Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Pattern: None
Yarn: Vanna's Choice Solids [1.5 skein olive; 225 yards, 1.5 skein purple; 225 yards]
Hook Size: 10mm
Ravelry Project Page: Single Crochet Scarf
Dates: 7/28/12-7/28/12 5:37 AM
Ravellenic Events: Scarf Hockey, Charity Rowing 
Ravellenic project count: 3

After typing all day for work and making a scarf and finishing my Yggdrasil my wrists were pretty much on fire. Normally that means stopping. I just switched crafts. 

Just a super simple scarf. Chain 21 stitches, single crochet in each stitch for two rows in each colour, go until it's long enough, fasten off. Nice. Simple. Mindless. 

I originally started with a 6mm hook but it was curling up a lot and didn't seem to flow nicely so I went up to a 10mm. 

Monday, July 30, 2012


Pattern: Yggdrasil
Yarn: Bernat Berella 4 [4 skeins Soft Taupe; 780 yards, 6.5 skeins Dark Taupe; 1267.5 yards]
Needle size: 5mm
Ravelry Project Page: Yggdrasil
Dates: 3/2/11-7/28/12 12:21 AM EST
Ravellenic Events: WIPs wrestling
Ravellenic project count: 2

I originally started this blanket as a gift for a friend. Things sort of fell off course and eventually the blanket sat in a basket for months. Then I started it up again and felt that in just a few short days I would be done! Yeah. Right. 

I ran out of yarn. I had bought the store out of the yarn when I went. I bought extra thinking "Just in case!" But it wasn't just running out of yarn. No. It was running out of yarn with just a few repeats left. So I think "Fine. No big deal. I'll just buy more" I go to several stores and can't find it. Suspicious. Then I check online. 

It's discontinued. 

Of. Course. 

I went from working on it for a few days in March and April of last year to not at all until August. I then picked it up again for a few days in January and finally on February 2nd of 2012 I run out of yarn. Once I saw that the yarn was discontinued I hopped on Ravelry in hopes that someone had a bit for sale. People did but they never got back to me. I looked once in a while for months and nothing. Finally last week I found some and it arrived on Friday morning just in time for the Ravellenics! DetroitKnitter (here's a link to her Etsy shop too) totally saved the day!

So after months and months of waiting for yarn to pop up so I could finish it I managed to complete it in two hours. Which makes me both happy and sad because I'm glad it's finally done and I can wrap it and give it to someone who will use it but sad because I cannot believe I only had 6 repeats of the large braid, a corner, and kitchener stitching to do for it to be finished. 

Lesson? Buy two extra skeins (I now have an extra skein of this because I bought an extra this time around too. I will leave it in my stash and stare at it for all eternity)

It doesn't lay flat. I haven't washed or blocked it yet (although I don't know how much help blocking will be) but I'm hoping it'll eventually spread out once it's being used. To be honest, I don't really care too much anymore. I'm just glad it's done. 

I have to admit that I really enjoyed working on this blanket. The middle tree chart was really s l o w because I wasn't familiar with the chart yet and there's very little repetition to remember. But after that it's kind of a relaxing knit (until you run out of yarn, that is) and it took less than a month (in total number of days) from start to finish (27). Even picking up all those stitches was fine. I actually learned to love picking up stitches because of this blanket!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ravellenic ruffles!

First, a little history. Last year at almost exactly this time (July 30) I went to one of my favourite yarn shops for their annual big sale. Usually when I have disposable income during these sales I go a few times and pick up all sorts of stuff I never would have really bothered with just to try it out. On my last visit of the sale I saw a sample of Frill Seeker knit up into one of those ruffle scarves I had been seeing everywhere. 

I. Love. Ruffles. 

So naturally I picked up a skein. They didn't really have a lot of colours left so I picked up a blue. I'm not too big of a fan of blue but I just wanted to play around with it and see if I liked it. 

