The cool fall air has me thinking about knitting and crochet projects. I had to put all of my personal projects on hold while I work through a grueling project deadline but next week I plan on having time to work with yarn no matter what.
Every year I make myself a few new hats, can’t have too many hats. I haven’t decided yet which ones I will make but I’m thinking about this one from Tiny Owl Knits. Last year I made the meow mitts for my daughter for Xmas and I loved the design so much I can’t wait to make more of her patterns.
I also plan to make myself another one of these vintage turbans this year but I think I’ll use a really fuzzy wool this time, maybe in pink…
You can get my modern translation of this vintage crochet pattern on Etsy.
I’m almost done with this winter knitting project, the Odd Little Grandpa Sweater. Trying to figure out what the next project will be. I can’t be without a knitting project, I need to have that relaxing activity while I’m watching Justified.
I’ve been having so much fun working on my latest yarny project. Most of you know I’m undercover on these projects but I really needed to share these because I think they turned out so great…
I have no idea how long they actually took to make. I worked on them in the evenings while watching 3 different versions of Tess of the Dubervilles among other long, slow period pieces.
The pink one is for a semi-secret mission and the blue one is for my daughter’s 14th birthday. We took down the horrible ceiling fan in her room and wired this up in its place and it works!
I might be out of my mind, but I’m thinking of making more!
I finally made a project from the knitting book domiknitrix (that I “borrowed” from my friend Anna). This book is part eye candy, part beautiful projects. It may not be for beginners as some of these projects are complex and require quite an investment of time and money. While I have day dreamed about making many of the projects here in, I just could not commit.
Then I found this amazing acid green yarn from Lion Brand and just bought one skein with a vague idea of making a scarf out of it. It is too bright for anything big, I just wanted a little splash of that electric color for fall. This bubble scarf was the perfect project so I gave it a go. The first couple of bubbles were tricky and I didn’t really understand the authors instructions on her type of increases and decreases ( I ended up just using my own tried and true method) , but once I got going it was fairly fast and easy. I actually like knitting on DPNs!
I have been interested in trying some ‘Scrumbling’, or free form knitting and crochet, for some time but had not come up with a project that wouldn’t come out too artsy. Recently I was inspired by my amazingly talented friend Milan ( I will try to add a link to her work) to try this right on the knitting machine. So I started with a small section of hand work, then cast this directly onto the machine and just knit a little bit and then turn it, fold it, add another color or what ever I feel like. I also plan on adding some hand worked crochet.
When the piece gets larger I will start to drape it on the form to see what shape it takes. My goal is a wearable sweater made from as few parts as possible. I love the holes and bits of yarn hanging everywhere, I hope I can find a way to incorporate these.
I needed some light weights that were easy to move around and fit into odd spots, after scrounging around the studio I came up with these. I used some duct tape to attach large washers to clothes pins. They aren’t pretty but they work very well.
It is perfect and beautiful and I have to toss it into the washer and shrink it down. Here’s hoping I did the math right and it will come out the right size.