Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Location: Northern Detroit Metro area, Michigan, United States

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Guess It's Been A While

I hadn't realized that it's been so long since I last posted - days are sort of slipping by faster & faster. I've been knitting though.

One of the garage sale bags of yarn had these crocheted scarves or maybe the beginnings of afghans. Not wanting them to go to waste, I knit hats to go with them.

From the bottom, a knit hat & garter stitch scarf to match; a "fashion" scarf with one strand of purple worsted and various "fancy" yarns in shades of purple & blue; and one of my first cowls in a variegated washable wool in a simple K1,P1 rib.

Cowls are addictive, fun to knit & I'm hoping that they will be good sellers at our Sr. Center craft show in December. The top one is a teal, blue, green mohair in a mistake stitch rib; the middle one is a multicolored pastel boucle in garter stitch; and the bottom one is the Birthday Cowl pattern in brown White Buffalo Elanna Plus - a discontinued yarn. There are two more that I forgot to take photos of before putting them in the case at the Sr. Center - a grey & white marl in a Feather & Fan pattern & a light blue mohair with a little K2tog, YO lace around the bottom.

In other news, we've had frost so the garden is gone and only the peace rose in a protected corner by the front porch is still blooming. The trees are changing into their fall wardrobe of golds, reds & oranges and a few are already bare heralding the start of the grey season of winter. Time for homemade soup, afghans & more needlework.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Few More Photos

One of the things I accomplished yesterday was gathering up the hat & scarf sets that I've made this year and packing them for the fall/winter donations and/or our December craft sale at the Senior Center. Here are 42 sets. For about 6 or 7 up in the upper left corner, I only made the hats as the scarves were made by other K4 members. There are also probably a dozen hats that I made that were matched with other scarves and are being stored at home by the members.

These two sets didn't make it into group photo as they were still in my bag. You'll recognize the enterlac hat on the left along with the box stitch scarf to go with it. The other set is a plain knit hat along with a box stitch scarf that has solid color on each end and variegated in the middle.

This is my latest project. After doing the enterlac hat and realizing how closely it resembled a huge crocheted box stitch, I decided to try to combine knitting with crocheting. The rolled brim is knit, then I crocheted the rainbow stripes in box stitch, filled in the upper triangles and picked up from there back to the circular & double points to create the crown.

Here's a so-so shot of the back showing the red, orange & yellow stripes along with the black crown.

I was ready to erase this photo until I realized that it did provide some detail on the crocheted part of the hat. I have a feeling that I'll be playing around more with this pattern in the future.

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