Knitting

Making a Comeback with Pom-Poms

 

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It started with a hat. It always starts with a hat … or a chair. Anyone catch my reference there? No? That’s completely fine. Anyway, in my case it started with a hat, one preferably full of cables like the ones shown in the picture. But these aren’t just any cables; they’re a different kind of cable at least for me. I found a pretty decent site for cables. It doesn’t have a lot in the glossary, but some of the cables look nice and doable. If anyone knows a good site for cables, don’t be afraid to link me up! I love a good cable.

So the cable was something new, but wait, it doesn’t stop there! I knitted the hat with sock weight yarn, which was a first for me. I know it’s not that big of a deal, but I usually don’t venture too far out as far as yarn goes, and yarn really goes a long way. This meant my whole gauge for hats was thrown off, which is a given, and like my “cooking” I don’t measure things well or at all. I know one of the key things knitters stress is to check the gauge because it would save a lot of time, but I’ve never got around to learning how to check my gauge. For the most part, I’ve been fine. Really, knitting for me is almost like throwing confetti to the wind and seeing where they land, except for the whole being environmentally conscious part. Don’t worry, I would never litter like that!

I did however seriously ran with my project. And I would like to say it didn’t turn out shabby at all, although it’s a little awkward to look at when being worn because it’s slouchy, but not too slouchy and not slightly slouchy either. It’s an awkward kind of slouch. Now I know a lot of people can pull off hats like this, but I’ve always wondered how they do it. I guess they just have great wearing-hats-heads, but for me, the hat was too awkward for my taste if I didn’t adjust it after throwing it on. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have cables on hats, the cables made the hat somewhat stiff, so it doesn’t fall naturally on my head. (Come on, what do I know about hats falling naturally on my head? All of this could be in my head, which it probably is.)

I couldn’t just leave it like that, and I didn’t want to rip the piece and knit it so it was form-fitting. (I have a thing against ripping away a part of the hat and reknitting it once I’m down to my last few stitches, aside from making eye-blistering mistakes of course. The next best solution for me? Cry.

Just kidding. Because pom-poms aren’t sad things. They’re actually fun because they’re like accessories for your hats or scarves or whatever. So I watched a few YouTube videos because I have seriously never made a pom-pom in my life. Quick! Someone, take my needles away! I made my first pom-pom the easy way though (hint: not the technique with the cardboard), but by using a gift card. Well, it turned out to be the size of a golf ball and looked ridiculous on the hat due to its size, so I laughed and made a second one! The one you see here.DSC_0397 (2)

Now I’m still a little worried about having a pom-pom on a hat (even though the hats looks ten times better) because I like to wash and dry my knitwear by machine. I’m quite lazy, but the kind of yarn I have been working with usually allowed it. This sock weight yarn however says to lay it flat to dry, but I’m not even sure I trust having a pom-pom in the washing machine in the first place. It’s part of the reason I stayed clear from attaching pom-poms onto my hats because if it falls apart in the cycle, it would create a huge mess right? Not if you made it the right way. Yeah, well…

I really don’t know. There’s another thing I almost forgot to mention. I read that blocking your knitwear and reshaping it the way you want really helps clean it up—as in no awkward slouch, but I don’t know the first thing about blocking. I heard there were several ways to approach it, and it probably depends on the type of yarn, but I’m really at a lost. Which brings me to my question of the blog:

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Spring-Green Infinity Scarf

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I made this a while back right after I made my sweater-inspired scarf. The pattern was altered slightly and made into an infinity scarf because I just can’t get enough of those apparently.

The color was called “Pistachio,” which I can kind of understand but at the same time not really. See, if I had my own line of yarn, I would name this color in particular “Springsteen Green” because the color reminds me of spring and as a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, who sang one of my favorite songs of all time: “Hungry Heart.” In fact, I would name all my colors as tributes to bands, singers, and songwriters. “Coldplay Blue” or “Nirvana Yellow” are colors I can visualize and describe to people rather than just “Pistachio” (No, I’m not picking on the person who named this particular yarn color because choosing a name for a color can be a very daunting task). I really have no idea why I’m getting worked up on my yarn colors because I’m practically color-ignorance, as in yellow is yellow and red is red and that there are shades of yellow and shades of red. And together they make orange (Look! I learned something in my elementary school art class!).DSC_0372

Anyway, being a knitter and having all these names as yarn colors will be the death of me because I can’t take these names seriously. I wish I could accept them for what they are, but I’ve never been one to accept things as they are given. It’s a problem really. I’m going to get off the topic of colors and my problems as of now…

I don’t have the pattern written up properly though I want to share it, so think of this as a preview for the present moment. This scarf was actually very simple to make because the pattern is short and repeats, but for some reason, I’m not very good at writing out patterns. That and the fact that I love to procrastinate.

