Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Craft hope.

Knitting can only fix so much.  But, one of the things a knit hat and mittens can fix are cold heads and cold hands.

Craft Hope started a new campaign today - Number 25!  On their list of things was hats and mittens for kids.  I happened to have a hat and mittens that I had been saving up, and so I put them in the mail today.

The hat is Cambria's pattern.  The mittens are Annie's Mittens.  Both patterns were a lot of fun to knit and excellent for using up leftovers.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

More ideas for Girl Scout awards

I posted my first set of ideas here.  3 years ago!  Wow!  So, since then, I've also found the flickr account for our cookie bakery here.  They have some cliparty things (hearts, stars, flowers, peace signs, etc.) that work well if you download, print a bunch on card stock, cut out loosely around the shapes, add some accent coloring and then basically attach them to ribbon and then add the awards to the ribbon.

Last spring, at the bridging ceremony, the girls seemed like they were getting kind of old to be having stuff pinned to their shirts.  But, still have the old problem of making it in to a ceremony/big deal and not having the girls lose their awards before they got home.  We were doing awards again - the bridging awards that were back-ordered, the early bird registration patches and their bronze awards.

Here's what I did:


  • large card stock stars (they also had a few other shapes)
  • washi tape
  • long lollypop sticks
  • ribbon
  • awards
  • stapler with staples
  • 1 bottle/vase

Use the washi tape to tape the stick to the back of the paper shape.  Write the reciever's name on the back and any notations.  The star means "bronze award".  Staple the awards to the front.  Tie ribbons in contrast colors to the stick.  Put the award wands into the bottle or vase while they are waiting to be awarded.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

the other thing I'm knitting

I thought (because I am completely delusional sometimes) that I would knit Nori from Knitty.  I might have gotten through one repeat when I realized that (a) it is very challenging and (b) the yarn was so dark that it was hard to read the stitches in the best of times.

So, I did the sensible thing and started something new with the same yarn.  Terribly Simple really is super simple.

The rows are really pretty long at this point, and it's become a bit of a slog.  But I like it again (we were on a break while I knit most of my sweater.)  This photo captures the color best of the ones that I took.  My older daughter and I were goofing around with my point and shoot camera and I found some menu choices I didn't know it had (It has filters built in!)

La took this photo - I think it turned out really neat.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Finally - a sweater for me

I am not sure what happened this summer, but I started knitting a sweater for myself.  I've had the yarn for it for a while and have been going back and forth for what to do with it.  Heathery charcoal grey cascade 220 and a few spare skeins of stuff that could be used for contrast.

I settled on Hannah Fettig's Yoked Cardigan.

The pattern picture is of a baby, but the size range goes through adults.  It was totally worth paying for.  I wouldn't have figured out the method on my own and yet, it is so delightful and straightforward to knit.  I have had trouble putting it down.

I decided to use the contrast color as though I made a fancy colorwork sweater, except it is basically just a stripe.  I think you add button bands on later, so I'm not sure how things are really going to look in the finished product, but for now, I love it.

Here it is as of this week.  Even though it is crazy hot out here, it is still soccer knitting.  I have less than an inch left of the body, then it is time for the sleeves.