Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yop Post #16

So most of my October KALs are over now and here is the first. I think it was supposed to be a hat for an adult but, kind of like a beenie but I don't like hats that don't cover the actual head :) so I gave it to a small girl I know who made good use of it on her "Baby". Cute pattern though almost makes me want to do another one in my size.

This is my Cheveron Cardigan. I made a guage swatch and everything but when I started to try the thing on I knew it was all wrong. It fits "Midget" perfectly. Evidently when I crochet in my rocking chair while watching TV, I tighten my stitches more than I ever thought possible. I decided to end it early so that it will be more "hip" and wearable for a younger person for Christmas.

Here is the scarf to go with that lavender marketbag/hat. If I have enough yarn I will be making some kind of wristies or something. Looks a bit thin but for an 8yr old it's just right.

This is a small bag. Small as in it might hold a skein of cute sock yarn and a little handmade booklet for making socks or a shawlette for a budding knitter friend of mine : )

My purple ribby turned out to be a wig! Very strange considering it's purple and all. I don't really like it but I do have a plan to turn it into something awesome. I'm gonna try adding a flap across the front and changing it into a baclava (?sorry spelling?)  It will still be purple but I don't think the chickens will care when I'm giving them their morning feed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just thinking

I was thinking about doing a giveaway here on this blog. I don't know much about how these things work except that shipping can be expensive and the post office doesn't allow some things to be shipped. O' there might be other things I know but lets assume I don't :) 

I have made it to my 100th post. This is something of a surprise to me because I started this blog in 2008 and promptly forgot about it. For TWO whole years!
I know that something must have been going on but for the life of me I cannot remember exactly what. Lots of bad and good things have happened between those years and I am sure I remembered a few times during that time but it is awful hard to get started again after stopping so completely.

Also I am about to see 1000 page views! Yay me! Considering that it's mostly you guys from the Year of Projects the giveaway will be featuring Knitting/Crochet I should think. Maybe some books? eh? Any advice you could give me about this would be welcome And thanks in advance for the support.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yop Update #15

Tons of progress this week! Yay Me! Anyway I know your all just absolutely Dying to see the pics right :)

That pink bit of lace from last week.
 Yeah, the Mod from our group slammed us with a big clue. In order to finish before this weeks clue (which is "do it again!") I had to do 2 repeats of the pattern which takes roughly 3 hours for me. I'm just not very fast yet.

Shaping up
Another mystery. Maybe a cowl or hat? Still can't tell but it is beginning to look cute. Maybe I'll keep this one. I do like the earth tones.

I just started this 2 days ago. It will be the Chevron Cardigan. Not in love with this cardi but it's a group thing and Other people (family) seem to like it so at least I can gift it when it's done. That purple thing beneath the pink cardi is the 7 inches of ribbing from last week. Got that part done and already on to clue 3 which is decreasing. I think most of you will laugh when I finally get it done.

With the purple project has come a decision though. I will not be making the Spock hat. I refuse to go through another battle with ribbing it is one of my most hated tasks. Always makes my hands and elbow hurt! All that flipping back and forth.

A cute hat. Hopefully by Christmas will have a cute little scarf to match. This project got Derailed It was actually supposed to be a Market Bag. I was working on it when "Midget" had her dentist appt. and she wanted to try on my "hat" So it became a hat set for her cousin which is perfect because I had decided I did not want to make the bag anymore. Fate, yes?

Liesel Scarf
Still working on this scarf and loving it but it never seems to grow. Probably because I've been working on the pink thing so much  : )

It all adds up to a good week. For me anyway. Gonna go read, read, read. Won't comment much because my Comp wont let me but I'm sure you know I am enjoying all the awesome progress.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Yop Post 14: Uh-Oh!

Okay so I was sick for a couple weeks and didn't touch a atitch of knitting or crochet and I think it did something to me. I must have gone nuts! I have been starting projects right and left. I have got to stop! Here's what I've been lured into so far.

