Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another hat for the Occupiers

Pattern: The Boy Hat
Yarn: Encore Worsted

Another one for Occupy Oakland. This picture was taken right before I went to my knitting group and I took Isaac with me, thinking that if things weren't violent, I'd run it by the Occupiers last night. But you know how that went down, so we didn't go. When the encampment gets back up, I'll head out then. Or I can give the hats to Occupy Berkeley or Occupy SF.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy Hat

Pattern: Occupy
Yarn: Encore Worsted

If you count the knit stitches in the rows, there are in order 15, 3, 3, 21, 16, 25, the letters corresponding to the letters O, C, C, U, P, Y. Can you see it?

I knit this to donate to Occupy Oakland. They were raided last night, but are currently marching at the Oakland library, so I'll run it by there later with another hat I finished yesterday (pics to come). I think one of the greatest good things that have come out of Occupy Oakland is that many of the homeless were fed and given shelter. These hats will keep them warm when the weather turns chilly. The nights are in the 50s already.

Decorating for Halloween

We've been crafting for Halloween!

Lanterns. I got the idea and instructions from Rhythm of the Home. I decided to put the lanterns on Christmas lights so they light up!

Pipe cleaner spiders hanging in the front window.

A paper plate skeleton. McKay made this with the kids and the feet and hands are traced from Margaret. Check out the masking tape holding it up!

Not pictured: we carved our jack-o-lantern last night and Sunday I'm going to carve some turnips to hang up by our front door.

Two Fish

Pattern: Bubbles
Yarn: Some cotton in my stash.

I made these fish for a birthday present gift for one of Margaret's friends. I also made the bath crayons. It was a whole bath set!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I'm a day late to WIP Wednesday, but here are my Works in Progress

A scarf for a lady at church. Red is her favorite color. I bought the yarn last week from A Verb for Keeping Warm when I went with my friend Jess.

McKay's stocking. It's the same pattern as the kids' stockings, but with green as that's his favorite color. Mine will be next. Also, I knit it inside out so that the yarn carries aren't too tight.

Pants for Isaac. It's getting cold and he has a lot of shorts, but not many pants. The yarn is Kool-aid dyed that I got from a friend. It's secondhand yarn: she gave me the yarn crocheted up into pants and I took it out to make knitted pants. This project is on hold because I need new needles.

Also, I have to knit a quick dishcloth before a birthday party tomorrow.

I'm also planning on getting more serious about designing. I went to go write up the pattern for the entrelac wrist warmers from earlier this year, but I cannot find my knitting notebook! I searched everywhere. I think this is a sign that I need to throw out half of what we own. Maybe I'll do that this weekend.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FO: Nemo Mittens

Pattern: Nemo Mittens
Yarn: Red Heart

So yeah. The mittens feel awful as they are acrylic, but Margaret loves them anyway and if they get dirty I can wash them. Way too many ends to weave in. Too much work for not a great product (yarn's fault, not the pattern).

FO: Lace Shrug

Pattern: Lacy Little Shrug
Yarn: Encore Worsted

In my mad rush to assemble outfits for our Christmas photos, I was worried that it would be chilly and we would all need some warm knits. Margaret didn't have one, so I knit this up last weekend. In the end, it was a little too tight and Margaret didn't like it (anyone want a little shrug? it'll probably fit a 2 year old) and it was warm enough that it wasn't needed anyway.

FO: Soaker

Pattern: Vanilla
Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool

 I wanted to make a soaker to use up some wool scraps. The colors are very autumnal. It's a little big on Isaac (I did the large with worsted yarn), but he'll grow into it. It needs room for a cloth diaper, of course!

The pattern is written out logically, but it took me a while to figure out the designer's logic, if that makes sense. Initially, I casted on for the wrong size and had to rip it out.

Additionally, I've started some longies because the rainy season is going to start up in a month or so. Look for those. I need to get some new needles for those, so they are on hold at the moment.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FO: Pinwheel Sweater

Pattern: Pinwheel Sweater

Yarn: Encore Worsted in many colors

This pattern had been sitting in my queue for a long time. So long, in fact, that Margaret has outgrown the child size. I decided to take the mean of the adult and child size measurements to make a sweater that will be in between. It's big on Margaret, but she'll grow into it... in 6 years.

I chose the pink, red, blue, yellow, and green because they were leftovers from other projects and I needed to use them up. I chose the orange and purple to match and had to buy them just for this project. The purple is almost all used up, though, so there's not a lot of extra. I'm not really happy with the orange and purple, but oh well. Good use of stash. It needs blocking, but it's good for now.

Monday, October 03, 2011

FO: Skirt? Cowl?

I got a lot of knitting done this weekend, thanks to conference. Here's a finished object!

Pattern: Neckwarmer
Yarn: Katia Flama in Denim and Red.

I learned the 1x1 tubular bind off for this. And I ran out of blue so I used red for the crochet edging. Because it slides off Margaret's waist when she runs, I might add suspenders, but then she can't use it as a cowl, so I don't know.

I also got a lot of work done on a cardigan/jacket/sweater for Margaret. Just working on the sleeves!