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knitting and a puppy!

Zero finally has a little brother and I’m super excited!

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They look like they could actually be related, don’t they?  But he’s actually a half beagle, half pit mix that we found at a no-kill shelter thanks to my boss, who brought in a girl from the litter to work on Monday and told me that there were still boys left.  He’s 12 weeks now, and his name is Roll (keeping with the Megaman theme Chris started with Zero).  It’s hard to get a picture of him awake because he’s in constant motion, but here’s my best shot:

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Only thing is, he’s not housebroken yet, so that’s been frustrating.  He’s starting to figure it out though & he makes up for it with cuteness and cuddles.  He even helps me with knitting (although he’s already mangled one of my wooden cable needles that I foolishly had just sitting on the daybed beside me):

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As seen in the photo, I finally got started on the bulky weight version of the cowl I’m writing up a pattern for.  Really I just have to finish this one, block it, & take photos for the downloadable version that will be available… well… whenever I get it done.

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The yarn is The Meri Wool from We Are Knitters and it is SO soft.  Can’t wait to wear it!  And I didn’t know how much yarn I’d need for the cowl so I’m going to have a fair amount of leftovers for other toasty items!  Maybe I’ll make a set — I don’t usually do that.

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I’m loving all the colors, and I don’t think it takes away from the texture at all.  The colorway is called Sprinkle Fantasy, I believe.  Mmmm… makes me want ice cream with sprinkles.  Only it’s too cold for that right now.  Boo.  But I’m actually happy that I’m finally getting to wear some of the new items I’ve made since last winter.  My fave to wear so far is my Arlequin Shawl — the yarn just makes it.

OK, I’m done for the night, gotta get back to knitting!  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

 

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November WIPs

On this very scary Election Day I’ve GOT to focus on something else until the polls close.  Enter ALL THE WIPS!  (Actually, I’m just going to talk about 2 of the 10 I’ve got laying around.)

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This is my version of the Aerie cowl that I posted about (that post has since been removed since I was using their photo to ask your opinion on what stitches were used).  I figured out what the stitches are thanks to everyone here and on Instagram.

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I didn’t have a single ply chunky yarn like the original but I had a single ply worsted yarn so I just used that (KnitPicks Preciosa Tonal Worsted in colorway Stormy — 100% merino).  Since this test run is turning out nicely I’ll probably get a chunky yarn and write up a pattern for it, but let me ask you a question…

Is it OK for me to write up a pattern & distribute it?  I figured out the stitch pattern through reverse engineering almost exactly (it may even be exact), but of course there’s not a pattern already available for it, nor will there be.  The way I started and will end my project are slightly different than the original, but is that enough for me to be able to ethically distribute a pattern for what’s basically a copy of a large clothing chain’s item?  Please let me know what you think — I don’t know what to do!

I’m also working on my Aspen blanket again (fondly dubbed “the blanket everyone wants” due to the current popularity of chunky cable knit throws).  It took forever but I was finally able to get the rest of the yarn I needed and bring it out of hibernation.  It’s great to work on now that it’s cooling off some.

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That was a few days ago, actually, so I’m farther than that — I only have 2 balls of yarn left to attach to the ends of the 2 balls I’m working with now.  Because I’m using the spit-splicing method (yes, it’s what it sounds like) I’ll only have the beginning and end tails to weave in, which is REALLY nice, and no giant knots in the blanket, which is also REALLY nice.

Not Your Average Crochet's Aspen Blanket

Hopefully I’ll have it completed by the end of the week because like I said in my last post on my recently finished projects I still have about 5 Christmas presents to make, and it also just feels great to get projects done, doesn’t it?

OK, I’m off to work on those things to distract myself.  Maybe I’ll watch some nice whimsical anime movies while I work, or binge watch a TV show.  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

new hooks, new projects!

Hello everyone!

