knitting the second cowl

Remember how I’m making two cowls for my mom (one for her, one for a friend)?  I’m using this pattern from Ravelry to make it but I’m doing it in thinner yarn and adapting the pattern a bit.  She wants something thinner — more like a necklace.  Well, here’s how far I am on #2:

This one’s going much slower, and it’s not just because I’ve already done one and the novelty has worn off.  That’s not it at all, really — this one I’m making with a thinner yarn but the same needles.  The first cowl was sock weight, and this yarn is about half that size.  It will be much more lacy, which I think will look equally cool, but it’s taking longer because I’m not used to working with such lightweight yarn.  It keeps sliding through my hands so my tension is wonky and I have to keep adjusting to keep it right.

As you can see, my knitting is resting on my laptop, which is in turn resting on the arm of the couch.  My boyfriend is often taking up the TV with his video gaming (which is fine), so I usually sit here on the couch, using my computer to watch movies/TV or listen to audiobooks with my headphones on.  When a pattern is difficult for me, I’ll postpone those things in favor of turning all my attention towards my knitting, but for stuff like this cowl, which is an easy pattern, I like to listen to things.

Do you do things while you knit?  If so, what?  I need some new ideas — I’ve practically memorized all of my audiobooks and movies (lines and musical scores).

Thanks for stopping by, hope you visit again soon!

 

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one down, one to go

As I think I mentioned in my last post, my mom asked me to make this pattern for her and one of her friends.  She wanted a thinner version though, so we got some pretty variegated sock yarn and I used size 6 needles.  Here’s the first one:

Didn’t the yarn turn out lovely?  It’s Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox, and the colors are gorgeous!  I enjoyed making this, which is good because I still have one more to make!

My ski bonnet is currently on hold until I decide whether or not to do one more repeat of the band pattern before going down the other side of it, and whether or not I can actually do the math to make it work out alright in the end.  Since I’m new to knitting, it might take me a few days to be sure of what I’m doing.  When I do decide, though, you’ll be the first to know!

That’s all I’ve got for today, thanks for stopping by!

how to properly knit a ski hat

I’ve had a bit of success with the ski bonnet!  About time, too — this is attempt number 4.  I figured out how I needed to knit the band.  First, I knitted the first few rows on double points, because it was easier for me to keep things from getting twisted that way than it was with the magic loop method:

I’m liking the magic loop method much better now.  It feels less like I’m wrestling with a large wooden spider and it’s going quicker.  I’ve gotten 24 rows done so far, and you can begin to see how the pattern will look:

The yarn looks extra pink here. The first picture is more accurate color-wise.

So far, no mistakes (that I know of).  I’m crossing my fingers for continued success, because I wouldn’t know how to go back to a previous row with this pattern of complicated cables and twists if I did mess up.  Well, it’s complicated to me, at least.  But hey, I wanted a challenge, right?

I am actually worried that the band is too narrow — I believe it should be about 4 inches wide and mine is about 3.  Maybe once it’s blocked?  PLEASE don’t tell me that  I should start over and go up a needle size.  Well, actually, do tell me if I should, but don’t expect me to be happy.  What do you think?  I don’t want to redo it, but I do want it to be perfect!

frustration wins this round

While I’m happy with how my blogs are looking after some changes, I’m frustrated with the ski bonnet.  Last post I mentioned that I ripped out my first attempt (which was only about 13 rows but actually took a long time.  Well, here’s my second attempt, using scrap yarn so that I could get the pattern down:

I messed up the twists in the bottom right corner but it got better.

As you can see, I chose to use my double points instead of the circular needle.  Crazy as it seems, it feels less cumbersome to me (especially when starting off).  So after achieving satisfaction with the sample, I brought out the magenta yarn again and tried for the real thing.  Again I got to about row 13 and realized I made a mistake in row 5, and I had no idea how to go about fixing it.  So I’ve done rows 1-13 three times now, none of which have been satisfactory.  I considered just keeping going, but I want this hat to be perfect, so I frogged it again.

Maybe 4th time’s the charm.  I’m going to try to be less distracted by other things while I’m knitting this time so I can follow the chart properly.  No more Japanese anime with subtitles!  Maybe some good ol’ Harry Potter audiobooks.

Wish me luck, and thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully I’ll have a photo worthy sample soon.

ski bonnet: begin!

Remember that awesome ski bonnet that I wanted to make?  Well, I’m gonna make it!

