I designed!

Hello internet friends!  I’m enjoying a wintery vacation in Wisconsin and have been knitting loads.  First of all, I made this gigantic owl for my great-niece!  It’s crazy!!

 

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This is the Big Snowy Owl from Purl Soho. This is the third one I’ve made, and I highly recommend it!

Next knitted a cowl with the leftover yarn for my sister-in-law, then I looked for a super bulky cabled hat for myself.  I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked except for a Vicky Howell pattern that was only available with some kind of subscription, so I decided to try to come up with one myself.  I did so, and decided to publish the pattern for free on Ravelry.  Here it is!

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It’s very easy and super fast.  For a larger head, I’d suggest adding about 5 stitches to the stockinette section.

still had yarn left, so I came up with a pattern for a slouchy, bulky hat in stockinette.  Maybe I’ll publish that pattern next.

Happy knitting!

 

Jury Duty knitting

All week I was lucky- my jury group didn’t need to report to duty. But after a super fun mom’s night out last night, I called the jury instructions and was told to come in this morning. 

This morning I scrambled to find something mindless to knit on wooden needles (in case metal were taboo- why didn’t I do my research???).  I grabbed some size 9s and two different yarns on my way out the door. In my ravelry queue I found Barley, a simple hat by tincanknits, and casted on as soon as I sat down. Thank goodness I’d tossed a random ball of cascade 220 into my backpack as well, because the first yarn wasn’t looking good in that pattern. 

Anyway, after a pretty boring morning, I had a great start on this hat, and by the end the day, ta-da!


I have to go back to jury duty on Monday, and I’ll be better prepared, knitting-wise.

P.S. I got new glasses! They’re not too hipster, are they? 😜😳🙄

New socks. Whose socks?

Hm, that title makes me think that I may have too much Dr. Seuss in my life. Nah, no such thing! 😂

Anyway, moving on…. tonight I am so pleased to announce that I have finally finished the socks requested by my husband back in….(runs off to check Ravelry) January! Maybe even earlier, because he chose the yarn from Webs, and it had to ship from Massachusetts, blah, blah. 

Here they are!


The pattern is Mr. Pitt’s socks (any Seinfeld fans out there catch the reference?) and the yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in color 4207, Salt and Pepper. As usual, I used Magic Loop, in order to have them done at the same time and be identical without having to take copious notes or think too much. 😜

With these off the needles, I’m itching to start a new pair for myself with this yarn:


This is the only yarn from Stash Exchange 2015 that I haven’t used yet, and my personal goal was to use all my stash exchange yarn (at least use some of each skein) by this year’s exchange. I’m cutting it close!  

I also have the personal goal of not  letting repeat offenders return to the stash exchange. So this skein really needs me to knit it up! I’m thinking toe-up to make the best use of the yardage, and simple stockinette so whatever pattern emerges (if any pattern emerges at all)  will show. Wish me luck!

More catch-up

Have you missed me?  I’ve been having trouble with WordPress on my phone, and just didn’t manage to write posts on the computer (evidence that I am way too dependent upon my pocket computer!!!).  Here’s a short catch-up post!

First, the Wee Boy and most of his Halloween costume!  The Fourth Doctor’s scarf is really long, but I think it will be ok.  I’m trying to get him to wear it around the house to test it out in case I need to shorten it for safety.  It’s perfect if I wrap it around him twice, and a friend suggested pinning it in place, which I think is genius.

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Second is my most recent leethalknits hat KAL, Mokia.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mokia  It’s a pretty funky hat, but I found that my stockinette version, with the points tied together inside, isn’t too crazy for regular life.  I really can’t pull off pointy ears on a typical day.

I have been making really excellent progress with my Dalek Halloween costume.  I’ll show it to you soon– I think it warrants its own post because it might end up being something of a tutorial.

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….

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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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Catch-up

I finished my latest leethalknits KAL hat!


I started the next hat KAL on Tuesday, but haven’t made much progress due to my wrist needing rest, and the pattern puts some pressure on it.  So it can progress slowly but surely.

And the fourth doctor’s scarf is coming along nicely.


It should be done in a few days, with plenty of time to spare!

Loose ends

Lately I’ve been doing well at finishing projects! My secret project a few days ago, a bear last night, and a hat today!

I had a little knitting time and realized I was only 13 rows from finishing, so decided to power through!

By 9:30pm I was done.
Neither photo does the yarn justice. It’s very teal- not green, N boy blue, but teal. Also, done. I’m very happy that it’s done. Now I think I only have one WIP left!!?