Category Archives: Finished Projects

2/52 New Hats

The hats are done! It seemed like a good opportunity to take our second picture:
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It was a grey day, so I didn’t get to take any other pictures, but wanted to get this taken!

It’s going to be a busy week around here, but we’ve got some fun stuff going on.

Finishing!

Yup, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Could be a while before I post again! I don’t know if any one really follows per se, or notices my absences. I have a lot of blogs in my feed reader, and while some are more regular than others, I rarely remove anyone from my feed. I guess I’m hoping anyone who has subscribed to my blog has the same philosophy.

I was a little concerned when I found out that Google Reader was going the way of the buggy whip, but was pointed to Feedly and have become a total convert. I have it on my phone, my computer and my iPad. Yup, I have an iPad! I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve wanted one for a LONG time, and I’m really enjoying it. I use it for work, we’ll be scoring softball games on it, and I’ve been looking at the different knitting apps that are available.

So, back to the knitting. I have been doing quite a bit lately. Looking at my ravelry page (which is only somewhat representative, as I just realized) I have a bit I can talk about, and a bit more I think I need to photograph. I’m taking advantage of a beautiful Mother’s Day that happens to be devoid of softball to get a few things done.

I’ve got a few projects on the needles, but because they are gifts, I’ve got to keep them under wraps for a bit longer.

I think I’ve mentioned before, my daughter loves hats, and loves the ones I make for her. A few months ago, Wendy Bernard released a fun pattern The Honeycomber, and the combination of color, floppiness and a huge pompon called my name. I thought it would be fun to make E & me matching ski hats that coordinated with our coats – so same pattern, different colors. She thought it was a great idea. I was about to type “like she’d say no to a hat,” but I must say, she will tell me if she doesn’t like something – it’s nice. She knows I like to knit, but it’s frustrating to make something that won’t get worn or used.

So, back to the hats. The color choices were simple. I have a bright orange ski coat (the better to be seen when I fall into a snow bank) and E has a green one with pink contrast on the zipper. We headed to our local yarn store, The Warm Ewe, and picked out our colors. In March we took a road trip to New Hampshire for a little spring skiing, and I cast on in the car:

When I got to the corrugated ribbing, I realized, I’d never done it before! Which of course I had to tweet – what else is twitter for if not to announce new experiences! It was a little tricky, but by the time I got to it on the second hat it went much more quickly.

So at this time I’ve got one done:
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And one more moving toward the finish line:
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I’ve got more in the queue, and more to finish, so hopefully I can find the time/motivation to post here more frequently.

Rut Race: Days 1 & 2

It’s no secret that I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the monsters I’ve been knitting. I love them, but I do like some variety in my projects. When I entered my latest project in Ravelry I realized the monster I finished yesterday was the 4th one. I’m done with monsters for a while. The good news, is they both came out great:
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Now we just have to wrap, and deliver!

So, I’m still working on the Lintilla, thanks to those who recommended I stick with it! I’ve also cast on a new pair of socks. However, tonight I’ve got something else to talk about.

The Rut Race

The other day I read a post by Kim Werker. She posted about how she’s been feeling bleh, cranky and frustrated since January. I could definitely relate. I’ve felt basically the same – I know I need to do something, but wasn’t sure what. So Kim wrote about the Rut Race. I’m in.

Yesterday was my day one. Since skiing ended, I’ve been going to yoga on Saturdays and trying to go on Thursday nights. I need to find a way to fit more into my week. Yesterday I got my bike out and went for a ride. That felt great. It’s not everything, but it’s a start.

So as part of the rut race, I’ve got a few things I want to accomplish:

  • Ride my bike 3-4 times a week
  • Practice yoga 3 times a week
  • Get my house in order
  • Find my inspiration to be the best at what I do
  • Learn to ride a unicycle

Yup. I want to learn to ride a unicycle. So does E. She and I went two weeks ago, and she tried it out. I was too self conscious to try. Tonight I committed to give it a whirl. The people there are really nice and helpful. So I got up and was able to ride a bit while hanging onto the wall. I’m pretty pleased with that. We’ll go again next week, and I will try again!

