& breathe

Took a Grinch-y stance on holiday hats (a la the Knitmore Girls) and finished up the Holiday Hats for this year. There are 8 hats. 5 for girls, featuring four different color bows; 3 for boys. These range in size from 1 year old head to adult size.

Since then, Santa Barbara has been in the high 70s and low 80s so there’s no danger of the hats getting worn out until November!

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Christmas is COming

Christmas is coming. And before Christmas comes Christmas Cards. And another year of making hats for my sister’s kids. Last year’s hats didn’t make the cut for the cards. Despite their awesome .gif. We all agreed that the most popular hats have been animals, particularly these penguins (and one panda).

So I used a basic beanie pattern. And added some embellishment.

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Michael’s had some acrylic on sale. 90 yards for 99 cents. And some weird scrubby yarn from Red Heart.

Plus some Wool Jewel podcast to keep me company.

IMG_20170825_121153288Crochet, crochet, crochet.

Et Voila!

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It’s over?

When I started this blanket, I had a couple of ideas “sketched” out. I think it’s pretty obvious which I went with. Though now that I’m done…

I kept re-counting what I needed as I neared the end of my Purple Flower blanket. 3 years. More than 200 hexis. Several different G hooks dug from the depths. Countless project bags, some stashed in the car for emergency fiber.purple-flower-done-blanket (6)

And thankfully I mostly stitched them on as I went. I only had the final 20 to do as the last go. On the floor. purple-flower-done-blanket (1)

It’s not quite the size of a full size bed. But it’ll fit nicely in the dinette/bed of the trailer.

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I did debate a border. I swam through similar projects on Rav. It does add a finishing touch. But it’s not THAT much better. so I decided to forgo it.

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And of course, as soon as I clipped the last tail on the last hex? “I wonder if I should start another that goes better with the interior of the trailer?” Three years and that’s what I thought?!

Exciting Weekend

We recently had a really exciting weekend (exciting for us, and also relative to all of March and the horrible Influenza A we got despite all having our annual flu shots. And yes, we will continue to get flu shots).

Our family  has been working on restoring a 1965 Field & Stream Camper Trailer. we purchased it two years ago on slightly more than a whim. And since then it has resided in more or less pieces in the drive & garage. And we only have a one car garage.

How, though, does this relate to fiber arts? For one, it’s back together enough that I can now craft at the dinette table. It’s like a little clubhouse in the front yard. That little scramble of a project is the start of a Boo the Bat inspired stuffy for the Legacy Knitz Podcast Stuffy KAL. I’m going to do two, as they are pretty small. And one shall go into my gift box for the 12 Months to Christmas KAL for the Down Cellar Studios Podcast.

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And, two, because my job is holding & pushing & more holding, I’m sore in places I didn’t know you could be sore, which makes it hard to knit or crochet!IMG_20160402_095150239_HDR

But wait! There’s more! I also received an awesome prize from YarnPop! I entered a giveaway on Facebook (blech, Facebook) and won. Quite a surprise, especially considering HOW MUCH I won.

And you know what looks good in a vintage camper trailer? A Yarn Pop bag filled with your husband’s black sweater. Yup.

The purple flower blanket

IMG_20160329_074024942.jpgI can’t remember when I started this poor blanket. I should know by now that things worked in pieces & I don’t mix that well. Unlike a lot of blankets, or might have been blankets, this one is not made of scraps & does have a plan. Crazy. It has a better chance of being finished since it’s crochet instead of knit. (Though I have finished the occasional knit blanket.)It’s being crocheted on a G Hook with Loops & Threads Woolike, held double in purple, lavendar, and golden yellow.

I wish I’d been keeping better track of how much yarn I used, but that’s always one of my downfalls. Still, thanks to the kitchen scale I convinced my cooking obsessed husband to purchase, I know that each hex weighs between 3 & 4 grams. 1 gram being the lowest the scale will measure. And the yarn is 100 grams per skein. Though I don’t think I’ve made 33 hexes out of each. But I do think I’ve been working with partial skeins thanks to some dolls I knit.

Final plan for the blanket is (currently) 10 flowers. 2 across by 5 tall. The rows alternate by 10 & 11 hexes. 4 rows for a set of flower (with 1 row of lavender next to it). & add two rows to the last flower. So I’m thinking…232

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Ennui Update

Well, would you look at that. I wasn’t suffering from ennui. I was just regular ol’ sick. Struck down with a fever. The only hobby I participated in was shivering under some blankets. Bleh!

As I started to feel better I began work on my linen socks, which aren’t going that well. Turns out where I thought linen would have little stretch, there’s about 20% less stretch than that.

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Couldn’t even get that sucker over my foot. That hasn’t happened with a sock in years. I’ve got fluffy ankles (11″ ankle, and that widest part from heel to top of foot is 14″), and I know that, so I usually have it compensated for. But linen’s lack of stretch. Whew!

Try #2 is going to involve something a little more like the infamous “Grandmother’s slipper” shape. So more of an envelope over the foot and then closing down where you can feel the toe bones separating out into toes. I’m playing with it. I’d like to keep it in stockinette and fairly smooth rather than floppy since the goal is to wear these in some sort of shoe.

I’ve also been working on some gift crocheting for BlogHer in August! Not sure how many knitters/crocheters I’ll meet there, but I’m excited to learn things about blogging. And I’m giving my friends who are going a little care package. This secret is going in one.

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I’m also trying out some new podcasts as I work. This one is LegacyKnitz. I’m not committed yet, but the ladies are pretty funny. And it’s nice to have some fiber in the background while I knit or crochet.

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