Off the Radar

Sorry so quiet lately. You know how it is…holiday parties, shopping, tattoos, CHRISTMAS, and now…bronchitis. Good times.

*cough cough cough hack hack hack*

Although I’m totally exhausted from my illness and my various prescription drug intake – I love me a Rx inhaler – I wanted to check in and let you know what I’ve been up to on the crafty front (more updates on other stuff coming up lattttter!)

First off, I made a cowl for my friend Junko for her birthday/Christmas/European adventure.

She’s special/super silly…

I love this cowl (pattern: Lyndhurst Cowl > my project: Aurora Borealis). So easy and I loved using the Lion Brand Amazing yarn held double. The color feathering and coziness of it is, well, amazing. I really wanted to keep it. REALLY wanted to keep it. But, alas, it was promised to Junko, so off to Germany and Austria it went!

Next I realized I was over my hands freezing when walking my cute little fur love. Therefore, fingerless mitts had to happen. Enter the Half-A-Skein-And-Two-Hours Mitts (my project: Pinktacular Mitts)!

Yes. Very pink. Verrrry pink. But seriously, I don’t even care. It’s been freakin’ cold here in Los Angeles lately (it was 44 degrees earlier today!). Apparently we are suffering from this thing called “winter”. Lame. #freezingmyassoff

Can I stray any further off my Year of Projects list? YES I CAN!

I’ve also been working on a new hat with the coolest construction. Two words for you: flat and parallelogram.

Lovvvve the stripes and the ribbing and the mindless backloop single crochet. Excited! Pattern: Give it a Whirl Hat > my project: Whirlie Swirlie.

This next pattern wasn’t originally on my YOP list, but it is now (so there!). I realized/decided that I needed a worsted weight lacey crocheted shawl…I realized/decided this when I came across Dory.

I love the colors. Love the colors. The colors! I so can’t wait to finish this. I’ve finished the edging since I’ve taken the above picture and I only have the weaving of ends and blocking left. Hopefully, now that I’m all doped up on the good Rx stuff, I will feel better over the next couple of days and be able to wrap this up (my project: Citronnelle).

So there you have it! My crafty adventures for the month of December! Woot woot wo-cough cough cough hack hack sniff…woot.


A Change in the Force

Okay, maybe not as dramatic as that…

I’ve been looking at my Year of Projects list and doing some soul search. I have some time off for all of the upcoming holidays and I really want what knitting time I’m going to have between now and the end of the year to be used wisely. So some harsh decisions had to be made.

First and foremost, I frogged my Kaya Cropped Raglan Shrug (my project: Shoulder Shrug)

Trust me, it hurt my heart to frog that project. But, I really don’t think the combination of the yarn, the pattern and my body shape was the best decision. I really think this same pattern in a solid colored yarn (with enough yardage to make it a long sleeved) will be the better option.

I also revisited my earlier ideas of making the Koi Socks and the Holden Shawlette. After taking a look at the tags on Ravelry for the Koi Sock pattern, I realized that these are two at a time toe up socks. Yeahhhhhh, no. Not quite there yet with my sock knitting. I honestly would like to conquer a simple magic-loop, toe up sock one at a time first before I jump on the pattern crazy two at a time bus. I love jumping into complicated projects all crazy like, but this just wasn’t the project for that type of new construction – for me at least.

As far as the Holden Shawlette goes, I love it and I have the perfect yarn for it. I really do! But I took a really good look at all of the shawls I have on my list and honestly said to myself, “You ain’t gonna finish all of them. Just sayin’…”

So no more Kaya Shrug. Peace out Koi Socks. Buh-bye Holden Shawlette. Until we meet again my loves.

*heavy sigh*

Nooooow, my list feels, well short. Light if you will. I was also looking forward to getting rid of these HUGE skeins of James C. Brett Marble Chunky that I was going to use for the Kaya Shrug! Those things are freakin’ bulky as hell!

Well, to solve this first world problem, I went to Ravelry and poked around to see what other people have done with their GIGANTOR skeins of the Marble Chunky. Well guess what! There’s a lot you can do with one of those things! First of all there’s the GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley (photos from the pattern that can be found on Ravelry):

LOVE! Cute, right!? Love it long AND love it short! It also only takes one skein! Why does using up only one skein of the two that I have make me happy you ask? Because it leaves one skein to make the Capucine by Adela Illichmanova (photos from the pattern that can be found on Ravelry):

Different but very, very, very cool. I plan to get rid of all those tassels and replace the ear ones with braids – maybe.

This hat will be for cold winter days and nights (and evening live sporting events!) because it sooooo covers the ears. I hate it when my ears are cold! Hate. It.

So excited! All is right in my YOP world again.

*happy sigh*

Abstract Spectrum

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood (my project: Abstract Spectrum)
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Treasure
Colorway: Abstract & Spectrum
Needles: US 7 straights (Clover)
Dates: October 15, 2012 to November 13, 2012
Skills: Cast-on & bind-off, knit & purl

Notes: Easy-peasy. 

Pick out two striped yearns (Noro like the pattern suggest or something less expensive).

Cast-on, do some 1×1 ribbing for a few miles and then bind-off.




So my game plan was to work on my Noro Striped Scarf (my project: Abstract Spectrum) and to ignore my new fancy Knit Picks Harmony interchangeable circular needles and not cast anything new on. Self Control! Self Control! And don’t get me wrong, I’ve totally been slaving away on my scarf! See! Look!

It’s totally moving along and I absolutely looooove it, BUT, I totally broke down and cast-on a new project on my new needles!

Clearly I have no self control. Clearly.

Not only did I cast on a new project – Dew Drop Cowl (my project: Cappuccio) – it’s another striped project. What is it with me and stripes lately!? Holy stripes Batman!

