Making Lists and Buying Yarn

I like making lists. I think that they make things much easier.

Today I’m helping my mom out by making grocery lists, multiple depending on sales and coupons. Also lists for what needs to be cleaned, trying to get everything done and in order.

Then she says make one for Jo Ann.

Here’s the list.

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She says just write down yarn so we can get whatever we want and keep it open ended.

I have to say my mom is smart.

The Ruffle Scarf

The Ruffle Scarf

I’m sure that you all have seen the ruffle scarf. Something that became popular a little more than two years ago. Well back then I bought a skein and tried to figure out how to knit it.

It was difficult at first and the instructions were helpful but I prefer a video myself. So I went on YouTube and searched and it started to make sense. Only knitting in the top row of holes along the yarn and depending on which brand how many stitches is needed.

Now I have it down pat, it takes me as little as one hour to almost three depending on how quickly I work.

I love the ruffle scarf because of the ease of knitting and how little time it takes. It’s wonderful to take along with you because you can pay little attention to it and still get a wonderful fashionable scarf.

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WIP’s

I have a lot of projects I’m currently working on. Some knitting, some not, but all using yarn.

After my last blog post about my new Pom-Pom maker I’ve made about 30. I saw something and had to make it for myself. No pictures yet as it is not done but here is a picture of the pile.

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I’ve also started a hat. I thought why not, I have yarn and I just put my Foolproof pattern up so why not make one myself. I found this pretty red in my stash so why not use it up.

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And finally this lap blanket, so simple and easy to make. It takes two skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. You can find a similar one in my Etsy shop here. I’ve just added the second skein and when it’s completed it’ll be added to the shop too.

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I have a couple more things I’m working on but I’ll leave those as a secret for now.

Thanks for stopping by.

I bought a Pom-Pom maker

Well I actually got 4 of them.

If I need one I usually make them by hand. I guesstimate the size I need and use my fingers to make them. I would just keep wrapping the yarn around and then tie and then cut.

Now I have 4 Pom-Pom makers to use instead. They range in size from 1 3/8 in to 3 3/8 in.

4 sizes, from biggest to smallest
4 sizes, from biggest to smallest

 

It took me some time to get the hang of it and follow the instructions. The thing that got me was that the package made it seem like there was only four steps. In reality when you open it up it shows nine. I didn’t mind once I figured it out.

I did get the hang of it and now I can make as many pom-poms as I need for hats. I will say that this is much easier to use then to make them all by hand. They are all also uniform so it looks much better that they are all of the same quality.

A baby hat with a newly made pompom.
A baby hat with a newly made pompom.

Foolproof Hat Pattern

Foolproof Hat Pattern

I’ve been knitting a lot of hats recently. This past winter I really got it down and figured out a good pattern to use. Everyone wanted one and my cousin even saw one I had just finished for someone else and took it for himself.

I would much rather knit in the round on circular needles on double pointed than to knit flat and seam it up (if I do that then my mom does the seaming).

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So the pattern goes

Cast on 80 sts (if using dpn separate evenly onto 4 needles, or a 12in circular needles)

Place stitch marker

Rows 1-10 rib, k2, p2

Rows 11-40: k every row

Now you start decreasing

Row 41: k3, k2tog across

42: k

43: k2, k2tog across

44: k

45: k1, k2tog across

46: k

47: k2tog across

48: k

49: k2tog across

Cut yarn and leave a tail to thread the remaining stitches and pull to tighten.

The great thing about this hat pattern is that you can choose to use multiple colors or even add a pompom.

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with a pompom

Did anyone know that it could be spelled pompoM or pompoN?

My First Sweater

Last December I decided that I wanted to knit a sweater. Something for myself that would be the biggest project I tackled so far.

I searched and searched for simple sweater patterns but I didn’t like anything until I found now that used three different colors of yarn. I modified the pattern to only use one and simplified it for my first project.

Now it turned out well enough. I used Lion Brand Heartland Yarn. It’s so soft and warm and it took four balls to complete. It was knit flat, the two sleeves first at the same time on round knitting needles to hold the stitches, then the back and the front. I had an unfinished sweater in four pieces.

My mom, who taught me how to knit, pieced it all together and joined the seams for me.

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Me wearing my first sweater!!!!

Now this sweater is a little baggy, the sleeves a little short and too wide but I had completed a beautiful sweater by the first week in February, and it is wonderful.

Trying to learn to Arm Knit

Trying to learn to Arm Knit

So I’ve been knitting for a long time and I thought why not try arm knitting. I had learned to hand knit or finger knit and taught my younger cousins how to do it too.

All the articles and videos I saw said you could make a scarf or cowl in half an hour and a blanket in one. I gave it a try.

Too tight cast on !!
Too tight cast on !!

Most videos I watched jumped right in but this video I found on YouTube helped me cast on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DenT6eiYzaE

It took me a couple of hours but I finally got the hang of it.

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If you’re going to try arm knitting I recommend finding a video that makes sense and keep pausing it to catch up because I know I had too.

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The finished product!!!!