Current State of Knitting

Photo Jul 21, 9 47 05 PM (1) editWhen I finished the Aran sweater, I only had one ball of that Irish yarn left. After thinking about it for a bit, I knit it into a small cabled tea cozy for one of my 4-cup teapots.

After that, I finally got around to a baby hat that I had agreed to knit for someone back in January… (I do not do much knitting by request, because I don’t seem to actually enjoy it and therefore I procrastinate on it as much as humanly possible. That is exactly what happened here, and the hat only took me a few hours to complete. I always forget how quick some crochet projects are…)

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5KCBWDAY2 – Dating Profile

Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.

WarmHandsWarmHeart2012

Alice's Reading Mitts

Seeking Someone to Warm Up

Hello, I’m Susie. I moved to the Midwest from Texas in late 2011, but it wasn’t until late 2012 that it really felt like home. Now, I love Chicago; it’s my own “sweet home” because it’s where I realized what I would become. (It doesn’t hurt that my opportunities to warm chilly hands are numerous here with the fickle weather and long winters.)

My size is on the smaller side, but I’m tough with excellent stitch definition. I’m gray, but I’m not gloomy–there’s a rainbow of colours shining under that overdye if you’ll just give me a chance.

I’m a little vain, so I’m not interested in activities that might make me snag. I tend to pill under pressure; it’s embarrassing, but it’s true. I’ve got tight twist, so I knit up a little stiff, but I softened up after some quality time washing and blocking. That’s the best way to get to know me–talk to me sweetly and soak me in wool wash and cool water, then lay flat to dry. If I’m acting grumpy, it’s a good way to get me back in shape and good humor. It’s also fantastic as a treat any day just to show me that you care. It’s a spa experience that I never get tired of.

My favourite way to spend an afternoon is cuddled up with someone special and a good book. I’m just the right length to avoid interfering with page-turning, and I won’t obscure your fingers, but drafts won’t be a problem. I love to cozy around a mug of warm tea or coffee, absorbing the heat and relaxing. It’s a warmth that you’ll feel even when the beverage is gone, because I’ve got the power of wool on my side.

Once we’re together, you’ll wonder how you managed so long without me. Cold hands with frozen fingers will be a thing of the past.

Alice's Reading Mitts

What’s Knitting and Crochet Blog Week?

Cabled Socks and Cabled Sweater and Cabled Hat

Finished Silver Socks I’ve been knitting away, but not necessarily with much visible progress lately. My socks are done~! ♥ In the end, I didn’t make the legs any longer than the pattern recommended–I was worried about running out of yarn, which was silly because I have tiny feet and there are always plenty of leftovers, but I worried anyway. I love-love-love the finished socks! The cables are gorgeous, the socks are not short enough to make me regret my decision, and the colour is beautiful~ I haven’t even worn them yet–I just hold them and sigh happily, haha!

As soon as I finished the socks, I started on an epic sweater. Why is it epic? Well, many years ago my stepfather lived and worked abroad in Ireland. When my mother visited him for a vacation, they brought back souvenirs for the family. I got yarn. (When I was given the yarn they told me that when looking for something for me they initially were going to get me a sweater, but the sweaters were expensive so they opted for the yarn…) I’ve held on the to yarn for a long time, but it was destined to be the last yarn in my stash for knitting…and with the socks done, that project’s hour was struck!

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WIP Wednesday: Button Time

ButtonsThis Wednesday I finished up the doll wrap that I was working on~! ♥ The buttons that I ordered arrived during the day, and I spent the evening sewing them on and adjusting the length of the fringe. The only buttons that I had on hand in the correct size were either standard 4-hole black plastic circles or 2-hole circles of transparent plastic with pink or silver glitter. They were leftovers from other projects, and as much as I really think the glitter buttons are cute, they were too childish for the colour of the yarn and the style of the finished project.

I decided to order dark shell buttons, as I thought they would coordinate well with the colours of the yarn. The Opaline colourway is a really lovely rainbow with a dark brownish-gray over-dye. There’s something similar in the way that shell buttons reflect light with an iridescence. When the buttons arrived I was happy to find that they had exactly the look I was hoping for.

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Doll Knitting Interlude

I took a break from socks before I jumped on the next pair. I didn’t start the sweater, however, and I didn’t buy any more yarn.

A little more than a year ago I knit a ear-covering headband for cold weather. My ears really can’t take it when it’s cold. Even well above freezing I generally still need to wear a hat or my ears get very red and painful. Sometimes I don’t really want an entire hat, and as much as I appreciate the functionality of earmuffs I’m always hoping for something cuter. I saw the pattern Portsmouth: a skating hat and thought it was a really cute look in the pictures. I had some leftover yarn from a skein purchased during the Madelinetosh Black Friday sale in 2011, so I used it. I wore the finished item maybe once or twice and then forgot about it until I found it at the bottom of our “cold weather accessories” bag in the closet, when trying to organize the scarves. As cute as it looked on the model, it just would not lay flat on my own head regardless of blocking.

When I discovered it again, I thought about how much yarn it probably contained, totally wasted in its current state, and unraveled it.

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30 Days of Knitting: Day 9

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

My favourite yarn, hands-down, is Madelinetosh.

My first experience with one of their yarns was in late 2010. I had just started knitting “for serious.” As a new member of Ravelry, I was curious about yarns and fibers beyond those available in craft stores. I decided I was going to knit a few Christmas presents for some of my relatives, and I wanted to make some of those presents with yarn I hadn’t used before.

Prior to this excursion, I was not a fan of yarn shops. My experiences had not been pleasant ones. My mother crochets, but she preferred the prices and large quantities of acrylics at craft stores. I had tagged along with my Nana to yarn shops before, but I at best my presence had been tolerated, not welcomed. I made a few attempts to visit yarn shops on my own in later years, but I always felt like I was being regarded with skepticism. It was like a club that I was not a part of. Continue reading