Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

2012 Knitting/Crocheting in Review

  1. Pretty Petals afghan squared for my quickly-abandoned square-a-month project
  2. Wishing for Winter hat
  3. Tamarind Cowl
  4. The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief
  5. Nathair Mitts
  6. Dr. Who socks for Jimmy
  7. Stacked Eyelet Cowl
  8. Harvest Dew socks
  9. Leaf Blanket
  10. Windschief hat
  11. Simplicty socks
  12. Belle Epoque socks
  13. Sockhead hat for Laura
  14. Maurandya socks
  15. My Knitted Heart Vanilla Socks #1 (with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” yarn)
  16. Santa ornament
  17. My Knitted Heart Vanilla Socks #2 (with “The Grinch” yarn)
  18. Facets hat
  19. Vanilla socks #2 (with “The Santa Clause” yarn)
  20. Dustland hat
  21. A Very Braidy Cowl
  22. Library of Congress hat
  23. Vanilla socks #1 (with Knit Picks Felici in “Aquarium”)
  24. Drawstring bag
  25. Crocheted sun dress (mostly crocheted in 2011; finished in 2012)
  26. La-La-Love-You Cowl

Afghan blocks: 1
Hats: 6
Cowls: 4
Shawls/kerchiefs/shawlettes: 1
Socks: 9 pairs
Baby blankets: 1
Ornaments: 1
Bags: 1
Dresses: 1
Mitts: 1

Look at that. Almost an equal number of projects as books read. Coincidence? I think not.

In addition, I have 7 projects I worked on quite a bit this year. Four of them are in “hibernation,” but 3 of them are still active projects that I will finish in the nearish future.

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This Week on the Needles – 1/13/12

First, let me apologize for the poor quality of my project pictures this week. I didn’t feel like pulling out the good camera, and the light isn’t great.

I mentioned last week that I was going to do a block a month for a blanket (it will probably actually be 2 blocks a month, if I want a blanket anyone other than a baby can actually use!). I finished my first square Wednesday morning, minus blocking and weaving in ends, which I’ll do this weekend. I’m pleased with how it came out. I’m using Plymouth Encore Worsted, which is a 75/25 acrylic/wool blend. The colors of this square are “forest green” and “fox.” I don’t know that all my squares will use the same colorways, but I’ll choose something that complements them.

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I’ve made a bit of progress on my Tamarind Cowl. I wish I had used bigger needles, but I think it will still be big enough. I’m considering turning it into a hat if it’s too tight as a cowl.

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My other current project is the Thin Ice shawl. This is going very well, EXCEPT I realized I forgot to switch to smaller needles to work the section I’m on, as called for in the pattern. I think instead of ripping it out, I’ll just call it a “design element.” Ah well. Sorry about the glaring white in this picture; I brightened a lot so you can see the details in the knitting better.

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Finally, a little enabling.

My friend Katie, stinkin’ enabler herself, texted me to tell me that The Loopy Ewe had Wollmeise in stock, and I couldn’t resist buying a skein. The color is Taube.

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I also finally got my order from Knitpicks that I purchased with my gift certificate Jimmy gave me for Christmas. I, unexcitingly, bought blocking mats and wires. Woohoo! But I also bought some Stroll Glimmer in the Dragonscale colorway. My intention was to make the Dragon Wing shawl from Knitty, but after getting the yarn, I’m not sure how great it will look. What do you think?

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Totoro, Cake, and Muffins

Yarning

I’ve knit/crocheted a lot this week, but I only have one finished product to show for it. But this project is so freakin’ adorable that it makes up for all the unfinished products!

A friend asked for a knit Totoro hat around this time last year, and I never got around to making it. I hope this crocheted version is acceptable to him. If not, I know a few people who will happily take it!

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I’m relatively close to finishing a hat – it’s possible I can finish today, but I may have too much stuff to do. I was worried this hat was working up too small, but I think it will end up being just right. I can’t wait until it’s off the needles so I can really tell! I can’t post pictures of this one until after Christmas, though.

