Nice Crispy Bacon

I promised you a bacon scarf FO post… and here it is! Yay!
This scarf was one that a friend asked me to make him. He had asked me for a bacon scarf, so I found a few patterns that I could knit easily and showed them to him. However, I was looking on Ravelry, and so in addition to the ones I suggested, he saw a different pattern that he liked most because it LOOKED LIKE BACON.

So. Silly me, I decided I could make it for him, “no problem”. I guess, when you come to it, there technically wasn’t a problem, in that I did finish the scarf. (Though it was over a year after he asked for it.) But there were little problems. First, the pattern was not really a pattern, just a bacon chart. (A very well done bacon chart, mind you. It really does look like bacon when worked up.) Second, there’s no delineating mark between the edge of the bacon and the “no stitch” part. (There’s no excuse for that one. I don’t understand that part, and have to adjust my opinion of the value paid for the chart accordingly.) So once the pattern and the yarn was purchased, I still had to spend a bit of time marking the chart up to determine what was going to be worked and what was not.
The third little problem was determining how to work the scarf. I had originally planned to knit it, because I greatly prefer knitted fabric to crocheted when it comes to clothing. (Yes, there are some exceptions. This was not one of them.) However, I really don’t like knitted intarsia, and also I wanted this to be a double-sided scarf. I didn’t want to carry fair-isle style floats on the back of the piece. So, the scarf had to be crocheted. Which meant I needed to learn how to do crochet intarsia. (Turns out it’s technically easy enough, but either you have to carry all the other yarns inside your work, or you have lots of little balls of yarn which make wonderful yarn spaghetti. I carried yarn inside the darker colors without a problem, but every time I carried the yarn inside the white yarn, it kinda showed through. So I had lots of ends. Fortunately crochet makes it really easy to hide ends.)
The fourth (and final, thankfully) little problem was length. I wasn’t good enough at crochet intarsia (since I had just learned it) to know how long the resulting project would turn out. I had to go with a gauge that gave me a good fabric, and hope it would be long enough. Given the type of chart, making it longer wasn’t an option for me either, since I didn’t want to pause during the final third and spend weeks trying to work out more design that matched the style of the bacon I had just crocheted. So it ended up however long it ended up, which is long enough to be a scarf, but not long enough to tie around a neck.

Anyway, the final result is that I am pleased with how the bacon turned out, and I think my friend is also pleased with it, even though it isn’t exactly what he had in mind when he asked for it.

PATTERN: Big Strip O’ Bacon
YARN: Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids (in Aran, Soft Rose, and Claret)
HOOK: US G (4.0 mm)
START/END DATES: August 9, 2014 – January 31, 2015 (though most of the crochet was done in January due to Christmas knitting)
MODS: Either none or lots, depending on what you call the chart prep-work.

Round Of Words – Check-up #4

IMG_0183.JPGIt’s time for the 4th check-in for this Round! Huh – and would you look at that? I’m on time (or possibly even early) this week! Probably because we’ll be going to a super bowl party later today (which, in my opinion, is just an excuse to get together with friends and have a lunch of little nibbles instead of something healthy).

So. How did I do this week? Let’s find out:

1. Some kind of writing task at least two times a week. I’m pretty sure this is a yes. They weren’t long sessions because I had headaches, but I’m pretty sure there were small sessions twice last week. (3/4)

2. Exercise at least three times a week. Sadly no. It’s hard to do more than lay around on the bed or the couch when your head hurts. I spent all my active time doing things someone else was motivating me to do (work and rehearsal) and had little energy left for anything else. (2/4)

3. Knit 2 squares for the 2015 Geek-A-Long blanket. I’m having so much fun with this one, though I haven’t finished either of the two squares I’ve set as goals yet. However, I have now finished my other crafty-goal for this Round, so I can start to focus on this one. (0/2 squares)

4. Finish a crocheted scarf I’m working on for a friend. DONE. And early! The birthday that I was hoping to have this done before is later this week, so I just made it in time for that! The scarf’s FO post will be later this week (maybe Friday?) so if you want to see pictures of it, come back later. However, I’ll warn you now: it’s a bacon scarf. You may get hungry looking at the pictures. (1/1 completed scarf)

5. Post ROW blogs at least once a week, and visit (& comment on!) the blogs on my blog roll plus at least 5 random ROW-er blogs. I posted blogs, I know that. I can’t remember if I kept up with the comments on other ROWer blogs. However, I’m going to call it a win because the part I remember was a success, and I’m going to try to focus on the plusses this Round instead of the things that I didn’t manage to do. (3/4)

Rabbit rabbit rabbit! Hard to believe it’s February already…

Rondelay FO

Lookie! Another FO project that was done this summer (barely… nearly fall but not quite) and yet had to wait until after Christmas for its big reveal!

This one is the Rondelay I knit for my sister-in-law. Several members of my S’n’B have made this shawlette (or is it a scarf?) and so I’d seen it in progress before. I never really paid attention to the construction of the project other than to note that it was different, and I certainly never thought about how much trouble blocking such a uniquely shaped scarf would be.

However, it knit up quickly, and didn’t give me too much trouble when I went to block it. (It might not be the most even blocking job I’ve ever done, but since the scarf will rarely be spread out, that shouldn’t matter. It will spend most of the time being a ruffly thing, so no worries there.) My biggest issue was that the rondels were easy to manage until you had to deal with ALL THREE OF THEM AT ONCE. Then the number of stitches on the needles got unwieldy. (Yes, I know. This happens with nearly all shawlettes. But this one was no exception to that rule.) Still, there were only a handful of rows that worked all the stitches on the needles, so it went smoothly enough.

