Four Seasons Cowl

I know I’ve posted about this WIP before, but I’ve now named this my Four Seasons Cowl.  I had four lone skeins, and in colourways that were close to the seasons.  So Four Seasons Cowl it is.

I always wanted to knit the linen stitch again, after my first try – the Downton Abbey Cowl – some years ago.  This is how far I’ve got and coming along nicely.   I like how the colours play against each other and make up patterns as the piece progresses.  And these colourways are playing out nicely, don’t you think?  Hmm … looks like watercolours in this photo …

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This is Fall and Winter.  Technically, it was still fall/autumn (before 21/22 December) when I started, so this part is the fall/autumn. It’s got the oranges and purples.

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Winter is the darker blues/greens/purplish hank.  Although it doesn’t represent our winter weather this year.  It’s been unseasonably warm, and even though we’ve had a blizzard and snowstorm, it’s still not as bad as in previous years.  I shouldn’t complain … I really don’t want winter to stay too long.

And I started on Spring, with the bright colours.  Yes, we’re a little ahead of the seasons, but then I’ll be finished in time to use this for spring, right?

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Hoping to start on Summer soon … maybe this weekend … but I already have the 5-Panel blanket on the weekend project list … and the African Violets … *sigh* … we’ll see how it goes …  

What’s on your hooks and needles this weekend?

Happy Weekend all !

 

 

All the Colours

I started a fifth panel over the weekend.  The boys said they wanted it wider so that they can wrap themselves around it:) while they roll around on the floor in the living room. And here’s what I came up with for the fifth panel … I added orange …

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Don’t know why, but now that I lay it all out side by side, it changed the colour tones of the panels a bit, didn’t it?  I’m sure it’ll all look ‘together’ when I finish joining them together, but when seen separately like this, it looks a little out of place.

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And as I brooded over the colours and the placements, I realized something … This is almost the same colours as my Happy Scarf ….

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… and the Tapestry Blanket!

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… the Augusta Shawl …

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And the current knitting WIP is along the same colours …

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Hmmm … this seems to be my go-to colours!

Or maybe if when in doubt, then throw-in-all-the-colours scheme?  lol

 

 

 

Why Is Yarn So Expensive in a Yarn Store?

A great article … It certainly helps explain or clear up the differences in prices. I realized after a while that I had to switch to natural fibers if I wanted my projects to end up looking like it did in the photos. Wool purchases are still a budget challenge, of course, but just as I did when I first started accumulating a stash, it’s building up slowly.

I would love to support LYS’s .. really, I would. However, I still encounter the glazed eyes when I mention that I’m looking for wool to crochet a shawl or wrap, and a hurried ‘Let me know if you need help’ as they turn away. Yes, it’s a little of the ‘knit snobbery’, and sometimes I laugh because, seriously? Just because I crochet doesn’t mean that I can’t use wool or higher-end yarn!
Anyways … let’s not ramble on about this pet peeve … Maybe another time …

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When people come in our store, I can always tell the ones who shop in chain/discount stores by the way they pick up a ball of yarn, look at the price, and immediately put it down again in shock. I truly hope they never visit one of the shops in Beverly Hills that only sell fine cashmere or they might actually faint. Our shop sells a variety of fibers, at a variety of prices, but like any yarn shop, and even online retailers, our yarn is still priced above what you pay at Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Sometimes people are so rude I just want to tell them to stop being so cheap, but alot of the time, it seems like they simply don’t understand why it costs more than what they’re used to. I hope the following list helps in understanding what you’re paying for, regardless of what your budget is.

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Panel Blanket 

Winter came suddenly, and I realized I didn’t have a blanket in the car for those emergencies when we sit by the roadside waiting for Triple A to come, or for any other emergencies. So I had an idea to weave a blanket for the car, and a way to use up odds and ends. Since I have a 15-inch Cricket loom, I knew I would have to make several panels.

It started with the first panel … I found full skeins of six colours, and decided to start with those. After I finished, I found it too dark …

 

So then I decided to add more colours, but keeping main colours throughout …


By Panel number three, it was claimed already …

 

I just finished the fourth panel … The most problematic of them all.  
One selvage came out loose and uneven. I know the tension was off, and had to rewarp twice, and it was still a problem. I kept on, though, adjusting as I went along, and thinking that it can be fixed as I join them together.

I lay them side by side, thinking that it would be wide enough now to start joining, and the borders, would add some width to it.

 

 

 

But the boys said to add a fifth panel, so they can wrap it around them.  So on to a fifth panel.