I’m also in the middle of exam week, but after this week blows over, I’ll have a lot of downtime to work on projects! And by that I mean I have a LOT of downtime because I accidentally (lazily) never got around to applying for a real job. So I’m going to be lying around the house knitting and watching cop/mystery/murder shows, or as I like to call it: a well-deserved break. I actually got into cop/mystery/murder shows about a month ago! In high school, I started watching Veronica Mars because all my favorite afterschool programs were canceled or moved to very inconvenient times. Now shows like Rookie Blue, Cold Case, and recently Castle are taking over my life. Anyway, what are your favorite TV shows? I’m aiming to be very obsessed and emotionally-torn this winter break, which is by far my greatest plan to date.

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Knit in Progress – A Cable Scarf

DSC_0225I know I’ve been out of it for a while now (blame school), but I recently started up another knit (that is not a hat!) because I was inspired by a design on a sweater I just bought. By “just bought” I mean like two weeks ago—time really does fly. I’ve actually never tried to copy a design before, mostly because I can’t figure a pattern out to save my life, but this one was simple enough, so I looked up some stitches and tried to piece it together as best as I could (technically I needed to re-familiarize myself with the fisherman’s rib stitch.

The color is called pumpkin, which is quite fitting for this season (or maybe a month ago?), and I’ve had this skein laying around for a while, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with it because it’s a very ambiguous color (if colors could be ambiguous). I didn’t think I could combine it with another color (to tone it down), but it looks great on its own, and you can actually see the pattern, so I’m happy with it so far.DSC_0227 (3)

It’s also different from the scarves I usually make (aside from when I first started out and didn’t know what infinity scarves were) because it’s going to be a traditional scarf. By “traditional” I mean that it’s going to have two ends! I normally don’t make “traditional” scarves because I find it hard to wear. Yes, I can put it on, but there are so many ways to loop it around your neck (versatility is good right?). Then there’s the fact that these scarves aren’t symmetrical when I wear them, and sometimes I can’t deal with that. Problems, problems, problems. I know. Please excuse my weird preferences.

The other thing is that I can never make both ends look the same. I guess I should look into other methods for casting off… And for me, the end that I bind off from is usually awkward and rigid, and it doesn’t feel natural. I keep considering adding tassels to the end of these projects, but I’m not much of a tassel person. Roadblock! That’s why I take detours and knit infinity scarves instead. Then again, they usually have a seam when I connect the ends…

Does anyone else have these have these problems or am I just overthinking everything?

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Lacy Cable Hat

DSC_1141 (2)A couple days ago, I knitted up another one of these cable-lace hat because cables and lace are my favorite things whether on hats, scarves, legwarmers, cowls, you name it and I’ll love it.

I made up the pattern, and I’ve already started on a modified version of this, but sadly (to every knitters’ horror), I ran out of yarn [insert gasp here]. I even contemplated ripping apart the hat I have now, so I can finish it, but I have a hard time destroying anything I make, so I’m placing it on hold.

The thing is, I’m not going to be able to run to the store until this weekend, so I’m partly devastated that I won’t be finishing my new favorite project anytime soon. If you can’t tell, I’ve been in a knitting frenzy lately, so this isn’t helping me very much. (Now would be a good time to focus on my schoolwork, right? Yeah … that…)

The new version will likely make a debut on Etsy (once I finish it), but for now you can simply sit back and feast your eyes on this one.DSC_1149 (2)

I made it using Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn. The color was “Mushroom.” I really don’t know how they (or anyone else for the matter) comes up with names for these colors. It makes it really hard for me to describe the color (though pictures should suffice), but still… Does anyone else have a problem with trying to describe colors? For some reason, it’s something that’s been troubling me for a while now.

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Lacy Golden Infinity Scarf – Status Report: Finished

 DSC_0995 (2)Now I know my plan was to finish this scarf in at least a month, a gradual process, but things didn’t turned out as planned. I was hit with a knitting frenzy and ended up finishing it as of last Thursday. This is probably one of the fastest scarves I’ve ever knitted, which can either be sad or not depending on what level you’re at.

