Posted in Knitting, sweaters, WIPS

Let the Un-knitting Begin!

Well…..I made a decision about my Sweater Dilemma. I started un-knitting the sleeves to shorten them. I ALMOST had myself convinced to just let it go and not shorten the sleeves. But. The inner perfectionist in me eventually won out. So, now I’m making a little backwards progress! 😉

Originally, I was going to run a “lifeline” and rip back to it. See the above picture? It didn’t take me long to realize putting a “lifeline” into that mess was going to push me over the edge! 😉 That’s when I began the whole un-knitting process. It’s going pretty well too. I have about 8 more rounds to go. I should probably finish this sweater just in time for Christmas! 😉

How are your projects coming along? Been doing any un-knitting lately?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Posted in Blankets, Crochet, WIPS

Just One More Project! ;)

I started ANOTHER project. This adorable Star Blanket for my Grand-Nephew Miles. I’m a bad Grand-Aunt…..I never completed a baby blanket for Miles before he was born. And. It’s not because I didn’t start a blanket. I actually started 3 different blankets. This Baby Granny Stripes  started out really cute, but I just lost my mo-jo on it and it got pushed aside…..

Then, there was a different version of the Star Blanket. Who knows why I didn’t finish it….

Apparently, I never even bothered setting up a project page for the third blanket I started…..and I can’t remember what the blanket was……I just know I started something I never finished! 😉

Now that miles is almost 2 years old (in June), I’m hoping to get a blanket done for him! First, I gave myself a deadline of June 1st to get this done before his birthday. Being that I’m a realist (and I know how INCREDIBLY busy I get at my work in May), I’ve got a back-up birthday gift for Miles in case I don’t meet the June 1st deadline. It’ll still make a good Christmas present! 😉

Happy Crocheting!

Lori

Posted in Knitting, Shawls, WIPS

A Sparkly Shawl

While the mental debate on the Sweater Dilemma goes on (and on….and on….), I cast-on a new project! YAY!!!! I found a fun project tor the Sparkly yarn! I decided to make Bernat’s Triangle Shawl. It’s been a good knit so far. How can you go wrong with garter stitch (with a few increases and decreases)? I haven’t gotten very far into the color changes yet. I can hardly wait to see how they look!

Have you started a new project recently? How’s it going?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Cowls/Neckwarmers, Knitting, Scarves, Shawls, WIPS, YARN!!!

O-o-o-o-o-h…..SPARKLY!!!

Confession time…..I’m a little bored with my Brioche Cowl. The colors aren’t as pretty as I thought they would be. They seem dark and Fall-ish. I just want to knit something Spring-ish. I saw these sparkly Shawl-in-a-Ball yarns in Wal-Mart yesterday. Well…..they just HAD to come home with me! Maybe this is one of the reasons I always feel like I don’t save any money when I shop at Wal-Mart….. 😉

I’ve knit this shawl  and this  cowl with Shawl-in-a-Ball yarns and really like them.The softness. The color fade. They’re just so much fun to knit with! Which might make them the perfect thing for some Spring projects!

Here’s a few of the projects I’m considering…..

Well, now, I just have to make a decision…..I hope I can do that without spending too much more time on Ravelry! 😉

Have any recommendations for Shawl/Scarf/Cowl patterns?

Posted in Blankets, Crochet, WIPS

I actually MIGHT Make the Deadline!

I’m way beyond the boring part on this blanket….you know, that point when the newness of the project has DEFINITELY worn off and it’s all you can do to not start an new project (oh wait! I did start that Brioche Cowl). 

When setting up the project page, I set April 1st as the deadline (since the baby is supposed to be born sometime in April). Well, that’s this coming Sunday! Yikes! Can I make it? I’m at 29 inches right now (I’m shooting for 36 inches). With 5 days to go, I would need to average 1.4 inches to get that last 7 inches. Theoretically, I think I can accomplish that! We shall see…..

How are you doing on your projects? Meeting any deadlines?

Posted in Brioche, Cowls/Neckwarmers, Knitting, WIPS

Fresh & New for Spring

Happy First Day of Spring to everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’m READY for Spring! And. We didn’t really have any snow to speak of this winter. For whatever reason though, this winter just seems to drag on. After the New Year, instead of feeling recharged, I just felt Blah.

See the yarn above? I dug that out of the stash to cast-on something NEW! Yes, I still have the Harvest Cardigan to finish. And. Yes, I still have the Simple Ripple Baby Blanket to finish (you know, BEFORE the baby is born sometime in April…..). But here’s the thing…..

  1. Both those projects were getting too big to be a good travel project. And.
  2. Wouldn’t the first day of Spring be a good time to start something new?

So, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m casting on this Brioche for Beginners Cowl. Thanks in part to NothingbutKnit and  JoCreates  and their lovely Brioche projects. I also have some other plans for Spring too. I’ll fill you in on those at another time. So, let me know, what plans have you got for Spring 2018?

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?!?!