Procrastaknit

Everything else can wait until I finish this row…

Yarn for Braaaaaiiiiins at Rhinebeck

Happy Halloween!

Like my Zombie Hat?  I made it for my 5yo, but wore it to Rhinebeck earlier this month.  I never have a sweater done in time to wear it to Rhinebeck, so I make do with a silly hat.  It’s a crochet pattern found on Ravelry that’s pretty easy to do, and surprisingly I am the only other person that has made it besides the designer.  The hanging eyeball ring I found in the Target dollar section and didn’t think twice about using it in this project as soon as I saw it.  Unfortunately my son isn’t as much of a fan of it as I am, he wore it a few times but now wants a hat with a happy silly face instead.  It’s not really a bad thing to have a sensitive little boy who isn’t into monsters and gory things.  It’s too tight on me to wear regularly, so I might just pass it on to another little kid who might enjoy it.

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The festival was fun this year, as it always is especially when the weather is a beautiful fall day.  I started the day off just accompanying two friends that had never been before, once you’ve been to a fiber festival so many years in a row it’s good to tag along with people that are OOoohing and Aaaahing at everything with fresh eyes.

I wasn’t in a “MUST BUY ALL THE PRETTY YARN” mindset, I’ve actually been pretty good at using my stash to make projects lately (like the zombie hat above).  The only thing I knew I absolutely wanted to buy was a new pair of glass needles from Michael and Sheila Ernst.  I can’t get enough of them!  Which is how I ended up with a 16″ circular in a size 10 –  I don’t recall them making short cable needles in the past, but it’s a good size to have for quick bulky hats.  I absolutely love how sharp the tips are, how thick the cable is, how smoothly the yarn slides off the glass and how beautiful they are.  In all the years I’ve had them the only time I’ve actually broken a pair is when I accidentally closed my sliding glass door on one and true to their lifetime warranty, I mailed it in and got them back good as new.

Eventually, the enthusiasm of my friends and ALL THE PRETTY YARN got to me  and I shopped!  Just the four skeins of yarn, the glass needles and a metal cable needle that can also double as a shawl pin.  While everyone else was obsessing over the Miss Babs booth (I get it, but I wanted the needles and more variety this year) I was was browsing across the way at Lisa Souza booth. The middle yarn pictured below was the one skein that stayed on my mind all day as I walked around, so I went back to buy it.  It sparkles!  I’ve already started knitting with the colorful one below it, to make a happier hat for my 5yo.  The other two were on clearance and I couldn’t pass it up, might make something for my husband with them.  The rest is just pictures things that wowed and amused me around the Festival.

Were you at Rhinebeck this year? How did you fare?

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I’m Hooking

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that I’m Bi; I knit and crochet. Well, knitting has taken a place at the back burner and my hook is flying!

I found the Mandala Madness pattern on Ravelry and joined their Facebook group for the crochet-a-long.  I didn’t start it with everyone else and as the weeks passed and people kept posting photos of their work I became both enchanted and intimidated. The projects were all breathtaking.  People did them in a solid color, in gradient hues, in repeats of three, or four, or five complimentary colors, and in colors from all over the spectrum that somehow come together beautifully.

I became more and more obsessed with each image that went up.  I decided that I needed to try it.  I wanted to make it in cotton and with (at most) four colors.  I imagined taking it to the beach or the park for play dates with my son and his little toddler friends.  It was a peaceful scene… and totally delusional, because toddlers would’ve brought chaos upon the Mandala.

Sadly, the cost of buying all new yarn for such a project was a little out of my budget.  Every week that I went to my LYS I would browse and pet the yarn on the shelf daydreaming of this project.  I knew my bank account wouldn’t be able to supply my Mandala, but my stash could.  So I decided to make it a destashing project and use up what I already have on hand.  I grabbed my hook and my little scraps and just went for it.

It’s going to be wild ‘n crazy colors.

It’s going to be wool.

It’s  going to be EPIC!!

(Cue music and fireworks)

But for now it’s just a baby mandala and this is all I have so far:

 

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Fresh Off the Needles and Hook!

My baby turned one at the beginning of the month and I finished his crochet baby blanket on his birthday!  After a few attempts I figured out how to properly do the Crochet Intarsia that I had mentioned a few weeks back and here is the final result:

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I couldn’t be happier with how it looks!  I had to do some modifications to the chart, because it appeared to be off-centered so I shifted it a little so there are 8 stitches on both side of the widest part of the mushroom.  Then I sat back to admire my work and noticed that the eyes were also off-center. I thought I had miscounted, but when I looked back at the chart I saw that it was indeed uneven, with ten stitches on one side and eight on the other.  So I fixed that too. In the end, it was a little annoying to keep balancing things out but well worth it!

Another project that I have completed this month is one that has been hibernating in my craft closet since 2010! It is a beautiful tunic in which I had the body, one sleeve, and most of the second sleeve already done. I think I got stuck with the second sleeve when the directions told me to “reverse knit” the decreases. I didn’t know what that meant at the time and so I hid it; out of sight out of mind! I am so relieved, not only that I finished it, but that it fits me pretty well too. Let’s face it, a person’s body can change a LOT in 1,460+ days, especially after a pregnancy.

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Both of these pictures are before blocking, once that’s done it can only get better. Currently I am still working on the blue sweater, I have one sleeve done, I just need to keep adding length to the stockinette body and start the second sleeve so that this project doesn’t end up hibernating for four years too. besides that, I have some colorwork projects going on and I plan to cast on a baby sweater to steek. Yep, that’s happening. No more just talking and dreading it, I’m gonna put my yarn where my mouth is! Wish me luck!

 

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Crochet Intarsia

Over the past few days I have been trying to figure out a new crochet technique: intarsia. I’ve done knitted intarsia before, it’s been challenging but fun – my greatest knitting accomplishment to date is an intarsia alphabet baby blanket for my niece.

I found some great tutorial videos on YouTube (if you need help with this technique I recommend Crochet Ever After’s Channel), but I must admit, I am not liking the way crochet intarsia looks. Unlike knitted Intarsia, when you crochet a square the first and last stitch are always off, not on top of the other, so it looks lopsided.

The project I want to make is a 1Up Mushroom (free on Ravelry), another project for the Super Mario Theme Nursery. I think what I am going to do is knit the colorwork in garter stitch (so that it stays reversable) and then crochet the border. Hopefully, the crochet chart will translate well into knitting. We’ll see how that works out.

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March is for Hookers ;-)

In case you didn’t know March is National Crochet Month so I am going to put aside some of my knitting projects and give my crochet hook a good workout.  Last year I got the premier issue of Vogue Knitting Crochet and this month I plan to make the #39 Shell Crochet Bag designed by Yoko Hatta.  I am going to use the Abuelita yarns that I got during my Yarn Crawl in São Paulo which are very close in color to the one modeled in the magazine.  I am so excited to start, so I gotta go.  Happy Crocheting!!

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