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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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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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Presenting… The Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Brittany (YarnBOB)! Thank you for the vote of confidence; it means a lot! You guys should head over there and show her some love!

Liebster Award

So the Liebster Award has been spreading through many blogs, and it’s a really great way for bloggers to be recognized, but I’m a rule breaker at heart, so I’m putting a little twist in mine.

The rules are pretty general and vary across the border, but the basic gesture is that if you are nominated by a Liebster Award nominee, you get to answer the set of questions they give, come up with your own set of questions, and nominate other bloggers. Of course, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

The 10 questions I was given:

1. What was the first thing you made? Who was it for?

The first thing I made knitting-wise was a pink and white scarf. I’m not sure if this counts because it’s still unfinished and is probably hiding in the back of my closet somewhere. I really had no one in mind when I made it (probably a contributing factor to the reason why it’s still unfinished). Like the scarf, I like to think that my knitting journey is still unfinished—continuing, if you will—so I don’t think I’ll be finishing that scarf soon (should I find it) because it would signify the end of my knitting escapades, and I’m just getting started.

2. What is your favorite project that you’ve made?

My favorite project would be the Ribbed Annabelle by Sea of Knits. If you can’t already tell, I love infinity scarves.

3. How did you first learn to knit/sew/crochet, etc?

I learned to knit through my grandmother. Cliché, isn’t it? She lives all the way across the country and came to visit us one summer. The reason why I never finished that first scarf was because she left before she could teach me to bind off (that and I probably wanted to set a world record by making the longest scarf in the world).

4. Do you have a favorite yarn (or other supply) that you like to work with?

Over the summer, I got into Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease (worsted weight). I’ve never worked with yarn that was wool or even partly wool before, so that was fun.

5. Any favorite designers (clothing or pattern)?

I don’t actually have a favorite designer or anyone who came to mind when I read this, but maybe Sea of Knits because they created my favorite pattern for my favorite scarf.

6. Where do you like to shop for your supplies?

I used to shop at A.C. Moore a lot, but since they don’t have a location near my college, I’ve been running to JoAnn Fabric. Fun fact: I’ve never been to an actual store that specialized in just yarn, but I would love to!

7. Is there a craft or project you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t?

I really want to learn how to crochet. I have the crochet hooks and everything, but I like learning new trades in person so I can ask a million stupid questions without having to look them up on the Internet.

8. If you were on an island with one social media outlet, which one would it be?

I was going to say this blog, so I could keep people updated, but then I figured who would really want to blog while on an island? Okay, it mostly depends on what I can do on the island… My final answer would be YouTube; I can easily laze around and watch videos all day.

9. What are you working on now?

I’m working on a brownish-tan colored hat that I’ve yet to decide what goes on beyond the brim. I like making my own pattern as I go along.

10. What’s next on your list of projects?

Maybe another hat or a pair of legwarmers. Stay tune 😉

 

My 10 Questions for my nominees:

  1. If you could do only one thing all day, what would it be?
  2. What is your favorite go-to movie or book? If you don’t have one, what kind of movie or book do you feel like watching right now?
  3. What’s your favorite kind of weather and why?
  4. What are four words that describe you best?
  5. What is the best meal/food item you can make?
  6. Do you have any special talents?
  7. What are your favorite color combinations?
  8. What’s the most interesting gift you’ve ever received?
  9. How do you greet people (a word, nod, handshake, etc.)?
  10. What is one invention you can’t live without?

 

My nominees:

Lavender and Olive She has great knits, especially scarfs and cowls, and there’s food involved! What more can you ask for?

Strikkelysten – She makes wonderful dishcloths, and she’s living the dream in Rome!

The Sock Monkey – He knits the most beautiful socks I have ever seen. “Such beautiful socks,” as I like to call them. I admire anyone who makes socks because it’s the one thing I cannot do and because I love wearing socks.

The Twisted Yarn – All things knitting, crocheting, and life. Enough said.

Right here is where I’m breaking the rules.

Why?

I have a thing about bothering people on their own blogs. You can tell that I’m new to this community. I like having people bother me though, just not the other way around, so I’m not going to notify my nominees like I’m supposed to (shh!), but I would like to recognize them. Their names are linked, so you should go check them out (if you haven’t already)!

Along the same lines, this award is a great way to reach and connect with bloggers, so I don’t think it should be limited to just the nominees. I would love to hear more about you, so if you want to answer these questions on your blog or in the comments, go right ahead!

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

 

Knit in Progress: Gold Infinity Scarf

DSC_0255My favorite things to wear are infinity scarves. They’re so convenient to loop around your neck as you head out the door. This is why my newest project is—wait for it—an infinity scarf!

I really have no idea where it’ll go. Thrilling isn’t it? The prospect of the unknown or as I like to call it the “art of winging it.” It’s what I’m good at.

So all I know is that I’m knitting it with 100% acrylic yarn from Simply Soft Caron and that it’s two hundred stitches in length. I’m using 24-inch circular needles, so I won’t have to bind/join two ends together (if you know what the heck I’m talking about. Don’t worry about it if you don’t.), which means that each row is very long. Hence my goal is to knit at least one round per day, I don’t know how wide it’s going to be, but I’ll finish it in thirty days at most (if all goes well).

A whole month for a scarf? No, it’ll probably take less because I’m highly motivated right now and have been averaging at three rows per day. I know I won’t be keeping this up though because my upcoming week is booked.

Like I said, I’m winging it as I go along, which is normal when I’m designing my own projects. I’m not sure if this is the norm for other knitters, but it is for me.

Right now, it’s my third day, and I’m feeling pretty good about my progress because I have exams coming up, which means I get to knit! Okay, so I try to use my time wisely to study, but one of my classes involves memorizing concepts, and what’s better than memorizing information than while knitting?DSC_0263

So this is my attempt in making an infinity (or circular) scarf. It will most likely have eyelets/lace because I’m a huge fan, but that’s all I know for now. It might be a fail or it might be a hit (yeah, a one-hit-wonder…), who knows? For now, I’ll just keep on knitting.