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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Saturday, November 22, 2008

More Knitting, Even Less Blogging..

Let's start out with DH's new pair of Fuzzy Feet. If you've been reading this blog for long you may recognize the yarn from the August 2nd post - it was a 100% wool sweater in chunky yarn that I found for 50¢. It took me a while to get around to frogging it, but it eventually turned into these. I turned the Fuzzy Feet pattern from Knitty around and knit these toe up using a version of the heel bed, turn & gusset that I use on my regular socks. These went a lot quicker seeing that I was using size 10½ needles instead of 2s. While I was felting these, I also felted the two sleeves that I hadn't frogged. When these wear through, as they always do, I have the sleeves to use as new soles & toes. In the meantime, I ran into a 50% off sale of Cascade 220 at the LYS yesterday and bought two skeins in denim blue for the next pair.

This cowl turned out a bit too short as I ran out of the fancier yarn. I'd originally planned for a hat with a rolled brim, but wound up with this. The roll will go under the chin & the garter stitch rows at the old top, now bottom, will sit on the collarbone. A case of making lemonade out of lemons, I think. Again, these cowls are for our Xmas Craft Show starting a week from Monday and will be sold so we can buy more appropriate yarns for charity knitting.

What can I say, I had a stray skein of pink fun fur and matching worsted weight sayelle. It looks like a big pink caterpillar, doesn't it? But it's soft and warm.

This cowl is a combination of a strand of variegated mohair & one of beige worsted. I used a "wandering" rib where the K2, P2 pattern moved one stitch to the left on every second row. I think it makes for an interesting texture along with the wide color changes.

And lastly, a box stitch scarf and a matching hat that's a combination of knit (the roll brim & the crown) & crocheted box stitch for the body. I made a set like this earlier that was purchased at the Sr. Center almost as soon as I finished running in the yarn ends. Hope this one goes as quickly.

I have another cowl on the needles and need to sew buttons on a cowl collar. Along with the Cascade yarn yesterday, I also scored a set of size 11 DPs & a 16" size 17 circular that I still need to try out. Design ideas are perking.. {g}

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lots of Knitting, Very Little Blogging

Yup, I did it again - over three weeks since the last post - but I'll try to make it up with lots of photos. I mentioned last time that I'd been concentrating on making fancier than usual items for our Xmas Craft Show at the Sr. Center (proceeds will go to buying machine washable yarns for our K4 group's charity knitting). These also qualify for the Winter Warmies KAL over on the Knitting Purls group on Ravelry.

First of all, three hats all basically the same design with rolled brims & a purl row before flat decreasing the crown by working the decreases every row. The red & green ones are adult size while the purple one is for a child as there wasn't enough of the ribbon yarn.

Knit with a strand of bright red sayelle and one of ribbon yarn to add some sparkle.

Again a strand of mossy green sayelle combined with a double strand of variegated green mohair.

A ball of striped blue & purple ribbon yarn combined with the purple sayelle.

I'm awfully glad that Zarzuela started the cowl craze over on Plurk - I've been making them for our Xmas Craft Show at the Sr. Center and have already sold a couple to staff members who saw them (no photos of those, sorry). Here are the latest ones - and the biggest reason why I haven't been blogging:

Two of them are the Birthday Cowl from Nova Made, one is a 12 stitch Feather & Fan repeat, two are plain because the yarn is so pretty in person and the last, the rust ribbed one, doesn't look like much laying on the floor, but it's cute under a denim jacket.

Yes, more cowls - this one of light blue mohair with a simple YO, SSK pattern every other row and garter stitch top & bottom to keep it from rolling.

These last four cowls are worked in simple stockinette with garter borders as the yarns carry the design without adding lace or cables (which would probably have been lost anyway). This one is solid black with red threads.

A pink mohair yarn carried with a variegated slubbed in pink, grey & purple created this look.

A grey feathered yarn carried with a strand of black sayelle makes for a chenille look.

My personal favorite - the fancy yarn was sport weight with large unspun slubs of color that I worked with a black sayelle to add warmth.

These have been so much fun to make and there will be more coming as the craft show doesn't start until the first week in December. Back to my needles!

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