In the meantime, I’ve been running ideas and options through my mind on how to join them together.  The most common way seems to be to use a serger to sew the edges, so they don’t unravel. I don’t have that, so it’ll have to be by hand, using the mattress stitch, or a figure 8 join.  The selvage on about three sides will need to be fixed, because of the uneven tension, so I was also thinking crochet a border around the panels first, then join. Next,  I feel I should wet-finish it first, then join, then cut. But others have said to join together first, then wet-finish.

So … Let me get this down on paper so I can see the process if it’s right …

1 – crochet a border around;

2 – join panels evenly down the length, either sew or crochet join;

3 – wet-finish;

4 – cut and trim to size;

5 – crochet a border around.

Does that sound right?  Or take out step 1, and just do the next four steps.

Any tips on what the process should be?

 

2016 SO Scarf Project: The Last Five

We’re almost there … We’re working on the last five states to complete the 2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project!  whew!

This is what it looks like now.  I’m still waiting for updated numbers, so please do start mailing in your items so that the state offices can get an accurate count.

Complete information and details can always be found on the 2016 SO Scarf Project page.

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The most immediate is SO Texas – they’re about halfway to their goal of 2,500 items, so if everybody sends in their items now, they’ll come close to their goal before their Games start in early February.

So there’s still time to join us – either on Facebook or on Ravelry.

And if you weren’t able to participate this year, SO Texas has already announced their colours for the 2017 Games, so you can get an early start on that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowed-In Show and Tell

Well … after being cooped up inside because of the Blizzard 2016, I made the most of that time by catching up on projects … starting new ones … or just playing with yarn.

So here’s what I was able to work on this past weekend.

I finished the second panel for the blanket ….
… and started on the third panel.

The second panel came out shorter than the first panel, so there’s going definitely going to be some sewing, cutting and adjustments when putting the panels together.   

And seeing the finished width, before wet-finishing, I think I’m going to need a fourth panel so that it covers at least a single or twin bed.  Maybe a fifth …

 

The Double-layered Braided Cowl is the latest trend going around the crochet forums.  I had seen the pattern on my newsfeed, and it was the first time that I wanted to pick up hook and yarn and make one right now, instead of just saving the pattern for a later day.  So, after the initial fiddling about, I came up with a cowl, an experimental earwarmer with three braids, and an experimental earwarmer with chunky yarn!  How about that!

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Oh, wait … so now I have a set of earwarmer, hat, and neckwarmer/cowl in the same chunky yarn!

I’m adding this in, although I finished this a couple of weeks ago.  The Granny Shrug – I can’t find where I got this from, but if you google the Granny Shrug, you’ll get to the website.  It’s basically a big granny, then fold it in half to form a rectangle.  Then sew about 20 inches of one edge, which will form the sleeves.  I added a cuff to the sleeve, to make it longer.  I ran out of the black yarn, so I added the purple to finish it.  I could have stopped with the black, but then it would reach just by the waist, and I wanted it longish.  On the other hand, making it that big turned out to be a bit over-sized for me – it fits my colleague perfectly, though, as she’s taller and bigger than I am.  So now I want to make a smaller one that will fit me better, but long enough as well.

So that’s my show and tell for the Blizzard projects.

What did you work on?

 

 

 

 

 

2016 SO Scarf Project: Almost There

Well, we’re mid-way into the first month of the new year, and for the Special Olympics Scarf Project, there’s a frantic rush now to work on the scarves and send them on their way to the state programs.  Most SO state programs hold their Winter Games in January and February, so the bulk of the deadlines are in January.

Here’s the latest update on the project.  Since I was out travelling with spotty wifi, I’m just catching up with the state programs on their numbers for the Scarf Project, so those numbers for received items are not updated.  I’m hoping that the state goals were met, or at least were close to getting the numbers they wanted.

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There’s still time to make items for SO Kansas, Wyoming, Arkansas.  If you have completed items for those three, mail them in now, so they can be counted.

SO Texas is way short of their goal – 500 out of 2,500.  They’ve extended their deadline to 31 January 2016, so start mailing your items.

SO Delaware had a warm December 2015, so they’re holding their Games in late February 2016.  That gives us another four weeks to make scarves and send them in time for their Games.

SO Alaska mailing is open.  If you have items for SO Alaska, you can start mailing them in now.

So let’s get those hooks and needles busy!

Thanks so much to all who are working on this and supporting the Scarf Project.

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