Dangerous knitting

In case you aren’t keeping up a home, the new season of Sherlock started last week, and it is not letting me down! I can’t say anymore, every moment is precious, and I don’t want to spoil anything!

What does this have to do with dangerous knitting? Last night I decided to knit and watch Sherlock at the same time…I’m pretty sure that’s either a crime against knitting, or against Sherlock, or possibly even against the great Cumberbatch! You can totally watch TV while you knit, but I think certain shows is a no go. Downton Abbey may be another example of that.

So how did I do you ask? Not bad actually! I’m working on a stocking cap for my husband. Inspired by the new Zelda game, my husband demanded a Link cap! This will be the second hat I have knitted since I began my journey in knitting several years ago. Yes, I have made many hats, but they have been crocheted. I can crochet a hat in an hour. This year for Christmas I knitted our niece Morgan a slouchy hat. It took me a week! I swore to never knit another hat (which I knew was a lie, that hat looked awesome!), but then here comes my husband, a week later demanding a hat! He sent me a slue of patterns, and made a special trip to the yarn store to pick out his yarn, how could I say no! The pattern I settled on is actually incredibly easy (stocking hat pattern), knitted flat, then it will be stitched together when I’m finished. This is the first hat I’ve knitted flat, and it’s fun to try a new way, and I still get to use my awesome needles (a Christmas gift from the hubby!). So, last night I dominated dangerous knitting, and ran out of yarn! This is my progress so far!

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Adam said he was going to make a trip to get me more yarn sometime today! And, this pattern is so easy, I’m hoping if I ever go into labor (yup…still no baby!) it’ll be something I can do to get my mind off painful contractions, and to pass the time until we actually get to go to the hospital!

In the mean time, I’m going to practice knitting a little less dangerously. I have a glove pattern,I’ve actually knitted one glove, but I didn’t like how it turned out, and I put it aside and never came back! Well, with these frigid temperatures, I thought, well, might as well! This pattern is a bit more difficult, so I will be watching Bob’s Burgers reruns, and avoid the Downton Christmas special!
Hope everyone is safe wherever they are! Stay warm, and watch Sherlock! But take caution if you decide to knit!

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Daisy Stitch Hat in Louisa Harding Hulda Yarn

Daisy Stitch Hat in Louisa Harding Hulda Yarn

Fall is in the air and thus knitting needles are in my hand. Here is my latest project, a Daisy Stitch Hat using Louisa Harding Hulda Yarn. This pattern is very easy to follow and the project is knit flat and seamed with mattress stitch. The decreases at the top happened to form a nice radial pattern for me, an added bonus to the swirling body. Knit as written, this hat ended up slightly too big for my head but will make a nice gift item for a friend. You can access the pattern (I think written by Hannah Fettig, but I’m not entirely certain) by clicking on the picture.

I always like to learn more about the yarn I use, especially ones given to me by awesome people like my Aunt Jane. Hulda is 50% Wool, 30% Acrylic, and 20% Linen and looks like a hot cotton candy mess in a ball. However, it knits up into an awesomely warm and thick fabric perfect for winter. I can’t believe I let this yarn sit in my stash for so long before using it. Lucky for me I have most of another skein in this color and two in a maroon tweed. Expect to see more projects using this yarn in the near future.

I googled this yarn and was extremely interested to find it connected with the Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser called HImalayan Hiking Hats. In gratitude to the Macmillan Cancer Support group for their help and care throughout her husband’s battle with lymphoma, Harding published seven beautiful hat patterns, proceeds from which benefit the MCS group in Britain. To find out more about the fundraiser and MCS go to http://www.louisaharding.co.uk/macmillan/

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Beware the Knitting Bandita!

Bulky Cowl

Beware the knitting bandita!

Headband/Cowl Combo

 

 

 

I finally got around to finishing my Forrest Glade Cowl more aptly nicknamed the Sunrise Cowl because I chose to use a pink and purple pallet of Baby Alpaca DK Paint yarn from Plymouth. The pattern is by Linda Dawkins and can be found free on Ravelry.

When I cast this project off the needles, my first thought was “homemade ugly.” It’s rather long and unwieldy and quite frankly kind of lumpy pre-block and weave. Fortunately, after fiddling for a bit in front of the mirror I think it will prove pretty versatile as a bulky cowl, a headband cowl combo, or as a highway(wo-)man’s accessory. And besides, who care’s what it looks like, it’s baby alpaca, the softest and most pleasant to wear natural fiber I’ve worked with so far. We can just choose to believe I have a tremendous jump on cold seasons to come rather than arriving too late for early spring!

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On the Easel: Forest Glade Cowl by Linda Dawkins

In conclusion to this knitted project glutting of The Easel, I would like to share the project I have just cast on recently at Yarn Church. I am knitting my first ever cowl using Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca D.K. Paint. A gift from my Aunt Jane, it is a beautiful variegation of purple, periwinkle, and coral colors. It is probably the softest yarn I have ever knitted. I tried to pick a simple pattern without too much texture to better show off the pretty colors. The coral makes for a happy lead in to spring, for which I can not wait. I’m only a couple of rows in, so I’ll keep you posted as to my progress!

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Christian’s Hat by Agnes Kutas-Keresztes

Christian's Hat by Agnes Kutas-Keresztes

I originally knitted this hat with Bradley in mind but unfortunately it would not have covered his poor cold ears. So, while debating who to pass it off on, I modeled it and decided it wouldn’t be going anywhere. I still need to block this one but I love how it turned out. (Kinda Dalek, isn’t it Staci?) For this project, I used Cascade 220 Superwash Peruvian Wool. I love this line of yarn: affordable, beautiful, and versatile. A much appreciated Christmas present from the aforementioned Chelse.

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Harry Potter Dishcloths

Harry Potter Dishcloths

I knitted these two washcloths for a Christmas present for my friend Chelse last year and only recently found them misplaced among my craft supplies. She is moving to Columbus on me so I hope to see her before the move to make the drop! For both of these patterns I used different colors of Lily Sugar n’ Cream 100% cotton. They are blocked and awaiting her love!

Golden Snitch:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/golden-snitch-dishcloth

Deathly Hallows:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/deathly-hallows-washcloth

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Swirling Gauntlets by Susanna IC

Swirling Gauntlets by Susanna IC

So far I have blocked two pairs of the Swirling Gauntlets. On the left, I used the Classic Elite Woodland Yarn that is my most recent yarn of unusual origin. On the right, I used Paton Kroy Sock yarn. I like the effect of the slightly finer yarn but the pattern looks better in the heathered yarn. I may give this pattern a rest but look out for more fingerless mitts in the future.

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