Finished and in progress dishtowels

This week wasn’t much of a knitting progress week. 6 leaves done on Eidhneán. Same point as last time on beaded cowl, 13/50 rounds.

On to the work actually done: I finished a pair of dishtowels! It’s the classic Grandmother’s Favorite using sugar n’ cream cotton yarn in one of the pastel prints.

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I’m working my way through the cotton stash I have, and I thought I probably didn’t have enough yarn between these two twist cotton yarns (in Azule and Berry) so I started this striped dishtowel. Still in progress, but I’m just about to hit the decrease. I may have just enough for a second towel.

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FO and WIP Monday?

First, finished object: The blue baby booties are done!

IMG_0500The bind-off might be a little too tight though.

Next, works in progress. So, I did not stick to my only one WIP goal. Mostly because I ran across Eidhneán, which I found when I read this blog post by anirishknitodyssey, and I have this super bulky yarn that I have been trying to figure out a project for, and it instantly clicked for me. I had to start the project. There are 8 repeats of the leaf pattern. I have completed four of them already. 🙂

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From the beaded cowl, I’m at 13/50 rounds. If you look at the last update, I’ve made it a whole 2 more rounds this week. >.>

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Ripping out to the beginning

So, my cousins baby boy is due in March. Even though I want to stick to my one project, I have to finish the things I want to send for the baby shower. One baby beanie is already done. Next on the list was baby booties. Or so I thought.

I’ve had some really annoying struggles with these simple baby booties. The pattern isn’t hard or anything, but I keep making silly mistakes! Last night, I cast on and ripped out twice, once because I cast on 1 fewer stitch than I needed and I realized on row 2, and the second time because I knit the first row with the tail. (doh!) I put it aside and chalked it up to trying to start something at 2am. Well, this evening, I started again. I cast on the right amount of stitches, I made extra sure to not grab the tail, and I was making great success!

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Until I realized after shaping the toe that I was short a few stitches. Turns out I forgot a yfwd in row 2, 4, and 6. At the beginning. So the bootie went from looking like it does above, to looking like it does below.

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Clearly today is also not the day to start these booties. I’ll try again tomorrow.

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WIP – The Week So Far

I’ve been fairly successful with my knitting plans this week. I haven’t started any new projects, still working on my one current project. I’ve had some ideas for patterns or things that I want to work on afterwards, but I’ve just been writing them in my knitting notebook. Progress on the cowl is at 11/50 bead rounds.

IMG_0433Conveniently, right after taking the picture above, I started knitting a couple stitches just to get to the marker indicating that it was bead time, and what did I find?

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I’m just kidding. I just used the tiny crochet hook I am using for putting the beads on and all was well again.

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Want to Knit Wednesday?

It seems silly for me to make WIP Wednesday posts since I basically talk about what I am working on every other day. So, for at least this week, I’m going to start Want to Knit (or Maybe I Kinda Want to Knit this?) Wednesdays. These five patterns are from books that I borrowed from my local Library. In the future, I’ll try to mix it up between books, blogs and pictures. 🙂

From Stashbuster Knits, I really like Sausalito and Urban Knitster Slouch Hat.

From Weekend Hats, I’m in to Leaves Long Beanie and Wanderer Cap.

From Stitch ‘n Bitch, Peppermint Twist looks like a cute sweater!

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Working With What You Got and Staying Focused

My current project, a lace beaded cowl, is seriously frustrating the crap out of me. Beyond the fact that I found an error that I have no desire to rip back to (220*4 rows + 2 bead rows? yeah, no), the yarn/needle combination is super unhelpful! I’m using US 7 aluminum, 29″ circular needles with this very delicate lace weight wool yarn. Talk about stitch drop city. Unfortunately, none of my bamboo circular needles are long enough, so this is what I have to work with. I’m at 3/50 bead rounds…

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I am trying to focus on this project and not start yet another one, but when I get super frustrated, I almost always start another easy project just to give my brain a break every once in a while. I already knocked out yet another baby beanie. Also, I did notice that I only have one dishcloth in the kitchen, and I don’t know where the others have disappeared to… Maybe I’ll whip up some dishcloths. I almost always have cotton yarn sitting in my stash…::smack::

See what I mean? Focus woman!

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What does the Red Fox Scarf say? (done!)

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The Fox says: DONE!! I finished Red Fox this week! I’m not going to lie, it looks adorable.

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Here is a written version of the pattern I ended up creating. I started with the pattern Fox Scarf by Satu Dolk and Ossi Laine, but I had to deviate since I used different yarn and needles. They still deserve all the credit, because without their pattern I would never have come close to making something so cute!

Yarn: Worsted Wool in red and white

Needles: US 6 (4.00 mm)

Pattern:

Cast on 2 in white yarn (Color A)

Row 1 – Knit all (2)

Row 2 – kfb first and last stitch, knit all other stitches (4)

Repeat Row 1-2 until Row 30 (32)

Row 31 – Switch to red yarn (Color B) knit all. Repeat for 32 rows

Row 63 – Decrease row. K1, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K14, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K1 (26) (honestly the only row I was unhappy with at the end. In the future I want to try the pattern with a more gradual decrease)

Row 64 – K1, P1 to end. Repeat for 33 rows.

Row 97 – kfb first and last stitch, knit all other stitches (28)

Row 98 – knit all (28)

Row 99 – kfb first and last stitch, knit all other stitches (30)

Row 100 – Knit all. Repeat to desired length. I knit 120 rows, and that equaled a small scarf. For every additional inch you want, add 10 rows. (30)

Row 221 – Switch to color A. Knit all. (30)

Row 222 – Knit all stitches (30)

Row 223 – K1, K2TOG, Knit to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1 (28)

Row 224 – Knit all (28)

Repeat Rows 223 – 224 until 4 stitches remain (row 250)

Row 251 – Knit all. Repeat for 4 rows (4)

Row 255 – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb (6)

Row 256 – knit all (6)

Repeat Row 225-256 until 30 stitches

Row 285 – Bind off.

Fold white head piece over and fasten. I left a long tail with the bind off to make it easier.

Ears:

Cast on 14 stitches in Color A

Row 1 – Knit all

Row 2 – K1, K2TOG, Knit to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1 (12)

repeat to Row 1-2 until row 10

Row 11 – Knit all

Row 12 – K2TOG to end

Row 13 – Knit all

Row 14 – Bind off

Fasten to head piece. Again I left a long tail to make sewing in the ears easier.

Add buttons/beads for eyes and your done!

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