Rainbow Days

Do you craft projects tend to grab onto a particular color palate and not let go? For me, lately, my colors have gone to rainbows.

It started when Neighborhood Fiber Company started offering their Marriage Equality colorway (for the third? fourth? time). I bought two kits of the gradient (DK and Sock), happy to both support the benefiting LGBTQA orgnization and have some of the wonderful, vibrant colors. I’ve now used them for a handful of projects – and still have a good 1/3 of the DK left!

(These photos are all of me wearing the items versus my usual slightly nicer shots but I’ve been feeling lazy.)

Everyday Shawl

(Rav project)

This was a really meditative knit. I worked on it during conference calls at work and occasionally at home in July. The recipient was complaining that she’s always cold – hopefully this has kept her warm!

Lizzie’s Rainbow Scarf

I really just sort of made this up as I went along, roughly following the Tale as Old as Time pattern. My project page for it (here) has all the details. Made using the NFC DK weight.

Rainbow Hat

I think I may be almost over my inability to do colorwork. This was made in DK and I just sort of made up the pattern (and the crown shaping, hence the wonkiness of it!).

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Rainbow Days

Other Craftyness with Needles

I turned back to an old love this summer, after many years away: cross stitch.

I started back with when a friend was posting her embroidery in Instagram. My first pattern back was one I’d bought two years ago and never made. I manged to finish a bit over half of it before we were heading off to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. I guessed that I would probably finish it while there so it wasn’t worth bringing with me. Of course, I forgot about it entirely until I was going through my pile (yeah, a pile) of cross stitch stuff in my office.

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(Pattern is Crafty Manifesto by Satsuma Street)

On the Teton/Yellowstone trip, I manged to finish another Satsuma Street pattern, Blue Village. I’d started it just before we left so it was maybe 90% complete on the trip.

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(Blue Village, when it was almost done being stitched)

When I finished with Blue Village, I was on my trip and still needed something to work on. I had managed to find two great kits at park gift shops – one of Grand Teton and another of Old Faithful. I decided to start on the later, as it was smaller in size and not completely filled in.

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(Yellowstone National Park kit finish)

I was loving the big projects, so I immediately (this was early July) started on the Lovely Little Washington, DC pattern from Satsuma Street. This is still a WIP but I haven’t touched it in a few weeks.


(Lovely Little Washington, DC)

My current big project is a surprise for my brother and sister-in-law so I’ll just post a link to it. (Click here.) It’s about 80% complete, I’d say.

Lastly, I do work on smaller things, mostly projects that take an evening or two to make. These are mostly combinations of patterns I find online and fonts from Sublime Stitchery or another book I have or got from the library. I have a another one I’ve made but it’s not family friendly (picture is here).

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(Made for a friend who is LGBTQ and, well, pretty awesome.)

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(Made for my husband’s coworker who is obsessed with squirrels as they don’t have them in his native Australia.)


(WIP: Will eventually have a bunch of different sized hearts on it. The unicorn thing is a needle minder and not part of the design.)


(This was my cross stitch project I threw together in England/Wales. I love the look of the pattern but not at all sure about my color choices. This will probably languish for awhile.)

DO you cross stitch? Any favorite patterns?

Other Craftyness with Needles

FO Friday: Sockalicious

I think I’ve mentioned that I got back into socks when we were in Germany. I’ll write more about that part of things in my posts about the trip, starting next week. But, I do want to share with you the three pairs I’ve finished lately.

German Monkeys

As you could guess, I made these while in Germany. More specifically, I made them from German sock yarn and needles bought while there. They were made in record time, just two weeks and I wasn’t even knitting on them that whole time. Of course, I was on vacation, away from the rigors of normal life and Lizzie keeping me from knitting…

(You can see all of the details here.)

(Finally Finished) Mercury Socks

These were the socks I last worked on…and didn’t finish. After I got back home, I had to get them finished. These will eventually get sent on to my cousin for her birthday. I’d point you to my Rav project page for these to get the details but I never wound up writing down the yarn I used so I’ll just link to the pattern page.

Lizzie’s Everyday Socks

I’ve never made Lizzie socks and she kept asking me to make her a pair when she saw me working on finishing up the ones for my cousin. I chose the Hermoine’s Everyday Socks pattern because it was easy but also would show off the tonal nature of the yarn I was using.

(You can see all of the details here.)

FO Friday: Sockalicious

FO Friday: Coworker Knits

I’ve been making lots of knits for my coworkers since late last year. Here’s a quick round-up of┬áthe last few I completed. Doing these in reverse order of completion. Yet again, I neglected to take photos in daylight (and Matt was busy doing some work stuff), so you’ll have to excuse my selfies in my spare bedroom.

Mini Fiar

When I was coming back from Germany, I didn’t really want to start another pair of socks and had with me a skein of dark gray Miss Babs DK and three colors of a Neighborhood Fibre Company gradient kit. After lots of Ravelry searches that morning, I chose to make a mini version of Fiar, a pattern from Irishgirlieknits. Because I had, oh, 15 hours of travel between the subway, trains, and airplanes, I was able to finish it before we landed in DC. I’ve got a darker shade of the same color that may turn into the same thing to use up the gray leftovers.

