Saturday Evening

 I finished the four tube socks my two Seattle grands;  I need to get going to mail out all their Christmas boxes!
The ball of brown yarn was a hat out of that Jacob cursed wool.
I was running out of yarn on the vest and fantasizing about a trash-it party, when I remembered this hat I made out of the yarn last year and put it away ‘cuz it was so ugly.
RRRIIIIPPPPPIIIIIITTTTTT!
Now I will have enough yarn for that vest!
I am so over knitting it but I am going to finish or else!
 On to happier thoughts;  I love Saturdays!  I don’t know why since technically everyday is like a Saturday when you are retired but I definitely shift gears mentally and just enjoy the day!
Off to the studio I went where I made some more center pieces for Christmas…both of these are gifts!
 Then I did some surgery on this little bear who is an antique since he was a gift to me at my birth and I believe there was a matching outfit to go with him.  He used to be pink and grey stripes with pink corduroy pads on his paws.
He is filled with sawdust or I should say used to be.  Most of it had hardened and condensed so that he was mostly flat so he couldn’t sit up anymore.
I bought some crushed, ground walnut shells to use to refill him.
I was able to open the stitching in the back, fill him up and stitch it closed so he is nice and round again!
 I finished the circles quilt!
  I ended up using the straight stitching all up and down every block the same and this way the stitching line could be continuous. 
It looks modern and clean!
Next week it will be bound and washed and I will show you the finished quilt!
 I decided to do something with the growing stack of finished paintings!
I hung them in the hall to my studio so I can enjoy my very own art gallery!
 I loaded the next quilt on the frame and set a trap….
When I went out to finish the circles quilt this morning, some naughty cat had tried to sleep on it last night and they were too fat so it popped half of the pins on the top, ripped the edging of the quilt backing and torqued the layers!
I was very unhappy.
So tonight , after I loaded the new quilt on the frame, I didn’t want a repeat of last night.
I rolled the quilt forward to there was more of the quilt on the roller to protect the fragile edge and then I put some contact paper across the quilt top-STICKY SIDE UP!
I hope to make a very bad memory for one of my fur babies so this will stop!
Stay tuned!
(Bill and I laughed thinking about a cat careening through the house with the contact paper flying along with it, meowing all  way!  )
And lastly, I received a nice little package from Missouri Quilt Co-pins, scissors, measuring tape and a modern print fat quarter for the price of shipping!
I love a sweet deal!
They are a great company to buy from!

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Mondo Throw

It’s finished. The throw is super soft and really, really, really warm.

Rowan is sharing photos from Magazine 61 (coming in February) on their Facebook page.

It looks like it’s going to be another great magazine.

Someone is very comfortable on the bed. Mom sent a text last night asking where she was going to sleep (mom, not Lucy). I told her to pick another bedroom because it doesn’t look like Lucy is going to move.
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Circling

                                            And we’re off to a good start on the circled quilt.

  I had a few mis-stitches on the first row but I have my pattern now I think.
Those blank circles are calling me…….
I’ll let you know what I work out!

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Got Yer Back

 I like to use my leftover(s) blocks on the back of my quilts for added interest.
I tackled the pile of tops today.  These were small lap quilts and pretty straight forward.
 I like the horizontal setting as it is easier to load on the frame also.
 I didn’t want to waste any of the bridges and lighthouse blocks I collected on the Shop Hop.
I put my least favorite blocks on the back so they could still be included.
I used a few strips of leftover fabric to separate the blocks and sewed them together.

                                     After trimming, I cut the backing apart to add the blocks.
                 And added the ‘new’ adjusted strip back into the place for the souped up backing!

                                                  Now it goes from, “ehh” to “yeah!”
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Marley

Lorna’s Laces. Franklin Habit. Knitting. Don’t miss out.

Let’s all close our eyes for a minute and fast forward past the holiday wonder and madness and imagine that we finished all of our projects with plenty of time left over to enjoy an extra glass of eggnog. Yeah, I know it’s magical thinking, but this is my story and that’s how I want it to go.

