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Autumn is almost here

Autumn is supposed to start in a little over a week.  Elsewhere the weather is starting to get cooler, and maybe some leaves are already turning.  This morning, as I left the house at around 7 am, it was actually cool outside.  Something I have not experienced here in way too many months.  Highs in the afternoon are still around 95 degrees (35C).  And yet the feel of autumn is in the air.  The kids went back to school.  In the mornings it is dark just a little bit longer, and in the evenings it gets darker just a little earlier each day.  Cub scouts has started again, with all the chaos that being treasurer at dues times brings.  Plans for camping trips are being made.  And slowly but surely I am realizing how badly I have neglected some parts of my life, parts that I do enjoy, but are not absolutely “necessary”.  When you have 4 kids home over the summer, necessities are about all that happens… 😉

And even before that, I was quite negligent (for multiple reasons) in showing you the things I did.  I hope I remember them, and have pictures of those items that no longer live at our house.  Let’s see, where do I start.

Oh, the items I made for the (DO NOT LAUGH!!) Christmas Ornament exchange last year.  I could not tell you about them, because the recipient had not received  them yet.  And once she did, I almost forgot, because the year just turned so hectic.  I am part of a great handcraft group (online) and every once in a while we have an exchange.  They are always fun, and I try to usually participate.  This time the topic was Christmas Ornament.  Anything you could decorate with for the holidays.  This is what I made:

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Two stars, made out of size 10 crochet thread, using a size 8 (1,5mm)  crochet hook.  The top one was made following a pattern called Salmon Glacier Snowflake.  It was a pretty simple pattern, though well written.  And really quick, you only crochet 3 rounds!  And because it was so quick, I decided to make a second, but different, one.  It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I had real trouble choosing which one to make…  It is not like there are thousands of gorgeous, big and little crocheted snowflake patterns on the internet.

The second one was made from a pattern called Century Snowflake.  It was equally fun to make, and the little hearts in the center were so cute!  (In my humble opinion of course… 😉 )

I was also spoiled, in the swap, I received this:

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Isn’t he very, very cute?  And such awesome stitching.

Now, before I leave, I also want to show you this:

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Just a simple scarf, using Fisherman’s Rib, or the one below stitch.  DS2 was soo cold last winter, he just had to have a scarf.  And this is a marvelously thick, cushy and warm scarf, perfect for a 5/6 year old.  He wanted bright, so bright he got.  🙂  Some of you might recognize the yarn from the sweater he got last year.  It is Caron Simply Soft, in Rainbow Bright.  I used Needle size 8 (5mm).  A closeup?  Sure, here you go:

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He was thrilled with it.

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Can I catch up now?

It is the end of February.  For some the spring seems already on it’s way, but for many the winter is still in full force.  Down here in Texas the weather is very …. varied.  Somedays it is gorgeous and 70 degrees (21 Celsius) and the next day the high can be right around 50 (10 Celsius).  This is a great way to get sick, because it is very hard to predict and therefore very difficult to dress appropriately.  Layers really are a style of necessity here.  Of course my favorite way to spend this period of the year would be on the couch, with a nice fire in the fire place, knitting the day away.  Too bad there are chores, children and all kinds of other things that need to be taken care of! 😀

Alright, back to my attempt to catch you up on all I have been working on during the blog black-out of 2012… LOL  Late last year, Ted. E. Bear came to stay the weekend with my oldest son.  This is a class teddybear who goes and stays with one of the students almost each weekend.  This was very important to my son, and one of the first comments he made was:  Mom, Ted E. Bear is cold.  Could you make him something?  Sure!  I have hardly a weekend the time to figure out what I can put together, but fortunately after just a little discussion, the problem was solved.  My son wanted a scarf made of the pink yarn.  Completely his choice, not mine, but I was perfectly happy with it.  A scarf is not terribly big, and the yarn was in my stash… So here are the results:

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And yes, that needle on his lap is broken…  They were old, and apparently no longer prepared to do hard work.. 😉  But the scarf got finished, and my son was very happy with it.

