WIP Wednesday – Very Pink Sixes and Threes Inspired Knitted Cowl

A few months ago I saw an old post on YouTube that really caught my eye.  I was looking for some ideas to help me work on color changes and incorporating more design into knits.  The video was for an infinity cowl that blends the different colors together in a really nice way.  

The link to the website can be found HERE. Also check out the VeryPink YouTube channel for great tutorials!

I don’t have the knitting pattern so I’m just kind of winging it as I go.  I do like that it helps me work on a few techniques such as circular knitting, jogless stripes, and Kitchener stitch.  I have never tried the Kitchener join so wish me luck!! 

I originally chose USC colors in hopes of wearing it to the basketball game. I didn’t have a chance to work on it so that didn’t happen.  I still want to complete it though.  I’ve been trying to make more time lately to tackle it whenever I can.  The great thing about knitting and crocheting is the ability to take it on the go and work on it more often.  Unlike other crafts, you’re not limited by being at a desk.



I’m having to adjust my cowl as I go because my first color block is too long.  If I make all the blocks the same length, the cowl will be much too big.  Since I’m a fanatic on symmetry and perfection, I’m going to compensate by decreasing the lengths of the striped blocks only.  I think I should’ve cast on less stitches also because it’s about an inch or so wider than I’d prefer.  We’ll see how it turns out!

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Just a quick post to link my blog to Bloglovin.  I had heard of the site before but never really knew what it was until I saw this blog post from chronicleofellen.  I like the idea that you can find blogs from different platforms in one spot, as well as tailoring it to your specific interests.  It’s also a good way for people to follow your blog without having to sign up wordpress.

I tend to get overwhelmed by too many social media sites and I try to stick to the minimum because many of them are basically the same features.  I feel like if I update one status, why should there be five other sites to right the same status?  Why can’t we all just have one site like the good ol’ MySpace days?  I think this one is different though because it reminds me more of a reader space for all of the blog pages so I think I will actually put it to good use!

Till next time!

Nik

WIP Wednesday: Do you have multiple WIP’s?

Like most crafters, I have a couple of projects going on simultaneously.  Sometimes it’s from the boredom of working the same item hour after hour, sometimes creative block forces you to take a break, or if you’re like me, you just have so many different things you want to tackle all at once!

Another reason that I’ve noticed is as simple as giving my body a break.  Working a craft such as knitting for example, tends to use the same muscles constantly, and for each project.  I feel that when I’m starting to feel too tense or tired, switching gears to a different medium helps by engaging different muscles and creative visions.  Anyone else feel the same way?

As of right now, I’ve just been posting finished objects (FO).  I enjoy seeing all of the work in progress (WIP) posts from other bloggers, so I thought maybe I should join the fun.  It’s cool to see the progress from week to week, and give people a sneak peak of what you’re working on.  Many times I tend to finish projects quickly, so this may only happen whenever I’m working on a knitting or crocheting project since those usually take me longe
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This week’s WIP is a knitting project, specifically a beanie.  I’m trying out a sock yarn for the first time and man is is time consuming!  I’img_2687ve never used needles smaller than a size 4 and this yarn requires size 2!  I feel like it takes forever to finish a row.  I’m working it flat instead of in the round because I wanted to use a tubular cast on.  The thought of trying to work the foundation rows in the round with that many stitches made me cringe.  It’s hard to see the stitches because they’re so small, but I LOVE the clean stretchy edge of a tubular cast on. It’s so great for beanies.


 

 

 

I tried to adjust the picture to show the stitch detail, but it ended up altering the color.  I’m using Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight in the color Black.  Since this is the first time testing out this yarn, I think it’s a little too fine for this project.  I think if I were to double up and use two skeins at once, it may have given a more desired thickness.  I’ll just stick with it as is since I’m too lazy to redo the tubular cast on, and I’ll try it as a small swatch before beginning again.

 

Toddler Handknit Camo Beanie with Pom Pom

I’m not a huge fan of the Red Heart Super Saver yarns, but they make a great choice to save money when working on practice pieces.  Nothing is more frustrating than wasting an expensive skein of yarn on a project that comes out less than stellar.

My little nephew is always gone on Army posts, so I was inspired to make a little camo beanie for him.  I happened to have this Super Saver yarn on hand in the color Woodsy Sylvestre.  I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about how the camo pattern was working up, but from a distance, it really shows.  I think what really pulls it together is the pom pom.  I originally chose to leave it off as I’ve never been a big pom pom fan (although they’ve grown on me significantly).  It just gives it that extra level of cuteness I think.

I didn’t have a pattern to reference and I was just creating as I went along, so I’m really pleased that the measurements fit him perfectly!  I was so excited to try out my new pom pom maker as well.  It’s so much better than using a makeshift template or my hand like I used to lol!

