Crocheted moebius cowl

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First project of the 2016 Ravellenic Games is finished! Ends woven in and everything 🙂

This cowl was started shortly before Christmas in 2010, but I abandoned it because I got one for Christmas (mentioned briefly in this post), and I never picked this back up. Found it again earlier this summer when sorting through some old stuff at my mother’s house, so I decided it was time 🙂 I’d gotten this far before I left it:

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The pattern is called Snowy Day Moebius Neckwarmer and is a free Ravelry download 🙂

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Some Christmas presents

I wanted to show you some presents I made this year, and I realized that this is basically my year review post as well, because I’ve barely finished anything that I didn’t end up giving away 🙂
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A knitted scarf for my mother. The pattern is called Trillian, bought from Ravelry 🙂

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A crocheted and felted purple gnome girl for a cousin’s kid who’s wild about purple and sparkles.
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Beaded stars 🙂 These were really fun to do. I bought the wire stars and just added beads! I bought one little box of beads, the rest is from my stash.
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And I’ve been tatting again! I think it’s been like three or for years since last time… I found this angel on Pinterest, and of course the blog it was pinned from is dead, so there’s no pattern and I’ve no idea who to credit. I basically counted the stitches from the pictures. Kind of impressed with myself 😛
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A crocheted Jawa for a friend who gave us tickets to the Star Wars premiere in December 🙂

Finished Object Friday

… on a Saturday 😛 But better a day late than never, I guess 🙂

There is this thing on Instagram, a tag called Finished in February (#finishedinfebruary), which is about finishing as many projects as possible, not starting any new ones, and not buying any more yarn. (Well, I failed already because I started something new last week… but don’t tell anyone!)

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Anyway, I thought I should jump on this because I have so many wips and I really want to finish some of them soon. So I started bringing projects to my geology lectures, and I’ve actually managed to finish two scarves so far 🙂

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This is one that I started recently and actually also the one I finished first. I found two balls of fancy yarn in my stash while looking for something else, and I decided to just make a simple tunisian crochet scarf with wavy ends, using the stitch variation I learned from doing the Dragon Tail. I think it turned out all right. Maybe a little bit short, but I used all the yarn I had (with only five inches to spare) and the brand is discontinued now anyway. It curled a lot, so I had to block it, and using a wet towel and an iron is the only way I know, but it might not have been the best method for an acrylic scarf… Oops 😛

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And here’s the Dragon Tail finished as well 🙂 Also shorter than I’d liked, but I ran out of yarn, so I’ll just have to figure something out. May have to use a pin to close it or something. The next time I make one of these (yes, there will probably be more, the pattern is fantastic – quite easy, but looks very impressive), I will either use thinner yarn or a thicker hook, or both. This ended up being quite dense and stiff, so I doubt it will drape much… Oh well, lesson learned 🙂

WiP Wednesday

Only a week late 🙂 Heh. I did actually draft this post for last week, but never got around to posting it. (I haven’t worked much on any of the projects, though, so the pictures are from last week.)

Anyway. Progress on the scarves, and even more scarves! Got a couple more rounds done on the nalbinding cowl, and I think I solved the problem with the join.
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You can hardly see that I jumped from the middle to the top row 🙂 The only thing is that working in the middle row for the first round left a fairly visible ridge around the middle of the cowl, but since it’s twisted you can at least only see it on one half at the time 😛

Got a good deal further on the Trillian too:

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I figured if I knit a centimeter or two every day, which is about three rows (back and forth three times, that is) I might just finish this sometime soon 🙂 Behind a few days now, though… Probably because of these two:

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Yeah, I just went ahead and started two new projects on the same day, on Thursday I think it was. Got a sudden urge to do Tunisian crochet again and I wanted to do something fancy 🙂
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This is called Dragon Tail. I found the pattern on Ravelry, but there’s also a YouTube tutorial that might be as easy to follow 🙂

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And this is just a regular scarf. Found some fancy yarn and wanted to try a different stitch, and so I ended up with something called net stitch, or full stitch, or waffle stitch. Who knows. It’s very cool, and I love the thick fabric it creates, but it takes a while.

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Also the scarf curls up a LOT, so I probably should’ve used a bigger hook, but 6 mm is the biggest I have. I have to get more hooks, but now I’m not allowed until next year :/

WiP Wednesday

So I’ve heard that this is a thing 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be posting every week, because I doubt I’ll have any new projects to show off, but maybe once a month? I might do the Finished Object Fridays as well, if i can only finish something… But they will probably have to be monthly as well, i don’t want to become stressed about blogging. That said, though, I’d really like to post more often than I’ve done lately.

So, the works in progress of this week are… more scarves! I’m obsessed 🙂
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First up is a nalbinding cowl I started Christmas Day. I wanted to make a cowl to match my wristwarmers, and I was happy to find a ball of the same yarn in my stash at my mother’s house so I could begin right away 🙂 I messed it up a little, though. I decided to make a moebious thing, and when I twisted it to begin the second round I guess I started stitching in the wrong place. So when the second round was almost done, I realized that I’d have to ‘jump’ from the middle to the top row to be able to continue binding… I managed to solve it somehow, but I definitely won’t be giving this thing away 😛

Second project is a knitted scarf. The pattern is called Trillian and can be bought on Ravelry.
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Yesterday was my birthday, and last week I got some money in advance from my mother, and I spent most of it on new knitting needles (I found fancy metal cubics that I’ve never seen before and I had to have them!) and some pretty yarn. To test my needles I started this scarf, but I fear I may have overestimated my knitting powers… Because even if I use needles a half-size bigger than in the pattern, the yarn is very thin, and it’s going to take forever to finish the scarf :/ The picture was taken on Monday and shows about three days of knitting… So far it measures 27 cm, and if my calculations are correct (which they probably aren’t because I suck at math), I’ll have almost 200 stitches when I’ve knitted 27 more centimeters. And I guess the scarf needs to be a bit longer than that… Help :/