Saturday, May 28, 2022

Memories of Table Mountain

Pattern: none; from my head

Started: May 19, 2022

Finished: May 28, 2022

Made for: Thunderbird HC/ photo-tutorial sample

Yarn: Bernat Premium (100% acrylic; 
  • ??g of "Sky Blue" = ???yds
  • ??g of "Fresh Green" = ???yds
Total yardage: 

Needle/Hook size: 3.75mm/US 5 and a 3.5mm/US 4 hook for the cast-on

Notes & Photos:
May 11: The T-birds are taking us to South Africa for their House Challenge this year. In specific, to Table Mountain and Cape Town. I have no clue what to do for this.

May 12: Using my old fallback - I've come up with a double-knit chart with the silhouette of Table Mountain (and its attendant mountains) on one side and abstract waves on the other. I'll knit it in blue and green. Anyway! Here's my reference photo of Table Mountain:

May 19: I think it's about time to get this started!

May 28: And now it's done 😊 I think it turned out pretty good. A knitted postcard as it were.

New Found Weather

 A satellite photo of the island of Newfoundland.

Pattern: Iona by Lucy Hague (link to Pattern Page on her website)

Knitting Started: January 18, 2021

Finished: May 28, 2022

Made for: Síle aka me

Yarns: Bernat Premium (100% acrylic; 360yds = 198g)
  • 63.6 g of "Fresh Green" = 115.6 yds
  • 54g of "58541 Sky Blue" = 98.2 yds
  • 31g of "58556 Iced Aqua" = 56.4 yds
  • 16g of "Pink" and "Natural" = 29.1 yds 
Total yardage (so far): 299.3 yds

Needle size: 4.0mm/ US 6

Notes & photos:
May 20, 2020: Iona's an island and so is Newfoundland, so this isn't that much of a stretch, is it?

Here's my plan: 
I'm going to the squares representing the daily weather where I live. I'll use temperature rangesof 5°C. The daily high will be the knot color. The daily low will be the background color. If those numbers fall in the same range, I'll use a decided upon neutral for the knot.

Temps in Celsius (color code from spreadsheet) yarn color
below -20 (K) ---
-19 to -15 (J) Pink/Natural
-14 to -10 (I) Iced Aqua
-9 to -5 (H) Fresh Green
-4 to 0 (G) Sky Blue
1 to 5 (F)
6 to 10 (E)
11 to 15 (D)
16 to 20 (C)
21 to 25 (B)
26 and above (A) 
high & low in same range (knot): gray
spacing squares: gray knots on black squares

first tally conducted Sept 4, covering dates Jan 1 to Sept 3
Note: according to the pattern, it takes 30 yds of knot color and 26 yds of background color to make a square using fingering weight yarn

Sept. 4, 2020: One thing I notice with this pattern: the start with the 1-into-7 is really tight, so going to need larger needles than normal for the yarn weight for at least the first 3 rnds, so 6 knitted rnds (3 charted + 3 set-up); maybe the whole thing needs to be done on larger needles? 🤔

Ok, so looking over other projects has given me some really good tips, keeping the 1-into-7 loose being the major one; also pointy needles are good. And I notice that one needle size up from the recommended is standard, so I'll give it a whirl with 3.5mm dpns. Jan 1 had a high in F and a low in H so I'll need to sort out my colors and then do a swatch/test square. 366 squares is going to be a task and a half! lol

That's my other thing to figure out: dimensions/placement of squares. What is a good way to place 366 squares?? -> I have come up with the idea to use black squares with gray knots as "month breaks" and filler pieces along the bottom. This gives me an arrangement of 12 squares x 32; so 384 total. Yikes! lol I do go for the darndest things, don't I? Now to locate a washable yarn with a minimum range of 11 visibly different colors + gray and black (I'm envisioning the gray as a lighter/silvery shade so it contrasts nicely with everything. 