Around the end of the year, I really wanted to get the socks I was making for my oldest, to almost match my 2nd son’s socks which I finished in February of last year, finished.  I think I started them over the summer, but the earliest progress pictures I found was in September.  But, New Year Eve’s day they finally got finished:

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I used the Master pattern for …..  You know what?  I can’t find my copy of New Pathways from Cat Bordhi, and I don’t remember for sure which one it was!  It was fun to knit though.  And my son is happy with them.  They have hardly ever made it in the drawer, he tends to pull them off the drying rack as soon as they are dry… LOL

And my newest creation was a pattern for a little doll dress.  A friend brought me a dress she knit years ago, and had lost the pattern for.  Whether I could read the dress and tell her how it was made?  Sure, no problem.  The result, in my opinion was darling.

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The doll is only about 4 or 5 inches tall (around 10-12 cm).

Now I believe you are al caught up with what I have finished.  There is much more going on…. I have also been working on the squares for my crocheted sampler afghan, and have about 11 blocks (I believe) until all the blocks are done.  And I actually picked up my cross stitch again, it had been a while.  I am working on a bird feeder, but I will show this to you some other time, as they are not finished yet.  I also have started a new shawl KAL (which ended about 2 months ago, I think) and am happily knitting away on it.  And I have about 3 other projects that I have either just started or am about to embarque upon…  Who says I might get bored?

 

 

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I promised I would not stay away for very long…  😀  I have of course some more projects to show.  For school, my oldest needed a donation to be added to a basket that his class put together that was going to be raffled off as a fundraiser.  The theme was dinner and a movie.  Of course being who I am, I decided to make something, rather then just buy something.  Dinner and a movie sounded to me like a date, and dates require some dress-up!  I have been wanting to try this yarn my friends had been showing me, yarn that seems to be quite popular at this point in time.  It is called ‘Starbella Flash‘, though there are other brands that have very similar yarns.  This happened to be what I found at our local craft superstore…  It is a yarn that I can best describe as netting.  It looks like netting with a glitter edging.  Another friend of mine has made really cool collars with it for christmas, but I was working with this in October, so I just followed the pattern for the scarf.  Basically you add the loops on your needle, needle size doesn’t matter, because the size of the loops are predetermined by our yarn.  And then you keep hooking  the loops from on your needle over the new loops that are supplied by the yarn.  You know what?  Here is a video, which is a little slow, but does show the technique I used pretty clearly.   The yarn is made by Premier Yarns, and put up in skeins of 3.5 oz, 33 yards, made from 86% Acrylic, and 14% Glitter.  This is the result of casting on 8 stitches, and knitting until it was 4 feet long:

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I believe it was pretty well received, I got several compliments about it.  While the techniek is more fiddely then ‘normal’, it was not entirely unpleasant.  Which is why I also decided to make our nieces each one for Christmas:

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These are all made using a cast on of 8, and continuing until the skein ran out.  Which made them all just over 4 feet long.  I was a little disappointed, out of the 4 skeins I bought to make these scarfs, there were 3 that had a break in the yarn.  Because the yarn ruffles so overwhelmingly any discontinuation was easily hidden, but it was still a bit disappointing.  I was actually surprised when my last skein (of course) had no break in it!  My 1 year old daughter also loved this yarn, and proceeded to unwind at least 3 of the skeins while I was knitting, which of course meant I had to re-assemble something along the lines of a ball out of the mess.  This definitely brought home how slippery this yarn actually was.  I ended up using metal circular needles to knit these scarfs (my bamboo ones were in use or I would have chosen them), because that turned out to be the only way I didn’t have my work fall off the needles every 5 seconds.  But she was completely drawn to the yarn, going after it every chance she got.  I actually ended up using the leftovers of the 1st skein to make my daughter a itty bitty scarf (remember, I only knit it to 4 feet long?)  I cast on 4 stitches, and it turned into a very cute 2 foot long scarf for her.

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She absolutely loves it.