Inspiration in an Unlikely Place…

After living in southern California my whole life, I’m a little embarrassed to admit there are so many places and attractions I have yet to explore – including my own city.  In fact, the list of places I have been is probably a billion times shorter.  Well, after 30 years, I FINALLY made it out to the OC Fair last weekend.  I know, I must be kidding right? Sadly, no.  My previous attempt to make it out years ago was a flop, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on all of the legit fair food plastered all over social media every summer. I mean, where else can you walk around munching on a giant turkey leg and stuffing your face with bacon covered everything?
To my surprise, there was an entire building dedicated to various arts and crafts!  I just love seeing what amazing things people create as well as being surrounded by others who share an appreciation for it.  I was so excited when I came across the area dedicated to hand knit and hand crocheted items.  There were all sorts of people sitting around trying out knitting and crocheting and it was like I had wandered into a some crafter’s paradise.  I rarely get a chance to work or be around others who love this kind of thing so I always get a joy seeing others like me.  It’s great to see kids enjoying themselves because it makes me feel reassured that these crafts aren’t dying out anytime soon.  It also proves it’s no longer just a “granny” hobby.

I was so excited to learn this group was more than just random.  It was a Knots of Love booth.  If you haven’t heard of them, they are a group dedicated to donating handmade hats and blankets to patients.  Please click the link above to visit their site to learn more as I am not a part of their organization.  This is something super important to me and have always wanted to do.  Not only would it give me an opportunity to have an outlet (after all, you can only make so much for yourself and your family), but also to spread a bit of love and happiness to let others know that they are cared about.  I never really researched specific groups to participate in, or how exactly to go about donating, etc.  On top of that, there was no way I ever had any free time to actually make the items to donate.  I’m so excited that I now have the time to actively pursue helping by donating my goods to such a great cause!  So, I grabbed one of their pamphlets and I’m ready to get working on some items (and hopefully post some of the progress along the way).  Stay tuned!

The Journey Begins…or continues…

For as long as I can remember, I have always had this undying love for making things.  As a kid, I was always the one staying inside coloring in her new coloring book while the other kids chased each other.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I spent my fair share of freeze tag, playing softball and such, but there was nothing so satisfying as quietly perfecting my shading and outlining techniques with a fresh box of Crayolas.

Obviously, just about any child loves drawing and coloring (which is evident from the one-of-a-kind masterpieces covering the walls around the house from my nieces), but for some, it becomes so much more.  I very soon realized how fascinating it is to see an image completely unfold right before your eyes.  To be able to create something from nothing…to create a tangible expression of the vision in your head is nothing short of exhilarating.  For me, drawing was only the beginning of the creative outlets I would adopt.  Although it still remains my most beloved hobby, I have long since put aside those childhood dreams of working as a Disney animation artist.  Sometimes, life pulls you in directions you never saw and pretty soon, you’re a full-time college student, working nearly full-time at a lousy pizza joint with no time for the things you once loved.  Unfortunately, all too often this is the reality for a lot of us.  It’s okay though, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Every moment has led to wonderful memories and opportunities that have shaped who I am.  I digress.

My first true experience with the handmade world began fairly early.  I can remember watching my mom sit for hours surrounded by various colors of half-used yarn balls, and the clanking together of her aluminum crochet hooks.  I remember all of the dainty little doilies and reusable dishcloths throughout the years.  I’ll never forget how instantly I grew obsessed with practicing.  The repetitive action of stitching, unraveling, stitching, unraveling, there’s something almost therapeutic and meditative in the process.  Although this remained my mom’s preferred craft of choice, I craved to expand further.  I figured, if I can crochet, why can’t I knit?  I made a trip to the craft store and picked up my first set of knitting needles, 1 skein of cheap yarn, and a good ol’ copy of Knitting for Dummies.  Jokes aside, the Dummies series are a great start up tool for those unable to attend any formal lessons/classes.  I was also amazed at the incredible amount of online tutorials and guides that make learning a cinch!

The interest I would later develop for sewing sort of happened by accident.  It wasn’t until some time later (in my mid-20’s) that I realized how cool and how possible it could be to learn.  I think for most of us that aren’t raised learning a specific craft, or have no previous introduction, it appears much more intimidating than it actually is.  I remember having a pair of jeans that were, like most are for us 5’2″ ladies, too long.  Sure, I had previously attempted (successfully) to hem a pair by hand but I thought, “What if I had a machine, could I do it and nobody would tell the difference?” and “What else could I possibly make with it??”  Combine that crafty impulse with an amazing almost 50% off Amazon discount and I became the proud owner of a Brother computerized sewing machine.  Here I was, a brand new fancy-shmancy machine and no idea what I was doing.  Sewing for Dummies to the rescue!  After all, it worked for my knitting, right?  Countless YouTube videos, craft blogs, hours of reading various techniques, project after project and I still have so much more to learn!

It would be impossible to bring this post to a close without touching on my most recent endeavor: paper crafting.  I remember I had first been exposed to the awesomeness that is scrapbooking sometime around my freshman year in college.  I made a few basic attempts but believe me, NOTHING to rave about and certainly should not pop up in a portfolio.  Nevertheless, it sparked this feeling of joy and contentment and that’s when I knew I needed to continue to learn more.  I couldn’t believe the endless possibilities that existed and the variety of ways people could manipulate paper!

Perhaps as equally thrilling as seeing your creation come to life, is the sense that you’re creating something that is one-of-a-kind.  Even with some similarities, there will always be some subtle differences that make each item or piece unique.  That is the beauty of handmade.  It represents passion, sweat, love, drive, and a desire put one’s own individual twist into every project.  Each item carries a small piece of the crafter, a small story that is expressed in every color, every stitch, every aspect.