Halloween Knitting: Candy Corn Coasters

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I have spent a lot of time on Ravelry recently…

I wanted to knit something for a few people, to let them know we care, but I wanted…no, I needed them to be quick and easy…and still be cute…

Duncan and I found these: candy corn coasters, a free pattern by Melanie Smith.

I started to work on a set last night.  In one hour, I had a complete set of four made–that’s knitting them and weaving in the ends–plus I had my favorite feline assistant sitting there “helping” periodically … once the first set was done, I was ready to knit up some more…they are that easy.

Yes, my cat as coaster for knit candy corn coasters…found the free pattern on ravelry

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Now, to wash them and hopefully make them look neater.  I can still tell my knitting is not up to par…some days I work harder than others to get back to where I once was…or at least better than I am now…

Enjoy your day.

 

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The Original Grain

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WIP. ..still…my original grain shawl

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This is my original grain shawl.

Remember, I started it in, what, December?

I was knitting away on it today as we drove around (I was the passenger, yes.) and thought–I should — I could — just bind off now.

I still have a nice hank of yarn left to that skein yet.

To think–I still have that whole other skein of yarn that I haven’t touched yet that I originally intended to use on this shawl…oh my gosh…that makes my head hurt there.

I love this pattern.

It is easy.  It is mindless.  It is gentle.

It looks really good when it’s done.

But…it’s monotonous.

It’s slow (because I knit slow).

It’s taking for-ever-and-ever….

And I am not binding off right now…I am going to use this whole skein of yarn…even if it takes me until next year to finish it…although my goal is to finish it THIS YEAR!

 

Knitting Update: The Sagaponack Tee Story

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The Sagaponack Tee is a free pattern on ravelry.

So, I have been cleaning–I do that a lot…I clean here, and then there.  Small places at first…slowly they turn into larger areas…and that works for me.

I stumbled on a knitting project–one I knew was there…I had something in my head that said I needed to try it on to decide whether to continue increasing or not…something like that–and since I wasn’t really in a space to do that for a while…I didn’t.

But last week, I picked it up.  It was four inches of knitting…and the yarn…and no pattern.  Usually, I print out the pattern and stick it in the bag with my project.  Now, I know I printed out the pattern and that I worked from said pattern…but where that pattern went to…I cannot tell you.

Luckily, I knew which pattern it was…and I knew where to go to re-print it…thankfully I had created a project for this one on ravelry…

Imagine my shock, I mean SHOCK, when I saw the start date for this thing as June…2015.

NO! WAY!  I did not let that thing sit there for THAT long…did I?

I did.

So, I reprinted the pattern…and tried to decipher where I was in said pattern.

I have NO idea what the heck I was doing…and I did not keep notes in ravelry…I guess I didn’t think I was that far along.

And, I found out, I hated—HATED–the yarn that I had started the sweater with…and I also noted that said yarn was too thin for the pattern anyway…do I gauge swatch?  Not if I can help it, honey.  So–I frogged the whole thing…yeah, all four inches.

Then I discovered…a whole stash of red heart boutique unforgettable…now known merely as red heart unforgettable.

I have about five colors, four to six skeins each, of different shades of unforgettable.

And I hate the yarn.  But it is SO pretty.

So…I took the yarn that I started the sweater with originally…doubled it with another yarn…and now the yarn is a better weight for making this sweater and having it actually fit…

WIP top down sweater

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And I am trucking right along, loving the pattern, loving the yarn…and growling every time I have to frog back because I forget to switch to purl every other row or something (the top is knit in garter stitch, in the round).  Frogging double-stranded yarn can be tricky…ask me.

I used to combine lots of yarns all the time…three and four different yarns…I was making throws and blankets at the time…on big needles…but I think I reached a space where I couldn’t focus and keep track of even small things…and the frogging of that many yarns at once…is mind-bending, in a bad way.  So I stopped doing that.

 

Knitting Update….

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I recently posted these finished cloths on instagram…

 

Will put pattern name and creator up later

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I bound this one off (the Mr) using the same needles I knit it with….and I did it late at night…so I bound off tighter than I would have liked…but it still looks decent now that it has been washed and put into circulation.

There's the set done…will post designer and pattern soon

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These patterns are available for free (click here to go to the pattern) on ravelry, designed by Penopoly Bulnick.

Both patterns are included in the same PDF.  Or you can download each pattern in a separate PDF of its own.

The pattern is clearly written and not at all difficult.  Just casting on, purling, knitting, and binding off.

I used sugar and cream cotton yarn and a US size 4 needle to work the pattern.

And, yes, that’s a bit of seed stitch, eh?  But these were the last two cloths that I wanted to finish before I got married…and, well, at least I finished them before our first anniversary.

Now, what I really need is a pattern that says ‘himself’ and ‘herself’… but that is a lot to put on one single washcloth….

Cheers.

 

Knitting Update….

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Love is knitting seed stitch….

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There are not a lot of pictures of what I am knitting at the moment.

Yes, I am still working on my original Grain.

I also have something else going on…I am knitting up a bunch of heart and valentine cloths for an upcoming wedding. I can’t so whose…I can’t give it away. I am also planning to work up a set of kris Knits Valentine’s Day Cloths and Wedding Cloths.

Now, all I did was basically go through my queue on ravelry…as I have a ton of dishcloth patterns saved and I love hearts so I found a good ten or so for free on ravelry. I didn’t realize until I started knitting them up…on my third cloth…there are a lot of people who use a lot of seed stitch. I am a thrower, not a picker. I knit English style, not continental. Seed stitch can be monotonous and time-consuming.

