Easter Duck

Happy Easter!! Last year, I made this Easter Duck (and may have forgotten to post about it…)

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The Pattern: This is Lil Quack from the book Zoomigurumi in more traditional ducky colors. A really quick, conventional amigurumi pattern. Perfect!

The Yarn: Stashbusting is my favorite!! I used Lily Sugar’n Cream in Tangerine for the beak and feet, and for the body I used Vanna’s Choice in Duckie (how perfect!).

What’s Next for Me: I just finished a pillow for a friend, so expect a post soon!!

Granny Star Blanket

I made a Granny Star Blanket to add a touch of crochet to my apartment and to use up some yarn.

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The Pattern: Granny Star Blanket by Lulu Loves Crochet. The pattern is all British-y, so heads up! As you can tell, I made mine using different colored yarns. I did the first round in white (it helps the first bit of pink not look like a big blob!). After that, I changed colors every three rounds, which is consistent with the pattern repeats. I finished with a double crochet round and a single crochet round both in white to give it a clean finish. It was a straight-forward pattern and it was easy to get in the groove of it.

The Yarn: This was definitely a stashbusting project. I used up quite a bit! (And we can ignore the fact that I bought a new purple and a new pink so that I had the exact scheme I wanted… leaving me with new, unused yarn…) A lot of the yarn is Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart With Love. Some of it is a mystery.

What’s Next for Me: I’ve been working diligently on a blanket for my boyfriend and a pillow for my BFF. Those should keep me busy for a few months!

Scarfie

After knitting like a banshee for 4 days, I finished my Scarfie, which was a gift for my dear friend.

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The Pattern: One ball knit scarfie, available for free from Lion Brand, specifically for this yarn. It’s a very simple scarf pattern that requires no more than a quick skim to master.

The Yarn: Scarfie in Forest/Black by Lion Brand. It’s listed as a bulky yarn, but feels very thin in my hands. It’s very soft, and feels pretty luxurious. I really love the ombre effects – it’s absolutely perfect for a scarf. I’d definitely recommend this yarn/pattern combo, especially as a gift. I got my yarn from Amazon for $7.49 (one skein makes a scarf!).

What’s next for me: Another friend has a birthday coming up in February, and she requested a pillow for her new apartment. Hope I finish in time!!

Navajo Hat

FINALLY. I finished my Navajo Hat! I was literally working on this hat for a year and a half!!

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The Pattern: This is what took me so long. I found the yarn first, which isn’t how I usually do things. At first, I tried to make my own lacy pattern, based on this Spring Beret pattern so I had a reasonable idea for stitch count. Long story short, I didn’t like anything I came up with. So that translates not only to a few froggings, but also some lost interest. Usually I’d go, “Well, I don’t think I like it… I’ll just let it sit for a few weeks and maybe I’ll change my mind!” I ended up using this pre-written pattern for a Lace Tam (I had to frog it again to readjust the sizing, but who’s keeping score). I feel pretty “meh” about the pattern; it’s not really ideal for this yarn (it’s written for a much thinner yarn, where I can imagine the holes would be the perfect size), and I basically hate the crown shaping. But all in all, this hat was a complete journey and I’m just happy to be at the finish line.

The Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Our Heritage. I fell in love with the colors, and I’ve enjoyed using Caron Simple Soft before.  Though I like this yarn, I’ve learned my lesson: I won’t be buying yarn without a pattern in mind again.

What’s Next for Me: I’m still trucking away at my Granny Star Blanket. It’s a bigger project, so I have a much better excuse for taking so long. But I must admit, I really can’t find as much time for knitting/crocheting (as well as other hobbies) as I used to. That being said, I’m hoping to find a nice small project so I can have a few more finished-object victories this year. Maybe this Drop Stitch Cowl to eat up some more yarn?

Yellow Seed Infinity Scarf

Merry Christmas, everyone! Just in time, I finished the Yellow Seed Infinity Scarf I made for my sister. Since she has a black winter coat, she wanted a scarf that had a little pop of color. And she loves infinity scarves!

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The Pattern: The scarf is 32 stitches wide and about 49″ long in circumference (I made it flat and then seemed it into a circle).  The stitch pattern is a modified seed stitch: It’s 1×1 ribbing, shifting every two rows. It was really easy and quick and it’s a great looking stitch. I used size 7 needles.

The Yarn: I used some leftover Red Heart with Love in Daffodil. It’s a great feeling yarn and the color is the perfect yellow! I’d definitely recommend this yarn.

What’s next for me: I still have a half-finished hat from several months ago. I still haven’t crocheted anything since January (its all been knitting for me), and I really want to make an amigurumi monkey. I’m about to move apartments, so it might be a while before I get to those… haha. 🙂

Jenny’s Gray Mittens

I just finished making Jenny’s Gray Mittens, which I’ll give to my sister Jenny for Christmas.

jennys gray mittens

The Pattern: I used the pattern called “Quite a Handful” my Knit Simple Gifts to Knit in a Weekend. I was looking for a really basic mitten pattern; I just wanted to let the yarn show, so I didn’t want to clutter it with a fancy stitch pattern. I had this little booklet on hand (it has a lot of great little accessories, which are the best things to knit!) so I was pleased to find the perfect pattern. They have the pattern in man, woman, and child sizes for DK, worsted, and bulky yarn (so a total of nine variations!!). I made this one using size 7 needles and the directions for “worsted woman” and I stuck to it pretty closely. It would be easy to modify, so I’d recommend it for anyone needing a launching pad. It was easy to follow and results in a great looking mitten!

The Yarn: My sister made herself a scarf in Vanna’s Choice Charcoal Print when I taught her how to knit (its probably the only thing she ever made lol). She still wears the scarf, so I wanted to use what was left from it to make her matching mittens. She was oogling my Slip Stich Mittens once, so I knew she needed some. I made the cuff in Vanna’s Choice Charcoal because I was worried I wouldn’t have enough of the Charcoal Print. I probably would have had enough, but just barely. I didn’t want to push it!!

 

What’s next for me: I still haven’t crocheted anything since January. I’m going to make some amigurumi before I go insane.

Acyrlonitrile Hat

I have been taking forever to finish my projects. Senior year, right? (Though the real culprit is probably Netflix…)

So, finally, I have finished my Acrylonitrile Hat, which proudly displays the chemical structure of polyacrylonitrile. What is polyacrylonitrile, you ask? It’s what acrylic yarn is made out of! I bet you’ll never guess what this hat is made out of!!

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Hilarious, right? Dorky, no less. This hat combines my love of chemistry with my love of yarn. And I’m pretty pleased with myself about it 🙂

The Pattern: I didn’t really use a pattern for this hat. Using size 7 needles, I worked the ribbing just like I did for my Denim Hat, but then stuck to regular stockinette stich.  I embroidered the structure on using duplicate stitch. I’ve never done duplicate stitch before, so it was very fun to learn and to use.

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The Yarn: I used Caron Simply Soft in white and black, which I had lying around. I wanted to be sure to use a yarn that was 100% acrylic, to keep consistent with the theme of the hat. I really like this yarn. It has a very smooth, soft quality to it, as well as a lustrous appearance. It’s never rough or stiff, which means I always get great results.

What’s next for me: I’ve been slacking, as you can see by the fact that I’ve only completed 6 projects in 2014 (compared to the 30+ that I did last year!). I’d love to get myself back on the knit-and-crochet bandwagon, if you will, so I’m looking to do some small, fun projects to help keep me motivated. Also, I haven’t crocheted since January. So I’m going to start with an amigurmi monkey 🙂