The Gayest Baby Blanket Ever

I planned on posting a few more FOs from the last few months, with an update on my current WIPS.  But I need to devote this entire blog to the beauty that is my newest FO.

Behold, the Rainbow Blanket.  Or, as I like to call it, The Gayest Baby Blanket Ever. 

This blanket is 110 stitches over 46 rows by 7 colors.  Or, 35,420 stitches.  I finished in 10 days.  10 finger cramping, carpal tunnel inducing days.  But it was very worth it.

Like I put on my Rav page, this blanket is my own little personal protest against bigotry.  At first, I wanted to make Julia, my boyfriend Oscar's sister, a baby blanket in a rainbow colorway because I like the colors and think a baby blanket should be something that could be used and played with for years.  I planned to make this out of Knit Picks Palette, and even bought the yarn.  But knit up, my gauge was 8 stitches/inch, meaning a 36" x 60" blanket would be over 200,000 stitches.  Ouch.  So I cancelled my rainbow blanket plans.

Then Oscar and I and his family went the hospital on September 9th and waited for 9 hours for the baby, my new little nephew, to be born.  While waiting, I got to know his family a bit better.  Including his uncle, Tio Bigot.  Just kidding, I forgot his name, but he really was homophobic! 

While all of us hung out in the cafeteria, we chatted about Julia's baby shower.  She didn't allow any guys at her shower except for her gay guy friends.  When Oscar's uncle heard that, he launched into this epic tirade against gay marriage, complete with Bible quotes.  I'm not putting any of what he said here because I don't want to repeat the absolutely misguided things he said.  I couldn't stop him or get him to change the subject.  Eventually, I turned to him and told him that I believed that God is the only one who could judge, not he or I.  That seemed to stop him for a bit. 

So, I came home and resolved to knit a rainbow baby blanket just as fast as I could.  Knowing Julia, she'll probably haul this out and use it in front of him every time he visits.

Aside from being a great way to show exactly where I stand on that issue, I truly do think this is a beautiful blanket.  I had all of the colors in my stash already for a log cabin blanket I was going to make.  It's made out of Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! and it's oh so soft.  I can't wait for her to see it.

Knitting Induced Blogging Hiatus

I'm going to stop apologizing for not blogging.  First of all, who the hell am I apologizing to?  No one reads this but me.  Second, it's an annoying habit, and one I don't like reading in other people's blogs.

So... knitting.  I think knitting is the one single hobby I will never tire of.  I go through so many phases and move on, but my needles keep a-clickin'.  I think it's because I go through phases IN knitting.  Shawls, socks, blanket squares, baby clothes.  Right now my obsession is back to my Etsy store (and sewing, but we won't talk about that yet).

I have one project on the needles right now.  A massive, lovely project.  It's a rainbow colored garter stitch blanket for my new nephew, Marcos.  I started it on September 13, and 6 days later I'm over halfway done. 

My FOs piled up during the last few months of Harry Potter madness.  For the first two months, I submitted to all 6 classes and Quidditch.  Then, I burnt out, not from knitting, but from trying to fit my projects into the prompts.  Oh yeah, and in that time frame I also got obsessed with test knitting for designers, which was really fun.  I still want to do that, but be more selective on the projects I test knit.  I love making kids' clothes, so maybe I'll focus on them.

I have so many FOs that I think I'll need to break them down for the blog, a few at a time.

Girlfriend Market Bag:  Started May 5, Finished May 11.  Used Caron Simply Soft I had in the stash (my goal these last few months was to knit exclusively from stash).  I've been using these to cart puppy stuff to my parent's house.  The holes stretch really big so I have to be careful what I put in there (ew).

Hunca Munca Socks:  Started May 24, Finished May 26.  Baby sized socks I made from my tiny sock yarn stash (is 2 shoe boxes full of yarn tiny?  I can't tell) in Serenity.  First time doing short row heels.  Fiddly little things.  Haven't gifted these yet, but they should go to my nephew once I whip up a matching hat.

