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FO: Key Largo scarf

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FO: Key Largo scarf

So much fun colour in this week’s projects!

The Key Largo scarf is finished! It turned out about 70″ x 12″ and here it is in all its blocked rainbowy glory.

I used up almost all of one cake of Lion Brand Mandala so there were only two ends to weave in.  The start date was March 9th and the finish date was the 19th, so it didn’t take long. It helps that I worked on it monogamously (surprisingly for me). The pattern was easily memorisable,  and portable, which meant I could work on it anywhere.

What else have I done? Oh yes, the float experience went well. I mentioned last time that I was a little concerned about the green hair dye leaching out into the Epsom salts tank at the float place, but it was ok. And I had a very relaxing hour inside the pod, in the dark, with the music playing. So I would probably do that again.

Yesterday there was a mini challenge in the Party! International Crochet Month group on Ravelry. One of the mods suggested that we might like to make an item of clothing for our Inner Beasts using freeform crochet, and that the first person to post a photo of their beast wearing his/her new garment would win a tutorial on freeform crochet from Prudence Mapstone. Well, Prudence is the guru of freeform and I do like a challenge, so I quickly crocheted up a vest for Brian. I was sure someone would pip me at the post as it was ten hours since the challenge had been set, but I managed to be the first and therefore the winner! Yay! It was a perfect little project for an evening where I was feeling tired from work and not even feeling like picking up a hook.

I even found time for sewing this week and used some fleece remnants to make these cute armwarmers. They are so cosy and comfortable that I almost wish it was still winter…almost! I used a tutorial and downloadable pattern that I printed out. The only modification I made was to trim about an inch off the thumb, as I didn’t hem the ends so the thumbs turned out too long.

The photo on the website shows a curved seam between the hand the thumb, but I sewed it with a V-shaped seam, pivoting the needle at the base of the V. A little snip into the seam allowance meant it turned right side out just fine and I think my version looks great! This is the sort of pattern you could make lots of, as it is quick and fun.

We’ve had a very Spring-like week with temps into the double digits. In fact, on Tuesday, I went out on the back deck which faces south and took a thermometer with me and in the sun, on the deck chair next to me, it hit 36 degrees Celsius! Officially it was probably half that. So that’s two days when I have enjoyed the deck, with my new swimsuit on, getting some rays and making some vitamin D. IMG_8059

This was my spot this afternoon, where I planned the week’s meals. Shame about the shady bits, but it was certainly plenty warm enough to sit out for an hour.

Wednesday I took my car in to the Toyota dealership. There was a passenger side airbag recall, and the car was due for a maintenance check and oil change. Turns out (doesn’t it always) that there was more to do, like a new battery and removing a screw from one of the tires, so in the end they had the car for more than five hours. During that time, I walked the mall a couple of times, visited a few other shops, stopped briefly for some lunch, and later some crochet at a local park, but for at least four of those five hours I was walking. Phew! Didn’t need to go to the gym THAT day.

I’m expecting a busy weekend – work both days with extra sale deals to bring in the customers, so I will really appreciate the massage that I have booked for Monday. Enjoy your weekend!

FO update

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The granny blanket that I showed you last time has grown quite a lot but I don’t have an up to date photo. It’s just more of the same! The rounds get longer and looooonger and one starts to crave some immediate gratification from a smaller project – or three.

Also, a blanket project gets more unwieldy as it  gets bigger, which means it’s less portable.

The yarn I used for the fingerless mitts in the picture above is Red Heart Unforgettable Waves. I picked some up on clearance a long time ago and it’s been sitting patiently in the stash ever since. The colourway is Bazaar. It’s thick and thin (very much so in some places) but even though the really thick bits can present a challenge I was a little disappointed that the second mitt didn’t have as many of the bumpy bits as the first.

I didn’t use a pattern. I just chained 28, double crocheted 13 rows, joined leaving a hole for the thumb, then single crocheted around the thumbhole, adding some decreases where I felt they were needed.

I used another skein of the same yarn to make these gift card holders too.

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These buttons were perfect for the little cosies, and I’ve had them in the stash since I picked them up on clearance at work.

The final Finished Object for this week is this slouchy beanie, which on Ravelry I have called the Blah hat! That link will take you to my Ravelry project page for more info on how I made it.

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It’s Blah because of the colour, which is a bland beige vintage acrylic that I didn’t mind wasting in case my experiment didn’t work out. This is knitted on my Bond knitting machine, which I’ve had packed away in my craft room for a long time. I decided to set it up and have a play. The one thing the Bond does well is acres of stockinette. The ribbing is slow going as you have to latch up the purl stitches by hand. And decreasing for the crown of a hat is not the same as hand knitting one, unless you want to spend ages manually moving stitches over to different needles, so I followed a tip on a You Tube video to decrease across one row and cinch it up. It actually worked out well! The ribbing is stretchy, the top closed up nicely, it fits me (I had no idea what size it would turn out) though it is not a colour I would wear.

I also used the Bond to knit up a small cast-on hem, just to try it out, and next I need to make a longer one. The weighted hem that comes with the machine is as long as the needle bed, which is fine if you’re using a lot of stitches but if you just want to make something small then a shorter cast-on hem and smaller weights are helpful.

