Week in Review: 10/27/2014 – 11/2/2014

Last week’s goals:

  • Finish the Peace Sign Blanket – Done!  Finally, finally done!  I’m super happy, but it looks a bit small in the picture.  Now to figure out what to do with it.  My daughter has already asked for it, so maybe I should just give it to her, even though the last thing she needs is another blanket.  Ha!
  • Finish coffee cup sleeve – Done!  I finished it last week, and even used it.  My only complaint: it’s not as grippy as those cardboard sleeves they give you Starbucks, so my cup kept sliding.
  • Make a bunch more coffee cup sleeves – how much scrap yarn can I use up? – Not done.  I was too busy playing around with other patterns.
  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands – Not done.  OMG, what is wrong with me??  All I have to do is put it in the dang gift bag!
  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies1/2 done!  I did manage to squeak out one.
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan. – Not done.  Agggh, I think I’m bored with this one.  I just can’t bring myself to work on this.

In other news….

  • I made a crocheted daisy flower towel holder, mostly as a way to use up some scraps and to see if it’s feasible to make as Christmas gifts.
  • I also spent most of my weekend starting up the Phoenix filet crochet project again.  But after I got to Row 10, I realized that I’m totally going to run out of yarn.  So I scrapped it (again), and started making a gift bag with the same yarn this morning.  I’m hoping to finally use up my Lorna’s Laces by making a bunch of little bags….as long as I don’t get too bored!

This week’s goals

  • Make more hand sanitizer cozies
  • Make gift bags
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan
  • Give Jenna her headbands
  • Make some towel holders
  • Start up Phoenix filet crochet project again with different yarn
  • Find more ways to use scraps!

Crocheted Clothes Hanger Cover

I was staring at my bag filled with miscellaneous balls of scrap yarn…you know those tiny amounts of scrap that you can’t really make anything with, thinking “what am I going to do with all this scrap?”  So I looked through my Ravelry queue and saw this:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-hanger-cover—crochet-version

So I gave it a go:

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Not too bad….and the best thing, I used up all the black!  Another way to use up scraps!

Week In Review: 10/20/2014 – 10/26/2014

My goals for last week:

  • Finish Row 5 of the Peace Sign Blanket: Done!
  • Finish Row 6 of the Peace Sign Blanket: I ran into a bit of a hiccup because I ran out of black yarn on Wednesday, and I forgot to go to Walmart to buy more on Thursday.  So, I didn’t work on the blanket on Thursday and Friday.  I finally got more black yarn on Saturday, but didn’t start working on it until Saturday night.  But I did get 3 squares edged, and I just need to attach them.  Then I need to edge the last 2 squares.  Then I need to do the final edging around the whole thing.  Whew!
  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands: I didn’t quite get to this, but I did buy the gift bag :)
  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies: I didn’t get to this.
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan: I didn’t get to this either.

Last night, I was sitting around wondering what I was going to do with the tiny tiny tiny scrap amounts of yarn that I have.  It’s not quite enough to do the scrap blanket with, but it seems like too much to throw away.  So, I ended up making a coffee cup sleeve with my leftover gray and blue Caron, and I ended up using up the gray!  Finally!

My goals for this week:

  • Finish the Peace Sign Blanket
  • Finish coffee cup sleeve
  • Make a bunch more coffee cup sleeves – how much scrap yarn can I use up?
  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands
  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan.

Week in Review: 10/13/2014 – 10/19/2014

Here were my goals last week:

Done!  I started Row 5 this morning (orange squares).  It’s getting to crunch time, so I need to pick up speed on this!

Done!

  • Lace Panel on Cardigan – Can I at least get started on making one????

I started it at least….I didn’t get too far though.

  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands (her birthday is coming up next month)

Didn’t get to this one, but I have time still.

  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies (gotta get started on those Christmas gifts!)

Didn’t get to this one either.

Goals for This Week:

My First Fingerless Mitts

I’ve always wanted to try a fingerless mitts pattern, and the October contest in the Stash Knit Down group was to make mitts or mittens, so….PERFECT.

I used this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/recipe-of-the-month–align-mitts

And here are mine:

align-mitts_1

The trouble I had was with the m1R’s.  The pattern calls for a m1L, followed by a number of knit stitches, then a m1R – this creates the increases for the thumb.  But after all my m1R’s there is a gap – see below:

align-mitts_2

I’ve asked in Ravelry how to remedy this, and I’ve gotten back various responses.  Some said I’m pulling too tightly, some say I should try just doing a m1L there instead of a m1R.  Any other ideas?

Week In Review – 10/6/2014 – 10/12/2014

Here were my goals last week:

  1. Peace Sign Blanket - I finished the edging on the last square of the 3rd row, I just need to attach it.  And I also edged the first square of the 4th row.  Hopefully, I can get all the way through the 4th row this week.  I had a little hiccup because I ran out of black, and had to – (gasp!)  buy some more.
  2. Make Fable Fingerless Mitts – I actually changed my mind on this one and decided to make the Align Mitts instead.  For 2 reasons: 1.  I saw the Very Pink Knits video on the Align Mitts, and it looked like a simple project that I could handle, and 2.  I noticed that the Fable mitts were done flat and then seamed.  No!!!!  No Seaming!!!! I am just about done with the first Align Mitt – just need to do the thumb.
  3. Lace Panel on Cardigan – Didn’t get to this.  My focus is really on the peac sign blanket for October.

I did also work a bit on my log cabin scrap blanket, and I ended up (double gasp!) buying a little more yarn because I just didn’t have enough scraps to finish my 2nd square.  I bought one very pretty light blue skein, and one brown-ish color skein.  I also asked my dear sister if she had any Caron scraps lying around that she wasn’t going to use.  She said she should be able to get me some next week Sunday.  That should help!

My goals for this week:

  1. Peace Sign Blanket – Get all the way through Row 4 (the blue squares).
  2. Finish Align Mitts
  3. Lace Panel on Cardigan – Can I at least get started on making one????
  4. Wrap Jenna’s headbands (her birthday is coming up next month)
  5. Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies (gotta get started on those Christmas gifts!)
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