Super Simple Headband

One of my fighting guys requested a headband. Well … it took me far longer than I’d like to admit to sit down and knit it but the knitting took only a handful of tv episodes.

The pattern is super simple. I start with one stitch and increase every other row until I have 5-7 stitches, knit it to length, decrease every other row. Also I slip the first stitch of the row to make the sides neater.

Project page: Ravelry.

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Tiny Baby Set

When I heard that a friend was expecting a baby I instantly thought of the baby yarn sitting in my stash and knew I could make a few things from it. Gifts for friends + using up the stash = double win!

First up was a tiny hat:

This knit up so fast and cute that I had to do another one, naturally.

i love the colorwork and the corrugated ribbing, even if it’s not a stretchy as normal ribbing. It’s freaking adorable. But at this point I had a whole lot of yarn left over and I was about done with hats. No matter how cute they are.

So I found a tiny shirt.

This was an absolute delight to knit and it happened so fast! It’s so tiny and cute.

And yet … I still had yarn left over. Not a lot though. Tiny feetses! Those need covering too! So booties it was!

Finally! The set was complete and all the yarn was gone! I think it’s such a cute little collection of baby things, either together or on their own.

Patterns: 2 Hearts Newborn Hat by Kelly Forster, BQ Baby Tee by Sabra Morse, Seamless Baby Booties by Becky Rudella
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Beige and Pink
Project Pages: Hat, Hat, Shirt, Booties

Last Years Finishes

There were a couple things I finished last year but didn’t share here because they were waiting for gifting. Mid January our friends got together for our gift exchange.

One of my friends gifted me this gorgeous purple and green yarn to see if I could do anything with it. I happened to come across a picture of this exact colorway in The Age of Brass and Steam shawl and knew it was perfect.

I had so much yarn left over when I bound off that I did a bit of math. I picked out the bind off and added in another half section of the first part and all of the second part before binding off again. I absolutely love how the stripes work beautifully with this pattern. Plus it’s super soft and snuggly. She loved the return gift of a finished thing with the yarn she fell in love with.

Pattern: Age of Brass and Steam
Yarn: Red heart Unforgettable in Dragonfly
Project: Ravelry

In one of my stash rummmages I turned up this lovely alpaca yarn in a cream color that I knew I wanted to work with but it’s not particularly a color that I wear often. However … I have a another friend that looks amazing in this shade. So after finding out that she would like either a hat or gloves equally I decided on a hat so I could use up as much of the yarn as possible.

it worked out fantastically as it’s a great use of the yarn, it’s warm and cozy, and she loves it. Also, it’s stunning on her. She’ll be getting a lot more knit gifts as I have lots of odds in colors that aren’t my style but are perfect for her.

Pattern: Latu
Yarn: Unknown natural Alpaca (the cat stole the ball band)
Project: Ravelry

Year of Crafting

January:
Elisa Shawl – Knitting, Self
Green Tabbard – Sewing, Jon
Ballband Dishcloth – Knitting, Self
Mitered Dishcloth – Knitting, Self

February:
Lafrowda Dishcloth – Knitting, Self
Single Crochet Dishcloth – Crochet, Self
Target Dishcloth – Crochet, Self
Black Tunic – Sewing, Gift (Holmes)
Spiral Dishcloth – Crochet, Self
2 Cable Beanie – Knitting, Self
Pretty Chilly – Knitting, Self
Black Tunic – Sewing, Jon
Brown Tabard – Sewing, Jon
Green Tabard – Sewing, Gift (Riddari)

March:
Spiral Cowl – Knitting, Self
Gummy Stripes – Knitting, Self

April:
Green / Brown Tabard – Sewing, Gift (Lycus)
Green / Brown Tabard – Sewing, Gift (Toan)
Brown Linen Tunic – Sewing, Jon
Brown Dress – Sewing, Self

May:
In & Out Socks – Knitting, Self

June:
Toesies – Knitting, Self
Ax Cover – Sewing, Jon

August:
Worsted Weight Socks – Knitting, Commission (Kelli T)
Twilight Rose Beanie – Knitting, Gift (Anna)
Swirl Hat – Knitting, Gift (Bruce)

September:
Make-up Cloth – Knitting, Self
Bruce Socks – Knitting, Gift (Bruce)
Ember’s Tunic – Sewing, Commission (Ember)
Antiphon’s Tunic – Sewing, Commission (Antiphon)
Smocked Sweater – Knitting, Gift (Anna)

October:
Smocked & Awed – Knitting, Gift (Anna)
Toddler Sweater – Knitting, Gift (Bruce)
Green Facecloth – Knitting, Self
Purple Tabard – Sewing, Commission (Aries)
Circle Cloth – Knitting, Self
Facecoth x7 – Knitting, Self
Green & Brown Mini Square – Sewing, Self

November:
Dyed Green Tunic – Sewing, Jon
Team Headband – Knitting, Gift (Valinor)
Wizard Stripe Socks – Knitting, Self
Forest Hood – Knitting Self

December:
Age of Brass and Steam Shawl – Knitting, Gift (Batsy)
Latu Hat – Knitting, Gift (Ember)
Black Knit Hat – Knitting, Jon
2 Color Heart Hat – Knitting, Gift (Ariel)
Newborn Heart Hat – Knitting, Gift (Ariel)

The last few sewing projects are not documented as photobucket is refusing to let me upload, it keeps throwing me back to the log in screen. There’s also a couple gifts that I haven’t posted finished posts for as I don’t want to spoil the surprise. And the last couple will be part of a larger post once I finish the rest of the set that I have planned.

