I changed the pattern a bit, omitting some of the straight knitting and purling rows between the cable and eyelet detail in favor of repeating the cable and eyelet rows an extra time. I like the way it turned out and think would have been even longer if I did it the way the pattern was written. I think my brim is shorter too.
This is the top. I changed the decreases ever so slightly so as to not be knitting the two stitches together at the end and beginning of the next row. I still think it looks pretty.
It feels so good to finally finish a project. I started the first sleeve of my sweater last night and I am very pleased with how it’s looking.
A few months ago, I discovered T-shirt yarn or tarn. I was checking out Wool and the Gang’s Jersey Be Good and finding myself wanting to buy tons of colors. But I restrained myself and instead started googling and learned how easy it is to make your own. I found some great tutorials like this one here.
It seemed like a great reason to clean out my closet and I grabbed some old T-shirts that were definitely ready to be recycled.
Here’s what I did.
First I cut the neck and arms off the flat T-shirt to make more of a rectangular tube. I folded it in half and began cutting one inch strips being sure to stop before I got to the folded edge.Here you can see the finished cut T-shirt with Willie. Cats are very curious about tarn making.
Next I began cutting alternating sides so that it became one long strip of fabric.
T-shirt is stretchy so you need to stretch it out so that the ends and corners fold in to make one long continuous strand that is a bit more uniform in shape.
And then you wind it into a ball to use for whatever project you wish.
I made four balls out of old T-shirts. I’ll likely make a scarf out of this for the spring once I finish some other projects.
And my next goal is to attempt to do some old flat T-shirt sheets. I hope to turn those into a rug.
It’s been a while since I posted any projects because I haven’t actually finished anything yet this year.
I decided that I wanted to try my first real sweater and it’s been taking a bit of time to finish up. I’m working on Lemongrass and I am loving everything about it.
For a first time sweater knitter, I’ve found the pattern is very easy to follow, the construction is very simple and using a bulky yarn makes each section go quickly. I just hope I finish it in time to wear at least once before the weather gets too warm.
This is a quick knit too and I hope to have it finished within the week.
This week, another exciting this that happened was my card catalog was featured on Asja Knits. Asja wrote a post about yarn storage and found so many creative ways knitters are storing their yarns. It was very exciting to see my storage method listed with so many other beautiful and creative yarn stashes.
It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been working on a sweater and it’s taking a while and I am not sure how interesting my progress updates would really be for anyone reading this blog. We’ve also cooked some new recipes but I keep forgetting to take pictures or I take pictures and never intend to make that recipe again.
We ended up using more chorizo than the recipe called for because our grocery store didn’t have the already cured chorizo. I ended up just using three links and removing the casing and browning it up. The amount of soup that this recipe makes is good for a side but we wanted to have it for the meal. If you do that, I’d recommend doubling it if you like a lot of leftovers.
Otherwise, it was hearty and flavorful and we’ll definitely make it again.
It’s definitely best to have a person in mind when you are knitting up a project. I started working on a One Row Lace Scarf for a while. I used beautiful, soft Ella Rae Lace Merino and it was a great project to work on in a car or on a plane. But it was not going very quickly otherwise because I wasn’t sure who I wanted it to go to.
Then I was thinking of way to thank Nicky for sending me those cute stitch markers and immediately I knew. That scarf was for her! It flew off my needles over Christmas.
I love the way it turned out and I’m so glad it went to a good home. Enjoy Nicky!
I think I had a very successful knitting year. I knit a few bigger projects (my poncho and a baby blanket) and tried out some new things that I’d never done before (a stuffed animal and dog sweater). I made a couple things to donate for charity and others to give to some good friends.
Our knitting group had a secret Santa yesterday and I decided to challenge myself with a quick knit for my pick. I tend to be a slow knitter — patterns that are called one night scarf might as well be one week for me. And that’s okay except when I really want to knit someone something and there’s a deadline.
That’s why picking out this School Time Cowl was perfect. I was able to put some leftover worsted weight yarn to good use. I got to make stripes which my knitting friends say are something they associate me with. And best of all, I got to knit a cozy cowl for my friend Anne.
I ended up doing only 15 stripes, although the pattern calls for 23. I was running out of time and yarn. I am very pleased with the result. It’s very slouchy and warm and perfect for the evil coldness that doesn’t seem to be going away.
And then, today, I got such a fun treat in the mail! Nicky posted a week or so ago about her cute little knitting buddy Pablo. He is really adorable and so I told her and look what arrived. It’s my own little Pedro and friends! I’ve never had fancy stitch markers before and it was fun and special to receive these. She makes them herself!
Nicky, thank you so much! I am in love with these stitch markers. It’s hard to believe that there could be something to make knitting even more fun.
Each year my group of friends organizes a secret gift exchange. We try to do it a bit earlier than Christmas and we call it Secret Turkey. When I got my pick, my friend Gigi, I was excited to see that she said that her new dog Pepper needed a sweater!
This was a quick knit with very clear instructions. I knit one sleeve and then ripped it out. I was a bit nervous that it wasn’t even going to fit and the thought of having to get little dog legs in the sleeve seemed like a challenge. Maybe that’s because I have cats who don’t let us put anything on them.
However, even without the sleeves, it worked out perfectly! Pepper fits in her sweater.
Now if only our cats were as welcoming to clothing as dogs.
Last night we tried another new recipe. I found Meaball Stroganoff in the September issue of Cooking Light. I’ve been really wanting some kind of stroganoff and egg noodles, so this was perfect.
It was pretty easy to follow and Mike and I worked on it together. It did take a bit of time but was worth it for a weekend night when cooking is more like a fun activity versus a weeknight race to get something finished without having to eat too late.
Ours didn’t thicken up as nicely as the picture and I think that’s because I didn’t have the heat high enough when I added the wine and it took a while to reduce and finally I just continued with the instructions. It was still full of flavor and we’ll definitely make it again.