Sept. 5, 2020: After boggling my mind with yardage yesterday, and the year not being over, I wonder if I could maybe do a weekly average square instead; figure out the average high and low for every 7 days, and make squares accordingly. Time to play with my spreadsheet.

Ok, much better. A total of 63 squares 😊 7x9 squares; right now that's 15 balls of yarn. Time to check colors.

January 17, 2021: Finally getting around to starting this. I decided to go with the 7 day average high & low square. As I'll be using worsted weight yarn, the squares will be quite large so 7x9 squares should be a good size.

spacing squares - 10
January 1-7: -1/-7 = G/H (Jan 18-19) (G = (18.15g) 33 yds; H = (16.99g) 30.9 yds)
January 8-14: -2/-14 = G/I (Feb 6-7) (G = (17.875g) 32.5 yds; I = (16.01g) 29.1 yds)
January 15-21: -5/-16 = H/J (April 17) (H = (18g) 32.7 yds; J = (16g) 29.1 yds)
January 22-28: -1/-13 = G/I (April 19-20) (G = (18g) 32.7 yds; I = (15g) 27.3 yds) 
Jan 29-Feb 4: -1/-10 = G/I
February 5-11: -2/-10 = G/I
February 12-18: -4/-14 = G/I
February 19-25: 0/-13 = G/I
Feb 26-March 3: -1/-10 = G/I
March 4-10: -1/-10 = G/I
March 11-17: 0/-10 = G/I
March 18-24: 2/-9 = F/H
March 25-31: 2/-4 = F/G
April 1-7: 3/-3 = F/G
April 8-14: 6/-3 = E/G
April 15-21: 5/-4 = F/G
April 22-28: 7/-3 = E/G
April 29-May 5: 9/0 = E/G
May 6-12: 8/0 = E/G
May 13-19: 7/-1 = E/G
May 20-26: 16/0 = C/G
May 27-June 2: 19/8 = C/E
June 3-9: 14/6 = D/E
June 10-16: 19/5 = C/E
June 17-23: 20/8 = C/E
June 24-30: 24/14 = B/D
July 1-7: 18/7 = C/E
July 8-14: 21/10 = B/E
July 15-21: 23/9 = B/E
July 22-28: 23/12 = B/D
July 29-Aug 4: 21/12 = B/D
August 5-11: 28/14 = A/D
August 12-18: 24/11 = B/D
August 19-25: 23/11 = B/D
Aug 26-Sept 1: 18/8 = C/E
September 2-8: 22/10 = B/E
September 9-15: 19/7 = C/E
September 16-22: 15/4 = D/F
September 23-29: 20/9 = C/E
Sept 30-Oct 6: 17/8 = C/E
October 7-13: 13/2 = D/F
October 14-20: 16/5 = C/F
October 21-27: 10/0 = E/G
Oct 28-Nov 3: 6/-2 = E/G
November 4-10: 6/-3 = E/G
November 11-17: 8/0 = E/G
November 18-24: 5/-5 = F/H
Nov 25-Dec 1: 5/-2 = F/G
December 2-8: 9/2 = E/F
December 9-15: 1/-3 = F/G
December 16-22: 2/-5 = F/H
December 23-29: 5/-4 = F/G
December 30 & 31: 2/-7 = F/H

This means I don't need color K, and only small amounts of A and J, but wowzers do I ever need F and G! We spent a lot of time with temps between -4 & +5 in 2020. When a square is knit I will remove the bolding and add a photo... that would be a lot of photos. Hmm, will have to rethink that part.

Jan. 18, 2021: first square just before switching to a circ
An in progress blanket square on a set of double pointed needles. It has a blue cable knit knotwork on a mixed blue and green background.

Jan. 19, 2021: Too late to be included in the SDW for January but I'll be ready for February's!
Woot! One down, 62 to go! I really like it though. After the first 3-4 rnds it becomes much less tricky and settles into an enjoyable cable knit. I always thought the cables were on a bed of reverse stockinette, but it's actually garter st, which gives a lovely squishiness to the piece.
Completed square with blue cable knit knot and blended blue and bright green background.

