400 Stitches in 60 Days (Take Two)

Okay, let me try this again.

I recently got the book 400 Knitting Stitches as a resource for my knitting. As I started looking through all the different stitch patterns, I saw many cool patterns I wanted to try. With way too many random piles of leftover acrylic yarns I don’t want to use for any other projects, I decided to turn this book into a project.

I’m casting on somewhere around 21 stitches for each (depending on the number of stitches needed for the pattern), including 4 edge stitches (2 on each side). Obviously there is going to be some variation in the sizes. Once I’m done I’ll stitch them together into blankets for Project Linus.

As the title implies, I’m going to attempt to do this in just 2 months. I started on March 29, so I hope to be done making the squares by May 28. Then I will start the blanket-making process, hopefully getting done within a week or so. Because I don’t want to be making blankets in the middle of summer, even kid-sized blankets.

When I first came up with the idea for this, I thought I’d post the pictures of the ones I’d done every day. Not going to happen. But the photos of all the squares can be found in this album, updated frequently.

Wintery Birthday Presents

My grandma’s birthday was this past week, and with wintery temperatures and storms and such this time of year what better present than a matching scarf and hat set. Wow, that was a long sentence.

Lotus Stitch Scarf and Hat

The hat is made from the Third Base Line’s Lotus Hat, and the scarf is just the lotus chart twice each row with a garter stitch border for five feet.

Detail of scarf
Detail of hat

They were both made from Loops & Threads “Incredible”. Eventually I will become better about posting these things to Craftsy and Ravelry with actual information…

Springtime Gloves

 

I have a slight obsession with gloves and socks. As in, I own way more of each than I could wear in six months. I also wear gloves way past when it is too warm to do so.

These gloves technically combine both of my favorite things. They are knit with sock yarn, making them light enough to continue wearing when it starts getting warm but your hands are too cold.

The fingerless style makes them great for working on the computer, knitting, or using your smartphone. Anything that requires the use of your fingers.

What is your favorite type of accessory?

One Skein Knit Shrug

It had been a while since I had knit a piece of clothing. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve made any kind of clothing. So I was looking for something quick and cute to start with.

Then I joined Craftsy¬†and saw the One Skein Knit Shrug workshop by Stephanie Japel. It was cute, and only used one skein of yarn. In fact, I actually bought the Cascade 220 yarn (in Plum) suggested for the first one. I never buy the suggested yarn (unless I’m using the pattern on the inside of the wrapper).

Once I got the yarn in the mail, I made the first one. Then ripped it out after having to cut myself out of the sleeves because I had misread my measurements when checking the gauge. But I re-knit it quickly and even managed to make another one before the end of the week for a church auction.

I made the second one of some Lavender worsted weight acrylic yarn I had lying around.

It got finished just a few hours before the fundraiser.

My mom liked them so much she requested a colorful one to be able to wear with a bunch of outfits to work. Her office is can be a bit chilly in the summer.

Now I have to get to work on a silver and blue one with blue eyelash yarn for her gala at the end of the month. I have two weeks. No worries (yet).

When is the last time you made an article of clothing? What was it? Anyone else on Craftsy?