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:
So that was last March. Today, I got the mitten out again. Here is how it looked almost a year later:
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.
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.
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!
The pullover still needs six buttons (3 on the bottom on each side), and then it will be finished.
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!
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some really fun socks that I made. They were from the pattern Anelmaiset.
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!
She lives in Oklahoma so I am hoping that it will soon be chilly enough for her to enjoy them there.
Her pictures are inspiring me to want to make some more for myself!
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.
I highly recommend this pattern for a beautiful Christmas stocking!
I just finished knitting a great pattern written by my friend Ann. It’s a hat called #Louder, and it’s a Seahawks hat (this probably goes without saying). The back design represents the seismograph from the “Beastquake” which results from the fan phenomenon known as “Beastmode”. I am really not all up and comfortable with the Seahawks terminology, but I have a lot of friends around these parts who definitely are.
As Ann wrote in her pattern, the Beast Quake occurs when the fans are:
There’s a hashtag in front of the Louder too. I had trouble getting photos which showed everything just right. My hashtag is a little wonky too.
I’d love to make another one of these hats. I loved the yarn too. It’s HiKoo by skacel, and I’d not knit with it before. Really nice to knit with. I did block it on my little mannequin head thing. It smoothed out my decreasing at the top a whole lot. It is a roomy hat, and I wonder if I might not go down a needle size if I did it again. It’s a nice fitting and keep your head warm hat though. Here’s my little spaghetti-sauced faced Davey modeling it for me (I was doing good to get him to cheerfully pose for me; I didn’t want to push my luck by requiring a clean face as well!). This is a great pattern for which to practice stranded knitting. It’s clearly written and very fun!
I finally finished a knitting project the other day. I made it with cashmere (from my stash!), and the pattern was a simple ladder lace. I had come across a beautiful picture of this scarf on pinterest, and the pattern was so simple that it was described in the comments of the pin:
Cast on 24 sts (or any number of stitches dividable with 4). Knit 2 rows Knit pattern row: K4, (YO, K2tog, K2) repeat between ( ) 5 times. Repeat the pattern row until your scarf is at desired length. Knit 1 row.
This is a very easy pattern to follow and fun to knit. Scarves are not typically my favorite thing to knit because they seem to go on and on and on and on, but this one was not too bad. For one thing, I was knitting with cashmere, and that’s always a treat. It was also a pattern I could work on while I was watching tv. Perfect as we watched the last season of our favorite show Justified.
I’d like to knit it again with a larger needle size and then block it out even more loosely. That’s how I first saw it on pinterest, and I loved the even lighter delicate quality it had.
I look forward to wearing this scarf though!
I finally finished the “Fightin’ Words” gloves. Davey has claimed them, and he likes them lots.
They turned out really nice. I have enough yarn left over to even make another pair. I may do that at some point.
For now though, I have started this:
These are just some of the many pieces I need for a little stuffed toy I am going to make. It’s going to be a little bear who is knitting. Such a neat pattern by Alan Dart. He does such neat detailed patterns of little stuffed guys. I bought this pattern several years ago, and am now working on it as part of my mission to do projects I started or meant to start a long time ago!
The knitting part is the easy part however, What gets slow and tricky is putting it altogether. If I am not careful, my little mouse will look very goofy. For example, I finished a little bunny right before Easter.
I didn’t take the time and care that I should have to put him together. That’s really important on these little guys. The more pieces there are, the more I really have to go slow and carefully. Otherwise the result is like little “Odd Bunny” here.
Back to it. I am hoping for some nice knitting outside this evening. It’s been beautiful here the past few days!
I am on my mission to finish started projects. Yesterday I finished this:
These are the “Fightin’ Words” fingerless gloves. I never blogged about starting them, but I specifically remember starting them when we went on a trip to Crested Butte back when we lived in Colorado. I began them in mid-August 2012. Now nearly four years later, the first mitt is complete.