French Press Felted Slippers:  Started May 13, Finished May 26.  Used Patons Classic Wool Doubled.  Ugh I messed up big time and they are unwearable.  Serves me right for not using markers to show where I'm supposed to seam.

Petunia Monster:  Started May 17, Finished May 30.  To end this post on a happy note, this is one of my better projects.  I used some random striped yarn I bought at Big Lots for $1, and I cut the yarn frequently to keep the stripes the way I wanted.  Then I took all the purple and pink yarn for the arms and legs.  I sent it in the mail to cheer up Mom when she had a bad day, I tied the flowers to Petunia's "palm" and attached a little note to her body. 

When I was taking pictures, Bunny had to come and stick her nose in to smell the pictures.  This is one of my very favorite pictures.

Reversible Tuft Cowl

My very first pattern design!  I present...  Reversible Tuft Cowl!

SIZE:                                              MATERIALS:
One Size Fits All                              Rowan Big Wool Tuft, 27 yards/skein
Gauge: 2.5 sts = 1 inch                   1 skein
2.5 rows = 1” in 1x1 ribbed st          #15 size straight needles
Length:  21”                                    K size crochet hook (optional)
Width:  3.25”                                   2 Buttons, Needle & Matching Thread

K:  Knit                                           Pulling the tufts through to one side 
P:  Purl                                           is easier if you pull them through as  
S1P:  Slip st with yarn as if to purl    you knit.  Choose a side that you’d
                                                      like to be tufty and stick with it


Cast on 10 stitches using long tail cast on.  Cast on tail should only be 10-12” long.

Row 1:  S1P, *K1, P1* repeat to end, K1

Repeat Row 1 until 12” of yarn remains.

Cast off using preferred method.

Use crochet hook to pull tufts to the right side.  Weave in ends.

Sew buttons on both the tufty and the plain side of one end of the cowl.  The stitches are loose enough that you won’t need a buttonhole to keep it closed.

You can also have tufts on both sides of the cowl, just don’t pull the tufts through and only sew on one button.

Enjoy your new tufted cowl!

The Little Professor

My first homework project for the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup is complete and I'm working like a maniac on the second.

I finished this bitty sweater vest called The Little Professor...

This will be for Julia's little boy due in September.  I adore the little cables down the front.

It was knit out of Oxford Grey Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted weight yarn I had in the stash.  Isn't the name of the fibre color perfect?  The neckhole is a bit small, and I don't expect it to fit him for long.  I'll find a matching shirt and bitty pants and gift it as a set.  It's only going to one of many many baby knits for him...

I fit it in under the Care of Magical Creatures class.  It fit in as an item for someone expecting a life change, horse themed (horse shoe cabling down the front), and knit from a work-horse (worsted) yarn.

The next project is about halfway done, and I'm itching to cast on the third!

Day One of HPKCHC!

I've been waiting for this day forever!  Well, for about two weeks now.  But it feels like forever.  The Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup classes are posted and homework is due in 30 days!  This is going to be a long post so I can organize my mind AGAIN now that the directions are out and I know what I need to make.

There are 8 classes, and I can submit homework for only 6 of them.  There is also a Quidditch challenge and detention.  I'd like to complete 4 classes this term.  Each class is worth 15 points plus bonus points.  I'm hoping to get 30 points/class. *crosses fingers*  My goal is 400 points this year (three months).

1: Finish an item cast on before May 1.

Idea:  Noro Yoke Cardigan**

History of Magic:
1: Craft something FABULOUS to wear to a record company soiree to help you research Sirius Black’s alleged recording career.
2: Investigate any past Quibbler article and craft something to represent your research.
3: Think you’ve stumbled onto a scoop that might make a good article for upcoming issue of The Quibbler? Craft something to represent your findings and share your expose with the class!
4:  Fabric sewing and quilting accepted.

