Works in progress….

After several attempts at the Dwarven Battle Bonnet for Jesse (which he is now refusing to wear!), I had a spate of startities, followed by frog- and ripitis. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t bother putting a project into Ravelry until I’ve got it done!

Over the weekend, I finished up some new wrist warmers for mom. These are using some acrylic yarn I had lying around. I started them right after Claudia’s husband died because I felt the need to knit something in his memory and an urge to have a project finished. They’ve been languishing by the side of the bed, but I was determined to finish them over the weekend.

Nana's Wrist Warmers

Nana’s Wrist Warmers

Bailey also kindly modeled them, though I was instructed to just take a photo of her hands.

Nana's Wrist Warmers

Nana’s Wrist Warmers

Now I just needed to find a project that used bigger yarn. I finally chose “An Unoriginal Hat” by the Yarn Harlot because it’s a beautiful hat and would let me test out cables before knitting “Fetching”. I’m using a gorgeous Malabrigo Chunky Yarn in a gorgeous Brown and Pink colorway.

Unoriginal Hat in Progress

Unoriginal Hat in Progress

I’m modding this by knitting an extra set of cable repeats around, casting on 70 stitches instead of 56. Using a size 11 needle with the awesome Harmony circulars from Knit Picks.

Jesse’s Battle Bonnet

Jesse's Battle Bonnet

The battle bonnet is now done!

It “only” took four tries, including the ill-fated Dwarven Battle Yamulka, which Bailey stole for her stuffed animals.

So, one down and two more to go. Jesse also wants the Blond version and Ben wants one as well.

Next up will be some more subtle wrist warmers to wear at work. The striped ones get me odd looks sometimes and I don’t feel they are suitable to wear to meetings unless I happen to wear my purple sweater.

Jesse was having too much fun posing in it so it was hard to get a good photo.

UPDATED: Once it was blocked, Jesse decided he wanted the nasal bar on this one, so it has a tad bit further to go.

Knitting Meme

The official rules are mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. I’m changing it up a little. I am going to bold the techniques I have done. I italizcising everything else because, truly, I want to try it all. My notes in parentheses.

Afghan (does a doll afghan count?)

I-cord

Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire (have crocheted with silver wire though)

Shawl

Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down

Hat

Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL

Sweater (short attention span – planning to make a baby sweater)

Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting (modular knitting)

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn

Cardigan

Toy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn

Slippers

Graffiti knitting

Continental knitting

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book

Scarf

Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting

Knitting to make money

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting

Dyeing with plant colors

Knitting items for a wedding

Household items

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (including today while waiting to vote!)

Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting

Bobbles

Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dyeing yarn

Steeks

Knitting art

Fulling/felting

Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO

Purses/bags

Knitting with beads

Swatching

Long Tail CO

Entrelac

Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn (including today while waiting to vote!)

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere

Darning

Jewelry

Knitting with synthetic yarn (including today while waiting to vote!)

Writing a pattern

Gloves

Intarsia

Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers (including today while waiting to vote!)

Pillows

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine (including today while waiting to vote!)

Rug

Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets

Shrug/bolero/poncho

Knitting with dog/cat hair (does it count it it’s accidental?)

Hair accessories

Knitting in public (including today while waiting to vote!)

Baby Squash Hat Finished!

Baby squash hat finished

Baby squash hat finished

Needs blocking but it is done. Glad to finally finish something. Finished it up during last night’s Stargate Atlantis and did the I-cord during last week’s Dr. Who. Didn’t make it through this week’s Dr. Who because I fell asleep. Had saved last week’s so I could watch them both together.

I was a looooong 2 weeks at work, working 2 weekends in a row. Didn’t get any knitting done. But, the project is almost done and will be delivered Monday. 🙂

A friend at work had her baby two days ago so I had a push to get this done. It wasn’t intended for her originally but started as something that could be done quickly (didn’t know it would take almost a month when I started it).

Stach enhancements today!

I stopped at the Kirkwood Knittery this morning because of their big sale. I was hoping to get some more sock yarn for $1 like I did at the Super Bowl. No luck on the sock yarn, but I did get:

2 skeins Quellón by Araucania Yarns

Quellon #9

Quellon #7

Quellon #8

Quellon #6

More Sitar from Nashua Handknits

1 Skeins in Brilliant Dusk

Sitar - Brilliant Dusk

2 Skeins in Jungle

Sitar - Jungle

1 Skein in Earth

Sitar Earth

Sitar Earth

Noro Hana Silk

Noro Hana Silk

4 Skeins Lavendar, 4 Skeins Purple, 4 Skeins Lavendar, 8 Skeins Teal and 8 Skeins Green (of course)

And, Lasso Collinette in Mint Chocolate.

Colinette Lasso - Mint Chocolate

I also had a little help taking the photos.

Starbuck helping with photos

First Killer Bunny got to his target!

So I’m still alive in the Killer Bunny swap!

Hybrid Franken Bunny (Ravelry link to project) made it in time.

Killer Franken Bunny #1

My favorite part is the giant fluffy tail. The pattern calls for a smaller crocheted tail, but Frankie needed a giant tail to enhance his ninja skills.

Killer Franken Bunny #1

Next up: Killer Bunny 2 (Ravelry link to project).

Every day I expect a small assassin to be waiting in the mail and every day I’m alive one more day.

We’ll see how long it lasts. With being sick and having to re-start, KB2 is off to a slow start. I also should have started sooner, but I didn’t know if Frank would make it in time and I wanted to finish the Cozy Socks.