It has been a busy week for knitting – I was actually able to complete my final initialed washcloth (this time it was navy with an E on it), as well as my third Miranda Hat and another simple potholder.
I cut it a bit close on bringing yarn to knit with – I really only packed the initialed washcloth (which I had already started), yarn for one hat, and another ball of cotton yarn to make whatever I wanted. After completing the initialed washcloth on the first day of travel, I started (and restarted) the third hat during the second travel day, finishing it up during some downtime in Florida. Yesterday was my final travel day, and I just couldn’t decide what to make with the last ball of cotton yarn: a hat? another initialed dishcloth? a new pattern? After starting a hat and having it be the right size for a giant, I decided to go for a new pattern, a simple dishcloth that involved yarn overs and is knit from corner to corner – it almost looks as if the border is lacy and crocheted on.
I finished my grandma’s dishcloth, and ended up wrapping some soap in it for her – she absolutely loved it, so I’m glad I stayed up late before my trip finishing it up.
Even though I wasn’t necessarily able to keep up-to-date with all the knitting blogs throughout the past week, I’ve found some nice posts since I’ve been back.
- Steph’s hunt for the right needles had me absolutely in stitches (no pun intended) – I had a minor emergency while on my trip (I thought I had lost 1 dpn of my set) so her debacle certainly resonated with me!
- I love Sheri’s idea to turn this room decoration into yarn balls – I may just have to try that with some smaller balloons for the dorm room – it might even be cute to not go all the way around the balloons so as to make little baskets – perhaps they could be used as project bowls? I could see myself putting the cakes of yarn in the bowls and feeding the yarn through one of the holes.
- Glenna’s TTC Knitalong makes me wish that there was more public transportation in the cities I live in – I’d love to make a trip to Toronto one weekend (or week) and partake in their Yarn Shop Hop.
- Last, but certainly not least, I think Cassy’s Albatross Socks could be the perfect ones for me to learn to knit – they’re simple but elegant, though I’d be sure to use different yarn.
It’s hard to believe that an entire week has passed since I’ve finished the baby sweaters and such. In just seven days, I’ve finished two Miranda Hats, as well as one of three initialed dishcloths! Despite the sheer yardage of the projects (500 yards total for all three objects), it doesn’t feel as if I’ve been knitting during every free moment. Rather, I’ve had a decent amount of car time and sitting time in local quilt stores with my mom.
I finished my first Miranda Hat,
and three days later finished my second.
As soon as I finished that, I cast on for a cute Initialed Dishcloth. Thought I wasn’t a huge fan of the inverted stockinette stitch, the washcloth knit up very quickly, and before I knew it, I was casting off last night while watching TV! Up next are two ‘E’s, made with the denim and indigo colored cotton yarn I bought earlier in the week. I still need to block the first washcloth, but I’m still debating as to how I’m going to do that.
In the near future, I’m hoping to finish the two other washcloths, and maybe another hat (I love the pattern, but just want something that takes a bit more brain power). Hopefully the yarn for my Lightweight Pullover will come soon!
Throughout the week, I’ve found some amazing knitters and their projects, some of which I wish I could try, or emulate in a little way:
- I would absolutely love to be a part of this Sock Club. I love that she hand-dyes the yarn, and includes little gifts along with the sock yarn every month. Some of the colors are just to die for!
- My next purchase may be a ball winder – I like this one from KnitPicks. It’s cheap, small, and it looks easy to use. That way, I can have center-pull balls of yarn for easier travel.
- I love Glenna’s post about buying yarn a season ahead. It may not seem logical to be buying bulky wool in the middle of summer, but it sure will help once colder weather starts creeping in! Plus, that was you don’t have to speed knit sweaters in order to stay warm.
- Cassy’s tour of her stash, as well as the perils of buying yarn online, really intrigued me. I always love seeing how other people organize their yarn, and her green/black yarn conundrum had me hoping that the yarn I ordered for my sweater is actually true-to-color!
Well, that’s it for this week. Do you have any fun weekend plans? I think we’re going to just hang around the house – I have a class final exam tomorrow morning, but after that, it’ll officially be summer vacation!
So I admit it: I had a little relationship with baby hats during the school year.
Maybe it was a little more than a little relationship – it was a full out affair. I went nuts – a baby hat or two a week, the same pattern (mostly), with the little things collecting in a bag in my dorm room until I had the motivation to part with them.
I think the part I loved about them was that they were so fast: I could be studying for a math exam and then bam a baby hat was done. I convinced myself that I was doing a good thing, since all the baby hats were going to a birthing center that asked a club I’m in for donations, and, after all, it was better than knitting a garter stitch scarf (anything but the scarf, please!).
So, on to a partial parade of hats:
My first hat!
A bundle of hats that various people knit – not all my doing!
A couple of preemie hats I knit – these were the quickest things to knit, and so tiny! But the 2.5 mm needles eventually took a toll on my eyesight (maybe I am 80 years old)
Look at the size difference between the preemie hats (left) and the regular sized ones!
Have you ever “binged” on a knitting item? Why do you think knitting certain things can seem so addictive?