Category: Crochet


Monday’s Making


Mitten caps done. Half-fingers done. Now onto cuff and the sewing. I hope to finish tomorrow. NaNo characters are calling me!

I Hate the Block Editor


So instead of writing here I’m knitting until I feel less angst from this nasty way of writing. And NaNo is coming so I don’t have time for this nonsense!

I’m making my pair to be convertible as I am adding a mitten cap for the cold. These will be for the charity, Hugger Hats.

I have a friend that recently started blogging but she is upset with the change. I wish I could encourage her, but I find this new way so confusing. Any suggestions for us?

Monday Makings


Three hats, a earwarmer convertible fingerless mittens.
And four socks. Busy. Busy, Busy!

Sunday Socks


Finished these today. About a shoe size 9 ladies. Wool. Made on Hers (KB His/Hers–orange looms). Kitchener cast-on, flat knit-stitch, German Short-row heel, four-by-four knit/purl, ribbed cuff. For my charity, Hugger Hats.

The color looks orange, but it is more rust brown.

I’ve started convertible fingerless mittens with the last of this yarn. I hope it works out.

Happiness

Made It Monday


Ear warmers are easy and fun when fine-gauge looms start hurting. Finished the one below and nearly finished with another. I’m making one for me, too. I think they will be great on bad hair days.

E-wrap cast-iron. Flat-knit stitch around. 24-peg Knifty Knitter loom. About 19-21 inches long. Gather ends to look like a flower. A scrunchy or rubber band can hold it in place and keep it comfortable for the wearer.

I just started looking at all my WIP. A couple just finished but lots of choices to work on.

Baby hat, top left, just finished yesterday. Flexee loom. Ran out of that soft bumpy white. Found a similar yellow yarn to decrease the crown.Two new hats just started on the same Flexee looms.
Gifted yarn goes to another gifty hat. Finished today. I didn’t make it on the Flexee loom but the medium size KB fine-gauge. I tried to do the 6-row decrease, but didn’t like how that turned out. So I picked up the loops on a cable needle set. Then I decreased actual knitting stitches. Not as happy as when I do it on Flexee looms. But it turned out okay kid-sized.
Two socks for donation. Need to finish cuffs then done. KB His/Hers (Hers)
Two socks on my ‘X-Wing’ CinDWood large X-loom fine-gauge. I’m nearly to the heels.
Two more socks with ‘Milk Cotton’. Just barely finished toe. Same X-Wing.
How I store WIPs on X-loom to keep yarn and project safe and clean. I like working on this loom, though I feel it should play music. It feels like a harp. It isn’t as portable as other looms.

Well, there are other looms and projects to start or finish. I need to make more toys. Time to get busy. Fingers are wanting a yarn fix. šŸ˜‰

Made It Monday


Child’s Hat

I just can’t stop with the cable stitches or the decreases using the methods I describedĀ  few days ago, here.

 

Over the week end while thinking about bugging out and realizing that I didn’t want to leave any of my knitting supplies behind. I ran across a hat I started a while ago. I used the orange adult KB loom seen in the photo. But my new love of the decreased crown had me going crazy. That white yarn is the bumpy homespun stuff. IĀ  could only decrease one level without it getting tight. So I thought it would be fun to transfer to half the pegs on the flexee loom. Do you ever find yourself in a project that you felt you couldn’t find your way out? Yeah, this hat caused so much actual pain and mental strain I nearly frogged it. I had to use a combination of cable needles to hold the stitches. I transferred them to the flexee. At first I got them on the wrong side. I had a plan to reverse as I went but that didn’t work out–I think it was because I forgot as I worked what my next plan was. Suddenly all the stitches were on the Flexee, even though wrong side out. But I worked the decreases anyway.Inside out! My hands weren’t ready for it. It hurt a lot to work from that direction. But I am proud of the end result!

This hat will go to Hugger Hats, the charity. I hope it helps keeps someone’s head warm this winter.

 

I mentioned thinking of bugging out; still not ready and hope I don’t have to. We seem pretty safe here, I think. But our Writing Group was cancelled as our friends in Paisley have had to bug out. That is a couple hours away from here, but still it seems Oregon is on fire nearly everywhere. My son has his bug out ready. I’m getting more organized so I think tomorrow I’ll set up the first emergency bag ready and set things up so that if there is time yarny stuff can go along with foods and electronics. And art supplies. and books and journals and music and keyboard and recorders, There’s a reason I have so much stuff, I like doing lots of thihngs. How do people narrow it down?

 

Thank you all for thoughts and prayers for our west coast and for me and my family. I am so grateful that my adult children are well. My brotherĀ  and husband and I are doing well.

But I am writing this on my tablet because my computer keeps going out. We think it is a bad charging cord so we’ll try to get a new one soon. Meanwhile, I can barely read what I’m typing. I hope you can decipher it all. I hope life is treating you all well in spite of it being 2020.

One-Liner Wednesday


Toddler hat finished; rewarded self with Return to Ravenhearst for the rest of the day.

Hat made the same as the adult hat found here.

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

One-liner Wednesday is a fun prompt you can find by clicking here.

Oh and feeling proud as I did some editing yesterday and today. Go Me!

Made It Monday


KB skinny Flexee Loom.

Skinny Flexee Loom

80 pegs divided four by four for a brim. Then used the knitted sections to make a four peg left-leaning cable.

When I reached 7 inches I started the decrease crown like this:

Then instead of finishing as Kristen did, I moved the loops to make sure I could remove every other link. Then I started another round of decreases. I love how smooth the crown looks when it is on a real head. Now I am making a toddler-sized copy. I love doing the cable and the crown stuff!

By the way, when you look at this photo from CBS Sunday Morning yesterday it’s just sad numbers.

When you know someone it is personal. Yes, my son tested positive. He’s doing lots of sleeping and bingeing shows, his fever is lower now and the cough seems to have lessened. He’s trying to keep his friends and family aware of his progress on FaceBook and his spirits seem good, if not bored. So I am taking comfort in that.

 

Two Pair Tuesday


I have had the pleasure of having company this last week. It was a bittersweet occasion as my friend stayed here between trips to her aunt’s funeral and back home. But I was glad for her company, even if we had to be masked nearly the whole time.

While we visited I worked on a pair of slipper socks for her.

I liked them so much that I decided to make a pair for myself. Then towards the end, the cuff, I ran out of this fun purple and pink. But I had a lot of purple yarn that I don’t feel too off.

I think it looks better in real life. Besides, these are for schlepping around the house as the cooler weather comes in.

Oh, and this is how I did it. The blue Knifty Knitter (24 pegs) wide gauge. I used the Kitchener cast on, flat knit for most. German short-row for the heel. At the ankle, I made up a combo of one row e-wrap, one row u-wrap, one row flat wrap. That was to make the ankle a little looser. Then it was two-by-two e-wrap, purl cuff. These slippers became so fast for me that I could do one a day. The first one was slow as I figure it out. Wish I could do socks that quickly.

So now on to a hat and six other socks. They are fine gauged and lots slower. By the way, I’m feeling so much better!

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