Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Double Knitting

I've been wanting to learn double knitting, so I tried out the technique on this potholder. Double knitting creates a piece that is reversible with the colors inverted on the back side. It took me a while to get the technique down. It was so confusing to look at the chart and my needles and not to be able to "read" my knitting. I eventually got the hand of it, though. I found that since I read the chart off my computer screen, when I did the "wrong side" rows, it was easier if I inverted the colors on the screen.

Pattern: The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever
Yarn: Acrylic from my stash

My original plan was to make two of these and then sew them together into a reversible purse or bag for the kids to play with. I still might.

In the meantime, the kids have been using it as a play potholder. Since the yarn is some acrylic, I don't know if I could use it as an actual potholder without risking some melted yarn.

FO: Ice cream

With the parasol knitting finished, I did some little projects that were in my queue. Here's an ice cream cone!

Pattern: Scooped
Yarn: Acrylic in my stash.

Parasol Progress

After receiving the extra skein of blue, I was able to finish my knitting on the parasol!

I even went out and bought beading materials. The store didn't have dangle beads in the size I liked, so I bought the headpins and beads and made some myself. I was lucky both kids napped that day.

So after I finish blogging today, I'm going to take the paper off the parasol. I need to buy some gold spray paint, but as soon as the weather is nice and I can spray paint the parasol frame, I'll get it finished! I think with the beads and the yarn, this is my most expensive project to date, about $150 in materials. But it's good to spend money on something that is going to be nice. And if I win in the county fair, that's $5!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Yarny Mail!

I received two packages of yarn this week in the post. Hooray!

I don't know why my phone did different lighting on the two halves of my photo, but it did. I did not photoshop this at all. Weird.

On the left is some Cakewalk Yarns sock yarn. I won that from the Just One More Row Podcast. I feel so special! It's in my stash now labelled with the sock pattern I'm planning on using and it's been queued. Yes. I'm so on top of my stash!

On the right is a skein of Dream in Color Everlasting in the color I need to finish my county fair project. It's not the same dye lot at all, but I could only find 1 vendor of all my LYS's and the entire Internet that even carried that colorway. I guess it's selling fast. So I get what I get and hope it works. This is the third yarn I've tried and I'm not frogging again. It's a matter of will power versus yarn now.

FO: Kitchen Towel

Pattern: Chili Pepper Red Kitchen Towel
 Yarn: Sugar and Cream from my stash

I wanted to use up some of the variegated yarn in my stash, so I did and then finished off the towel in green. Our other towels aren't very absorbant, so I'm trying to stock us up with some good ones. It's not the most pretty towel, but it's a kitchen towel. Doesn't need to look fancy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rainy Wednesday

Today has been a big handiwork day. I sat down and wove in ends for a washcloth.
And I patched up 5 pairs of pants and darned a pair of socks. There are currently 2 pies in the oven.

I am old school today.

FO: Idaho Gma's hat

Pattern: Columbia Beret
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Plum

Idaho Gma (of fMh commenting fame) asked that I make her a hat. So I did! I had just enough yarn for the hat, but not enough for the cute tie featured in the pattern, which was a little disappointing. It's going to go out to Idaho soon!

Friday, March 09, 2012

FO: Cowl

Pattern: Cupido Cowl
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies in Glenwood (first color on that page)

I've never done a cowl before; I never really got the "point" of them. But I had NO IDEA how to use up this yarn. I bought it when we were in Monterey last summer. It looked pretty in the skein, and I wasn't sure if it would knit up well.

I chose this pattern because it used the right amount of yarn. That's it. Scientific, yes? The pattern makes use of slip stitches and breaks up any pooling that the colors might have done, which is great!

I'm not sure if I'm going to wear this. Right now it's just too warm for cowls. I might donate it to a good cause and sell it at a craft fari. I know there's an annual Christmas one here whereat the money is given to local women's shelters.

Now that project is done, I need a new out-and-about project. Oh how about this: (sneak peek!)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Fear of Success

This past week of knitting has been haunted by an uneasy feeling. I've been working on the mystery project that I swatched in red for a few posts back. I really want to do it, but imagining myself on the other side with a finished project is really foreign to me. That project represents a level of awesome that I can't actually imagine myself attaining (and that's pretty hard as I AM pretty awesome already). But it's still kind of overwhelming. I find myself making excuses to not work on it: Margaret pulled my ball of yarn into a stringy mess, so I can't work on it. I finished that skein and before I can work on it again, I have to wind another skein. Oh I can't take it to the park, it's too complicated of a project.

When I write it out, that seems really self-defeating doesn't it? Yeah. I'm over halfway done with that project. And it will rock. And I will rock. I just need to get myself to do this.

In the meantime, I've needed a project that is more mobile, so I random number generated a project in my now organized queue and came up with a cowl. I've never done a cowl because I never really "got" the appeal, but maybe this one will change my mind. Last Friday McKay and I saw an early showing of John Carter and I was able to knit in the dark theater the whole time and got pretty far.