Category Archives: Works in Progress

Let the madness – and sweaters – begin!

Well, I'm still not totally through figuring out what craziness is in store for me this year, but I know that it's going to involve a lot of sweaters. I really need to use up a good size chunk of my stash this year (for the sake of sanity), and sweaters are a darn good way to do that. But my first sweater is decidedly not a stash sweater. Over the holidays, my husband and I found ourselves shuffling among the crowds at the mall a little more frequently than we'd have liked. But one upside of that is that my husband got to see a lot of the mannequins decked out in their nice fancy sweaters. We kept passing by one window that had a lighly textured Aran type sweater in a creamy oatmeal color, and over time it really grew on him. Until finally, the question was asked - "can you make one for me?" WELL OF COURSE! WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO SOONER! I GET TO GET MORE YARN!!!(and also - he doesn't want me to buy one, but make one. Double score!)

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Intarsia gone wild!

In the past I've shared different techniques that I'm learning.  I finally tried Fair Isle last summer, which I absolutely love!  Also, I shared that my grandson wants a lego hat. (that decision was after I convinced him he didn't really want a skeleton hat!) After lots of research and asking all of you, I've decided there wasn't a hat pattern out there that fit my idea of what the hat should look like.  So, as is so usual for me, I did things the hard way!!  I've created a pattern! But the only way to get the pattern to look the way I wanted it to look, was to do intarsia, a technique I had yet to learn!  The hat is not done, but it's on its way! (I'll blog later with the complete hat on my grandson).

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Sibling Scarves

A friend of mine has two little girls age 9 and 7. I volunteered to knit each one a scarf figuring it would be a great way to use up some of my leftover fingering weight yarn. In my enthusiasm, I completely forgot about the possibility of sibling rivalry. So, I came up with a plan.

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Less than 2 weeks!

That's how much time I have to finish up the knitted gifts for my family's Christmas celebrations!  Eek! Luckily I was smart this year and started my biggest project first, which was a vest for my mom - I made Talia, a free pattern by SweaterBabe but I haven't got a good photo of it yet.  So with the big project out of the way, I'm left with a lot of smaller knitted gifts for 4 nieces & nephews. A month ago, I was told that my 7 year old nephew really wanted some fingerless gloves to match his new green & black bike. I really love the pattern Knucks - I've made a ton of them over the years so they're easy to whip out.  I used Swish DK in Black & Peapod.  

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In Brief Praise of Ugliness

With my clothing, I rarely venture outside dark colors and neutrals. The most thrilling sweater I own is in a shade of cranberry. However, that doesn’t prevent me from using color in the projects I crochet; lots of color and all of it at once. The lion's share of my handiwork is cheerfully ugly, the natural conclusion of higher gauges, a bird-like level concentration and all that aforementioned use of color. If a project goes as planned, it's so delightfully unattractive that I'm pleased and repulsed in equal measure!

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Help! What should I do?

In the beginning of October, I told you in a post about the hat I made for my granddaughter - as a reminder, here’s a picture of Kalyn and her big brother Cole. So after this little photo shoot, Cole asks me if I could make him a hat and of course I told him I would love to!  "What would you like your hat to be?" I asked "Skulls!" He said - yes, he's 8 years old!

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Project ideas?

I recently finished spinning a bunch of the roving that I had dyed with Greener Shades dyes back in February.  I was trying to work my way through a bin of older fiber before I allowed myself to play with my new goodies - thinking about it, it's kind of weird that I create so many rules for myself while working on tasks that are supposed to be purely recreational.   Anyway, I ended up pulling out several braids of dyed Merino that seemed the most fun, then spun them each into a lofty 2-ply bulky weight yarn.  I had split each braid in half and then predrafted the fiber without splitting it further, resulting in long color repeats for each single ply.  When I plied them together, I got a nice barberpole effect that should work up as subtly shifting stripes.

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Under the influence of yarn

There are so many reasons to love yarn, and those reasons are as different as the crafters who use it. But, what we can agree on is that using yarn confers a benefit to us. (Otherwise, why would we keep on using it?) One of the greatest benefits for me, is that yarn and knitting give me a way to pass time that otherwise would be wasted, or spent doing something much less pleasant. It allows me to take those little chunks of time standing in line at the grocery store, in the waiting room at the dentist, riding the train, etc., and turn them into productive moments. When you're an on-the-go type of knitter, it's kind of amazing how much time you never knew you had! But, sometimes, life throws you a situation in which waiting is all you can do, and unless you have something to keep your brain busy, it drags on forever. Like the hospital! We checked in at 7am. I pulled out the little sleeves as the nurses went through the pre-op procedure.

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