Since this is the first “Knit in Progress” that I’ve ever shared with the Internet, I found it fitting to share my pattern for free, which you can find below. (Yes, I love making people scroll for things. I also think I’m funny.). DSC_0951 (3)

I highly recommend this pattern for anyone who loves infinity scarfs, who loves lacey patterns, and who loves knitting. It’s perfect for wearing as a double loop (or you can modify it), and the best part is that it’s an infinity scarf!

I’m also putting this scarf on Etsy, so you’ll be getting this exact scarf (the first ever of its kind) should you feel the need to add this number to your knitwear collection.

If you download the link and try it for yourself, I would love to hear how it turns out! And, if you send in a picture to pygmypurls@gmail.com, I’ll probably post it on my Facebook page, which is still a work in progress, just like this scarf once was.

Disclaimer: This is the first pattern I’ve typed up to share, so it’s might be missing a few components you would normally find in a professional pattern. That being said, if you have tips I could use to improve my format, please et me know!

Pattern – Lacy (Golden) Infinity Scarf

You’re welcome to use this pattern for yourself or for charity but NOT FOR RESALE or COMMERCIAL REPRODUCTION.

I think that’s how it works. I’m not really sure what the protocol is on copyrights and patents, but I would love to know what kind of measures you take.

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Fall Photo Shoot Featuring Knitwear

It’s a beautiful day. U2 said it best. It’s also a beautiful day for a fall shoot featuring some hats that will be coming to my Etsy shop soon!

The pictures were taken by my sister because someone had to be the model… (Apparently I model, mostly hands and hair. Yes, hand modeling is a thing.)

The location was on my college campus. I’m not sure whether I should reveal which college I go to (mostly for stalkerish reasons), but it’s at a place called Duck Pond.

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Slightly Slouchy Lacy Hat

Slightly Slouchy Lacy Hat with Brim Folded Up

Slightly Slouchy Lacy Hat with Brim Folded Up

This elephant hat was made by my sister and will be featured on Etsy shortly.

One of a Kind Elephant Hat

One of a Kind Elephant Hat

 

Close-up of the Elephant Design

Close-up of the Elephant Design

Super Slouchy Multicolored Hat

Super Slouchy Multicolored Hat

Fun Fact: This scarf was my first infinity scarf! It also happens to be my favorite, mostly because of the color and how wonderfully soft it is. The pattern came from this site called Sea of Knits and is called the Ribbed Annabelle. Since it’s not my design, it’s not up for sale, but I highly recommend you check out the pattern and knit your own!

My Favorite Scarf

Last but not least, my favorite hat handcrafted by my sister. I’m trying to convince her to give it to me on a certain holiday … so we’ll see, but if you like it, let me know and maybe I can convince her to make one in your favorite colors 😉

White and Grey Stripe Hat with Pom Pom

White and Grey Stripe Hat with Pom Pom

 

A Pair of Legwarmers

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year at least in my opinion because it means I get to wear knitwear without having to look out of place. Not that I look out of place in the first place, it’s just that I refrain from wearing sweaters and hats until the temperature drops a little.

DSC_0190 This brings me to a type of knitwear that is usually overlooked when I delve into a new knitting project: the legwarmers. Sadly, these aren’t the first real pair I’ve knitted, but they are the second. The first pair hardly counted because they were a walking disaster (pun intended). I underestimated the size of normal legs (human legs, that is, because they were perfect for chicken legs), but they are flawlessly useful as armwarmers (if that’s a thing. If not, I’m making it a thing.).

Seriously, our legs are overlooked. You have hats for your heads, socks for warming your feet, mittens/gloves for your hands, scarves for your fashion statement (just kidding), and armwarmers (it’s a thing at this point) for your arms. What’s missing from the bundle? Legwarmers!

Now as a college student who isn’t really looking forward to the winter walks between her classes, a pair of legwarmers might come in handy. My college campus and the whole town in general has some pretty harsh and biting wind. Walking through tunnels are the worst, and not to mention this wide expanse in the middle of campus where the wind hits the hardest.

Aside from buying a face guard, I’m usually all covered, but there were several moments last winter where I was crossing campus and my legs started tingling like they were going to fall off. But this year, I’ll come prepare. I have my nifty legwarmers!

Legwarmers, however underrated they may be, will never again be disregarded by this college student.DSC_0206

What kind of article are you missing from your wardrobe that you wish you had?

For example, I wish I had an Imagine Dragons t-shirt because they’re one of my favorite bands. I also wish I could see them in concert, but that’s a little too much to ask…