Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Sock and a Book

Exciting news today: my sock just needs some ends woven in and some top stitching added AND I'm reading something again!

Not so exciting news: it's not a "fun read" but it's essential since I am getting my certification done next month. As in, in a couple weeks.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

FO Friday: Ski Hat

I finished knitting this hat on Wednesday, blocked on Thursday, made the pom pom on Thursday, and finished drying and added said pom pom today.

Now, the hat is currently packed in a box addressed to my sister in law. The original pattern she sent me is called the "Maribel hat" and instructs snowflakes around the entire hat.

However, once she decided to pass the knitting off on me, she mentioned that she'd like a deer on it if it were possible. Of course, I had to accept because I love her to death. You know how that goes.

So I found a free chart for fair isle deer. The chart originally had Christmas trees between the deer and the bottom heart but I decided that would be overkill and omitted them.

Since the deer chart was so large, I ended up only fitting two snowflakes from the original hat pattern onto the hat without altering stitch count. I figured there would be at least three, but I never said I was good at math!

The original hat pattern had the fair isle chart written out and scanned so it was very difficult to read the pencil drawn chart. It made me go cross eyed more than a few times, and while the pattern is quite nice I would definitely recommend printing it and making it darker to see it better.

Sorry to skimp on photos, I'm sure she'll send me better ones once she gets her hat!

Have a good Good Friday and Easter everyone!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FO: Elefante

I finally have an FO to share. Notice, it was none of the WIPs I've been sharing for the last few months. I just needed a fast, fun project and this little Elephante came together in less than a week. It's a free pattern, and it's very easy to follow.

I love a good instant gratification project... Don't we all?
This little guy will be a baby gift for someone.

I think he looks a lot like a Heffalump. My husband said this guy turned out very "Tim Burton-esque." I asked if it was because of the dark colors. He insisted it's because of how the nose shaped out once it was stuffed. Whatever. Baby won't care right?!
(He thinks the nose resembles the evil scientist's nose in Nightmare Before Christmas... Yeah, you see it now too, don't you? Haha!)
I think the nose is a little wonky because I used only fiberfill stuffing, not pellets to weigh it down like the pattern suggests doing. I also neglected to do a row of purling around the base of his trunk which probably adds to the goofy look.

Anyway, I may or may not see you tomorrow to share my untouched WIPs!

Until next time!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Maribel Hat

The fair isle hat I've been working on for my SIL is getting close to finished.

 The photo above shows the yarn colors best. That is a fair isle section that I'm not using the pattern for and it's turning out well so far. It will picture two deer on their hind legs, front feet stretching toward each other. Because, "if it's possible to add a deer motif it would be so awesome, I trust your artistic intuition" obviously translates to, "go crazy with this." Well... It does.

The original fair isle pattern as written in the pattern though... Is tough. The knitting isn't tough. The pattern isn't inherently difficult. But because it is a photo of a handwritten chart --in pencil-- my eyes go cross eyed every time I look over those snowflakes and as a result I've messed up the motif more than a few times. Ugh. At any rate, I'm really hoping I will be able to finish and send it off in the mail before the next WIP update!

I haven't touched the socks. No surprise there, right?

Until next time!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

No Motivation, No Progress

I've had absolutely zero motivation to work on my projects.
Last time I shared the socks and hat, I made a goal for myself to get to the heel of the sock before the end of the week, which I actually did, but I haven't exactly worked on it since then.

At this rate, they might not get finished 'til Christmas. Ugh.

I've also had very little motivation to work on my sister in law's hat. Not sure why, but I'm thinking that for how little I can accomplish knitting twisted rib in the little bits of time that I have here and there to work on things, it just hasn't felt worth it. And yet, I've finally made it past the rib to bigger needles and copious amounts of knitting in the round so I'm hoping this project will practically finish itself pretty soon here.

Do you ever feel like making a great gift for someone, despite knowing they'll love and cherish it, is so much more tedious when you weren't the one who decided what to make? Or in the case of these socks, where I know they will be very loved, almost never worn, and therefore last quite long before darning, but I just cannot bring myself to work on them because of my hated for making them.

So instead my craft time over the last few weeks has been devoted to this:

It's a nurses uniform, 1929-era. It will be something to wear with the kids on Halloween if I'm ever not working. Ha!
The hat, I think, is the best part of the whole uniform:

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