Monday, October 23, 2017

Sending Comfort through Knits

As I mentioned on my family blog, my brother has been recently diagnosed with a fairly rare syndrome. Unfortunately, I cannot be there to help cook, clean, and provide in-person comfort. We've sent a restaurant gift card, and I immediately felt the need to knit him something.

It's just a hat, but I'm hoping, that in this case, it is the thought that counts. A hat knit with love, if you will.

The pattern is Skyping Beanie by Halldora J. It was an easy knit. I just wish I had knitted it a bit longer. Even with blocking it still isn't overly slouchy. Still, it's a hat that is easily tossed on to cover the messy hair, or when a little extra warmth is needed.

The yarn is Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK. It is sublime. Soft, so easy to work with, and the finished knit is lovely. I would definitely buy this yarn again. Love it. I think I bought it online at WEBS, but I am not 100% sure about that.

My knitting plans for my brother had included a pair of fingerless gloves. Unfortunately, after trying three different patterns I finally came to the conclusion that it was just not going to happen. I do have enough of the yarn left that I thought I might knit him a tie. I think the color is a great one that would go with a lot of other ones.

So, for now, I am back to sock knitting. Gotta finish that second sock!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Moisturize Me!

Look what I got! This lotion is fantastic.

I have had eczema since I was six years old. Currently I have a flair up on the knuckle of my middle finger. On my dominant hand. That sucker is constantly cracking, peeling, and stinging.

I use a ton of lotion. I am very picky since so many of them just don't help. The Healing Lotion from The Humblebee is my new favorite. It's thick, but spreads over my hands easily. The scent is very light, doesn't irritate my nose. I want to say it smells organic verses perfume-y. Later, I caught myself wondering what smelled so nice...turned out it was my hands :-)

The true test is how it affects the desert of dry skin on my knuckle. Turns out this lotion makes the patch of scaly skin feel supple and smooth. There is no burning, no stinging, no redness. I could bend that finger without feeling like my skin would rip apart. The best part is that hours later my hands still feel great. I've picked up kids, helped with homework, made pizza, and my hands still felt soft and smooth.

Oh! Almost forgot. As a knitter, I don't like any lotion that leaves my hands feeling greasy, or feels like the it (or the scent of it) will transfer to my yarn. No worries here!

So yes, I love this lotion. I need multiple bottles of it. And, as much as I would love to hoard it all for myself, if you want to give it a try you should. I paid less than $8 (including shipping) for this bottle of goodness. So worth it.

Click HERE for The Humblebee

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cat Hats

 Irene loves cats. Irene also loves cat ears. I've made her several cat hats over the years, but this is the first time I made one with ears.

The pattern is Cabled Cat Ears Hat by Lorna Watt. The yarn is Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky. This hat knit up very quickly, but it also made my hands hurt! The finished hat is heavier than the typical hat. Very warm, too. Still, it was fast and the cables made it a bit more engaging than the usual. I did add an additional cable section to the hat to give it more length. I think if I was to ever make the pattern again I would use bulky yarn instead of the super bulky. That is just due to personal preferences on look and fit.

Irene loves it and tries to wear it even on days when it is 80 degrees out. Silly girl.
 And yes, I did make myself one. Irene and I have matching hats. We can be silly kitties together .

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Tale of Two Mittens...and a Hat

 I love Cephalopod Yarn. Unfortunately, it is discontinued. Every once in a while someone on Ravelry will destash a skein of it. This skein I just happened to find on eBay. I rarely go on eBay, in fact I don't even have an eBay account anymore. However, I was checking out a friend's eBay destash when I thought I'd just put in Cephalopod Yarns and see if anything came up. Surprisingly, there were 4 different listings.
This one is Cephalopod's Skinny Bugga in Ghost Moth. I've actually knitted a hat in Ghost Moth, and loved it, so I bought the skein.
 Light Stripe Mitten by Pauliina Hurme is the mitten pattern I knit. Granted, my mittens do not have stripes and I had to change a little bit of the pattern, but it was an easy and fast knit and worked well with the yarn.

I had to add extra length to the finger portion of the mitten. Apparently I have a freakishly long middle finger. Plus, my long finger made doing a kitchener bind off not doable. Instead I did two rows of k2tog before pulling the yarn through to cinch it closed. I also had to add length to the thumb. I just kept trying the mitten on (while keeping count of the rows knitted) until it finally covered my entire thumb. Then I did two rows of k2tog.
 I am pleased with the mittens. It was an easy and satisfying knit.
 I knit the Wurm Hat back in 2013 with Cephalopod's Ghost Moth. As you can see, the colors don't exactly match up. Of course, four years between dye lots will account for that as well as number of stitches, patterns, etc. Still, I like they way they look together and they go well with my new winter jacket.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Candy Shoppe Socks



I love knitting socks. Besides reading, it is one of my favorite past times. It is also really calming for me.

I have a simple and well-loved pattern from Susan B. Anderson the I knit over and over. It allows me to use fun/crazy colors or self-striping yarns.

