Knitting Up Some School Spirit

It’s that time of year again.

Time for pumpkin spice lattes, new boots and back to school clothes.

More importantly? It’s football season.

10671394_685314868223738_5945325664563365099_nThe return of the college football season always makes me a bit depressed and homesick. You see, I attended one of the largest universities in the country and football season was kind of a big deal. GO BUCKS! The sounds of the TBDBITL (The Best Damn Band in the Land), the crunch of leaves…and helmets, the cool weather, the smiles and excitement of game day. When I left Ohio for San Diego, a place without a fall, and started working at a uni without a football team, the culture change was a huge shock. One year I got sad went binge shopping for dresses. Now in Texas, I am back in a uni with a huge football tradition and a semi-cool fall. I already had my PSL of the fall, now I need to buy me some new boots.

Then comes the hats. My guy is a huge fan of the Texas Longhorns, which happens to be the arch nemesis of my current college – though they do not play each other anymore (I’m not from here so I don’t get it, I just try to compare it to the distaste that I have for that team from up north (Michigan). Anyway, I spent the weekend knitting him this lovely burnt hat and took this secret photo, hoping my Aggies at work do not disown me! I actually love the color orange and wear it at the office every chance I get, knowing that I will be harassed just a tiny bit. But, I’m a knitter…I can’t help but love all the colors of the rainbow!

This is also a test for a hat I will make for one of my guy’s friends, who is a Kansas State fan, as a thank you for arranging this huge hunting trip/reunion for the guys in their battalion from the Marine Corps. I am designing my own hat for him using Stitchboard, a sweet site where you can take one of your images and upload it to the site where it will make a handy-dandy knitting chart for you. There are lots of sites out on the interwebs where you can do this, and even apps. Has anyone used the apps? I tried to download Jenny’s Knit-O-Matic, but my iPad was out of storage so I have some clean up to do….argh.

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Tag, You’re It!

It’s been a busy back to school week over here, how about you? Im my downtime (which doesn’t really exist) I was able to get another project completed, another easy lace chunky scarf, didn’t I see the pattern was easy and quick? This is a very special gift for my grandma’s birthday, which is this Friday. You see , I realized that the last scarf I made her was almost 10 years ago when I first started to learn how to knit…so that means it’s probably not that cute. And she lives up north where it’s cold and as Game of Thrones tells us, winter is coming.

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While we’re at it let’s talk about gift tags. You can find a lot of premade tags to order online or you can simply attach a cute tag. to your gift to make the wrapping look extra special. I prefer the latter. I’m just not a big fan of tags in my clothes.

Looking for gift tag ideas? Try a simple Pinterest search, there are so many super cute gift tags available for free online or at least template so you can design your own.

I found this tag in a really cute set that you can check out on my Pinterest board, Gifty. Where do you find your tags? Share a pin with me!

Easy Lace Infinity Scarf

I have started my Christmas knitting….and it feels so wrong. Temps in Texas were at a lovely, steamy 102 this weekend so knitting a big chunky scarf may have been the last thing I wanted to do. Unless it were so easy that it can be completed in one day!

IMG_2684.JPGWhile looking for a flexible knit for a scarf, I stumbled upon Infinity Lace Scarf by Louis Chicquette on Ravelry. It is the easiest pattern to remember and created a very interesting pattern on my striped yarn. It almost looks like ripples.

Since finding this pattern, I also frogged another scarf that I was working on and cast-on this pattern again instead. Worked with large needles – for the first scarf I used size 13 and for the next size 15 – this knits very fast on a road trip. Try it!

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Color Affection

Finished pictures!

Well, I gave the Color Affection a good soak in Soak and then realized that I could not find my blocking pins….

Oh bother.

So I hung it up to dry and said “Voila”! I am super happy with the end result and the bright, bold colors.

On to the next project!

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Crap Crocheter

20140806-160020-57620446.jpgWell that didn’t turn out so well. Does anyone else note the lopsided side of my granny square (hint, it is on the right). Gulp.

I really am a crap crocheter. I just don’t have the troubleshooting capabilities in crochet as I do with knit. I am hoping to crochet more so that I become better. It’s a long, bumpy road though, you see.

For Christmas this year, I have decided to make sweet little dishcloths and scrubbers for my grandmother. I have purchased sweet spring colors: purples, light greens and blues and plan to make her a whole set, maybe five or six in total. This was supposed to be the first one, one that looks like a pretty granny square.

I am so not giving my granny that horrid square though!

I think I need to start out with an easier pattern.

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Wrapping Up

20140804-124013-45613836.jpgGuess what?

My Color Affection wrap is all seamed up and ready for soaking in my new knit wash. Yippee! Almost ready to wrap this wrap! (wah, wah..corny jokes).

It is has been a long journey and I am ready to wear this beast! Too bad it is too hot in the middle of the summer…Good job self!

If you will refrain from noticing, I’m not too pleased with those bunchy ends. The reason for this is that I pulled too tightly on those rows where I switched from color to color. According to my knit pal who is way better researched than I (and a way better knitter too!), Ravelry users advised that you should slip your last stitches in order to lessen the pucker-iness of the knit. I was so far along (a.k.a. too low on cares) by the time I heard this advice and I wish I would have done the same! Heed the advice knitters!

I’m hoping the pucker-iness will go away a bit with some good stretching during the blocking process. Now I just have to find a tub large enough to soak it in and a way to keep my cat off of it while it is drying, stabbed to my foam blocking board.

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