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FO Friday: It's Over!

I have so many finished objects!  It's not too difficult to pull off when you give yourself 3 (4?) weeks between FO posts!  I've been working on things right and left and actually loving nearly every minute of it.  There are a few projects I haven't finished, or even started yet, but I'm looking forward to having some lovely projects to finish up in the next couple of weeks.

First up, is a Honey Cowl of my very own.  You may remember that I tried this a couple of months ago and it didn't go very well.  If you don't remember, that's okay.  I'm trying to block it out myself.  Scratchy Allergic Yarn from Hell is a difficult thing to work with, and a difficult thing for my hands to get over.  I'm itchy just thinking about it, so let's talk about this incarnation.

It's neither scratchy nor itchy.  It's some kind of kettle-dyed organic cotton yarn from the Andes that I found on sale at my local yarn store last summer.  I used 3 skeins to make this cowl, and I'm kind of wishing I'd used one more.  It's soft and drapey and nubby and I love it to pieces. 

Last weekend I cast on the Sockhead Hat because I wanted to use up some sock yarn that had been sitting in my stash for far too long.  I used Size 1 needles and approximately 1.75 skeins of Patons Kroy Socks Jacquards in some kind of dark blue colorway--over the course of maybe 3 days.  It. Was. Awesome.  I liked the gradual color changes, and would have probably kept it for myself if it hadn't been so fantastically large.  I'm going to give it to my brother-in-law as a very belated birthday present (it's been over a month now).

 One of the big reasons I tend to get frustrated and not finish projects is because I'm impatient.  So I like to whip out small projects like dishcloths every now and then for some instant gratification and the confidence boost.  This is the Shells pattern from Dishcloths.

I really like this pattern. Give me a G hook and some Sugarn' Cream and I feel like I do anything!  I also made this pattern with some red yarn, and I can't find it.  Not to save my life.  It was a nice dishcloth!  I think this might be a quick go-to pattern for short-notice gifts, or for when I just want to make something in the time it takes me to watch a movie.

Another quick pattern is the Fast Favorite.  I can see why.  The pattern calls for 3 colors, but at the last minute I decided I wanted to use only 2 colors.  So that's what I did.

I liked this a lot.  It's just double crochet stitches with increases in the corner.  I mean, I don't recommend saying that as you're giving it to someone as a gift but this is a very fast pattern.  It could become a favorite.

And finally, this guy.

My days of knitting miles upon miles of seed stitch are over.  Or, if you want to quibble over facts, 3 feet by 3 and a halfish feet of seed stitch.  Either way, I'm done! 

Or I will be once this is washed and evens out a bit more.  Then it will be wrapped up with a couple of hats that do not yet exist, and mailed off to a little family.

This is a very modified version of Purl Bee's Eleventh Hour Blanket.  Instead of using 2 strands of bulky yarn and jumbo needles, I used one strand of bulky yarn and Size 10.5 needles.  2 skeins of Lion Brand Thick & Quick later, I started cussing myself out for not using Size 13 needles.  By Skein 8 or 9, my hands were in a nearly permanent claw position.  Still, it's a very, very simple knit.  All you have to do is cast on an odd number of stitches and then alternate your knit and purl stitches.  Keep going until the blanket is at least as long as it is wide, or until you think you just can't take it any more.  Then knit a little while longer after that.  Ta da!  Blanket!

The next time I make an afghan, I will be using a pattern just so I'll know when I'm done.  That would be lovely. 

But this was a nice project for this time.  And I wound up just doing a simple single crochet stitch around the border.  I had initially thought some kind of shells or even a little picot stitch would be a nice embellishment to the simple little blanket, but then I realized I'd have to count out stitches.  The mere thought of doing math--and then having to rip back once I figured out how I'd done the math incorrectly--was enough to give me cold sweats and a racing heart.  Because I believe that crafting should never trigger a fight or flight response, I just kept it simple.  And I think that turned out okay.

I love finishing things.  It just makes me want to make even more things.  There are sewing projects and knitted baby hats and a whole mess of crocheted dishcloths.  A whole mess, you hear me?!  They're just waiting to be created and now I can't wait to get to them. 

Have a great weekend!  I hope you make all kinds of wonderful projects.

2 thoughts on “FO Friday: It's Over!”

  • Beth

    The cowl is so pretty. Almost makes me want to be cold. LOL The seed stitch blanket looks amazing! (Tired hands aside)

    • Jen

      Thanks! I'm 'lucky' because it's still cold enough in the mornings and evenings that I get a little wear out of it. I can't wait to mail off that blanket because 1) it needs to go some babies and 2) it must get out of my house! Ha!

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