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The crafting adventures of a knitter, music lover, and hockey fan.

Archive for November, 2010

A sports fan is born

Posted by Andi on November 13, 2010

In April I found out a friend of mine and his wife were expecting, and I knew right away what I wanted to make for their little one. My friend is originally from the Chicago area, but now lives out west. I decided the gifts I made for them had to have a Chicago theme.

I started by using Lorna’s Laces yarn, a Chicago company. Then I decided to incorporate a couple of his favorite sports teams. I started with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks Baby Beanie
Pattern: Baby Beanie by Ulli S. Shibuya
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Team Spirit #5, .33 skein
Needles: US 4
Date started: August 1, 2010
Date completed: August 14, 2010

Blackhawks Baby Socks
Pattern: Better-Than-Booties Baby Socks by Ann Budd
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Team Spirit #5, .39 skein
Needles: US 0
Date started: October 3, 2010
Date completed: October 23, 2010

And then, the Chicago White Sox. As a die hard Cubs fan myself, knitting something in White Sox colors was very difficult, but it was the right thing to do.

Chevron Lace Baby Socks
Pattern: Better-Than-Booties Baby Socks by Ann Budd
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Shadow, .42 skein
Needles: US 0
Date started: October 23, 2010
Date completed: October 31, 2010

Shadow Baby Beanie
Pattern: Baby Beanie by Ulli S. Shibuya
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Shadow, .33 skein
Needles: US 4
Date started and completed: October 31, 3010

When I ordered the yarn it looked like it was white, gray, and black, but instead it’s white and three shades of gray. Oh well. I think they turned out well. And I hope the wee baby, who is now just over a week old, likes them.


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Fingerless mitts for fall

Posted by Andi on November 6, 2010

I feel like I’ve been really prolific lately, but I guess it’s easy to feel like I have accomplished a lot when I’m making many small projects instead of working on something large like a sweater.

Andi's Reading Mitts
Pattern: Susie’s Reading Mitts by Janelle Masters
Yarn: Dream In Color Classy in Petal Shower, .56 skein
Needles: US 5
Size: Small
Date started: November 3, 2010
Date completed: November 6, 2010

The goal for this project was to find a pattern for a pair of fingerless gloves made with worsted weight variegated yarn. Worsted weight because I wanted the pattern to go quickly. Some mornings have been a bit chilly, and I wanted some fingerless gloves to wear with the new coat I’m wearing this fall. Unfortunately I finished them today, the coldest day of the season so far, a day that requires real gloves. Do I care? No, I wore them anyway.

I bought this yarn at the Dream In Color warehouse sale a few months ago. I had been wanting to work with this particular colorway for a while, but I’ve always been wary to buy it. After all, I’m not really a pink kind of girl. Brown yes, pink no. Yet every time I saw a skein of Petal Shower in any weight I was tempted to buy it. I resisted the urge because I feared I would make something out of yarn in this colorway and then not want to wear it if I thought it was too pink. This skein was in a $5 bin, so I figured what the heck. If I dislike it, I only lost $5.

But I really like it, maybe because it’s only a little pink. They look good on my hands. I think they will look cute with my plaid coat, but this afternoon I wore them with my brown wool winter coat and they looked adorable.

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Problem Solved

Posted by Andi on November 5, 2010

I am convinced that every problem can be solved by finding the perfect knitting pattern.

My iPod battery is sensitive to the cold. Once it gets cold out, the battery just dies. Several people have told me to keep it close to my body when it’s cold out, but then how am I supposed to change what I’m listening to? Clearly that doesn’t work for me. It’s old case was a funky silver metal case that was padded inside. My astute boyfriend said that maybe the fact that its case was metal made it colder. I thought the padding might help insulate it, but really, it probably didn’t.

I knew I needed a new solution when the battery died on my way to work one day last week when it wasn’t even that cold out. I don’t want to spend the money on a new iPod right now, one that is newer and has a heartier battery, so I needed to come up with something else. I have plenty of yarn, so I decided to knit it a cozy.

I wasn’t even going to look on Ravelry for a pattern because how hard is it to knit a little tube? But I didn’t feel like figuring out gauge and how many stitches to cast on, so I set about searching for some patterns. I saw lots of basic patterns and thought I had chosen something nice and basic when I saw this pattern. Anyone how knows me even a little bit will know immediately why I chose this particular pattern.

iPod hoodie
Pattern: iPhoodie by Emily Vanek
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in Blue Heathers, .35 skein
Needles: US 5 DPN
Date started: October 31, 2010
Date completed: November 1, 2010

I made a sweater for my iPod! I showed it to some coworkers, and one said I should market them. I can’t because it’s not my pattern, but I wish it was. I should have created this! But I didn’t, so thanks to Emily who did so I could make such a cool iPod cozy. Oh, and it works. The battery hasn’t died on the chilly mornings we’ve had here in Chicago this week.

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Posted by Andi on November 3, 2010

–My 2010 knitting resolution was to complete 26 projects. With just under two months left in the year I have 23 finished objects. I shouldn’t have any problem reaching 26 FOs. I just started some fingerless gloves that shouldn’t take too long, I will probably finish another pair of socks, and that would only require one more FO. Should be possible.

–I decided that I shouldn’t start Tim’s Christmas sweater before we leave for vacation. I don’t need there to be some sort of gauge issue or something by putting it down for a couple of weeks. That doesn’t leave a lot of time before Christmas, so I sat down with him and discussed the issue. Being the great guy he is, he is totally cool with that, and thinks it’s best for the sweater for me to start after vacation. It will be knit in bulky yarn, so maybe it won’t take that long and can be done by Christmas. 26th FO? We’ll see.

–The thing that stinks about knitting gifts is that I can’t discuss them here.

–I’m all about cowls all of a sudden. For most of the past year I wanted lots of shawls and scarves. Now, all I want to make and wear are cowls. I anticipate having several by winter’s end. So far I’m at one.

–I wish I could design something.

–I keep seeing all of these wonderful colorwork projects, and it makes me wonder if I can do that. I’ve done some very basic fair isle with decent, though not fantastic, results. I think I might start with mittens, and I know just the pattern!

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