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Homestead Gifties: Spiral Apple Tawashi!

26 Nov

My friend Melanie had made herself a pretty rad lunch bag out of cool apple-patterned fabric, and I wanted to crochet something for her to match. I found this free Lion Brand crochet pattern for a spiral apple tawashi scrubber, and I thought it’d be a fun thing to use to clean lunch dishes and containers at work.

Using my trusty G crochet hook and some Sugar’n Cream yarn (Melanie likes cotton for crocheted tawashis) in red, green, and brown (sorry, I’m not sure of the exact colors, I lost the outer band around the yarn that tells you all about it), I tried out this interesting pattern. I’d never crocheted a spiral on to a crocheted base before, but it ended up being pretty straight-forward and fun!

It’s so adorable! I took this photo with my cell phone, hence the blurriness…

Since Halloween was coming up, I decided to make a pumpkin one by using orange yarn instead of red. And I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in orange, green, and brown, because I heard that acrylic yarn is tougher and better mimics commercial dish scrubbers.

It looks reddish, but really it’s bright orange! The photo’s less blurry because I used an iPhone instead of my own phone.

Here’s a shot of the back hand strappy. Also, I had briefly misplaced the pattern, so I made up how to do the leaf. It came out okay for something I pulled out of thin air.

Then, I realized I wanted a green one for my kitchen. So I used bright lime green yarn for the spiral part!

Tim’s mom let me borrow her camera, so here’s the green apple tawashi, hanging out on my kitchen window sill. The color’s actually slightly brighter, but the overcast lighting from outside is calming it down a bit. If you look closely, you can see some food still stuck in it from when we wash the dishes.

So yep, I’ve become slightly obsessed with this pattern. Next, I wanna make the Apple Slice Tawashi Scrubber!


Gifties: Winter Knits

19 Oct

It’s Fall in New England, and the weather’s starting to get chilly again. Which is a great reminder that I never posted the knittery that I made as gifts last winter!

For some reason, the color theme for this past winter seemed to be greeeeeeeeeeeey. But grey goes with everything, right? Though this first item, however, is actually black:

It’s a neck warmer I made it for my friend Diana for her b-day! I wish I had a photo of her wearing it, but all I have is this crappy pic of it laid out on top of my laptop.

I wanted to make something simple that could be worn with anything or worn underneath another scarf for super cold days. Since I was using a solid black yarn (Bernat Satin Solids in Ebony: soft, and easy to take care of!), I decided to go with this (I can’t share the pattern because it’s a free Ravelry download instead of a link) because of the interesting “mistake rib” that happens when you K2, P2 in rows with an uneven amount of stitches. I really like how this came out; the combo of the yarn and rib made a really soft and snuggly scarf! I’m not the biggest fan of the button holes though. Also, the buttons I chose, though I LOVE them, seem to be surprisingly a bit too small.

This next item is a hat I made as a Christmas gift for Tim’s dad. He didn’t have a hat, and he’s a WW2 buff, so I knit him a WW2-style watch cap! Here’s the link to the pattern: http://www.cocoabeachyarn.com/patterns.html. I used size 7 needles and Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcoal Heather.

I first made the “large” size, but that was GIGANTIC so I frogged it and made the “medium” size.

“Medium” was the way to go! (I guess WW2 soldiers have giant noggins??)

I really like how this hat came out. Also, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Tim right now for being such a good sport about modeling my men’s knitwear!

Next: My bro John wanted a grey scarf. Scarfs come in all shapes and sizes, so I sent him some possible patterns to choose from. He went with this cool option that is knit length-wise: http://mirthful-menagerie.blogspot.com/2008/10/sweet-smell-of-accomplishment.html. Got myself a pair of size 9 60″ circular needles (invested in a set of Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Needles, and got a 60″ cable), and rocked some more Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcoal Heather (So soft! And such a great grey!).

Who knew knitting a scarf length-wise would be such a lovely thing?

Also, it drapes well. I used to not get what people are talking about when they say that, but now I do.

And finally, the last grey item of the season: Tim’s buddy from work found out that I knit, and it turns out he’d been on the look out for a new scarf. The only prerequisites were that it needed to be grey, “warm as a mofo”, and “built for a large human”. Also probably some kind of mix of wool and acrylic. I really liked the soft bulkiness of the Mistake Stitch that I used for Diana’s neck warmer, so I grabbed some Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Charcoal (pre-approved by Tim’s friend), and knit using the mistake stitch for 6 feet. I ended up with the heaviest scarf I’ve ever seen (but it sure is warm)!

I wasn’t sure how the Thick & Quick was going to work up in a scarf, especially a scarf featuring mistake stitch ribs. It’s pretty dense and heavy, but it’s super warm!

Also, it definitely fits a large human.

I have some more cold-weather knittery planned for this Fall/Winter that I’m really excited about, hopefully I’ll be able to share some more fun stuff soon!