By the fourth cloth, seed stitch started to grow on me…to the point where I had some ideas for simple cloths, maybe with yarn doubled, on larger needles, creating some seed stitch washcloths for here at home. It’s going to be a while though. I can manage to knit maybe, maybe, one cloth a day. If I knit at night…if I am able…sometimes I have to be happy knitting a few rows a day and let it go…so whatever I get finished in time is what I will be gifting the happy couple.

So far, none of the cloths I have knit up are the exact same size. They aren’t supposed to be. The patterns are by different people, with different gauges. I am knitting everything using peaches and cream or sugar and cream yarn, depending on what I grab out of my stash.

One thing I have learned is that I actually prefer….peaches and cream. It has a better hand-feel for me.

I am using size 5 US needles, regardless of what the pattern calls for…so far, most of the patterns call for a size 7 US needle. I am currently using metal needles…and my finger tips are nearly done…they do not toughen up…they just get more sore until I put down the pointy pointy things and quit poking myself with them. I cannot find my finger tippers…I can’t remember what they are officially called—but they are basically rubber thimbles you put on two fingers—I found them in the sewing section once and had to try them…they work great for me in this situation.

I will be switching back to my wooden needles…I had planned to use my square needles for these…but my size 5 needle was busy elsewhere in some other project …and then it hit me, anyway, that I wanted to use the metal needles because the yarn slips off the needles so much more easily…and now that I have had my needle just drop out of my cloths five or six times—although thankfully they go right back in—the stitches barely move at all…thank goodness…but that if nothing else tells me that less slick needles are mandatory as I move forward.

I will post more pictures as I go along…

 

One Grain Down…

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Hmm…it was rather difficult to get a decent picture of the actual shawl…

The pattern is a free one from Tin Can Knits (I LOVE them).

The pattern is called Grain.

Well…a bit more of the grain shawl

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I used the yarn I had been working my own Einstein Coat up with for so long…

How long ago did I start this shawl?  I’m not sure.  I only have a project listed in my ravelry profile for the first one I started, using thin fuzzy yarn.  This one I am still working on…I have a bit to go yet…but I like it.

This one here, the grey one, is done in bulky grey heathered wool, on, I think, size 13 US needles.

I think this will be the best pic of the shawl….sheesh

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Last night I decided to work on it.  I had used up nearly all the Einstein coat yarn…and I decided I was going to finish off that yarn and see how much was leftover.  The last three, maybe four rows were not in the original EC…and that works for me.  I do believe there is enough yarn left in this skein to work up a simple hat–before winter gets here.

I finished up knitting, cursed Netflix for making such engrossing shows available, especially when the boy fell asleep on the couch and I wasn’t moving until I finished my shawl.

I love how this turned out.  I love how the smaller one is turning out.  This pattern is so simple, yet so lovely when finished.

Having used bulky yarn to make this thing, it was interesting to work it up on a 60 inch cable and not have any room leftover…and then cast off and have this long string of cable just sitting there, looking so bereft.

And now…off to do more knitting…or maybe chase the young boy a bit and then fight the cats off to knit…

 

Free Knitting Patterns: Duncan’s Cloths

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The Bernat Baby Blanket Wash Cloths, By Request

 

We have been “spring cleaning” here for a while…and there is still a ways to go…however, I cleaned out the toy boxes in the basement and my youngest saw some toys that I had knitted my oldest when she was more his age…and he fell in love with them…I am grateful to know that he really does love the things that I make…even if he doesn’t want me to make him things very often…which is sort of how these cloths came to be.

 

After getting a new to him mermaid softie and a jellyfish softie, and finding out they can go into the tub fine–hey, acrylic yarn…it washes…and noticing that there were some soft washcloths …as opposed to the other wash cloths he knows I have made (knitted) that have faces and designs on them…he really loves the soft ones…the soft cloths in question are the pipsqueak cloths that I made (knitted) while pregnant with the boy in question…you can find the free patterns for these cloths here…just scroll down…

 

He loves these cloths and was tickled to hear that I actually made them for him when he was in my tummy (that whole subject, him in my tummy, just fascinates him)–and he asked me to make more of these cloths.  Well, we went to the same store I normally buy the pipsqueak yarn, only to find that it wasn’t there.  There were other yarns, after the third store showed no pipsqueaks, at least not of the yarn sort…and the boy chose something he liked.  He went on and on, as we walked to the checkout, about how soft the yarn was, how he loves these colors especially–which is a surprise since his favorite colors are nowhere near these…but hey, he picked it out…he loves it…that’s what counts…he also asked that his washcloths be lots of different sizes.

 

And thus, the Bernat baby cloths free patterns were born.

 

Using Bernat baby Blanket yarn, shown here in “little lilac dove”, and using US size 13 needles for all three patterns.

 

Pattern 1: The Small One

approximately 4 – 3/4 inches by 5 – 2/3 inches

 

Cast on: 13 stitches

 

Knit every row for about 18 rows.

 

Bind off loosely.

 

Weave in ends.

 

 

Pattern 2: The Medium One

 

approximately 6 1/2 inches by 7 inches

 

Cast on:  15 stitches

 

Knit 3 rows.

 

Row 1: Knit 3, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3

 

Row 2: Knit to end

 

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for about 20 rows

 

Knit 3 rows.

 

Bind off loosely.

 

Weave in ends.

 

Pattern 3: The Large One

approximately 8 inches by 10 inches

 

(If I had this one to do again, I would make it smaller, casting on 5 less stitches than the pattern calls for.)

 

Cast on: 21 stitches

 

Row 1: slip first stitch purlwise, *knit 2, purl 2, repeat from * across

 

Row 2:  slip first stitch purlwise, *purl 2, knit 2, repeat from * across

 

Repeat rows 1 and 2 about 14 times

 

Bind off loosely in pattern.