Although I’m loving both of these projects, I can’t wait to wrap both of them up! The scarf is a part of a KAL and needs to be wrapped up by Thursday (November 15, 2012), so I will be knitting and purling and knitting and purling away at it. The cowl is easy enough – rounds and rounds of knitknitknitknit stitch – so it shouldn’t take long to crank out. But honesty, it’s also been freakin’ cold lately! It rained last week, it was windy and cold over the weekend and it’s going to rain at the end of this upcoming week! Cold! Cold! Cold!

But seriously, who doesn’t love hand knit winter accessories! Bring on the cold!

Stripes and More Stripes

Finally! Some progress!!!  46 inches of progress!!!

Been knitting away at my Noro Striped Scarf (my project: Abstract Spectrum) and finally making some headway!

I know that a ton of people have commented about how boring it is to knit because its miles and miles of knit one purl one knit one purl one knit one purl one but I don’t mind it too much. Its football and basketball season so I can sit and watch a game and mindlessly knit on it.

However, this thing is eating up some yarn something serious. Naively (apparently), I only bought two skeins of yarn to make this scarf – one each of Abstract and Spectrum (Red Heart Boutique Treasure) – and started knitting. And knitting and knitting and knitting. Then one day I was reading on the KAL board and I noticed that someone bought four skeins of yarn. FOUR? Say whaaaaa?

I looked down at my two skeins and said to myself…”Shit. I’m not going to have enough yarn to make this as long as I want.”

But then I thought “Ohhhh, I get to buy yarn. Word.” Off to the craft store!

I’m about 46 inches in and still working on with my original skeins. Hopefully I will only have to use a little bit of the second set of skeins and have more than enough to maybe make a matching hat using the Turn a Square beanie pattern. THAT WILL BE CUTE RIGHT!!! You know, for the three days out of the year I will be able to wear them as a set. Cuz really, it was in the high 80’s today and it’s NOVEMBER.

Speaking of keeping warm and toasty, I’m also working on a quilt!

So how happenin’ is my quilt top? I used a Kona Cotton Solids fabric jelly roll called Silent Film (Robert Kaufman Fabrics) from Material Girl Chic on Etsy and this video tutorial to make this bad boy. SUPER FAST AWESOMENESS!!! Like four hours maybe? I still have the backing, binding and the actually quilting to take care of, but whoa! A quilt top! SUPER PLEASED.

But, as much as I love the quilt top, I love the look on Bailey’s face even more – “WHAT?!” Heeheehee…he cracks me up.

One last thing…not a project but a purchase. A sexy purchase! Heeeeheheheehehehe…

I finally bought my second set of Knit Picks interchangeable circulars – HARMONY STYLE! These babies FINALLY went on sale and I immediately bought them. They are so gorgeous and so nice and I want to cast on something new so I can get to using them. And don’t think I didn’t consider doing just that (almost cast on the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief to be exact). But, alas, I showed some self control and kept on knitting on my striped scarf.

Look at me! Self control!…….Oh look! Chocolate chip shortbread cookies!

WIPpin’ Along

Since I finnnnnally finished my Piper’s Journey last week, I got to start something new!!!

A scarf! The Noro Stripe Scarf to be exact (my project: Abstract Spectrum). Eve and I are doing this scarf as a KAL over on the Skein after Skein podcast Ravelry group. We decided to call it the Fake Noro KAL – Fnoro KAL for short – because Noro is just tooooooo expensive, and sometimes very scratchy, so we’re all about the look-a-likes. Our favorite – Red Heart Boutique Treasures. Looks like Noro, but way softer and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less expensive (like 25% of the price).

Here it is in Spectrum and Abstract…

PRETTTTYYYY…sooooo soft too. Love it!

Seriously, this couldn’t be any better timed here in Southern California. Lately, it’s either been crazy ass hot or freezing ass cold. Okay, granted when I say crazy ass cold it’s really only like 60 degrees, but I’m a native Los Angeles girl and that’s freakin’ cold for me!!! So enter my first knitted scarf! Go me!

And since this is me, you know I gots me a shawl on the needles…

I recently picked it up my EZ 100th Anniversary Pi Shawl: Camping (my project: Something Blue) again and knocked out a few chart repeats. I really love how this is coming along. I love the color. I love how light and airy it is too. I’m thinking about adding beads at some point glitz it up a little bit and to add a little weight to it. I know, I know…but I’ve seen other people do it for this pattern so at least I have some reference point…harhar! Stop judging me…I want to add beads to something!!! Don’t crush my dreams!

So, moving along thru my Year of Projects – 2012-2013 list and it feels great to scratch another project off the list and get to knitting on other ones. Here’s to progress!!!

Piper’s Journey

Pattern: Piper’s Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle (my project: Piper’s Journey)
Yarn: Quince & Co. Chickadee
Colorway: Split Pea (130)
Needles: US 6 circulars (Knit Picks Nickel Plated)
Dates: June 1, 2012 to October 14, 2012
Skills: Basics and yarnovers (single & double), k2tog and skp.

Notes: This was a great knit! Don’t let my start and finish dates fool you, this shawl was a fairly quick knit (it really should have taken about a month or so). Gotta love miles of mindless garter followed by a simple applied/knitted on lace border. This is a must knit. It’s a fairly easy knit, even for a first time knitter – even with the lace borders. I highly recommend this knit. Knit it.

Note on the yarn – awesomesauce. Soft and squishy before blocking and amazing after blocking.

Buy it. Knit with it.

Blocking this was super easy – I used my new Inspinknity Premium Super Long Blocking Wires (67″). These things are the business. It took maybe 15 to 20 minutes to block this shawl out…maybe… Hello and what up to not having to pin out every point.

Buy them. Block with them.

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