Living on the edge

This Honey Cowl is so near completion that I’m using my kitchen scale and computing how much more I can knit before binding off, and how much yarn to leave for the bind-off row.  Cutting it close is one of the things I love about knitting! Will it work? Will I have to frog? 

  
I have these two tiny balls left, but my weighing and calculating tell me that I’ll have more than enough to finish. Results tomorrow!

In other crafty news, I made some felt dryer balls and the kids and I embellished some with needle felting.

  
The swirl is my favorite. The boy wanted a face, so we have one creepy ball. 

It has been a verrrry long thanksgiving weekend for me. The kids don’t do well at home for long periods of time, so I have to come up with lots of outside entertainment, which I prefer to be cheap or free, since we require so much of it. Today we hit a new library and a new park/walk. The best part was that we ran into preschool friends at both places.😊 We made good choices!

 
Oh, we also dropped in at a firehouse. Firefighters are so nice to kids!

  
Happy weekend to you! Are you up to fun things?

Birthday swap 2015!

One of my favorite things about my knitting group is our birthday swap! For our 2015 Birthday Swap, the item we knit for one another is up to us, rather than having a unified theme as we always did in the past.

Not having much holiday crafting on my plate, I volunteered to knit for a January birthday, and tonight was my night to give! The giftee had noted that she’d like a wimple, so that’s what I made for her, using Madeleine Tosh DK in Dahlia.

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The pattern is Fresco Basket Whip Cowl, a free pattern on Ravelry.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fresco-basket-whip-cowl  It was easy but not boring.  The lace kept things interesting, while knitting every other row kept things moving along at a steady pace.  It took maybe a week or two of only-at-home knitting.  I really recommend the pattern, as I enjoyed knitting it and it turned out lovely.

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I was so pleased with how much she liked it! Giving really is just as much fun as receiving! 🙂

New knitting project

My Honeybee Cardigan is dry and fits perfectly, but no pics yet, as I haven’t shopped for buttons yet.

With the sweater done, Instead of finishing another WIP, I’ve decided to whip up a last-minute Christmas gift.

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I casted on last night and am already almost halfway done. I have almost 7 inches knit, and this cowl is meant to be 15 inches tall. I might make it shorter, I’m not sure yet. This is my second 5th Avenue Cowl by tenten knits; it’s very simple but really lovely, I think. The yarn is Madeleine Tosh Chunky in the Vermillion color way, left over from my Alpengluhen cardigan. It’s so soft and lovely to knit with!

Honeybee, phew!

When I tried on my cardigan last night, it did not look good.

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It looked way too low, and with some trepidation, I I powered through the neck and shoulder short rows.

Luckily, it worked! It fits and looks nice. The only trouble is that I did one of the 3-needle bind offs backward, and I need to fix it. Otherwise, yay!!!

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