A Wurm Hat {KCCO/ Yarn Along}

I decided to go ahead and knit myself a Wurm hat next, as it used up some leftover yarn bits I already have. Since I like Zanetta’s Wurm I followed her guidelines for the number of repeats and decreasing. I used size 3 needles and CO (my Rav page) only 88 stitches (instead of 112) because the yarn I used, Hayfield Ibiza in Hessian, held double, is quite stretchy. For the knit stripes I used a miscellaneous blue that I picked up, somewhere, sometime ago. It’s a bit thicker, being worsted weight yarn, and I think it’s likely an acrylic, and maybe cotton, blend.  I was going to do multicolored stripes but I didn’t have any other yarn that would work for this hat. Luckily, the remainder of the blue skein turned out to be just enough.  I do like these two colors together.

Given how chilly it is, inside and out, I skipped blocking and went straight to wearing. I’ll have to remedy that soon.

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Last Autumn Hike Photos

A few days before we started having snow flurries we took a hike around the field. The field is about 7 acres. It provides a decent hike without even entering the woods, which can be a long and arduous hike for short legs. Autumn is on it’s way out. I’m glad to have gotten in another hike before the biting winds persuade us to stick close to home.

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Three {KCCO/Yarn Along}

Out of the blue Ishi requested “knit me hat”. After I was sure that I had heard him right, and wasn’t hearing what I wanted to hear, I asked him what color. “Red” he replied quite confidently. How could I refuse?!

While hats are rather simple I decide to peruse Ravelry for inspiration and a better idea of how many stitches to cast on. Ishi climbed right up to take a look. Then Ezra had to see what we were up to. Soon the air was filled with “I like that one”, “No, that one” from Ezra and “that one”, “that one” from Ishmael. Soon Noah joined in. After narrowing the search parameters a bit and scrolling through many pages of patterns all three of the boys had picked out hats and the yarn to knit them with.

In a personal best, which I doubt I will ever beat, I have completed all three hats for my three boys, in three days at that! It helped that they were all rather small projects and two of them were knit with bulky weight yarn. It really does make progress go so much faster.

the details:

Ishmael choose the Techno Slouch (ravelry pattern page, my page here). In red, of course. I used some leftover Berroco Comfort (worsted) that I had gotten for the Steggie Hoodie (my ravelry page or this post). Using size 9 needles I cast on 80 stitches and followed the pattern as written except I knit 4 inches instead of 7 1/2 after the ribbing and before decreasing.

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Noah was immediately drawn to the mini-gnomey (ravelry pattern page, my Rav page for Noah’s here) because it looked elfish. It’s quite fitting for him too. The mini- gnomey uses size 13 needles with a strand of bulky weight and a strand of worsted weight yarn held together. For Noah’s we choose Cascade Yarn  Baby Alpaca Chunky in monterey bay blue with Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in gray.

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Ezra took the longest in choosing a pattern and changed his mind many, many times. After seeing Noah’s mini-gnomey he decided he wanted one just like it, but camouflaged. I had some leftover Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca grande Glow, a  dark green with a silver shimmer running through it (seen here on Ravelry or this post in the oatmeal pullover), and Cascade Yarn Baby Alpaca Chunky in  Van Dyke brown which looked camouflage-y together. They are both bulky weight, rather than one bulky and one worsted. It doesn’t seem to make much difference.  I didn’t have enough Van Dyke brown for the whole hat so Ezra decided to make the top of the hat the same Cascade Yarn Baby Alpaca Chunky in monterey bay blue we used in Noah’s hat.( Both Cascade Yarns were also used in this Cushy Baby Blanket; Ezra’s hat here on Ravelry). I wasn’t so sure of the color change mid-hat but Ezra loves it.

