Category Archives: Knitspiration

Friday FOs and Knitspiration

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.
Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Finished Objects, FO: hats, Knitspiration, Year of Projects

(Almost) FO Friday and Knitspiration

Y’all didn’t think I’d leave you hanging, did you?? I’m on my way to North Carolina, but thought y’all would want an update on Friday as well. What are your weekend plans? I’m visiting my cousin, and we’re going to have fun going to a pool party and shopping around her favorite places in North Carolina. I’m so excited to see her again – it’s been close to 9 months since our last visit, and it’s certainly time for another one!

I’m cheating a bit for these FOs, since one of them isn’t technically finished … yet … but it probably will be by the time this posts automatically (technology these days!).

I’ve been making initialed washcloths for my cousin and grandmother as hostess gifts, and though I finished the one for my cousin in about a day, the one for my grandma is taking a bit longer. Nevertheless, it WILL be finished by Sunday, at the very latest. I bought two chunks of soap from LUSH on Wednesday to wrap in the dishcloths – the soap smells amazing, and it’ll be hard to let them go. I bought 1/4 lb. of their Lust soap for my cousin – the jasmine scent just relaxes me, and the subtle florals underneath make it just smell divine. I opted for about 1/4 lb. of their Honey I Washed the Kids soap for my grandmother – it has a very soft scent of honey and floral, and I love the way that one side of the soap has an actual honeycomb in it. I love the soaps LUSH sells, and can feel right about buying them, since a lot of their products are organic, and none have been tested on animals.

With the two washcloths, that’s it for the FOs of the week, but I’m hoping to crank out another washcloth and perhaps a Miranda Hat or two during my trip. I’m a bit nervous that I didn’t pack enough yarn, but I’m sure I can find LYSs around the areas I’ll be.

There have been tons of good posts for knitspiration in the past week. Here are some of my favorites:

  • I love Wendy’s new poncho – though I’m not a huge fan of ponchos on me, I love the subtle cables running down the front and back of hers.
  • Cassy’s Jaywalker socks are so adorable – I love the colorway and the simple pattern that really lets the yarn pop!
  • These socks that Quince & Co. posted are absolutely to-die-for. I love the colorwork, and how using just two colors can be so striking.
  • Evelyn’s Wonder Blanket is motivating me to start my own ASAP – I can only imagine the texture of all the yarns knit together, and her slipped stitch in the center of the blanket to allow for a clean fold is brilliant – the tiniest things can sometimes make a world of difference.

What have been your favorite posts? I’ve been finding that a lot have helped inspire me to think about new projects I can start, and how I can incorporate new techniques into what I already know how to do.

Leave a comment

Filed under Finished Objects, Knitspiration

Friday FO and Knitspiration

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!

Leave a comment

Filed under Finished Objects, FO: hats, Knitspiration

Friday FOs and Knit-spiration

During the week, I finished a couple of items, which was exciting, since I only had to do my least favorite step (weaving in ends). With my dad out of town for the majority of the week, it was nice to get some knitting time in without any judgment – I guiltless-ly took over the living room coffee table to sew up baby sweaters and weave in ends.

I stared my baby sweater adventures with a garter stitch baby cardigan that was, interestingly enough, knit from sleeve to sleeve, and with triangles used under the arms to attach the front to the back. I wish I had a better picture of the actual construction – it was rather ingenious if I do say so myself.

A wee little baby cardigan

As much as I loved this cardigan, it was a tad awkward to knit the triangles and sew them in. Also, when attaching the right front of the cardigan to the main body knitting, it was hard to get the tension right. Perhaps with another go at it, it might come out easier, but so much garter stitch and shaping really wore me down.

The next pattern I tried was a simple boat-neck baby sweater. What originally drew me to the pattern was the garter stitch details at the edges of the body and sleeves – not only did it keep the stockinette stitch from rolling, it was cute as well! If I did this pattern again, I think I’d add a garter stitch border on the edges as well, because the stockinette stitch really did roll inward, and though it was fixed once it was sewn up, it was still tricky to measure and deal with during the actual knitting of the garment.

(for some reason my computer doesn’t like uploading this picture … I think it’s just selfish for the cute baby knits).

Lately, I’ve been really branching out with what I knit, and have tried to become more involved with Ravelry groups – so far it’s been great. I’ve started knitting hats for charity and whittling down my stash at the same time. I’m hoping to use up some yarn that I bought for a sweater that I lost the pattern for. Well, in truth, I know the pattern, but I can’t figure out what size I was making, since I don’t seem to have enough yardage for even a small.

Over the past week or so, I’ve found some amazing bloggers, and their project keep inspiring me to add even more to my ever-growing “to knit” list. Here are a couple of my favorites:

  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, or the Yarn Harlot, is one of my favorites. Her post on yarn-bombing is absolutely hilarious, and I still want to know how it got there!
  • Cassy’s post about knitting in hot places during the summer struck a chord with me, and I may have to take her idea about socks! Hats are going well, but there I only have 1 head, but can wear different socks every day.
  • I also love Stitched Together’s color choices on her most recent Color Affection shawl – I’d love to knit one (or seven) of these, but I’m not much of a shawl person, and the amount of different color combinations would turn into an addiction! But perhaps if I use fingering weight yarn it could turn into a fashionable scarf …

Do you have any favorite knitting blogs? I’d love to add some more to my list – I find that my ideas just keep growing every time I look at something else. What’s on your to-knit list?

1 Comment

Filed under Finished Objects, FO: sweaters, Knitspiration