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Speaking of my daughter, I also made her a poncho in November.  Since I could not find a pattern I wanted, I made my own:

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The pattern will be written up, but I have to admit I don’t know when.  I used Bernat’s Alpaca Natural Blends, a Bulky yarn that is 70% acrylic and 30 % alpaca.  The skeins are 120 yards, 100 grams, and the yarn is very soft and very warm.  I walk to school some of the mornings, and even at near freezing temperatures she stays wonderfully warm.  At least the parts of her that she keeps under the poncho…  LOL  When I told my husband that I wanted to knit her a poncho out of the alpaca yarn I had, he asked whether I really wanted to use expensive yarn like that on an item that she would only be able to use for a couple of months. (He really does have a good understanding about what fibers are expensive, and which ones are less so.)  But he had not really understood what yarn I wanted to use, as this yarn is not all that expensive, and frugal as I am, I bought every single skein with a coupon… 😀  Once I showed him the yarn, he understood, and wholeheartedly agreed.  With a little bit of luck, she might still fit the poncho next year, but we will see.

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Long time no see

It has been a long time…  But I have been getting used to 3 little ones running around my house.  Yes, the littlest one is also crawling, making nothing safe, and no time peaceful.  But in the evenings I have been managing to do some knitting here and there.  And I have gotten over the problem that I mentioned last time.  Do you even remember?  Can’t blame you if you don’t.  I was having some issues with not wanting to finish my current projects.  I stop working on them, just so they won’t get finished.  It really is something like  saying goodbye to a dear friend, even though, since these projects stay with me, I won’t actually have to miss them.  I know, it is complicated.   But all of this, just to say that I actually did finish some projects.  As we speak, Hippo Gnu Deer designed by MMario is blocking on my floor upstairs, and the 22 leaves shawlette, designed by Lankakomero is drying on the blocking frame at the other side of the house.    I don’t have pictures of those two yet, but I do have a picture of this:

Yep, Wingspan is truly finished.  It was a fun, simple pattern, pretty well written, though if I made it again I would probably wrap the short rows.  I just think it provides a slightly neater look, even though most people don’t really see the difference.  I made it 9 wedges, instead of 8, as I wanted to use up as much of the yarn as I could.  Poem works really well for this pattern.  The yarn has some thicker and thinner parts (though not like a novelty thick/thin yarn, much more irregular), which would have really bugged me if I had continued to use it for the socks I had initially intended for.  Some people might really like it, but I could do without the thicker/thinner parts.  The colors are absolutely gorgeous, and as wingspan it works really, really wel.

 

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I did it again

I thought after doing Oregon twice, and clearly passing on the issue when I did them, I would have somehow learned to by pass this stage.  But obviously that is not the case.  Because this weekend I realized that I have been doing ‘IT’ again.  What is ‘IT’ you ask?  Well, it is this little problem I have.  When I get close to finishing a project, I stop working on it, because I don’t want it to end.  I don’t want to say goodbye to this project that has been with me for quite some time.  It doesn’t seem to happen with small projects nearly as often.  But recently I have been working on Hippo Gnu Deer and have gotten really good progress.  So much so, that I have finished all the body charts, and have started the edging.  Here is a picture of my progress right after I started the edging:

But now that I have gotten half way around, I don’t want to finish….  I am enjoying working on this too much.  Instead, I have also made progress on Wingspan:

And, because it is also nearing it’s end, I have even been making major progress on the Heirloom Crochet Afghan.  I will share those pictures later, I still have to liberate them from my camera… 😉

And on top of that I have actually been reading!  I got 3 new books for my birthday, The Dresden Files 1-3 by Jim Butcher.  So far I have been quite enjoying them.  Maybe, now that I have actually been writing about my procrastination, I will actually get my act together, and actually finish one of these projects?  I mean, my list of WIPs could definitely use some crossing off… 🙂

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Shawl or Scarf

Let’s begin with the good stuff.  Here is a picture of the first 2 triangles of Wingspan.

It is a fun knit, but there is  one thing that I wish would have been different.  I can’t decide if I can consider this a shawl, or whether it would be more like a scarf to me.  The pattern does not tell you what size it is going to be when you are done.  The designer does suggest that you can also make it in DK yarn or Worsted, but then also adjusts the numbers.  I am guessing that the ending size is pretty similar to the one made with sock weight.  But how would you decide if you want to make it bigger, which would not be all that hard to do, if you don’t know what size it is to be begin with?

Now, having been knitting this ‘per the pattern’, I have started wondering if I would call this a shawl, which is what the pattern calls it, or whether it is really more of a scarf.  The definition of a ‘Shawl’ is, according to Google:

Noun:
A piece of fabric worn by women over the shoulders or head or wrapped around a baby.

