Mini Hats 

There was a call for preemie hats for an NICU, in one of my groups.  Ashley H was making goodie bags for the NICU in memory of her son, and she wanted to add  some hats to the bags. I put the call out to the group, and although she was only asking for 21 hats, I’m sure she’s going to get double that, because you know how generous crafters are with their yarn ūüėĀ

Not having made too many preemie hats, I thought this was a good in-between project, since I can’t seem to get settled on starting a project. And I found the perfect yarn in the stash … Sirdar Baby Bamboo!  I bought them from a detash group months ago. No idea what I was going to do with them, but I liked the colours … Powder Blue and Iris Blue. 

For the crochet hat – the one on the right – I just crocheted front post double crochet all the way around. That is a great stitch – it looks good, has enough texture, and the finished project stretches nicely, even if you crochet tight. For the knit hat, I decided to practice the Rick Rack Rib pattern. I had tried it a couple of times, but wasn’t seeing the pattern clearly. But with this yarn, the pattern showed up nicely. 

And here they are, all finished. For size comparison, they’re on top of a regular teen/adult small hat. The rick rack rib pattern needs to be knit back and forth. I tried to knit it in the round, but it didn’t work out. I’ve googled if it can be done in the round, but I didn’t find anything. So I knit a little rectangle, and then a decrease for the crown, and finished it off by seaming the two ends together. It’s turned out ok – still a few things to improve. I hope the joining isn’t too lumpy or hard for the babe heads. 

Oh! I was also practicing the double knit stitch for the brim. That also needs to be knit back and forth. Again, I didn’t find anything if it could be done in the round.  But this turned out ok. So next time I knit hats, I’ll use larger needles for the brims in double knit, and then the pattern. This is probably old news for the experienced knitters, but this is exciting new for me! ūüėÄ

This is what it looks like on the other side, so you know what it looks like. I think when learning a new stitch, it’s always helpful to see what both sides look like. Most tutorials only show the ‘right’ side of the stitch, and what the pattern looks like done the right way. That’s helpful too, but I also want to see what the ‘wrong’ side looks like, in case I’m still doing it wrong, and also just because I want to see it ūüė¨

Anyway … here’s the inside of the hats. The double knit brim looks the same as the front. The rick rack rib pattern looks like a loose garter stitch. The crochet fpdc looks like horizontal knit stitches. Cool, isn’t it? 

And there’s my preemie hats, ready to send off. 

On to the next projects! 

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Revisiting the Bucket List

Several years ago, I made a bucket list of what I wanted to make. ¬†The original post came up as a related post, so I decided to see what I’ve actually done. ¬†I could actually strike some items off the list – wow!

So, revising the bucket list …¬†Here is what was on my original bucket lists, and how I’ve done …

1) ¬†Entrelac ‚Äď learn how to knit and crochet entrelac correctly – nope, not yet. ¬†I’m still doing the biased basketweave pattern. ¬†Will remain on the list.

2)  Granny Squares with a Zigzag Twist Рnope, not yet.  Will remain on the list.

3)  Apache Teardrops Рnope.  Having second thoughts on whether I still like this.

4)  A hexagon project РYes !!!  The African Violets !  I still want to add to it, to make it bigger.

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5) ¬†The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan ‚Äď Stained Glass Afghan ‚Äď Kaleidoscope Afghan – Nope. ¬†Will remain on the list.

6) ¬†Kitchener stitch and seamless grafting – nope. ¬†I’ve sort of figured out a way to join seamlessly, but this will remain on the list.

7) ¬†A lacy beach coverup – yes ! ¬† Here’s the post ¬†and another one, if you want to read all about it.¬† ¬†And one already in progress ūüôā


8) ¬†A fine-lace/fingering weight project. Yes! ¬†I’ve worked more and more with fingering weight yarn. ¬†I do have hanks of lace in the stash, but haven’t started anything with that yet. ¬†And while this is not quite a fine lace project, there is ‘lace’ in the title – does that count? ¬†Hawaiian Lace and Busco Gancho Lace¬†


9) ¬†A Japanese pattern ‚Äď any pattern. ¬†Nope – will remain on the list.