I have the next couple of days off and hopefully will see the granny blanket grow from its current size (about 48″ square) to 60″ though if I have enough yarn to go bigger I’d really like it to be 72″. Can you imagine how long it could take to crochet one round that’s 24 feet long? No, I can’t either.

FOs: Elephant lovey and Glamour Gloves

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Hello bloggy friends. Are you loving the fall weather, the colours, the coolness in the air, even rain? I am. What a balm to the soul after the heat and smoke of the summer.

I love sorting out my closet, thrifting a few things that I no longer wear, putting the summer clothes on the top shelf and bringing down the knits. The polar fleece PJs. The shawls. Aaah!

It’s getting dark around 6 now and there’s nothing I like better than putting on my PJs for the evening after a day at work. Pop out the contact lenses, get the bra off, and let it all relax, eh! Sorry, too much information?

Another two small projects were finished this week. My boss asked me to make this little lovey for a diaper bag-type display at work. We have a talented arty girl on staff who’s great at making stuff look appealing, so to add to this bag of goodies I crocheted up this quick project out of a DMC Top This kit.

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It’s just a granny square with the elephant head in the centre, made with the yarn that’s actually intended to be a hat.

I also finished these Glamour Gloves.  (Apologies for the nighttime shot.)

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These are cute, easy and quick to make. They are just tubes, no thumbhole or anything. I made them with Stylecraft Special Aran in Lipstick as they were for a coworker who just sewed herself a beautiful red coat. She loved them, as did the two ladies who received the Warm Willies mitts and blue hat in my last post. I also gave the Bernat Pop cowl to my boss, so that means that every staff member (plus a couple who have left now) have received a small crocheted gift from me in the last couple of years. Perhaps 22 people.

But oh, the angst last night, while I tried to come up with just the right project to make next. I feel like knitting something, perhaps with another cake of Lion Brand Mandala, but could I find any inspiration?? Nope.

As I’ve just binge-watched three seasons of Game of Thrones, I thought I’d do a Ravelry search to see if that sparked something. Not really. And if it had, which House would I pick? Stark? Targaryen? Or would I just go with, “Winter is Coming.” But really, Winter is Here in Season 7. I’ll say no more than that for fear of spoilers.

Wishing you all a happy crafty week. Take care.

 

 

 

 

 

FOs: Warm Willies and another hat

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Did that heading get your attention? 😉 The Warm Willies to which I am referring is actually a crochet pattern for fingerless mitts. Here’s a Ravelry link, because the pattern is a free Ravelry download. I love that I can look back five years ago and see my project page for the first pair I made of these mitts. This time I made the small size, and left off the button tab on the back of the hand.

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I also got the stitch pattern correct and it looks sort of like a seed stitch. Nice!

I left these in a co-worker’s basket when I was at work on Monday. She will find them when she gets back from her holiday and hopefully like them.

Monday night I was sans project and my friend came over for tea and yarny pursuits. So I quickly grabbed some old James C Brett Marble Chunky and a 6mm hook and started on a hat. I finished it today. It’s based on my Crochet Adjustable Hat pattern (recipe, really), with the crown increased to about 6.75 inches for a finished circumference of 22 inches and a depth of 8 inches. The good thing about the button tab is that the brim can be tightened by rebuttoning the tab further over.

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It’s nice to use some of the buttons I bought when they were discontinued at work.

We had a crazy strong windstorm yesterday. I was driving all over the place yesterday – first to buy some fabric to make a top, then to a class on the other side of the lake, then back to this side of the lake and further yet to a sewing class at my friend’s house, then the gym for an orientation and fitness assessment with Tai Chi Man, followed by a yoga class. There was dust and leaves and garbage cans flying all over the place and even some construction fencing was down and lying in the road in one place. I’m sure a number of trees probably came down but I haven’t checked local news sites. (We did have a couple of mini power outages.)

As for the sewing, it’s exciting, because my friend is helping me to make a top out of a rayon/spandex knit, and I am getting a lot of tips on how to sew with knits and finding out the joys of a serger. Oooh! I shall have to show you when it’s done. I spent two hours at her place yesterday and we made great progress. I go back next week for another two hours, in which I expect to finish that top and start another project.

It’s almost time to start dinner. Happy Hooking on Hump Day, folks, and talk to you again soon.

 

Tunisian mitts

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These mitts grew out of my experiment with Tunisian purl stitch. I made two rectangles and sewed them into mitts, leaving thumb holes.

Comparing the two, there was a definite improvement in tension and evenness in the second one. Tps is a little trickier than Tss or Tks, with extra movements involved to bring the yarn forward, across the front of the stitch, and back again to wrap. The result is a little like garter stitch on both sides. And no curling. Here’s a link to a video that really helped me get going on this. If I’d only had the book to refer to, it would have been a lot more difficult.

I think I’m going to try Extended Simple Stitch next as it’s used in a chevron ripple later in the book. This is fun!

