Works In Progress

2013-02-18 00.04.05My list of works in progress or WIP‘s is a little longer then I would like. I set myself a goal this year to try to do two things  A)Finish projects on the list and B) to NOT start anything new. I want to learn new stitches this year, challenge to myself, and so far I have done well but I can do better.

I do have some issues with my left thumb getting too sore at times and I need to give it a rest. I had been knitting so much, i had RSI or repetitive strain injury.  I picked up a 2 kilo solid glass ashtray and snapped the tendons and it took a cast and 6 weeks of NO knitting or anything and it drove me around the twist. Once I was finally out of the case it was re-teaching myself to knit without putting strain on my thumb and be back in another cast.

I guess to a point I get bored at times with projects and I don’t set myself a small goal of finishing them. So,  it took me turning the ripe old age of 50 to kick my backside and get some projects done. I also have two new grandbabies, Elizabeth and Gabriel who are yet to have anything hand-made from Nanna Cricket per my daughter Alisha’s request.   Here is my list to keep myself on track to get things finished this year.

1) Chicago White Sox Rug/AfghanKnitting

2) Adelaide Crows Rug / Afghan — Crochet

3) Potato Chip Scarf — Knit and learned how to master the short row.

4) Saroyan Scarf — Knitted in Aran wool from Scotland, learning lace.

5) Boise State University Rug/Afghan — Knitted on circular needles. Trying different patterns, for a very textural blanket.

6) Elizabeth’s Rug — Knitted in pastel colors, textural with different patterns.

7) Gabriel’s Rug — Crocheted  and in the pattern called Griddle Stitch. It’s a multiple or two stitches, base row is second from hook one single crochet, in next space you do a double crochet, next space is single crochet. At the end of the row chain one and turn do the opposite if you ended with a single crochet you start with a double crochet, working the opposite stitch. I originally found this pattern stitch  in a children’s sweater pattern from Lion Brand.

8) Central Districts Football Rug/Afghan — in the same pattern as the Adelaide Crows Rug. Which I featured in the Keeping up the Sports Theme Part THREE.

9) Shades of Blue Rug — Knit, which I am doing for me to keep. YES, the rare case of something for myself. I will dig it out and feature it one day with the pattern and show you my twist on the pattern

Looking at it on the screen written out doesn’t seem like its much but I know it is. There is one more project I really want to start for the local hospital but I am doing my best holding off til I can actually tick off something being done.

Back to the knitting, now it’s back to the White Sox rug and will change to something different later on.

Keep on Knitting





Keeping up the Sports Theme Part THREE

Adelaide Crows Rug/Afghan

I used Carnival 8 ply wool in the colors of the team which are Dark Blue, Red and Gold, also using a variegated 8 ply from Needles also in the team colors.   Crochet hook Size 4.50mm.

The pattern is a multiple of 3 plus 2. I did a base crochet of 285 to 300. In the second from hook, one single crochet, 2 double crochet in same space. Skip 2 and repeat 1 single crochet, 2 double crochet. Repeat that until you reach the very last stitch and do 1 single crochet in the last stitch. Crochet 1 and turn your work. 

2013-04-03 12.57.10As you know I would normally just change colors when I felt like it but on this one I decided to create a pattern. I had forgotten the variegated wool and have now started working that into the pattern.  I will use it along with the solid color and keep the pattern intact. 











Keeping up the Sports Theme Part TWO

I promised you that I would talk more about the design of both Rugs/Afghans in this series.

The chicago White Sox Rug I started on size Seven USA needles. If I remember right I casted on roughly 200 stitches. The first 6 rows I did with Carnival 8 ply with Black 8 ply by Thorobred. I didn’t have much of that brand and will have to change to Carnival 8 ply black. I changed to white only and Straight knit I knitted 12 to 15 stitches on each beginning and end of row, just depending on the stitch I was using and how i felt, and started with the Stockinette Stitch. I went back to garter stitch for a few rows before adding the black for they variegated look. I don’t really have a set number of rows, just change when I feel like it. Another few rows of black garter before changing to the seed stitch,( knit one purl one, next row purl on the knit , knit on the purl). Keeping the seed stitch going in the white for a small amount of rows. I tried a block of cable and was actually pretty happy with it. I changed to circular needles and started the variegated again.











I made the move to the larger needles because things seem to work a little faster. If it was for anyone else I would’ve stuck to the needles I started with. Since this is staying with it, I am a little more flexible and try things a little more.  Sorry that the above pics are not as clear as I wanted.

In Keeping up the Sports Theme part THREE I will take you through the Adelaide Crows Crocheted Rug

Any time you have a question please feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can

Happy Knitting







Keeping up the Sports Theme – Part ONE

I have another blog in which I follow the Chicago White Sox baseball team. I love my sports and love-making things to show my support anywhere I can. Whether it’s a scarf, a rug (afghan) or even a cross stitch, I am proud to wear many colors depending on the time of year. Right now its a cross of summer in the USA sports and autumn in Australia, Baseball and Australian Rules Football. Chicago White Sox rug on the left is knit 8 ply wool Carnival Brand  from Big W here in Australia, along with a 5 ply to create the variegated look. I do not remember where I got the 5 ply from, I usually only shop at Big W or at Spotlight Craft Store.  The Adelaide Crows Rug on the right is crochet and is done in the Carnival 8 ply from big W. The colors are Dark Blue, Red and Aussie Gold.

Patterns and more thoughts to come in Sports Theme part two

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