Chevron stripes hand towel (with corrected instructions)

Chevron stripes hand towel - finishedI had intended to show you my finished Carolyn Pajamas today, but it rained during the only free time I had to take outdoor photos!  So instead I’ll share this small knitting project that I completed a few weeks ago.

Project Stats:

Pattern: Chevron Stripes Hand Towel (Ravelry pattern link) from Mason Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne (book published in 2006).  My Ravelry notes are here.

Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic, 100% mercerized cotton, DK weight, in dark pink and light pink.  Purchased approximately one million years ago.

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm), 24-inch circulars

Modifications: None, although I re-interpreted the (awful) instructions.  See below.

Level of crafty satisfaction: This is a small knitted hand towel, no big deal!

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Maurits scarf in progress

Maurits scarf in progress 1 - with yarn

Today I have another in-progress project to share: the Maurits scarf (with my Ravelry notes) by Andrea Rangel for Brooklyn Tweed.  This scarf is a colorwork infinity loop with a bold geometric pattern.  I really love the design and was drawn to this pattern as soon as I saw it.  I always enjoy colorwork knitting projects.  Even though they’re time-consuming, the finished projects always look so intricate and interesting.

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Wrapping up my vacation

Hello sewing friends!  Long time, no post!  I’ve been off from work for the past few weeks enjoying a much-needed post-PhD vacation.  While I had intended to sew up a storm during my time off, I wound up taking an unplanned break from sewing and blogging.  I didn’t even realize I needed it!  The vacation turned out to be a welcome break from many aspects of my everyday life, and I’ve been very much enjoying just loafing around, doing some shopping, catching up on old tv shows, and enjoying the absolutely beautiful fall weather that has finally (!!) arrived here in Boston.  My vacation was largely unproductive, but who cares!  It’s a vacation, after all.  I can go back to being productive when I go back to work next week.  🙂

Maggie napping upside down

I found Maggie fast asleep in this position; she woke up when I took the picture!

With that said, I wanted to check in and share a little bit of what I’ve been up to.

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One Forest Mushroom mitten

Forest Mushroom Mittens - right mitten finished

I knit a mitten!  Emphasis on “a”, since there is only one mitten so far.  : )  I didn’t get any sewing done this past week due to my back injury, but all that time sitting on the couch was a great way to bring back my knitting mojo, at least temporarily.  These are the Forest Mushroom Mittens (on Ravelry) by Elinor Brown, published in November 2010.  I started knitting this mitten in December 2011 and just managed to finish it now.  It sat in a drawer for almost the entire time in between, how sad!  What can I say?  When I got my sewing machine, my knitting took a back seat!

I’m quite pleased with how this mitten turned out, even though it’s not my best knitting work.  (BTW, have you seen Tasha’s latest colorwork cowl?  That woman is a fair isle ninja!)  The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in brown, white, and red, and I used US 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles throughout.  Lots more photos below, and full Ravelry notes here.

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I’m back on Ravelry!

Ravelry projects screen shot

For some reason the knitting bug has bitten me lately, and so I decided to resurrect my old Ravelry account.  After forgetting my username, password, *and* email that I had used for the account, I finally managed to re-activate myself.  And look what I discovered!  All my old knitting projects from several years ago, complete with photos of me looking much younger, ha.  Funny how time flies.  : )  Apparently I didn’t knit anything all that exciting, but it was fun to be reminded of my old, much-beloved projects.

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You’ll never guess what I did last night

Knitting project dug out from an old drawerYup, that’s right folks.  Hell must have frozen over, because I pulled out some knitting last night.  I haven’t felt the knitting vibe in a few years, but once upon a time I was pretty much obsessed with it.  I have a handful of half-finished knitting projects stashed away in the recesses of my apartment, and this beauty found its way out into the open last night.  But what is it?  : )

Who else has been knitting lately?  Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s just too exhausted to sit at the sewing machine these days!


Let the mitten knitting begin!

Forest mushroom cuff

Behold: the first cuff of my Forest Mushroom mittens!  With all this vacation time on my hands, I sure am getting a lot of knitting done.  I started this mitten last night and, with a few do-overs at the beginning, I managed to get through the fair-isle cuff portion by this evening.  I’ve just started the “mushroom” pattern that will cover the rest of the mitten (hand and thumb area).  Also, this was my first time doing Estonian braids – much easier than I thought!  Overall I’d say this is coming out pretty well considering I haven’t done any stranded colorwork in ages.  You know how in Ravelry you can choose one of five smiley faces to show how pleased you are with your project?  Well, I’m definitely in the “super happy” phase right now.  Love this mitten!!!  : )

I’m knitting these mittens with Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (brown, white, and red) on US 2 double-pointed needles.  The fabric is coming out nice and cushy between the small needle size and all the stranding along the inside.  Translation: should be pretty warm on the cold streets of Boston!

Yeah, I’m in love with these mittens already.  Enough said.  : )

Red and purple scarf: finished!

Red and purple scarf - done white coat

My first finished knitting project in ages – the red and purple scarf!  Yay!  : )  I couldn’t be more pleased with how it all came out.  The color combo – love it.  I had questioned it for a while, but once I wrapped this scarf around my neck and saw the “pop” against my jacket, I was in love.  So bright and cheery without being obnoxious.  I’m also really glad I decided to go with two strands held together because the thickness is perfect – squishy and sold enough to really keep out the cold, but flexible enough to fold and wrap however I want.  The final dimensions are about 55 inches long by 5 inches wide, just right for my taste.  I love you, my new scarfy friend!

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Red and purple scarf: now with (slightly) more length

Red and purple scarf - progress - on Sammy

Remember this?  It’s the red and purple scarf, now a little longer than last time!  Awesome!!  I know it may not look a whole lot longer, but it is indeed getting there, slowly but surely.  I work on it a bit here and there, and eventually it will actually become a scarf.  Patience, my darlings!  For now, it fits Sammy quite nicely, my trusty bear and knitting-project-modeler.  If it’s not yet keeping me warm, he might as well get some use out of it.  : )

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Enjoying life and looking forward

Maggie avoiding the camera

This was my first full work week after my schedule calmed down, and wow did that make a HUGE difference.  Classes are over, my calendar isn’t chopped into 100 little pieces every week, I’m not working until 11 pm anymore, and I finally have time to relax and breathe a bit.  You know, like a normal human being.  : )  It’s about time, geez!  I had missed my life, and I’m very happy to have it back.

Here’s what I’ve been up to now that Robot Carolyn has been unplugged and put into long-term storage:

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