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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Round and Round

Granny goes large 
I've added quite a few more rounds to my big Granny Square blanket since I showed it to you last week.  I've found I can work on it while Caleb and I do History, so the blanket comes to homeschool!  Max has also discovered that it is in fact a blanket and he has begun testing its warming capabilities.  He doesn't even get upset when I turn it to work on the next side or flip it to work the next round.

I've got a few ends that I need to weave in again, so the next time I sit down with it, that's what I'll be doing.  Apparently granny squares (especially big ones) can start to twist and rotate and become not square.  (This is my first time making a granny square, so I have no first hand experience of this.)  Here's a tutorial with tips to prevent that.  I'm doing both the "Shifting Corners" and the "Turn and Turn About" techniques and my blanket lays flat and square (when I lay it down on something flat).  When I weave in ends, I've been leaving the ends from the last three rounds so I can easily figure out which corner to start in.  Going back and forth on the working side means I do have yarn ends on both sides of the blanket, but they're not hard to weave in and when the blanket is finished, it will essentially be reversible.

Working under the blanket-in-progress with all the bright, fun colors makes me happy and warm.  Since the wind chill was 2 degrees (F) here this this morning, that's a good thing!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Moving Along

I've gotten the sleeve stitches separated from the body, finished the red and white stripe section, and started the gray for the lower section!  At this point, all I have to do is knit.  I don't have to worry about shaping or counting rounds, I just knit around and around in gray.

Remember how I mentioned I ordered yarn for two more Ravellos?  Well it was supposed to be here on Wednesday, but it left Fort Worth (south of me) late, so I checked it Thursday morning and it was in Wichita Falls (that's northwest of me, and not at all the direction mail is supposed to go when it's coming here).  I'm wondering where it will be today.  Go home Postal Service, you're drunk!

It's a good thing I'm not desperately waiting for that yarn!  Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Little Stars

Granny stars 
After Christmas I had a few days where I just didn't want to work on my Norderney pullover.  I really didn't want to do much of anything, but sitting still makes me fidgety.  I ran across a crocheted granny star on Pinterest and after looking over the directions, I decided I could probably handle it, so I made a few.

Then I made a few more and while I've only woven in ends on the first six, I now have a total of 24 of them.  I'm working them in #10 crochet cotton with a 1.50mm hook and they're less than 2 inches across when they're finished.  I don't have any definite plans with them, they're just cute and fun to make.  I might make a bunting out of them, but for now I'm just playing with them.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018


I'm working along on my Ravello and I'm almost to the point where the sleeves divide from the body.  Also, I need to put this on longer needles (even though I'm about to put the sleeve stitches on holders) because I feel like I'm spending all my time pushing stitches around the needles and that's slowing me down.  I realize that right now it looks like the Cat in Hat's hat got run over by a dump truck.

This was the last set of yarn I had specifically stashed for a Ravello, but once I cast on and started knitting I remembered why I love this pattern and I may have ordered yarn for two more Ravellos.  This might be another year of Ravello!


Monday, January 08, 2018

Off and Running!

Granny goes large 
I've had a pile of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in my stash for several years now.  I have 14 different colors and multiple skeins of several of the colors.  It was meant to be a crocheted hexagon blanket.  I was working on my Babette when I got it and didn't want to work on two crochet things at once (silly PinkLemon), then I started my Meditative Blanket and it got pushed off again.   Over the weekend I decided it didn't want to be a hexagon blanket after all (I think I want darker, richer colors for that and also all wool yarn), but I thought it would be a cute granny blanket.

This is the Granny Goes Large pattern, which is basically a single giant granny square with a pretty border.  I'm going to keep working through my colors until I start running out of them, and then I'll probably just continue the last few rounds with what I have left.  The cotton and wool blend yarn is very nice to work with and will make a nice blanket for warmer weather around here.  I think the holes in the granny square pattern will also be nice for Max to poke his paws through and attack unsuspecting humans.

If I did my math right, I started out with about 4000 yards of yarn.  Using all or most of that will definitely take a bite out of the stash.  Plus I'll get a cute blanket out of it.  Win, win!

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

A New Beginning

Yesterday afternoon I went upstairs to stash dive to find a new knitting project or two.  After my first project choice came up short on yarn and then dealing with a major case of indecisiveness about EVERYTHING else in the stash, I decided to go for the one project that already had both yarn and pattern paired, and the pattern is one I've knit before - Ravello.

This is my fourth Ravello and I've had the yarn stashed for this for a couple of years now.  The yarn is Loopy Ewe Solids Series (which I believe is basically discontinued) and I'm starting with Ivory, which is the color of vanilla ice cream.  The stripes will be Cherry and the lower body will be Smoke.  I cast on last night after dinner and have just made it past the short rows and started working the rounds of raglan shaping.  I plan to do the crocheted neckline edging I used on my third Ravello because I like the way that worked (thankfully, I made notes on the Ravelry project page so I know not only what I did, but what size hook I used).

Hopefully, by the time I finish this, I'll feel more inspired by my stash and finding the next project won't be as complicated.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

2017 Wrap Up!

I've started tagging Ravelry projects with the year so I can go back and see what I've knit.  It's fun to see what I spent my time working on.  Sometimes (like this year) I spent a lot more time working on a project category than I realized (shawls)!

Here are my projects for 2017:
I also sewed 3 of the McCall's 6886 dresses and 2 Moneta dresses.

So far for the new year I've just been working on my Meditative Blanket and haven't started anything new since finishing my Norderney pullover.  For the last two years I've "planned" to finish my Meditative Blanket that year and it hasn't happened.  I freely admit right now that I have no plans to finish it this year either, it will be finished when it's finished.  There!  No pressure!

I do have sewing plans for 2018.  I scored a great deal on some fabulous knit fabric (jackalopes!) that will be another Moneta.  I love that dress pattern for a cooler weather dress, but I think I'd also like to make a short sleeved one in gray heather knit.  I also have the Emery dress pattern (which isn't for knits, but for wovens) and a couple of blouse patterns I'd like to sew up.

Today's plan is to make some decisions about knitting projects and do some stash diving so I can start!


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

End of Year Finish!

Norderney pullover 
I finished knitting my Norderney pullover on December 30.  On the 31st I wove in the last few ends and blocked it, so it was completely finished before 2018 began!  This was a fun pullover to knit, with just enough going on in the center section to keep it interesting, but simple shaping and the majority being stockinette stitch meant it was fast to knit.  It's knit in Valley Yarns Northfield in Tranquil Blue and this was my first time using it.  It was nice to knit with and I think I got great stitch definition in the center panel.  I didn't make any changes to the pattern.

We're getting back into the regular routine around here.  I made the executive decision that we wouldn't start school again until next Monday (I'm sure you can imagine Caleb's heartbreak), so I've still got a few days to ease into the new year.  I'll be back tomorrow to wrap up last year's project count!