Sunday, March 27, 2011

LSG11th - The Arcadian Amalgam

The last blast of recently finished projects were are made from five skeins of Lion Brand Amazing in Arcadia. This colorway may be my most favorite of all time.

I started out with a couple of patterns that I've had from a while - the Rook Hat and Scarf.

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Hat notes:

2.12.11 Took it out to 9 rounds / 60 stitches and then started working the rook stitches but it was too big and I didn’t like the way the stitches lined up. Ripped back to 54 stitches and started down again.

Fits fine. Not that hard of a hat.

Materials value = $6.00


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Scarf notes:

Materials value = $15.00

I had plenty left so I decided to see how the Anne worked up with Amazing. It's okay but it worked a lot better in a more solid fabric.

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Anne notes:

Materials value = $6.00

Aaaaand I had just a little bit left so I made a small scarf that I hope some young girl will fall madly in love with.

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Scrap scarf notes:

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ch 1, turn, hdc in each sc
ch 3, turn, tc in each hdc
ch 1, turn, hdc in each tc
ch 1, turn, sc in each hdc
ch 1, turn, hdc in each sc
ch 3, turn, tc in each hdc
ch 1, turn, sc in each hdc
ch 1, turn, hdc in each sc
repeat

Materials value = $3.00

Saturday, March 26, 2011

LSG11ty - The Red Poems Pair

I bought this sweet black pea coat at Target this winters and decided that I needed some nice colorful accessories to go with it. Of course, I didn't get ANY of them done until well after it was too warm to wear the coat any more. Ah well, I'll have them ready for next year.

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Here are the notes:

1.27.11
Started with the Autumn Slouch pattern and an I. Thought it was going to be too big (checked the gauge) so switched to an H.
Gauge was right with the H but as a stopped increasing the hat was too small to be slouchy.
Back to the I when I get back to it.

2.10.11
Don’t have the patience for the Autumn Slouch. Switched to the Urban Appeal.

Materials value = $9.00


The pattern for the hat is the Urban Appeal by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts #75358, Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family and it's made from Poems by Wisdom Yarns. It's a great ombre of reds and oranges and looks great with my skin. And I actually like wearing it! Color me stunned.

Of course I had to make a scarf to match. The yarn has plenty of interest on it's own so I just made a straightforward DC scarf.

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And the notes are:

2.11.11 FSC 17
turn, ch 3 (count 3ch as 1st dc) dc in each sc, 16 dc / ch 3
turn, ch 1, sc in each dc
repeat until desired length

Materials value = $15.00

Friday, March 25, 2011

LSG11ty - The Singles

I bought my first skein of handspun (from The Curly Ewe) at Downtown Knits and made up this Cannelle cowl. I need to wash it to bring down the skritchy factor (it's pure wool) but, LORDY, the colors are amazing and it worked up so nice.

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I frogged a Lothlorien scarf so I can make this Totally Tam (by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
from Crochet! Magazine, January 2011) as a gift for the The Real Things' assistant costumer. It took most of the two skeins the scarf was made from.

2011.Manos.Wool.Totally.Tam.101

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So THEN I took the scraps from the red cap and the leftovers from my nephew's Maia and made a cap for my friend Jesse who loves to wear hats and was the director of The Real Thing.

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I bought one random skein of Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca because, well, just because. Of course, that left me at a loss as what the blue blazes to do with it! I found this pattern (Charming Chapeau from Lion Brand) that would take just what I had in the skein.

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2011.Andes.Alpaca.Charming.Chapeau.101

Had to go down a hook size (I instead of J)

Not thrilled with this one for me. Will put it up for sale.


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The last single piece is a pair of Ewe Need Cable Mitts by Julia Wardell from Pandia's Jewels at Etsy.com. I made them for Miss Donna who was working the light board for The Real Thing.

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I really like this pattern and it uses both fingering and sock weight yarns. It took not quite a full skein of Knit Picks Stroll.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

LSG11ty - Helios

I decided it was time to start working on stuff bigger than mittens and hats and scarves. I saw the pattern for the Helios on Ravelry and decided that was a good start.

I found this amazingly colored Cascade 220 at River Knits in Lafayette IN. It's an autumny warm gold that just makes me smile.