Well, I guess Wingspan does meet this definition.  Therefore it can be called a shawl.  However, I find this a very sexist, very broad definition.  Let’s see what else I can find.  The Free Dictionary, which uses The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, says:

n.
A square or oblong piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders.

Well, that is a little better, and not sexist.

Merriam-Webster defines it as follows:

noun
“a square or oblong usually fabric garment or wrapper used especially as a covering for the head or shoulders”

Which is nearly the the same as the previous definition from the Free Dictionary.  I think, per the definition, a scarf would be considered a shawl.  Now, for the definition of a scarf.

Google
A length or square of fabric worn around the neck or head.
Free Dictionary
A long piece of cloth worn about the head, neck, or shoulders.
Mirriam-Webster
a broad band of cloth worn about the shoulders, around the neck, or over the head

I guess they all pretty much agree on that, and I would say that at all times this falls within the definition of a shawl.  Therefore a scarf is a shawl, even if not all shawls are scarfs. This is just going to make everything confusing. In my opinion, a shawl is supposed to be bigger then a scarf. But that is clearly not part of the ‘official’ definition.

I just realized something.  Apparently one difference between a scarf and a shawl is that a shawl is worn about the head or the shoulders, and a scarf is worn about the head, NECK or the shoulders.  I guess that means if it is small enough that it can not be worn about the head or shoulders, only about the neck, it is a scarf and not a shawl!  So, maybe size, however minor is actually the one difference between a scarf and a shawl after all.  I know I am, probably nit picking.

At an estimated 10.5 inches (27 cm) deep, and 42 inches (107 cm) wide, I would be more likely to consider this a scarf. I am definitely too grown up to be able to wear something that size around my shoulders comfortably, and something narrow doesn’t really ask to be worn about the head either.  (Though maybe as a headband?  😉 )Had I known this, I would probably have tried to find a thicker yarn, used the same number of stitches, and made this scarf a little bigger, so I would consider it a shawlette at the very least. I could still easily make it longer, and maybe even deeper, but I have only one skein of this Poems Sock yarn by Wisdom Yarns. The color is 955 – Tropical Sunset. I bought it to make a pair of socks out of it, but ripped my first attempt out, because my gauge had changed quite significantly, and I was less fond of the thick thin parts that occasionally show up in this yarn.  It just didn’t look good as a sock.  But since I had ripped it out, I could now make this scarf out of it.  And I think this works wonderfully well, and because the skein is 3.5 oz (100 grams), 459 yards (420 meters), I can hopefully make the whole scarf out of just one skein, leaving me (barring any bad knots) one gorgeous stretch of changing colors.  The yarn is composed of 75% superwash wool, and 25% nylon, which also means, when I get done, it can be wash in the laundry machine on warm, and then laid out to dry.  Recommended needle is US 1-3 (2.25 – 3.25 mm), but this being a scarf, I wanted a less dense material, so I am using a US 5 (3.75 mm) needle. One skein is not enough to really make this scarf bigger, because the pattern calls for 100 grams, 400 meters to begin with.  But I do really like this yarn for the scarf, love the colors for sure!

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As I mentioned, I am working on a swatch for the Flit ‘n Float Scarf. I finished knitting it yesterday, but did not get to block it until today. And because I was trying to figure out whether I want to use this yarn for the scarf, I figured I should definitely wet block it, so I could figure out the fabric, but also the size. Well, here it is:
Swatch It is 8 inches wide, which is the width the scarf is supposed to be, and 2 inches high. I did not block it all that hard, seeing how it is only a swatch, and a little difficult to stretch. But I am pleased. I am also pleased with the Harmony yarn I was trying out on it. If you want to read a little more about it, you should look here. I have used US 4 needles. I like my lace scarfs and shawls rather open. 😀 I am very pleased that the color did not change yet, which I think means that the color changes will be infrequent enough that it won’t fight with the pattern. This pleases me to no end. I was really looking forward to using this yarn. And now I will.

I also finished the first sock for Dear Son # 1. Here is the result:
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Now I just need to get started with #2, hopefully tonight.

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