Hitchhiker Shawl

I finally got around to knitting the Hitchhiker Shawl. I have wanted to knit this pattern for well over a year. I used some of the Unicorn Farts yarn that I hand dyed a while back. I also have some pink Princess Farts yarn that I plan to use to make a second Hitchhiker Shawl someday soon.


This pattern was a blast to knit up until the last 5 or 6 repeats of the pattern. I just wanted it to be done so I could try it on. It’s so soft and squishy and it turned out really lovely. It is going into my Christmas gift pile.

hitchhiker close up



Handmade Gifts, Hat

Sixty Cables Hat

I finished knitting the Sixty Cables Hat with some of my hand dyed yarn the other day. This pattern seemed to take forever to complete but I am guessing that is because I hate knitting ribbing. However, I love how the hat turned out and I finally got pictures of the yarn that show the specks of colors in it.

Sixty Cables 2

This is the first time that I have knit a slouch hat with a closure that looks like this. The hat is a little bit looser than I prefer so I am going to try adding some elastic loop stitches to the hat cuff.

Next time I knit a hat I plan to use the method that Andre Sue Knit’s has mentioned in several of her podcasts. It’s 85% of the head circumference with a closure on the top that is more squared. I’ve never knit a squared closure before so I am just trying it for the experience.

Sixty Cables 1

*** School started this week so this crafty Momma will have more free time to craft while listening to audio books and podcasts. I also expect that my house will be cleaner!!! “Trying to clean with kids in the house is like scooping snow in a blizzard”

I hope you all have a great weekend.



Pegasus Farts Triangle

I have been super busy with end of the summer children’s activities and knitting my first lace shawl. This shawl took me a week and a half to create.
Pegasus Fart Triangle Shawl

I love how detailed the lace is although I sort of regret my choice of yarn. I think that the lace would look better in a solid color. So, I guess that I will just have to knit it again. 😉

Duane Park Triangle

NOTES: The pattern is the Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur. I used Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn by Knit Picks. I dyed the “Pegasus Fart Yarn” and the “White” yarn is undyed. The entire shawl was knit on US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.

oops dye

Unfortunately, when I soaked my shawl before I blocked it the color bled. I thought that I had rinsed my hand dyed yarn sufficiently but apparently not. I guess this is a learning experience for me. It may have been a bit of an over stretch to use my first hand dyed yarn in such a detailed project. Especially since I paired it with an undyed yarn. Live and learn right?!?!

I started knitting a hat with more of my hand dyed yarn while this shawl was blocking. I noticed that the yarn from the hat did not have an odor to it like the shawl yarn did. I think that I may have over saturated my first yarn with dye and I don’t think that I washed it out enough. It’s also possible that I didn’t heat set it enough. I solar baked it wrapped in plastic wrap inside a navy blue tote for about 4 hours on a nearly 100 degree day. I know the heat index was over 100 that day. I think a lot of yarn dying experiences are just trial and error but if anyone has any advice to add I’d love to hear it. I also plan to purchase one of the products that is suppose to help with the color bleeding issues. I just have to do some research to figure out which one I want to buy.

All in all I am trying not to be too frustrated about it.  It’s yarn… they make more… and I’ve learned a lot… but I have a lot more to go.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison