Slipping From My Brain

Ever completely forget something you’ve done a million times?  My brain decided it did not remember how to make a slipknot this morning.  I’m made TONS of them while casting on knitting and crochet projects.

I’m not sure what happened.  Perhaps it’s the new fake nails I put on last night.  Perhaps I was thinking too hard about it.  Making a slipknot is something I just do.  I don’t think about it.  My fingers have that muscle memory built into them, just like knitting and purling.

We all have so-called “brain farts” from time to time.  It’s just funny when it happens because no matter how hard you try, you just can’t do the simple task that you want to do, no matter how many times you’ve done it.  Ever happen to you?


Knitting Blankets

It’s weird.  Right now, I’m into knitting blankets.  Not just square blankets, but ones shaped like kites or like a rhombus.  I knit one for Allie, and I just completed one for myself last night. 

Found in the Knitting for Dummies book, this pattern is excellent TV knitting.  It has a garter stitch border with a stockinette stitch insert.  You just have to pay attention really on the purl side, but you can get into a rhythm and just keep on going. 

I bought a lot of mill end yarn a while back, and now I realize that I needed to do something with it.  Blankets! 

The one below is one such blanket I have knit out of mill end yarn.  I thought it turned out nicely.

I always find myself knitting for cooler weather during the summer.  It’s an odd dichotomy.  At least I’ll have some nice lap blankets for the fall and winter when the colder weather returns.

It Fits!!

I actually knit myself something that isn’t overly huge.  And I’m proud of it. 

It’s the Cotton Candy Stripes shrug found in the Summer issue of Love of Knitting.  I just picked up the magazine at a local grocery store and thought it had some nice projects in it.  This one seemed perfect.

 Here, is the shrug in its circular form.  How you do it?  Knit the back flat, don’t cut your yarn and pick up and knit the cast on edge.  It’s a lot of stitches for that lace ribbing, but it tend to go quickly the more you knit.  I will say binding off was tedious, though.

Below, you can see me in smug pride showing my newest piece.  My DH took the photos.  Want to see the details?  Check it out on Ravelry.

Another baby on the way!

My cousin Carl and his girlfriend Katie are expecting!  That’s two new baby girls for the family.

I finished a small gift of a hat and booties set for the baby last night.  I used a soft and silky Red Heart yarn and the set knit up pretty fast.  I finished both booties in one evening.  Both the hat and booties are sized for a three month old.

I wish I could share some of my surprises for Allie here, but I want them to be actual surprises in case my sister catches a glimpse of the blog. 

Owl Puff

I knit an owl tonight!  I actually did for a group at Ravelry, Hogwarts at Ravelry.  You guessed, I’m a closet Harry Potter nerd.

I’m only now reading the books.  I’m on the fifth on in the series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”  It’s a bit dragging, but is picking up.  Overall, I’m adoring the series.

As a part of the group, you can knit/crochet your school supplies, including your pet.  Here’s the owl I whipped up tonight.

Cute, huh?

Emerald Isle Headband

I love emerald green, and was very happy when Pantone named it the color of 2013.  I’m a big fan!  I have green shirts in this shade, and I even have emerald green Chuck Taylors.  So, when Kollabora had another one of their Friday Challenges featuring this color, I grabbed my needles and ran with it.

Truthfully, I whipped this up in about an hour and a half.  Seriously!  US11 needles and worsted weight yarn make this project extra zippy.  Instant gratification, something knitters don’t get all the time.

It’s the Poems Easy Headband from my favorite book, 101 Designer on Skein Wonders.  Great book.  You need to get it.  As for the yarn?  I found it at Goodwill.

Want to see more?  Check out my project details on Kollabora!

Another WIP….done!

Yay!  I completed the Wingspan scarf I started late last summer!  I think a big part of why this one went wayside was the yarn.  I used some weird novelty yarns, and some Lion Brand Amazing that I had left over from a previous project.  It looks…interesting.

It’s a strange combination of textures, I will admit that, but it’s, well, interesting.  I’m not sure how I feel about it.  Do I like it?  Don’t I?  Will someone out there like it? Who knows.  All I know, it’s finished.

See the project details on Ravelry, if you are interested.