarn: Some acrylic I had on hand

The pattern includes carrots, celery, broccoli, corn, and tomatoes. I didn't do the corn because I liked the one I posted earlier better, and I didn't do the broccoli because it looked a little too phallic. I think the celery pattern was genius in how it incorporated how stockinette stitch folds up on itself. The instructions for the celery were a little off, though, and I'll note my changes in my Ravelry projects page. The carrots were a little too plump for my taste, but the tomatoes were just right. :)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Corn on the Cob

Yarn: Acrylic from my stash
Pattern: Corn

I chose this pattern because I liked the "shuckability" of the corn. It was a lot of fun and I think that using the "wrong" side of the stockinette stitching as the corn kernels was a stroke of genius!

Fingerless Gloves and Scarf

I finished these a few weeks ago and McKay finally consented to modeling them.

Yarn: Encore Worsted in a light gray and a dark gray.

Scarf: New York with a stripe added near the ends

Fingerless gloves: Cigar modified so that all the fingers are fingerless
The colors are the same in both projects, but the main color for each project is reversed.