Owls…

The owl sweater is finished!  I love the way it came out.  Wouldn’t change a thing, although I sort of wish there was less of ME in the sweater…

I’ll try to post full length photos on my Ravelry page at some point but you can check out the owl detail:

IMG_7271I’m hoping to find the perfect buttons for it.  Dark wood, about a 1/4 inch in diameter…and 22 of them.

The yarn color looked so very different in each photo that I took.  The actual color is this:

Berroco Vintage Chunky in Lilacs

 

The pattern was very well-written and I tried out a new knitting app for the first time.  It’s called KnitCompanion and the beauty of it is that you can customize it to your needs.  You can use up to 4 counters at a time so you can do all the rows in your pattern with one counter, then keep track of the repeats with another counter.  You can add in notes, highlight (helpful for patterns with multiple sizes), and I know there are more capabilities that I haven’t even used yet.  It’s 15.99 at the iTunes store but if you don’t want to spring for it, you can buy a 2 week usage for .99 or a 3 month usage for 4.99.  The free version will let you use it in a limited capacity.  After using it for this sweater, i think I’ll be purchasing the full “forever” version.

 

So…what are you knitting right now?

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: I was not paid to review KnitCompanion.  If they want to gift me the full version of the app I would be forever grateful.  

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Finding my Place…

Since I seem to be losing stuff all over the place lately (my car keys, my kids’ permission slips…my mind, etc.), it should only ring true for my knitting paraphernalia.  I think the only reason I haven’t lost my knitting bag is because I only see the poor thing once or twice a week.

For some reason, the notions…they just don’t want to stay with me.  Snippers, tapestry needles, stitch markers…all fleeing my bag like it’s the apocalypse up in there.   I decided enough was enough and instead of buying a new pack of stitch markers for about 3 bucks, I’d spend about 40 on beading materials and make my own.  (I never claimed to have common sense.  Just roll with it.)

So last night during the Globes, I made these:

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IMG_7261Pretty, right?  Except now I have way more than I need.  Anyone want to buy some stitch markers?  I’m thinking I need a latte per each set of 6.  Four bucks?

 

Knitting

I’ve made a bunch of things since the summertime and have now just gotten around to taking good photos.

The Clapotis…made while I was in the hospital with my son.

DSC_0038 DSC_0035DSC_0034The Gina

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Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl

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DSC_0032And lastly, the Hitchhiker

DSC_0043Currently, I’m working on a Pumpkin Pie with some gorgeous Malabrigo yarn…more pictures to come…

 

What are you knitting?

 

Yarn Dyeing…

Last month I thought it would be fun to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn.  I perused many a site about dyes, fixatives, etc and then stumbled upon this little gem.   A whole website dedicated to dyeing yarn with food coloring!  And free, to boot.  The site discusses using everything from the McCormick food coloring you can buy at your local grocery store, to the Wilton gel dyes you can purchase at a craft store.  They provide photos of every color and type of dye in adorable mini hanks like this:

image courtesy of dyeyouryarn.com

So using their directions on incorporating the Wilton gel icing dyes, I started my little project (which, surprisingly, did not make a huge mess or cost a whole bunch of money).

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I started with a superwash yarn, and also did a 100% wool yarn:

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Wound it into a hank:

IMG_5196Tied it off:

IMG_5197And laid it out, painted the dye on, and let it sit.  I microwaved it for a bit to set the dye and wrapped it with Glad Press n Seal.

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And unfortunately I have not created a swatch or knitted anything yet so you’ll have to wait to see the result!

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Socks…

I finished a pair of socks the other night. (Will wonders never cease?

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They are a lovely mix of browns and tans. Almost like a decadent caramel mocha way-too-many-calorie-laden drink from Starbucks. I’m not in love with the finished product, but it’s 100% due to my shortcomings in the sock-making department. Things I need to remember for next time:

  • Top down sucks. Toe-up, all the way.
  • Too-big is better than too-small.
  • Two at a time knitting is fiddly. But it helps me avoid the dreaded One Sock Syndrome.
  • Measure twice, knit once. Or rather, knit a sock that will fit an adult.

I loved the yarn I used. A self striping yarn from Twill, my new favorite store!

 

 

Fun new yarn

Discovered a new yarn this weekend…premier Yarn’s Starbella. Knits up quickly and looks complicated. I bought 2 skeins yesterday and knit up 2 scarves already for Xmas gifts. Can’t post pics, since they are for people who may read this!

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Looking for more recommendations for quick projects like this for gifts…

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