Happy New Year!
A little late I know, but still.
I know I said before Tombstone would be the next post, but I will do that one next time, I promise! ;P
I really wanted to pop in and share something(s) I recently stumbled across. If you are not a knitter this will probably not be very interesting to you, but have you checked out knitting podcasts on youtube? Do you even know that there are such things? Or am I the only person who had no idea such awesomeness existed? No one I know really knits or crochets, and the few people I know who do, don’t live anywhere near me. The podcasts are like hanging out with a good friend, and seeing what they are making and what yarns they’re using and hearing about the things they plan on making or new things they’ve tried. It is awesome! I’ve been watching podcasts while working on knitting project bags (I’ll show a few pics in a bit. If you follow me on instagram you will have already seen them) or while working on my “never-ending-favorite-scarf”, I started and finished a knitted hat for a secret santa present, finished another hat that had been on my needles for for-ev-ver, and whipped up a quick little earbud pouch, all while exploring the new awesomeness that is knitting podcasts 🙂 Sweetness! Some of my favorite podcasts so far are, in no particular order as they are all awesome:
The Knitting Expat Podcast
Sword of a knitter
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
These are the ones I have found that I really love so far, and I’m finding new ones each day, but I highly recommend each one on the list above! They are fun and inspiring and often times funny, and just a great time!
So, for the aforementioned knitting objects, pictures!
The never ending scarf you actually saw in the last post, and it hasn’t gotten too much longer although I have been working on it. It is actually a great pattern by Lisa Bruce called “favorite scarf ever” and the never ending part does not have anything to do with the pattern, I’m just lazy and don’t knit on it enough to make any real progress. No magical elves have visited my house to finish my WIP’s, which is very disappointing, but I may just need to leave out some delicious coffee or cookies for them. Need to work on that.
Next, the hat I made for my cousin, who I got for the secret santa grab bag. I was so excited once I decided to make her a hat, didn’t really stop to think she lives in Arizona and while it has been the coldest here it has ever been in years, she probably won’t get much wear out of this :[
The pattern is “Gin and Tonic” by knittedblissJC, and after reading some of the comments from other people who had made it, I did a longer rib and added another set of the pattern rows so it would turn out to be a bit slouchy. I used cascade 220 heathers, and I love how it turned out! Until I washed it. Apparently I have never washed anything made from wool before, and good god does it stink when it gets wet! I was freaking out, because I made it about in the week before I needed it to give to her (go me) and finished and washed it two days before Christmas, discovered the smell and thought I had ruined it. I tried rewashing it with a different soap, drying it with dryer sheets in it, and finally putting it in front of the fan with a wonderful smelling bar of soap. After the fan thing it was dry (on Christmas morning, about 2 hours before we were supposed to be at my aunts house for Christmas, so just enough time to wrap it and eat breakfast and leave) and smelled quite good. Future handmade gifts will really need to be better planned, so I can enjoy the holidays instead of stressing over unexpected complications. Note to self: get wool wash. And keep extra gift cards on hand
Next, the hat I finally finished officially after years (and years, I don’t remember exactly when I started it, but I know it was in NC sometime around jan 2009). Picture is pre-blocking. If it dramatically changes after blocking, I’ll post some new pics. But I don’t think it will. Anyway, onward!
I had finished this hat once already, and it turned out too short, so I ripped it back, and was going to add just a few rows but ended up setting it aside and being annoyed with it to the point that it got packed up and moved across the country, twice, before I picked it up again. Now in that time I did add a few rows here and there, which is why when I eventually finished it again a few days ago, it was waaaaay longer than it needed to be. Should have kept track of those rows….but anyway. It ended up having kind of a pointy elf hat thing going on, and while some people like that I am not one of them. I ripped it out yet again, and re-re-finished it, to finally have a hat I can and *might* wear in the spring or fall. Really, with all the effort of finishing this hat it should never be parted from my noggin, but I’m not in love with it. Which also might explain why it took so long to finish. The yarn is Naturally Caron in either spa or country, not sure which, but I’m thinking it’s country, and the pattern is just a simple 3×3 rib after casting on 96 sts on size US6 needles. So, finally off my needles and I now have a free pair of size 6 dpn’s! Yay!
And lastly, a cute little earbud pouch.
The pattern is “Earbud pouch” by Mary Keenan (you can find all these patterns except for the 3×3 rib hat on ravelry.com) and I kind of just used the pattern as a guide. First I didn’t have any sock weight yarn I wanted to use for it, or teeny tiny US 1 & 1/2 needles, so I read thru the pattern, cast on 24 stitches with worsted weight yarn on US size 6 needles. Discovered part way through I wasn’t doing the increases right, didn’t bother to rip back, and at the end found I have no idea how to do the grafting even after watching a few videos on youtube. So don’t judge this pattern by my lil earbud pouch, it is way cuter on her pattern page.
Now, for the project bags I’ve been making!
I think I will definitely make some to sell in my (neglected) etsy shop once I find a rhythm/pattern/the patience to be able to make bags in a reasonable amount of time. One day I made two bags in just a couple hours, went quite smoothly, and another day it took all. freaking. day. to make just one. On one of the flowery green bags I had to rip out the long seams no less than 12 times for various reasons. So you can see the learning curve is steep with this one. But theoretically, the more I make/practice, the better and possibly easier it will get! And I just realized, I’ve made all these project bags, and I still have a paper bath and body works bag sitting by the couch with 2 projects and my needles in it. *Facepalm*