Fair Isle Hat

I was lucky enough to be able to attend Stitches West this year!  I took classes every day and had a fantastic time.  The first class I took was the Fair Isle Hat.  I have tried colorwork in the past with not such great results.  My tension was always off and the knitting looked puckery and the images were not clear.  I definitely needed help.  Our teacher was amazing!

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2/21/2019 – Fair Isle Hat from Stitches West Class.

I learned how to knit with a color in each hand and how to get my tension right.  Everyone in class made such pretty hats and they were all different.

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Closeup of stitch pattern.

One of the best parts of class … I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen since our kids were in pre-school together!!  It was such a fantastic surprise to see and chat with her.  She’s still local so it will be fun to get together sometime soon.

Taaa Daaa!!! One Monthly Goal Finish

I FINALLY have a finish!!  Last night, during the Oscars, I put the finishing touches on the label and attached it to…..The Mighty Rainbow Blanket!

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2/24/2019 Mighty Rainbow Blanket complete!

I started this in September of 2016 and finally, finally finished it!  This is my daughter’s twin size bed.

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Hand made label – to cover a spot.

I usually put labels on things.  This one is a little large because we had an unfortunate accident with a heat lamp (for geckos).  The heat lamp was turned off and then placed on the blanket which was in a bag.  Well….the bag melted and a hole appeared where the bulb from the lamp lay on the bag.  I am just lucky that the fibers of the blanket only melted slightly, but there was still green icky stuff on it that I couldn’t get off.  I decided this was the perfect place for the label!!

As soon as the label was attached, my daughter snuggled up in it.  Then we put it in it’s proper place – her bed!  The Mighty Rainbow Blanket is a super easy knit, it’s all garter stitch.  My daughter picked out the pattern from Knit Picks and we purchased the yarn called for in the pattern.  It is super soft and warm and she loves it!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.  I put this finish as my goal for the month.  I figured out that I needed to complete 6 rows per night in order to finish on time.  During this month we went to Disneyland.  I knew that I would not be able to work on it at the park so I knit 24 rows on the car ride there and another 24 rows on the car ride back.  That left only 8 rows to finish before the end of this month.  I did that on Thursday, February 21st in the evening and bound off at knitting the following day at my knitting group.  I then wove in all the ends at home.  During breaks at Stitches West, I made the label and attached that to the blanket last night while watching the Oscars.  Both my daughter and I are thrilled to have this completed!!

Slow Stitch Sunday

If this blanket, the Mighty Rainbow Blanket, doesn’t qualify as a slooooow stitch, I don’t know what does!!  It doesn’t help that my daughter wanted it to fit her twin bed so we had to double it in length.img_5283

It’s almost there!  I am on the dark green and have four colors left – light green, yellow, orange and red.  When I started this blanket, I thought it would be sooo easy.  It’s all just garter stitch and I spend a LOT of time waiting for kids at lessons, practices and games.  Well…it got big and heavy quickly and was not conducive to sitting in the bleachers anywhere.  It is also quite a boring thing to knit.  Yes, I can knit while I watch TV or talk or something else, but it’s really not interesting.  My daughter loves it so I will continue on and finish – hopefully before she goes off to college!

I am linking up with Kathy’s Slow Stitch Sunday.  Take a look over there to see what others are doing.

Slow Stitch Sunday

Every Friday I get together with a great group of friends and we knit.  I have been slowly chipping away at this blanket…img_4503

It is called the Might Rainbow Blanket and it was only supposed to be a throw.  Daughter #3 asked for this blanket, but wanted it to cover her whole bed (twin size) .  We decided to double the rainbow to make it the right size.  She also wanted both ends to be in red, so I started with red – reached the midpoint of purple – and now am doing the blues so that I will end with red again. img_4504

I am so happy that I have reached and passed the halfway point!!  Maybe this is another Wip that will be completed soon.

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.  This project is proceeding S.L.O.W.L.Y so I thought it really fit!

One Monthly Goal-September Finish/October Goal

At the beginning of this month I discovered Elm Street Quilts blog.  She runs a monthly goal post.  I decided to join to see if I can push myself to get the Dubline Cardigan for DD#1 done in time for winter this year.  My goal was to finish knitting the sleeves and attach them to the body of the sweater.  This is a raglan type sweater so after the sleeves are attached, the raglan shaping can begin.  This is where I was at the beginning of the month.

The body of the sweater was ready for the sleeves, but the sleeves were not quite long enough.  DD wants them long enough that they touch her knuckles and have a thumb hole.  The pattern calls for the sleeves to be 14.25 inches long (this seems kind of short anyway), but her arm measurement from the armpit to the desired length was 24 inches.  I added the necessary length.img_4378

And now…the sleeves are attached and I can begin the raglan shaping.  My goal for October is to finish the raglan shaping and be ready to start the hood.  Wish me luck!!

Class Samples

It seems that lately I am mostly making samples for my summer camps and classes!IMG_3940

I know this guy is sort of wacky looking!!  I am totally in love with him.  He is my own design and I am hoping the kids in this week’s camp will want to try to make him!!

These were made from a pattern and are super simple to make.  They include three different crochet stitches (DC, HDC, and SC).  One camper from last week already made a pair for herself in a cream colored yarn and they were so cute!!

Hats

I really enjoy making hats – they knit or crochet up so quickly!  A friend of mine has a sister who organizes a fun run and one of the things they like to give out are hats to the finishers.  A couple of weeks ago my friend was asking our knitting group is any of us had a hat we would like to donate.  But of course!!!

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Hats for a charity.

These are the hats I donated.  I like all of them (I didn’t give her the ones I thought were duds) and I’m happy that they are going to a good cause.