So anyone else need to get out of a rut?

More Monsters!

So, as I stated in my last post, E and her teacher thought it would be great if I could knit a monster for her science teacher’s new little girl. I do love making these little monsters, so it wasn’t a tough sell. I did think it was time to change up patterns, so I went looking and found this one: Presley Cash from Rebecca Danger. I really liked the idea that she had specifically designed it for her own newborn, and it is JUST SO CUTE! So, after some discussion with the ten year old, I pulled some yarn from the stash (should I mention that it was actually E’s yarn that she’d picked out last year), and cast on. I had thought it had taken me a long time to finish, but as I’m concurrently updating my ravelry projects while I type this post out (and I wonder why I never get anything done), I realized I’d actually finished it in 11 days. And during that time I had the world’s worst head cold. Not really, but the drama keeps us laughing at my house. So last night I finished the second leg and assembled the little monster:
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The assembly was fun, no one really understood the way he’d go together. The teeth had me a little concerned, but the directions were great, and once I started, they came together.
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I immediately sat him down with Tabitha (who I’ll write about another day):
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So, because Mr. N has an older daughter, I feel like it would be best to make her a little monster too. I seem to feel a strong need to give older siblings gifts as well as new babies. Could be because I was the oldest, could be because I’m a nut. Not sure which.

So, we picked out another skein of yarn last week, that I’ll be winding tonight to start a new monster.
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I have been perusing the patterns, but I think I may stick with Iris. I thought the embroidered eyes worked on her (the big sister is only three), and I seem to be pretty partial to this pattern.

Monster Mania

As soon as E saw the Iris the Gourmet Monster I was making for her ski coach, she made it pretty clear that she would like one too. So, what does one do?

Thinking it through:
1) I had a ball knitting the first one
2) I had an extra skein of yarn
3) She asked nicely

Cast on of course!

Before I could even go get more stuffing, she was done. This time for stuffing I ordered some 100% cotton stuffing from PurlSoho. I love this stuff.

E decided to name her Jessica. It was a beautiful weekend. So, after a morning of skiing, and an afternoon of softball tryouts, Jessica came out to play:

She climbed up to see what she could see:
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Looked around:
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She and E headed out:
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Found another tree:
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And headed up. She stopped to catch her breath:
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Finally she made it:
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After all that work climbing, a short nap in the grass seemed like a good idea:
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Finally Jessie found a spot to hang out and watch E work on her pitching:
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The day that began with this:

Wrapped up with this:
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Oh, and the monster mania? Well, Jess is the second one, and I just finished another for the office (her adventures are for another day). E took Jess to school, and her substitute science teacher thought she was so cute that it would be great if we (not sure who the “we” is in this equation) could make one for the baby her science teacher’s wife just had. And I am seriously considering it. However, I would like to make a different one, so I’ve been perusing Rebecca Danger’s other patterns.

Who knew I’d be having so much fun knitting monsters?

I do have to admit, listening to Stash and Burn this morning did make me start to long for a new sweater on the needles. Apparently the warm weather isn’t slowing down my planning.

Crochet?! Design?!

A few weeks ago we hosted the Williams Carnival Alpine events at our local mountain. The carnival is always a great chance to see some fantastic skiing. What I didn’t expect was to see some fun fiber-work as well! As I saw the racers at lunch time I noticed a few of the girls were wearing purple and gold headbands that looked handmade. I didn’t want to stare, but I tried to take note of the design. Basically it was a widish band that had a braid in the back. I mentioned them briefly to E and she immediately asked if I could make one for her. Why does it surprise me when she asks me these questions?

I later visited the alpine team’s blog (thank goodness for the internet) and saw the headbands there too. I took a leap and sent the assistant coach (and blog owner) an email asking about them. Turns out they are indeed handmade and one of the racers made them for the whole team! I sent her a note, but never heard back – so I decided to take a crack at making it up as I went along. As I stared at the pictures I thought they looked crocheted. This didn’t bode well, because while I can crochet enough to do a nice edging, I’ve never crocheted an entire item. I don’t think I’ve even ever finished a granny square. So, I decided to give it a whirl. I asked Eliza what colors she would like and was reminded that pink and green were her colors. So, because I seem to lack patience, I got on line and ordered some from The Loopy Ewe. I chose Cascade 220 for it’s multiple colors and consistent nature (and because ski head wear-tends to get thrown around and tossed in a lot of bags).

