Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Afternoon

Most of my time knitting is while reading nowadays. There's a lot of reading to do. While knitting while reading is not typically a problem, so long as the project is an easy pattern or stockinette, casting on while reading is another matter entirely. I've been like this:

For quite some time, trying to both finish that book and get some work done on my new slippers. Three times seems to be the charm, I've finally got the first row going well. I think. Give me another couple of rows to be sure.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quick Finish

I finally took the 1/2 towel that's been sitting in my stash since, oh, 2007?, and crocheted the top half to it so it can hang on the stove. This was a really quick project, especially since I can now crochet while reading, so was done while I was doing homework, for the most part. The flower I could not do on its own, and the decrease rows slowed my reading because I had to look down to be sure I was grabbing the right loop from the bottom row, but it was still done in a couple of hours and turned out quite nice if I do say so myself:

Pattern: Towel Topper with Holiday Variations (Ravelry)
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Hook: 3.75 mm/USF
 Timeframe: September 3, 2012
Mods: Only cast on 52 and used the ch3 as the 1st dc instead of working one in the same stitch for the handle. Also changed colors for the petals.
Problems: None, except for the worry of running out of yarn!

I used some leftover cotton yarn for the majority of it, and didn't quite have enough to finish. Luckily, it ran out at the perfect time and I used some pink to make the petals of the flower. I'm pretty happy with how well it all goes together, almost looks like I planned it that way! The only problem, I realize as I write, is that the flower is done in 100% wool and will probably felt when I wash the towel. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it - who knows, the felted petals may not be a problem, and if they are, I can just cut them off and re-do it with something else. Anyway, for the time being it's done and I'm quite pleased with the result!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I Did It!

Nothing new was cast on in August! I went for a whole month without starting anything new, and even managed to finish 15 things! Woo!

Okay, so #15 was actually done September 1 and I pretty much immediately started something new, but it was for the Harry Potter House Cup (HPHC). I also am hoping to get approved for a Detention OWL, which means finishing over 1800 yards of yarn on already-started projects by the end of November. This is something I have the means to complete!

Also, yarn. I finished a lot this month, but I also bought a large chunk of yarn for projects that have either not yet been done or have taken less yarn than the amount purchased. I was honestly surprised to see the numbers go down this month! While I'm planning to work on a downward trend, there are a few more skeins needed for a specific birthday present that will be in the works for early next year. I haven't bought any yarn at all that was project-less, just-for-fun, or for a project that had something reasonable in the stash. If I didn't need yarn for specific projects, mostly either gifts or necessary things like felted slippers and cat tunnels (totally necessary!), I'd be doing so well.