As soon as I get home I cast on for my beautiful ruffle scarf. Well I tried. After several attempts I eventually gave up and went to the internet for a video. And several hours later I had this:

Yarn: Estelle Frill Seeker [1 skein colourway Q50905, 65 yards]
Needle size: 6mm
Ravelry Project Page: Ruffles!
Dates: 7/30/11-7/30/11

This is an incredibly fast scarf to make. Sort of. The actual knitting is a breeze once you get the hang of it and into the rhythm. The part that I hate is the yarn. It's kind of a net. And it rolls in on itself. And it gets twisted coming off of the skein after a while. So I spent most of my time pulling it apart and untwisting it as I was knitting. But it's a very quick gift idea and I do plan on making a bunch. 

I didn't really know what I was doing and you can easily tell if you look at it close enough (fortunately it's very forgiving) One end is significantly tighter and less flouncy than the other. My preferred method of deciding when to make the next stitch is pulling on the yarn with my left hand until it can't really comfortably go any further left (about two inches) and then sticking it on the needle. Very scientific, I know. Most people go with every inch or your thumb length. 

So fast forward a year:

I decided to start off this Ravellenics with something really quick to kick me into production mode. After my mother saw my first ruffle scarf she commented on it A LOT. Which means "Please make me one" So I got the yarn for it for last Christmas and *mumble mumble* didn't quite get around to it. 

Yarn: Estelle Frill Seeker [1 skein Q50908, 65 yards]
Needle size: 6mm
Ravelry Project Page: Frill Seeker Scarf
Dates: 7/27/12-7/27/12 (7:04 PM EST)
Ravellenic Events: Scarf Hockey, Single Skein Sprint, Holiday Hurdles
Ravellenic project count: 1

So learning from last year, before I cast on I thought "Hey! I'm going to pre-stretch out the yarn and then wind it into a bobbin so it'll be easier to knit!" and then I didn't. So I probably spent an hour just fiddling with the yarn. I'd knit a row, untwist, stretch out. Knit a row, untwist, stretch out. Until finally I could see the end of the yarn. i was getting a little bored  frustrated so I ended up making the ruffles a lot looser towards the end. You can't really notice it though. Or at least that's what I tell myself. 

Black ruffles are hard to photograph =(

Also at the veeery beginning of this project I'm happily knitting away (this is before things started getting twisty and frustrating) and stops. The yarn just stops. I cannot stretch it out anymore because for about four yards it's split right down the middle of the netting into two. At this point I had just started so instead of dealing with cutting the yarn and then reattaching it when it went back to normal I just cut my losses and started over. If this had been my first experience with this yarn I probably wouldn't have bothered with a second time. Also fortunately one skein gives more than enough for a scarf so it's not too bad. Just a little annoying.

As I'm knitting this I'm reminded of a skirt my niece has. it looks exactly like this scarf except in a skirt...and I really really want it but I don't know if I can knit with this yarn for that long. I also anticipate a size 18/20 skirt would be really heavy in this yarn. Research will be done.

So there we have it. My first project in the Games was completed just three hours after the opening ceremonies.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shawls, Shawls, Shawls & A Personal Challenge

Wrapping up FO Parade week is the beginning of a personal challenge. Let me start by saying each year I try to knit/crochet one million stitches. I haven't quite made it yet (and won't this year, for sure) but I also challenge myself to 52 projects a year (different groupings for different types of materials: sewing gets one, knitting/crochet/spinning is lumped together, jewellery/beads another, etc) but this year I thought what about shawls? I love shawls. I love making them, I love wearing them, I love just having them around and stacked up all nice and pretty on my shelves. So 52 shawls in 52 weeks starting June 1, 2012. I'm already behind. Here's the catch-up of what I've done so far.

Pattern: None
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool [1 skein green heather; 478 yards]
Needles: 6mm
Hook: 6mm
Ravelry Project Page: Leaf Shawl
Dates: 6/1/12-6/1/12 
Challenge: Shawl 1/52

I absolutely adore this stitch pattern. They're like tiny leaves to me. But the pattern is a bit too simple and I wasn't all that inspired on the edging. Made with bulky yarn so I did it in one sitting.

Not much to say. Very very simple

Pattern: Onerva
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette [2 skeins Edamame; 462 yards]
Needles: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page: Onerva
Dates: 6/7/12-6/13/12
Challenge: Shawl 2/52

I've wanted to make this shawl for so long but was scared of starting it because it's in an unfamiliar to me language (Finnish) but I just went for it. And didn't screw it up at all! Once I got into the swing of things I barely even needed the pattern. 

