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Charity Work

This is a goal to work on for this year. In no way shape or form did I get done want I wanted to with this one. I had a blanket almost all done and I found damage on it and had to start again. I chose the corner to corner to get it done quick and get another one going. I starting knitting a vest but I cant find my cheat sheet so I guess its rip out and start again. I really like how this has worked up. I used a combo of baby wool and regular 8 ply. I am finishing it off in white and will use white in the border.

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New Projects and Getting Organized

Happy New Year Kids,

Time to dive back into the wool piles and see what the creative juices can get going. I did locate my cross stitch project I had started and that is going again but will share that later on .

20131228_110724I finally got my daughter’s mittens finished and they are ready to send. I did them on double-pointed needles but was not happy how the thumb worked up. going to give the same pattern a try on straight needles and will let you know how that goes.

Late last year I shared with you about a new project I had started. Volunteer knitting for the preemie unit at the local hospital. https://cricketswooldiary.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/charity-knitting/

I did a second trial and error still using 5 ply wool but changing the needle size to 3.25 (3 and 1/4). I stopped in at the hospital 20140107_083206yesterday and it is the perfect size. If I decide to go to a four ply I will need to move the needles to a 2.75.

Will be updating the Work in Progress list with the goal to be able to cross off some more projects this year.

New stitches to learn and new projects to create, so its time to get those creative juices flowing.

See you in the wool piles

Cricket

Charity Knitting

On top of digging for patterns for the kids mittens and scarfs, I have thrown charity knitting in to the mix. I will take one day a week to focus on the charity stuff.

20131125_101241For one hospital I am working on a rug/afghan that is just big enough to fit into a Hume crib, they are asking for them to be 20 inches by 20 inches to just fit inside and help to cover the little one. That is proving a bit of a challenge to make sure that I can get the size just right. I have been trying it with granny squares but I think this will be the trial and error piece. I usually give things a go to make sure that I can master all elements. I may not try granny squares again or if i do go with  a smaller size.

 

 

 

20131125_101401The other is called a Special Body Warmer. It is a little vest with buttons at the on the shoulders to allow the nurses accessibility to lines and all as needed without disturbing the little one. I started up the trial and error vest last night and will get a pic so you can see.

#5 Boise State Blanket – Rip Out and Starting Over

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Most of the patterns I going now are all cable, various cables or new stitches, but I fell in love with the 10 stitch blanket and decided it was time for a change. So I ripped out the original blanket and started the 10 stitch. I found the pattern on Very Pink. com. The basic pattern is worked over 10 stitches and I love that but the challenge to master was the mitered corner. I had seen patterns with them and at first thought how difficult but with it broken down it was easy to do but you have to pay attention when you do them. The other issue with the pattern is how you attach on the to previous round, IF you go in from the front it makes, what I call a double ridge but if you go in through the back it is a single ridge. I guess it is a preference of which way you go. This blanket is what I call my trial and error project, so when I do it again I will have worked out the small issues. 20131113_124348

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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

 

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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