Feb. 5, 2021: Square Dance Weekend is here again 😊 I'm hoping to catch up a bit with my squares. Hmm, I'm 4 behind, 3 of which are G/I, as is this week's square. The other is H/J; the only bit of J I need to use in he entire project too. Ok, let's see where I get to this weekend...

Feb. 7, 2021: Dang, only managed 1 square and I don't think I'll get a second one in before SDW ends. 
Another completed square; this one has a cable knit knotwork in blue and the background is a blend of blue and a minty green.

April 16, 2021: SDW returns! And hopefully a third square for this project! Onwards!

April 17, 2021: Finished the third square :)
A finished square with a green cabled knotwork motif and a blended pink and green background at the center, and a blended green and cream background about halfway to the edge.

April 20, 2021: This one was 8 rnds and the cast off shy of counting for the April SDW; oh well, I still have twice the number of squares done compared to Friday. Almost done with January! Only 3 months late lol
Two finished squares balanced on the photographer's lap. On the left is the previous square from the last photo, and on the right is one knit in with a blue cabled knotwork motif, and a blended blue and mint background.

September 9, 2021: I'm so far behind on this. I love the squares but the project needs to be in timeout until I'm caught up with other things.

May 28, 2022: Being honest here, I'm not going to finish this sadly. I will revisit the temperature blanket concept at some point, I'm sure. But this project needs to be declared done or frogged because it's not going anywhere.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Ode to a Countess

Irish dancer Jean Butler onstage in a production of Riverdance. She is wearing the iconic royal blue off the shoulder dress for the Countess Cathleen/Women of the Shee number which is the inspiration for this pattern and project.
Pattern: Countess Cathleen by Síle Maureen (no link yet; this is my sample. As soon as I publish it, I will edit this)

Started: March 25, 2022

Finished: 2025? lol

Made for: Síle aka Me/ design sample/ also my Year 2 Divination project for Ilvermorny 

Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage (100% wool; 215yds/196m = 113g)
  • 2 hanks/ 235g of "Bergy Blue (custom color for Cast On! Cast Off! in St. John's) lot 903" (started with ~1017g (9hanks); ended with ???g) = 447.1 yds 
Gauge: in Moss stitch 22sts & 28 rows = 4"/10cm

Needle size: 5.0mm/ US 8

Hook size: 4.5mm/US 7 (used for provisional cast-on only)

Notes & Photos:
January 22: Setting this up and hopefully getting started soon. I made the decision to use the B&L H I bought a few years ago (to make Morning Ramble) to finally get my ode to Jean Butler, Riverdance, and the most iconic slip jig ever danced made. Plus I love the color and really want to wrap myself in the woolly fabulousness of it. 

I knit a swatch last summer/fall and it reawakened my dream of this pattern: a hooded cloak with Star stitch edgings, a cable panel running all the way down the back, triangular Moss stitch sections separated by braid cables, and knotwork motifs based on the wide center panel at the bottom of each triangular section. All in a bright yummy blue. There will be i-cord/wooden toggle closures at the neck. Something warm and practical that could've been worn in the mists of time, in an enchanted, not quite real color. I digress!

I'll also be declaring this as my Yr 2 Divination project at Ilvermorny; Declaration can be found here: Wand-dancing 

March 25: My charts are done other than the little tweeks I do as I knit. I'm figuring out the hood shaping today. I casted on 34sts (cable panel has 32sts; added one on each side for picking up sts along the edges), and have worked almost 4 reps of the row rep (16rows to a rep). I want roughly 10" before I start adding in the sides. My idea is to run the cable panel from the top of the hood, and right down the back to the hemline. Silly me used a size 4.5mm circular though *facepalm* But this also isn't the yarn I'm using for the actual sample. It'll give me a roughly good idea of how to shape (or not to shape) the hood. *(Side note for self: S is intrigued and would like to test the pattern when done)

Here's the hood swatch so far:
An intricately cabled panel in progress being knit in a marled blue wool

March 27: I think I have the hood shaping figured out. I think. I will continue knitting this mock up of it until I'm certain...