This latest pair of socks was knit with Felici Yarn from Knit Picks. The color/striping pattern is Candy Shoppe. It is such a happy and bright combination of colors. They will be cheerful socks to wear during the colder months!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Grab Your Needles and Balls...

Sometimes...

Above is the work-in-progress, unblocked lace shawl that I was test knitting. Unfortunately, I had to do something that I am very embarrassed by. With Gavin getting sick followed by Henry, Irene and me catching it I was unable to get any knitting done. I finally realized that there was no way I could make the deadline for this test knit. I did write the pattern maker and explained the issues. She was very understanding and kind. Still, I feel horrible about it. I definitely dropped the ball.

We are still trying to get a set schedule with school and get ourselves settled into a routine. Knitting has not had a lot of time dedicated to it these past few weeks. Hopefully I will have something (besides an unfinished lace shawl) to show off soon.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Should I just stop now?

Ugh. This past week has not been a good one for me. I was sick, with ridiculous pain, starting Monday night going through Friday morning. Not that it mattered because school started for the kids on Tuesday morning, so I was up at 5:30am and managed to get Henry on his bus. Then dogs got into a huge fight just as Gavin and Irene needed to get dressed for school. We were a little late leaving the house because of that, but I still got them to school with ten minutes to spare.

Wednesday, I tried to work as much as possible on the shawl test knit. Yeah, messed up and had to pull back every other row. I was so far behind and so upset with it that I decided I needed to take a break. I took the mitten I had started before the test knit to the bus stop to work on. Then discovered that I missed the increase row for the hand and had to tink back ten rows of stitches. That was enough for me to say I was never knitting again.

Thursday, I tried again with the test knit. Things were going well until I had to meet Henry's bus. As I was waiting a flippin' wasp stung me on my left thumb! It hurts! A lot! My thumb was swollen and in pain, so the knitting was set down again.

Friday started early with Gavin not feeling well. Yeah, in the three days of school my kids had this week, Gavin managed to catch the flu. Yay. The weekend has been full of him coughing, sneezing, and emptying his system.

Nothing has gotten done here except for one load of laundry. Not exactly how I thought the first week of school would go!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First Day of School


First day of school started with a thunderstorm followed by a lot of rain. Thankfully, the rain stopped long enough to get Henry on the bus before it started to downpour again.

The afternoon was sunny and warm. All three kids had a great first day. Here's hoping it continues!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ugh. Lace.

I am test knitting a lace shawl. I hate knitting lace. Too many interruptions while trying to do 5 different decreases, double yarn overs and well over 300 stitches. It looks beautiful, but it makes me very unhappy.

I think it is not a summertime/kids-are-home type of knitting. I wouldn't have agreed to do a lace test knit, but I just really like the designer and have test knitted many other projects for her.

Oh well. I am knitting through...and tinking back stitches. Hopefully, I won't lose it and toss it out into the street!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Paper Shamrock

Another year, another set of tags for the backpack. Once again I got them from The Paper Shamrock on Etsy. Each tag is $5 and laminated. These things are tough and last through the rough and tumble of the entire school year.

First names on the front. First/last names on the back along with the school they go to. Since all three kids will be riding buses this year this should help with any forgotten bags. I highly recommend!

Monday, August 7, 2017

What'cha knittin'?

Yeah...I may have a few projects going. The lovely, green, lacy thing is a shawl test knit I am currently doing. Lace is beautiful, but with three kids at home for summer there are constant interruptions. I tend to forget my place and mess up rows.

It's slow going, but I feel rather accomplished with each row added.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Hat to Match

 Since I had a bit of yarn leftover from the fingerless mitts I knit a hat for Henry. The hat is Boyfriend Hat by Stephanie Nicole Bennet. The yarn is Neon Stripes from Red Heart Yarns.
 It was a very fast knit. Only took a day with a lot of breaks taken for laundry, dinner, dishes, etc.
Henry is very pleased. And so am I :-)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fingerless Mitts

 Henry really, really, really wanted fingerless mitts. Since I finished Peter's birthday ties I said I would knit him a quick pair. Henry picked out this yarn, Neon Stripes from Red Heart Yarns. It's kinda scratchy, but it is hardy and knits well. I think it'll be able to take what Henry can dish out.

The pattern is Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes. Very easy. For the thumb I did pick up 6 stitches instead of 4. Knit one row then on the second I decreased twice. This pattern is quick and took me only 1 day to knit.
With the leftover yarn I am knitting up a quick hat for Henry to wear with the mitts.

It's currently 80 degrees outside, but Henry is wearing the mitts. I'm guessing he likes them :-)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Birthday Ties

 My brother, Peter, asked many months ago if I could knit him a tie for his birthday. I found a decent pattern, free from Bernat, that I thought looked pretty good. I am not totally pleased with the final product, but it isn't bad.
 The two yarns are both from Knit Picks. The green is City Tweed DK in the color Basil. I really like this yarn. It's soft and it knits up beautifully. I think it worked really well for the tie.

