Back to the Blog

It’s time to get back to my blog.  This was my longest stretch in awhile of not blogging.  It has been a busy year of student teaching, substitute teaching and then a thankfully relatively brief hunt for a job.  In the meantime, I have still been knitting and now I hope to spend some time on my blog documenting both knitting, family and some my first year of teaching.

In September I will start teaching 2nd grade, and a good portion of my summer has been and will continue to be spent preparing my classroom.  There is so much to do.  But it’s good work, and I am enjoying every minute of it.

I am also doing some knitting this summer.  I made a Gaptastic Cowl recently with just one skein of worsted Shepherd’s Wool yarn.  It’s not overly long, but I can wrap it around my neck twice.  I am almost looking forward to cold weather so that I can wear it.  (Emphasis is on the almost looking forward to cold weather.)

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I also have a bunch of cotton that I wanted to knit so I’ve been working on a market bag.  The pattern is called Ilene Bag.  It’s been great fun to knit.  I liked knitting the rectangular bottom and then picking up stitches to knit the side.  I kinda had it in my mind though that it was going to be a quick knit, but it seems like it is taking forever.  I have been working on the strap for what seems like weeks, and I still don’t think it’s quite long enough.

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The bag is a combination of about 4 skeins of leftover cotton, but I am liking the look of it.

Part of the fun of getting ready for school is the opportunity to make stuff.  For example last weekend, I made some name sticks.  I have a teacher friend who used these and I just really liked them and decided to make my own for my class.

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Now I just need to add the student names.

Davey and I painted some READ letters yesterday.  I like getting him involved, and he likes being involved.

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I think I am going to put these on alligator photo clips and put them in my reading nook that I am slowly trying to create.

Next on the list, I want to get David back to school with me.  I have some plans for my walls, and he’s agreed to help me make some big ole posters.  I will look forward to sharing those as well!

 

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Gnome Mitten: Completed

So almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post about how I was going to complete some projects. One of them was a mitten.

This is the picture I posted then:

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So that was last March.  Today, I got the mitten out again.  Here is how it looked almost a year later:

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Who knits almost an entire mitten and then puts it away, unfinished, for almost a year?

So today I finished the mitten.  I was supposed to do the thumb in a continuation of a gray and red pattern, but I decided that this was entirely too fiddly for me to want to accomplish with the thumb (This may have been the main reason it sat unfinished for so long now that I think about it).  I was really not enjoying it, so I took out the thumb, and I started again.  This time I knitted it all gray.

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Yay!  I am not thrilled with the base of the thumb.  I am not thrilled with the color work on some of the gnomes.  I have some wonky eyes.  I have some wonky gnomes altogether. The mitten does fit pretty well, although it is a little snug across the widest part of my hand.

I am just happy that it is done.  Now the problem is that mittens come in pairs.  I really have no desire to knit the second one right now.  I enjoy color work, but some of the color work on this mitten involves handling three colors at once.  I am not a fan of managing three colors at all.  They get all tangly.

Maybe I will make the second one at some point.  I am a better knitter (I think) then I was a year ago, so it would probably turn out nicer.  Then though, the first one would look even wonkier.    Maybe I will see if it will work as an oven mitt.  There’s an idea.

Herringbone

I have started knitting a cowl in herringbone stitch.  It’s a free pattern from Purl Soho called “Big Herringbone Cowl“.

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I am knitting with Malabrigo which is such fun.  It’s such a soft wool, and the colors are always so rich and beautiful.

Herringbone is such a neat stitch, but it feels like one step forward two steps back with each stitch.  It’s not quite that extreme, but each stitch is knit together and then half of the stitch is placed back on the left needle.  This is what creates that great herringbone stitch, but it is hard to get into a smooth knitting rhythm (at least for me!).

It’s going to be such a nice soft warm cowl though!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Azel Pullover and Davey

I just finished knitting the Azel Pullover.   I have had my eye on knitting this pattern for awhile.  I have seen pictures of it posted on pinterest and facebook, and it looked like such a fun pattern.

I used the same kind of yarn that I just used to make the Christmas stockings:  Plymouth Encore Mega.  It is such a squishy soft bulky yarn.  The pullover is knitted all in one piece with the exception of the neck.  I picked up stitches and knit it after I finished the body of the rest of it.

I made this pattern at the request of a good friend.  It’s for her daughter, and I can’t wait to see it on her.  In the meantime, my sweet Davey kindly agreed to model it for me.  This is not his favorite thing to do in the world, but he was agreeable to it yesterday!

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The pullover still needs six buttons (3 on the bottom on each side), and then it will be finished.

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I love the pullover, but I also love that Davey was willing to model it for me, and that he has his cute little pajamas on.  I won’t be able to get away with this much longer!

Anelmaiset revisited

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some really fun socks that I made.   They were from the pattern Anelmaiset.

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My cousin had asked if I could make them for her, and I am glad she did, because I had a lot of fun making them and I learned some new things.

She received them the other day, and she was so nice to model them and take some pictures!  They are so darn cute on her that I had to write about them again!

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She lives in Oklahoma so I am hoping that it will soon be chilly enough for her to enjoy them there.

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Her pictures are inspiring me to want to make some more for myself!

Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Stockings

I just finished knitting four Christmas stockings.  The pattern is from picket fence knits. I knitted the stockings with Plymouth Encore Mega which is a great squishy bulky yarn.  The pattern was well-written and easy to follow, and it was also interesting enough that I didn’t get bored making four of them.  It’s not often (unheard of really) that I knit four of anything.  I haven’t had a whole lot of time to knit though, and I was always happy to sit down and work on these stockings.

The stockings still need a wooden button attached, and I am worried that my i-cord loop might be a little long and stretchy.  We shall see.  I can always remove those and re-knit them a little shorter.

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I highly recommend this pattern for a beautiful Christmas stocking!