 

 

 

FO: fingerless mitts

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The Less-Than-Colorful, Not-so-Stripey Fingerless Mitts are done. These are so quick and easy to make, especially when you don’t change colours every round. Also, with one colour, you only have four ends to weave in per mitt.

My first pair, made with all the colour changes, look like this…

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Same pattern but look very different, eh!

The blue mitts are for a friend with small hands, so I used a 3.75mm hook instead of a 4mm and the gauge is slightly tighter. Hopefully they will fit. They are a surprise gift so I couldn’t take any measurements.

Thanks to two of my sons, I think my new laptop is all set up to their standards! So far, I’m happy with it.

New fingerless mitts started

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Well, isn’t it a lovely Tuesday. Sunny and warm again, but not too warm. We had a nice rain shower last night which I won’t complain about, as even though my laundry got wet, my garden really needed the moisture.

My paycheque is going to be small this week. Three shifts were scheduled – Sunday I only worked two hours because the store was quiet, today I did two and a half. I expect Friday to be busy though, as there’s a big sale on.

The photo shows the Colorful Stripey Fingerless Mitts in progress although my Ravelry project page is entitled Less Colorful Stripey Fingerless Mitts because these are going to be all one colour. This is Stylecraft Special Aran in Denim.

The WIP is artfully (!) arranged on my new laptop. This is the first time I’ve owned a Windows computer so it’s going to take a bit of getting used to. I’m very much a Mac snob and I’m glad I had ds3 there to help me get things started yesterday. No doubt ds1 will want to take a look when he is next at home and can give me advice on different stuff.

So far I’m keeping it simple with everything that I use most on tabs in my browser – gmail, Ravelry, WordPress, Facebook – but I have yet to fix up receiving emails on my shaw account.

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

A new project and a new recipe

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My new project is a free Ravelry Download – Agitator Mitts. Fingerless mitts crocheted with worsted weight yarn (I’m using Stylecraft Special Aran in the colour Denim) and a 4.25mm hook.

I have learned a new stitch – extended single crochet (I suppose that would be extended double crochet in the UK).

I am making the smaller size as the recipient I have in mind has very small hands, but if I have any doubts about them I may also make a pair in the larger size.

The rawfood diet is going well, though of course we are only on Day Two. I feel better already, except for the stiff neck, which was worked on again by my chiro today. It’s always good to have nutrient-dense snacks so that you don’t feel hungry and go and fall off the wagon at the first tummy rumble. Here’s what I made tonight – they are good!

CLADs (coconut lime almond date balls)

You’ll need a food processor for this. Blitz one cup natural almonds (fully raw if possible, but if you’re in N America they will probably be pasteurized) until they look like breadcrumbs.

Add one cup desiccated coconut and mix briefly.

Pit some fresh soft Medjool dates and pack them into the one cup measure until full. Tip into food processor and blitz again.

Finally, add the juice of one lime and mix again.

Use wet hands (to minimize sticking) to form mixture into small balls, store in an airtight container in the fridge. Will probably last for a few days if you can resist them for that long.

 

Easter mitts

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I think these look Spring-y, don’t you? They are so easy and quick to make. You could use any granny square, worked to a measurement that wraps your hand, seamed up the side leaving a thumbhole.

This is the Sunburst motif, as linked to in my last post, with three extra rounds of regular granny pattern. I would hate this square if I wanted it to lie flat for a blanket, because it just wouldn’t behave! However for my purposes it’s perfect.

I’ve started part two of my Chinese philosophy course, but after watching a few video lectures I started feeling sleepy so had to stop. The information wasn’t really sinking in.

Work today was physically challenging, with lots of long bolts of upholstery fabric to lift and move, and I have a similar shift tomorrow. It’ll be time to hit the sack very soon. Zzzzzzzz!

 

 

 

 

Easter mitts

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I will give you a link to my Ravelry project page which will link to the motif and the method I used to turn it into fingerless mitts. Why Easter mitts? Well, it’s nearly Easter, and the colours remind me of painted eggs.

The project page isn’t complete yet as the project itself is a work in progress, but I have made similar mitts to this before. I came across the older project recently and thought it was time for a new incarnation.

This motif, on the website “Crochet Spot” which I have linked to on Ravelry, has a couple of anomalies in the instructions for round 1, but as long as you’re not a total crochet noob you will be able to follow them. (I did leave a comment on their post.)

I don’t know if it’s just me, but both times I have made this motif it’s been very ripply which indicates to me that there are too many stitches being squeezed into the circle. However I am working with this rippliness (totally a real word) as when the finished square is folded in half and seamed to make a mitt, the centre of the motif snugs into the curve of the wrist.

When I made these mitts before, I used a 6mm hook and a total of 6 rounds worked perfectly for size, but this time I’m using a 5.5mm hook and will need to add an extra round.

In case you’re wondering why I’m not making another nest, I am ‘resting’ my wrists with some looser gauge crocheting. I did something to hurt my wrists, which have been quite painful today – it’s either the tight crochet or playing around with foam dumbbells in the pool last night. (I met my friend and she showed me some physio exercises she’s been doing. I think I overdid it!)

Okay, it’s an early night for me. Ttyl!