New Year Planning

Some of us have spent the last few weeks looking forward to the new year (well, those of us who were pretty sure the world wasn’t actually going to end on December 21). Most of this year was not so fantastic for me and I’m having trouble believing that 2013 will be any different, BUT my oh my I am so looking forward to January and some upcoming crafty fun times I have planned.

First, in the Sweater Odyssey group we’re kicking off the new year with a Heidi Kirrmaier KAL. Come join us—you get to knit any adult garment pattern by Heidi, and she has quite a few fantastic patterns. I’m going with Raindance in two shades of Quince and Co Chickadee.

And then, in the Amy Christoffers fanclub, we’re doing a couple of KALs: a Lilac Wine knitalong and a sweater knitalong (similar to the Sweater Odyssey group, just pick a pattern from the designer and go). The Roam Tunic and Stonecutter’s Cardigan I recently posted? Both Amy C patterns. You know you want to.

And THEN, I came across this Crocheted Puff Stitch Scarf and I have to have it. HAVE TO. I’m 99% sure one of my friends is making one for me as a gift, but I think I’m going to need multitudes. So @jacintillating on Twitter and I plotted and schemed a Crochetalong. I mean, can you blame me? This is going to be a blog-based CAL, meaning there’s no place on Ravelry to currently chat about it, but I figure we’ll probably bleed all over the internet—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, maybe even Tumblr, who knows? And I’ll be asking participants for photos to share here on the blog (with links to your own blog if you’re writing about the CAL).


Photo from the Ravelry pattern page

The CAL details:

  • Start hooking on February 1 or later.
  • Finish by March 1 and who knows, there could be a prize.
  • Leave a comment here letting me know you’re planning to participate.
  • Tag project updates on your social media platform of choice (Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) with #puffyCAL
  • Have fun and end up with a sweet scarf.

Questions? Please ask! You should know by now that I make most of this crap up as I go.

What are you looking forward to in the new year? Have any big crafting goals in mind?

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Friday Finds: Avengers Assemble!

Super special Friday Finds this week! Some of you may have noticed that I kind of love The Avengers. If you haven’t, you clearly need to be following me on Twitter. (Or not, if that’s not you’re kind of thing, but COME ON.) In honor of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Avengers, I bring you an super-sized Avengers-themed Friday Finds! And don’t forget, you can always go crazy and replicate the Loki scarf!

Side note: There is a sad, sad lack of Hawkeye and Black Widow–related patterns (and I thought some of you would hurt me if I posted photos of knitted or crocheted spiders). Please, my nerdy designer friends, fix that.

All photos are from Ravelry pattern pages unless otherwise noted.

FO: Crocheted “Star” Blanket

It’s supposed to be a star, but it’s more of a starfish shape, really. I am terrible at counting stitches in crochet. Absolutely awful. And this shouldn’t be so difficult, as double crochet stitches stand out pretty well, but still, this blanket is sort of drunken star–shaped.

And that’s okay. If the not-yet-born recipient of this blanket is going to be all judge-y, no more handmade goods for that baby!

(I’ve yet to meet a really judge-y baby, so I think I’m good.)

See, everything started out fairly well.

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And from there it devolved into this mostly star-shaped thing that doesn’t like to fold up very well.

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The parents of the intended recipient are both sensitive to cats, and there are no surfaces in my house that are both big enough for this blanket (it’s about five feet across) and avoided by my monster, so I unfortunately don’t have any full-size photos. We’ll just have to wait until there are some modeled shots in Spring.

I do love the way this worked up though. The pattern is Beth’s Little Star Afghan, a free pattern. I used the now discontinued Mission Falls 136 Merino, and a size F crochet hook. I don’t know what the numbers are for crochet hooks. Something smaller than a G and bigger than an E. I’m so helpful.

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So now this blanket is tucked safely away in a plastic bag until I can see the mom-to-be, hopefully in a few weeks!

Month in Review: October

Ten months down, and only two to go! That thought kind of gives me a headache.

So, this month, lots accomplished this month. One project finished early on that I can’t show you yet (and still need to photograph, now that I think about it).

My Elise shawl.

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My Snicket socks.

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My Felicity Hat.

And a Baby Surprise Jacket that I will post about very soon. It’s so cute! So much more than meets the eye! No, that will not get old.

I think next month I may knit Nutkin socks. I’m doing some traveling and they would probably be a good on-the-go pattern. PLUS, I’m hoping to bang out at least most of a sweater—I’ve started swatching for Chambourcin, so hopefully that will go well.

I’m not even going to discuss the yarn. Oi.

How was your October? Hopefully your November is excellent!

FO: Elise Shawl

I kind of just want to have a post with pretty pictures of my crochet work, so… yeah.

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Details, if you’re wanting them. Pattern is Elise, yarn is Wollmeise Merino Superwash in Fucshia and I used almost the entire skein, crochet is still a foreign language to me but it looks pretty in this shawl.
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Man, I <3 my mom

My relationship with my mom is not one of those “my mom is my best friend” kind of thing, though we are pretty close and I miss her a whole lot, being halfway across the country from her. (I love my dad and my brother very much, too, but they’re not really a part of this post.) So when she told me she was going to mail me some crafting supplies she’d found in a closet, I was really curious as to what she might have found. She had said there was some yarn, and some books, but I had no idea what was waiting for me.

Epic awesomeness, that’s what.

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Everything in this box is from the 70s (well, minus my college alumni newsletter and a card from my mom). EVERYTHING. The yarn, the books, the third of a ripple blanket…

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I’ve never heard of this kind of yarn! Apparently my mom was making Christmas-themed placemats?

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I’m actually pretty excited about this ripple blanket. I love greens, and the yarn is a pretty nice acrylic. Now I just have to figure out what size hook she might have been using to try and match her gauge.

The books!

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I really love this pattern, from the Needlecraft book.

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And some of the patterns are just not my style, but still a source of, uhm, inspiration?

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If nothing else, it’s nice to have this tie to my mom, and to have this evidence that she, too, has her crafty side, even if it was abandoned long ago for whatever reason.