I did immediately cast on the second mitt though, and I am determined to finish it before I do anything else.
I bought a kit to make these mitts from Knit Picks. I am pretty sure that the yarn I am using is Knit Picks Stroll Fingering weight. It’s a nice soft superwash wool and nylon blend. I like it lots.
Davey took one look at the finished mitt and decided he wants them. The second mitt will say “Pow”!
I also finished my NEON socks. I used Plymouth Neon Now which I bought at my awesome local yarn store.
These were fun to knit. I love self-striping yarn, and I always enjoy this simple sock pattern from Susan B. Anderson.
Now back to the POW mitt!
I am on a mission this year. I want to finish some projects. I don’t even want to count how many unfinished projects I have going (some back to 2010). So I am not going to. Instead, I am going to start finishing some of them.
Yesterday I finished my Slouched Tuva Hat. I made it with Pacifica Zephyr DK Yarn. I got the skein of yarn when I made a small contribution to their kickstarter campaign (It may have not been kickstarter, but it was one of those crowd funding groups.). The yarn is 50% cotton and 50% wool. It looks like a rustic wool, but doesn’t feel quite as rustic with the cotton. I liked knitting with it. Davey modeled for me so I could show the stitch pattern. Really easy to do, and I like how it looks.
It doesn’t quite slouch on my head the way that I hoped it would. This could be because I messed up somewhere when I was decreasing? Maybe I should have made it a little longer given my large noggin? Not sure, but I will definitely wear it anyway.
I am also working on number two of a pair of socks. I actually got started on the second one almost immediately after finishing the first. The yarn is self-striping, and kinda looks like Seahawks colors I think.
I tried to get Davey to help me model this as well. The sock was enormous on his foot though.
I tried a foot selfie:
I am knitting the sock with the “How I Make My Own Socks Pattern” from Susan B. Anderson. I have done several pairs with it. It’s a very basic sock pattern and perfect for self-striping yarn.
I’m working on the second one today while I rediscover knitting podcasts. We are having a quiet day after a busy yesterday on Whidbey Island at a taekwando tournament. It’s gray here and was actually snowing for quite awhile. I’m watching Susan B. Anderson who mentioned CraftStash, so I listened to her for awhile as well. It’s such a fun way to learn about new yarn, projects, books, and all types of things.
I am trying to get this sock done so I can get back to my gnome mittens. It’s rather sad that I put down this mitten with just the tip of the thumb left to complete. I don’t quite understand it. Maybe it’s because I was faced with having to start the second mitten. I do like these very cute gnomes however.
A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to knit a good friend of mine something for him and his second grade class. I decided to make him a jumbo gnome – a pattern from my old favorite mochimochiland.
I made Mr. Gnome with two strands of Plymouth Encore worsted weight. Stuffed animals and little gnomes can be fiddly with the double pointed needles, but since he was so large, it was much like casting on for a pair of socks. The color work is a nice touch and was great fun to do as well. I loved the Encore; it was a good choice of yarn. Holding it double was not any trouble except it was a little unwieldy during the color work. Not too bad though. He was really a lot of fun to knit.
I got him all finished, and then at the beginning of February we told him goodbye. Davey really wanted to keep him for his very own.
After some goodbyes, he agreed to part with him, and so we mailed him off. Well turns out, I mailed it to an address where my friend has not lived in SIX years. You’d think I’d know that my good friend had moved wouldn’t you. Maybe I did know at some point but forgot? I myself have moved about four times in the last six years so I have enough trouble remembering my own address!
So the gnome never arrived. Unfortunately, I’d also lost my tracking slip. My postal carrier told me that if the recipient put “Return to Sender” on the package that it should get back to me in a week or so. I had high hopes, but it didn’t come back! We had about given up, and I’d even started knitting a second one when finally last week, a month later, it came back! We were thrilled!
He’s truly been a traveling gnome. I mailed him back – to the correct address this time, and he has arrived safely.