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Crafts > Green Waves Cardi

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I started this project because I had an upcoming short trip to San Francisco and I needed to knit on the plane, in the airport, and while waiting in general. All my other projects at the time were large and cumbersome, so I was looking for something that would take up little space with the yarn I needed. Not too long before that, I found some yarn that I somehow neglected to add to my Ravelry stash, but it was gorgeous and soft and just asking to be knit with. And I only had three skeins of it, so it was perfect to take with me on a trip. I did some research and found the perfect item for the amount of yarn I had: a top-down sleeveless cardigan. So it was settled: I had the yarn, the design, and the needles. I wound the yarn into balls and was ready for the trip.

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Crafts > Arm Knit Scarf

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The idea for this scarf materialized from seeing one my managers at work sporting a cool-looking arm-knit scarf one day and my brain going “I have to make one of those!” So one night, when I was sick with a bad cough and couldn’t fall asleep, I found the chunkiest yarn I had (leftovers from the Chunky Cabled Vest) and learned to arm knit. It looked easy – you just use your hands as needles, right? So I cast one and even knit a row easily. But what then? I couldn’t turn my right arm to the left side so I could knit the next row. So I tried pulling all the stitches off and moving them to the left arm, but that was just cumbersome.

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Crafts > Fluffy Fingerless Gloves

fluffygloves 550x387 Fluffy Fingerless Gloves

When my son was younger, I made these cute little leg warmers for him from a llama and silk blend yarn that were so soft, fluffy, and warm. Needless to say, he outgrew them fairly quickly, but the yarn was beautiful and expensive, so they just gathered dust in storage because I didn’t want to throw them out and didn’t know what else to use the yarn for. Then during a closet purge, I found them again and pulled them up on my arms. And I realized they were the perfect fit. I thought about using them as wrist warmers, but I still had a skein or so left, so I thought I would use up the yarn and make them into fingerless gloves since my old ones were becoming a bit dingy.

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Crafts > Green Monster Slippers

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I came across a picture of tiny crochet monster slippers on Pinterest, and faced the same conundrum as the lady who reverse engineered them. It didn’t bring me any closer to a pattern though, so I decided to make my own, like she did. I found some green scrap yarn and got to work. My son was so excited that he kept wanting to wear them everywhere, so I actually made another pair in red. Now he just wears them when it’s too cold for just socks. at home.

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Crafts > Meandering Vines Cowl

DSC04831a 550x459 Meandering Vines Cowl

There is a long story behind this cowl, but let’s start with the yarn. I bought the yarn a long time ago without thinking much about what I will do with it (as I did with much of my yarn), mostly because I liked the softness and the color. Almost two years before I even started on the cowl, I made legwarmers from this yarn and learned three things from that process: 1. this yarn knits into a beautifully soft garment, 2. but it is very painful to knit with (the silkiness, the strands that come apart during the purl, the horrid pain that is the yarn over with the combination of the previous two factors), and 3. to say this yarn was wrong for the application is an understatement. No matter how tightly I knit, it just wouldn’t stay up on my legs, even when I used tights. So I took all that apart, bought new yarn for the legwarmers, and left this yarn until I found something to use it for.

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