Sunday, December 30, 2018

Temperature blanket - July 2018 edition

I have a friend who has been desperately waiting for red to show up more. Red represents an average daily temperture in the 80s *F. Well July 2018 was that time!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

2018 temperature blanket - Christmas edition

The temperature blanket for 2018 is fairly large and awkward to travel with at this point. Clearly that hasn't stopped me though.

On the plus side it does keep my lap warm.

Still it was good to make some progress, and I had some fantastic kitty help.

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

2018 Thankful Tree

Last week, we continued our tradition of doing a Thankful Tree, which we have done ever year since the original post in 2011. Majes kindly hunted down a branch for us, and I had prepped the "leaves."

The big change this year was moving away from acrylic paint and acrylic yarn, in an effort to be more sustainable.

It makes me glad every time I pass it in the house.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

June Progress - Temperature Blanket 2018

The combination of the warmer temperatures in June and the size of the almost half finished blanket stalled the progress on my temperature blanket.


January to June:

With the holiday downtime and cooler temperatures though, I have been making good progress recently though.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Peony Hat

Sometimes it is easier to figure out what to knit based on what I have rather than all the options possible. So I dug around in the leftovers box to see what inspired me.

Yarn: Loops & Threads Barcelona in the color Peony
Yarn Supplier: Lisaster's stash
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm

This yarn was actually left over from one of Lisaster's early projects, and this project used just about the rest of it up. Success! I don't have a plan otherwise for this hat, so I guess it will just go in the bin of outerwear we have out for general use.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Locusts Socks - take two

Recently I got back a pair of socks that I had knit in 2009, which had developed a hole right where the cuff met the top stockinette section. Weird failure-mode, but after 9 years of service, I can't complain too much.

I put in a lifeline, snipped and seperated the intact bottoms from the cuffs. I lost a little more yarn on the sock with the hole, so I worked on that one first to knit the leg a little longer before adding a new cuff in a contrast yarn. For the second sock I will do the same, but match the length of the first sock.

This yarn is fairly fine, and I had needed to knit it on size 0s originally. I think they still have some wear in them though. The colors have lost a lot of their brightness, but settled into a nice sort of forest drab.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Orange Socks

I finished the pair of socks I had started in the woods and knit on a small piece of the Appalachian Trail. Good thing too, as the weather has just started to turn cooler, and Diamondsoled could use another pair of socks.

Yarn: Shepherd Baby Wool 4 Ply
Yarn Supplier: Knittin' Kitten in Cambridge, MA
Needles: US 1 / 2.25mm
Pattern: cuff down, 2X2 rib, stockinette, slip stitch heel flap heel, wedge toe

Since Diamondsoled had been a really good sock recipient (not only does she wear her other hand knit socks regularly and care for them correctly, she also noticed someone else's handknits had developed a small hole and delivered them to me for repair), she was on the short list for another pair.

So we visited my stash, and she picked out some yarn. And man, did she ever pick some deep stash. My now sophomore in college offspring was in elementary school when I bought this yarn...

I am not sure if it is due to the age of the yarn, the yarn line itself, or storage conditions at some point, but one of the balls of yarn had a lot of weak spots around the outer part of the ball. Pulling from the center was enough to solve the problem, and I just didn't use that most outer part. Annoying though!

Otherwise, I am pleased with these. They are not particularly interesting, between the solid color and the stockinette, but that is exactly what the recipient wanted for socks to be worn to work. So success!

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