Cakes for Wraps

Red Heart came out with colour-coordinated cakes for wraps, and the colours were looking good on the site. But when I saw it in person, this was the only one that I liked from the selections available in the yarn store.

With the good yardage in light fingering weight, I thought it would make for a good-sized shawl-wrap. I’ve always liked the almost-blanket size wraps, the ones that can wrap around you twice. Light-weight wraps work well for spring too.

This is the progress so far. I’m liking it, so we will keep on going 🙂

With the yarn being thin, it’s going to take a while to finish this in time for spring. And because winter and cold weather has just started here on the east coast, I’m still puling out wool yarn and working on winter items 😉

I’m quickly piling up WIPs again 🙂

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Pineapple Upside Down Throw

Finally done!

The boys said that it looked like a pineapple upside-down cake.  And so they have named it.

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Since it didn’t make the deadline, I added another row to make it longer.  I also added a border around – the boys wanted that, for some reason.

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The round of RH Chili didn’t show up well against the RH Cherry Red yarn.  I thought that it would be a nice contrast and blend in.  Guess it blended in too well.

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The contrast shows up better here, against the RH Gold.  

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I am thinking of making another one, in different colours, and different placement, etc.  Another day … I have another CAL that I haven’t even started on, and we’re in the second month already!

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If you want some inspiration, check out
The Crochet Crowd gallery of the Octagon and Square Throw Challenge.  

RH Boutique Treasures

My SIL needed a few more skeins of Red Heart Easy Tweed in Burgundy to finish her project and asked me to look for it and purchase. Of course I had no problem with that.

I didn’t find what she needed 😦   I found lots of other new yarn, though 🙂   Well, not totally new, it’s been out for a while, but somehow I hadn’t noticed it when I would go browsing the yarn aisles.  Imagine that!

This is what I came home with. Just couldn’t resist those colours. And the softness of it.

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And I had just discovered a new pattern that I wanted to try out – the Color Change Scarf from Purlbee.  But I couldn’t get the hang of it .. .the stitches and pattern didn’t want to cooperate.  Have you ever had that?  Frustrated, I frogged what I’d started and looked for another pattern.

Aha!  The Summer Shimmer Scarf !  Looked easy enough – a zigzag lace trellis pattern.  I casted on and started to knit about four rows … then decided that it wasn’t wide enough, so I frogged and casted on double the number of stitches instead.

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So now I think it may be just a little too wide for a scarf.  I’ll probably join the ends together and end up with it as a cowl instead.  As I knitted back and forth, I lost a stitch or two.  More frogging, until I had 40 stitches on the needles again.  After several attempts, I was still ending up with one or two stitches less, even though I had counted the stitches as I followed the stitch pattern.  Finally, I just gave up, and continued on.

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Better to be consistently wrong, than consistently changing the pattern throughout, right?   *Sigh*  I really should just follow instructions and use the correct size needles and gauge, right?

Here’s what it looks like on the other side.  The WS rows are all purl, but it has a nice lacy effect on the other side.

I do think I’ll be done with this by the weekend.  I surprise myself these days with my knitting projects.  It doesn’t seem to take as much time as before 🙂