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The Making Location: Feb 14 w/ Photos!

Welcome again to your weekly open thread!  I kept looking at last week’s and NO ONE chatted after the first day.  That gives me a sad.  So I took pictures of 5 active projects!  

Here is a ruffly scarf I just finished knitting last night, and it needs the ends sewn down and can go live with its new owner.  


The yarn is Sashay in color Boogie, and I used 6 stitches and knit every row, keeping the ruffles all on one side.  This short row length curls into a tube when worn.  

The last item I am knitting for someone else is this fashion scarf.  For Lent, I am only knitting for myself.  All my years of knitting, and I can only recall 2 projects that weren’t dishcloths that I kept.  One mohair scarf and one pair of fingerless gloves.  Anyway, this is another Red Heart Boutique fussybutt fashion yarn, Ribbons.


This yarn has issues.  First of all, it comes packaged as a skein, a big loop.  You cannot knit from it until you wind it into a ball.  But it hates being wound into a ball and it really likes getting tangled.  I found a couple helpful youtubes (one Red Heart and one not).  I wound it onto a sturdy tube.  I made the mistake of carrying this project around to a few after-school activities and the yarn fell off the tube and became a tangled nightmare.  After I solved that problem, I started knitting.  Red Heart says to knit in every stitch.  This produces a very tight knit, and is a very flat ruffle to boot.  I tried every other stitch instead – the knitting was more comfortable, and the look was livelier.  

This is for my girlfriend Tara, and I have just a teeny bit left.  


Now, for myself, I have a remedial lace project (I had giant fails on two other lace projects last summer/fall, and my lace teacher recommended this one to start over with and learn from.  


I do not have wooden needles on a 16″ cord, so I am using my Addi’s, and they are slick with this yarn.  I swiped one of my daughter’s ponytail ties to keep the stitches on the needle.  I really like this Malabrigio Silkpaca – it has a nice twist and good drape.  The colors are good too.  Here is a closeup of the first couple rows of the pattern:


Also for me, a wider cowl:IMG_3184

The pattern is twist your neck warmer and the yarn is Deborah Norville Chunky Prints in Grape Jam and Pink Candy.  The pattern is courtesy of a gift & tip from kirbybruno 😉  She made me one last year!  

I also am excavating my UFO’s:  UnFinished Objects.  I remember setting this one aside when it became too warm to knit with this yarn last spring/summer.  Here is the current project:


Hmm, doesn’t look like much, does it?  In about 70 more rows, it will be united with IMG_1856



into a giant v-shaped warm worsted-weight shawl kind of like this one:


After all this time, I am not sure where all the pattern pages are.  So I can print a new one, and figure out where I am, or find the old ones (pages).  I have several.  😉

Oh, I did something for the first time!  I hemmed a linen square for use during communion.  My hand-sewing skills are a bit rusty, but I wasn’t sure the seemingly loose weave of the unfamiliar fabric would submit to the machine without fussing.  I also practiced the thread-pulling method for cutting and squaring up the fabric.  It’s also used for woven plaids.  And probably other fine woven fabrics.  Now I have so many little strips of linen around I feel like Lazarus.  


This photo artfully shows one finished edge, and my tiny needle.  

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That’s what I’ve been making.  

michellewn graciously shared l’arpies, sock monkeys, and octopi with us on Sunday.  


  1. jlms qkw

    just because i’ve been mostly knitting – you can share cooking, and any other crafts or anything else you made!  

  2. cassandracarolina

    but if you keep this up, I will have to give it another try now that I have a 1-month-old grandson. My mother-in-law is the queen of knitting, and smothered him in all manner of hats, clothes, booties, blankets, and other hand-knit stuff, so I don’t want to be seen competing. Maybe I should just stick with the skills I have 😉  

  3. slksfca

    …in far too long. But I’m hoping that will change in the weeks ahead. I have some projects that are half-finished, and others that are merely daydreams at this point. 🙂

    Meanwhile, I do enjoy looking at what you (and others) are up to!

  4. Avilyn

    in your first pic there is AWESOME.  In fact, I gave a very similar scarf, except ocean blues & greens, to my cousin for Christmas, courtesy of LoreleiHI in the KosKatalogue.  Do you just make these for fun, or do you have an Etsy shop or other venue to sell them in?

  5. Jk2003

    this is for the scarf i am working on and shows it in progress

    wish me luck with the link…

    jens great scarf:

    let me know what you think, i’ll post finished picks when it is done.

    it is knit in the round as a long tube then wrapped around twice.  it will be so warm.

  6. dear occupant

    my wife started up knitting again a few months ago, cowls mostly and now she’s selling them for $25. she’s done dozens now, she’s like a machine!

    when i was unemployed a few years ago she taught me, not easy to learn for a right/left dyslexic but i did manage to finish a few scarves. of course i needed to be saved quite a few times especially ‘finishing’, never got the hang of that.

    i’ll grab a few and take some pics tomorrow.

  7. jlms qkw

    i finished the pink scarf, well, the knitting.  still need to stitch up the ends.  

    so on needles, i have the blue narrow cowl, the pink flecked wide cowl.  i planned for legwarmers – pattern, yarn, and have chosen a needle size.  i even resurrected a UFO and untangled the yarn and found out where i was on the pattern.  i feel quite virtuous.  


    i need to knit the reverse image of this:


    i started at the yellow end, and have knit just about 4 rows of the turquoise shape.

    here are the legwarmers i picked out, from Purl Soho


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