Digging into my stash

After my SSSK socks, I needed something else fun and colorful to knit.  So I dug into my stash and came up with this fun yarn by Berroco.

This cotton/acrylic/nylon blend yarn, an Aran weight, is Calico in color 1829. Unfortunately it’s discontinued now but I checked on Ravelry and several people still have some in their stash, too.  I know I bought it on sale years ago with no idea of a project what-so-ever.  I just liked it.  Eight balls of 90 yards isn’t enough to make much but that’s all that was available.  The matte red and coral colors are on one side of the strand and the shiny blue, green, gold and orange colors run down the other side so when it’s knitted up, the yarn twists and makes an interesting fabric.

I searched through Ravelry for patterns as well as magazines, old books and booklets and found nothing I loved in that yarn weight and yardage.  So after swatching, I took elements from two patterns to make my own.  Lace Hem Topping and Drops 90-18.

The back is finished.    No color pooling, just fun.

Above is one side using the stockinette stitch and below is the reverse.

 

Redo, redone

I couldn’t gift an item that was sub par so I removed one button/snap band, lined up the ridges and snaps and sewed it back on.

I feel better even though I’m sure the Birthday Girl didn’t care.  I did.

The color is hard to capture on camera but the above picture is pretty close to the actual color. I try to include a care tag and a bit of extra yarn with all my gifted items.  It also shows how many stitches are in the item.  The gifts weren’t opened before we left so no pictures of the model and sweater.

Rookie mistake

I finished a sweater for Mr. Aitch’s grand niece’s first birthday and I’m not happy with the result.

Funny how I didn’t see the lopsidedness of the snap band and the ridges until I took the pics.

I didn’t want to pick up all those stitches for a button band and should have just done a 4-5 stitch edging on the two front edges as I was knitting.  But no.  I wanted to add a fabric button band and snaps to make it easier to fasten and unfasten.  Not matching up the horizontal ridges was a rookie mistake.  I had such a time of getting those snaps on (I broke three in the process) that I just want to be done with it.

The party is Sunday and I’m debating on whether I should just remove the sewn on button/snap band and knit it OR give it as is and be embarrassed to gift such shoddy work.  And we know that I won’t do the later…

Frogged

Frogged: ripping apart a knitted or crocheted item.  Rip-it, rip-it, rip-it…ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.

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I blogged about this papaya sweater way back in 2011.  Cute pattern but not for my body type.  I love the yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Papaya Heather.

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The frogged yarn might become this Shakespeare Cardigan.shakespeare_small2

 

The Vine-Lace vest by Cecily Glowik MacDonald just didn’t do it for me.  Knit Picks Shine.  Nice soft yarn that doesn’t pill.  No plan for the yarn yet.

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Next up: the Hippy Chic Cardigan:  I loved this sweater (at the time) from Knit It! 2002 and couldn’t get gauge but I started knitting it way, way back before I started blogging. Disaster from the get-go.

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Quite frankly I don’t like it now.   It does have some waist shaping so it’s not a box and I like the collar.  I think it’s the way it fits the model that I don’t like now.  Never a fan of the Hi-Low look though I’m sure it’s not that style.  It just looks that way.  Red Heart Tweed in Charcoal.

frogged-003-1 frogged-003-2This is one way to add yarn to my stash without buying any.

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