WIP-y weekend.

Seems everything around me at the moment is half finished. Probably because I’ve thrown myself into a pile of larger projects with no instant gratification in sight. Boo. First, the saga of the purple yarn. I bought a few skeins of this pretty lavender wool to make my first full-sized knit project with, y’see. Then I started working on what should have been a simple eternity scarf pattern which went horribly wrong. Wrong beyond the possibility of fixing — as in, there were checkerboard spots where there were suppose to be stripes wrong. Luckily, I had only done perhaps 10 …

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Success!

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After a decade of half-hearted attempts, I have finally overcome my fear of the knitting monster. Whee! Anybody have any fun patterns for a n00b knitter to try? I’m slow and clumsy, but quite enthusiastic *g* And here for my own reference, a list of the sites that I was constantly referencing as I fumbled through it: The Official Lion Brand Site — Which has the best illustrations out of all the ones I saw, plus everything in video, word and illustration formats. My Craftbook’s Lessons — A much smaller site whose photos and wordings just made more sense to …

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Show and Tell

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This past week, I tried to use up leftover bits and pieces from my yarn stash by doing smaller projects. Leftover maroon sock yarn made a fun little hairband! And leftover yellow scarf yarn made a nifty little roll-up crochet hook mat. Another multi-purpose project started this weekend was a stitch sampler afghan — it’s using up my leftover yarns, refreshing my rather rusty technique, teaching me new stitches, and making us a colorful blanket all at the same time! Here are my squares so far — some of them are so classically “granny” in style that I giggle looking …

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Crochet Pattern: Mock Turtleneck Sweater for Cats

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I mentioned in my last post that I started making sweaters for our Siamese mix, Coco, because she seemed to be perpetually cold for most of this past fall and winter. Despite having very efficient indoor heating and piles of blankets to snuggle into, she’s a California kitty at heart and is having a hard time adjusting to our new Nordic environment. Having a pathetic-looking furball with ice-cold extremities trying to burrow into your armpit at 2AM every night is both sad and extremely annoying. Cat sweaters it was. The problem I found with most crocheted cat sweaters I tried, …

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A fortnight in crochet.

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Five more finished crochet projects to share 🙂 A pair of warm wool socks for myself, with a bit of embellishment. And a matching kitty sweater for Coco made with the same yarns! A favorite old hat with moth holes got fixed up. A comfy new waffle stitch throw blanket for watching movies on the couch. And my very first crocheted garment!

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Warm ears and manly feet.

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And this post concludes my recent spate of crochet spamming on various social networking platforms 🙂 I am now caught up so my project posts will come at a slightly more manageable pace. Socks! Really big ones! And a pretty flowered earwarmer. Yes, I have a glass lampshade the size and shape of a human head. Doesn’t everybody?

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A hockey scarf and cat hat.

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I started crocheting again last week. Picking it up again reminds me of many things — crazy times as a senior at UCLA (the last time I went on a huge crocheting binge), how tired my fingers can get, and and how much I love yarn. Also, that I need to keep a much closer eye on my gauge/tension! These were the first two projects I completed. Click on picture for a Ravelry link that will take you to more details. A scarf done in T’s favorite hockey team colors. A hat and glittens set dedicated to our favorite giant …

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Raveled.

So I started an account on Ravelry late last October but didn’t really bother to delve too deeply into it until recently, when a local friend mentioned that she had found several very interested patterns from just flipping through pages there. Decided it was time to give it a closer look and have now updated my profile and added all the old projects that have been floating around on my computer. It’s nice to have everything all orderly! Now I can start posting about the new projects I’ve been working on, which are hopefully the beginning of a productive streak. …

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