10)  A woven blanket made with the Cricket loom.  Yes !!  And am planning on starting another one, before I forget how to use the loom and weave.  This 5-panel blanket had me woven out, after I finished working on it.

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11) ¬†Mandala Crochet Coat¬†– nope. ¬†But will definitely remain on the list, since I’m drawing a lot of mandalas, anyway. ¬†One of those designs will end up as a coat, since I now have the basics on how to crochet a coat or jacket ūüôā ¬†¬†Oh yes, although not a mandala, I did crochet¬†two coats last year! ¬†Yaaayyy!!

 

Not originally on the list, but I added ponchos to my mental list, even though I think at some point I said I wasn’t going to make those.


Surprisingly, I don’t have any new major thing to add … Just more ideas to make the same things with different yarns or patterns, like the coat, beach cover-ups, and woven blankets.

But the year is young … something may come up yet! ¬†ūüôā

Do you have a crafty bucket list?  How are you doing with it?

 

 

 

 

2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

One more state has announced their colours for the 2018 Scarf Project.

SO Maine has chosen the colours Purple, Grey, and Black as their colours. ¬†It looks kind of a darkish combination, but I’m thinking elegant designs for this, don’t you think?

It will certainly work well with our featured pattern for the project – Waves/Chevrons.

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It’s so good that so many states – nine so far! – have chosen their colours early. ¬†I hope that this gives the crafters enough time to work on them, before the end of the year crush comes around again! ¬†But with so many priorities along the way, I know it’s hard to keep this in mind throughout the year when working on those crafty projects. ¬†I’ll try to post on this regularly – I really should take advantage of those scheduling posts feature !

Anyway, you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups on knitting and crocheting for the SO Scarf Project. ¬†And of course, this page 2018 SO Scarf Project – is always available.

Spread the word to your crafty friends, and come on over and join us on this worthy cause !

 

Thanks for all your help and support of the project!

 

A Wannabe

So … I was browsing through craft blogs, jumping from one to the other to the other. ¬†A few were following the¬†Daily Challenge from Naknicromo on Tumbler to celebrate this crafty month. ¬†Wish I had known about it at the beginning, but since I’m not on those tumbling and tweeting platforms, I had no idea. ¬†Maybe next year … or I can just start it at any time.

Anywhooo … as I was reading the posts and comments and responses, I read a response to a question about other crafts that sort of had me staring at it for a few seconds longer. ¬†I read it again, and again I stared at the response. ¬†What was it that had me staring, open-mouthed at the screen?

Well, the poster said she doesn’t crochet, she can’t get crochet. ¬†Ok, that’s fine. ¬†She prefers the ‘neatness’ of knitting. ¬†That’s ok too, I’ve noticed that too, but you can crochet something neatly too. ¬†It’s got too many holes. ¬†Hmmm … knitting can have many holes too. ¬†It’s a ‘knitting wannabe’. ¬†Huh??

I burst out laughing. ¬†A ‘knitting wannabe’? ¬† So a bunch of people decided that they don’t like or cannot or do not want to knit, so they decided they will invent something else to kind of look like knit?

Not trying to make anything big out of this, but I just thought it was very funny, that somebody should think that way about another craft. ¬†Yeah, they’re entitled to their opinion. But this smacked of knit snob that I hear about every so often. ¬†Never met one in person – yet – but this is the first time I’ve read something which just screamed that to me. ¬†Most knitters that I know and read about are respectful of crochet, or other crafts, even if they don’t know how to work in that craft. ¬†But I thought that remark was a little too dismissive or high-handed. ¬†Guess not all crafters are tolerant of other crafts …

So, now that I’ve got that off my chest … here’s the progress on that¬†Pistachio project. ¬†Finished one cake, so I’m going to start the second panel with the new cake, and leave the third to finish it off.

