Knitting


Months ago, I knit a Pussy Hat and sent it off to Washington. The morning of the Women’s March, I received this text from the beautiful stranger who wore the hat:

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Seriously, this MADE MY DAY. I ended up knitting a couple of more Pussy Hats for myself and my daughter. Speaking of my daughter, knitting her some fingerless mitts was a great way to use up leftover sock yarn.

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Annnnnd I finished a sweater. The sleeves are a bit tight — and it’s largely cotton so they won’t stretch as much as I’d like — but overall, I’m happy with this sweater.

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What are you knitting these days?

I’ve been knitting away. I finished a pair of socks:

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And, of course, a Pussyhat that I mailed off to Washington!img_1285

I’m now working on a sweater. I also want to knit this one, after seeing Tracie’s in person. What are your 2017 knitting plans?

I finished the flannel quilt I’ve been working on.

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As usual, it’s still pretty funky since I’m a self-taught quilter. But it’s definitely one of my better ones and it’s sooooooo warm and cozy. And last weekend I sold knit hats at my kids’ school craft fair — my 10th and final year.

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Unlike other years, the hats didn’t sell well. I’m not sure why. But that means I’ve got lots of inventory on Etsy!

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Among several other things that I continue to be too lazy to document, I finished this Crackerjack Cowl, a conceptual knitting project that chronicles the SF Giants’ season. I did it because I loved KnittyBarb (of the 2 Knit Lit Chicks)’s version and I thought it might make me more interested in baseball. (As my husband said recently, “It’s October — time to follow baseball!” Given the Giants’ history in even years, that wasn’t a bad strategy to employ but no such luck this particular even year…) Anyway, this project didn’t really fulfill its purpose because instead of getting me more excited about baseball, it got me aggravated that I had a project lying around that was not going to get finished for 6+ months. Overall, it’s cute, but the kitchener stitch join looks TERRIBLE partly due to user error (uh, having the wrong side facing forward – duh) and partly because I ran out of the necessary color one row before finishing. So the join MUST stay behind my neck. Another thing that annoys me is that I misestimated length — it ended up being is too short to wrap around my next twice yet it looks too long wrapped around only once.Sigh. (For the record, here are my pattern details: I used Blue Sky Sport Weight; I cast on 68 stitches and knit two rounds for every game. Home win = orange; home loss = off white; road win = grey; road loss = black.) But don’t let my lackluster experience dissuade you from knitting this clever pattern. Everyone I know is rooting for the Cubs now so…Go Cubs, I guess! Here’s the flip side of the Crackerjack Cowl:

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Meanwhile, I continue to knit preemie hats and hats for the upcoming craft fair.

I made this bulky scarf after seeing something like it on an episode of Knitting Daily TV. You crochet the scarf and then just weave the contrasting color through the holes.

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I’ve also been making a lot of hats and working on the Crackerjack Cowl. (Go Giants!)

 

So I finally finished that throw:

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I’m really happy with it — it’s just the pop of color our neutral bedroom needed. Then, because I’m avoiding working on this it’s-taking-forever cardigan, I went a little cowl crazy. I crocheted three cowls in quick succession (but only took a photo of one), including one with that leftover blanket yarn:

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And then I knit this one up in about two nights:

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In addition to continuing to slog through that cardigan, I’m going to start some Knitted Knockers and a baseball-related (wait for it) cowl.

I whipped up some preemie hats with leftover sock yarn…

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…and made this cute little bag.

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I’m onto a sweater, which, as longtime readers know, is a huge risk. Wish me luck!

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