Yarn Hoarder and Firefly Geek and not ashamed of either

Here is my updated yarn closet.  Except it’s missing the $60 of yarn I bought this afternoon.  Oops. It’s like tribbles.


That brings us to my own pink ladies who donned blue gloves for me and then let me take their picture.

Yes,  two by two, hands of blue!  and if you don’t understand, shame on you!





Almost as scary as the original hands of blue in Firefly episode 9, right?


2015 Xmas Projects

Did you know that using Xmas instead of Christmas is actually perfectly acceptable and centuries old?  Apparently X has stood for the word Christ since the 15th century.  X is the Greek letter for chi.  I think I might start calling myself an Xtian from now on.

The 2015 ornament for the staff at work was this bluebird of happiness, inspired by the blue scrubs they wear on Wednesdays.  The instructions were free, and they are absolutely brilliant.  You can see the wing and the eye built right in, and no seams!  you make the body first starting at the neck, then finish at the tail, leaving the stitches open.  Then, graft the head stitches at the other end.  After finishing at the beak, you then stuff the whole bird through the tail.  The top bird was made with Cotton Fleece, blue paradise color.  The bottom one was made with Ella Rae Amity.  I didn’t like it as well, the fuzziness of it detracts from it. The cotton one was much sleeker and was a perfect match for their scrubs, too!




I also made this amazing set of fingerless mitts.  Pattern was in Brooklyn Boot Liners & Mitts  I used Koigu KPM for this.  Plenty of yarn.  I may have enough for another pair.  Will have to weigh the mitts and yarn to be sure.  I used colors 5101 1 and 3010 99.  Nummy!  I gave it to my future stepmother, Irene.



My backup project for 2015 was a big afghan. I fell out of love with it as soon as I made the first square, but all the yarn is paid for, so I’m slowly working on it.  It’s a bulky project so it is hard to drag around for spontaneous knitting.  We shall see how long it takes.



And finally, I finished my back up back up BACK up project, after about 5 years.  I nearly frogged it 3 times.  This is Mabel.  I told the ladies at the yarn store it looked terrible and they told me to keep going, it comes out cute.  And it did.  But, the guage is so off that it is way bigger than it is supposed to be.  Whether or not it is wearable, I have no idea.  But, it did come out cute!  Now that it is done I think it is a 12-15 month size. I made the sleeves in the round which was not in the pattern.  I didn’t think the pattern was that great.  But that just might be me, looking back at a five year project.  I used Rowan wool cotton color SH 592.  Strangely, I had some left over.  I used a cute silver looking hook and eye, instead of the snap they suggested.



Time to start posting again, yes it is

Sorry I disappeared for awhile.  It’s always hard to post before Xmas, because of Secrets! but after Xmas a year ago I never caught up enough to finish projects and post them.  So here we go.

Xmas project for the staff at work for 2013 was an extra simple project, which I enclosed in a Vera Bradley walletlet, just for fun.  This is a simple poinsettia made on white plastic canvas.


Xmas project for the staff at work for 2014 were more crocheted snowflakes, just made with the usual Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10.  I used a variety of patterns, but gravitated to the smaller ones.  Sorry for the poor picture.  This is the board that I stiffened them on over wax paper with sugar and water.  I discovered I prefer extremely hard snoflakes so I switched to a thicker version of sugar water halfway thru.  They came out really nice.



My nieces both got American Girl Doll dresses for their Walmart dolls in 2014.  I bought my knock off and named her Neva, to use as a pattern so I hope I can make something else.  Poor Neva is quite lonely.

These are the Pleated Summer Doll Dress by Knit N Play.  They were made with complementary colors, which worked out very well.  I made the pink one a little too big, but it was still usable, once I tightened the neck up.  I used Wool of the Andes sportweight yarn, I think. At the bottom I have a picture of them on my nieces dolls.






My other big project was this cute sweater.  It was a kit, which I regretted buying when I saw it.  But once I made it I discovered it was actually adorable.  A little boy got this in 2014.


In 2016 I had no big projects.  I made a nice pair of socks… my first pair of completed, sock weight socks. I chose to make them shorter anklet socks.  I think I used Opal sock yarn, made in the “Harry Potter” colourway.  I absolutely loved this ball of yarn when I saw it at the store. I just used the basic sock pattern from Not Just Socks as I love how easy it is and I needed a simple pattern for the complex yarn.  I made it all with one ball, tried to start the second sock at a similar sock so they would match somewhat.  Colors were a little milder on second sock, but they did stripe up similarly.

I also fell in loove with the Aviatrix pattern.  I immediately grabbed the pattern and made this adorable little baby girl hat.  I was tired if trying to figure out how to make a cute rose so I just put a bow on instead.  I used Debbie Bliss cashmerino, one of my favorites for babies.  My newborn sized doll Lucy was happy to model the bonnet.





Then I made a boy hat version using the button and strap option.  Doesn’t it remind you of someone?  Maybe it’s just me.  But I’m thinking of renaming this hat Marvin when it’s for a boy.



I’m planning to pair it with some Ruth’s perfect baby booties also in ivory.

And yes, I did make a bunch more of my favorite baby bootie pattern, Ruth’s Perfect Baby Booties.  All with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino.  Here’s 3 new sets:



Alpine Lace Mantilla

Finally finished, after nearly a year!

I used the Alpine Lace pattern to make a rectangular shawl but then shortened it slightly to use as a mantilla.  As you may recall I made a long white one for my mother a few years ago.  This time I used black and I made abut 18 center repeats and should have stopped about about 14. It is very long when blocked.   Oh well, it makes a very elegant mantilla!

I used lace weight 100% wool but cant find the brand just now.  I missed the presence of silk as I knitted it but now that it is blocked it looks very shiny and pretty so I don’t miss the silk anymore.  Holds shape well.


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