The yellow-ish yarn is Swish DK in the color Cornmeal. The yarn is okay, but I hate the color. It looked much more sunshine yellow than Century-21 yellow when I checked it out at the Knit Picks website.
Overall, I am pleased with the ties. I will be mailing them out on Monday with plenty of time for them to arrive before Peter's birthday.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Birthday Knits

The yarn for my brother's birthday gift came today. The yellow is a little more gold in color than I expected. I love the green, though. I really want to make myself something with it. Oh well, gifts first!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Again with the Socks!


Yes. I finished another pair of socks. Again, the yarn is from SeeJayneKnitYarn and is in the NCIS colorway McGee.

I think I am now out of sock yarn. I guess I will have to start that cardigan.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rainbow Sheep

Added it to my car today. It's small and cute. Looks good!

Friday, June 23, 2017

That is...!

That's another sock. Yup. I finished the last pair and started another. I couldn't help myself. I love sock yarn. Plus, I've been watching the first season of Lucifer, and you know what they say about idle hands... ;-)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SnarkyLlama Creations

In the mail today were the stitch markers and rainbow sheep decal from SnarkyLlama Creations. Yay!

The stitch markers are the She Was Warned set. A dollar from each set sold is being donated to the ACLU.
A dollar from each Rainbow Sheep decal is being donated to The Trevor Project.

I've been using stitch markers from SnarkyLlama for years. Great stitch markers! They don't snag yarn. Easy to knit around. Recently they have changed the make of the charm part, making it even more durable. I highly recommend!

Check out SnarkyLlama Creations Here!

Check out The Trevor Project Here!

Check out The ACLU Here!

Link to She Was Warned stitch markers Here!

Link to Rainbow Sheep decal Here!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Look What I finished!




I finished these socks Thursday night while watching a lot of episodes of Flashpoint. I am very happy with the way they turned out!
The yarn is from SeeJayneKnitYarns and is in the colorway Stained Glass. The sock pattern is my favorite, and the one I use all the time, How I Make My Socks by Susan B. Anderson.

You can find the yarn by clicking HERE!
You can find the pattern at Ravelry or by clicking HERE.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Monster Attack!

Since I didn't post anything last year, I had forgotten that this Monster didn't get any attention here on the blog. This is Vinny V  from the Knit A Monster Nursery collection by Rebecca Danger. I knit it with red and blue Caron Simply Soft and some left over white and yellow bits of yarn.

I made this guy last year for Henry when we found out he was going to have to have his tonsils removed. I gave it to him just before surgery so he could have a friend with him.

Thankfully, the surgery went well and Henry's doctors and nurses were amazing.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Procrasti-Knitting



Yes. It's procrasti-knitting. I finished one sock and started the other. I really, really planned to start knitting that cardigan. It is, after all, my summer knitting project. But then...but then the siren call of the sock yarn found me. Now I have to finish that second sock. Can't have just one!

Friday, June 9, 2017

See!

See! I told you the sock was further along than that other pic. And you didn't believe me. Cheeky.

This is fingering weight (sock yarn) from See Jayne Knit. I LOVE sock yarn from there. Very easy to knit and soft, too. It does ship from Canada, so if you live in the U.S. the price is a little higher. This makes it my special occasion yarn. My indulgence yarn (although, this was a b-day gift ;-) This one was $24.95 and I think around $30-$32 with shipping. Shipping is usually pretty fast. About a week or so to get from British Columbia to Michigan.

Check out all the yarn, as well as stitch markers and vintage jewelry, at SeeJayneKnitYarns.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What I've Been Knitting This Year

 Greater than the Sum Cowl. Knit with Stroll Hand-Painted yarn from Knit Picks. Colorway is Sunny Afternoon.
 Pelligan cowl knit with Knit Picks Gloss in the colorway Tranquil.
 Socks knit with Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock in the colorway Grape Arbor.
This is Alchemy. It is knit with Red Heart yarn that I bought at JoAnn's on my birthday. They had a sale 2 for $5, so I bought two of each. Cannot remember the colors. I loved them separately, but when knitted together I hated them. Also, this is a really crap photo.
Finally, my current project...another pair of socks being knit with See Jayne Knit yarn in the colorway Stained Glass. This yarn was a birthday gift from my brother Peter and sister-in-law, Ashley. The sock is actually further along than this pic, but I cannot be arsed to take another one right now.

I feel a bit like a knitter slacker. I thought I had knit so much more. I did start a cardigan that I bought the yarn for 3 years ago. I didn't like the looseness of the stitches, so it has been frogged. I fully intend to start again...I just haven't. Ah well, it is my summer project. Hopefully, there will be pictures of that soon.

Until then, Enjoy Your Summer!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

End of School Year 2016/2017

Another school year is about to end. That means another set of teacher gifts to give. This year I have reached a point where I cannot wait for school to be over. Out of three teachers, there is only one I like, one that has soured our parent/teacher relationship this week over something I find to be cruel, and one that I cannot stand for myriad reasons.

Still, I cannot give one teacher an end-of-year gift and not give one to the other two. I like to give homemade, useful gifts. This year, as I have done for a few years now, the teachers are getting homemade, natural soap and lip balm from The HumbleBee. I love these products. You can find the etsy shop HERE!

Enjoy your summer!!!