Posted in Hats, Knitting, Shawl, Sweater, Yarn Dyeing

Handmade July

Greetings! Another month has flown by. I have an interesting collection of handmade items to share. If you want more details for each project click the images to get to their respective blog posts.

Posted in Creativity, Hats, Knitting, Shawl

Weekend knitting

Hello all! Wow has it been hot lately. We had several days last week where the heat index was well over 100° Fahrenheit! I struggle to breathe in that kind of heat and humidity so I did the obvious things. I sat inside with the air conditioning on high while dreaming of cozy winter days. I also knit like a mad woman on cozy knits to wear in the winter. I swear I’m not crazy!

This shawl started out as the Campfire Cozy shawl by Espace Tricot but after the first section I started modifying it! I couldn’t figure out the lace pattern so I did my own thing. I also didn’t knit it the full length because my wrists started to hurt because of its weight.

This is a Bankhead hat by Susie Gourlay. I really enjoy knitting this pattern it’s one of my favorites for gift knitting! I’ve probably knit a few dozen of these in the past.

These two projects take me up to 95,829 yards or about 54.45 miles of yarn used this year!

My collection of yarn to use from stash is dwindling! I have hats and shawls planed for the pile of yarn above and I have dishcloths planned for the cotton yarn below!

I’m really looking forward to my year of socks 2021 which I will hopefully be able to start this fall!

Posted in Yarn Dyeing

Natural Dyeing

A while back I decided to try my hand at dyeing with food products again. Below are the results of dyeing with frozen berries!

I also tried my hand at dyeing with avocado skins and pits again. The one on the left was dyed last week and the other last summer. This year I added 3/4 tsp of alum to the mix and it really made the color more vibrant!

And last but least I dyed this pale yellow yarn with buds from my Christmas cactus!

The yarn in the middle is completely bare. The yarn on the left was dyed the other day and the yarn on the right was dyed a few years ago. This year we only had two blossoms on our cactus so I think that I didn’t have a strong enough dye bath to replicate the previous attempt. Hey, you can’t win them all. I’m going to save the yarn for next summer and hopefully I’ll have more blooms then. We repotted the plant last fall so it will take a few years to recuperate.

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Boyfriend On The Beach Sweater

Hello all! I can’t believe that it’s been almost 3 weeks since I last posted a finished project! This yarn has been hibernating in my stash for years. It’s Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Sprinkle Heather. For less than $40.00 I knit myself a really cozy sweater. This is my favorite sweater that I’ve knit so far.

This sweater is a modified version of two patterns mashed together. On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer and the BoyFriend Sweater by Veera Välimäki! I used the on the beach sweater pattern for the body and sleeves and then I used the neck band, cuffs, and split hem from the boyfriend sweater. I would have just knit the Boyfriend sweater but I don’t care for the reversed stockingette look.

I used size 5.0 mm/US 8 knitting needles and 1505 yards of sport weight yarn!

A cute little sheep doodle my daughter drew and painted with watercolor for me.

Posted in Hats

The Oslo Hat Take 2

I absolutely love how this hat turned out. It fits me perfectly. I knit it with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn in sport weight.

The last time I knit a hat with this pattern it ended up way too big. So I gave it away and planned to knit another one. I’m too lazy to take a hat apart to make it smaller if someone can get use out of it as it is. It would be different if the hat was so big it wouldn’t fit anyone.

I knit this hat in a size medium and I started decreasing every row once I got to 56 stitches (14 in between stitch markers). The hat cuff is double the thickness for extra coziness.

I knit my Oslo hat with leftovers from this sweater that I knit a few years back. I wear this sweater as a jacket a lot so I’m happy to have a hat that matches. I have enough of this yarn in another color to make another sweater and matching Oslo hat!

Here’s my first hat that was gifted for Christmas last year.