Here are the rest of my knitting projects from the Olympics. I knit the whole sweater, including both sleeves! I not only have second sleeve syndrome, I have first sleeve syndrome, so this is a huge accomplishment for me. Of course the fact that it is triple stranded, 2 skeins worsted plus a strand of sock yarn did considerably speed the process. Wool-Aid is having a sweater campaign from Jan to March of this year. Last year it was in the summer. While I do have central air, I still don’t want a heavy wool sweater on my lap in July. 36″ chest, Knitting Pure and Simple top down raglan pattern, adding extra rows to deepen armhole.
This picture is pre blocking. The sweater weighs a ton, you can see it pulling on the hanger in the picture.
And finally, my scrap rainbow Scarlet hat is pattern # 34 in my 50 hat pattern project. I called this one Ranibow Slalom. These are leftovers from my hat and mitten project last year. I know I didn’t get to the indigo and violet stripe, but I wanted to use all of the scraps of each color so I just knit until the yarn was gone. Scarlet is a super simple pattern. Great mindless knit. And it has a nice warm garter band over the ears.
So what special prize do you get for knitting for the Ravellenic games during the Olympics? Badges. Yep that’s it. And of course the satisfaction of donating my items to Wool-Aid where they will warm someone who is cold.
Sweater pattern http://knittingpureandsimple.com/products-page/children/112-childrens-bulky-top-down-pullover/
Hat pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scarlet-5
Where do old fun fur scarves go to die? Thrift stores.
Four more hats for my project knit during the Olympics for the Ravellenic Games. These are all variations of the For Giving pattern from my Opening Ceremonies hat. Since each is really a different stitch pattern I figure they count even though technically they are the same pattern.
# 30 Downhill Ski ( mistake rib variation)
# 31 Speed Skate Hat ( slipped stitch vertical stripes variation)
#32 Bobsled Hat ( Wee Wibbly stripes varaition)
#33 Ice Hockey Hat ( basket rib variation)
50 Hat pattern project hat pattern # 29
This is my Ravelenic project knit entirely during the opening ceremonies from the Olympics. It is another variation of For Giving 2, Slipping Away. This is option 2d, Tiny Checks. I liked this one even more than the first one I tried. This was knit with Lamb’s Pride bulky. The contrast color used only 19 gms, great use for those little partials. Boy is this hat warm! I love how the texture has what seems like 2 layers, really hard to see in the pictures.
Despite going to two thrift stores today, Savers and Salvation Army, I had no luck. So in the archives of thrifty finds I will show you one of my best bargains ever. A brand new pair of Birkenstocks for $3 at Goodwill! So sad they weren’t my size, but they fit my niece perfectly. I love my Birkenstock sandals and pretty much wear them exclusively all summer except at work.
What about my knitting? Well, I actually did knit many items for the Olympics, I need to get my act together and post them. 6 more hats done, and one sweater.
Thursday just sort of slipped by this week. But I did have a fabulous find. Under Armour Cold Gear Compression top, brand new condition for $4 at Goodwill! These retail at about $60. Won’t fit me, but it’s in the mail to someone who it will hopefully fit.
Remember this picture?
This is the same area now. I can’t stand it when people who live in cold weather areas constantly complain about winter, I mean if you hate it so much why do you live there? But I am now officially sick of snow. 5 degrees? Fine, no problem. But could you let up on the precipitation just a bit?
My poor sad mittens. They were so pretty when new, knit with the lovely and expensive ( well, expensive compared to what I will normally spend on yarn) Mountain Colors. They did have a bit of a gauge problem, as I knit them a few months apart and I think I actually knit them on different sizes as one was quite a bit bigger than the other. Then one day I wore them to shovel, and got a few pulls on the palm. After that I wore them to use the snow blower. You know what happened then right? Wool, snow and heated handles? Duh! So they became my snow removal mittens. I have other mittens, but feel a special fondness for these. Even though they look like hell now.
So cheap I don’t throw out the pickle liquid! My aunt taught me this trick. She does it with cucumbers to get half sour pickles.
I bought a jar of delicious Claussen pickles. Sadly, within a week, no more pickles. Empty.
I love pickled green beans, also known as Dilly Beans. I canned some summer 2012, but they are long gone. So I decided to make some easy ones. I used the leftover brine, then stuffed the jar full of green beans from Costco
Then I topped it off with some chopped garlic and cayenne pepper because that is what was in the one’s I canned.
Top it off with plain white vinegar to the top of the jar. Cap, shake, and store in refrigerator. Then force yourself to wait a few days…..
Hat #28 in my 50 hat pattern project was a test knit. This was my first official test knit.
The pattern is For Giving 2, Slipping Away by Clairvoyance Designs. Claire from Clairvoyance Designs is known as Clairvoyance on Ravelry and is a fellow Wool-Aid knitter. The pattern is very clever, 3 options for the brim, 5 options for the slip stitch section and one decrease option. So the one pattern can make many very different hats. I knit mine in Lamb’s Pride worsted, which is aran weight, so strange! LOL. The hat has more texture than can really be seen in the picture. I’m quite happy with how it turned out and am eager to try other variations on the design. This one was knit last week, and I actually already tried another one, pictures later this week. The slip stitch thing is new for me, and I like the 2 color look without trying to manage 2 colors on the same row.
Mitten tree in the background, mitten project started in Nov, abandoned for now but will not be forgotten….
OK, so I spent all week thinking about Black Magic cake with Nutella frosting. So, when mom asked me to make dessert for family dinner, what do you think I made?
Dad doesn’t like frosting, in case you’re wondering about the frosting free zone. Sacrilege!
While I was making the cake I was also making cranberry chutney, sausage stuffing,and egg salad. And listening to an audiobook, Revenge Of The Witch by Joseph Delaney. Kim says knitting gave her ADD, so I guess cooking did it for me. I was also wearing my new apron, thanks Claudia! I love it!
Requisite gratuitous Pyrex shot!