I’ll be using 3 skeins of Berroco Vintage in their Dewberry shade, which I had to purchase today, even though I said I couldn’t afford yarn this month.  I swear, this yarn was the cheapest yarn in the store that still felt soft.  I’m gonna just say this is my birthday present to myself.

My dog is not interested in the slightest; she’s so used to yarn.

So I started the pattern, and I was immediately struggling.  I know how to do the magic loop method but I’m still not good at keeping the breaks between the sides tight and even, so that was all over the place.  Maybe I should try it on double points, which I’m more used to, so I don’t have those “wings?”  In row 1 I immediately had to learn two new things, as well: the Left Twist and the Right Twist.  I think I’m doing them right.  (Check out those links for video tutorials on YouTube.)

In the end, my first 6 rows looked so shabby that I frogged it.  I think I’m going to practice with some spare yarn to get the hang of the pattern first before trying it again with my nice magenta yarn.  Anybody have any advice for me?

I’m addicted

I’m so hooked on Ravelry!  I just can’t stop looking at knitting patterns –even the ones that I know I couldn’t make yet are going in my favorites!  It’s basically like window shopping and daydreaming of the day that I might be able to make fancy things.  Last night I spent hours looking through every single page of the free knitting patterns that have photos. I could have been making something, but no, I just felt like staring at lovely projects and getting new ideas.

Here’s what I found:

This cardigan is modeled after some Native American pottery patterns in New Mexico.  And in that same vein, here are some mitts:

OK that one requires some explaining — those socks are actually kilt hose, meant to be worn with Scottish garb.  I’m a bagpiper so I have some for when I play at weddings, funerals, etc., but mine keep shrinking so I could stand to make a pair myself.

And this pincushion may be last but it is certainly not least — it’s in my queue of things to make because it looks so cute and useful.  You will probably see this coming soon.

So that’s it!  I know I said last time that my next post would be about my sweater progress, but that will just have to wait until next time.  These patterns were just too cool and I had to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

more fave Ravelry knits

I love exploring Ravelry and finding new knitting patterns, even if they are well out of my current skill level.  I just look at them and think how nice it will be when I’m advanced enough to finally make them!  Check out these new finds, and click on the picture if you want the pattern:

The sweater is a lighter weight sweater, and it says “summer” in the pattern title (although nobody would be caught dead wearing anything this warm in the summer where I live, I can promise you).

These knitted friendship bracelets would be great for little girls!

These rabbits and bears would also be great for little kids!  Aren’t they adorable?!

So that’s all for now.  I’ll show you some progress on my WIPs next time!  Thanks for visiting!

current projects

I’ve been working on 2 items, both Harry Potter related (I know, I’m such a nerd).

The first one is the hat Hermione wore in HP7 (pattern here).  It’s really pretty and doesn’t blatantly scream Harry Potter:

 

My second WIP is more obnoxious, or at least it has the potential to be.  I’m making a Weasley sweater (pattern here), and I’m still unsure of whether or not to add the giant H on the front.  In the movie of course it stands for Harry, but since my name is Hannah it would totally work.  But do I want to be that blatant of a fan?  We’ll have to see.  Here’s what I’ve got so far of the back piece:

 

And it’s about 14″ from the bottom, so I’m about halfway done with this section:

 

Can’t wait to make more progress in both of these!  Oh and I also have a sock, but I haven’t touched it in a while:

I managed the provisional cast on toe and then got burned out on how difficult I found it and how slow it was going, so I stopped for a while.

Thanks for viewing my current projects, I’ll update soon!

previous knits

I’m a beginning knitter, and it shows in my projects.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to share them with you, though.  Here are some of the knitting projects that I previously posted on my crochet blog.

That’s me in my very first knitted hat and scarf pair.  Very basic for my first try.

My next hat, made of a fun yarn but still a simple pattern.  I was still getting used to knitting.

This bigger/slouchy hat was made from this pattern on Ravelry (a site I just can’t get enough of).  I gave it away to a buddy but I might make another someday.

So those are my finished projects!  Next post will be my WIPs, which I have a few of.  We’ll see!  Thanks for stopping by!

Ravelry faves

Ravelry.com is my favorite free pattern source.  Here are some of my favorite knitting patterns, and I believe they are all free!  The pictures link to the patterns.  Oh and I didn’t include any Harry Potter patterns because they are all on this page of my site.  Enjoy!

headbands:

hats:

cardigans:

pullovers and vests:

other stuff:

So as you can probably tell, I’m in love with sweaters and cardigans.  They just look better when knitted as opposed to crocheted, in my opinion, so I’m really excited to get to some of these.  What do you think?  Any you like in particular?  Any you’ve tried?