Knitting Punishment?

I feel like I’m on knitting punishment.  I told myself not to start any new knitting/crochet projects until I tied up some of the loose ends (literally) on some previously started projects.  I’m so bored with them all.  Part of the fun with crafting is starting something new!  It’s past time to get out of finishing mode and have a bit of fun with starting a few new projects.   I should really stop beating myself up about it the starting/finishing deal.

Speaking of finished projects, for that friend of a friend that just had a baby, I knitted the Baby Moc-a-Soc Booties.  These fall a bit into the ‘UGH’ category because of the twisted, grey yarn.  That crinkly yarn makes the stitches look so messy to me!  I would love to give them another try with something different.

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And I am disappointed to find more yarn of this type in my stash.  I’m going to grin and bear it and see if I can make it into something I like better.   I like a challenge and apparently punishment!

I promise you this is also a sewing blog!  I’ve got a dress waiting to be photographed if only I can get the hem to work out.  I made a mistake in my pattern adjustments which doesn’t look like I can easily fix…without taking something apart!  Say it ain’t so!

I’ll leave you with a jewelry FO.  When I made this some time ago I found inspiration in the Steampunk movement, using gears and copper color.    It’s not all-the-way Steampunk, but it still has a little of that unconventional and irregular feel.

-Nizzy

Knitting Punishment?

Let’s Go Flyers!

They say If you are in/around/near Philadelphia or even know someone from the city, you better pretend like you are a Philadelphia sports fan or else get booed!  Philly sports fans are all about their sports teams.  Even kids, little old ladies, and the fan’s own mother are subject to disapproving looks if found rooting for the enemy other team.

While I support the teams, this is a project made for someone else.

This project came out of a discussion with some co-workers over which sports team has the best logo.  One guy thought the Philadelphia Flyers had hands down the best logo and thought it would be a fun and challenging to come up with a logo scarf for him.  He rather enjoyed my husband’s storm trooper scarf.    The Flyers logo is good, but I think Miami Heat has the best one.

I’m not a fan of the team, but the logo says they are in the business of burning up the net with all the shots they make.  Unfortunately, it’s true, but don’t get me started on my Miami Heat/NBA rant.

Here is a list of the top 100 (way too many) best logos that we viewed during the discussion.  Which team do you think has the best logo?

-Nizzy

Let’s Go Flyers!

Cowl Crazy – Cozy Eastern Cowl

Yesterday morning I was looking around my craft room looking for something I could do a post about (and wear to keep me warm) and my hands landed on two cowls that I created over the summer. Cowls and scarves are becoming two of my favorite accessories.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Off White and Charcoal
Inspired by:
Stitch Pattern in Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting

Despite the pattern lines, this one gave me little grief, although I do wish the bottom and top edges were a little tighter.

Acrylic yarn usually isn’t very warm, but the stranding on the inside makes it quite comfy.

So I used something from my library and stash, but I can’t really count it for the 2013 challenge, because I made it in the Summer of 2012.

Yeah…and about that library. I’ve had the sudden urge to catalog the whole thing. An ugly task, I know, but sometimes I really need to know what resources I have.  I’ve used Ravelry to keep track of knitting and crochet resources, but that doesn’t include all the other crafty books, magazines, and patterns. Thankfully I can use s.pringpad’s barcode scanner to make easy work of most of it.  I would rather spend more time creating than organizing.

-Nizzy

Cowl Crazy – Cozy Eastern Cowl

I Fancy a Pair of Mittens

BEHOLD! INTERWEAVE KNITS!  *holds up copy for all to see*

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My Top 3 Favorite Knitting Magazines…

3. Knitty(.com)

2.  Knitscene

1.  Interweave Knits

Everytime I would get my copy in the mail I would drop everything just to see what lovely projects it contained.  My subscription ran from about 2008 to mid 2012.  And that weak moment I had a few days ago when I purchased that magazine?  Oh, yep.  That was IK.

Usually I want to knit just about EVERYTHING in the magazine so it is often hard to settle on one thing.   This time it was easier, because I had some yarn in the stash that I wanted to use for a small project.  So I combed every issue and settled on these Handsome Mittens.