I finished a total of 53 projects this year.

35 were Knitting
03 were Crochet
15 were Sewing

Further break down of these:
27 were for me
07 were for Jon
11 were gifts
08 were commissions

 

Year End Finishes

I finished up a few things that haven’t been documented yet. There’ll be another post in Jan about gift finishes as I don’t want to ruin surprises that haven’t been given yet.

First up is this hood I made myself.

I’ve already used it, the one day it was quite cold when we had practice. I didn’t fight that day so I’m still not sure how that will work out but it did cut down on the cold on my ears. Plus this paired with my shawl was great around my neck.

I’m still not sure about the short rows in the back but I suspect I did something wrong and after a wash or two they’ll smooth out.

Pattern: Friend of the Forest Hood by Gretchen Tracy
Project: Ravelry

I also finished up another set of stripy socks.

I always love my stripy socks. These ended up with the heel placed perfectly and I used them for heel placement on the next set.

Project: Ravelry

Lastly I have a hat for the hubby. He wanted a hat he could wear while fighting, for those colder days. So standard acrylic it is!

He’s a very simple guy so it was a super fast knit. Plus I can throw it in the wash after he spends 4 hours sword fighting and it’s soaked. Win!

Pattern: Knit Hat by Kathy North
Project: Ravelry

 

 

Children’s Raglan Sweater

I wanted to make something for the nephew but I also wanted to try something new. I had a whole bunch of yarn, plenty for a sweater, even if I made the size 4 year old rather than the 2 year old. The nephew is a big, and quickly growing bigger, boy. What better way to do this than to give a raglan style a try? Small enough that I can’t really get mad if I have to rip back, and yet tons of mindless knitting to help catch up on the to watch queue.

It’s a good sweater, will keep him nice and warm for this cold season and possibly even the next. And if he does grow out of it … it’ll still fit his sister for a bit.

He had a bit of a panic when it first went on, but he calmed down in mama’s arms.

He was a very tired little boy but I think he’ll like the sweater. And I was wrong about having enough. I was about 50 yards short so we ended up buying another skein and now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of it. This is the opposite of clearing out the stash. Though I would make this pattern again. The instructions were great and it came together easily.

Pattern: Childrens Raglan Sweater by Nina Figenschau
Project: Ravelry
Yarn: Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby in Chocolate

Smocking

I had a lot of this yarn and I knew I wanted to make something for the niece that would work for the crazy seasons we have here in Texas. This dress / tunic was perfect.

She thought it was pretty awesome that it’s a dress now but when she gets bigger it’ll be a top. I love the look of the smocking.

Of course, I still had a ton of yarn left over so I also made a hat for her. She was super excited when she saw that it matched her dress.

And I still can’t get over the prettiness of the stitches.

Pattern: Smocked Sweater by Tia Stanfield
Pattern: Smocked and Awed by Alison Shuman
Project Pages: Sweater & Hat
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Toasted Almond

Washcloth Bonanza

I had just enough of this purple cotton to make a small washcloth. Or so I thought.

But the missing corner doesn’t really matter. See, the size is perfect for a make up cloth and it’s the exact amount of scrubby that I need to take my make up off but leave my skin.

I found some green cotton. Surely this is enough to do a small washcloth. I’ll even go down two needle sizes to be sure.

Nope. But it’s still good. Still a perfectly serviceable washcloth.

Then I found the last of the multicolor cotton I used for the niece last Christmas. There’s a ton of this I thought. I’ll make a full sized washcloth.

Yep, plenty. It’s a little wonky because while watching tv on the last 5 rows I some how managed to pick up a dpn that was 2 sizes smaller than what I had been using through the rest of the wash cloth. But it was just one. You’d think I’d have noticed at some point that they were not the same … or one was salmon colored and the other red. But nope. Meh, washcloth. It works as intended and lives in my bathroom. Nobody will care.

And I still had plenty of that yarn left over. Surely this is enough to do a small makeup cloth. In fact, I had so much left over that I just kept making them, 7 times.

One of these days I might be better at eye balling the amount left over but in the meanwhile I have plenty of make up removers. Unless I find more random bits of cotton. Then I’m sure I’ll need more.

Swirl Hat

I had just a little bit of this yarn left over. I thought I might have just enough for a hat left over. Turns out I had just enough for a small hat for a not quite 2 year old.

He was having a cranky day when I brought the hat in but apparently he calmed down a bit after. He’s even gone and grabbed the hat for his momma to put on him.

I love the spiral of colors at the top. It was a fun, quick knit. I might have to add some stitches and do another one.

Pattern: Swirl Hat by Mandy Harrington
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock Ease
Project: Ravelry

Twilight Rose Beanie

This started out as a hat for me. Sadly it was a wee bit too short to be comfortable and I really didn’t feel up to ripping back to add in another repeat. Turns out, I also didn’t have enough yarn to do that anyhow. Luckily there’s a tiny girl child that loves when I knit things for her.

Look at that smile. I’d just told her that because it fit she could have it.

I tried to get a clear shot of the detail but, alas, this particular 5 year old doesn’t sit still very well. So it’s a wee bit blurry.

Pattern: Twilight Rose Beanie by Gretchen Tracy
Yarn: Berocco Comfort DK Solids
Project Page: Ravelry