I'm keeping busy with little bits of sewing and knitting..
I love cleaning up the slow way by making things out of scraps, leftovers, and single balls of yarn. I'm hoping to see some visible progress on the sewing room soon. It should be getting tidier, right?
In my attempt to tidy the sewing room I knit another hat, a variation of my favorite hat pattern. Earlier versions from this pattern can be seen here, and here. On this hat the cables go all the way to the top.
The hat was knit from the top down. When enough stitches had been added between the first cables, I added more. You can see where the second and third sets start near the top of the hat.
This is project 13 in my efforts to knit 100 items from my stash! Go me!!
Last winter I was on a knitting roll. I challenged myself to make 100 projects from my yarn stash. I quickly knit four pair of lined mittens, two pair of slippers, two hats, and three pair of socks. The knitting frenzy slowed down towards the end of winter and I switched back to quilting.
This weekend miss P attended an all day cello workshop in a neighboring town. I packed my bag with a variety of projects to work on while sitting in the back of her classes. Happily, I finished a pair of basic crew socks I started last winter from Knit Picks Stroll. I also cast on a new pair in this fabulous Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga I had been hoarding. I'm glad to be knitting my stash again. I hope to add a few more finishes before the end of the year.
I've been doing a little knitting in my "spare" time. One finished pair for B, thanks for the yarn, Adele, and a pair of basic 2 x 2 rib socks for me in the works. My bag always contains a basic crew sock on needles. I get a nervous twitch when I have to wait for something and I have NOTHING to do. You should have seen me a couple of weeks ago at M's U of Michigan graduation when I couldn't take my knitting into the stadium. Only cameras were allowed - no bags or purses. I ended up with a lot more photos on my camera than I really wanted.
I used one strand of leftover pink wook and one strand of a leftover hand spun - the same handspun that I used in B's mittens.
I love the way the knitting transforms when it's washed and shrinks. I should have been keeping count of how many pair of these I've made in the past 10-15 years. I think it must be nearing fifty. One year I made them for all of my nieces and nephews and gave them unfelted. I thought they would get a kick out of shrinking them to fit their feet. Maybe they did but their moms might not have thought it was as much fun.
Last week, when the temperatures dropped, our boiler could not keep up and the indoor temperature dropped too. My hands got quite cold as I was knitting M's mittens.
As soon as I finished M's project I cast on a pair of fingerless mitts for myself. I am hoping that I'll be able to wear them while working in the sewing room this winter. These were a really fast knit with only 36 stitches per round. I used two strands of Misty Alpaca sport on size 6 needles.
I like the way the thumb gusset increases branch from a single line on the side of the thumb.
The pattern is, Karin, a free download on Ravelry. This is actually my second pair of mitts from this pattern, the first can be seen here.
I mentioned yesterday that I'm challenging myself to use my stash this year. I started a flickr album for my 100 projects so it will be easy for me to see my progress. Already there are 8 finished projects!
Next up, basic crew socks for B, stash busting project 9.
If you want to join in on Instagram we are using the hashtag #stash100.
This week was mostly spent working on finishing the lined, felted mittens for M.
The outer mittens were knit with one strand of Misti Alpaca lace weight and one strand of an alpaca yarn for which I no longer had the label. I had the yarn in two colorways, a brown and a grey and had used it for sweaters for the boys more than 10 years ago. Miss P is almost big enough to wear the smaller of the sweaters.
But, oh my, this yarn is SO soft. When I first gave the boys their sweaters, Mr M wore his EVERY DAY of winter break that year.
If these mittens were mine, they'd double as mittens and scarf because I don't think I'd be able to keep them away from my face.
They are THAT soft.
The linings are knit from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino on size 4 needles. Since they will be inside the felted mittens I was able to use up some odd leftovers of this yarn. The cuffs are both knit with black but after the cuffs I used up whatever small bits of baby cashmerino were left from other projects.
It always feels good to use up leftover bits of yarn.
Actually, I've been having a conversation on Instagram with a few others about a yarn/fabric stash busting project. It's been ages since I've actually bought any yarn but mostly that's because I have been too focused on quilting projects. This week, in trying to find the outgrown alpaca sweaters, which I actually had stored in the deep freezer in the basement, I dug out most of my yarn stash and now it's in a big pile in the living room. Some of it has been out of sight for so long it's as if it's new to me again. I've taken a quick inventory and will challenge myself to make 100 projects without purchasing any more yarn/fabric. I will allow myself to purchase items needed to complete a project but want to work mainly from my stash. I'm going to count my recent knits in December which makes this pair of mittens Stash Project 7.
And here is a start on Stash Project 8, alpaca fingerless mitts for myself.
D requested a new warm hat for this winter. He looked through my patterns and chose the Danish Earflap Cap in Hats On by Charlene Schurch. I like that it is knit all in one piece with the earflaps knit as you make the rest. The hem is joined to the outer layer as you are making it. The original design in the book was a colorwork design but D wanted it knit out of the pretty Eidos from The Sanguine Gryphon that was in my stash. I adjusted the pattern to have plain knit rows between the rows of the first section of decreases. This kept the top of the hat from being puckery.
Miss P likes his hat so much that she has requested one of her own. She chose some orange Supermerino by Artyarns that was in my collection.
M liked his dad's new lined felted mittens so much that he wants a pair too. I had to switch from making the orange hat to knitting the mittens so that I could make progress before he heads back to school. I was hoping to get the first lining made to fit and then I could do the rest without him actually being here.
I like knowing that my family is warmed by my lovingly stitched winterwear. It warms my heart to know that my family appreciates the knits that I enjoy making for them. It makes it even MORE fun to knit.
I'd better get back to work on the winterwear. It's COLD out there.