Knitted Entrelac Headband

I used this pattern to make an entrelac headband:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grey-gardens-2

Unfortunately, the pattern instructions really really confused me.  So, instead, I used Sapphire & Purl’s video tutorials on entrelac to make the headband.  I got into a little trouble at the twist because I had to sort of translate the pattern instructions to match Sapphire & Purl’s videos…which seemed reversed (where the pattern says to purl, the videos said to knit).  But somehow I managed.  And the bind off threw me off too because bind off row in the video was done on a right side, but the pattern instructions were for the wrong side.  I sort of fudged it, and I think it turned out OK.

I really didn’t feel like I wanted to make this again, but after finishing it, and looking at it…I kind of like it:

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I hope Jenna likes it too!

Week In Review: 9/22/2014 – 9/28/2014

Here’s my second weekly report. First off, these were these goals from my last weekly report:

  1. Finish attaching squares for Row #2 on peace sign blanket – not quite done.  I am working on edging the last square for Row #2.
  2. Finish the 2nd sleeve on the cardigan. – done!
  3. Steam block the log cabin blanket square and knit the border. – not quite – I blocked and started the border, but still working on knitting the border
  4. Make 2 more hand sanitizer cozies.- not done
  5. Start the first lace panel on the cardigan. – not done
  6. If, if, if there’s time….Gray Gardens Entrelac Headband.finished!  I also managed to make another headband.  I’ll give all three to Jenna for her birthday, hope she likes them 🙂

So, I did things a bit out of priority.

Goals for this week:

  1. Finish attaching last square for Row #2 on peace sign blanket.
  2. Finish knitting border on log cabin blanket square.
  3. Start first lace panel on cardigan.
  4. Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies.
  5. Make another headband.
  6. Finish lace panel on cardigan.
  7. Attach squares for Row #3 on peace sign blanket.
  8. Start 2nd block for log cabin blanket.

There…that should be enough!

Crocheted Soup Can Pencil Cup

I was fiddling around a little bit this weekend, and I made this:

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I am so super happy with this, not because it’s so nice, but because I did it without following a pattern!

I got the inspiration from this Ravelry project: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/can-cover-pencil-holder but I didn’t want to make it flat and then seam the sides (because I’m terrible at seaming).  So I figured out how to do it in the round….all by my little self 🙂

Seasoned crocheters will probably laugh, but it really was a big deal for me 🙂  And it fit so perfectly!  OK, I’ll stop patting my own back now.   Thank you for listening 🙂

Week-in-Review, 9/15/2014 – 9/21/2014

Here’s my first week-in-review to re-cap my projects on a weekly basis.

  • Last week, I managed to attach just one square to my Peace Sign Blanket, square #7.  It’s pretty slow-going because the edging I chose, a blanket-stitch, I think it’s called, is very tedious.  And because I have a short attention span when it comes to projects.  Hopefully I can make some good progress this week, finishing up Row 2.
  • I made no progress on my cardigan, I’m afraid.  I’m hoping to at least finish the 2nd sleeve this week.
  • I also did not work on my cross stitch project at all 😦
  • I did manage to almost finish my first square on my log cabin blanket. I’m ready to start the border, but wanted to steam block it first.  Problem is, I don’t really have a steamer.  Well, I do….but it’s not a portable one, which means, I need to drag it out of the closet just to steam block one little square.  Unless I just do some cleaning afterwards 🙂  Note to self: buy portable steamer.
  • I also tried the 2nd hand sanitizer bottle cozy pattern: I think I like the 2nd pattern better.  It has a much better fit, although crocheting with that tiny, tiny, crochet thread is a bit tedious.  At least I found something I can use my crochet thread for!  I hope to make one or two more of these this week.  And if they are nice enough…they can be potential Xmas gifts.
  • And something I’m particularly proud of….I made a soup can pencil cup.  The reason I’m so darned proud of this is because I did not follow any pattern to make this.  I got the inspiration from a Ravelry pattern, but worked mine in the round instead of flat.  And it fit!  Like a glove!  So darned happy with this one.

Goals for this week:

  1. Finish attaching squares for Row #2 on peace sign blanket.
  2. Finish the 2nd sleeve on the cardigan.
  3. Steam block the log cabin blanket square and knit the border.
  4. Make 2 more hand sanitizer cozies.
  5. Start the first lace panel on the cardigan.
  6. If, if, if there’s time….Gray Gardens Entrelac Headband.

Crocheted Hand Sanitizer Cozy

Every time I go to 7-Eleven with my daughter, she asks me to buy her one of those rubber hand sanitizer bottle holders, and I always tell her No.  One day she asked me, “why?”  Ummm…..I wasn’t quite sure why.  “Because I can make you one”, I blurted out.  Ah shoots….now I need to make her one.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/floral-hand-sanitizer-cozy

I did not make the flower…mostly because I was lazy….

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But I put a pretty, sparkly button on it, to make up for it 🙂

The pattern was simple enough….my only complaint is that it’s a little big.  Maybe next time, I’ll try changing to an “E” hook (the pattern called for “F”).

Of course, I used some mystery pink cotton from stash, so I may have used the wrong yarn weight.
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9/19/2014 Update;
I tried a different pattern for hand sanitizer cozies:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hand-sanitizer-cozy-2

This one fits a lot better – more snuggly.

hand-sanitizer-cozy_2

Knitted Amaranth Headband

One of my husband’s long-time employees, Jenna, is having a birthday in November, so I decided to make her something.  I know, I know….it’s only September.  But I’m a very slow knitter!  My husband mentioned that she likes to wear headbands, so I decided to make her this:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amaranth-headband

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Well, golly…it only took me 2 days to make this!  Wow, I love this project.  I think I want to make a few more, maybe for my daughter and sister….