7 inches of ribbing? What was I thinking!
 I mean really. Not even half done with this bit. I dislike ribbing intensely. I thought hey since I have the yarn and needles why don't I join in this KAL and of course it's a Mystery so not only was the ribbing a suprise but I need it done by next week too.*Sigh* Already dug out the yarn so decided to try to keep up and get it done anyway.

Another Mystery Project: also spur-of-the-moment decision
 Maybe a hat or cowl? Really dont know but I love workiing on this one. Each clue has only taken me about half an hour. 9 rounds goes pretty quick when your using bulky yarn and #8's.

Liesel Scarf: KAL 
  Another group project but I couldn't help myself with this one. When the group Mod. said maybe something with leaves for a Fall KAL I went through my Fav's from Ravelry and sent her the links to like 6 projects the most people decided on this one and since I had suggested them all I knew I would love making it. Needs blocking in a bad way. Going to try to Block it so that the line in the middle shows and the edging is more straight.

Colors for my 8yr olds Hat
Blue is her favorite color right now and the black makes the perfect contrast. I will be starting the "Running Horse Hat" from my Yop list soon. Gotta measure her head and make a gauge swatch. This is going to be a suprise so I'll have to work on it during school hours or maybe while she spends the night at someones house.

I think I mentioned Spock in my last post. Well he is Finished! Very small guy so I decided he would be a stocking stuffer for my Father. My frist little stuffed toy! Not perfect (I just know I either lost or gained sts and made probably a bajillion other mistakes) but I love him. He's so tiny and cute! I also plan to make a hat for him with Spock ears. The pattern I plan to use is knitting but I think I will make the hat in crochet and add knitted ears to it. 

Lace Mystery
Another new project that I showed you the start to last week but not really. I did post a pic last week about this lace thing I was making but on row 9 of our 2nd clue I dropped the thing. I could not figure out how to pick up the sts that were lost. I ripped it back and started over! There was just no correcting the holes left when I dropped sts during the 9 Fishnet Lace rows. Oh well.
Last is the poll I put up last week. I gave 4 options and let you choose your fav. Memphis was the most loved and so I started them. They looked AWFUL the Mango yarn was a terrible choice for tha pattern and I could not continue with them when just looking at them made me sad and frustrated. I tried each of the patterns in the poll and they were all disasters. Too shiny, bright, bad stitch name it they were U.G.L.Y. Lucky for me I found a pattern on Rav. which looked good and behaved nicely with my slippery/shiny yarn. I'll get that pattern link for you guys soon. I think you'll love it like I do. Still elegant without being too much.

Told ya I'd started too much. Must have withdraws from my 2 weeks of no crafting. I still have 4 things OTN besides all these. maybe my urge to start things will deminish soon. If it doesn't I'll be swimming in projects with not a free needle in sight. Off to check out all your posts. Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Yop post #13: Getting Better

I am feeling much better these days. In fact I have acutally been crafting for about 2 days. Weird thing though because after almost 2 weeks my hands began to hurt in the first half hour so I've had to ease back in. Never happened to me before. Course I've never taken such a long break either :). Thanks to all who sent get well comments. Really brightened my days while I was awake!

Now for a poll. I have this scarf and this hat I think you remember them... The secret ones...well I need to make fingerless Mitts to match and I've chosen a few of my favs to put in a poll. Your answers will be taken into account when I choose the pair to make. Remember everyone that the color is Mango and I'll only be using 1 color.
Fall Mitts: Love these but must learn to Rib in Crochet

Garnet Fingerless Mitts

Wristwarmers: all in one style

Memphis Wrist Warmers: Very elegant but I'm not that great at crocheting in the round. I always gat that silly line curving up whatever I make when I join. Plus I only have 1 color.

Those are the choices. Please weigh in here and let me know what you think.

Now for some other things I've been playing with.

 A little Lacy Pink Mystery for my Mystery 220 group. Once again the pic went side ways. Gonna drive me crazy later but right now I'm getting tired again.
This little thing will be Spock. My dad loves Startrek and there will be a hat to go with it complete with Spock Ears. Chat again next week. Can't wait to go nap and then check out all your yop posts.