FO: 2 Sailor Hats

This week, I have a lot of charity crafting to share with you! Not only did I finish an afghan, but I also finished up two sailor hats.

First of all, I started a hat to use the leftover green and gray Cascade 128 Superwash I found in the stash. It required a bit of blue to finish off the top of the hat. I think the stripes worked out very well, even though they were determined by where I ran out of yarn.

green, gray and blue sailor hat

 

I finished this hat in a day! I used the Hat Fit for a Boyfriend pattern, with some modifications for chunky yarn. I cast on 80 stitches on a size 10 needle, and knit for 6 inches before decreasing.

The next hat took me two days, but only because I didn’t have quite as much knitting time. Since I had a full skein of the blue Cascade 128 Superwash, I had plenty to make an entire hat with it. Same pattern, same mods.

blue sailor hat

 

These hats are for the Hats for Sailors project. I’ve contributed a couple of times, and some of my lovely knitting friends, including my mom, have done so as well. If you’re interested in participating, the next deadline is May 27.

Hats are a great quick project, and I love whipping up a couple when I’m feeling in a bit of a knitting slump. And the best part is that they go to a good cause!

Special thanks to Mr Snips for hat modeling.

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FO: Charity Blanket #2 for 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a little bit addicted to my charity afghan project this year. It’s just so easy to pick up and work on, and the pattern is so easy (Blue Afghan).

As a result, I’ve already finished two this year. And since the collection is at the beginning of November, I still have the red, white and blue one from 2012 to donate for this year. I’m pretty happy with three, since I only finished one by the deadline last year!

I used the losing color combo from our vote last year to finish up this one, since I had the yarn available.

blue, lilac and white afghan

I think it turned out really well! I’m pleased with the color combination. All three colors in this afghan are Caron One Pound, which is my favorite for these charity afghans, since it is easy care.

Since I gathered all my yarn in one place and realized how much there is, I’ve been on a mission to start knitting and crocheting my way through it quickly. I now only have two half skeins of One Pound left, which is not nearly enough to make another afghan. This means I’ll probably be taking a little break from afghans. This is good news for you, blog readers, because it means I will probably be working on quicker, smaller scale projects – which means more FOs (hopefully)!

Knotty Take 2: Winter Blues

Well, friends, I did it. I met my crazy knitting goal. On Wednesday at 1:04 pm, I completed my second pair of Knotty gloves – exactly one year to the day that I completed the pair I made for my mom.

Let me introduce you to my Winter Blues Knotty Gloves!

Winter Blues Knotty gloves completed

 

I did some fairly furious knitting to get them done. The kind where I would knit until my hands started to get tingly and numb and I would be forced to take a break.

I also learned, after thinking I had bruised my hands with my pointy metal circulars, that it was actually the dye coming off on my hands.

The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. I originally purchased it to make my Tardis socks. Pretty much the day I started swatching with this yarn for the socks, I learned that Lorna’s Laces was releasing the special Bigger on the Inside colorway, and I quickly abandoned this yarn to order the Lorna’s. It was a happy thing though, because I was really jealous of the gloves I made for my mom, and I was more than happy to have a pair with the same yarn (different color).

blue Knotty gloves front and backI used size 1 needles for these, though I used size 1 1/2 for my mom’s. The real reason is that my 1 1/2 needles are stuck on one of those pairs of socks I’ve temporarily abandoned, but I also liked that it gave them a very snug fit. I know they will stretch out a bit as a wear them, and this way, they won’t stretch too much to be wearable.

These lovelies still need a Soak, which will hopefully help get out some of the excess color so I don’t wander around the last few weeks of winter with bruise-colored hands!

 

Pantry upgrade

We moved into our house almost three years ago, and I have been waging a silent war since we moved in – the war against wire shelves.

I hate wire shelves, but apparently the people who lived here before LOVED them. They put them in every closet, including our pantry. Particularly in the kitchen, I have a lot of small cans, bottles and other things that simply will not sit up straight on wire shelves. Every time I took out a bottle of olive oil, I risked knocking over every single other bottle in the pantry, since they were not so much sitting on the shelf as they were precariously leaning on each other for support.

The other problem that I have with them is that these horrible shelves seem to only come in a 12-inch deep size, and my pantry is deeper than that. That led to a lot of wasted space in the front, where I mostly started stacking things up on the floor and against the wall.

So while Mr Snips had very carefully organized the pantry into “zones” (dry goods, oils, teas/coffees, cereals, etc.), it still looked a mess for all of those reasons.

The pantry before - with the dreaded wire shelves

So , after hating this arrangement intensely for three years, we finally found a solution. My dad found some solid shelves on sale at a hardware store, and he carefully cut them down for me and made and painted support boards for them to rest on. Yesterday, we blitzed that thing!

My dad came over early and we removed all of the items onto folding tables. He took out the horrible wire shelves (and there was much rejoicing!) and then he started on the hard work of putting up the new shelves. These new shelves are three inches deeper, which makes the space much more practical, and we were able to add a shelf at the very top of the pantry to store those appliances we don’t use very often.

Mr Snips enthusiastically reorganized the pantry after he got home from work. This is the result.

The pantry after - with beautiful wide solid shelves

I love, love, LOVE it! And as you can see, we actually have a little bit of shelf space left over. This is definitely a life upgrade. We are an organized sort of people, and being able to see what’s in there and have it look nice makes me soooo happy.

It also puts our total up to three closets where we have banished the wires (including the yarn closet).

And, since there wasn’t much I could do to help my dad in a small space yesterday, I worked diligently on my crazy knitting goal of finishing those Knotty gloves by today. I am now working on the pinky finger of the second glove! Only that, the thumb, and some ends to weave in and I’m done! I think I’ll make it!

Crazy knitting goal

One year ago, on February 13, I completed my first pair of Knotty gloves. I delivered them to my mom just in time for the snow that was predicted on Valentine’s Day.

Now, I am considering giving myself a crazy deadline of finishing my own pair by Wednesday  morning (ha!), so that I am ready for the predicted snow/mix predicted for that day. Wouldn’t that be lovely symmetry? Finishing these two projects exactly a year apart?

Considering I only just finished glove #1 last night, and haven’t started #2, it’s seeming a bit lofty. I mean, I am working on size 1 needles. But hey, crazier things have happened. Maybe I can just hurry up with all my other obligations and park myself on the couch for some serious knitting time over the next two days.

I best be off if I’m going to put myself to this crazy challenge!