I’ve made a lot of progress on another gift, a scarf. I’m about halfway done, I think. It’s a fast knit, so I’ve been working on the hat instead. I could finish the scarf on our trip to West Texas next week.

Baking

I was so disappointed Wednesday night after work when I was too tired to bake for our party at work on Tuesday. I had planned to make the butter rum cake, but it just didn’t happen. I’m proud of myself, though, for realizing I needed to stop for a breath.

I made up for the lack of baking during the week by baking twice this weekend.

First, last night I baked the Naughty Senator cake out of the All Cakes Considered book, which is a marbled cake – part mint-flavored and part chocolate with a touch of rum. It turned out pretty, but I’m not that impressed with the flavor. I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as bad cake, so I’m not complaining. I just probably won’t make this one again.

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Now, the almond poppyseed muffins I made this morning are a different story! As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been sort of nonplussed with the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook, at least up until last week’s cherry triangles. I’m plugging along, though, and this week’s recipe was the best yet. Truly delicious! And easy!

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I’ve had a couple of requests for the recipe, so here it is:

Almond Poppyseed Muffins

1/2 c sugar
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 c sour cream
1/4 c milk
1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp sliced almonds

Heat oven to 375 F. Place paper baking cup in 12 muffin cups.

In large bowl, stir 1/2 cup sugar, oil, egg, and almond extract. Add sour cream and milk and beat with a spoon until blended. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and poppy seeds until blended. Divide the batter evenly between cups. Sprinkle each muffin with sugar and sliced almonds.

Bake for 14-17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cool.

It’s a combo post!

This week got away from me, and I found myself with no time to post! Such is my life… So, while I try to keep my posts more thematic, tonight you get a hodge-podge.

First off, Debi asked to see all the yarn I bought recently. I’m happy to oblige! I went yarn shopping with my mom last Saturday and bought some Malabrigo Worsted in Pearl (1 skein to knit a gift and 1 skein to stash), Spud & Chloe Fine in Sidewalk (which was supposed to be for gift-knitting, but I wasn’t happy with the way that project was working up for this specific recipient), and a skein of Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy in blues/greens on impulse to make a scarf they had on display by the register. Sneaky yarnie people!

On Monday I took advantage of Knit Picks’ Cyber Monday sale and bought 2 skeins each of Felici in Aquarium and Rainbow, a skein of Chroma Fingering in Pool Party, and 2 skeins of Gloss DK in Parsley.

THEN on Wednesday I received 2 skeins of Dream in Color Smooshy in Green Lantern as payment for crocheting a scarf for a friend.

Here are pictures of all my goodies!

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Today I made another trip to Sugar Land Yarn Company and bought two skeins of Mirasol Ushya in…hmmmm….I don’t know the color way, but it’s a very dark gray. I’m using this instead of the Spud & Chloe for my friend’s gift.

This week has been a weird crafting week. I started a scarf and the new needles I had bought for this project broke, so I had to wait until I freed up my size 7s before I could continue. Once I did continue, I decided I wasn’t happy with it, so I frogged it. That Spud & Chloe will be much happier as another project! I also started a hat for another gift, but could only knit so far before I had to stop until my Knit Picks order arrived, since I couldn’t find the right size circular needle while out shopping over the weekend. That order arrived yesterday, so I’m back to working on that project.

As I mentioned, I freed up a set of needles. That finished project was my Dancing Batty shawl. It’s lovely! You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s a beautiful shade of blue.

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I started another hat yesterday, but I can’t say too much about it, in case the recipient is reading. I’ll post a picture once it’s gifted.

Last, but not least, tonight I crocheted an ornament for an ornament exchange at the yarn group that meets at the library tomorrow. Nothing special, just a quick and easy ball using scrap yarn.

On the baking front, I baked the Barefoot Contessa’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake for a friend, which I served to some knitting friends Friday night. Today I made Cherry-Almond Triangles from the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook. I’ve found the recipes out of here just so-so, so far, but despite my wariness, these actually turned out really good! Jimmy says they taste like marzipan. The bottom crust was just flour, butter, and powdered sugar, but it was so good! Very light and flaky. Here’s a picture, but it doesn’t do the bars justice.

