Birthday catch-up!

(A post I wrote for my knitting group’s blog….)

Apparently I was super out of it this past Fall and managed to neglect a ton of birthday swaps!  So here’s a quick catch-up!

Karyn made this gorgeous mitts for Ilka.

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Karyn received this cool scarf from Kelly.

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Annie made a pretty, cabled ipad cozy for Nan.nan-birthday

Jenny made this stunning shawlette for Sarah.

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And for our last swap of 2016, Sarah knitted this Seuss-tastic teapot cozy for Vanessa.vanessa-birthday

Happy birthday, everyone, and so sorry if I missed any birthdays!

Secret knitting reveal!

Phew, it’s hard keeping knitting secrets, but finally I can share the secret project I’ve been working on.  It was for my knitting group’s birthday swap, but my swappee was ill last week and missed knit night.  Tonight I was able to present her with….

jellyfish

A jellyfish hat!!  This was a fun knit.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jellyfish-in-the-waves-beanie  The jellyfish is lightly stuffed, so it puffs out a little.  The farthest right tentacle dangles a little.  I love it!  I think my recipient does, too.

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Birthday swap!!! 🎂

My birthday was about two weeks ago, but I couldn’t make it to knit night, so tonight I was on the receiving end of the secret birthday exchange! 

I can’t tell you how pleased I am with what my friend knit for me, but these photos come close!


Tardis hat! Dalek mitts!! I love them!!!!! 

For fun, I decided to gather all my swap gifts from the years that I’ve been participating- I’ve gotten some really lovely things, and I love thinking hog my knitting friends every time I use them. ❤️


Also, my friends can tell that I like blue, eh?

Gryffindor!

Tonight at knit night I started and finished a tiny Gryffindor scarf bookmark- a birthday gift for a fellow Harry Potter fan.  I did the fringe when I got home.


The pattern is from Charmed Knits, Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. I used DK weight yarn, so it’s a bit thicker than I’d like, but I didn’t want to but yarn for such a small project so I made do with stash yarn (mystery red cotton, yellow Silky Wool).  I think the recipient will be pleased!

(not my) blog post (well, sort of)

In the absence of any interesting crafty news from me, here’s a blog post I wrote today for my knitting group.

https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/purl-jam-birthday/

I’ve been working hard at avoiding knitting (it’s SO HARD!!), and I think it’s paying off.  The less I knit right now, the better and faster my wrist/hand will heal, so I’ve been doing lots of reading instead.  With that said, my current book is calling me!  I’m reading The Sword in the Stone– this one, with rather nice illustrations, http://www.amazon.com/Sword-Stone-Terence-Hanbury-White/dp/0399225021 yes, very YA, but what a fun book!  Are you reading something good right now?

French Toast

My French Toast pullover is speeding along nicely, even though I didn’t touch it yesterday.

Before I did any knitting today:

  And just now:
  

It will have a ribbed collar later- I’m really looking forward to seeing that done, as the collar looks so big and floppy right now. 
I tried it on twice today- at the time I took each photo. The first time was to check the fit before committing more time to the project, the second was to make sure I hadn’t been dreaming the first time; the fit was so perfect. 

I’ve made very few pullovers in my knitting career, but suddenly I’m feeling interested in them. Let’s see how this goes!

Moving right along

Last night I couldn’t figure out the crochet seams of my POP blanket. After a half hour, I was still at square one, literally.

  
Luckily, things clicked at Knit Night tonight, and I crocheted four columns.

  
I wove in the ends at home. Note to self and prospective blanket knitters: weave in the ends as you go! This was only four columns, but it was tedious. Luckily I’d learned early on to at least weave in the seaming end , but there were still many, many ends. The crochet is easier than I thought, and I’m kicking myself for having waited so long.

P.S. We saw the Force Awakens today! Loved it! Go see it, so we can talk openly about it!

Birthday exchange

As I’ve mentioned before, my knitting group does this awesome birthday exchange thing.  We get assigned to knit for someone’s birthday, like a Secret Santa exchange.  Usually we have a theme like hats, cowls, mitts, etc., but this year the knitter/giver gets to choose.  Well, yesterday was my actual birthday, and tonight was Knit Night, so I was on the receiving end, yay!

I had another knitter take some pics so you could see how it went.

yay!

yay!

What IS this face???

What IS this face???

What a beautiful bag!

What a beautiful bag!

You'll see the reason for THIS face in the next photo.

You’ll see the reason for THIS face in the next photo.

Very Wisconsin fabric!

Very Wisconsin fabric!

Thanks, Nan!

Thanks, Nan!

I love how simple and sturdy this bag is.  I can’t wait to use it!

Mini progress

It’s been four or so days since I casted on for the Mini Mania scarf. This is what I’ve got so far:

 

It’s over an inch, but not yet two inches wide.  The  knitting is slowed down by 1) stopping to admire it and 2) choosing the next color.

 I’m only doing two rows of each color, so the color changes happen often.  I’m basically trying to do light/dark/light, but the results aren’t always what I expect.  I love it, though!