Catch-Up Post 3/2/2015

I’ve been very, very quiet, I know.  I guess I was burned out from all the projects last year, and I just didn’t want to create any extra pressure on myself – just wanted to enjoy knitting and crocheting 🙂

So, this is a catch-up post, to recap what I’ve been doing.

First up, I made these fingerless mitts – colorful, aren’t they?  I thought it would look fun and pretty because I really loved the yarn (Red Heart With Love Multi in Fruit Punch).  But….somehow, didn’t translate to the mitts.  Is this the pooling problem?

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I also joined a Hat-a-thon in the Stash Knit Down group, and made 3 hats:

In-Between Seasons Hat

This one came out a bit small…and it didn’t use up nearly as much yarn as I’d hoped (I’ve embarked on a stash-down this year).

Kit-Kat Hat

I had made the Kit-Kat hat for DD, and she loved them so much, she asked for matching mitts to go with them.  But I had used up all my Caron Simply Soft Party in Snow Sparkle for the hat.  So I hunted online and checked Wal-Mart, but it seemed this particular colorway was out of stock everywhere!  Then some generous Raveler told me she had a skein and would send it to me in the mail!  I just cannot get over the generosity of people on Ravelry!

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A Hat Made With Love

I really really loved how this one came out.  The colors were pretty, AND I used up all of these two yarns I had left in stash, yay!

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I also made this double-knit coaster, mainly to use up more scraps, and for dk practice.

Hot-Cuppa Coasters

Unfortunately, it seems I need a lot more practice!  My stitches are all kinda loose and wonky when I double-knit, and thus, the “picture” is not as pretty as it should be.  Oh well, I’ll keep practicing I guess.

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I do like this snowflake pillow cover I made, even though it actually came out too small for my pillow.  I sort of smushed the pillow in there, but I guess I need to find a smaller pillow form 🙂

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This Unforgettable Hat made me reconsider the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn.  At first, I didn’t really care for it, but boy the colors are beautiful, and this hat really brings out the pretty colors.

And lastly, I used up what I had left of my Lion Brand Thick & Quick Super Bulky yarn with this pillow cover.  Yay!

Oh wait, how could I forget that I finally, finally finished my New York Cardigan!

So, that’s about it.  Right now, I’m working on those mitts with the generously donated Snow Sparkle yarn.  I also have OTN:

  • A bolero using my Reggia Lace (held double)

  • A cover for my new Tassimo machine.  I’m not really using a pattern, just trying to make a big rectangle piece with some cotton yarn and the Linen Stitch….(we’ll see how it turns out).

  • Still going with my Fairy Illusion blanket

  • Still making squares for my Log Cabin blanket

  • A shawl for my sister

And I want to start on a Halloween Bag for DD using this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/market-tote-bag-2

I’m going to use some purple Caron SS I have in stash, and then try to cross-stitch on a Cat pattern using the Red Heart Reflective that I just bought today (gasp!).  I’ve never tried cross stitching onto a crocheted material before, so I’m not sure how this will turn out, but I’m excited to try!