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Until next time! I’m off to try to finish reading Game of Thrones! Only 40 more pages, but I doubt I’ll make it tonight…

This Week on the Needles

Feeling very productive this week! I finished two projects, made quite a bit of progress on another, and made some progress on another.

Finished:

Emma’s Star beret

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Strawberry Fingerless Mittens

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I’m about 75% finished with Roxie’s sweater, and I’m 6 rows plus bind-off away from finishing Dancing Batty.

I got a lot of added knitting time this week due to unfortunate circumstances – I dropped a glass baking dish on my toe (didn’t break either the dish or my toe, luckily) and spent a lot of time on the couch recuperating. I would share pictures of my colorful toe, but that’s kinda gross…

My mom is coming to visit on Tuesday, and I can’t wait to take her to Sugar Land Yarn Company, as well as just sharing time with our yarn and needles!

And now I’m off to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol with my family while working on Dancing Batty!

This Week on the Needles

I’m going to try to establish a blog schedule for myself. I’ve already unofficially established Sunday as my day to post about baking, so I’ll arbitrarily choose Friday to talk about my crafting adventures. For the most part, this is limited to knitting and crocheting, but I occasionally find myself doing other things, too, like cross stitch and beading. I also bought myself a sewing machine last year, but other than teaching myself how to operate it, I really haven’t used it. I’d like to, but I’m a little intimidated and not sure what project to start with.

I’m working on some gifts right now, but not everything I’m working on is a gift. I’ll tell what I’m working on, without listing names, in most cases, in case any of the recipients happens to be reading.

My favorite current project is Emma’s Star, a cute little beret out of Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. I’m using Shibui Baby Alpaca DK for this, and it is one of the softest yarns I’ve ever knit with. I am in love with this yarn! I’m pretty sure this hat is going to turn out lovely. I’m about 65% done with it and hope to have it finished this weekend.

I’m also actively working on The Manwell, which is a dog sweater. I swore I would never knit for my dog, and I’m not! I’m knitting this for my stepmother’s dog, Roxie, an adorable, spoiled rotten, little shih tsu. My stepmother and I haven’t always had the best relationship, but it seems to have improved over the past couple of years. I have never seen Sharon as happy, no, gleeful as she was when playing with Roxie, and it warmed my heart. I know Sharon will appreciate the gesture, and Roxie will at least look beautiful. 🙂 I’m maybe 60-65% done with this and just finished what I think is probably the trickiest part. It will definitely be finished in time for Christmas.

My daughter, Laura, requested that I make something for one of her best friends for her birthday. No, let me rephrase. I asked if she wanted me to make anything for her friends for Christmas (I know they all like her cupcake hat and newsboy cap), and she asked if I would make Tarah something for her birthday. She chose the Strawberry Fingerless Mittens from Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. These are very quick to make! I finished one, minus embellishments, in an evening. Tarah’s birthday is in a little over a week, so this is good!

Other things on the needles that I need to devote some time to: Dr. Who socks for my husband, Jimmy, made with Knit Picks Felici in the Time Traveler colorway, which follows the pattern of the Dr Who scarf; Dancing Batty shawl, which I had hoped to finish by Halloween, but didn’t quite make it; The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, which should not have ever taken this long!;, and the Semi-Precious Shawl, which I was diligently working on until I got sidetracked by Dancing Batty (thanks Mom!).

I have a few other UFOs (unfinished objects, for you non-yarnies) that get picked up occasionally.

I do have one finished project to show! A friend commissioned me to make her a scarf using yarn she had purchased, and I finally finished it this week. I’m a little embarrassed, because I kept forgetting about it, but once I decided to do it, it took me all of 3 hours (4 max) to finish it! It turned out just lovely, too! Here’s a pic, but I hope Cori will send me one of her wearing it!

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That’s “all” this week. Hopefully next Friday I’ll have some pictures to show of some finished projects!