Posted in Dyeing, FOs, Hats, Knitting, Mitts

Dyeing For A Change

I knit these Herbaceous Mitts  and Cables and Ribs Hat quite awhile ago (the mitts apparently in 2013, the hat…..who knows…I never even made a project page for it….). Here’s the thing. I HATE the color…therefore I never wear either one! Funny thing is the mitts yarn is actually a sock yarn I hand-dyed. I must have like it at some point.

I got to thinking, what if I gave them a different color? Maybe that would improve them? I’d never over-dyed any knit items before, but I had over-dyed yarn before…..why wouldn’t it work just as well? (and when I say “never”,  apparently that’s not really true, according to my notes on my project page, I actually over-dyed the mitts after they were completed….my memory is not what it used to be…..) I decided a deep wine color might cover the orange pretty well. Saturday, on my way home from work, I stopped at JoAnn’s Fabric and picked up some Rit dye.

Sunday afternoon, I drug out my “thrift-store-for-dyeing-only” slow-cooker and prepped up the dye, hats and mitts according to the directions on the package. Once the dye solution was simmering, I dropped the prepared hat and mitts into the dye and simmered for a few hours.

After rinsing several times to get out any extra dye (note to self… time, wear gloves for this process…..) and re-blocking, here’s the finished products! I think they’re much better!

What do you think about dyeing? Have you had any success dyeing knit items?

Posted in Blankets, Crochet, WIPS

Crocheting in Ends as You Go!

Making good progress on the Simple Ripple Baby Blanket. I was really hoping to find a self-striping yarn in the colors I’m using. Yeah….that didn’t happen! If you’re like me, weaving in ALL THOSE ENDS at the end of your project…..well, it just doesn’t make me happy!

I figured out a way to crochet in the ends as I go (wish I could figure out a way to do this with colorwork in knitting!). I’m going to show you the method I use as it works pretty good for me.

After you’ve added your new color of yarn, you’re going to place your crochet hook into the back loop of your previous (color) row and pull the tail of your new color through.

Continue along with this process until the tail is used up.

It will look something like this (sorry for the fuzzy photo!).

Now, just go back and crochet as you would with your new color. Since you’re crocheting through both loops, your stitches will cover that “woven in” tail. You can also do this if your crocheting in the front or back loops only, just crochet your tail into the loops that will be covered with your stitches. 😉

When you get to the end of the tail, pull it up a little and snip it off. When you release the pressure, the end will hide itself right into your (new color) stitches.

That’s it! Your end is now woven in and you can continue on with your crocheting! When you’re done with your project, you have ONE end to weave in! What could be better than that?!?!

Posted in Blankets, Crochet, Knitting, Ravellenics, sweaters, WIPS

My Progress During the Ravellenics

First, let me start by saying…..I didn’t get NEARLY enough knitting/crochet time during the Ravellenics as I had hoped (Sorry Team VHOC , I hope I didn’t let you down!) I really only finished ONE project….my Chocolate and Pink Socks. Of course that finish was HUGE for me personally! See the Crochet ripple in the photo above? That’s my Temperature Blanket 2017. I had HOPED to finish this project. I did however add another 11 rows to this blanket, bringing it’s length to 60″. I actually thought about just finishing it off at that length and calling it good (remind me of this when I keep droning on about not getting this done!), but I want it to be 72″ in length (which is another 24-ish rows), so I’ll keep working on it. 😉

I also got quite a bit of length put onto my Harvest Cardigan. I’m to a point where I have no more neck increases and the buttonhole is in. Now, it’s just rows (and rows and rows and rows) of knit and purl until the length is reached. I CAN do this!

Even though I didn’t get everything completed, I certainly enjoyed watching the world come together to support the athletes in their pursuit of medals for their countries. Just like the Olympics, sometimes just doing your very best under the circumstances you’re given still makes you a winner! 🙂

What kind of progress did you make during the Ravellenics?

Posted in Blankets, Crochet, WIPS

Maybe This is Why I Can’t Finish Projects! ;)

Can you guess? I’ve started a new project! Not that I don’t have enough projects to work on. BUT. In my defense, I wanted to make a baby blanket for a new little one who is due to arrive in April. The parents preferred the colors of pale pink (or peach), gray and off white. I picked up yarn on my way home from work yesterday and have spent some time today working on the blanket. I’m using the same ripple pattern I used for the Temperature Blanket I’ve yet to finish. 😦 I must say I did make quite a bit of progress on it during the Ravellenics though….so there’s that….

I need to get this done before the baby arrives sometime in April. Wish me luck (and some stick-to-it-ness)!

How are your projects coming along?

Posted in FOs, Knitting, Socks

Socks are DONE!!!!

My Chocolate and Pink Socks are done!!!! AND. They have crossed the finish line in WIP Dancing in the Ravellenics! WHOOHOO!! I’m pretty happy with them! These took FOREVER! But. In my defense….I don’t even like to knit socks. I’m thinking that could change though. Here’s some thoughts on what I think would make sock knitting better for me….

  1. Find a worsted weight (or at least a DK weight) yarn with some nylon
  2. Go down to a size 2 (or size 1?) needle
  3. Make a few increases at the ribbing (I have large calves)
  4. NEVER have more than 2 balls of yarn (one for each sock) at any time!

That’s my thoughts anyway. If any of you sock knitters have tips you’d like to share, I’d appreciate any advice you have!


Posted in Knitting, Stitch Patterns

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! May your day be filled with Love!

I recently made a neckwarmer for a Valentine’s Day swap and fell in LOVE with the Feather and Fan Stitch Pattern! I’m sharing it with you today (my Valentine’s Day gift to you!)

Feather and Fan:


  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • K2tog – knit 2 together
  • Yo – yarn over
  • Rep – repeat
  • Bo – Bind off


  • needle size to match yarn


Cast on a multiple of 18 (plus 2 stitches for edge stitches)

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1, *(K2tog) 3times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; rep from * to last stitch, k1.

Rows 4-6: Knit

Repeat rows 1-6 until desired length is reached. BO and weave in ends.


On the project I recently made, I cast-on 38 stitches (2 repeats of 18 stitches plus the 2 edge stitches) with size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn. That made the width about 8 inches.

Have a GREAT Valentine’s Day!

(edited 2/25/18 to add title…..somehow, I didn’t do that earlier…..)


Posted in Blankets, Crochet, Knitting, Ravellenics, Socks, WIPS

Off to a Rough Start

The Ravellenics 2018 have started and some people are already crossing the finish line with their projects (over-achievers…..). Some of the rest of us though, well, you see that mess in the picture above? Yeah, it’s been kind of a rough start!

That mess is attached to my Chocolate and Pink Socks. When I pulled out my socks yesterday morning (Friday the 9th), the FIRST thing I had to do was  untangle that mess. Whoever thought it was a good idea to knit striped socks with 4 balls of yarn, well, I just don’t know about her. I’m pretty sure I know why these socks were in hibernation! But. I knit about 4 rows before it was time to go to work (you know, that place that eats up all of your good crafting time….). During lunch, I think I got another couple of rows in. That’s it! Maybe 6 rows!

During the opening ceremony, I decided I would work on my Temperature Blanket. I spent a good part of the evening trying to determine which ripple stitch I had used (for whatever reason, I hadn’t written down the instructions…..). All I can say is, poor planning on my part. I’m off today though and MAYBE I can get some better progress on my projects!

How are your projects going? Making any progress?