I was using the remainder of yarn from my Shell for Counterpane giant project (which I just now noticed I haven't posted about the finished project...but I did post about all the weaving) so I ended up not having enough yarn and ended up running out on the last repeat and had juuuust enough for the bind off (which is usually how things go around here...I'll never learn)

Yarn: Diamond Yarn Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Lace [1 skein burgundy; 437 yards]
Needle: 3mm
Ravelry Project Page: Ethereal Triangular Shawl
Dates: 6/21/12-6/26/12
Challenge: Shawl 3/52

This ended up being very tiny, more like a shawlette, which makes me sad because I love it so much. probably should have gone up at least one full needle size (to 4mm) 

I really love how the knitting turned out. I just wish it were bigger (and this is after a very aggressive blocking session) I may make this again but either go up a needle size or go up a yarn weight + needle size.

Pattern: Wingspan
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball [1 skein; 459 yards]
Needle: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page: Wingspan
Dates: 6/27/12-7/1/12
Challenge: Shawl 4/52 

Love this yarn. Love this pattern. Will definitely be making this again. My plan for the next one is worsted weight with alternating sections of black/green. 

Pattern: Mousseux
Yarn: Found it in a bag of yarn, no labels [75 grams; 687 yards]
Needles: 5mm
Ravelry Project Page: Mousseux 
Dates: 7/8/12-7/10/12 
Challenge: Shawl 5/52 

I didn't actually follow this pattern at all. I left the house with yarn and needles and started it on the subway with just an idea (fortunately the correct one) of what the project looked like. A child sat down next to me and started to pet it as I was working on it and I was like, "". He ran off. 
So I just knit a garter stitch shawl until I had just about half of the yarn left. Then I started on the eyelet section.

After looking at the pattern I saw that I did the second half of the eyelet differently (I ssk'd) I kept going until I had just enough yarn left for four rows of garter and a picot bind off. I think my eyelet section is longer than the pattern but it's the same basic thing. 


Pattern: Citron
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace [2 skeins, green; 940 yards]
Needles: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page
Dates: 7/9/12-7/21/12
Challenge: Shawl 6/52

I know I made a purple Citron when the pattern was first released. Can I find it? No. I never even wore it OR got a photo of it. I have no idea what happened to it but I do know that I finished it. I made this one bigger because I remember that upon finishing the first one I thought "Yeah...this is too big for my football shoulders" So I did seven sections instead of the five called for. I also added two extra rows in the gathered section because I like the wider gather (okay, I screwed up on the second gathered section and accidentally made it too big and then discovered I liked it) this, of course, backfired because I ran out of yarn on the ruffle (only made it to row 6 of 11) and then i also ran out of yarn on the bind off. Fortunately I had some more Malabrigo Lace in a green variegated that had the exact green running through it. It's only slightly noticeable. What makes it less noticeable is I like the unblocked ruffley edge more so you really can't even see it at all. Bonus! 

Just for reference this is the amount of yarn I started the bind off with (button is for scale) of course trying to convince myself "Oh yeah, there's plenty there for an 800+ stitch bind off!" I made it about halfway. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Drop Stitch Wrap

Pattern: Just went for it
Yarn: Shepherd Classic 100% Wool [3 burgundy, 600 yards]
Needles: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page: Drop Stitch Wrap

You know those days when you really want to knit but don't know what to knit at all? Pair this with an uncontrollable need for a Harry Potter marathon and I ended up with this. Cast on until it "looks right" and knit stockinette until you run out of movies or you get bored. Actually I stopped because it was getting really long and annoying to hold it out of the way.

Then when you get to the end bind off 3 stitches, crochet 6 chains, drop 2 stitches and keep going to the end. I single crocheted a little border along the ends so it didn't curl so much and had a bit more structure to it. 

I love long and wide wraps because there's so many possibilities in wearing them. 

