Yes – today is I love yarn day. Doesn’t that mean I should have bought some yarn? I didn’t – but then there’s still several hours left in the day. 😉 I just adjusted my tallies and added to the yarn stash page a new photo of a finished project. So, I have now knit 700+ yards more than I have purchased. The “knit” tally just counts finished projects, not those in the works in various stages (there are a lot in the “various stages” of completion category).
This week I finished the last of my Loopy Academy knitting projects for Sophomore Semester 1.
Each side of the pillow has a different design. I used the Decorative Pillow Cases pattern. Both are intarsia patterns – which is just short rows but no wraps or wraps to pick up.
I like the patterns, and it was my first intarsia which went pretty well, but I did make a change to the side of the pillow that looks like a flower. The pattern said to make only 12 petals but that was not looking right when I tried sewing the end together so I made 13 petals which seemed to match better the 13 blades on the blue pillow and make them the same size.
I had such a fat 22″ down pillow form that I had to add a little to each side of the pillow. since the inside circle of the pillows is closed up with single crochets, the slipped knit stitches around the outside edge of the pillow were perfect to single crochet in. I added two rounds of SC in the respective background colors for each side of the pillow and then one round of SC on each side using the off white yarn. Then just slipped stitched it shut with the crochet hook.
Clover Wonder Clips which I use for holding quilt binding while hand sewing are also a perfect knitter’s tool. They are great for holding pieces of sweaters, etc. together while seaming. They also worked great to clip the two sides of the pillow around the pillow form so I could slip stitch it shut while on the pillow form.
As I was finishing up sewing the pillow I happened across a popcorn stitch flower pattern that I thought might look great in the center of the pillow rather than just the brown circle there. It was the perfect accent to the pillow. All that crocheting did remind me why I don’t crochet anymore tho. Boy it is hard on my hands, but even more so my wrists. I’m glad that project is done.
The back is nearly done on my Pooling Experiment sweater made from my Loopy Legends Denise’s Gannets yarn. First major pooling at the bottom is where the waist shaping stitches are and then again above the armholes. I’m just letting it pool at will. And while there are those “oh the horror your yarn is pooling” group of knitters – I’m not one of them. Sure some things I don’t want to pool and I will take steps to avoid it but this sweater is my “toss on with jeans” sweater and since jeans are my weekend attire and not office attire – a comfy sweater with pooly splotches is just fine with me. It will be interesting to see how the front differs in pooling from the back and what the sleeves will do. (Don’t you love my bright green Loopy Ewe bag – it’s a great project bag.)
This week my order of purse closures also arrived. There’s two Mickey Mouse type closures and then two others. I love the coppery color of the one Mickey Mouse closure. So I’m anxious to get started on one of these little purses.