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Photo

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The last picture is the best representation of the color. Isn't it amazing? (Used 3 skeins so I have one left.)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LSG11ty - The Blackstone Tweed Period

I bought about 6 skeins of Blackstone Tweed in this really mellow green from Downtown Knits. Little did I know it was hella fragile, like pulling on it hard broke it. Hope the bind offs hold!

I did a Bonita Hat. It took 1.5 skeins.

2011.Green.Blackstone.Tweed.Bonita.Hat.001

A pair of Mitts for the Whole Family by Kathy Merrick from Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make and Give that I had to do some mods on and that took 1.3 skeins. The notes are below the picture. I still have some problems with the looseness of the stitches in body of the mitten. I think it's time to find another one that actually will keep the cold and wet off my hands.

2011.Green.Blackstone.Tweed.Mittens.001

Tweaked the mittens so they’d fit. A couple rows longer in the hand, an extra row of shells in the gauntlet, I hook instead of K.

And, really, a K hook?! How tight do the testers hook?


I decided that the Bonita hat needed a scarf to go with it. Now with extra added work notes! That used 3 skeins.

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1.9.11
chain 150 and join
ch 2, dc in each chain, 150 stitches (counting ch 2)

(ch 2, dc, ch 1, 2 dc), ch 1, skip 1 dc, 11 dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc,
(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), ch 1, skip 1 dc, 11 dc, ch 1

Yeah this isn’t doing it for me.

1.10.11
Going to rip this out and start over.
Need to do the first chain with a size larger hook to it doesn’t draw up. Not sure I can do 150 foundation stitches…

Cripes, I think I’ll make a scarf. Will probably be the easiest way to make it match the Bonita Hat.

Started the Baltic scarf but don’t like it. Going to try something else.

1.12.11
Foundation chain 20
Turn, ch 3, dc in 2nd foundation, 20 dcs
Turn, ch 3, dc in 2nd dc, dc, sk 1, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), sk 1, dc in next 8, sk 1, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), dc in last 3
Turn, repeat until desired length

1.16.11
Turn, ch 3, dc in 2nd dc, skip first dc of shell, dc in ch 1, skip last dc of shell, dc until end of row
Turn, ch 1, sc in each dc, bind off.


I still had some of this frustrating stuff left so I decided to give the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold from Rheatheylia a try and it took what was left of my yarn.

2011.Green.Blackstone.Tweed.Divine.Hat.003

So that's the first chunk of stuff I made for LSG11ty in the burst of cranking out stuff that I do during the winter after Christmas.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

And here's some randomness

Here's a few things that I did before embarking on a (suprisingly, NOT) short-lived work-along group on Ravelry (Eleven in 11 - 11 projects completed in 2011). More on that in the next few posts.

I finally finished the Country Loden Forest Lothlorien. The Lothlorien pattern done in Caron Country in Loden Forest. It took me a while because this stuff is weirdly slickery.

2011.Country.Loden.Forest.Lothlorien.001

I made a couple hats for the son of good friends. I didn't get a picture of the first one but it's striped in shades of olivey foresty greens. I did another one from some great red Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds.

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The next few posts will have the stuff I made for lsg11ty!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stuff I did while relaxing with the family: Holidays 2010

For something to do on the flight home I created this long cowl. It was mostly as an experiment to try out Red Heart's Curly Q yarn.

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The yarn is kinda, ummmm, springy and bulky. I'm sure that there are amazing things that can be done with it but I don't think it's worth the $$$. I made one for my Mom out of the colorway Thunderstorm (no picture but it does exist) and another one for sale out what was left from that.

2011.Thunderstorm.Cowl.003

The pattern is just a simple tube of HDC.

I made this little beanie for Niece #2 from yarn that Mom had laying around. Just a basic beanie pattern. If you're looking for a recipe for hats, go pick up Interweave Crochet, Accessories 2010 magazine. I know I've raved before but, seriously people, this is a gem!

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It's left from Niece #2's first attempts at learning to crochet. Isn't she adorable!

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Niece #1

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asked for a hat and scarf as part of her Christmas presents this year.

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A Bonita Hat in I Love This Yarn in Aegean.

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This one is a One Skein Scarf from the same yarn.

Okay, I made two hats.

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And since I can't make a hat for Niece #2 and not make one for her brother, I did this Maia hat (by Julia Vaconsin) for him.

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The last thing I started before coming home was this Cobblestone Circle Scarf from Linda Permann in Inside Crochet, Issue 11, November 2010.

2011.Cobblestone.Circle.Scarf.001