Sunday, February 26, 2017

Not Cotton?

A little change of pace from working with kitchen cottons this week. First up was this lovely shawl using some Noro yarn that's been stashed for 15 years. If it looks familiar, that's because I worked this pattern a couple of weeks ago in a different yarn. 

This scarf is made from a free Lion Brand pattern. It's called Ripple Scarf

This shawl was started a few years ago and got packed away when it was half-finished. It's done now! The pattern is Lion Brand's Prayer Shawl Healing Shawl.

This cloche isn't technically finished yet. The crochet's done, but FuzzyHusband is going to laser cut some leather flower petals for me. The center of the flower will be the button that's laying on the upturned section of hat brim. Then it will be finished! But since the crocheting is complete, I figured I'd post it. The pattern was a free find on Ravelry. The link to the pattern website is here.

Another free Ravelry find! This fun newsboy hat pattern can be found here. This was worked in some of the leftover yarn from the prayer shawl. I need to find some buttons to sew on either end of the band above the brim.

That's all for this week. I've still been fighting off a cough that won't die, so I'm going to try and take it easy. See you all next week!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kitchen Cotton Everywhere!

I finished up the towels on Monday.

FuzzyHusband surprised me by taking Valentine's Day off from work, so we got to spend the day together. I did start a new project while we hung out at a new coffee house. It took me longer than I thought it would. I had to keep resting my hands. But the finished effect is really nice. I found the pattern on Ravelry, but it's published on a crocheting blog in Australia. If you like it, you can check it out here

After finishing the tea cozy, I thought it might be nice to have a matching trivet. I started with this pattern and modified the last round because I was running very low on the green.

That's all for this week. I've got a several more projects queued up. We'll see how many I can get done between now and next Sunday.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Are You Noticing A Trend?

I was happily working through my stash at a good clip when I got hit with a nasty head cold. I finished the scarf Sunday night and was feeling fine. 

Monday I decided to dig out my stash of kitchen cotton yarn and towels. I picked out a few things to get started on and got to work. Tuesday I started feeling really sick and I was having trouble keeping count of my stitches.

Not wanting my productivity thwarted, on Wednesday I pulled out a hibernating project of dish scrubbers that needed sewn up.

By Thursday after much rest and fluids I could crochet again without issue and finished up all eight towels that I'd been trying to work on earlier.

I also was able to go through the bin I keep the kitchen cotton in and update my stash info on Ravelry so I wouldn't keep buying the same things over and over. Plus I untangled a couple of skeins whose labels had popped off and turned into tangled messes. Those got wound into center pull balls too. I love my trusty yarn winder!

Friday I read through a few patterns and tried to decide what to play with next. I didn't have the correct size hooks for any of my top choices, so I randomly picked something short and sweet from my Ravelry queue.

It doesn't quite fit the shape of our dishsoap bottle, but it's enough to keep the drips at bay. Plus it was fun and used another 12 grams of kitchen cotton from my stash of partial skeins.

Yesterday I finally felt well enough to venture outside. The sun was out and it was unseasonably warm, so I wanted to take advantage of it. FuzzyHusband drove us around for some fun errands and I treated myself to a pair of kitchen towels and some coordinating Sugar'n Cream cottons.

I was able to finish two of the four crochet tops yesterday.

The other two have their blanket stitch foundations done and are ready to be finished.

I guess I know what I"m doing for a little bit today, at least once the laundry's put away. ;-)

See you next weekend!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

More Yarn!

I finished up my Twisted Canyon Wave last Monday. Very pleased with how it turned out. Free pattern from Lion Brand can be found here. 

When that piece was finished I had two choices. A skein of Plymouth Encore Boucle that I wanted to turn into ear warmers, or going through the mystery bag of stuff that I posted about last week. I chose the ear warmers. Pattern is called Amelia Chunky Ear Warmer with Buttons and can be downloaded from Ravelry.

 Then I had no choice but to dig through that bag. One thing I found was a pair of fingerless gloves that were about half done. The pattern had been free on Ravelry about 3 years ago, but has since been removed. Happily I had printed the instructions so I could finish them!

I also found two skeins of Red Heart Unforgettable that I seriously don't remember buying. A browse through Ravelry's pattern database led me to Coraline in the Wine Country and couple of days later I had this shawl. It still needs to be blocked, but it used up most of the two skeins, leaving very little left over.

 Once I was done with the mystery bag's contents, I was able to reward myself with the cabled cowl I wanted to make myself with some Misti Alpaca yarn I bought last weekend. Such a fun and gorgeous pattern! The Alexis Cowl pattern can be found on Ravelry. Side note, it's by the same designer who created the ear warmer pattern that I used. Apparently I like her style.

Saturday morning rolled around and I found myself on a long car ride. Happily I packed yarn from my stash! I worked up another pair of the Country Owl Wrist Warmers in some Plymouth Encore that I'd discovered. It was left over after only using 9 grams from the skein in a project years ago.

Then I started in on this lovely thing. It's going to be a dressy scarf. I've made this pattern before and it is still fun to play with. The Unforgettable One-Skien Scarf pattern can be found here. It's designed to use one skein of Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn. I have to admit it's probably the loveliest easy-to-find 100% acrylic yarn that I've felt. I still have another skein in my stash that I need to find a use for.

That's all for this week. Lots of finished items made mostly from materials that's been stashed for at least 3 years. I'll hopefully get to treat myself to some new yarn to make another infinity scarf from the same pattern I posted about last week. But first I've got a few more things to finish from the stash. See you next week!