Team Spirit

by Natalie on 2/17/2014

in Knitting

Emily’s soccer trainer asked for a scarf.

In our club colors.

He said he is allergic to wool, so I had to hunt for a suitable non-animal-fiber yarn. I asked Amy Singer (of Knitty.com) via Twitter if she had any recommendations, since I know she’s the non-wool-yarn guru!

She suggested Berroco Comfort. It’s 50% superfine Nylon, and 50% superfine Acrylic. It’s very soft & squishy, and even with the weight of the scarf, seems like it won’t stretch too much.

I used the basics of the Hogwarts Scarf pattern.

And then knit & knit & knit. A lot of stockinette later:

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I was happy it was finished! Scarves take forever.

Happy trainer:
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I’ll be seeing my scarf out on the fields a lot this Spring!

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One more Beer Mitt!

by Natalie on 2/15/2014

in Knitting

Sick of these yet?

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One in our soccer club colors.

Necessary for those early Spring tournaments!

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Here a Mitt, There a Mitt

by Natalie on 1/20/2014

in Crafting, Knitting

My annual Knitting Retreat was this past weekend.

I started and finished 3 projects, along with working on a scarf-in-progress.

Just before the retreat, I finished yet another Bengals-themed Beer Mitt.

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During the retreat, I started and finished 3 more.

Black & White:
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I think this must be for an Ohio State fan:
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And one for my Green Bay Packers fan coworker:
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I’m getting a little burned out on these. Since football season is winding down, I think I may be just about done until next year!

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Neglected no more

by Natalie on 1/8/2014

in Crafting, Knitting

Proof I’ve started the second sock!

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Ruffles

by Natalie on 1/1/2014

in Crafting, Knitting

I wanted to do something special with the edging on the baby blanket. Since the main pattern is very basic, I thought it needed a little something to finish it off.

My instincts said to make a ruffled edge.

So once I was on the last ball of yarn, and finished a section, I switched over to the darker color. I increased into every stitch, doubling the stitch count.

[And then I cursed myself for the next 3 rows for taking what was already a ton of stitches and doubling them!]

On the next to last row, I increased 1 of ever 4 stitches again, then bound off.

It made a pretty cute little ruffle.

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Details:
Pattern: Fuss Free Baby Blanket by Louise Tilbrook
Yarn: Rowan Handknit DK Cotton
Needles: US 7, Knit Picks Harmony and Denise Interchangeables
Started: November 25, 2013
Finished: December 30, 2013

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Another Beer Mitt

by Natalie on 12/20/2013

in Crafting, Knitting

These things are popular.

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Got the stadium in the background!

This is the Men’s size. It’s a little tall for cans, but will be fine for bottles. I may adjust the pattern next time so it’s not quite so tall.

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It’s over!

by Natalie on 11/30/2013

in Crafting, Knitting

Yay, NaBloPoMo is over. I think this will be my last one.

Spending my birthday watching my kids play soccer, decorating, and a little knitting.

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New lights

by Natalie on 11/29/2013

in Holidays, House and Home

4 of my 6 strands of tree lights didn’t light this year. So we had to venture out on Black Friday to buy more.

Got 8 strands just in case!

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Let there be light.

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Thanksgiving is over!

by Natalie on 11/28/2013

in Miscellaneous

Tomorrow we swap out the decorations for Christmas.

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Ready to go!

by Natalie on 11/27/2013

in Cooking, Holidays, House and Home

Turkeys done. Pork loin done. Cranberry-apple relish done. Bread for stuffing cubed, and onions & celery chopped. House is clean. Cat and kids are clean. Just furniture arranging, table setting, green bean making, and stuffing making for tomorrow.

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