I finished the scarf I was making for a friend for Christmas, yeah it’s late, so what else is new :P. The color isn’t showing right on my screen, it’s actually a fawn color and not grey. This is my Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf that I corrected a line of the pattern and added two more rows to, it’s not a beginners pattern but it’s not hard, just pay attention to what row you are on. I knit this out of some of my hand spun cria (baby alpaca), that my daughter had given to me as a fleece and sent it off to a fiber mill to have processed into what they call bumps for spinning, which is similar to a batt of carded fiber. Soft stuff!
The next picture is of the hat I am finishing for my friend this is where she left off with her knitting. It is Quivet (muskox fiber, and is very soft stuff too, and very warm) and I am getting ready to figure out where she was with it and see if I can finish it for her.
Our temps are back up to normal, I always hate those arctic blasts, but we get them every year, and I’m sure we will get another one before the end of Feb. The days are teens and 20’s ambient temps, occasionally we get up to the mid 30’s and we think it’s spring (LOL), and the nights are single digits to below 0 ambient temps, but I’m not out at night so I keep warm at home :P. Hope everyone else is staying warm as well.
Ok, I lied, I said I was not going to buy any more new stitch markers or progress keepers for a while. “But mom they followed me home can I keep them?” Actually I replaced the Dallas Cowboys progress keeper and bought another set of the hearts stitch markers and progress keeper, because I love it so much, and yes I have one already, but I wanted to use it and couldn’t remember where I put the old one, they will both be well loved :). I got these from AdoreKnit and she threw in a surprise, the fox progress keeper. I mentioned I was looking for one as “hat jewelry” for a young family member I had just knit a hat for because she wanted a fox on it and I didn’t see one in her on line shop. I was beyond ecstatic when I saw that in my order when it came in today!! She really is such a sweet person, you should check out her shop.
The blue hat above is the hat for the younger of my family members, who was very excited to get the Dallas Cowboys color hat and star to adorn his hat. The other hat showing was to be for his older sister but she really liked another hat I had knit earlier so the other one became hers and this one will go in the charity pile. She was very excited to get the fox progress keeper to put on it, I will add that to the pictures when I remember to get a picture of it on the hat. I wouldn’t be surprised to see “hat jewelry” become a thing for school age children. 🙂
Lastly, yeah I had a birthday this past week. Celebrating the anniversary of my 29th birthday and that is all you are getting out of me :P. I can’t be older than my dad who is 29 every year, can I? I belong to a group who does Harry Potter knitting and my name was drawn on her quarterly prize drawing (which just happened to be on my birthday woot woot). I got gifted a pattern of my choice, and what I chose was the Baa-ble Mittens and Cowl set , I already had the hat pattern, which is a free pattern, but the accessories were not. So for my birthday I was able to complete the set, how cool is that!!! Hope everyone has a great week coming up.
This is my progress on the Scarf Along I was doing with my friend Kari.
I got a call from another friend of ours today to tell me Kari was killed in a one car accident yesterday evening. My heart hurts over her loss. She was my Harry Potter marathon buddy when I lived in TN. We would have a Harry Potter marathon every 3 months or so, popcorn, soft drinks and knitting. We went to church together (where I met her) and I enjoyed her “lets go do something” attitude. She will be very missed. I will finish my scarf in her memory.
Here is our progress on our Diagonal Garter Stitch scarfs. We are coming along. Glad I didn’t have as many stitches as Keri :P, but she has much less time to knit than I do :). Looking forward to the color changes on her scarf :).
I’m coming along on the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts. I will have this finished by Saturday and ready to give to my friend on Sunday :). They match the 3 Color Cowl I made for her. I hope she will enjoy these. 🙂 I’ll get a picture of them finished before I give them to her.
Hope everyone is enjoying the first day of February. It’s the last official month of winter, YEA!!!! Spring is just around the corner I can hardly wait :).
Here is an update on our progress on the Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf. My friend is a EMT so she has less time to knit, but to be fair I am using a bulky yarn and she is not so mine appears to go faster :P, but I do have two skeins to her one, so it will equal out and it is not a race, just a KAL (knit a long). My colors change faster than Keri’s do, so it will be interesting to see her finished scarf :).
Here is the update on the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts I am knitting. I still have to finish the thumb and have decided that I will make it match the upper part of the mitts in the lighter speckled yarn. To see more about the yarn I am using check this page out. I will just keep my fingers crossed that I will now have enough of the navy blue to do the other mitt :P.
I taught my friend to knit when I lived in TN and we use to have Harry Potter Marathons and eat popcorn. Ahhh those were fun days :). We have missed doing those things together, as I now live in another state, so we decided to have a Scarf Along. We have picked out our yarn and needles and our plan of attack for the scarf. I wish I could tell you where I got the pattern, I hand typed it out and have had it for years so no telling where the pattern was from originally so I can’t share it, but there are several on Ravelry that are Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarfs.
The pictures above are the yarns we chose, I neglected to get the brand of yarn she got for this project, but it looks like Lion Brand tho’ I could be wrong, I’ll check back with her and update this(**Yes it is Lion Brand yarn Mandala, thanks Keri :).) My yarn is Yarn Bee Aspyn from Hobby Lobby, it is 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca and very soft and is a bulky weight tho the pattern calls for a DK weight and a US size 5 needle. We both decided the 22 stitches cast on was to narrow for us. My friend, Keri cast on 44 stitches and went up 2 needle sizes and I will also be using the US size 7 and I am casting on 32 stitches. We should have pictures of our progress to show soon :). I am excited to get to do something with my friend again :).
I am coming along on the fingerless mitts. I decided to add the 3rd color from the cowl on the top of the mitts because I was getting very nervous about the yarn chicken game with the navy yarn, lol. So I will frog some of the top area of the mitt I am working on and add that 3rd color. I should have one mitt to post a picture of soon as well. I started with the navy, then added the beautiful turquoise color for the pattern area, then back to the navy and the top few inches will be the light speckled yarn. It will be a perfect match for her cowl. 🙂
This was an interesting knit. Each band had different stitches, some lace and some texture and some color changes and ribbing. My friend loved it and that is all that really matters :). I need to get some blockers, pins leave little “juts” in the fabric. I’ve seen several different kinds. I’ll have to check them out. But for now on to a different project :).
I finally figured out how to rotate it :). You will notice there is a different yarn. I felt the need to have her return the darker teal color, in the previous picture, because it was a cotton/bamboo yarn and the rest of the yarns are wool. I will need to block this cowl and the cotton yarn really wouldn’t stretch to block well. But this new yarn is lovely to work with. It is a 3 Irish Girls fingering wt merino/nylon yarn purchased from Stitch Together Studio. I have put more about this yarn on my Ravelry project page (you might need a Ravelry acct to log in to see it, it is a free acct to make) :).
I should have a finished project picture to post by the weekend, as it is my intention to have this finished and blocked by Saturday :).