March 28: Had to tink back a bit as I didn't like how I picked up the sts on one side. Lol Yes, I am that picky! 😂

later: Ok, this is looking better now. This is the top of the hood, which seems a strange way to start but I'm thinking of it as a deeper bonnet-style with the cable panel "wrapping" the top and back of the head. 
On a circular needle, a long cable panel with stitches picked up along both long sides and continuing on one short side. It resembles a tight upside-down U shape. There are black and white furry feet seen to the right of the panel.

And a "happy Monday" Jakey toes and tail photobomb too :)

April 9: New photo of the hood swatch. It's starting to look like a hood from the side.

I've worked out how to combine the star st borders on the cloak body with the hood too. Even have a chart for it! I think the narrow border of star st will give it a nice polished look where the edges on the hood are a bit "rustic" right now... which could be a design element on another project/design!

April 15: It's time. I want to get the real deal on the needles. Winding the first hank into a ball and have some cotton yarn used as the provisional cast-on already. A photo for the momentous event:
A yarn label reading "Cast On! Cast Off! Saint John's NL Bergy Blue Lot: 903", a circular needle with 13 provisionally cast-on stitches in white and yellow cotton yarn, and a hank of bright aqua blue wool.

And now to wind the wool!

April 16: And the first section is done! I have the star st band started and can now pick up sts along the side for the cable panel. Once the cable panel is long enough then I'll pick up sts along the long sides and continue as I did with my swatch, but including the star st border as well. Three distinct textures in this: the star st squooshiness, the carved cables, and the nubbly moss st. I love it! Oh and the wool is absolutely perfect. Here's my bit of star st:

I need to put the sts from the star st on a bit of yarn to hold them for the time being.

April 17: First rep of the center cable panel is done! :) The top of my hood is coming along nicely:
The star stitch panel from the previous photo is turned on its side with several rows of a cable panel growing from the upper side. The piece is in progress with the circular needle visible in the stitches.

April 18: About halfway or a bit better to the point where I pickup the sts along the cable panel and continue the hood on all 3 sides:
Same as the previous photo but the cable panel is considerably longer.

later (ok technically April 19 at 1:45am NDT): I have all the hood sts on the needle! Small note: The gold markers are to keep the star st border sts separated from the moss st of the hood sides and the white markers are for the inc's at the back of the hood. They also keep the cable panel separated from the moss st. 
Here's how everything looks after row 65 of the hood chart:

The cable on the circular needle is horrible. It doesn't want to straighten out at all. Hopefully the hood sts can wrangle it a bit, especially where the tight corners are until there are a few sets of inc's made. 

I really like how the star st looks as the border. I think it's just different enough from the cable panel and the moss st both to make the cloak interesting but not fussy. At least I hope so!

April 19 (5:37pm NDT): Everything is going perfectly :) This sunlit photo of the work-in-progress looks way more blue than the wool really is; the photo of just the star st panel is the proper color
Another in progress photo: the moss stitch sides are much wider now and the cable panel is longer.

April 25 (5:57pm NDT): The hood is growing :)
The cable panel is longer and the moss stitch sections have definitely expanded from the previous photo.

I like how the back is shaping up. I really wanted to avoid what I think of as "gnome head"; the point that most hoods seem have. It can be cute but in my opinion it has to be longer to look good, not just a point sticking up in the air. Especially on something being sized for teens and adults. My shaping has given a much nicer round back to the hood :)
My left hand supports the hood from underneath. This is the hood looking directly at the back rather than a top view. The cable panel curves downward and hints of the moss stitch are visible at the sides.

