After a LENGTHY parting, time to share our projects again!
So it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Gosh, guys, this summer has zipped past like you wouldn’t believe! And I know it’s only going to get busier with my daughters returning to school (good grief) TOMORROW.
At least I’ll have more time to myself at home when they’re at school. To do important things like, say, take photos of everything I’ve made. Ha!
Are you ready to dive in? Let’s go!
Yarns and Patterns Used in These Projects
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Cowl: Undetermined Stash Yarn (USY) in fingering weight, goldenrod color
Pattern: Lingering over Tea
Hand towel & washcloth sets: I Love This Cotton in Glowing, Copper Spice, and Denim Blue Print, plus white cotton USY
Patterns: various slip-stitch patterns, one from this pattern and the other invented by me
Bags: I Love This Cotton in Red and Pewter, plus Black Sparkle and Top This! Yarn in Elephant (Elephant is discontinued, but other styles & colors are available at the link)
Pattern: Book Bag from Kids Can Do It: Knitting by Judy Ann Sadler
Lace Scarf: Darn Good Yarn Silk Yarn Worsted Weight Roving Silk Yarn in Watercolors
Pattern: my own creation, using lace stitch pattern from The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
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Previously, on What I’m Knitting Wednesday…
Here’s another hand towel and washcloth set I just recently finished. Two different slipped stitch patterns, one that was completely stockinette on one side (the towel) and the other with a seed-stitch-like slipped stitch pattern (the washcloth). Totally improvised. I really like the way the slipped stitches created vertical stripes!
I made the Lingering Over Tea cowl without any clear idea of who would receive it. But after I also finished a lacy scarf (more on that later), I had an epiphany. My church offers gifts to foster kids twice a year: once at Christmas, and once at Easter. I always sign up to offer a gift bag or basket. It occurred to me that some of these knitted items would make wonderful, beautiful gifts for foster children.
This cowl will go to a foster child this Christmas. I’m already eager to fill up that bag this year!
The hand towel and washcloth sets will go to For the Children of Pine Ridge.
The Girlios Request Bags…
Just before we headed off to Colorado for our vacation (that was alllll the way back at the end of May/beginning of June, eek), both my daughters requested that I knit bags for them. The pattern came from a kids’ knitting book that my older daughter has owned for years.
I think Kiersten (my older) got her bag towards the end of our vacation. (I spent so many hours on the road knitting!)
Elena (my younger) got her bag a week or two later, just in time for a huge swim meet, in which she tucked away several things to help keep her occupied and sane during a long couple of days.
A Beautiful New Yarn Encourages Experimentation…
While I was still working on the bags, I received my first shipment from the Darn Good Yarn of the Month club. I’ll be reviewing this club soon (when I get my third shipment, which should happen in a few weeks).
In the meantime, I’ll tell you that this yarn — silk roving in beautiful jewel-toned rainbow colors — is absolute heaven to knit with! It’s soft. It’s silky (I know, “duh, it’s silk, why wouldn’t it be silky?”). It has a lovely shimmer. If I had to knit with nothing but this yarn for the rest of my days, I would be blissfully happy.
I decided to try knitting a little lacy spring scarf with my yummy new yarn. Rather than look for a pattern online, I decided I wanted to try creating my own pattern. My husband Eric got me this stitch dictionary for my birthday last year, and I thought it shouldn’t go to waste. I looked through the “lace stitches” chapter till I found one that caught my fancy, and away I went.
I started the scarf while in the midst of bagmaking, just because I wanted to try the yarn briefly. After I finished Elena’s bag (I knitted Kiersten’s first), I immersed myself fully into the scarf. I finished it during that mega-swim meet I mentioned.
This scarf, I’ve decided, will be an Easter gift for a foster child next year.
I actually had a lot of yarn left — probably used only half a skein to knit the scarf. On a whim, I dug into my knitting bag, pulled out a crochet hook, and looked for a particular shawl pattern I vaguely knew of but had never tried before: Knitty’s Grantangle. (If you’ve ever seen the “Why Granny?” Knitty article that I credit with teaching me to crochet a granny square, you’ve also seen this pattern.)
This isn’t finished yet because I ran out of yarn before I got a decent sized shawl. I’m still trying to decide if I want to order more Roving Silk or if I want to finish it with another yarn I already have on hand.
Girlios Request MORE Stuff…
However, as they’re wont to do, while my girls saw the crocheted shawl in progress, each of them decided they, too, wanted one. (If my daughters remember me for nothing else after I’m gone, they will surely remember all the things I’ve knitted/crocheted for them!)
Kiersten wanted a red shawl. Elena wanted a teal one. (For reasons known only to her, what she considers “teal” I’d consider “mint green.”)
I happened to have several tiny balls of red angora yarn passed down from Eric’s late grandmother (RIP, Grandma Haschke). Kiersten decided this would be the perfect yarn for her shawl.
Naturally, I ran out before the shawl was large enough. (Apparently I’m dreadful at determining the appropriate amount of yarn for this pattern.) I hopped onto the WEBS website (as mentioned in a recent Knitting Nuggets Newsletter) and found some extremely affordable wool/mohair/angora yarn in a red/brown tweed. I also found the perfect “teal” merino wool for Elena’s shawl.
The moment the yarn arrived, I was able to zip through the rest of Kiersten’s shawl.
I must tell you that Grantangle is the fastest shawl pattern I’ve ever encountered. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a crochet pattern rather than a knitting pattern or what, but I can literally turn out one of these shawls in about a week. I’ve never been able to knit a shawl in less than a month.
Need a shawl, fast? Crochet a Grantangle. Also, they’re super cute.
Could it be… yes! I’ve finally finished listing my FOs! I’m sure y’all are relieved.
I have only 3 WIPs, I’m sure you’ll be happy to know.
Works in Progress: Crochet with a side of Socks
I started Elena’s Grantangle shawl earlier last week. As usual, I ran out of yarn. I really need to figure out how much yarn these babies take. Here’s my progress thus far:
Another ball of the yarn I need has just arrived, so I should be finished with this by the end of the week.
I also still have that other Grantangle, the one I began with the remainder of the DGY Roving Silk, but that’s basically hibernating until I decide what I’ll finish it with.
Last but not least: I spent a lot of time a couple Saturdays ago darning my 3 pairs of handknitted socks. (I knitted 2 pairs, and a friend knitted the 3rd.) It made me realize that I miss knitting socks, and so I decided to cast on a new pair.
I only just cast on a few nights ago. I spent a few hours finishing up the toe on Monday, and now I’m onto the foot.
I’m using a drop-stitch sock pattern called Tangled Up in Blue. I’m excited because while I love drop-stitch patterns, I’ve never used one for socks. So I think this ought to be a really interesting project.
Finally, we’re at an end. I’d love to hear what you all are knitting (or crocheting!). What are you making for charity? Do you have any insistent knitting-recipients like my daughters? Making anything for yourself? Share in the comments!