I have been drinking a lot of ice coffee lately. In an attempt to save some $, I started making cold brew ice coffee at home. I take 2/3 cups course ground coffee, 3 cups water and combine in a jar and leave on the counter for about 12 hours. Every time I walk by I shake the jar. Filter out the grounds and store the coffee in the refrigerator.
In an attempt to not over or under caffeinate myself I like to drink my ice coffee out of mason jars – they have convenient measurements on them. The problem with this is there is a lot of condensation on the jar. So like any good knitter I knit a jar cozie. I have a lot small bits of hand spun yarn that is only good for small projects, so I dug thru the stash and found some yarn that matches my new mint green Cuppow.
I am still a beginner spinner, and this was stuff I spin when I first started spinning. It is mostly a worsted weight yarn, but ranges from fingering to bulky. It is a wool silk blend dyed with food coloring. I cast on 39 stitches with a US 5 to get a dense fabric. Knit until desired length then cast off.
I moved recently and the only place to put the litter box was in the dining room. I got a covered box to replace the litter tray I was using. The covered box wasn’t working for one of my cats. She was too big and the box was too small. She would stand in the litter box and pee on the floor. I had to go back to using the litter tray. No one wants to look at that in a dining room so I devised a way to hide it.
I basically attached a strip of fabric with a gap in the front to a cheap Lack table from IKEA. I used scraps from a curtain I hemmed and sewed on some velcro strips. I attached the velcro to the table with a glue gun. The table is cheap enough that I don’t care if the cats damage it. This was a pretty inexpensive project. The table was $8, the velco was $3, and I already had the rest of the supplies
This might be the first sewing project I have attempted recently where my sewing machine behaved. I usually have some extremely unpleasant long arguments with sewing machines, but not this time. Maybe I have threatened it enough times. Maybe it has lulled me in to a false sense of security. I don’t know if I should be afraid of my sewing machine next time I use it, or if I should take up quilting.
I finished another pair of fingerless gloves. My hands get cold easily so I want to have several pairs to leave in my bags and other strategic locations. I think I am going to knit two more pairs – one in black, and one in light gray.
It’s a pain trying to take pictures of your own hand, so Cyd helped me model them:
I don’t think she likes them that much, they are a tad too big for her. These ones are going to be good for layering, I can wear liners under them. The pattern is Axis and the yarn is Bluemoon Fiber Arts BFL sport. I used a thinner yarn than the pattern calls for, so I added a real button band.
It’s day 5 of a heat wave and it’s too hot to be outside. The attempted natures walks of yesterday did not end well. Staying inside in the air conditioning meant I had some time to finish up a couple of projects. I finished up a hat and pair of fingerless gloves.
Hat is knit from my own improvised pattern, yarn is Blue Moon Fiber BFL sport color way Drucilla.
The only thing I had to do was weave in the ends. It took about 10 minutes of effort. Basic pattern is CO 90, join. K2 P1 for about an inch. Knit 4 inches (hat is now 5 inches long). Place markers every 10 stitches and decrease.
Gloves are Fruit Loop Gloves in Madeline Tosh Sock, color is Tart.
I started these last summer in Montreal, and I only had the thumbs to finish. Pattern modified to make them fingerless. I learned that it is really hard to take a picture of your own hand. Yarn in the picture is for the next problem that I am going to cast on.
Several of my WIPS were close to completion, so I thought I would spend some time on them. It paid off and now I have more finished projects:
1. Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes. Started 10/31/2010 and I finished knitting it 7/1/2011. It sat in a pile waiting patiently for blocking. This was a super easy knit and I loved using the yarn. It’s Handmaiden Mini Maiden 50/50 wool/silk.
2. Traveling Woman shawl by Liz Abinante. Started 5/22/2011 finished knitting it 7/7/2011. Sat in the same pile waiting for blocking and weaving in of ends. Blocked and wove in the ends on 4/17/2013. Knit from Knitpicks Felici in the Rainbow colorway.
3. Bigger on the Inside shawl by Kate Atherley. Started 4/23/2012 finished knitting it 4/14/2013. I stashed this in my desk at work and worked on it during breaks.
Now I am down to 20 WIPS!
Another finished project! This project is also for Joe. It’s one of his Christmas gifts for 2012. I grossly underestimated how much time it would take to stitch this when I could only work on it in secret. Knitting on the T is easy, embroidery on the T is not (knot?).
The top row of flowers isn’t crooked, it was laying on a towel drying when I took the picture. I bought the kit from Adafruit Industries. I still need to iron and frame it, but the stitching is done. The instructions and pattern were really easy to follow. I hated working with metallic thread, but it was only a small part of the chart.
It feels good to have another completed project. I am trying to end 2013 with less WIPS than I started with, so I am trying to only start new projects after I finish 3. This seems to be working as I started with 27 WIPS, and now I am down to 19! I also finished a shawl (more on that later). Now that I have finished 3 WIPS I cast on a project for me. I started knitting The Age of Brass and Steam shawl using some tweedy yarn I got at the Windsor Button closing sale. Yarn is Louisa Harding Willow Tweed. It’s a blend of alpaca, merino and silk. The ball band claims it is DK, but that’s a lie.
I also got some really awesome small star buttons. I was thinking maybe the Steampunkery Socks kit, or the Spatterdash wrist warmers. I have the yarn I need for those projects, but I don’t think I have the right needles. I can’t cast on until I finished 3 more projects anyway.
I am ending this month with another finished project! The first pair of socks I have intentionally knit for someone else. I like knitting socks, but they are very time consuming so I tend to make them only for me. I started knitting this pair for Joe in July 2011 and finished them yesterday.
I spent most of my knitting time the last two weeks working on these socks. It helped that I went to PAX East and spend a lot of time waiting in lines. That’s one of the things I like about sock knitting. Small and portable. They fit in a purse and are easily worked on while waiting. I knit a lot of this pair on the T. Including the day when the train got stuck in the tunnel and my 15 minute commute turned into a 3 hour ordeal.
I was looking over my WIPS pile trying to find projects close to completion and I found one! All I needed to do was wash and frame the piece.
I designed this pattern myself, I call it “Five to One” after The Doors song the phrase is from. The words a little squished, but I wanted it to fit into a 5×7 frame. A friend pointed it that the close spacing makes it looks more menacing.
I spend a lot of time on public transportation. Not because I want to, but because it is always breaking down and I get stuck on the train. My train ride to work should only be 10 minutes, but it usually averages about 20. One side affect of this is I get a lot of time to people watch. I made two observations recently:
- Most people have really boring shoes.
- Knit cowls are now a trendy item.
As a New Englander who is frequently cold I fully support this trend. I will never understand Ugg boots or wearing leggings as pants, but cowls I support. There is a practicality about them that I like. Cowls are another defensive line in the fight against winter chills. They are also less likely than a scarf to get stuck in train or bus door.
So I picked out some nice gray yarn and a simple pattern and made a cowl. The pattern was really easy to make and I am very happy with my finished product. However, it is not a flattering look for me. When I tried it on and looked at myself in the mirror it made me think about what a sea cucumber would look like if sea cucumbers wore cowls. It reminded me of all the reasons I try to avoid fashion trends. I am going to have to give this project to one of my more fashionable friends.
Yarn is Cascade Cash Vero DK (55% Merino, 33% Microfiber Acrylic, 12% Cashmere). Pattern is Double Basketweave Cowl by Karen Templar.