May 1 (2:57am NDT): Spent a marathon 7+ hours at the hospital with Sistwerp. So thankful to have had my knitting with me!!! And an extra hank of wool! I ran low on the first ball 3/4 the way through row 100. Using my handy knee swift 😉 I was able to get the second ball wound, and with the help of my waterbottle I was able to safely wet splice the two ends and keep knitting. (*Note: the knitting and remainder of ball 2 weighs 243g; The needle weighs about 9g so the combined weight of the wool and knitted fabric is roughly 235g  leaving me to guess the balls of wool are each 117.5g) Knee swift in action photo:
An opened hank of wool lays across the legs of the photographer while they hold a partially wound ball in their left hand. There's a strand of wool from the hank leading to the ball.

And now for one of the hood now that we've been home for about 2 hours:
The hood laid flat on its side. The right side is shown with the back curve to the left of the photo and the star st border on the right side of the photo. The various textures of the hood are very clear.

There's only 2 more increase rows (with 3 plain rows between them and 3 rows from the point I'm at now to the first one) left and then the hood is worked straight until it's time to decrease (sharply) to the number of sts needed to start working the body of the cloak. I have the straight section in my notes as 7"; that may change as I wasn't 100% sure how oversized I want the hood to be. I wanted it to drape but not be comical looking. 

Here's an idea of the drape so far:
Síle in a selfie: she is "wearing" the hood and her head is turned to her left to show the length of the hood relative to her head and neck. The hood is still on the circular knitting needle and the ends poke out at the front corners on the hood's border. The hood is almost long enough to hide her ears; the tip of her right ear lobe is just visible in the photo.

I'm thinking 7" is going to be way too much now. Maybe only 3-4" is a better idea? There will be more try-ons!! But first I must sleep 😴😴😴😴

May 10: I've finished the hood! Took a bit longer than expected but I have the decreases figured out, knit, and the first row of the cloak body done 😊 Photos!

This one was taken while working the first row of the cloak's body.

And this one is with the entire hood decrease/cloak body start row section (2 rows!) done. Whew! And all my markers are now in place to continue.

I should add I'm still on the second ball of wool; it's a lot smaller than before but I haven't had to splice in the third one yet.

May 11: Starting hank 3 (114g) on row 8 of the body; very close to the beginning of the row (less than 1/4 the way through it). Going so good 😊 

May 17: Time for a few pics! How everything is looking together:

And looking a bit closer at what's done on the body:

And a bit closer still:

I'm hoping once it's longer the stitch patterns will be clearer. Braid cables separating moss stitch triangular sections is the basis for the body.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Staff Meeting

Pattern: Aria Blanket by Lucy at Attic24 (link to pattern on blog)

Started: September 10, 2021


Made for: Síle aka Me (kit was a surprise gift from Sonia)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic; 322yds/295m = 100g)
  • ??g of "1852 Apple" (dyelot: 3135; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1082 Bluebell" (dyelot: 3452; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1432 Wisteria" (dyelot: 9915; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1725 Sage" (dyelot: 3406; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1828 Boysenberry" (dyelot: 3299; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1277 Violet" (dyelot: 2985; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1712 Lime" (dyelot: 3632; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1083 Pomegranate" (dyelot: 2972; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1019 Cloud Blue" (dyelot: 3440; started with 103g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1855 Proper Purple" (dyelot: 3412; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of"1841 Cornish Blue" (dyelot: 3237; started with 104g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1723 Tomato" (dyelot: 3404; started with 105g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1842 Spearmint" (dyelot: 2934; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of  "1822 Pistachio" (dyelot: 3131; started with 100g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1709 Gold" (dyelot: 3289; started with 106g; finished with xg) = ??g
Hook size: 3.0mm/US 2.5??

Notes & Photos:
Sept. 10: Hurricane Larry is on its way to Newfoundland! I need a semi-mindless project. Plus it's Square Dance Weekend at Ilvermorny. AND on top of that this lovely kit arrived yesterday; a complete and utter surprise from S :) 

Oh! And K (aka Roomie Sis) is in St. John's!! I'm here with the cats, alone. Actually it isn't too bad so far. I have extra water in the fridge, plus in the bathtub. I have candles and my devices are charged in case of an outage. And I have food that doesn't require electricity to prepare/eat. I've got this. 

