Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crocheted Cowl

I finished crocheting this cowl during my lunch break yesterday. I think I'm going to wear it for the first time this evening. The colors are perfect for the season.

I've already cast on for another cowl (a knitted one), but this one will be a Christmas gift for a friend. Photos will follow when it's done.

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Books, New Projects

I've acquired some new knitting and crocheting books lately. Some friends gave me an Amazon gift card and I used it to buy this one from Arne & Carlos. I'm excited to sit down and take a look at it tonight. I also ordered a book of crocheted dishcloth patterns but it hasn't arrived yet.

Both of these books were birthday gifts from a friend. All the patterns in this book are extremely colorful and fun, but I'm especially excited to try my hand at crocheting some of the Christmas ornaments.

I got this one because, although I love a challenge, once in a while I want something easy to make, and this book has some easy but gorgeous patterns.

Finally, the first of the Mason-Dixon field guides arrived in my mailbox today. I love this concept of a series of small knitting books each on a separate topic. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

I've been working on two new projects, one knit and one crochet.  This crocheted cowl is made with some Knit Picks Capretta yarn I had in the stash.

This lace scarf is knitted with the gradient yarn I got from Fiber Optic Yarn at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival last month.


I've been switching back and forth between the two projects depending on my mood or whenever I get bored with what I'm working on. Now I just wish it would get cool so I could start wearing all this stuff I'm making. This fall has been way too warm. It was 80 degrees today! This weather is ridiculous.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Second Finished Prayer Shawl

I finally finished that blue prayer shawl I started a while back. I'm happy with how it turned out. I used Mighty Stitch bulky from Knit Picks and size 11 needles, so it worked up pretty quickly.

I think I'm done with charity knitting for the rest of the year. I've done stuff for Afghans for Afghans, Christmas at Sea, and this church prayer shawl ministry. I may do a couple of Christmas gifts for family members, but other than that, the rest of my knitting and crocheting this year will be for myself. I need some more wool socks before winter, too.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Fest

Today I went to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival for the first time. It was raining when we arrived, but it cleared up and the day ended up being gorgeous. We got to see lots of sheep (and a few goats and rabbits). We also got to watch some border collies compete in sheep-herding. And of course, we went shopping.

I went over budget, but I don't care. I found some gorgeous stuff and can't wait to use it.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Few More Crocheted Items and Another Prayer Shawl

I've been practicing crochet off and on and have managed to make three more dish cloths. This one is just plain single crochet with a chain border.

This shell one turned out much better than I expected.

This modified granny square one got a little weird in the final rounds. However, I'm feeling more confident and think I'm ready to tackle a real (but simple) project, like a scarf.

I also started another prayer shawl.

I love how that knit 3, purl 3 pattern looks in stripes. I bought various blues, purples, and greens and am going to switch colors as I run out, just to add a little more interest.

What are you knitting as summer winds down? Are you already starting on cold-weather items?

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Finished Prayer Shawl

Last night I finished the prayer shawl. Tomorrow I'll take it to church and hand it off to the woman who is collecting the shawls and spearheading this ministry.

I kinda wish I had reversed the brown and burgundy yarns, but overall I'm pleased with it. I used Knit Picks Cot-Lin yarn, which is a 70% cotton and 30% linen blend. I used this yarn before to make an afghan for myself and had 10 balls left over. I doubled it up and used size 11 needles and a K3, P3 pattern over 57 stitches.

Now I'm not sure what to do next. Maybe I'll try to finish that crochet project I abandoned a while back.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baby Socks for Afghans for Afghans

I mailed these 3 pairs of baby socks to Afghans for Afghans today. I think they're pretty adorable.

In other news, I wonder where the cat went.... ;-)

Hope you're keeping cool in this heat. I've already got another project under way and will post photos when it's done.