Travel Project Photos

Just some catch up photos on mobile projects.

This is the 40 stitch block being used for Welcome Blankets. Cast on 40 stitches and knit until you can fold it corner to corner and make a complete triangle.

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The 6 round granny squares for the blankets for the hospital for the babies in the Neonatal Unit at the local hospital.

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My version of the 10 Stitch blanket. I am loving the mitered corners

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Travel Projects

Taking a road trip over the weekend and I am looking forward to getting away but will be taking a couple of small projects with me.

One of the things I am taking with me is a simple 40 stitch square. It is done on size, 4 mm needles.  Its done in garder stitch and when you can fold it corner to corner and make a complete triangle its done. scrap yard is really good to use on this project. You can use the squares for any size blanket you might need.

Also crocheting granny squares for blanket for the neo-natal unit at the local hospital. The size they are asking for is 20 inches by 20 inches. I make a square 6 rounds and it seems to work. It is a trial and error now for a correct size.

The other project is a 10 stitch blanket. Once again I have to give Staci at verypink. com a massive thumbs up for this one. Mitered corners scared me until I did this pattern and now they are easy, Here is a link to the video from her channel on You tube

So far it’s small enough to travel but in time it will get to big to travel and will become a home. It is an interesting process. Will get you guys some pics as we are traveling so you can see what is up.

What are you working on?

 

About Time I Checked In

IMG_20130128_115615      Hey all, 

Lots going on and not a lot of knitting or crocheting at the moment. Been working some on the White Sox blanket learned some new stitches. The finger less gloves are going well and I have found a new pattern to try for another pair. 

On verypink.com  Staci has been doing a new stitch series and I am really enjoying it. Some of the stitches are pretty easy and she explains them well, breaks them down and all. I would like to try using the new stitches in a sample afghan or lap rug. Even for a small rug for the neo-natal unit at the local hospital. 

My Grandson Gabriel’s blanket is coming really slow. I am trying to get the other writing back to one or two days a week so I can devote time to it. His first birthday is coming up soon and he and Elizabeth still do not have anything from Grandma and I need to get a move on. 

I am on a two month self-imposed ban from buying any wool(yarn) I am trying to work on the stash I have and get some of it used up on what projects I have now. 

Hope everyone is well and I can’t wait to see what new projects everyone has going on. 

Cricket

 

Travel Projects

I love having a small project that I can take in my travel bag when I am heading to the city or where ever. I do read but it gives me a headache at some point. Right now my project is finger less gloves. It’s a quick and simple pattern done on double point needles. The blue pair is what I call the test pair. Learning the pattern and all. I had not done anything on doubles for a while so it took a bit to finally get it going again. For my taste it was a little short at my wrist, so i knew it was time to play with the pattern. During the winter here in Australia, I have days where I live in sweatshirts and all when I need to be out and about. I like the longer cuff. The green and white pair is the product of tweaking the pattern. I used a double wool, makes them extra warm but there is not as much give as a single wool. 20130716_12025520130716_115137

 

My First Try At a Hat

I found the hat pattern on verypink.com It is a cute hat called Downton Hat, which comes from the site called http://knitsofacto.blogspot.com.au/ I stuck to the pattern on this one, not knowing what to expect. At this point it is all going well but I did have to change to longer circular needles to be able to work it in the round. You can actually work it all on circulars but you can do the basic block on straight needles and then change.

Here is the video from Staci:

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Will keep you posted how it goes

 

Cricket

 

W.I.P Number Four – Complete

I finished the Saroyan Scarf Last week but just got it blocked tonight. It was an easy knit but you have to pay attention to what you are doing and keeping track of rows is a definite must.

I love the wool and can’t thank the mate who got it for me enough. It is just beautiful wool and I am using the last skein on myself to have something else wonderful. 20130604_175142

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LIfe Has Thrown Me A Curve

Cricket and DarrenI am sorry that it has been awhile since I have checked in but when life throws you a major curve it takes awhile to get your bearings again. Life was good, working heaps, getting the work in progress knitting under control, I was off to Sydney for a late birthday gift to see Darren Percival in concert with my best mate Judy.

It was an amazing evening and was the best gift and loved that I shared it with Judy which made it even more special. For those of you who do not know who Darren is, he was in the class of 2012 The Voice Australia.

Judy dropped me off at the airport to catch my plane back to Adelaide. I got checked in and through security but had to haul butt to get to the gate, fingers crossed that I would not miss my flight. Was hoping for a close gate but the dreaded number 56 was my goal, I am it just in it time to board but I probably had more time then I realized. I found that I was extremely short of breath but was not in any pain. I treated as if it was asthma related, did the puffers and called Pj to let him know I was on the way home. After getting settled in and finally in the air, i got a Pepsi to help with a lack of caffeine headache. I had an uneventful flight and was happy to be home in Adelaide. Had to disembark off the rear of the plane as it was scheduled for an immediate turn around  back to Sydney.

Finally back with Pj, the rest of the weekend played out with no real issues. On Monday, my shortness of breath was still an issue and I placed a call to the doctor. Once there she gave me the once over and was not happy with what she was hearing in my lungs. She said that it was one of two issues, fluid on the lung OR a collapsed lung. Headed straight to get the x-ray and in a matter of minutes the life I knew would forever change. It was a collapsed lung and it was off to the hospital, I was more in shock but I also knew that it would mean a hospital stay and a chest tube.

Once an IV was established I received meds for an upset tummy and something for pain which would also relax me. At one point I passed out because of the blood pressure dropping.  Pj did tell me later on that I called the Emergency Doctor everything but a white guy. I felt relief and was just more in shock of what was unfolding before Pj and I. Here I was the one who was keeping things going, taking care of the house and of Pj. Now what, it was going to take a toll o Pj and I knew I just couldn’t put any kind of pressure on him and get myself well and home as soon as possible.

Well, here we are at the time of writing this. It is a slow go as my energy is slow returning. It takes a lot to just write a baseball blog but I am starting to feel useful and productive again. I have been told it will take about six weeks before I will finally start to feel like myself. I can do the Adelaide City to Bay,but it is having to start from scratch, retrain my thought process and my body to make the six kilometer walk this September.

I have learned to slow down and to listen to my body, to take the extra time for me and it has helped to reconnect with Pj a bit better.

I can’t begin to say THANK YOU to all of you for your love and support during this time. You have helped to keep me positive and focused on getting better.

I still have a long way to go, I will check in with you as much as I can and hoping to be back with you full-time soon

Hugs and Love

Cricket

Works in Progress Number THREE finished

Number Three on the list was the Potato Chip Scarf learning short rows. It was a quick work and even though it’s not a scarf I would make for myself,  but it was a good learning pattern. 

I found the pattern from http://www.verypink.com

http://verypink.com/2012/06/27/learn-to-knit-a-spiral-scarf/

The pattern is a free download and the video is a big help if you are learning how to do short rows for the first time.

Happy knitting kids

Cricket

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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

Cricket

 

 

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. 

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