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Lazy Green Cowl

Made with some mystery yarn that I found in a free box across the street from Ralph’s. (I think it’s wool or a wool blend.) Something for inbetween projects to keep my hands busy.

Ended up being shorter than I probably would’ve liked, and I stitched it into a cowl. (If you know me and want a green cowl, let me know.)

Autumnal Mitts

I made these as an auction or door prize item for a scholarship fundraiser employee lunch at The Evergreen State College. 😀

At this gauge it’s a bit large/wide for my hands, but would fit most, I think.

Minor modifications:

  • Only two repeats before starting thumb gusset (seems to make it look more unisex) and one repeat after finishing the thumb gusset.
  • At the end of the gusset increases, knit row 8 in pattern and through the gusset. Then knit row 1 in pattern, m1L before the marker, transfer the thumb stitches to waste yarn, m1R after the thumb stitches.

I’d used a smidge of the yarn for another project; with what I had left, it was exactly enough yarn. Probably not enough if I’d done all the repeats in the pattern. Maybe with a full skein? But hard to say for sure.

Seeta fingerless gloves

Overall: it’s a really fast pattern because it’s almost all stockinette & slipped stitches. It took me a bit to get the hang of how to do the pattern exactly, but once I got it…

Having now worn them once, I think they’d be more comfortable on my hands if I’d done 1/2 a pattern less; they feel a little long. Also, the pattern has a sort of smocking effect, which makes it a little shorter on the outside than on the inside. I don’t know if this could have been mitigated by draping longer lengths for the passed over yarn. It’s also possible that this effect will be reduced over time by wear.

Cast on at knitting group on Saturday and got several pattern repeats in, but decided on 1/11 that I needed to start the patterning over again. Ripped back to end of ribbing.

January 14, 2016

Started thumb gusset on right hand.

January 19, 2016

Finished the right hand (except thumb) at D&D on Saturday, then cast on left hand. This morning got to gusset of left hand. (Already!)

January 21, 2016

Finished the left hand on the bus, about to start on thumbs.

Stella’s bee

Probably the most complex thing I’ve ever knitted. Each individual bit was not that difficult, but all together it’s a remarkably complex little work. I think I could’ve stuffed the body a little more to get a more sturdy neck.

I also wonder if it would’ve been a stronger design to do the head from the top down, then pick up stitches and do the body top down as well.

On the other hand, the whole thing is ridiculously adorable, and the recipient (a co-worker with a year-old daughter) was delighted. I may make another, as I have lots of all the colors except the black.

Coffee Bunny

Got a little crooked, but it’s a hella cute pattern. Will probably make another with the rest of the tan Cascade Superwash 220.

FWIW, did the feet as i-cord, which worked pretty well, less klutzy than regular in the round.

Coffee Bunny

Got a little crooked, but it’s a hella cute pattern. Will probably make another with the rest of the tan Cascade Superwash 220.

FWIW, did the feet as i-cord, which worked pretty well, less klutzy than regular in the round.

Winter Summer Cowl

Wasn’t too sure about this pattern initially, but I really like all the subtle lace/texture with the texture of the yarn. Opens up some but not a huge amount with blocking. (I even pinned it & left overnight.)

Q&A with Halvorson

(this was supposed to be something else, but that presenter had a family emergency) some really nuanced thoughts on PDFs and context. dealing with distributed authorship – if it’s a box that they check off instead of something that they really care about. these are still professionals! have to have compassion, relationship-building, trust. “my job […]