Idea:  Afternoon Tea Shawl
Idea:  Easy Lace Stole

1: Multiple parts, colors, fibers.
2: Convince us you are someone else.
3: Show your school spirit for a school of your own making.

Idea:  French Press Felted Slippers (pieces)**
Idea:  Coffee Bean Cardigan**

1: Craft something that answers the riddle (mystery)

Idea:  Baby Suprise Jacket**
Idea:  Toorie
Idea:  French Press Felted Slippers**
Idea:  Leaf Blanket

Defense Against the Dark Arts:
1: Be sneaky! Cause our sneakoscopes to light up. Craft something using one Ravelry sanctioned craft that resembles a different craft. For example, use Tunisian crochet to create a fabric that appears knitted, or linen stitch to create something that looks woven, or chain ply your spinning to create a plied yarn that looks space dyed, etc.
2: Create your own sneakoscope or representation of one. Spinners and dyers may spin or dye a yarn that represents the color(s) of their sneakoscope when it lights up.
3: Harry kept his sneakoscope in one of Uncle Vernon’s manky old socks. Make a more pleasant container for your sneakoscope. If you want to keep yours in a sock, remember the rules about socks and mittens and other things that come in pairs (you must turn in two of them)

1: Craft an item using a technique you are afraid to try, or tried before with bad results, an item to represent one of your fears or an item using broomstick lace.

Idea:  Iris the Gourmet Monster**

Muggle Studies:
1: Craft a Ravelry approved project using a new-to-you technique. If you knit try crochet, cables, lace, fair isle, double knitting, or entrelac; Crocheters try color-work, cables or a doily; If you use food dyes try dyeing with acid dyes; If you are a slave to a pattern try making one up; You can do a toe-up sock instead of a cuff-down; Spinners can try a new form of plying

Idea:  Drop spinning**

Care of Magical Creatures:
1: Create a project using or spinning the workhorse yarn worsted weight.(9-11 WPI)
2: Show that Thestrals aren’t bad omens, by making a comfort gift for someone experiencing a loss or big change in their life.
3: Craft a project inspired by the Abraxan or Thestral.
4: To practice the required disillusionment charms create an object that has a secret nature.

5: This term, we will be awarding the Rubeus Hagrid Award to projects that go beyond and capture the essence of Hagrid and his teaching, by following in his footsteps.

Idea:  The Little Professor**
Idea:  Leaf Blanket
Idea:  Easy Lace Stole
Idea:  Double Take Cowl/Hat

1: Craft an item inspired by knarls or hedgehogs (think spiky!)
2: Craft an item inspired by streeler venom (think firey, acid, poisonous!)
3: Craft an item inspired by gnomes (think slingshot, or even ferret!)

Idea:  Missoni Blanket or Pillow!
Idea:  Gnome Mitts
Idea:  Hedgehog Mitts
Idea:  Favorite Scarf Ever

May 18th to May 28th - Mini Sock Challenge
June 2nd to June 15th - House Colors Challenge
July 2nd to July 16th - Tea Cosy Timed Trial (will not be participating)

July 27th to August 12th - In appropriate thread

I don't think this is helping clear the head!

I blogged four days in a row!

Today is a sleepy day here at Castaway Casa.  The puppies aren't used to me being home, so they're both sleeping the day away on top of me so I can't leave.  When they're awake, I knit with cotton, when they're asleep, I knit with my expensive yarn.  It's quite the juggling act.

I just knit another Swiffer cloth, then realized they would probably make good Quidditch entries for the HPKCHC, and stopped.  Now I'm working on my Noro Yoke Cardigan.  I don't think I've posted about this one before.  The colors are amazing.  I manipulated two skeins of Noro Silk Garden to keep the yoke bright and beautiful.  The body is knit in Berocco Alpaca in a lovely natural colorway.

It's coming out a little bigger than I expected.  I only have a few inches of the body left to knit, then the sleeves.  I might felt it down a bit, because the sweater works best with negative ease.

