Monday, September 11, 2006

And now for something completely similar... some FOs

You may remember a big crochet afghan I made sometime at the beginning of summer, an afghan which was immeadiately confiscated by my cat. Well, I had to leave him home for the summer and I'm about to go get him, so I made him a present for being such a good cat... and to keep him off my blanket... his own mini afghan!

Here it is being modeled by my pink love seat, you can even see the original on the left.

Other FOs:
I completed a pair of socks using the 2 circ method. I'm a super lazy knitter, so I did them on sz 8 needles using an adaption of knitty's pedicure socks.

I finished the fat bottom bag from SnB crochet. I love this color. I bought some matching flower fabric to line it, but I have yet to tackle that job... I think the handles might be too big for the purse as well, but they're the only option I had at the local craft store.

I also finished a couple scarfs. The first is a mini scarf I made by combining cheap acylic worsted with cheap target fuzzy yarn. The combination came out so soft, it reminds me of mohair. I love it, and how cute is that argyle button?

The second is a shiny silver yarn that I knit lengthwise in the round, so I can wear it looped around my neck like a 30's style string of pearls. I'm kinda bothered by the way it's curling around itself... but I'm not sure if I'll like it better when it's blocked, or even if the yarn I used will block cuz it's a novelty yarn sorta. Any advice would be great. I can't get this picture to load... will try again later.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

And NOW... some WIPS

...which I'm notorious for starting and frogging when I realize they're not going anywhere... but still. I'm working on a pair of socks that are basically knitty's pedicure socks, but with toes. And I'm doing them on 2 circs, which is impressive by my standards. It's a new experience and definately a lot slower than doing them the old fashioned way... but it really cut out the need for counting rows during the top and foot because they're knit simultaneously, which was nice.

I'm also working on THIS double knit star scarf. I'm barely into it, but I love the way it's turning out. I might get bored with this, but it's one I know I'll finish instead of ripping out, because I LOVE it. I'm using light pink yarn with purple and hot pink variegated on the back. I have a thing for varigated yarn lately. It's so much fun, especially in socks... it does the coolest stripe-y stuff.

Lastly, I'm still working on the fat bottom bag from SnB HH, as well as a brown and tan tweedy minisweater that I'm making up as I go along... we'll see how that works out...

School = Craziness

5 weeks til graduation! I'm taking 25 units (yes, it is insane) this summer, so I've barely had time to breathe, much less knit. But here are some things I've managed to get to over the past few months and a little info about projects I'm working on...

I made these wristwarmers in honor of my favorite summer time killer - Baseball. They're for my fav team, the Oakland A's; and my fav player, number 33, first baseman, left fielder, home run hitting, sweet as pie, hottie brunette Nick Swisher.

During the recent A's - Angels series I also made some green cupcakes with yellow frosting and green decorations for the A's... but then I realized I was getting a little obsessed, so we won't talk about those anymore...

Project 2 - my Mom's bday present. I wish the couch hadn't sucked up all the light in the first photo, but I adore this set and the color is so lucious, but not too bright for my color-phobic mom. The scarf is from SnB's Happy Hooker, and I used the edging from it to accentuate an otherwise simple double crochet hat. So darling...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Finally, FOs

So, I frogged a couple of the WIPs I was bored with and started a couple more projects. In my recent cardio craze, I created this water bottle holder. The holder cinches around the top of the bottle and the strap buttons in two places, so I can button it around things or put my keys on the strap. (I always have water and keys when I workout, and rarely have pockets, so this was perfect for me.) I'm already working on one for my workout buddy.

I also finished one of Knitty's Pedicure socks. I LOVE the way the variegated yarn I used sorta self-striped. But I hate the heel flap in this pattern. It's sorta baggy and uncomfortable. I'm still debating over whether to CO the other sock or just let them sit in my yarn drawer...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I'm WIP-ed

I've developed the worst habit lately. I keep starting projects and not finishing them. Current WIPs:
SnB HH Fat bottom bag
Yarn: Red Heart Supersaver - Orchid
Progress: Almost half done. I have the lining already, but no handles. It's a gift for a friend and has to be done by this weekend.

