Since I’m on another break between classes, I decided to make a new hat this past Christmas. I got out my skein of Red Heart Unforgettable in colorway Parrot, and loosely followed a pattern I found on Ravelry. The original pattern was an all-crochet hat, but I’m distrustful of crochet ribbing since in my experience crochet is not great at holding its shape after it’s been stretched. So instead of crocheting the band, I got out my size 11 double point needles and knit the band in a 2×2 ribbing. Here it is!
This morning was not as calm as I would have liked and I forgot to put it on before I left the house, but this hat is going to get some air time. I’m very proud of how nicely it turned out. I’ve got enough of the skein left to make some mittens or fingerless mitts, so that will be my next project before school starts again.
I hope everyone has had a great 2014. I look forward to 2015 with you!
Between my ongoing effort to earn an MBA and my recent foray into fitness (running, specifically), I haven’t made much time for knit or crochet. But today was the last day of my Managerial Economics course, and I have two weeks until my next course starts, so I will be making the most of that time. As soon as I turned in my final assignment this afternoon, I went and dug out my G hook and some white cotton yarn and made a couple of small granny squares. I don’t know that they’ll become anything, but it feels good to create something again.
School has outweighed knit and crochet for the last few months, but I’m on break for a few weeks, just in time for the annual Christmas Eve cat hat. I finished it today and photos will be posted soon!
Lately my focus has shifted to crochet as I work on a scarf commissioned by a friend and a blanket requested by another. I’m working the scarf in baby yarn with a size F hook, so it’s taking a little while. It’s turning out really nicely though, and hopefully I’ll have some photos to post soon. The blanket has a different story. A friend’s mother in law passed away after a brief illness several years ago, and while she was sick she asked her husband to buy her some yarn so she could make a blanket. Sadly, she did not have the time to get started on it. Then a few months ago her husband passed away too. My friend sent me the yarn and asked me if I could make a blanket for her husband, who is having a hard time with having lost both of his parents. Of course I agreed- I love new projects and this one touched my heart. I hope to have that project done and in the mail by Christmas, but again hopefully I’ll have some pictures to show you soon.
Not long ago I spotted the pattern for Simplest Sweater, which looks like a really friendly sweater that won’t hurt me or get excited and bite me or accidentally crush me to death in its giant but untamed hands. I’m a jumpy knitter with things I’ve never done before, which is not great for my sense of crafting adventure but it does give me good cause to integrate my experience with dogs and reading Of Mice and Men.
I’m having a time getting the swatch done. I cast on for the swatch yesterday but I’ve only gotten through one row.
I’m so scattered and busy right now that I can’t make it through a swatch.
Let’s just process that for a sec.
Hopefully I’ll have this thing done before it’s too warm to wear it again. If you’re the betting sort, don’t put money on it though.
It’s nothing fancy, but finishing a project is always nice.
It’s been slow in my crafting world lately, mainly because I tend to wait for some kind of inspiration before I start a new project. For me, it takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment to create a finished piece of knitting or crochet, so I don’t like to spend a lot of resources on a project I feel lukewarm about. I’ve got it in my head to finally learn how to knit socks, but I think I may sit on that plan until the month-long break I’ll have from school over the Christmas/New Year holidays.
In the meantime, though, it is time to start whipping up scarves and hats and whatnot for the upcoming three days of cold weather we always get here in south Georgia. My size N crochet hook and my Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in the pumpkin colorway were calling to me the other night, so I’m in the middle of working up a simple single crochet scarf for myself. I have a feeling it’s going to be a shortish scarf since it’s going pretty fast, but that’s okay. I’ll post photos here when it’s done. I doubt I’ll block it.
Speaking of blocking… the blue triangle scarf still awaits the steam treatment. I really need to do that already.