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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Variety of Projects

It seems I can't keep a pair of needles out of my hands for long... with so many patterns available on Ravelry, there are thousands of projects just waiting to be attempted. Here are a few I have accomplished in the past few weeks:

Tea cup cozy:  
Made of pure alpaca, I modified a scarf pattern to knit this sideways. It really DOES keep my hot beverages warmer for longer!

Handspun Dragon:
I was lucky to have won some free fibre last Fall - so I chose sparkly teal / turquoise merino and spun it up into a two-ply yarn.

Then I designed this fella using ideas from various stuffed toys and some of my own ideas - including a wire through his extra-large wings and tail to make them bendable! I also pulled some of the stuffing out his "nostrils" for a smoke effect.

Gallatin scarf:
In Ravelry, there are "Knit A-Longs", where a theme is presented for anyone to play along with - and when you enter your creations using that theme, you are eligible for prizes (often yarn, fibre, patterns or knitting-related merch). This scarf I made in just two days, for a KAL that asked for items in either pink or red! I love this dark Black Cherry colourway.

Handbrake Cowl:
This was designed by a male knitter in the UK who recently underwent treatment for cancer. The pattern was a mere £ 1 with all proceeds going to cancer research. I had some of my deep red yarn left, so I paired it up with "Cracked Pepper" grey to create my cowl. The designer loved it and remarked it reminded him of Hogwarts. Must have been channeling my inner Potter-obsession...

Stripey socks:
My second-ever pair of socks, this time I developed my own "vanilla" sock pattern - a design that I can follow from now on to use for plain socks I know will fit me. The yarn does all the work in the patterning of the stripes - my first use of 'self-striping' yarn (this one from West Yorkshire Spinners) that are so comfy!

More wash cloths:
A great way to learn new stitches, and a break from larger projects, wash cloths are so much fun to do! However, every night when I am sitting in my Studio, watching knitting podcasts and knitting, Sheba often jumps into my lap, butting her way in between me and my knitting. Here she is "modelling" my latest washcloth - which looks more like a cat-shawl. But it DOES bring out her green eyes, doesn't it?

Oh, and I have finally given in and joined Instagram... I have added a widget on my side column, so if you are on, please let me know so I can follow you!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Better Late Than Never

Where does the time go? I can't believe it's nearly Easter... yikes!

I'm sure it's no great surprise that I've been busy knitting - and enjoying learning new techniques and patterns.

One of the best ways I've found to do that is to make cotton dish or wash cloths. They are quick, easy to bring along to work to knit during a lunch break, stick in my purse for any time I have a spare moment or just while sitting in front of the TV or computer screen. Not only are these cotton cloths fun to make, they are so soft and durable to use. I also love the break they give in-between larger projects for a change of pace.

Here are a few of my most recent projects. This "Tulip" pattern looks almost 3D...

A "Snowdrop Lace" that was a quick knit:

"Foaming Waves" made a smaller cloth - I love the way it even curved the edges:

 This "Baby Fern" pattern is so pretty:


I've also signed up on Ravelry for a cross - Canada wash cloth swap! Nearly 100 of us from across the country will be trading two cloths to two separate knitters from another province. When I first found that "Tulip" pattern, I read one comment by another knitter that it looked more like a crocus. Since the crocus is Manitoba's provincial flower, I thought it would be the perfect cloth to trade, so I made two in a violet colour - the colour of one of the first flowers to bloom here after our long winters.

After the designer saw my projects, she asked if I would "test knit" a new cloth she created. Test knitters try out new patterns and let the designers know if there are any errors or problems before they publish. It was fun to do - she calls those six gathered stitches "butterflies"... very cool to try out!

But I must pull myself away from the needles for a bit this weekend - it's time to get out the Easter decorations!

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