It’s turned out quite long, as of course, as usual, I didn’t count the beginning chains. ¬†I just measured it against my outstretched arms – yes, a very scientific way of measuring! ¬†It’s about 14 inches in height, so I shouldn’t need much too many rows to get to 18 inches (hopefully).

I just might get this done by the weekend … ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Non-Projects  

It’s the first day of spring !!

Happy Spring!! ¬†Yaaayyy – It actually feels like spring today, with the temperatures actually warming up later today. ¬†Then it’s back to winter on Wednesday, with a forecast of snow …

I’m still on the hunt for a crochet project for National Crochet Month. ¬†I’ll even settle for a knit project for National Craft month instead ūüėČ

So with spring and warmer weather on the mind, I picked up a skein of¬†Prism, because I liked the colours – when it was wound up in a ball/skein. ¬†Now that I’m working on it, these colours are not calling to me. ¬†Maybe it’s the wrong pattern. ¬†I don’t think I’m continuing with this … By the way, I’m almost done with this ball, and this shawl is barely wrapping around my shoulders. ¬†So definitely the wrong pattern, because you’re supposed to get a decent sized shawl with just one ball, right? ¬†Or not?

Last night – at midnight, actually, because I wasn’t really sleepy yet and was browsing Pinterest¬†and also it was at that moment that I decided that I wanted to try something – I started this. ¬†I’d been wanting to work with the Caron Cakes in¬†Pistachio, but wasn’t sure what to make of it. ¬†I thought maybe a summer poncho in a lacy pattern would look good with this, since it’s a worsted¬†weight yarn. ¬†Another variation of a pattern, or more of two patterns combined. ¬†*sigh* ¬†I’m liking the pattern – which I’m making up as I go along – but now thinking that it may be a bit heavy for summer … Needs to be more lacy …

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We’ll see. ¬†I haven’t given up on it yet. ¬†I have another two cakes, so I hope it’s enough for the poncho. ¬†Or wrap. ¬†Or something that can be done with three cakes, because I’m being good and it’s not time to buy yarn yet ūüôā

And I saw the Rick Rack Rib stitch last week, and had to try it out. ¬†I thought I had ‘memorized’ the pattern when I first saw it, but found out later that I was missing a k1 or a p1 in between the rick racks. ¬†The darker colour is the wrong stitch, although I’m sort of liking that too. ¬†The red colour is the correct sequence.

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This is becoming a sampler of practice knit stitches ¬†That’s the herringbone in the grey part, that I had to try a couple of weeks ago. ¬† And I can’t remember what I was doing with the darker red colour. ¬†It started out with practice on the mesh/lace stitch, but I don’t know what happened in between. ¬†And I didn’t want to frog, because it didn’t look bad, and also because I don’t like to frog knit projects because I can’t pick up the correct number of stitches again after that :o)

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And that’s my non-projects for the weekend. ¬†They may or may not be frogged – well, the first one is definitely going to be frogged and turned into something else. ¬†And I’m set on working on the¬†Pistachio and finishing something with it, and perhaps have it ready for another out-of-state soccer tournament in a couple of weeks. And the knit sampler – well, that’s probably going to sit until I see another knit stitch that I want to practise on ūüôā

Have a good spring day!

 

 

2018 SO Scarf Project Starts

We’re done with the 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project !

Not sure if all the participating states reached their goals, but if they didn’t, hopefully they came close to it. ¬†It seemed to be a slow year for our groups this year. ¬†There are the perennial favourite states, who have no problem reaching their goals. ¬†And then there’s the other states who struggle to reach their goal ūüė¶

Now we’re off and running with the 2018 Scarf Project, with six state programs already announcing their colours ! ¬†Yaaayyy !! ¬†Hopefully that means that these states will be done, or halfway to their goal by the time other states announce their colours in the late summer.

