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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The Year of the CALs: Autumn Jewels Wrap

2018 came and went … Projects were started and unraveled … more projects were started and put aside …

It was a chaotic year for me. I don’t know if I’ve settled down yet from the stresses and tensions of events early last year. But I do know that I needed to get back to crafting … and I’m hoping that there’ll be more time for that this year … Wait, let’s just make it a goal and say that I will make time for crafting this year.

I can’t even remember now what I was working on during the past year. I did take quick photos of some projects, and I did finish some items, so let’s start from there.

This past year was the Year of the CALs. After so many years of declaring intentions to join and participate in a CAL and downloading the patttern, this past year, I actually did join and stuck to it! Wow !

Maybe because last year was stressful, and the CALs gave me a purpose to sit and work on something. The weekly releases of the pattern probably did help in settling me down, in giving me something to work towards to, and following a pattern instead of trying to make up random stitches and counts probably helped a lot too 🙂

And here’s the first one that I was actually excited to work on – the Autumn Jewels Wrap. Actually, I worked on this after the CAL was done, but I’m counting this as a CAL that I actually ‘joined’ 🙂

Autumn Jewels Wrap

I got this yarn from a stash forum. And when I saw a pic of the Autumn Jewels Wrap, I knew that the yarn would be perfect for it. The colours weren’t jewel tones, but I liked the sparkly thread that ran through the yarn, so that can be the jewels part of the pattern 🙂

The pattern is not hard, and neither the construction of the piece. I’ve made items in similar fashion, either by design or mistake 😮

Decorative borders are always something that I’m at a loss to do, other than crochet evenly across the edges and then a couple of rows/rounds of single crochet. Maybe that’s something I should experiment with this year, and come up with a go-to border pattern that I can use in projects. It shouldn’t be that hard.

I really enjoyed working on this. The sparkly thread made this a little stiff, but it’s still drapey enough over the shoulders.

Blocked and drying in the sun

I’m on the lookout now for jewel-toned yarn to make another one, in a smoother yarn (maybe a wool/silk mix), and in a bigger size. Let’s see if I can get it done in time for autumn this year 🙂

Rediscovered …

I opened a bag, and out popped this WIP … one that I started last summer, stopped because I couldn’t find the second skein of this yarn to continue, found the skein and continued on, then was packed away in a weekender bag, and remained there.  Ay-yaay ….

So now that I’ve rediscovered it, it’s high time that it was finished.  It’s coming on to summer again.

There’s no pattern to this.  Last year, I was obsessed with the tip-to-tip pattern – starting from one point of the scarf, and increasing to the width, then decreasing to the other point.  Kind of a gamble, because I don’t weigh the yarn, so I’m eyeballing the yarn and guesstimating the widest width of the scarf before I start decreasing to finish off.  lol

For the stitches, I was on a run with the knit mesh stitch.  Just a simple yo, k2tog.  My eyes were liking the pattern with the variegated yarn, and it was working up fast.  Well, It looked like it was working up fast, because there weren’t too many stitches yet when knitting back and forth.  Now that there’s 100+ stitches – I haven’t counted yet how many I have on the needle now – the purl stitches are kind of getting tedious for me.

I also started adding rows and patches of stockinette stitch to make it more interesting.  I was thinking of making some kind of pattern with the solid rows, but then I was thinking too much and counting stitches, and then I would forget with the next row anyway, so I just let it be.

I’m hoping that when it’s done and blocked that you’ll see the pattern better.  And hoping too that it’ll be wide enough.  And that I will guesstimate right and will have enough yarn for a decrease to a point, or else there’ll be frogging sessions.   I don’t know why I do this to myself instead of following a pattern … and sticking with it 🙂

Fall is Here

It sneaked up on me at 4:02 pm today.  That’s the time I heard in the news, and I had to stop and wonder where summer went.

Interestingly, for the past several weekends I started multiple fall projects, as well as pulled out languishing WIPs to try and finish them.  Or maybe it was the other way around – try to finish languishing WIPs, but ended up starting more projects, so now I’ve actually added to the WIP pile …

Don’t believe me?  Here ….

