I finished knitting the mitts and had plenty of yarn left over, so went on and knit a cowl. I prefer a cowl to a scarf, because you don’t have the long ends flopping all over. Sometimes a scarf is the right thing, but a cowl tucks into your coat and covers your neck and that’s it.
The brighter green is the true color–I don’t know why the close-ups are washing out.
I was so happy with the green cowl, that I scoured etsy looking for special yarn. I found this art yarn, and thought it would be just the thing.
Aren’t the color changes wonderful?
The seller recommended using size 17 needles, but the largest I have are 11s, so I went with that.
The cowl is a little on the bulky side, but it works.
And isn’t it so, so pretty?
To keep busy in the evening, when there’s a spare moment, I’ve been knitting a pair of mitts.
I made up the pattern, fifty stitches on size 2 needles, and I really should have made them 40 stitches. I’d prefer them to be just a little tighter.
I’ve never successfully knit those little bobbles before, so this was a first. I’m not sure I did it right; as usual, I just winged it.
The yarn is from Hobby Lobby, it might be called “Honey Bee” brand. It had a little bee on it, anyway. I’d prefer the color changes weren’t so regular, but that’s of course personal taste. The texture is very soft, and it’s an acrylic/wool blend.
Overall, the mitts are probably longer than usual, but I had to accommodate the tree pattern–I couldn’t stop knitting halfway through a tree, because that would have looked weird.
I’m still plucking away, and nearing the finish line.
Anything on your needles?
I figured out how to make the shape of shawl I was going for after last month’s fail. This one is exactly what I wanted. The triangle drifts off to the side, and the pattern is simple garter stitch, no frills, so the colors do all the talking.
I used Lion brand cotton yarn, and am very happy with it. I bought two skeins because I thought the yardage (380) wouldn’t be enough, but it worked out just fine. Size 11 needles, so it only took a few days. Since I have an extra skein, I’ll just have to knit a second one that someone will get next Christmas. 🙂
The color is called “flower garden.” I think how it knits up is different than how it looks in the skein photo. All my eye really sees in the finished garment is “pink.”
It reminds me of the milk left over after you’ve eaten your Fruit Loops.
I would definitely buy this yarn again. It is soft, easy to work with, and has a nice drape.
I kept looking at the Mandala yarn at Walmart, because they have such pretty self-striping colors, and they are only $4.98. I figured even if the result wasn’t high quality, at least it would be a painless lesson in figuring out how to make a triangle shape. I really wanted to make a lop-sided triangle, so I did learn what I needed to know. Even though this made a traditional triangle.
I love the colors. Daughter says these are “sad” colors, but I think it looks like a Hoggwarts shawl. If they throw all their colors together.
It’s straight stockingnet, because I wanted the colors to do their own shining.
I used size 7 needles. Next time I’d use 10 or 11s, and two balls of the yarn instead of one.
I cast on five stitches, then added one stitch every other row. That’s it.
One ball of yarn made a shawl big enough to knot over your shoulders, without extra drape.
I like shawls that wind around a couple times like a scarf, so definitely two balls of yarn are needed. I don’t love acrylic, but it sure is warm. If it pills the first or second time I wear it, I’ll edit this so you know.
Knitting up more wash cloths.
These have a sort of nautical feel, don’t they? I didn’t know that would happen. I was just combining Americana colors.
Or could be a racing-stripe feel. Maybe?
Then I thought more than Americana, they have a French flair….
I’ve got twenty-three wash cloths finished right now. Definitely a couple year’s worth!
So, since I don’t need that many wash cloths, I am going to have a give-away. Yes, you could win five all-cotton hand-knitted washcloths. Don’t like the above colors? You could choose my blue/green variegated. . . .
The blue-green don’t have a hang-loop, they are just square.
So leave a comment in this post, and I will enter your name in a hat to win 5 of my wash cloths. If you’re like me and hate the micro-fiber cloths they sell now, you’ll be pleased by how absorbent these are.
The give-away will end, let’s see, September 20th. At 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time.
The give away is now closed and the lucky winner knows who she is!
I am trying to fit in a little knitting every day as my zen time. I don’t have anything I particularly need to knit, I have enough scarves (can one ever have too many scarves?) so I am knitting simple washcloths. Quick, easy, and something you always need.
This is Peaches & Cream cotton. It is very rough and definitely not high-end, but great if you want an exfoliating washcloth. Or maybe a good dish scrubber.
And the color is so pretty for a bathroom.
I am happy with craftsy.com, I can pick out a knitting pattern AND find the right yarn to use and know I’m not buying too much or too little yarn for the project. Because I always buy too much, just in case, and I hate that.
This pattern is called Over the Sea to Sky, and it is a quick knit–like two weeks of evenings, or so. Easy, repetitive stitches, so it’s hard to make mistakes. And I love the yarn–Cloudborn pima cotton. The hand feel is just right, creating a loose and soft shawl.
Yes, the point is off-balance, so you have an extra long tail to wrap around one more time. I think this color is called “Pearl.”
I would make another of these, but in a brighter color.
Pattern and yarn found here: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/kits/over-the-sea-to-skye-lace-shawl-knitting-kit/60879
I forgot to link to the pattern I used to make my shawl. It’s this one. Remember I went to the knit shop and picked out the pattern because I saw a finished example on the wall. When I went to buy the pattern, the shop owner logged on to Ravelry for me and downloaded the pattern right there and printed it for me. A link to the pattern was sent to my email address, too, in case I needed a re-print.
So what I didn’t realize when I looked at it on the wall, is that the finished shawl is pretty small. I would call it a scarf more than a shawl. You can see that if you look at Ravelry page and the other images of finished products being posed.
But I’m glad I did it and I’m glad it’s finished because now I can work on something else. 😀
I took a photo of the reverse side, darn it. How did I not notice when taking the photo? You can see the pretty color gradations in the yarn, though.
Here’s an example of the beadwork. Yay, I now know how to add beads to knitting.
I ran out of beads about 20 beads from the end, so I had to adjust my placement to hide the fact. Isn’t that life?
So it’s a child-sized shawl, or an adult sized scarf. Frankly this was waaaaay too much work for a scarf! It took me 3 weeks of evenings, and that’s just too much time. And probably some weekend afternoons in there, too! The shawl is showing the reverse side in this photo, too, drat. It really is pretty lacework on the front side. You can see that in close ups above.
Just in case it seems like I haven’t been doing anything other than painting, here’s some photo of the gloves I’ve been knitting for next Christmas.
I started with 44 stitches, ribbing knit two purl two, and put in two eight-stitch cables. Pretty easy to remember, as long as I remember, “Did I twirl the cable on row 11 or 12?”
I made one different pair (so far) using directions from knitty.com. In the end all those little cables just slowed me down too much, and I went back to my first version. Plus I changed the thumb because I didn’t understand the directions, but knew how to do what I did.
I used an inexpensive Red Heart yarn for the white, I bet I was going to get six or seven pairs out of that skein (one of those Really Big skeins from Walmart). I’ve given away three pairs already.
I find I can make one glove an evening, so a weekend is just right to finish a pair. I might be running out of steam on knitting for now, so I’m glad I got several gifts out of the way for next year!