I need to catch you all up on what's been happening! Last week, I had a curve ball thrown at me so that has created some distraction for me but didn't keep me from continuing an easy project that I almost stopped knitting. Read about that, my new favorite pattern, and what's up next.
My New Favorite Pattern
The photos above show the scarf/cowl that I have been knitting lately. The pattern is Totally Looped by Julie Tarsha. When I find a pattern that I really like, I will knit several items from that pattern and use different kinds of yarns. So, this has turned out to be my favorite pattern for now. The first one that I made was done in a Noro yarn. I like the way the colors striped...not too narrow...not too wide. The blue is a cotton with a metallic thread and will be a nice lightweight cowl for spring. I still need to block it and then sew the ends together. The scarf at the right is currently in progress of being knitted. The yarn is Classic Yarns' Cotton Jeans in the colorway Sailcloth. I should have it finished tomorrow and then block it some time over the weekend.
I Had To Start Over Seven Times!!
When I made the first two scarves, I had no problem following the pattern. It is actually an easy pattern!! I cannot figure out for the life of me why I had to start the third one over at least seven times. It's not like the pattern is difficult to follow. Also, it doesn't have an enormous amount of stitches....there are only 42! Plus, I thought I was following the pattern closely! Finally, I got it lined out to where I didn't have to frog the scarf.....again. That was a plus. There were several times, though, that I had to back up the work because I had somehow lost a stitch. I had to back up at least 6 or 7 rows but at least I didn't have to frog it any more. Whew!! I'm currently on the last pattern repeat of the pattern and should be able to finish it up tomorrow.
I'm pretty sure the reason I had so much trouble with working such an easy pattern is that for the past week there has been a distraction that has taken my mind away from concentrating on the project at hand. I almost switched to crocheting an easy hat but didn't because I was determined to get the scarf done. Yay me!!
What's Up Next
~~~ With the Spring season coming up next month, I will be gearing more toward lighter weight items such as the summer top that I started last year and some shawls. There are a few shawl patterns that are beautiful that I want to make with lace weight yarn. ~~~ On the first Friday of March, designer Jane Campbell will be having a Shakespeare trunk show at my local yarn store! Her designs are based on and named after some of Shakespeare's works. "As You Like It" is one of her designs that I have made several shoulder wraps from. I can make one in two or three days. I'm really looking forward to meeting her and seeing what she will be offering then. ~~~
I Made A Scarf For A Contest At LYS
February is Noro Yarn month at the local yarn store where there is a contest for which Noro Yarn is used. The yarn can be crocheted, knitted, or woven into an item that can be finished by February 29th.
The item that I made for the contest is a scarf that is knitted in such a way that creates a diagonal design and has an eyelet pattern. The yarn is Noro Taiyo Sport in Col. 7 colorway and the pattern is Totally Looped by Julie Tarsha. The yarn worked out really nice for this scarf. I like the way it did the self-striping so that the stripes were only about an inch wide and shows all the colors of the yarn very nicely.
First Time I Ever Blocked Anything
As I was knitting the scarf, I noticed that it was curling a little and had little bulges throughout. I decided to block the scarf so that it would lay nice and flat and so that the eyelet pattern would be more noticeable.
I was at Walmart the other day and bought a play mat that breaks down into squares that are about 12" x 12". I snapped 6 of them together end-to-end so that I could pin the scarf to the surface and then spray it with warm water to block it. I let the scarf dry over night and as you can see in the far right photo above, it no longer curls nor does it have little bulges. This is the first time I have ever blocked ANYTHING!! It looks really nice.
What's Up Next
~~ I still have to block and sew up the side seam on the poncho that I finished knitting last week. I didn't get that done because of the scarf I knitted for the contest at the local yarn store. ~~ I bought more yarn last night to make a couple more scarves like the one I did for the contest. Well, I'm thinking one will be a lightweight cowl and the other will be a scarf. ~~ I need to get that summer top that I started knitting last spring back out so that I can work on it and have it finished for THIS summer! Ha! I will need to re-read the pattern so that I can get familiar with it again. I pretty much have just the sleeves and neckline to knit.
Well, that's it for now. Will keep you posted on what happens when I Play With Yarn.
P.S. I'll let you know if I win/won anything at the Noro Yarn month contest.
Hooray! The poncho is finally off the needles! I finished knitting and cast off the poncho a few days ago. This weekend I will block it, sew up the seam, and then take a picture of it for my next blog post. I will wear it to knitting group for "show and tell" next Tuesday. I can't wait!!
The local yarn store has a contest during February. Since it is "Noro Month" there, the items made are to be of Noro yarn. They can be woven, knitted, or crochet and the yarn must be bought at that store. I bought one skein of Noro Taiyo Sport in the colorway Col. 7 and I'm making the "Totally Looped" scarf designed by Julie Tarsha. I started knitting it last night and I already have one-fourth of it completed. When I'm finished with it, I'll take a picture of it to post onto the store's contest discussion thread on Ravelry so that I will be "officially" entered into the contest. Prizes include a $50 RW gift card, a Noro book with yarn for a project, and a Knitterella project bag. Nice, huh?
This week, I gained more yarn not by buying it but by frogging a couple of items that I made (but didn't quite finish) and wound up not really liking them all that much.
I have been to knitting group a couple of times this week. Tonight will be my third time going to the yarn store for knitting time away from home. I can get more done on the scarf that I started last night.
What you see in the photo is not all of the yarn that I have. I have more in bags and a couple of storage totes. Then I also have my WIPs in project bags. I need to slow down on buying more yarn and work on using up what I already have.
My library of yarn-related books is pretty much what you see in the photo. I have a few more lurking around here somewhere. I have sorted out the magazines that I wanted to keep. I will take the ones that I don't want and donate them to the yarn store. The owner has a selection of magazines for minimal donations to the local domestic abuse shelter. I have a 3-ring binder that is full of individual patterns. I need to start another one because I have so many other patterns that I have printed up but they all need a home!
In the brown tub on the bottom shelf are knitting needles, crochet hooks, and accessories. Most of them belonged to my Mom. I took them over so that they can be in use since she could no longer remember how to knit and crochet. I need to sort them out an put them in their proper little storage bags.
I am almost finished with the poncho that I re-started 20 days ago. I have 3 inches of the collar left, then the bottom back ribbing, sew it together, and block it. Then it will finally be done!
I have three storage totes that are full of stuff that I have made over the past 3 or 4 years. They are full of knitted bath mitts, knitted fingerless gloves. hooded scarves, wash cloths, coffee cup cozies, and hats! I need to figure out what I'm going to do with them. I think I will be donating the hats to one of the churches in town that does yarn stuff for charity. There is also a community center that takes hats for kids.