Sep 18, 2008

Because I don't have anything better to do right now

A couple more pictures of the flowers I made the other day. Some of them are slightly smaller than the final version, I made a whole bunch before it occurred to me that adding a row of sc after the color change would make it look neater.

I ran ouf of yellow, so this one is more sunflowery than the others.

Smaller flowers, first version. You can't see much of the lack of neatness here because I cleverly disguised it with non-Euclidian geometry and such (so don't stare at this one too long, you might just go insane)

Lots and lots of colors - and I even forgot the red one because it was hiding in my bag.

Sep 14, 2008

Super simple tawashi flower

...or flower applique, or small coaster if you're so inclined!
These are great for little makeup-remover pads. I must admit it never occurred to me to crochet something like that, but then I saw someone on ravelry who had done it, and hey, it IS a great idea. Reusable means less waste, and money saved which in turn means - you guessed it - more money for YARN!

I've been crocheting up a storm with these! Each takes no more than 10 minutes to finish, so the pile grows fast.

Use worsted weight cotton yarn and whichever hook you're comfortable with.

The finished tawashi in the picture measures ~3" across, I use a 6mm (J) hook because I have a bad habit of crocheting too tight.

With your center color, start with the famous magic ring.

Round 1: Chain 3, crochet 20 dc in ring (I don't count the ch 3 as a dc, because it's so clumsy to join to it), change to petal color, slip stitch to first dc to join.

Round 2: Chain 1, sc around, join to first sc.

Round 3: Chain 1, sc in same stitch. *skip 1 stitch, 7 dc in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, sc in next stitch* repeat between * 4 more times, 5 petals total. Join to first sc, weave in ends.

Add hanging loop if you feel like it - personally I think they look better without, I just toss them in the laundry after use anyway.

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Sep 10, 2008

Fall is here, why am I not knitting something warm?

Actually I am, just not for me. I decided to be unselfish and nice and all that, so now I'm knitting socks for my husband. Hoping they will fit, because I did not do a gauge swatch. Want to know a secret? I rarely do. I guesstimate, and usually it turns out fine *crosses fingers*

A while ago I saw this adorable hat on ravelry. (You have to be a member to see it, sorry).
I fell in love with it, but didn't feel like ordering a book from Japan just for one hat. After postponing it because I was lazy, I decided to try to make one anyway. It wasn't too hard to figure out at all. I decided to go with twisted rib instead of the 2x2 since I love the way it looks, and instead of only working the pattern up until the decreases, I kept it going all the way. It's now my favorite bad-hair-day-hat ever, and I use it all the time despite having at least 5 others. What does that say about my hair... oh, never mind ;)
I used Elann's Coto Canapone, which is a blend of hemp and cotton. It shed a lot while I knitted with it, but not at all when I'm wearing the hat. Which is good, because linty hair is not really my style.





Aside from that, I've been knitting dishcloths. Lots and lots of dishcloths. I got tired of having to waste paper towels on cleaning the counters (and we always forget to buy it anyway), so here are the very environmentally conscious companions of my tawashi. I will be making a lot more, they're fun to knit in different colors. I decided on the standard granny pattern because it's my favorite to use and clean. Besides, it never gets boring with variegated/striped yarn!

My next project (aside from the socks, of course) is to knit a swiffer cover. We bought a swiffer years ago, but never used it after the initial package of disposable wipes ran out. It just seemed like too much of a waste, and they weren't very good anyway.

Sep 1, 2008

Sneaky cats!

In the pattern I posted yesterday, I mentioned some possible uses for a miniature boob. One of my suggestions was to give it to a cat for a slightly disturbing cat toy.
Now, I didn't give one to my cats. Nonetheless, today I heard Sally making her little growl that she does every time she has stolen something and proudly carries it around in her mouth.Who can resist a thief like that? I know I can't.
Oh, and ignore the mess... The cats run amok every single night, making any attempt at keeping the shoes and carpet neat completely futile.

I think Sebbie noticed the new toy too... despite Sally's attempts at hiding. Right after this photo was taken, Sebbie made a jump for it and managed to steal it for a while. This is no small feat, imagine 20lbs of cat jumping like a kitten!