And this lovely blanket kit! The yarn is sooooo soft! I would've sworn it is merino. Seriously; excellent quality. And the colors!! Oh my, you have to see the variety of colors! It's a bag of rainbows! Here's the two photos I took before I started weighing the skeins:
7 100g skeins of various colors of yarn: dark moss green, bright dark pink, moss green, light blue, blue-purple, and rust.

8 100g skeins of yarn in the following colors: purple, dark aqua, dark lavender, orange, light lavender, teal, raspberry pink, and lime green.

Aren't they glorious?? I love color lol Ok, enough fawning over the yarn, it`s time to start. It`s recommended to make a gauge square to keep to a size (4 inches or less) that you won't run out of yarn. The recommended hook is a 4.0mm, and since I'm not familiar with this yarn that's what I'm starting with.

Later: Um, well 4.0mm is not going to work. My square is 4.5 inches across instead of only 4 inches (or less!). So, going to re-do this with my 3.5mm hook. The mis-sized square:
A green granny square with a short ruler over it, showing the square is a smidge over 4.5 inches wide.

Later (11:06pm): Closer but I still haven't got the cigar!!!! Oh my. Going down to 3.0mm! (My 3.25mm hook is mysteriously AWOL. I'm not even sure where it could be) And as always the mis-sized square:
A green granny square with a clear ruler over it, showing that the square measures 4.25 inches.

Later (Sept 11 - 12:47am):  Got it this time! Now I can start the actual pattern, finally lol. Here's my final swatch:
A green granny square with a clear ruler over it, showing it is 3.75 inches wide.

On to the actual blanket!

Later (Sept 11 - 1:44am): First square done :) From inside out, Apple, Bluebell, & Wisteria
Granny square: first round is apple (green), second and third rounds are bluebell (blue-purple), fourth and fifth rounds are wisteria (light lavender).

This is going much better :)

Later (Sept 11 - 4:03am): And that's another finished :) Square 2 is Sage, Boysenberry, & Violet:
The previously shown square is on the left of a pair of joined granny squares. The one on the right is (center to outer) 1 round of sage, 2 rounds of boysenberry (raspberry pink), & 2 rounds of violet (dark lavender).

Later (Sept 11 - 5:31am): I've added another square (which I think matches me with C in our little Staff make-along). I have a rhythm going with the pieces although I still need to check the instructions for the joining section. Square 3 is colors lime, pomegranate, & boysenberry. Here's the third square all joined up to the first two:
3 joined granny squares, the first 2 already described above, The furthermost one on the right consists of (center to outer rounds) 1 round of lime (dark moss), 2 rounds of pomegranate (dark pink), and 2 rounds of boysenberry (raspberry pink).

The blanket is 12 squares across and 12 down; 144 squares total. This could take awhile lol

Sept. 12: I've made and joined 3 more squares :) The first one s cloud blue, bluebell & proper purple. The second is violet, cloud blue & bluebell. The third is apple, proper purple & wisteria. And here's a photo of all 6 currently complete squares:
The 6 joined granny squares. They are in a straight line.

Oct. 15: Square Dance Weekend has returned! I have my first square underway; how many will this weekend see? We'll find out! (Pomegranate & Cornish blue in the following photo: )  
An in progress granny square. The center round is a bright midtone pink, and the second and  start of the third rounds are with a greyish blue.

Oct. 18: I have 24 squares done now! 2 full rows! 18 done this SDW! :) Crappy weather is a great reason to stay in and stitch. Here's what the blanket is looking like now:
Two rows of 12 squares. The strip is arranged bottom left to top right of the frame.

Nov. 19: The return of SDW, and it's a rainy ol' day :) Guess I'll just have to hunker down and get my "Meeting" underway ;)

Nov. 21: 6 squares for this dance :) 
2 and a half rows of multicoloured granny squares. The full rows have 12 squares in them.

