Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Little Bit of This... A Little Bit of That...

I have started to work on a simple shawl for my ill Grammie. I wanted something that wouldn't be a complex design so that it would both work up quickly and be something functional that I know she'd wear. (If it wasn't functional, she'd undoubtedly hang it up and look at it.) So I choose La La's Simple Shawl pattern in Farmhouse Yarns Cotton Blossom Yarn in Tangerine colorway to make this a cheery, functional shawl that will feel as though she's wrapped in a blanket every time she puts it on.

I completed and have started a second Seedless Watermelon Washcloth in Crystal Palace Yarns Cotton Chenille. (Colors: Bougainvillea, Bleached, Fern, and Christmas. I also have the black to make seeds but I couldn't get the seeds to look right, so I omitted them.) Pattern by Susan B. Anderson. As you can see, my washcloth is a little stretched out. That is because the second I finished weaving in the ends, DD snatched it up and used it in the bath! Love this pattern! Very simple, fast, and cute! I may knit a few more of these to give out with my watermelon sugar scrubs!
These are some improvised patriotic granny squares I'm crocheting for my DS (whose birthday is on the 4th of July). I'm using Vanna's Choice Yarn in Navy, Cranberry, and Beige.

I got these AWESOME KnitPro Symfonie Wood Single Ended Crochet Hooks (sizes 3.50mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 6.00mm, & 8.00mm) from Woolstack on Ebay. (Unfortunately, these aren't available in the US, so I bought them on Ebay.) They're GORGEOUS! If you like KnitPicks Harmony knitting needles, then you will like these hooks!

I liked those so much, I went back to the same vendor and bought the KnitPro Symfonie Wood Double Ended Crochet Hooks. Each end is a different size! (Sizes: 3.00mm, 3.50mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 5.50mm, 6.00mm, 6.50mm, 7.00mm, 8.00mm)

I'm hopeful that I will continue to work on finishing these and the many other projects I have going on! At least I have some beautiful tools to keep me going! :)


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5 comments:

  1. Lovely knitting. I think you should make a big watermelon rug. I think it would be amazing.

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  2. Love the shawl pattern! Much less complicated than the one I'm working on right now! Your Grammie will love having a handmade-with-love hug everytime she uses it.

    Your watermelon is cute too, but those patriotic grannies are just fabulous! You just can't go wrong with red, white and blue! I love Vanna's yarn too. Nice!

    MGM

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  3. Thank you so much for giving me the link on Twitter today.
    I'm going to whip out some yarn stash and make it for an elderly woman here in town who makes me smile whenever I see her and who I think could use a knitted "hug".

    I love the crochet needles, and the watermelon washcloth pretty cool.

    Patriotic grannies are great too, which reminds me I need to finish a blanket I started ions ago!

    Hope this finds you and yours well!

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  4. You are an ambitious knitter & crocheter! I always choose such simple projects. You keep me intrigued.

    Keep on creating!

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  5. The shawl looks wonderful! Great color choice, too. The pattern looks similar (the spine yo's) to the cape I did for my 3 year old.
    http://handyhooker.blogspot.com/2009/07/orange-and-black-cape.html

    Love the watermelon dishcloth and the granny squares look great.

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