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I made them just a twee longer and opted out of the opposing thumb colors. They almost match my coat.

-Nizzy

I Fancy a Pair of Mittens

Geek Craft: Storm Trooper Scarf

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My husband is definitely a Star Wars geek.  On the other hand, I haven’t seen the entire original trilogy. But, since there is no escaping the Dark Side of the Force, I figured I would join and knit him a scarf with a storm trooper motif.

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To keep it from curling a bit and to hide the intarsia/stranding on the wrong side of each end, I lined it with flannel. It’s so warm I almost want one for myself.

May the warmth be with you!

-Nizzy

Geek Craft: Storm Trooper Scarf

NO-velty Yarn

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I do it to myself all the time.  I see fuzzy yarn, sometimes in the bargain bin, and I say “Oh, that looks so cozy and warm!”  I buy 2-3 skeins and throw it in the stash pile.  I revisit the stash at a later date and this time think “What the heck am I going to make with this stuff!?”.  I always fall in love with some of those novelty yarns because of their fuzz factor, softness, and/or color, but then end up holding on to it forever because I can’t think of a suitable project for any of these yarns.  I need to learn how to just say NO!   So, I’m determined to get them out of my stash and not just by gifting them away.  Challenge Accepted!

Meet Beaded Bouclé.  I picked up two skeins of this at Joann Fabrics as one of their exclusives.  Bouclé is a very annoying knit to begin with so add some beads and that makes it all the more troublesome.  At least its texture can hide mistakes because ripping back to fix is next to impossible.  Instead of a basic rectangular scarf, I went with a simple collar shape.   The finished project is so comfy I think I wore it all day for three days straight.

**ETA**

This pattern is adapted from Sally Melville’s Wear-As-A-Collar-Scarf found in Scarf Style.  I’ve omitted all the other yarn cast ons, changed a few rows, and type of yarn used.  I used two skeins of a discontinued Bouclé from Joann Fabrics (NOT the Rainbow Bouclé).  Unfortunately, I cannot find the yarn information for it, but if I can find it I will update this post.

Cast on (CO) 36 stitches.

Row 1: Loop CO 2 stitches, knit to end of row – 38 stitches.  Turn work.

Repeat Row 1 thirty-five (35) more times – 108 stitches.

Row 36: Loop CO 3 stitches, knit to end of row – 111 stitches.  Turn work.

Repeat row 36 until piece measures 9″ from CO edge.  Bind off.

-Nizzy

NO-velty Yarn

Yarny Travels

A friend and I took a little day trip and escaped to New York City.  Of course I couldn’t resist a visit to either a bead, yarn, or fabric shop.  I always look for one wherever my travels take me. 

As much as I really wanted to make my way down to Mood, the timing just wasn’t right.  I didn’t have the hours it would take me to peruse all the fabrics, spending up all my money, and I wouldn’t have to refrain from the corny urge to yell “Thanks, Mood” on my way out the door.

Instead we headed up to the Upper West Side for a visit to The Yarn Company in exchange for shopping at Mood (and Purl Soho).  I wasn’t familiar with the store at all, but any yarn shop is worth a look.  There were lots of high-end and luxury fibers.  I fell in love with a beaded and sequined silk that, thankfully, was not in the store.  I wistfully gave the cashmere a squeeze and thought about my yarn wish list.  One day…just not today.

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I couldn’t leave the store empty-handed so I left with one ball of Filatur Di Crosa Fancy Cristallo, which I have an idea for, and one skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Buildings and Sky color way that will one day be turned into those lovely fingerless mitts pictured.

-Nizzy

Yarny Travels

Faeroe

Of the many projects that I  have in the weaving-in-ends stage of knitting, I chose to finish this one first because chunky knits are always the easiest to handle.   The original pattern called for Rowan Big Wool, but I just substituted Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (in Cobalt) in its place.

I mis-calculated using 10 skeins for this project, because I ended up with 3 full skeins left over.

Let me tell you, this thing is warm and comfy.  Now that the weather has chilled a bit, I can picture myself getting cozy on the couch wrapped up in my Faeroe with a nice cup of tea.

 

-Nizzy

Faeroe