Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

I have been commissioned. My five year old brother has asked me to make him a hat. He saw me working on some secret Christmas knitting today, and decided he needed socks with construction trucks knitted into them. After I told him that that was probably too hard, he settled on a hat. With a gigantic mass excavator on the front.
I'm thinking graphs, I'm thinking multiple colors, I'm thinking DIY pattern, I'm thinking billions of ends to weave into my little boy's hat. I'm thinking bedtime.




I finally got around to blocking some of my current projects a couple of days ago. I suppose I'm slightly more enthusiastic about working on them now.

folded over

flap open

This is a purse that I've been working on (or more accurately, not working on) for some time. I don't have a pattern, and I think that's been keeping me from making progress. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do next. I think I'm going to add interfacing, lining, and a pocket to the inside, though I'm not really sure how to go about that. As for the strap, I've got a long strip of garter stitch, but now I'm thinking I'll double it and sew it to itself for added strength. I'd also really like to get a strap adjuster, but I haven't had a lot of luck in finding one.

This is my Punk Rock Backpack from SNB. It's turning out...mediocrely, if I may say so. Doing the intarsia was a learning experience. I have many more ends hanging in the back than I should have, which terrifies me. Also, I'm not skilled at weaving in ends, and that also terrifies me. Add to that that I don't care for the bunny design, I should have used smaller needles, and all of the pieces I knit after the bunny are much too large, and you get a heaping load of non-enthusiasm for this project. C'est la vie. I will say, on a more optimistic note, I was pleased with how the bunny itself turned out.

P.S. I would just like to add that none of these pictures represent the actual items all too well...besides it being dark outside when I took them, I sort of botched them before posting them in a vain attempt to save space. Maybe later I'll get around to posting better pictures, but really I'll probably wait until I finish these to do them true justice.


Completed: Panta

I have been disallowed by my husband to post a picture of myself actually wearing this item, so here it is sitting limp and lifeless post-blocking.

it looks better on

Pattern: Available on Craftster.
Yarn: KnitPicks' Wool of the Andes in Mulled Wine . I used probably less than half of one skein and a quarter of another (I used leftovers).
Needles: US size 6 Addi Turbo circulars.

Oh, how I love the satisfaction of finishing. This project was nice and quick--a good break from all of the other more intimidating (to me, at any rate) projects I have going right now. The only problems I have with it are that I steam-blocked it (I told myself I did it to keep the edges from curling, but really it was just an excuse to try the new method), which I think may have expanded it some, and definitely flattened the raised knitted columns a little. And I'm not too thrilled with the seaming job, as usual. But all in all I like it alright.

I leave you with this:

blurry, yes, but oh the colors

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