Monday, January 15, 2024

Knit Things Round-up

Long time, no see! It's been a wild few months over here, not near my sewing machine. My mom had a major health emergency that we dubbed The Nightmare Before Christmas, so I have been away from home helping her. She’s recovering well, though!  Here are a few things I've been working on…

First, what I'm calling my waffle cowl. a delightfully simple knit project. I purchased 2 skeins of Quince and Co Puffin yarn in the honey colorway on a pit stop at Swanson's Fabric, a second-hand/thrift shop for yarn and fabric. 

I knit it up immediately into a Gap-tastic cowl by Jen Geigley, which is a seed stitch cowl knit in the round. I used size 11 needles because that's what I had. Because I only had 2 skeins, my cowl ended up half the width of the original- closer to 8-9 inches. I basically just knit until I didn't have yarn left. 

I love it! The perfect width and length. 

Next, I made two adorable versions of the Barnie Beanie by The Knit Edit. I've been loving Charlie's color changing technique, which is designed to use up scraps and odd ends of yarn so you can knit sustainably. The Barnie Beanie is a chunky rib beanie knit with 2 strands held together for a kind of marled look. 

For my Barnie Beanie, I used a skein (well, not a full skein) of Cascade 220 in "Christmas Green," also rescued from the no-kill shelter for fiber stashes, Swanson's Fabric, as the main yarn. 

I blended green yarn with lengths of tapestry yarn I had leftover from a few needlework projects I worked on over the past few years. All the tapestry yarn was cut into short lengths (like less than a yard), so I spliced them together using the wet splice method after learning the hard way that I had no interest in sewing in all those yarn ends. 

I love the final project- it's so cute and comfy and cheerful. I've had lots of compliments on it when I've worn it out. 

My mom loved my Barnie Beanie, too, so I made her one with some yarn scraps from her stash. 

I'm not sure what the yarn was, but I used a ball of black and a ball of variegated magenta/purple/pink. It turned out fabulously and matches her winter coat.