Trillian (the red one)

This is my second Trillian, a very easy pattern with that little bit of lace to keep you entertained. I used Miss Babs Yowza that I’d picked up a few months ago and knew I wanted to do something special with. Due to the much thicker yarn, this is a bit wider and much, much longer than the original. (No photos of my wearing it turned out, so here’s a photo of the edging I may have to re-block to open it up better.)

Close to You

This was the perfect combination of a great free pattern (thanks to the designer, Justyna Lorkowska!) and some cheap yarn. I picked up five balls of each of two different colorways of Lousia Harding’s Cassia Prints at Tuesday Morning. It’s really quite soft and comes in fun colors. Of course, it’s available at TM means it’s probably discontinued and/or hard to come by. I knit this up really quickly back in August, mostly because how nice the yarn felt in my hands.

Summer Camp

I knew I wanted to make this shawl as soon as possible after the pattern popped up in my “Patterns You May Like” section on Ravelry (okay, it’s techincally “your pattern highlights”).┬áLaura Aylor designed this fun pattern that I’m certainly to make again. I’m likely to knit this again.

FO Friday: Coworker Knits

FO Friday: Dishcloths Aplenty

Matt’s cousin got married a few weeks ago. Instead of the usual gift registry, the couple asked folks to make them things. I instantly thought of dishcloths. Everyone in his family loves using them and I have a giant amount of dishcloth cotton in my stash.

Thing is, I hate working with the stuff. Really hate it. It hurts my hands and sticks to my needles. And the dishcloths, meh, not too exciting. I have nice variegated colors which mean I’m limited to only textured patterns, even more boring.

But I love the couple, so I made them. A lovely set of 8 in shades of light blue. They were gorgeous. I forgot to take a photo of them but, trust me, they were lovely.

Then, for who knows what reason, I kept knitting them. The entire way back from Indiana (about 10 hours), then again once I got home for a good week. I wound up with a ton more – some to a family member, some to a coworker, and the ones shown here, not yet with a destination.

There wasn’t a lot of thought to these, in terms of what I was going to do. I start with however many stitches – 28 if I’m making a regular square vice a mitered one – then pick a pattern and knit is until I have a square. The miters are started with 3 stitches, knit until I feel like decreasing, then finished with 3 stitches.

There’s something really satisfying about these. They take only an hour or so, depending if I’m in the car on Lizzie Entertainment duty (lots of handing her books and snacks and answering “what’s that?”) or watching World Series baseball. I think they’ll be filling my “I have no idea what to knit next.” spot.

FO Friday: Dishcloths Aplenty

Finished Object: Foolproof

I really have been doing things other than knitting, just haven’t felt like posting about anything of that. So, I’ve got yet another FO post for you all.

When I completed the Clapotis, I immediately took it into work to keep myself warm in my very cool office. Then, after less than ten minutes of wear, remembered that I can’t actually wear wool. After pulling it off, I decided a different recipient would be more appropriate, one of Lizzie’s primary preschool teachers.

Which left me with an issue: what do make for her other primary teacher? I knew that I would use the other DK gradient kit from Neighborhood Fibre Company, this one in teals and jades.

After a bit of thinking, I decided on an old favorite, the Foolproof Cowl.

I knit until I had 54 stitches per side, then switched colors. For each of the other two colors – the last two colors in the gradient kit didn’t get touched at all – were knit for 30 ridges before switching. I went dark to light then, after picking up the other side of the darkest stitches, I started with light. It makes sense if you saw it all together.

It wound up quite long, perfect for being doubled-up on your neck when it’s not in the mid-90s.

It’ll get delivered tomorrow, along with the Clapotis. Just a very little of what the two ladies deserve for handling a room full of two year-olds…

Finished Object: Foolproof

Flurry of FOs on Friday

I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting lately – hence the lack of blog posts – and figured it’s about time I share a few photos. I’ve got two shawls plus a quick-knit hat to share. Both shawl projects were created for coworkers and were the perfect combination of mindless and beautiful output. The hat was intended for Lizzie but, well, it wound up far too large for her, as you’ll see.

First up, my second Different Lines shawl, made from Spud and Chloe Fine. I’ll admit I’m not big on the yarn itself, but it was on sale and really great colors.

I only had 400 m of each color, so I only managed twelve of the cream-colored rows. It wound up just the perfect size for the coworker it was made for; she’s worn it every day when it’s chilly in our office.

Second project was my first ever Lacy Backtus, knit in Hempathy. The coworker I gave this to has a wool allergy, so was a perfect recipient for an item made in this bright blue I’d grabbed on sale during a trip to Denver.

(Excuse the just-got-out-of-the-shower look. I, well, was just out of the shower.)

Final project is a Short-Rows Sideways Hat, made in scraps of Ms Babs from a cowl project I made a few months ago.

Up next: A Foolproof cowl for one of Lizzie’s daycare teachers

Flurry of FOs on Friday