Mystery: Week 5

Mystery: Week 5

This weeks clue was the Cam Cable for the Yarnspirations Mystery Afghan. Less of a square and more of a rectangle as the approximate size will be 9 in by 34 in. This week we only need to make too.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know that I don’t like to knit cables. They are not my favorite. But this time I decided to make this one. So my mom and I are knitting them at the same time.

Cam Cable
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Cam Cable
Working on the cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is 28 rows and is repeated 3 more times. As of right now we have completed the pattern 1 and a half times. Doing it once took us about an hour and a half. So it is a little time consuming which is why we only have that much done and its Friday. We better get working.

It isn’t very difficult to follow the pattern and the abbreviations are a big help. As someone who doesn’t really knit cables I really needed them and to work on it at the same time as my mom is really helpful. And since we’re doing it together we’ll both be done and we won’t have to knit another one.

Abbreviations:

3FC = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K2 from cable needle.

4FC = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K3 from cable needle.

4KFC = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K1, then K3 from cable needle.

BC = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K1, then P1 from cable needle

C5F = Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K4 from cable needle.

C5Finc = Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Kfb, then K4 from cable needle.

FC = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K1 from cable needle.

Kfb = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch

M2P = Make 2 stitches by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and purling into back and front of loop.

These are the abbreviations that are used for this weeks clue and they are really well explained. I’m getting it and the piece is starting to look good.

Cam Cable

 

This is one repeat of the pattern. I’ll update this post or add another one of the finished Cam Cable.

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Also I recommend checking out Yarnspirations Facebook page. A lot of people share their progress, its great to see the different color combinations that people have chosen.

 

Christmas Tree Crafting

Christmas Tree Crafting

Yesterday my two cousins, J and M, came over. We were babysitting while their parents were at a Christmas party. Every time they come over we do a different craft and they love it. On time it was painting, another time I taught them how to hand knit, and this time we made Christmas trees. Yarn wrapped foam cones, with pompoms, trim and ribbon.

I got everything out before they came over and put it all out so they would have multiple things to choose from. I looked through our supplies at home and had much of what we needed, like the ribbon, pompoms, trim, and Christmas fabric. I only had to buy the foam cones and the green frilly yarn. (Later I saw that we could have made our own cones with paper plates, good to know for next time.

The first thing I did was have them wrap the trees with the yarn, I used a hot glue gun for the base and the top.

M wrapping his Christmas tree
M wrapping his Christmas tree

I think this part took the longest for M, he was very technical about it. While he was working J had to wait, we were taking turns, and M says, “Patience, my young padawan.” Love a good Star Wars reference and my brother cracked up laughing.

Their wrapped Christmas trees with a roaring fir place in the background.
Their wrapped Christmas trees with a roaring fire place in the background and a Christmas movie on TV. 

After this was done we took a break because dinner was ready.

I had a lot of things for them to chose from, red and gold ribbon, snowflakes, pompoms, trim that had snowmen, gingerbread men and lights.

I let them pick whatever they wanted and the things I had less of we split equally, to be fair.

Christmas tree   Christmas tree

J made four equally parts on his tree and laid it all out in a pattern so they would all be the same. M was a more free flowing and wanted this here and that there. Since I used a hot glue gun I was in charge of it and put dabs of glue and had them hold things in place for 10 sec, 30 sec, or a minute depending on how big the item was and it allowed me to go back and forth between them.

Later my brother took them to see Big Hero 6, so while they were gone my mom and I made tree skirts out of fabric. We just cut out circles and glued the edges down so it would look finished.

When they got back we finished them up and the tree skirts and little presents.

This project was a big hit with them so I’m glad we did it and their mom said she was going to use them as the centerpieces for our extended family Christmas dinner.

Supplies

Hot glue gun

hot glue gun sticks

foam cone

green frilly yarn

pompoms

ribbon

trim

fabric

embellishments, what ever you have around the house

What we used on our trees.
What we used on our trees.

I found this idea on Pinterest but I can’t find the pin so I don’t know the original poster. If anyone knows please let me know i n the comments. Thanks.

This is a fun craft project to do with kids. Have you done any Christmas crafting?

Scarf of the Day: No. 30

Scarf of the Day: No. 30

Well I’ve done it, 30 days of Scarf of the Day posts.

It has been so much more work than I thought but I sort of got the hang of it. And I’m happy that I did it.

This last post is an extra long scarf that I knit with the Herringbone stitch. I saw it on Pinterest and loved it. The first pin I found was just a picture so I had to find a good tutorial to help me. This video from New Stitch a Day was the best for me. I’m very much a visual learner.

I had this big one pound skein of yarn that I wanted a pretty new stitch for. I love the Herringbone stitch and it is now my favorite and my go to one if I’m working on a new project.

Herringbone Stitch
right side and wrong side

 

With this stitch there is a definite right side and wrong side as it is a two-row repeat. I used circular needles to accommodate the number of stitches I cast on and a couple of sizes up on the knitting needles to make it easier to knit the stitch.

This is more true to the color.
This is more true to the color.

This is one of my favorite scarves and I love how warm it keeps me because of the dense stitch in the fabric. It also looks really cool because of the way different shades of green are variegated throughout.

 

Well this is my last Scarf of the Day post. It’s hard to believe that I made it thirty days and that I have that many scarves to share with all of you. Thank you all so much for reading.

How did your 4 day weekend go? I got back to my knitting and started something new.

Scarf of the Day: No. 28

Scarf of the Day: No. 28

I spent most of the day listing new items in my Etsy shop.

It takes up more time than I think it will. I also struggled with figuring out how to get the pictures onto the computer so I had to call my dad. But it all worked out in the end.

I made this scarf when I had first started knitting. I loved the yarn because of the fall colors.

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It was when I had first started so it’s thin. I cast on 20 sts. and knit in garter stitch.

How did your Friday go?

Scarf of the Day: No. 25

Scarf of the Day: No. 25

Today was filled with baking in my house. We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving so we made 6 pumpkin cheesecakes.

No they’re not all for us. My dad and brother are each taking one into work and one is for the neighbor. We’ll still have an extra, just in case.

I also made the double crust for my first attempt at a homemade apple pie. I’m too tired tonight to finish it, so first thing in the morning.

Now to why you’re really here, the scarf of the day. Its another cowl.

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It’s an arm knit cowl that I made when I made my blanket, in my very first blog post.

I like it but don’t wear it that often. As you can see I have very many scarves and some get less attention than others.

How have you been getting ready for Thanksgiving?

Scarf of the Day: No. 24

Scarf of the Day: No. 24

The Lovers Knot.

I found this pattern on Pinterest when I was trying to find a pattern to use on this big skein of yarn.

I knit it about two years ago and here’s an Instagram pic from then when it was just a ball of yarn.

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I liked this stitch because it was easy and repetitive. It was nice because my mom was sick at the time and it kept my hands busy without having to pay too much attention to it.

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The pattern goes,

Cast on an even number of stitches

K1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog over and over and over

You repeat this row until it’s the length you want.

It’s a nice open knit but still keeps me warm in this cold, windy weather.

Do you have a go to stitch you like to use?