I also adore the colour of this yarn. Shortly before buying this yarn I fell in love with a tree, more specifically the colour of its leaves, in my neighbourhood. As soon as I saw this yarn in the yarn shop i simply had to have it. I bought a ton of it in hopes to make a sweater but soon discovered I'd rather wrap myself in it (but that can change and I still have plenty left for changing my mind later)

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I am the shawl lady. I've put shelving in my closet just for my shawls. The following few days will be dedicated to the shawl.

Pattern: Multnomah
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball [1 skein, brambleberry? berrydoodle?; 459 yards]
Needles: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page: Multnomah

First I'd just like to say that I whenever I see Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball I get really excited and then say the name horribly wrong in a really weird voice. It's just one of those things that I do that I have absolutely no logical reason for. 
This was a nice mindless knit that produces a really great result. Unfortunately I wish I had more yarn and had made it bigger as right now it's just a shawlette but I have plans for making another one. 

I just adore the colours and how they stack up in this pattern.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Glimmer Glamour Parade

I love glitter. Everywhere I go there is a trail of glitter (which a lot of my friends...and their pets...hate). Last summer I was yarn shopping and came across possibly my new favourite yarn Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Glimmer. I cannot begin to explain how much I love it. First, it's baby alpaca which is so very soft and squishy and loveable. And. It's. Sparkly. That's pretty much all you need to get me to spend my yarn budget on your yarn.

Pattern: Shrug
Yarn: Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Glimmerm [7 skeins; 763 yards]
Needles: 6mm
Ravelry Pattern Page: Glimmer Shrug

I loved the idea of this pattern but it just didn't look all that great on me. I put it on from time to time to see if it'll look better but it's going to the frog pond soon, I think. It's super super warm which is nice in the winter so I'm hoping to make something much better with it.

Pattern: Garter stitch forever
Yarn: Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca [2 skeins; 218 yards]
Needle: 12.75
Ravelry Project Page: Glimmer

So when I fell in love with this yarn for the first time I shared it with my mom. She then, also being a fan of glitter and super softness, fell in love with it as well. There was some hank cuddling that day. She also had what I would describe as a ratty ugly disgusting scarf. It just wasn't right for a knitter/crocheter to be walking around with a scarf like that but i knew she'd never make one for herself. So for Christmas I made her a new scarf.
We had many arguments discussions last winter on how to wear it for maximum warmth. I say to wear it like this and but underneath the coat so it pops out of the opening:

She says this is the only way to wear a scarf. On top of the coat: 

She argues that it shows it off, as nice scarves ought to be. I say, make your own scarf and look at it, I'm cold!
My mother also wears these velvet gloves in the winter. Please note that we discovered the alpaca will stick to the gloves which often then gets all over the place when she takes them off...or just when the gloves are in contact with anything (her steering wheel is covered in winter) this seems to be just a velvet issue. I say it's a bit of a extra bonus feature because now your gloves are sparkly too.

Pattern: Just made it up
Yarn: Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Glimmer [6 skeins black; 654 yards] Cascade Ecological Wool [1 skein purple heather; 478 yards]
Needles: 6mm
Ravelry Project Page: Glimmer Ruffle

I love this shawl. I cannot wait until it gets cold because I am going to wear this so hard. Glitter, stripes, purple/black, AND ruffles?! It doesn't get much better...except for the green/black and the red/black ones I am also planning. This is one of those patterns where the yarn does all the talking because it's just so simple.
It's bulky yarn though so it is very very heavy. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fingerless Mitt Parade!

Continuing on with overdue finished object posting week the second parade is dedicated to fingerless mitts.

Pattern: Thinking of writing it up
Yarn: Cascade 220 [.50 yellow; 110 yards] Diamond Luxury |Collection Baby Alpaca Glimmer [.10 black]
Needles: 4mm for mitt, 6mm for bow
Ravelry Project Page: Bow mitts

