New Year’s Resolution

I’ve looked back at 2015 but time is marching on!  It’s time to set intentions for 2016!  While a resolution might be a good idea in other areas of life (hello, gainful employment!), obviously, I’m only talking about knitting here (I’m in denial about the job until it’s officially 2016!!)

The only New Year’s Resolutions I’ve ever kept are knitting related.  There was the year I did 52 hats in a year.  There was the year I did a Stitches Sweater.  There was the year I missed the Stitches Sweater deadline (ooops.)  There was the year I did the Stitches Skirt!!   So what about 2016?  The Stitches deadline has been done.  I think I need something new this year.

Perhaps join the ‘knit every pattern in a book’ trend? But what book?  Not a book full of sweaters!  Maybe this book I got for Christmas…
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They’re awfully cute!!  and I’ve got a whole bunch of safety eyes!  and stashbusting!  Who doesn’t like that?  But really, a whole book of toys?  I dunno.

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I’m going to the WinterWonderGrass festival in early april, an outdoor music & beer festival at Lake Tahoe during ski season?!?  My sly friends made the whole thing so easy, they had booked lodging and I bought my ticket before I ever realized it’s an OUTDOOR festival! D’oh!  At least it’s an excuse to knit!  There’s 10 of us in a house, wouldn’t it be funny if we all had matching beer mittens?  I picked out this pattern by Chialee Yeh.  It looks easy enough and it presents plenty of opportunity for customization.  but 10 of the same mitten?  Sounds boring, despite the challenging nature of that.

Knit from only the stash?  I could say it but it’ll never happen.

Become a monogamous knitter?  Also in the never gonna happen file.

A sweater a month?  Only the truly insane attempt this.

A shawl a month?  Even I don’t want to do that.

A pair of socks a month?  hhhmm…interesting.  Maybe one sock a month for six pairs by the end of the year!  Or maybe I should round up to 7 pairs…one for each day of the week!  I like the sound of that but I’m not keen on buying size 000 needles which is what it’ll likely take.

Mostly, I haven’t decided yet.  Usually writing helps sort things out and by this point in a post, I’ve got a plan.  Not this time though.  I’m still stumped.  What’s your New Year’s Knitting Resolution?  (and do you mind if I steal it?)

 

Roscoe got FO’d!

This week’s FO is super exciting!  I’m really pleased with how Roscoe the stripey pants monster turned out!  Attaching limbs and stitching facial features are chores to me.  Rebecca Danger’s pattern made it really easy though!  I loved the process, I loved the outcome and I think I’m even going to love going to a 3 year old’s birthday party!  (this is definitely a first for me!)

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I’m hoping for a cranky, fickle 3 year old!  That way, she won’t notice when I sneak Roscoe back into my own bag and smuggle him home with me!  ‘Taking candy from a baby’ isn’t just an expression, right?

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I made a few modifications to the pattern.  The idea of fingering weight yarn on size one needles did not appeal to me.  Instead, I held the yarn double (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino) and used a size 4 needle.  The result was a tight, dense fabric, perfect to keep the stuffing from peeking though!  Given my time limitations, I made my Roscoe shorter than the pattern called for.  I knit roughly 2/3 of the prescribed rows.  Monsters are highly customizable, after all!

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(Just in case you’re still reading, I’m not really going to steal the kids birthday present.  I promise.  I’m only going to think about it!  I think I’ll make a tissue box monster for myself instead!)

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(Also, did you know you can favorite your own projects on Ravelry now…Yes, I had to do it!  At least I think it’s a new feature…I’m pretty sure I would have done it at least once before now, if that was the case!)

Monster Mash

A quickie today, while my internet is still up!  Nothing like spotty service to help get chores done though!  Not only have I taken out the trash but I even washed the filter from the vacuum this morning?!?  Seriously…who am I?  The biggest secret to getting lots of knitting done is definitely neglect anything that even remotely resembles housework!!  It works really well for me!

Anyhow…the knitting!  I wanted to whip something quick for a 3 year old’s birthday party this weekend!  Take the Acid Green Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino I couldn’t resist a couple weeks back and add in Rebecca Danger’s Knit a Monster Nursery Book that I also love and the result is perfect!

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I absolutely adore the nearly seamless construction of Rebecca’s monsters!  I’m bad at that stuff so minimal is best!

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Can’t wait to see his personality come out with arms and a face!

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F-Monster-O Friday

I’ve created a monster…and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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Just like that, I’m back down to 8!   This was the pinnacle of instant gratification knitting!   I’m always a little hesitant when it comes to faces.   I got lucky with this one though…I dug through my button stash and found these two little eyes!  I had no idea they were in there!   I inherited a gallon ziploc bag full of buttons a couple years back and it’s been the magic stash…every time I go digging, I find just exactly what I need!


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Instead of complaining about working a hat flat and seaming it, I’ll say it’s really nice to have fully jogless stripes! I’ve tried all the tricks in the round and they’re all just okay.  So, seaming has that going for it.  The selvedge stitch lump isn’t ideal but I’m too lazy to worry about intarsia in the round.  Maybe if I scale this up for myself some day…

Mostly though, I love the result so all the little fiddly bits are worth it.  This hat practically fell off the needles by itself.  It’s not as though it’s a giant sweater.  I can’t wait to make a few monsters now!  This will not be my last Rebecca Danger pattern!

Ravelry Details Here! 

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Number 9

All of my current on-the-go projects had hangups yesterday.  The Batad is on a welt seam row, the Cotton Candy Cardi has a knit from both ends of the ball situation, the Cassette Tape  Vest is a bit bulky.  Clearly the answer for yesterdays’s Jury Duty was to start a new project! (it’s only #9…I could have started TWO new projects!)

I thought I had the perfect solution…a cute little baby hat from the adorable Rebecca Danger book, Knit a Monster Nursery.  I had the pattern printed and ready to go, I had the yarn picked out and in a bag already.  Needles were easy enough to grab on the way out the door.

It wasn’t until everyone was seated and the morning’s jury selection had been called to order that I realized, I had actually set myself up with a project that has stripes and intarsia!  No scissors in court meant working from both ends of not one, but two balls of yarn.  The potential for disaster was high!


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Despite all the possible outcomes, I ended up getting dismissed from jury duty, I wasn’t chastised for not paying attention, I didn’t create any permanent knots and I found a lot of time in a very busy day to work on this cute hat!  I totally want one for myself now!

I don’t even mind that it’s a hat with a seam?!?  Totally worth it!

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