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18. December 2009 15:09
by Jobo
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Divine Chapeau

18. December 2009 15:09 by Jobo | 1 Comments

The hunt for fast, efficient, well-received Christmas projects is on!  I tried my best this year to work on homemade gifts for my family members and friends, but seriously folks ? there is only a week left before Christmas! (If you weren?t aware, I?m so sorry to break the news)

After some time spent procrastinating, then panicking, then searching for patterns, I found this:

Divine Hat by Rheatheylia

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Originally, I thought I might *knit* some hats or scarves or something for a couple of hard to buy for people on my list.  I generally feel bad about gifting people boring things like gift certificates and chocolates, though I?m not exactly sure why, because I myself love receiving these!  So in efforts to better round out a less-personal gift, I try and throw in something homemade.  Last year, my go-to homemade item was basic fingerless mitts (a-la-Irish-Hiking-Mitts) and they seemed to be reasonably well received? (at least to my face)

I knew that I could probably knit the projects, but where time is running short, I deduced that *crochet* might end up being a more efficient use of my time in this case.  I generally prefer to crochet large projects, like blankets, as opposed to knitting them just because it is so much faster!  For some reason I tend to forget that you can crochet smaller more detailled items too? who knows why.

So I set out on Rav to try and find some ideas for Crocheted Hats? and this is what I came up with.  (Not only me, according to Ravelry records, more than 900 of these have been recorded to date)  The designer, Rheatheylia, must be so proud that this pattern has become such a mainstay ? and I can say, the attention is 100% deserved, this is a really well written pattern, and a fun design to work on!

I really like the little ?shell? pattern that emerges from this straightforward recipe ? made almost entirely of Double-Crochets.  The whole thing works up FAST.  I don?t mean ?get-it-done-in-a-few-days? fast? I mean ?make-the-whole-hat-in-three-hours? Fast!  In particular, Rheatheylia?s row join technique is INGENIUS? you really can?t tell where the rows join in the finished hat! (a relief to me since seamless row joins are something which I have not completely mastered)  The only modification I made was to go down a hook size since I generally crochet pretty loose ? I used 6.0 mm for the main body of the hat and a 5.0mm hook for the ribbing.

For this particular hat, I used a wayward skein of Paton?s Canadiana Wool and used up around 3/4 of the skein (yay for sales at Michael?s last month ? it cost me less than 4$ to make this hat)  Just for kicks, I thought I would start a second hat and see how far I would get with the rest of the ball, and I got to Row 10.  From the estimate, it looks like I will be able to get 3 hats from 2 balls of wool, which is very convenient since I have another ball just sitting at home waiting for me? lol.  I also have a skein of Cream Yarn of the same brand which may find itself also becoming a Divine Hat.

Now I just have to go home and crochet like a crazy person? I think I could reasonably churn out 2-3 more of these for gifts if I really got at it.  Imagine, if the first one only took 3 hours? Now that I don?t have to look at the pattern, things are only going to get faster and faster!

11. November 2008 14:15
by Jobo
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Dude! did you know you can knit on a mother friggin plane?

11. November 2008 14:15 by Jobo | 11 Comments

Shocking in this day and age, of worrying whether you have fingernail clippers, gel lipgloss, or more than 100 ml of hair gel in your carryon luggage ... Yes, Ladies and Germs, you CAN bring your knitting on a plane!

I know, I know, I was just as surprised as you!  I figured trying to smuggle a set of DPNs through security would land me in a load of trouble!  "Ma'am could you please take off your socks and spread your toes?" kind of trouble.  Not even a peep.  Last week, we ended up flying quite last minute to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Mark-inator to attend some training sessions for work, which meant that of course, that Jobo would tag along, lol, for moral support at least!  (Did you think I would let him leave me at home and miss that?  um no.  definetly not.) 

Booking in a hurry, and knowing that we would be travelling such a distance, I was afraid that I would be quite freaked out.  Flying usually does that to me... the stress of getting ready, navigating security, being cramped on an airplane, ears popping, airline bathrooms, etc... usually I get pretty anxious, and end up not feeling very well when I fly.  The fact that I could bring along my knitting was a really big comfort to me.   Knowing that I would be able to have a mindless craft to focus on, and take away the attention from a stressful journey.  And due to the fantabulous United States Air Travel Industry, and a delayed flight crisis... we ended up requiring 5 different planes, visited 5 different airports and took a very scattered hop-skip-and-jump over North America to get home eventually 6 hours later than originally planned.  Consensus, no problems knitting on a plane at any of those locations:  Halifax, Nova Scotia;  Chicago's O'Hare Airport, McCarron International Airport, Las Vegas;  Denver, Colorado;  Toronto's Pearson Airport.