Now to get some progress on a few other projects so I can make check-ins on them without rushing to get new photos.

Dec. 4: 1 square for this month's dance. Too many other things need finishing this month, plus tonight's my speculaas baking night :)
A granny square in, from center, orangey-red, blue, and lime. There are other squares around it not in focus.

Jan. 9/22: We've decided to have a weekly check in during our Friday Zoom chats where we'll each send the other two a photo of the last square we completed. This might motivate us to work on our blankets more often. So tonight I did 2 more squares, bringing me to 33/144. 3 more and I'm a quarter done.

Jan. 24/22: Submitted #34 for January SDW. Jakey broke me Saturday; weird crack/grinding sound in my back followed by odd cold breeze feeling in both legs and a lot of pain in 3 spots of my back :( So much for getting back into my heavies this month

Feb. 28/22: Another Square Dance Weekend and 2 more squares done. These are #37 and #38. Somehow I failed to record squares #35 and #36? 🤔 No clue how that happened. Here are 37 & 38:
Two multicoloured granny squares attached to a previous row of squares. The photo is focused on the two new squares so we only see the edges of the previous ones.

March 21/22: Square 39 completed for this month's SDW. Not much but it's progress! Once I get Squish's sweater done I can put some extra time into this.

April 7/22: SDW for April starts tomorrow. My goal is to knock out 9 squares to finish the 4th row off. That's my plan anyway! We'll see how it actually goes...

April 8/22: Nearly done my 1st square of the weekend :) This is square 40
An in-progress granny square with a lavender center, a light yellow-green 2 round stripe, and an orange-gold outer round. The hook can be seen ready to work the final round with the orange-gold yarn.

April 11/22: Woot! Got 9 done to complete row 4 :) That's now 48/144 or one quarter :)

May 16/22: Sadly, sinus pain gave way to a pseudo-migraine and 1 square is all I can manage this weekend. Here's block 49:

Monday, May 2, 2022

Hole-y Cats!

Saoirse by Aoibhe Ní (Link to pattern's page on her website)

Started: May 1, 2022

Finished: May 2, 2022

Made for: Quidditch Match 2

Yarn: Red Heart Roll With It Sparkle (97% acrylic, 3% other fibers; 561yds/513m = 150g)
  • 4g of "E898 9801 Cristal" (started with 147g; ended with 143g) = 14.96yds
Hook Size: 5.0mm/US 8/H

Notes & Photos:
April 26: Setting this up now that the Match has started. Not sure what to do. The challenge this time is to create something with "intentional holes". That screams lace to me. Also filet crochet. So yeah. Time to search my pattern library for something quick that has holes!

May 1: I've decided to make a mini bandana for this match. I think working to row 3 would be good.

May 2: And done already 😊 About 11" from tip to tip and 5 7/8" deep. I would use a larger hook, maybe a 6.0mm, to make the actual shawl.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Les Étoiles de Printemps

Selfie of Síle wearing a mint green handknit star stitch headband.
Pattern: no pattern

Started: April 9, 2022

Finished: April 25, 2022

Made for: M. Flamel's Class on Alchemy & Beautifying the Ordinary/Síle aka Me

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Worsted (60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal; 75 yds = 50g)
  • 27g of "K895 Pistachio" = 40.5yds
Needle Size: 4.5mm/US 7

Notes & Photos:
April 9: I wanted to work a narrow swatch of Star stitch and this cotton was close to hand for a yarn. And then I thought "if I make this long enough it would make a pretty headband." And as the French say: Voilà!
So far:

April 13: Revamped slightly as it was a bit too narrow and prone to rolling. Am working over 13sts now; much better!

