Headband Love

I have a newfound need for headbands. A few months ago I underwent a dramatic change in hairstyle and headbands are essential. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner that I could knit them.  I found the Moebius Headband from Headband Love 2.  I liked a lot of the patterns in the ebook, and the pattern of the Moebius Headband was almost half the price of the ebook, but I still bought the single pattern. I never claim to be a rocket scientist. I used the same Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Dove that I used for my recent ugly fingerless gloves.  This pattern is perfect for using partial skeins.

IMG_4174This color is perfect for me. It’s mostly grey with pretty hints of pink and lavender. My daughter is modeling because her hair is less poofy.

Here is the Moebius part.

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This pattern was a simple quick knit. I want to make 20 more.

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I have shocking news for any of you who may check in to the blog every once in a while. I’m making a sweater. I had bought a bunch of fingering weight yarn from knitpicks to make a sweater years ago and I abandoned that project. I blogged about it when I first started my blog. So I dug all the yarn out and frogged the old sweater and started a new one by the same pattern writer. Its Sauble by  Laura Chau. I want long sleeves on this one but I’m not sure that I should try to modify a sweater pattern. I guess if I make it to the sleeves I can google it and see how difficult it might be. I don’t know about sleeve decreases and all of that. Does anyone have any tips or links on changing sleeve length?

Fail

I tried knitting Align Mitts and the ribbing came out horrible. They would benefit from a good blocking. Instead of blocking these I will just knit a pair of mitts without ribbing! That option makes me happier as I usually don’t block mitts or socks. The yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Dove.

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As you can see the ribbing is very, very sad looking.

These hands aren’t mine. My husband is always my grumbling, reluctant hand model.  It’s really hard to take pictures of your own hands. Even with a tripod. IMG_4148Up next I’m going to knit Moebius Headband. It will be nice for my big poofy hair this winter. I’m going to use the same yarn. Then maybe if I have enough yarn left I will knit Zombie Vixen. There are still no socks being made. I haven’t got the shakes yet.

I did do some sewing. I made a pajama set for my nephew. Ive got a matching one in the works for my son. They are almost two and three. I’m going to make a nightgown out of the same material for my daughter. Since my knitting hiatus only lasted one day I’ve kind of abandoned my sewing projects to knit more. After one day it was like I had been away a year and now I can’t get enough. I’m weird! Thanks to the wonderful Preeti at Rambling Roses for the comments on how to potentially relieve my knitting pain. I’m definitely gonna try more sewing! If I can tear myself away from my knitting.

 

Zero

I find myself in the rare position of having no socks on the needles. It’s an interesting feeling. Kind of freeing actually. I finished my Budleigh’s yesterday.

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I accidentally washed one sock and not the other. So there is a slight difference in color. Its not the yarn’s fault at all. I used Plucky Primo in the color Whistle Stop. IMG_4121

These socks were hard to photograph especially with my limited skills.  I included the above photo so you can see how the sock is half and half. Even with all the cables these socks were fun to knit. I would never have knit them if I still cabled with a cable needle. IMG_4072Even the heel flap is split in half one half has the twisted rib and the other has the regular ribbing. So far I’ve knit two socks from the book Coop Knits and its been a pleasure.

Instead of casting on more socks I’m going to focus on finishing up the two shawls I have going. I’m knitting Haruni and White Snows of Winter.  The White Snows of Winter is a mkal that I’ve been neglecting.

Without even really thinking about it I’m down to two wip’s. I remember this summer I was stressing over having seven projects going and it seems the knitting frenzy calmed on its own. I think another cowl or a pair of fingerless gloves will be next for me.

We made some really good cookies last night. These Lemon Sugar Cookies were great.

 

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They were very easy to make. You just roll them into balls and then roll the balls in a bowl of sugar. Image 1The cookies spread quite nicely.  I was worried about that since you don’t press them down or anything.

I’m very picky about sugar cookies. There is only one kind that I like. It’s our local store brand here in Texas. The sad part is they don’t even carry them in all of our H-E-B’s. You would think since its the store brand cookie all the stores would have them. So I can only find them at one location that I don’t frequent often.  I was delighted that I liked these cookies.  I’ve tried many sugar cookie recipes and none of them have ever measured up, until now. I think I’ve found my sugar cookie recipe. I left out the lemon zest so the lemon flavoring isn’t very strong. They just mostly taste like sugar cookies which is fine with me!  If any of y’all out there have a great sugar cookie recipe that results in nice soft cookies please point me in that direction!

 

 

One Day

Not knitting lasted a little more than one day. My arm started feeling better and I was going crazy. My shoulders still hurt, but I’m still going to try and cut down on the knitting. I just realized I cant go cold turkey.  I had the heel flap done on my Budleigh socks and I really want to get them done during the knit along time frame. If you haven’t done so already you should check out the Coop Knits group on Ravelry and join in on the fun.

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This my partially finished second sock hanging off of my ott light.  I’m sure my photography skills continue to amaze.

During my short knitting hiatus I learned that reading knitting blogs while you are supposed to be abstaining from knitting is very counter productive and sad. I also got a good amount of sewing done. I’m making pajamas for my two littles and my nephew out of this cute knit fabric I found at Joanne’s.  I’ve got one and a half pairs done. This knit fabric was so wide that I’m getting two pairs of pajama pants and two shirts and one nightgown out of 3 yards and I have lots of leftovers. I dont know how to estimate how much fabric I’m going to need when Im not working from a pattern. I’ve also been able to log some time on the serger which has been fun.

Well feel free to laugh at or empathize with my attempt to not knit for two weeks. It was one hard day.