These are two knit projects from a couple of years ago.  It started out as inspirational projects because I wanted to work with the new yarn.  It turned into practice pieces … and then got left in a bag in a bag in a bag … What to do with this now?  Continue it?  Or frog and start again, because supposedly, I can knit better now and what I make now will look better than these …

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And this is kind of a WIP, but a new one that I started … because I think I should finally make something from this gorgeous yarn and colourway.  I’ve started several items with the yarn, and frogged them all.  The yarn is getting a little frayed, so I think I should start a project and stick with that.  This is short rows and mesh stitch practice.  Now that I’ve started this, I’m hoping that I have another skein of the yarn hidden somewhere, so that this can be a decent size when done.  And I’ve lost the label, so I’m not sure where to look for it now …

 

And this?  I started this the week of the solar eclipse in August, because the colorway was named Moonstone … I know, I know, kind of corny.   *sigh*  Anyway, it’s just going to be a wide and long shawl or wrap.  Just a pattern series of garter stitch and mesh stitch.

And another Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, in Namaste Neutrals.  Because I liked the glint against the browns.  I’m thinking a capelet would look nice with this.

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This was going to be the super-scarf last year.  Remember that trend?  I don’t know if that’s still a trend this year, but I’m determined to finish this year.  But see, I’ve run out of the yarn and I’m only at half the length, so I need to get out and get some more of this.  I’m leaving this out to work on, anyway.

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So there you have my fall projects … I’ll keep you posted on the progress …

Have a good weekend, all !

 

Summer Doldrums

Hello all!
Enjoying your summer?
Haven't played with yarn for a couple of weeks now, with everything going on …

I wound this up to start on a summer project … it's now in shambles again with starts and frogging and needs to be wound up again.

I was working on this on the flight to California … and that's how it's stayed since touchdown. Between the soccer games and drive arounds and walkabouts, it's been too late home and too tired to work on anything 😕

By the way, Tin says that this reminds him of 'old people colours'. Huh? 😲
No idea what 'old people' colours are … do you know?

Trying again this weekend to work on something …
have a good weekend, all!

Twinkly Orange and Purple

And we’re back!

Can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve been able to post on anything here.  Summer started, and everything suddenly started happening …

I had to take an office trip out of the country at the last minute and of course, that threw all the schedules off.  I did remember to pack two WIPs – one of which I frogged – and extra yarn, needles, hooks …

Since I’ve been back, I haven’t exactly been inspired to knit and crochet either.  I got some new yarn, and with ideas bubbling in my head of the projects that I wanted to work on, somehow, it didn’t work out.  After I started knitting or crocheting ten rows, it wasn’t looking right so I’ve been frogging more than working on anything.  I’m just working on finishing a WIP now.

One thing that I did finish before the trip was this Busco Gancho Lace shawl.  I finished it in time for the trip and used it throughout, and got many compliments on it 🙂  I haven’t seen the pattern released yet, so I’ll update this if and when it is released by the designer.

The yarn is SWTC Little Star in two colourways, and the sparkle in the yarn reminds me of twinkling stars.

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Here’s what it looks like during blocking.  Since then, I haven’t been able to take any photos of the shawl after blocking, but you can see from these that the pattern makes for a nice drape.  I’ m already planning to make several in different colourways … soon as I get my cro-jo back …

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Hawaiian Lace

I made the deadline!!

Cutting it close, but I knew that I would be staying up late during the weekend and would get a lot done.  Anyways … here’s the finished shawl … blocked and cleaned up, and modeled by Charisse!

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hawaiian lace red

I used a portable steamer to block this.  The yarn, SWTC Pure, was 100% soysilk, and I didn’t want to risk soaking it, and then squeezing or accidentally wringing too hard and pull it out of shape.  I laid it out on the bed on top of two beach towels (those were the only ones big enough for this).  I held the steamer about an inch off the top, and gently pulled and flattened it into shape while steaming.  After a last pull to even out, I left it drying for a couple of hours.

It’s a nice and easy pattern, good for beginners, and even though the middle – mesh – part seemed to take ages to finish, it looks good.  Even Tin says the mesh part looks complicated, so you know it looks good.  It’s light and airy, and big enough to wrap around you, without it feeling heavy, even if you throw the ends over your shoulders for a tighter wrap,.

The pattern is available on Ravelry – Hawaiian Lace.  Go and check it out.

And since that’s my pattern obsession for now, I’m going to continue and finish this other one I started at the same time as the red one … remember this?  I’ll probably take my time doing this .. This one is a bit fiddly to work with …