And yes, I wound my yarn around a toilet paper roll.  It works, don't judge me!

Oliver Owlie and His Mommy

I have a new FO!  Two actually... I cast on these owlies on April 15th.  The bodies were finished the very next day, but I didn't have any felt for the eyes.  Last weekend I sewed the faces together, and last night I stuffed them, kitchenered the top closed, and glued on the felt faces. 

Little Owlie Oliver and His Mommy - using the Owl Two Ways pattern.  I used some Lion Brand Wool Ease, and the body is stuffed with fiber-fil and a small jewelry bag on the bottom with $.05 in it to give it some weight.  I think these will be adorable tied to the top of a baby shower gift, or in a baby shower basket with a paper nest. 

These little guys got me my very first Hufflepuff House badge for Amigurumi knits!

I also finished a project back on March 22 that I forgot to link... my Falling Water scarf!  The colors are nice and vibrant and my mom loved it.  The yarn doesn't quite block out, so when you wear it it curls into itself, but the pattern is still apparent. 


Great News! I actually joined the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup this term. I was sorted this morning into Hufflepuff House! I think this is the perfect fit for me... everyone seems really sweet so far. They already have tons of contests and ways to earn badges set up and my head is spinning trying to keep track of it all.

I'm going to set some goals for myself now, to sort out what's rolling through my head. I need to submit between 1 and 6 projects cast on May 1, 1 detention project, and submit for several of the badges. I also want to make sure I use as much stash as possible... no buying new yarn!

Here's some ideas:

Detention: Noro Yoke Cardigan - Need to complete as much as possible before May 1, when I can turn it in for 10 points.

Project No. 1 - French Press Felted Slippers - Ruffled Version - Use my 4 skeins denim blue Patons wool - 15 base points plus bonus points

Project No. 2 - The Little Professor - Use my 4 skeins oxford grey Lion Brand Wool-Ease - 15 base points plus bonus points

Project No. 3 - Owl Two Ways - Use 1 skein oatmeal Lion Brand Thick & Quick - 15 base points plus bonus points (This will also count for the House Badge Amiguri Project)

Project No. 4 - Easy Lace Stole - Use ?? - 15 base points plus bonus points Project

No. 5 - Blanket Square #1 - Use rose Vanna's Choice - 15 base points plus bonus points

Project No. 6 - Blanket Square #2 - Use rose Vanna's Choice - 15 base points plus bonus points

Project No. 7 - Pine Forest Baby Blanket - Use 4 skeins cream Lion Brand Wool-Ease - 15 base points plus bonus points

Project No. 8 - Dobby Socks - Use sock yarn - 15 base points plus bonus points (This will also count for the House Badge Sock Project)
One blogless day leads to another, and the longer I go without recording my knitting the worse I feel. I have so much to say, and no time! First of all, I have to admit that in two weeks, I've only finished two projects. And they aren't at all impressive. Two little cotton Swiffer pads, easy to knit, easy to attach, and easy to wash.

These guys are of course the reason I'm FOless.

Their favorite chew toys are water bottles, ice cubes, blanket and pillow threads, and, of course, my yarn. My current project was a sweater knit with $75 worth of Berocco Alpaca, and that project is on hold until the pups learn that Mama's toys and Puppies' toys are not the same thing! So... washable cotton it is. :)


I know I've been missing in action for a little while, but I do have a valid reason this time! On April 6th, I adopted two beautiful little maltipoos. Meet my new babies!

Just finished dinner made with love by the amazing BF, Oscar! Chicken (dark meat, my fave), onion and green peppers perfectly seasoned and cooked on our grill. *heaven*

This was a pretty slow knitting week for me. I spent about 4 days fussing over a gosh-darned button band on a baby sweater. Believe me, I didn't use the word gosh-darned earlier either. In the end, I'm still not satisfied with it, but it's finished.