That post holiday lull is probably my favorite time of the year when it comes to projects. No pressure, just fun. It can be anything I want it to be. I have time to join in a KAL if I want and maybe have a little fun with my yarn peeps.

We were talking the other day about how we might want a KAL to look and decided that Franklin Habit would make a wonderful master of ceremonies. As luck would have it, he was available! Rumor on the street tells me that Ms. Dolores Van Hoofen will be joining in as well! Did I hear a squee?!

The next question was what do we want to work on? We all agreed that a blanket would be ideal. We liked the idea of working on something cozy. Plus, Tin Can Knits had just released their new book, Colour Madness and the Marley Blanket had struck all of us as SO DARN CUTE.

We are going to be doing the Cloudgate kits – these will make the bulky version. The colours available are

Cam

Ernie

Pedro

Samwise

Rosamund

Lorna’s Laces did not do the red/yellow version that is pictured in the finished throw but they can make you a kit in it’s likeness if that is the colourway you want.

There are 4 sizes on the blanket pattern. The pattern is not included in the kit – you need to purchase it on Ravelry.

The finished blanket measures approximately 27 (36, 48, 58)” wide by 36 (49, 70, 83)” long, but will vary based upon finished gauge and blocking. 

Small – takes 1 kit
Medium – takes 2 kits
Large – takes 3 kits
XLarge – takes 4 kits

Each kit is $125. If you order your kit (kits) before December 10th we will give you 10% off. That makes the kits $112.50. 

We will have the kits in stock before the end of December to make sure you can participate. There will be lots of time to mail if you live out of town.

I’m leaning between Cam and Rosamond but I think Cam is going to work.

We received a shipment of Cascade yarns today and there were skeins of Mondo in Walnut Heather. We’ve kitted the yarn up for a throw.

Don’t tell anyone but I’m sneaking out early. We’re heading to Toronto for the One of a Kind show. Yay!!

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Not Mismatched!

I sat in the waiting room of the surgery center today for 6 hours and was able to knit for most of it!
This is not a pair of mismatched socks-it is one each of two pairs!
When I finished the first tube sock for a 4 year old, the yarn just missed the spot to begin the second one so I started the 18 month old pair!  
No, I didn’t get them both done today-I went with these completed but I did finish the larger sock so now I have one pair done!
The smaller one will be done in an evening.
I did take along the Jacob wool vest;  boy that yarn is cursed.  I am plugging along on the vest, I have the front and back separated now but it is a slog;  I hope it is amazing when I am done!
(Bill had surgery to remove a fatty tumor…which was supposed to be a 20 min surgery that ended up being a 1 hour 20 min surgery.  The lump was larger than they thought!
And more involved.
And he had a bit of trouble after anesthesia.
Never boring but grateful to God it is over and he is doing very well tonight.)

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Extreme Bulky

We’ve been asked for super, super bulky yarn and now we have one. A shipment arrived yesterday afternoon with charcoal grey Mondo. I took out some 25mm needles and cast on. This is one and a half skeins. I’m going to use 4 and make a great throw. It will be about 32″ wide (not stretched) and 48″ long.

Mondo is just what it’s name implies, SUPER bulky and SUPER soft! It’s a soft blend of superfine alpaca and wool. This new yarn is best for quick and bold statement pieces and has a gauge suitable for arm knitting.

50% Superfine Alpaca / 50% Wool
Weight: 400 g / 14.12 oz
Approx: 58 yds / 53 m
Knitting Needle Size: Size US 50 / 25.0 mm
Knitting Gauge: 3 – 4 sts = 4″ (10 cm)

We’ve already put together kits with 4 balls of yarn and the needles.

We have daily requests for baby blanket patterns. This is Starry Stripes (purchased on Ravelry) knit in Liberty Wool from Classic Elite.

