Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I had just enough thread left over from earlier bookmarks and the pineapple doily to make two more bookmarks. Really I had enough for 2.5, so I made a normal-sized one and an extra-long for me!

Pattern: Fan Bookmark (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: DMC Cebelia Cotton Size 30
Hook: US11 steel hook/~1.1mm
Timeframe: February 17 - 22, 015
Mods: None.
Problems: None, this is one of those patterns I love, have made, and will make again!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February: The False Start Month?

Here we have a third partially-done project that has been rejected and sent to the frog pond. This time, the yarn won't be returning, at least not for awhile. I really want this yarn to be something, but I have actual plans for enough other socks that this yarn can go back to marinating in the stash for awhile longer.

I attempted Wassup Rufus? but my feet have high insteps. I can't fit it over my heel. I hoped the lace bits between the chevron panels would have enough give, but alas, they do not!

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Hat

The yarn that did not want to be socks is now a hat! I'm not very happy with the yarn. The image on the site showed much more red and purple, with just a bit of black in between. The skein I got was mostly black with a touch of red and purple. It's darker than I hoped, but it is a hat to wear in the cold outdoors!

Pattern: Zinnia Dahlia (mine)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi in Amish
Needles: US8/5.0mm
Timeframe: February 11 - 14, 2015.
Mods: Used decreases from here and I did K1, P3 ribbing to better flow into the pattern.
Problems: The brim is a bit odd because I used the same needles throughout. It would look better with smaller needles, but I am not fixing it!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Small and Quick Things

I've made a few small and quick things for gifts this month:

Yarn: Sock yarn scraps
Needles: US2.5/3.0mm
Timeframe: February 8 - 9, 2015.
Mods: Six rows for the first plain section, four for the second.
Problems: Needles were too small at first, but the larger size worked perfectly!
These are quick, easy, and adorable! I just wish I had more uses for them - how many wine cork mushrooms does one really need?
I started making the heart-topped, two-tier cake from this set, then realized that the hearts would not stay nice on a keychain. Then I decided that it was large enough, and I was going to make it a one-tier cake using the top tier's stitch counts. I made a flower for the top to give it some personality, and accidentally grabbed my blue beads instead of the silver ones. This was a happy accident, as I absolutely love it with the blue!
Yarn: Louet Gems in White
Hook: USC/2.75mm
Timeframe: February 9 - 13, 2015
Mods: See above!
Problems: The pattern gives no gauge or widely available yarn options. Fairly well-written otherwise.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Just not feeling it...

I typically start a project and finish it (eventually). Rarely do I rip out projects once they've been started. This month, however, I'm on my third! One was too small, the second was a too-small UFO that I thought I frogged years ago, and this one I'm just not excited about. And I need a new hat.

The yarn is for the slipped stitch prompt for The Loopy Ewe's Loopy Academy (Semester 2). Originally, I chose Tuscany, a sock pattern that was in my queue for awhile. Then I realized I didn't really like it, so switched to a similar but more appealing sock pattern, Valley Vine Socks. Now, I'm not excited to knit it and am not particularly looking forward to finishing. I don't really need a pair of worsted weight socks. I do need a new hat. Zinnia Dahlia it shall be!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Soap Sack Attempt

My mom used to have a washcloth that held soap so you could either keep the soap in it or use up the soap completely, tossing the shards in and using them up until they were gone. She wanted another something like that and since I had a reasonable yarn in the stash, I thought I'd make a quick soap sack for her and another for myself (and a couple more to use up the yarn completely). I tried one pattern, but alas, while the pattern said gauge was not important, the pattern lied:

So my soap sack is no more, and I shall try to make another one. Probably one without lace bits where the last little bits of soap can stick through.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Board of Cork

My cork board is finished! It's not as densely-covered by corks as I was hoping, but without some intense rejiggering and cutting of corks, it wasn't going to be fully cork'd. I'm pleased with the design and I'm pretty sure that the lack of full coverage won't impede use:

"...lack of full coverage won't impede use"? Somebody's been writing in academic-speak. Can't be me, I'm currently avoiding my dissertation proposal like the plague!