Here's my Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos. I bought this pattern back in January and knit everything but the yoke before my cruise in February. Last weekend I tried to pick up and knit the button band, but it looked really wonky, so I knit the two bands separately to sew on. They looked great in my room, but in the natural daylight you could tell the dye lot was completely wrong. I had to wait til Saturday to get a new ball and finally finished the sweater. The yarn is Patons Canadia in Aran, Cherished Pink, Dark Amethyst and Pale Amethyst. I think the darker purple and the buttons kept it from looking too cotton candyish.

Ohhhhh... I'm in love with ze leetle heepo buttons! They are too cute!

I also finished the Baby Sophisticate. A little soak in Euclan made it a bit softer but I still don't know if I like it enough to gift it. The yarn was 100% virgin New Zealand wool reclaimed from a thrift store sweater.

Around November of last year, I knit some socks and decided that was my new "thing". But we all know how long those urges last with me. Unfortunately, I bought enough yarn for 8 pairs of socks from Joanns online. Most of it was the Premier Gardens Serenity yarn, which comes in great colors, but doesn't look like it makes good socks. Splitty, limp, with the consistency of a flat shoelace, I've been trying to use it up. To that end, I cast on another lace scarf for my mom yesterday. It's Falling Waterin the hibiscus colorway, gorgeous reds and browns. Again, it's a really fast knit, especially at only 32 stitches per row. I'm at two feet right now and about to bust a move tonight. See ya in a few days!

10 Months Later...

A lot has happened in the last 10 months knitwise. Things like this...

and this...

and even a few of these...

So far I've been content to post on Ravelry and Facebook, but I'm lost in a sea of online faces on Rav and I'm too shy to gush over my knitting on FB. It's time I got out the blog, dusted it off a bit, and started updating regularly. I've been watching and listening to knitting podcasts, and while I'm too shy to video tape myself (and ok, too cheap to spend my yarn money on video equipment), I think I can handle the ol' blog again. I just get so nervous when people comment!

Right now, on the needles, I have six projects. SIX! Too many for me to even go over in one blog post. But the oldest three are:

1. Featherweight Cardigan. This project was started all the way back in September 2011. It's an easy pattern, be-yoo-tiful Malabrigo single ply yarn in Natural and Dusky Rose. The problem? Laceweight yarn. Why oh why did I make my first sweater project in laceweight yarn!! To distract myself from this question, here's a picture of the sweater, amazing colors, right?

2. Baby Sophisticate.
This is my first baby sophisticate but I later finished another that I love. I didn't even have a recipient in mind! I knit it with a reclaimed yarn made of 100% virgin New Zealand wool. It felt like the yarn felted when I washed it, it's horribly rough and stiff, but the sweater I took it from was amazingly soft. I just keep knitting and knitting hoping it'll get better but... maybe it's time to face the facts and frog. But I only have the sleeves left to go! My desire for a FO is greater than my desire for a good sweater. The question becomes: frog or knit?

Simple Skyp Socks. These are for my dad and knit in Premier Garden Serenity Yarn. It's a synthetic fiber, and the first yarn I've ever knit with that I'd describe as "splitty". This yarn is like a teenage cheerleading squad. It's also progressing V E R Y slowly. It's a top down sock and I'm only halfway down the foot after the gusset decreases.

I have a Finished Object! It's my Feather and Fan scarf knit again from Premier Garden Serenity Yarn in the Crocus colorway. This thing is gorgeous. I cast it on on March 3rd as a break from another sweater (and that's a whooooole 'nother story). I thought I'd finish in a month, and give it to my Mom for Mother's Day. After all, anything I knit in a purple colorway automatically goes to her. I did the math and figured I'd need to do 3 pattern repeats a day to finish in a month.

I just couldn't stop knitting. I knit at lunch, after work, just watching the colors change and the lace unfold. I finished on March 9th while I was at my parent's house and just handed it to my mom. It didn't even need blocking. It's just gorgeous. I braved the dog poo scattered yard in my favorite shoes to photograph this in a tree. That's love.

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