A colorful blanket every baby and mother will love in machine washable Liberty Wool. The subtle slip stitch chevron showcases the stripes in Liberty Wool Print to their best advantage.

Liberty is one of my favourite yarns. Lots of colours without changing balls. It feels good to knit with and wear.

My plan was to finish the throw while watching Survivor. I got into the show and forgot to knit. The third skein has been started. I’d like to say it will be finished tomorrow but we are heading to One of a Kind after work. The throw will be in the store so you can see it in progress. It is so warm! And the yarn is very soft. It’s the perfect colour for my house so I have a feeling I’ll be making another one. One for the store and one for the couch.

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Mimsy

This morning we received a shipment of Zauberball Starke 6.

The same unique color combinations as Zauberball® Crazy in a DK weight to give sweaters, shawls, and scarves a truly creative flair.

Beth’s original scarf was knit with the thinner Crazy. Then she found Starke 6 – the same great colours but she could use a bigger needle. This scarf is one ball each of colours 2266 and 2136.

She liked the scarf so much that she’s started a second one.

For this scarf she used one ball each of 2136 and 2095

There are 3 pages of patterns on Ravelry for shawls, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests and cardigans using Starke 6.

A box arrived from Lynda as well. The shawl is beautiful!

Pattern: Chevrione (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One Cheshire Cat mini skein kit from Frabjous Fibers

It’s a crazy windy day today and getting pictures wasn’t easy. The picture of the shawl on the mannequin is very close to the true colours of the kit – we used Mimsy. The picture below is to show how big the shawl is.

Chevrione is knit starting from the small end of the triangle to the end, where it is bound off using a picot bind off! It can be worked with lots of beads, a few beads, or no beads at all. Chevrione was specifically designed to use gradients, as the wave pattern shows beautifully with the gradient. This pattern includes both full written and charted instructions, and can easily be modified for size by working extra repeats of Chart B, or omitting repeats of Chart B.

Something fun came late this afternoon. I’ve been playing with it and there will be pictures tomorrow.
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Introducing Tranquil Waves

Happy Giving Tuesday!  Schnapps insisted that we get this up today as a gift to everyone.  Please use this pattern to make a difference for someone.  And for your own enjoyment, of course!
This hat was knit using 3 colors of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, but instructions are below for other yarn weights as well.  Schnapps took 3 new skeins of yarn and created 3 hats using the same color combinations.  This pattern would be great for using up your yarn stash too………and you could always use more colors than just three – play around with different combinations and see what results.
I think this pattern is a great unisex pattern…….and remember, many men undergo chemotherapy and get cold heads too.  Hats are shipping out again this week and more are needed always.  Help our your local cancer center if you can and drop off a few hats you make this holiday season.
Here are the other 2 hats Schnapps made with the remainder of these 3 skeins:

 
If you are have not purchased any patterns or any fundraiser items recently, please consider making a donation using the link on right side of this page to help us pay for postage and supply costs.   We are getting ready to ship out LOTS of hats to cancer centers for the Fall.  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
Kisses to everyone!

If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!
 
  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
 
 
Tranquil Waves
You will need 3 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
 
Abbreviations:
swyib:  slip stitches with yarn held in back of work
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures about 1.5 to 2 inches in length, ending with a Row 1.

Work Body of Hat:

Switch to Color B

Row 1:  *s3wyib, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k1, s1wyib, 21*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  knit all stitches

Switch to Color C and work Rows 1-4 again

Switch to Color A and work Rows 1-4 again

Continue changing colors and working Rows 1-4 until your work measures about 6.5 to 7 inches in length, ending with a Row 4.  End on a repeat using Color A for continuity or any color for a different look.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed.  Use last color used for body of hat.

Row 1:     knit all stitches
Row 2:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:    *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.  

Use 2 strands of 4- or 5-weight yarn or 3 strands of 3-weight yarn held together as one strand and work pattern as written if you want to use other yarn weights and have the hat look like the model

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but the crown decrease is worked over 8.


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