I've been so busy with work and school lately, I haven't had a chance to blog. I started my junior year of college and a new job, and tomorrow I start a second job, all within the span of 2 weeks! Whew! I realized tonight that I never got a chance to blog my Sweettarts Socks, so here they are!
Pattern: 56 st basic stockinette. Yarn: Knit Pick's Simply Stripes (sadly discontinued!) in Sweet Tarts. Needles: Susan Bates US 0 dpns.
This yarn is really wonderful. I knit Kellen a pair almost a year ago and they've held up perfectly. He wears them all the time, and trust me, he is not gentle about washing. He just tosses them in the washer, and the hot dryer without any problems. No felting, pilling, holes or signs of wear. I'm really looking forward to wearing our coordinating socks together!
Other than that, I'm plugging along on Christmas knitting and sneaking a few rounds of a new pair of socks whenever I can. I'll blog about those when I actually have some significant progress!
It's been all stockinette, all the time at la casa de VioletsKnits. That's all well and good, but sometimes a girl needs a treat when it comes to knitting. Something chunky, squishy, slubby, and woolly. Something quick and easy to knit without being mindnumbing. Enter the Blue Liccorice Scarf and Hat.
A few years ago I knit a hat out of a different colorway, my first hat without a pattern as a matter of fact, and I loved the yarn. It has a thick and thin, almost handspun feeling to it, with two yummy plies. When I saw the gorgeous blue color at JoAnn's last Friday on clearance for $2, I jumped on it.
I cast on the hat Friday afternoon and by Friday evening I had a hat. With a skein and a half left, I cast on for the scarf, and finished it the wee hours of Sunday morning. A cozy set that was easy and comforting to knit.
Yarn: JoAnn Sensations Liccorice, color #120. Needles: US 13 Clover circ and Brittany dpn for the hat, US 15 Susan Bates for the scarf. Pattern: basic hat, CO 47 St, 3 rows of seed st for the brim. Alternated 8 rows of garter st with 4 rows of stockinette for the scarf. I'll enjoy wearing this on chilly days at school this fall!
That's a Kellen creation, too!
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Christmas knitting has commenced. I know there are a few family members that
spy on me show their interest in my life by reading my blog, so I've thought long and hard about how to blog about Christmas gifts without ruining the surprise. So, here we go. I'll post some progress shots, but I'm going to be vauge about exactly what I'm knitting and who it's for. If you hang in there until December, I'll be posting it all before it's gifted, though. I'll also be posting details on Ravelry, since my family won't be able to peek there. Anyway, I'm a few inches into the above pattern and I'm loving every second of it. So easy! I got to knit on it while enjoying coffee and chocolate with The Girls today. I also snagged a copy of The Knitter's Almanac at the local used bookstore. Yay!
God, this is an AWFUL picture, but I was tired and it was the best I could get. Bear with me! Since we were stitching out on the town, I needed a cute outfit, so I whipped up another Built By Wendy/Simplicity 3835 top. By "whipped up" I mean cursed the neckline and wanted to set the whole damn thing on fire, but I perservered. It's an easy peasy pattern but something just wasn't working. Kellen took me out for ice cream, which helped. I think it turned out pretty cute, too, and the girls and I all matched in our polka dotted cuteness!
A dear friend of mine is going through some unexpected and, to be honest, quite scary medical problems right now. Being a knitter, I did what knitters do when someone we care about is in need. I cast on. I'd been wanting to knit Odessa for quite some time, but never really got around to it. When I heard my friend's news, though, I knew it was the right time. I cast on with some hot pink to match my friend's bright personality, and a few days later, here it is, ready to be sent. She lives across the country, and while a hat might not do much, hopefully it lets her know I'm thinking about her.
Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina. Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon. Needles: US 5, Brittany Circ and Susan Bates dpns.
violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.