I usually like to post on Wednesdays which did not happen last week because Spring Break happened. It felt like the longest week ever because we went from nice spring weather to bitter cold so the kids couldn’t play outside at all for all the of the break. It was either raining or cold there was never a nice day, so awful. Two young boys trapped inside all day every day for a week is not ideal, let me tell ya.
I have also haven’t been working on anything for myself in the craft department because I was hired to do a sample knit. When I get hired for a sample knit I really try my hardest to get it done ASAP. Even though you usually get a month to knit up whatever you are supposed to I get twitchy if it’s not done after two weeks. So I spent all of the spring break knitting and knitting and knitting so more. It was a great little blanket that was easy to memorize so I got a lot of Netflix watching in also. I will post pictures of it as soon as I see it in the catalog or on the website. This weekend to make up for the crafting fast I am going to sew as much as I can. I am getting the strong itch to sew and I can’t wait to finish up those projects I cut out what seems like a million years ago.
I’ve been on a “knitting for the house” kick lately. I’ve made 3 washcloths and 3 duster covers. The washcloths are a quartet that I originally started back in 2015. I was in a big washcloth kick for a long time and then suddenly I was sick of them (we also had more washcloths than we knew what to do with). So finally I decided to do the rest of the washcloths in the set. I had tons of worsted cotton laying around that I bought a few years ago from Wal-Mart on clearance. The pattern is free if you are interested and can be found on Ravelry here.
I don’t have a picture on my computer of the first one but there is one on my Ravelry page if you want to take a look.
The duster covers are something that I’ve been interested in trying out since I first seen them. I use those store-bought dusters all the time and it would be nice to having something reusable since my kids like to “help” dust all the time and end up mangling the store bought ones. I have already used them and I really like them. They do curl around the prongs a little when you put it on and use it but I didn’t feel like that affected the way it worked at all. I used one with cleaner and one without and I think they worked just as well as those store bought dusters I have been using. It was also a great project to use up so of those half skeins of yarn of acrylic you have no clue what to do with or why you are hanging onto it. I made three so that I would hopefully always be able to find one when I needed it. This is another free pattern and can be found here.
I finished them…finally! I started and finished so many little projects in the middle of knitting these it was crazy. For some reason, after the wool arrived I just didn’t have the energy to finish the project. They sat forever with only half a mitten and two thumbs that needed to be knit up on them. Of course, all my procrastination means I finally have a pair of lovely soft as a newborn kitten filled mittens with no snow or cold to actually use them. The story of my life. But hey I now have amazing cloud filled mittens for next winter. Also, I think they are super pretty and I might have enough left over roving to make myself another pair…which is exactly what I thought last time and I totally didn’t but this time will be different I am sure. Behold them in all their loveliness and ignore the mistake on the thumb, it just makes them extra unique.
A link to the mitten pattern I used can be found here.
So I know back in my New Year’s Resolutions post I talked about knitting a sweater. I was talking to a friend and she told me that I had actually already knit a sweater. I personally didn’t classify the garment I knit as a sweater because it was full of holes and you had to wear it with something under it. To me, it was a like a vest or a poncho. It just wasn’t sweater material to me. The garment in question is a DROPS design pattern called Wonderful Iris.
To me, that is definitely not a sweater. The more I look at it the more I see poncho. What do you guys think? I found a pattern that I love but could also be categorized into the “not a real sweater” category. When I think sweater I usually think wool but this is made with linen. I was actually thinking of going for a linen and cotton blend since I heard that linen can be a little hard on your hands to knit with. The “sweater” in question is Black is Back I think it might be more shirt than a sweater but I really love it. I would be knitting it in a purple color because I love purple I was thinking of using Willow Yarns Feather in Purple Martin. I really like that the pattern gives you hip measurements since I am mostly pear-shaped and had no clue how to go about making something bigger to accommodate my stomach and hips. I feel like it would give me a good jumping off point in learning how to knit something that will actually fit me. I think after I tackle this I might try the Flax Light that’s another pattern that has been on my “to knit” list for forever.
My kids have been playing “military” a lot lately. It is 100% because my husband is currently addicted to the game Battlefield 1 and has been playing it most nights before we go to bed. So, of course, the kids have taken to throwing random things and yelling “Grenade!” which makes me mad because it’s usually a hard toy that could hurt someone or break something. So in my quest to save the house, I found these adorable knit grenades.
I usually get frustrated with toys easily because of all the fiddly bits but this only has three pieces to knit and I was able to finish one during a football game…however long that is. It’s a quick knit and my boys love it. The best part is that the pin comes out like a real grenade.
I was able to make 3 grenades out of scrap yarn. Another win for knitting down the random stash! If you’re interested in knitting your own grenade the pattern can be found here it’s also free which is another bonus.
The pattern does call for a straw for the pin and a sewing machine for the grenade handle. I am sure you could hand stitch if you didn’t have a sewing machine available and it would work out fine. I was thinking of using wooden dowels in my next batch of grenades to make them more durable but I hope this batch last for a long time because I am all out of this green now and it was the perfect color green.
Back in 2013, I knit a toddler-sized balaclava for my eldest. Suprisenly we are still kicking it around but because there is only one the boys are constantly fighting over it. It’s not because it’s super warm or anything they just both think they look like a ninja wearing it so they wear it inside and outside the house. It has to be one of the most used winter knits I’ve made so far. I finally decided to end the fighting and knit up a few more of those balaclava. I use a free pattern that you can find here. The pattern fits from 2-4 years old but my 7-year-old still wears the original one with no problems. There is a tiny error toward the end when you are doing the setup pattern for the ribbing around the face. It’s on the last repeat it calls for 7 stitches but you really need 9 like you had it the first corner repeat.
I made mine using Red Heart acrylic yarn that has been kicking around that stash for over five years. I usually use acrylic for kid hats and wool for mittens or gloves or things for myself. Kids hats are always being thrown in the wash here so that’s why I tend to knit them in acrylic. Minutes after knitting the hat in the picture my youngest wore it while eating Doritos so needless to say it’s already been washed.
I ended up knitting 3 of these hats altogether. They are a great project to knit while watching tv. I usually watch a movie with my husband after the kids go to bed and it’s nice to have something to knit and still be able to pay attention to the movie. I used stash yarn for all of these so it was nice to get rid of some random skeins that I had no plans for.
My roving arrived for my mittens! It’s not the same wool I used last time but it will work for what I need. I wasn’t exactly sure what I had ordered but now that I have the new stuff here I realized I ordered superfine merino last time. It was years ago so not too shocking I didn’t remember. I am also not very good at keeping tags for things after I start using it. Not a big deal still loving the colors. The new yarn I chose has some purples in it and I love purples.
So close to being finished but of course I have other projects going on so it will take me forever to finish that tiny bit and the thumbs. If you are looking for the pattern is was posted in my other blog post Mittens full of clouds. It’s a great pattern. Now to finish these and enjoy them before the winter weather is done for this year.