Monday, July 27, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 27 and another FO!!

This hat TOTALLY cracks me up.

From these pics you wouldn't even know that it is a hat.  
It looks like a full over the head furry ski-mask. 

It is pretty funny!  

So, I designed my own pattern for this.  I really like it.  The hat was super simple--of course knitting with fun fur is a little annoying, but the hat itself is super simple.  Then the eyes and nose really threw me.  I totally stalled out while contemplating how to do them.  My mom crocheted the nose and then she couldn't figure how to do the eyes.  I tackled three crochet projects and felt more confident in my crochet skills so I decided to give it a try.  I got mad crochet skillz!!  Hahaha!!  Anyhow, I think it came out great! :)  

London totally loves it.  He is wearing it right now.  Yup . . .  July, hot, humid, and super warm hat.  He LOVES it!  What more could a Mommy ask for??? :)

Updated August 6, 2009:  I linked this to Kimba's DIY Day over at A Soft Place to Land.  I always love checking out the amazing things that bloggers are making.  I thought that I couldn't participate because I'm not blogging about projects I am doing around my house--but today Kimba specifically said recipes and crafts count!  Yea!!  So, here I am in my first DIY party!  So, go check out what all of those amazing ladies have been up to.  It makes for great inspiration!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 26

I have another finished object!  Yea!!  

But, my model is in bed after a busy summer day rockin' the kiddie pool.   

Hopefully he will be able to fit me into his busy schedule tomorrow.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 25

And another finished object!  

This is the Flower Pot Hat also from Itty Bitty Knits by Susan B. Anderson.   I used Tahki Cotton Classic in colors that were all left from my Marley Hat that I traded in the swap last month.   I like the bright green with the purples and blues.  I am often drawn to a combination of greens, blues, and purples.

The hat is knit in basket weave and then the little flowers are crocheted and attached after.  The pattern also has flowers sprouting out of the top of the hat from i-cord stems.  But, i-cord does not float my boat so I decided to skip it.  I have plenty of yarn leftover if I ever decide to do it.  I am knitting these hats for a knitalong, but I wonder if I had an actual little one in mind for it if I would drudge through the i-cord.  Time will tell!

Friday, July 24, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 24

We have a finished object!  Yea!!  This is the Rosebud by Susan B. Anderson from Itty Bitty Hats.  This is part of the knitalong I am doing to knit every hat in the Itty Bitty Hat book.  We are doing two a month and this was from June.  

I used a varigated bamboo yarn on a size 5 needle.  This is the newborn size.  I have no idea how bamboo will hold its shape for a hat.  The pink roses and green leaves are Tahki Cotton Classic leftovers from my Upside Down Daisy hat.  Yup, we're all about the Itty Bitty Hats around here! :)

Link to my Ravelry project page is here.

I've been focusing on the Flower Pot Hat the past couple days.  I have also been thinking about how to line my Larger Than Life Bag .  I've spent a lot of time looking for tutorials on lining a bag.  It seems like they are designed more for sewers that are making bags as opposed to knitters and crocheters that want a very easy way to line a bag.  Ah well, I'll figure it out!

Monday, July 13, 2009

FO:Victorian Beaded Scarf

I am super excited to have finished this project!  I cast on in May . . . wait for it . . . 2007.  Yup, 2 years and 2 months ago.  I finished the first half of it pretty quickly and then totally stalled out on doing the second half.  It is necessary to string all of the beads for the half before casting on and that totally derailed my starting the second half.  So, a couple months ago I strung all of the beads and started casting on for the second half and I stalled out again.  I just picked it up again last week with the lofty goal of finishing it for my mom's birthday on Wednesday.  

The scalloped edge is created when casting on.  This means that there will be two halves that need to be garter stitch grafted together.  I did a REALLY good job grafting.  I have never been able to graft until this project.  Yea!!!!  :)

My mom does wear browns, but not much red.  I was concerned that she would not have a shirt to match it so I picked up this shirt for her at Target yesterday.  Last year at Rhinebeck (the New York State Sheep and Wool festival) we kept seeing this scarf and my mom went on and on and on about how much she loved it.  I had intended for this scarf to be a gift for my mother and I hinted to her that she would probably end up with this scarf "someday".