Flutter Sleeve Top from Fabulous and Flirty Crochet
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft - Orchid
Progress: About 5 inches done. I'm making it longer and adding more tapering so it fits better. I'm really hour-glassy and I don't want it to hang off me.

My Sorta Panta
Yarn: Camo colored variegated Red Heart (I love this yarn for accessories)
Progress: A third of the way. I'm modifying it so it ties in the back and isn't as wide. There's only 4 rows of ribbing.

Patrizia Pepe Skirt
Yarn: Natural Colored Cotton
Progress: 2 rows. I'm kinda making this one up as I go along, with a little guidance from photos on crafster and some notes written in russian, that have pictures.

Knitty's Pedicure Socks
Yarn: Red Heart purple, blue, yellow and green variegated. It's very spring-y
Progress: 2 rows of one sock. I cast on yesterday. Like I need another project right now...

My Kitty Beanie
Yarn: Bernat Super Stripes - Black and Pink
Progress: A cute little crochetted circle that will eventually be the top of the hat. This is something I'm sorta trying on my own. I want to add kitty ears and ear flaps. Should be pretty simple.

Cat Blanket
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun Baby - Soft Violet and Powder Blue
Progress: A half a row. Since my cat won't stop sleeping on my blanket, I'm making him a matching one.

Grey Keyhole Scarf
Yarn: Red Heart Supersaver in Gray and $1 Target furry yarn, they blend to make a net mohair looking yarn.
Progress: About half done for months now. If I knit the keyhole part, my mom will finish it, I'm just being lazy.

SnB HH Fashion First Aid Bag
Yarn: Some Random Red and Black from my stash
Progress: Half done with the front, but this was mostly an experiment in Tapestry crochet so I doubt I'll even finish it.

A baby baseball hat
Yarn: Yellow and Green Variegated Cotton
Progress: I'm almost done with the hat part, Just a few more rows and a bill. I have the cutest nephew!!!

Pillow to Match the Big Crochet Blanket
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Clouds - the leftovers from my blanket
Progress: 75% done. I just need to finish the back side and seam.

Sparkly Loop Scarf
Yarn: Some silver slinky yarn I had in my stash
Progress: 3 or 4 rows in. It's a skinny scarf knit lenghtwise in the round. I want to be able to loop it around my neck like a long chain of pearls.

Now that I've written it all out, I'm realizing how much work is ahead of me. Sigh...

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The bat chart

Here's the chart for the batman logo. Click for larger picture. I'm offering it free for personal use only.

I knitted this seperately using inc and dec on the curved edges then a row of single crochet all the way around to neaten it up. Here's a clearer picture of the product:


Well, until I meet a sucessful hand surgeon, I'm stuck laying off the knitting as much as possible. So, I've taken up crochet since it requires far less use of my left hand. That, and I crochet faster than I knit. On to the projects!!

Multi-color blanket.
I tried to get a better picture of the blanket, but ever since I started it, I can't get my cat to stop sleeping on it. He'd even sleep on it while I was working on it. But it's big enough to cover a queen bed.

The Happy Hooker's Short and Sweet.
I made a few mods to the pattern to make it work for me. I used the size large back pattern, medium front, and I only did one row on the sleeves, then used sc and chains to make the edge more even and a little fluttery. The sleeves gave me a ton of trouble, but otherwise I really liked the pattern.

Belt from Fabulous and Flirty Crochet.
Except I made it skinnier.

Last, but not least.... THE BAT HAT. I designed the chart myself, which is knit. The rest of the hat is crochet. I'm stoked about it. I gave it to a friend for his bday, and if it didn't kill my hand to knit the logo patch, I'd make one of these for my dad and I. Oh well, my friend better love it.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Etsy Shop

I've finally caught onto the whole Etsy thing, so I made my own shop (link to the right). I'm working on some crochet cloches to put up there. I'll post pics of my new creations soon! If you're looking for the simple shrug pattern, here it is: