Holy crap, it's June 5th! Graduation is a week from Sunday and I have to be totally packed and ready to move by then. Just to let you see what that will entail...
So I've been a bit busy with school and working on my honors project and different dinners and activities and send-offs and I've kind of neglected to, um, clean... Not all the crap in those photos belongs to me, but a fair bit of it sure does.
I've recently finished two super quick, less than one skein projects. The first is from the book Creepy Cute Crochet and Andrew really did practically beg for it.
It's a tiny wool Cthulhu (rav link). It will eat your soul, but in such an adorable way that you won't even mind. The yarn is Nature Spun by Brown Sheep in the color Limestone. It took one evening but I don't really crochet so I had to stop at every new direction and find a youtube video showing me how to do each step. If I knew how to crochet it would probably have gone sure fast. I'm not generally a fan of crochet (that's why I don't know how to do it) but I love amigurumi so I think I'll adapt my skills just enough to make more.
The other quick project I finished at 2:00 am today because I couldn't put it down once I cast on. It's from the Victorian yarn sampler that KnitPicks released about a year ago. The kit contained one skein each of all of their yarns that contained cotton along with a few one-skein type patterns so you could try out all the yarns without too much time or money invested and see if you liked them. This is a cozy for paper coffee cups like you would get a Starbucks so you don't have to use the cardboard ones. Yeah for cheap easy ways to be green.
These are the two different rose motifs that are stranded on the cozy, and here's what it looks like on an actual cup:
The pattern is called Modern Tea Cozy and it's now a free download from KnitPicks. The yarn used is KnitPicks Main Line in Harbor which I haven't used even though I've had the kit for over a year. Of course, since KnitPicks has decided to discontinue the yarn line, I loved working with it and want to make a bunch more things with it. The wool totally balances out the cotton in a perfect way and it's soft and has stretch and the Harbor color is gorgeous. The color in the first picture is much truer to real life. The red/pink/orange yarn is KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Terra Cotta. I've used this yarn before and it is super soft and (go figure) shiny. I know from when I made my spring sweater (rav link) that the yarn does lose some of its shine and softness after some wear and several washings, but it's still nice.
The last think that I've really been working on this week is the Montavilla Market Tote from (guess what) KnitPicks... can you see where a great deal of my money goes? This also came as a kit and is a way to try out the four shades of Simply Cotton - KnitPicks new organic cotton line. The bottom of the bag is the perfect pattern for a market bag because it's super sturdy. It's a slip stitch pattern so it's basically double the thickness.
I love the way the colors flow from white to taupe and then drastically go back to white. The body of the bag is a simple 8-stitch lace pattern but I think the color change still obscures the pattern.
I think when I make the second one I'll do the bottom the same, then do blocks of color instead of alternating every row. Carrying four strands along the side has been very tedious.
I know it seems like I've gotten a lot done this week from all the photos but really two of the projects took me less than five hours total. Here's hoping I can magically knit down a bunch more of my stash before it's time to move.