April 23: Haven't worked on this much but put in a good couple hours with it while watching a movie this *evening (*by evening I mean after 1am; oops). Should be done before the challenge ends

April 25 (1:27am NDT): Done :) It turned out nicely. Just need photos and to post in the thread :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

She Stitches Seashells by the Seashore

Pattern: Seashell Scrubbie by Aoibhe Ní (link to pattern on

Started: September 28, 2021


Made for: gifts

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter (100% cotton; 573 yds/524m = 340g)
  • ???g of "Anchors Away Ombre" (started with 320g; ended with ???g) = ???yds
Hook size: 5.5mm/US 9-I

Notes & Photos:
Sept 28: After making the first set for the Quidditch match, I was left with a rather large ball of cotton yarn. I figured out I can make 9 more 4 cloth sets (10 including the one here; within-blog link) which I can use for little aside gifts for any ladies I know. I'm specifically thinking K and our shared-wall neighbor; I'm sure I'll think of others. Since they work up quickly and don't required too much concentration I'm confident I'll have them done sometime in Oct or Nov. No real deadline. I can get some ribbon next time we're at Wallyworld to bundle them together.

Oct 1: I made a cloth the other day (Wed?) and 3 tonight during a not-great preseason hockey game. That's 1 set down and 8 to go!

Oct 19: Decided to declare this as my Wandlore: Cores project. My declaration is here: 🐚🐚🐚 

Oct 22: Made 2 more scrubbies while watching ST:TNG reruns. Will take this project with me for my appointment later this morning. I need something to calm my nerves before I get test results. So many nerves right now...

later (2:56pm): Completed one at home before I left for my appointment, then a whole one and nearly a second whole waiting at the hospital for my appointment; I was called in 38 minutes past the time of my appointment. It takes me about 40-45 minutes to make one cloth. Here's the pre-appointment progress:
Two finished cloths and one with the hook in place to finish working the edging round.

With the two made before bed, I have another full set done :) That makes 2 sets for this project; 3 including the set made for Quidditch :) Yay for progress!

Oct 25: Here's a photo of what I have completed so far:
2 sets of 4 cloths each tied with aqua ribbon and 2 separate cloths.

Nov 9: Not a lot of progress on these. Will have to catch up a bit!
An in progress scrubbie next to 2 finished ones and 2 bundles of 4 scrubbies tied with ribbons behind them.

Nov 11 (3:44am): Made up for my lack of progress over here tonight - finished the one in the photo above plus made 4 more! A full set done and 1 cloth shy of a second set done this week :) That will give me 4 sets (5 counting the set from before) and nearly halfway through this project :) Woot!

Nov 15: Finished the scrubbie needed to make up the 4th set :) Need to alternate a bit more between these and Sil's blankie to get everything done on time. My current progress photo:
4 scrubbies, slightly overlapping each other on the left, next to 3 bundled sets tied with aqua ribbons.

Nov 21: Another set done :) That's 5/9. Woot! These are coming along great. And with medical stuff this week, this is probably my most easily portable project.
4 seashell shaped cloths next to a fat crochet hook and a small pair of scissors with orange handles.

Dec 25: The 5 sets I had finished have been gifted so I'm sitting here with a lemon-lime vodka soda drink and am just finishing the first cloth of set number 6. (It's 2:27am; we're still up having stayed up to open our presents lol)

Jan 30/22: Oops. Took a little holiday from these. Or rather from recording them. I had two more finished and one on my hook when I opened the project bag today. That's 6 sets nearly done :) 
3 shells laid overlapping on the right and one with the crochet hook attached being held to the left and above them.

Let's see what I can get done today!

Feb 1/22: 5 completed before I turned to other projects :) 6 of 9 sets finished, and 1/4 of the 7th (Yes, ends need finishing; that's for later)
5 seashell shaped Tunisian crochet cloths.

April 7/22: Taking stock of projects today and where they're at. This should be easy to get back on track and finished. Less than 3 sets left. 

April 12/22: Just made one more scrubbie. This brings me to 6.5 sets finished.
A lone shell shaped scrubbie with its last stitch still on the crochet hook.