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Now I must make a hat for struggling_along. Not sure what pattern for his yet. Suggestions anyone? After that I think I’ll need one for me too. I’m thinking perhaps Wurm (Ravelry link). I do so like this one,and it might actually accommodate all my hair, we’ll see…

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Crafting for the Giving Season {KCCO/Yarn Along}

I’ve noticed that even though it isn’t Halloween yet, never mind Thanksgiving, a lot of stores have aisles of Christmas decorations on display. It seems earlier every year. While I don’t understand it I do find it to be a good reminder to get started on crafting gifts for the holidays. This way there’s a chance I might finish them all in time.

Now, for all my friends and relatives this will be a spoiler for somebody. I won’t say who but if you don’t want any clues to what you may be receiving this year then look no further.

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The Prismatic scarf (free pattern on Ravelry)  is great for those multicolored skeins. The colors are high lighted yet not over whelming. The pattern is a fairly simple 12 row repeat. I find a row counter to be a handy way to keep track of where I am between rows. I have a little ways to go yet so the scarf hasn’t been blocked.

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Over the Weekend

 We have made leaps and bounds of progress on the house!

The side of the house that the barn was up against had never been sided; the other three sides were in sore need of new siding.

Here’s before, after the barn was taken down:

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Earlier this summer we had the gas line moved (it wrapped around three sides of the house) and struggling_along pulled away the old siding. There was a lot of patching, replacing and rebuilding. Now we are wrapping the house in new house wrap, adding a layer of insulation and topping it all of with newly treated board siding. While we are not done with all four sides what we have done looks much better and already the drafts are noticeably less.

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(Below is the same side as the before photo above)

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Yesterday we tackled the third side which required removing four huge windows. One was already broken and they were single pane glass so the heat loss through them was significant. My in-laws (struggling_along’s folks) have been journeying up to lend a hand on this massive undertaking. With their help we managed to complete the siding of two sides, remove all the windows and frame up new openings for the slightly smaller replacement windows. These windows will also open so we’ll have better ventilation in the warmer summer months.

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Like all projects the actual doing takes about 3x’s as long as initially thought. Once we got into it we found all sorts of problems. Some were structural which we couldn’t do too much about. The previous owner/ builder definitely was not a professional. If it wasn’t built level, or correctly, you can’t really change that now. Then there was the damage from critters,namely ants, and rot from years of  water damage.

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Noah was all about sucking up the ants and hibernating flies that were hiding in the framing. The deeper we went the worse it got.

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Struggling_along tore all the bad boards away and rebuilt the framing and part of the mantle. His dad followed along measuring and cutting sheathing. By 8 o’clock that night we were stapling on house wrap by head lamp. Soon we’ll be popping the windows in and adding the insulation and siding. Great progress for a long work weekend!

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Portable Art Kits {KCCO}

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This past weekend my best friend held a birthday party for her two little ones. They’re the same age as my two oldest and have a lot of the same interests. My boys and I collaborated to make them each a gift. We decided they might enjoy a portable art kit, complete with crayons, paper, scissors, glue stick, and colored glitter glue.

For the younger of the two (a girl) the boys picked out a fleece cat print. Our friends recently got a kitten and my boys LOVE their cats so the cat print was voted the obvious choice. The fleece was thick so this was a “no-sew” project. Just cut slits, not too wide or the art supplies will slip out, and fold/ roll it up. To keep it closed I sewed on two buttons and cut to tiny slits in the far edge.

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For the older of the two (a boy) my boys picked out batman fabric. All the boys love batman, and superheros, ninjas etc. Since this fabric was thin cotton I padded it so the crayons wouldn’t break and the kit wouldn’t be flimsy.  I sewed on a pocket to hold the paper and little “tubes” to hold the rest. This one folds in thirds and ties closed.

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KCCO/Yarn Along {Reuse}

Sometimes the easiest way to have a new knit garment is to reuse a knit that’s already made. I was given a sweater and a pair of handmade socks that didn’t fit anyone in the family. Rather than tossing them aside I decided to turn them into something new. After removing the sleeves (sewing the armholes closed) and cutting the top of the sweater down into a waistband the sweater fit nicely as a skirt. The sleeves I made into legwarmers.

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