I don't really like yellow and I think the only reason why I had this was because I was intending to make a Flash/Reverse Flash double knit scarf...which I now really really want to make again. Note: Buy more yellow..and probably red too.
But I had a bit of an obsession with this Baby Alpaca Glimmer stuff (which will have its own parade shortly) and have a ton of little bits left which were next to this yellow in a bin and i kind of fell in love with the contrast. After being forced to wear giant hair bows my entire childhood (seriously, you could pick me out in a crowd of kids from the hairbow alone) I kind of fell off the bow bandwagon but now all of a sudden they're adorable again. So I must now make a million different pairs of bow mitts. They're simple, cute, fun, and have a little bit of glitter. I love glitter.
I actually worked out quite a few different ways for the bows but my laziness won in the end (no shaping at all and wrap the yarn around the middle)

Pattern: Again, thinking of writing it up
Yarn: Cascade 220 [0.50 black; 110 yards]
Needles: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page: Corset Mitts

The details on the why are very fuzzy except I like laced up things and I love this ribbon. I love this ribbon so much that I recall buying several (possibly close to a hundred) yards of it many years ago. 

Pattern: pattern. I have a thing for winging it with mitts
Yarn: Cascade 220 [.50 green;110 yards, .50 black; 110 yards]
Needles: 4mm
Ravelry Project Page: Striped Ruffle Mitts

I love green and black. I love green and black stripes. I love ruffles. I love picot bind offs. Most people tend to describe my style as "Dark elegance" and these mitts suggest dark elegance to me. Should have done something else for the cast on because they curl quite a bit but it's not too much of a big deal. And normally I hate just plain stockinette on mitts and much prefer ribbed patterns because they're more likely to stay on and look perfect but they fit snugly on me. And have just enough ruffle flare peeking out. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Nerdery Parade

It's been way over a year since an update and although I thought I hadn't made anything in that time I actually have. Only have photos of the knitting/crochet end of my creative life so I'll be updating in the way of FO parades. Today is the nerdery one. Projects inspired by my nerdom.

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool [1.5 skeins black, .25 green, .50 white]
Needles: 5mm
Ravelry Project Page: Space Invaders Tote Bag

This was my purse for about 10 months. I only took a couple crappy night time photos and now I'm not entirely sure where it is...but it probably looks like it's in bad shape from all the use it got. I lined the inside with just canvas and there's a tiny pocket on the inside. 
For some reason I had a looser tension for the back (possible accidental needle size upage) but I quickly fixed that issue by folding in the sides a bit and making some seams in the bag. More of a purse than a totebag now. 
I wanted to make this forever because I'm a huge Space |Invaders fan...and now looking back on it I may make it my dedicated knitting bag because I forgot how much I loved it. 

Yarn:  Sandes Garn Lanett [0.75 of black, 0.10 of yellow]
Needles: 3mm
Ravelry Project Page:  Triforce Handwarmers

Rivalling my love of Space Invaders is Zelda. When I say I love Zelda I mean I LOVE Zelda. I will do a runthrough of Ocarina of Time about once a week. I kind of obsess over the story/history/theories. And by kind of I mean really really obsess. I used slightly thinner yarn than what the pattern called for so the triforce is much smaller so I'm hoping to make another pair soon and also the matching Twilight Princess Scarf

Pattern: Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
Yarn: Bernat Super Value Solids [3 skeins red, 3 skeins blue, 0.3 skeins black]
Hook: 5mm
Ravelry Project Page: Spidey Blanket

I'm just going to start by saying that I am not the biggest fan of Spider-Man. In fact, I can only read the comic books for a short amount of time because I want to punch him in the face. However I love Venom and the original plan for this project was to make one Spidey and one Venom blanket (Which is sitting in a bag waiting on more yarn). Surprisingly this one took a month and the other one...well it'll be over a year before I finish it. Right now this is probably the most used piece I've ever made as it's made it onto my bed as my blanket. It's huuuuge. And I am so glad I made it out of a yarn that can be washed a million times. It only now (after a year of use) is starting to pill a bit but it's easily fixed when washed again. It will of course be tossed into my closet with the other blankets I've made and replaced by the Venom one. I have a lot of blankets in that closet. I adore making blankets but most never even get used once. One day.

Pattern: Batman, The Brave & The Bold
Yarn: Details are fuzzy
Hook: 4mm? 5mm? something like that
Ravelry Project Page: I AM BATMAN!

I love this little guy. He's so chubby and squishy.