It arrived quickly as usual, and I had to open it right away!

After some discussion to determine what color was the body and what color would be the trim I decided to wing it and start double crocheting. In one week I’d finished it. I really need to figure out what I’m doing with crochet, because I do like how quickly it moves for me. Of course once I finished it, I found more pictures of the girls in their headbands, and it appears that it may actually be garter stitch knit with a crochet trim. So I may need to do another. Which isn’t that hard to imagine because one our friends saw it today and loved it and wanted to know if I’d make her one too. She was kind of joking, but she is such a nice person I’d really like to do that. So, as soon as I can pick some colors out for her (and her daughter – who is a good friend to Eliza) I think I’ll give the garter stitch version a whirl.

I finished it last night and left it on her ski bag, so when she discovered it this morning I heard, “You finished it? I LOVE IT!”
I did drag the poor kid out this afternoon to take a couple of pictures.
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She’s a great model, because she turned before I asked and pulled up her hair to show the braid.
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One of the funniest moments? She usually skis with her hair braided down the back. So this morning she had to pull out her braid, so she could put in a high ponytail. Because that’s how the Williams racers wore theirs.

A visitor at the office

Someone came to visit my office this week.

After meeting the people he came to see, he decided to hang in the library.

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Somehow he managed to miss his ride to lunch.

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Fortunately he wasn’t too disappointed, and had tea with us in the afternoon.

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Happy Holidays!

The bird houses were a huge hit. My mother in law loved them! She hung them up in the kitchen right away:

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She thinks they’ll be perfect for wren houses, so she’s saving them for Spring before they go outside.

We had a wonderful holiday. We started with Hanukkah on Friday:

And Hanukkah is not complete without Latkes!

Skied on Saturday, and celebrated Christmas on Sunday:

Eliza even found a pair of socks that I’d made YEARS ago:

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I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday!

Some Assembly Required

While my holiday knitting was done, I was still feeling the pressure, because it always takes longer than I expect for the pieces to dry. While often the drying is the last step in the process (in the case of the slippers I made a few years ago, the birdhouses had a bit of assembly that had to be done before I could truly consider them complete.

Chad helped me figure out how to block and dry them. It was quite a pantry based system:
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Due to a surplus of vacation days, that somehow snuck up on me, I took today off. After baking two more batches of Spritz and some peanut blossoms I ran into to town to get some hardware for the birdhouses. It was quite the adventure. I’d tried at a craft store last night, but in spirit with my “Shop Local” theme of 2011, the local hardware store came through for me. I explained what I wanted to do, and they sent me to aisle 15 to pick out what I needed. A quick consultation with Chad confirmed my thoughts, and I was on my way!

Tonight I put the pieces together:
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I will try to get some pictures during the day this weekend, but I wanted capture something tonight. I’m very happy with how they turned out. They aren’t as tailored as the pictures from the pattern, they look more like elf houses to me, but I think they are perfect for their recipient.

Finished the cowl!

Today I finally finished my Cambrian Cowl. I’m not sure exactly why it took me so long. I love Ravelry, but it can certainly keep me honest. I started it in October. It was definitely a relacely quick knit, I just wanted to take mt time to sew on my buttons.

Basically, I’m happy with it. I took a quick picture with my phone:

I’d wanted to finish it yesterday, but had managed to put the buttons in such a safe spot that I couldn’t find them till it was too late.

On a non knitting note, it’s finally starting to feel like winter (again) around here. Last night we watched Eliza’s performance in the Nutcracker, and today we finally got to go skiing!

So in less than 12 hours she goes from this:

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To here:

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It was a short ski day for me – with so few trails open, I really only took 3 runs. It was so great to be out there.

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