So, here’s an early start to the 2018 Scarf Project … Complete info and details can always be found on the 2018 SO Scarf Project page. ¬†Check back every now and then – maybe your state program will join this year!

 

Through the Years

Charisse told me that she could see the evolution of my knitting and crochet … from the first projects she got, to the current ones I’m working on.

I had forgotten some of these experiments, which she gladly took in … From the simple beanies and patterns, to the present and hopefully more advanced stitches. ¬†I must say that the quality, choices and diversity of the yarns available in the market has also improved over the years.

So, here’s a time capsule of my projects that Charisse has accumulated. ¬†She even sent me pics of those that I didn’t have one of, because in the beginning, I didn’t think to take pictures of what I made.

My first beanies … yikes! ¬†look at those joining lines!

 

These were my first beanies … plain, simple, single or double crochet. ¬†I used the colours of the yarn to make the patterns, rather than the stitches.

That’s when variegated and self-striping yarn became a favourite … I could use any stitch, and didn’t have to think about colour changes, or cutting and joining.

Simple, basic stitches still looks good to me, and my fingers automatically start a hat with those stitches.

 

 

 

 

img_2853  More hat experiments, adding the raised stitches and front and back post stitches.  More experimentation with different fibers as well Рthat orange and pink hat is a polar-tec hat.

I was also coming out of my knitting comfort zone more … That cowl is basic knit and purl, but there was a ssk in there *gasp*

That cowl looks warm and cozy, and that pattern might be just the one I can use to work with new yarn …

 

 

 

This was the first hat that I successfully free-winged, knitting from the bottom up, to the decrease to the top. ¬†Somehow, my stitches were the right number, my decrease was even, and the close at the top was good. ¬†Then I crocheted the scarf … I didn’t know if my luck would hold out and I would get a good knitted scarf.

 

That cowl … Another experiment with the front and back post stitch, but I used a bulky yarn. ¬†We joked that it could also be used as a skirt.

 

That cowl looks so warm and cozy!   Looks like a basic knit ribbed stitch, and I let the yarn do all the wrok.

 

Another basic beanie, and a super-bulky cowl. ¬†I was trying to recreate an ‘Outlander’ scarf, but ended up with another pattern.

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An off-the-shoulder wrap, done in bulky yarn. ¬†The original pattern was for fingering weight, but I was too impatient to finish 400 yds of yarn … I used a bulky yarn instead. ¬†It’s a nice pattern, and perhaps one day I’ll make one in fingering weight yarn ….

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Ahhh … the year of the braided earwarmers. ¬†I still have two that I use, and they’re coming in very handy during these cold days. ¬†The cowl was knit by the swimming pool when I was in Goma, DRC a couple of years ago. ¬†It’s knit with big and small needles, in an alternate lace and solid pattern. ¬†That was one of the few times that I was inspired to follow a pattern and actually stick to it, for the whole pattern – no tweaking, no changing a stitch.

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I also started making capelets and ponchos, which had always been on the to-do list.

 

And my current pattern obsession – the Poncho Capelet¬†(you can read about it here). ¬†I’ve got three other WIPs of the same pattern, different yarn :o) ¬† I need to finish them before winter is done!

 

This is a modified Baktus pattern scarf, using bamboo yarn (you can read about it here). ¬†I wasn’t sure at first how it would come out, with the thick and thin yarn, but it came out nice and really soft. ¬†Now I’m thinking of getting more of the yarn and making another one for me.


And that’s the evolution of my knitting and crocheting. ¬†Do I still make mistakes? ¬†Yes. ¬† And I still tweak the pattern when I get lost in the pattern … or miscount … ¬†But I’ve come out of my comfort zone, and venturing out to more ‘advanced’ patterns.

And maybe someday I’ll try knitting socks ! ¬†lol

Happy knitting and crocheting, everyone!