I know I just posted about how I only like inline crochet hooks, and I’m not taking it back (yet).  But I’ve never seen tiny steel hooks made that way, even from Susan Bates, so I got the Clover Amour Steel Crochet Hook Set on sale.  I plan on using them for Christmas gifts but other than that I don’t often use tiny steel hooks, and the comfy handles of the Clover Amour hooks were so nice that they got me interested in the regular set, and I had to purchase it (on super sale on Amazon right now, made extra worth it because I have a student account which means I get free 2-day shipping on everything):

Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

The set comes w/ US sizes B, C, D, E, F, G, 7, H, I, & J, that’s 10 hooks!

Not only are they comfy to hold, but they’re pretty, so I had to take a photo of both sets together:

Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

The steel & regular Clover Amour crochet hook sets

And with all these pretty hooks, I wanted a pretty pouch for them, because neither of the sets come with any kind of case (unless you pay extra for the gift set).  Instead of buying a pretty pouch, though, I just used my Not Your Granny’s Granny Square Clutch (my free downloadable PDF crochet pattern):

Not Your Granny's Granny Square Clutch

And it was just so pretty I had to take another one (and you can sort of see the cute lining in the clutch in this one, although it’s a bit out of focus):

Not Your Granny's Granny Square Clutch

Especially since I bought the whole set of the regular hooks instead of just trying one (I really wanted to nab that sale before it disappeared), I really hope the lovely ergonomic handles make it worth dealing with the tapered hooks.  I’m about to start a beach hat for my upcoming trip to Pensacola, FL (a girls trip with family members) with one of these hooks after I finish writing this post, so I’ll soon find out!  I’ll use the Fun Shine Sun Hat pattern with these items (the wire is called for in the pattern but it doesn’t say so on the Ravelry page — it’s to stabilize the brim):

Fun Shine Sun Hat beginnings

I actually already made a sun hat specifically for this occasion, but I’ll post about it later; I think this one will be more practical.

Well, that’s all for now, thanks so much for stopping by!  If you use the Clover Amour hooks, do you like them?  Let me know below.  See you soon!

-Hannah

books books books!

Guess what I got today in the mail?

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Just published on March 15th, this book has the cutest home decor items:

pie seat cushion

pie seat cushion

birthday cake toilet paper roll cover

birthday cake toilet paper roll cover

donut ottoman/pouf

donut ottoman/pouf

Aren’t they adorable?!?!  Now of course I’m still keeping my New Year’s Resolution not to buy yarn (which makes me want to clap for myself), but I can plan larger projects for the future and maybe do some of the smaller ones with what I have laying around in my stash.  We’ll have to see!

Also, I got this book in the mail yesterday:

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I’m really excited about this, too — already the forward and introduction are speaking to me, so I can’t wait to get to chapter 1!  This was recommended to me by my therapist and I think it’s going to be very useful.

Well, that’s all for today, just wanted to share those with you!  Thanks for stopping by!

free pattern release: the Snapdragon Stitch Cowl!

Hello everyone!  I know I’ve been quiet lately but I haven’t had much progress on my projects to share.  I finally finished writing this pattern up, though, and I hope you love it!
Snapdragon Stitch Cowl - Not Your Average Crochet

About

This pattern employs the snapdragon stitch as well as yarns the color of blooming snapdragons (although it would look great in any color)!  This cowl is worked in the round and is written in US terms.  There are two versions to choose from, a worsted weight version and a sock weight version.  Feel free to sell what you make with this pattern!  Also, you can find it on Ravelry here (I’d love to see your photos and progress)!

Specifics

Finished size: Worsted version: 55″ circumference, 9.5″ tall; Sock weight version: 59″ circumference, 7.5″ tall

Materials: Worsted version: US I/9 (5.5mm) hook, 2 skeins of KnitPicks Brava Worsted in Paprika (or 438 yds of any worsted yarn); Sock weight version: US 3/D (3.25mm) hook, 1 hank of Miss Babs Keira in Blooming Pansies (or 560 yds of any sock weight yarn)

Download free Snapdragon Stitch Cowl pattern (PDF)

Snapdragon Stitch Cowl - Not Your Average Crochet

Snapdragon Stitch Cowl - Not Your Average Crochet

Snapdragon Stitch Cowl - Not Your Average Crochet

Snapdragon Stitch Cowl - Not Your Average Crochet

I hope you enjoy the pattern!  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact me using the contact tab in the menu bar.

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you soon!

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