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Super Loops Scarf

Today’s knit a day pattern was for the super loops scarf. It looks so cute and fun to make. Plus the direction are so easy. Gotta love patterns that are just garter stitch.

I really like the idea of the loops. Before looking at the pattern, I thought it was fringe all the way down the side. I remember thinking to myself ‘huh, fringe down the side, now that’s cool.’ I’m even more impressed now that I see they are loops down the side. That looks even easier to do!

Once again I’m wishing I lived somewhere where it was colder. Somehow I think I will get odd looks if I wear a scarf around in this seventy degree January we are having.

 


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Easy-As-Pie Felted Tote


Today’s knit a day project is for this felted tote bag.

I’ve never really been a fan of tote bags, something about them not closing at the top. I tend to throw my stuff about at times, and a bag that is open to the world isn’t very useful.

That being said, the idea of knitting one of these intrigues me. I’m currently brainstorming ways to make it close at the top. I think a zipper would be too hard to attach to a knitted project, but maybe I could add a few buttons. I do love buttons.

I’ve only done one felted project, and it was a small flower accent for a hat. I don’t think I did the felting right, at the time, however, as it didn’t look any different after I processed it than it did before. So when I get around to making this project it will be a new experience for me. (Yay for learning new techniques).

I noticed that the bag pictured had what looked like bamboo handles on it. I made a mental note to look into purchasing this item, but when I flipped the card over I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were instructions for knitting handles as well.

Once again I’m wishing I had enough time to keep up with the patterns of this project. My mother keeps insisting that I’m crazy and that the calendar isn’t designed for someone to complete every project in a year, but somehow I feel like everyone else but me is able to do it.

 


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Rolled Brim Cabled Crossed Hat

Once again I’m wishing that I could knit faster, as this weekend’s Knit A Day pattern is very cute.

My first thought when I flipped the calendar on Friday was “oh my gosh a knitted sun hat!” It really does look like it should be a sun hat, which is kind of awesome considering that most of the hats I make are beanies and completely inappropriate for the seventy degree winters we’ve been having lately.

While looking at the pattern, wishing I had more hand so I could make several projects at once, I noticed that the author was the very same one who wrote the pattern for the pretty cable scarf that is sitting in my pattern queue. I figured that anyone who was cool enough to be featured twice so close in a row in this calendar was someone worth checking out, and I’m glad I did. Her blog is pretty awesome, filled with breathtaking works and really interesting posts, including one on making your own double point needles (score!). It almost makes me feel guilty that I have had to skip over her projects in the calendar so far.

In the meantime, I have been working on completing the winter throw I started in January. I managed to make two more blocks before I decided to switch back to working on the yoga socks. The one single one looked so lonely sitting on my desk all by itself. I decided I’d cut a chunk out of the yarn after all, this way the two socks will match. So far this one has been going by much more quickly than the first. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this sock thing!


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A Touch of Whimsy Socks

Today’s pattern is for these cute socks. While I think they are absolutely adorable, I think this may be one of the projects that I skip, at least for the time being. I’m having a hard enough time keeping up, and just look at all the detail on those socks!

I don’t have that much experience with making socks, but I am currently working on a pair using a different pattern. My current pattern is much less detailed than the ones featured here (in addition to not having as many details, they don’t even have heals), yet it is taking me forever to make them. I’m not sure if its due to working with the thin yarn, or if I’m just horribly slow as of late. Whatever the reason, I’m not jumping at the opportunity to start work on another pair.

I know I often complain about the time it takes to make certain projects, but this time I feel the rant is completely just.

I understand that blankets take forever, after all they are really large. I also understand why scarves and hats with lots of detail take forever, because they have lots of detail. Socks, on the other hand, don’t appear to be worth the time it takes me to make them. Yes they are cute, and yes they are fun to knit. But why should I spend weeks on something that I am going to stuff inside my shoes? Something that no one will see? Doesn’t seem worth it to me.

 


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Frame Your Face Cowl

I’m feeling a little less behind in the knitting challenge despite the fact that I’m still working on the first pattern. Why? Because todays pattern is one that I have absolutely no intention of making.

Perhaps it’s because I live in an area that enjoys warm weather all year, or perhaps it’s something engraved deep in the fiber of my being, but I’ve never really liked cowls. I think they look ugly and uncomfortable. To me it seems like even the girl in this picture isn’t enjoying hers. Although I could be personifying my feelings on to her. Whatever it may be, today my pattern inbox has not grown, and for that I’m grateful. Now, back to the blanket!


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Winter Warmer Throw Part 4

I worked on more blocks for my throw today. I’m officially 1/5 of the way there. That’s 20% done. Almost kind of close to half way. Yeah, not really.

That’s the problem with large projects. They take a lot of time, and despite how much time it feels like you are spending on them, every time you stop to check your progress you realize you haven’t actually gotten that far. It’s enough to make a person mad. Well not really, but make a person discouraged. I told myself that I would only work on one pattern at a time, but I think I may break that just so I can change-up my knitting routine.

On the plus side, my big ball of yarn is staring to look rather deflated, at least that’s a sign of progress!