Friday, July 15, 2011

More Yarncrafting

Is it normal for knitters and crocheters to take a hiatus from their craft over the summer? This notion baffles me, as I cannot seem to put down my needles, no matter what’s going on.

Here are some of my recent FOs. None of these are original designs, but were all fun to make.

IMG_4579tThis gorgeous Playful Poncho from Lion Brand was given as a gift to my daughter’s friend. I was so happy to see her wearing it everyday while it was appropriate for the weather; something I have yet to see my daughter do with things I’ve knitted and crocheted for her, except maybe her favourite toque.
This was an excellent stash buster, it used 4 skeins of various blue acrylic yarns I had laying around.

Here I am modelling a Kraken (giant octopus) hat that I made for my husband, who is kind and cool enough to wear my funky hats on ‘hat day’ at work, a day when people donate to charity for the privilege of wearing a hat in the building all day. This one was improvised off the cuff, so there isn’t a written pattern for it in existence. I wish now that I had written it out as I went. Oh well, such is often the case with me.

IMG_4618tI’m addicted to socks. I’m also a addicted to Knit Picks, the lovely online shop where I bought my Harmony Wood circular needles, with which I knit these Waterfall Socks by Wendy Knits. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Canopy. These were my first ever lace socks, and a source of challenge, frustration and pride!

IMG_4641tEvery self-respecting Browncoat knitter needs to knit herself a Jayne Hat, right? Well here’s my first, a gift for my favourite fellow Browncoat in Australia. The next one will be for me. The pattern is My Jayne Hat by Erica Barcott and made from Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

IMG_4664tMy first Tabi socks, which were improvised from plain old cuff-down ankle socks. I used a short row heel here and I’m not entirely sure I like it. I’ve had more success with the Fleegle heel for toes up socks. I didn’t want to do toe-up on these, because it seemed too fiddly, but next time I make tabi socks, I’ll probably do a proper heel flap and gusset style heel. I just have to figure out how to do that with magic loop technique. These were knit from Blue Moon Fibre Arts' Socks That Rock in the Fire on the Mountain colourway.

IMG_4677tHow adorable is this Aviatrix Baby Hat by Justine Turner? (That’s a Ravelry Link.) One of the Nerd Wars challenges for this month was to make something for babies and donate it. This year, Slave Lake Alberta had a forest fire that saw 1/3 of the town burn down. Many homes and businesses were lost, and I donated these hats (along with some kids’ books for their library) through my kids’ school fundraiser. They’re made from Red Heart Comfort, Super Saver and whatever other acrylic I had in my stash. This is the most incredible pattern I’ve ever downloaded. Justine provides instructions for 3 different yarn gauges for hats in 7 different sizes! Incredible!

Another Nerd Wars project, these arm warmers are based on Ilsefins korvmuddar by Ilsefin. The pattern is in Swedish, but someone was kind enough to provide translated instructions in the project comments on Ravelry. These were knit with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

IMG_4702tMore stash busting! Here’s another Red Heart Kids, Super Saver and anonymous acrylic wonder, the Tapestry Tote Bag by Kathleen Garen.

There are a couple pairs of socks I never took pictures of as well, but they’re in the laundry, being some of the only socks I’m wearing these days, when it’s cool enough to wear socks outside! I have another pair on my needle as well, and some more projects planned for the near future. Stay tuned!

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