I used Schaefer Yarn Company Anne.  I really don't know how much yarn it was, but it seems like it less than half a skein.  I bought the beads at my LYS and was pretty limited in my color choices.  I really wanted a chocolate brown, but had to settle for the orangey-red.  The pattern was designed by a local teacher, however I have seen this same idea in several other patterns.  The one I linked to in Ravelry was not the pattern I used, but it looks similar.

I am thrilled to have finished this!!!!!  I really hope my mom likes the colors.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 12

I finished a project today!!  And bonus, it is my mother's birthday present!!  WAHOO!!  :)  Man, this Wrestlemania thing is really working for me. :)  Details and pictures tomorrow.

Friday, July 10, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 10

Very Quick Update:
I have been working on my Victorian Beaded Scarf.  My mom's birthday is the 15th and I have this totally unrealistic notion that it will be done in time.  Ha!  I have also done a little bit on the Rosebud Hat and a repeat or two on my February Lady Sweater.  Monday-Thursday was busy so knitting was minimal.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 5

Notice the sticks in his hand?  Sticks, rocks, pine needles . . . all wonderful treasures.  I hope you had a great 4th of July.  Ours was focused on spending quality time with our loved ones.  Perfection.

So, Day 5.  Today I finished weaving in all of the ends on my Larger Than Life Bag.  This means I have completely finished all of the "yarn" part of the project.  Now I need to figure out how to line it.  I have all of the supplies, I know what I want to do, I just need to figure how to do it.

I also did another lace repeat on my February Lady Sweater.  I tried it on and the yoke looks like a perfect fit.  Yea!!!  It definitely needs more length, so I need to keep plugging away on those lace repeats.  

These updates are really exciting, aren't they?  I need to figure out something I can finish to keep my two readers from bailing on me! :)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 4

Happy Fourth of July!!!  We enjoyed the beautiful weather with a trip to the park and the farmer's market.  Nice, low-key 4th.  I think some BBQ is in our future tomorrow.

Well, I had just finished weaving in the ends on my second clog and was about to start joining the second sole when I realized that something was really not right.  The toe part of the clog was super, super tiny.  I took out my other completed clog to compare and I definitely made a HUGE mistake in knitting the toe.  UGH!!!  So I frogged, and frogged, and frogged.  By the way, frogging wraps and turns is a serious pain!  I now have one completed clog and one sole on the second clog.    I am done with the clog for today.  I'll probably do another lace repeat on my February Lady Sweater.  Or maybe weave in the ends on my Larger Than Life Bag.

Friday, July 03, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 3

My two potential knitting times are nap time and after the little guy goes to bed.  So, today during nap time I picked up my Felted Clog again.  Guess when I started them.  Go ahead, guess.  February 2008.  I am ridiculously close to finishing it.  Today I made the second sole on the second clog.  It only needs to be seamed up, joined, and bound off.  Another nap time should have it finished.  Although with the weekend coming up I may not have another free nap time until next week.  My evening knitting tonight consisted of one lace repeat on the February Lady Sweater.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

FO: Sweetheart Washcloth in Pink

Day 2 of the WIPs Wrestlemania and we have a finished object.  Yea!! :)

It looked like this when I put the little guy down for his nap.

And it looked like this by the time he woke up.

It is the Sweetheart Washcloth pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I cast on before Valentine's Day right after I had completed one in chenille.  My crochet skills have GREATLY improved since then and I was able to do the crocheted picot edging.

Gotta go do a lace repeat on my February Lady Sweater!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

WIPs Wrestlemania Day 1

Here is my February Lady Sweater.  The picture is from Monday, so pretend that there are 2 more lace repeats.
I haven't knit yet today (ya know, work and parenting and all that) but as soon as the little guy is in bed I will be doing another lace repeat.  Remember my plan is one repeat a night and so far I have been doing well with this plan.  What?  It's only Day 1?  I know, I know.  But, I have been doing one lace repeat a night for the past 4 nights.