But seriously folks, being allowed to knit on a plane really made my trip to Las Vegas much more enjoyable... In fact, I knit an entire pair of mittens on the way there, and 3/4 of a pair of socks on the way back.  And virtually flight anxiety free too!  Before leaving, I confirmed with my travel agent and with the Airport authority governing our flight path just to be sure.  Instead of trying to read, or do crossward puzzles, I just knit along... not even really noticing the usually annoying things about flying.  If you knit, and have to fly a long distance, I highly recommend checking into bringing along a simple project.  It really made my trip.

As a welcome home gift, I thought I'd share my pattern with you for Generic Men's Socks.... the ones I made on my way home.  These are a basic, straightforward, toe-up, short rows design, from worsted weight wool - so they knit up in a hurry, and don't take much extra thought.  Great project for a person on the go...  You could add some flare, stripes, cables if you want, this is just the basic thing.  Dude, maybe you could knit 'em on your next domestic flight.  really beats watching stupid in-flight movies!

    

I'll try and post some trip pics, and some sock pics when I get my camera back in working order.

  

 

**Nov 2014 Dude Socks Pattern Removed... under review.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

28. September 2008 21:50
by Jobo
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Oooh Baby Baby!

28. September 2008 21:50 by Jobo | 1 Comments

In light of the number of friends having rugrats this year... I guess we have finally reached that age haven't we... I  have been making quite a few baby blankets in the last little while. 

I've gone back and forth between knit and crochet, but the common thread is always the fact that a baby blanket always equals a straightforward, easily finishable, cheap to make, pleasing project.  Here are a few examples for your warm and snuggly, baby powder scented, yarn-filled enjoyment:

Baby Supernova

made with Bernat Baby yarn, this variegated stuff has long been a favorite of mine for baby projects.  It's acrylic, so it washes and dries nicely (no matter how many times it gets puked on!) and is basically indestructable.  I find that one "big" ball, readily available at most department stores (i.e Wallyworld and the Big Z) for about 7 bucks plus tax, makes a decent size blanket.  Who can argue with that?  I found this Star pattern on Ravelry.  basically its a big granny square with 5 cormers instead of 4.  If you do granny squares, you can definetly do this, and there are several variants on there for free.  I think it looks kind of pointy though, with not much real substance, so I think I will try insetting diamonds around the outside to fill in a little bit.  I guess I'll end up with a pentagon, but that should be okay.  Might make a good play mat as the little gaffer gets older?

 




Purple Baby Ripples -

No actual imagination to speak of here.  I just followed the directions on the package of yarn, and this is basically cast on 150 some stitches and do straight stockinette for umph-teen rows (with about 10 stitches of garter on either end to cut down on rolling) and when you run out of yarn, you're done.  This is a self striping yarn, so YAY no ends to tie in!  And for 3.50 a ball plus tax, and only 2 balls needed... a steal of a deal.  This one is going out west for a new little cow-girl in Edmonton... when I can get to a post office and find myself an envelope  big enough to wrangle this puppy into...



Generic Baby Ripples -

This was another “got the yarn on sale” project. Friends of ours were expecting their second child, and I wanted to make something special for them, since I had made a quilt for kid #1!

This blanket was made from a pattern my mom wrote out for me on a piece of paper years ago, when I was looking for something easy to work on. I know I’ve seen other people do it before, but I’ve never seen it written down anywhere.  My mom has made probably 25 of these... and she freely gives them away to anyone who is expecting.  I can't imagine how warm and cozy my kids are gonna be when the time comes... Gramma will be knitting up a small hurricane no doubt!

I’ll try and write it out in case anyone else is interested. Its a 3 row repeat, and is easily memorizable. It doesn’t really have a front and back, just repeating ripples of 3 rows each... see pattern after pics



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 Loosely, cast on 172 stitches

Row 1: K1 K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * K2tog K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * repeat until 3 stitches remain, K2tog K1 turn

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 3 rows as desired, then cast off loosely, and weave in edges

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Happy Blankey Knitting All !

 

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