Finished Project: Miele Vest

I was so excited when I started to make a Miele vest last October. I love the collar, the snaps and especially the pockets. 

  
I finished most of the knitting at a retreat in April but struggled each time I tried to attach the pockets. 


Are they perfect? No. Do they keep hands warm and look cute to an untrained non-knitter’s eye? Sure thing. 

  

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out otherwise. It fits really well and I think it’s a good shape. 

 
I used a worsted weight Ella Rae that I’ve used before. I think it knits up nicely. I can see this getting a lot of use. 

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Welcome to my tarn factory

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.Tarn OneHere you can see the finished cut T-shirt with Willie.  Cats are very curious about tarn making.

Tarn and WillieNext I began cutting alternating sides so that it became one long strip of fabric.

Cutting Tarnone long strand of tarnT-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.

Tarn comparisonCurled up TarnAnd then you wind it into a ball to use for whatever project you wish.

Tarn ballI 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.

Tarn ballsAnd my next goal is to attempt to do some old flat T-shirt sheets.  I hope to turn those into a rug.

2013 Knitting Recap

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.

2013 knits

Starting at the top and then going right to left:

1. Fingerless Mitts 2. Super Baby Blanket 3. Purple Mustard Scarf 4. Rainbow Bear

5. My Guy’s Beanie 6. Beanie 7. Square Peg for This Round Girl 8. A Dog Sweater

9. School Time Cowl 10. My One Row 11. Footies 12. Another Cozy Cap

13. Raituli 

If anything, I think that 2014 might be a more selfish knitting year.  I have a sweater on my needles right now and there are many other big projects I have queued for myself.  We’ll see how it goes!

Finished Project: Raituli

I just finished another hat.  This has been donated to a silent auction for the College of Ag Sciences Alumni Society which raises money for their scholarship and internship endowments.

RaituliRaituli is a slouchy striped hat made out of fingering weight yarn.

Raituli slouchy hatIt was a quick, easy knit with really pretty results.  I hope it goes to a good home and helps increase the support for some of the students.

Raituli slouchy stripes

About that card catalog

Well, it’s finally almost fully finished and being used exactly as planned.

This is the story of my card catalog. After being washed down with stiff old towels cut into rags and Murphy’s Oil Soap, most of the grittiest dirt came off.  I was pretty sure I was not refinishing it and I’m glad I didn’t.  Sure, there are still some pencil marks and dents but it’s clean, useful, perhaps even charming with signs of years of use in the Cincinnati Public Library.  I love it.

I have it situated between the two windows of my room (man cave, studio, dressing room, whatever it’s being called).  I am not sure it’s the best spot aesthetically but it’s fine for now.  It’s a room with many different purposes that don’t always work together. That said, do I need curtains?  Because the windows look so naked.

Anyway, on top there are some knitting and photography books and this mega vase that I bought to store unused yarn ends.

One thing I’ve started to do is fill in the front of the drawers with yarn labels.  I haven’t done them all and will likely move them around for color purposes.  And I might end up tossing some out (how many Cascade labels will I need on there even if I knit with a lot of it?) as I use up more of the unique yarns in my stash.

So what’s inside? Well the whole bottom half is dedicated to knitting.

There are my needles.

And yarn, of course.

A lot of the drawers on top are still empty, except for the ones that have been set up to hold all of my jewelry.  Since most of jewelry is costumey and large, it was all shoved into a jewelry box and it was so hard to find anything.  I lined all sixty drawers of the card catalog with foam board so that the surfaces were level.  And in the row for my jewelry, I picked up a bunch of different organizers from The Container Store.

Sure it’s great that all my knitting stuff is in here.  But really, using the card catalog for jewelry storage has changed how I wear my jewelry.  I forgot I owned some of these things but I can find them now and actually use them.

This was such a great find and it makes me happy to see it every day.  It’s just so useful and so neat.

And now to find a use for the twenty plus drawers that are still empty.

WIP Inventory

In the spirit of actually finishing some of my projects, it was time for an inventory of my current works in progress so I can really see how far I’ve come and how much knitting I’ll be doing to finish them.

Last night I decided to frog my second pair of toe up socks. I love the Mini Mochi but I think it will be best used on a different project maybe a Spectra (if only my hands could knit as quickly as my brain plans!).  The only thing I really loved about this particular project was the name Our Stock Would Plummet because they were toe up. Get it?

Anyway, I have another sock project still on the needles that I will finish one day (can you sense my lack of enthusiasm for socks?).  Right now, they are 25% complete.

I also have this Fishtail Lace Scarf that I started last April that I’d like to prioritize and finish. It’s 30% complete.

I love the color of this Kauni yarn and can’t wait to see it finished and blocked. This one requires a bit more attention so I prefer to knit this while I’m watching mindless TV.

I have my Honey Cowl which is half way there and could probably be completed within the week or so depending on the kind of knitting time I have.  This is great for movies.

And finally my One Row Lace Scarf which I’ve mostly been knitting on airplanes and long car rides where I’m the passenger because it travels so easily. It’s an easy lace pattern and it doesn’t take up any room in my bag.  It seems like I’m traveling so much but mostly I’ve been driving which makes knitting impossible.  It’s 40% complete.

All of a sudden, I feel like I can finish these projects and get started on new things. Taking inventory and frogging that half a sock really made me feel great. Hopefully I can get in a lot of knitting today.

Progress and a goal

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my two most recent projects.

My Honey Cowl is coming along very nicely.

As I knit the first few rows before the pattern and was a little worried that I selected the wrong yarn but the color changes make the pattern even more interesting.

I’ve also completed over three repeats of the pattern in the DNA Scarf.

I predict that I will have twelve pattern repeats (maybe fourteen?) by the time I near the end of my yarn.  I’ll probably weigh my yarn when I finish this section to be sure.  My goal is to have this completed and blocked in two weeks.  My parents will be visiting and I want to give this to my dad. I’m hoping by writing this out, I take this goal very seriously.  We shall see!