I used Chroma for the scarf/shawlette, since this pattern works best in yarns with a long color repeat. I love the way it turned out in this particular colorway. I had initially thought (when I bought the yarn) that the shades of green would be more distinct, more different. And then the yarn arrived, and I worried that the shading might have been too subtle for the pattern.

But I think I needn’t have worried. It turned out lovely.

STATS (and a link to my Ravelry project page)

PATTERN: Rondelay
DESIGNER: Jennifer Dassau
YARN: Chroma Fingering by Knit Picks in the “Seaweed” colorway
NEEDLES: US 6 (4.0 mm)
START – END DATES: September 1, 2014 – September 20, 2014
MODS: None.

FO: Multifarious

Ready for another Christmas gift FO? I thought you might be. In fact, there are so many of them that you will be getting lots of them. I was ambitious this year, and knit (or crocheted, or even wove) something for each of my immediate family members. It came to a full dozen handmade gifts. Some of them were made well in advance of Christmas, but still. I realized in November that I had made (or was making) something for all of my family members except three, and so a frenzied spate of knitting began so that I could have something handmade for them all.

This scarflette was not one of those. This one was planned, and since it had to be mailed out to its recipient, it was finished with plenty of time.

This is the Multifarious scarf, and it was a gift for my MIL. The colors are perfect for her, and she always loves the lacy scarves and shawls I’ve made her. (Hint: loving the things I make for you is the best way to get me to keep making them. It’s why my mom and sister keep getting knit socks.)

Anyway, this was a fun pattern to make. The color changes in the yarn kept it from getting boring, even though the pattern has a fairly short repeat. That did make the pattern easy to memorize, though. All in all, it was a good knit. It may be a while before I make another one, though, if I do. I don’t want to tempt that “getting boring” thing.

SPECS (and a link to my Ravelry project page):

PATTERN: Multifarious
DESIGNER: Alicia Marchant
YARN: KnitPicks Chroma Fingering in Luau
NEEDLES: US 7 (4.5 mm)
START/END DATES: September 16 – November 28, 2014
MODS: Used “k1, +k1, insert left needle through front of next 2 sts on right needle and k2togtbl,+ repeat from + for the required number of sts” for the cast-off. (Not really a mod, but I didn’t see the cast-off type specified.)

Safari Scarf FO

Look, a finished object that has been finished for quite some time now, but has only just been delivered to its owner! That means now you guys can see it!

This is the Safari Scarf that I was knitting over the (late) summer for my father-in-law. I’d been meaning to knit the Chevron Scarf pattern for a while, and this was when I finally got around to it. This was a fast knit, too! Since the pattern was dead simple to memorize once you got it established (it’s easy to read from the knitting itself) I didn’t need to bring anything with me except my yarn and needles. No pattern needed, which made it great vacation knitting.

When I decided to use this yarn for this project, I was afraid that it would stripe or pool unattractively. But it didn’t! I love the way the color turned out. (That’s my only complaint with using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock for socks – sometimes the striping or pooling is just not pretty.) I still love the feel of this yarn as much as I ever have, so I’m thinking that I’ll need to look for some solids or semi-solids to use for socks so that I can enjoy using the yarn without being annoyed at the pooling.

But that’s neither here nor there about this scarf. I did made a few mods to it, mostly in order to give the scarf a garter stitch border all the way around. (Details of the modifications are below.)

I really did enjoy knitting this one, and though it could have happily been a little longer, I think it turned out long enough. (Blocking helped on that front.) The fabric of the piece also came out nice after blocking. It’s a nice weight. Merry Christmas to my FIL!

STATS (and a link to my Ravelry project page)

PATTERN: Chevron Scarf
DESIGNER: Brenda of Molecular Knitting
YARN: Shepherd Sock Multi by Lorna’s Laces in the “Safari” colorway
NEEDLES: US 3 (3.25 mm)
START – END DATES: August 19, 2014 – September 18, 2014


  1. The pattern calls for 1 garter stitch on each side of the chevron pattern, but I did 4 stitches per side. Therefore I cast on 53 stitches instead of the 47 called for.
  2. I knit 5 rows of garter stitch before starting the chevron pattern. (AKA cast on, then knit 5 rows, then start pattern.)
  3. This also means I ended with 5 more rows of garter stitch. (AKA knit 5 rows, then bind off knitwise.)
  4. In the pattern section, I replaced the “sl1, k1, psso” with “k2tog tbl”.

Weds ROW Check-In, WiP Weds, and Give-away Reminder!

It’s time for another ROW80 2014 Round 4 check-in! This time I actually remembered to post on a Wednesday.

  1. OCT: Prepare SF (novel project codename) characters & plot for NaNoWriMo. Nearly to the end of October, so by default I’m nearly done with this goal. But I am working on it, too. I’m playing with paint chips (for character & scene color schemes) and character photos/descriptions. I am also getting a rough scene plot worked up so that I at least have something to work with, even though it’s likely to change up as I write the thing. (I’ve never been good at firm outlines, though. Maybe as I grow as an author, or maybe that’s just not my style.)
  2. NOV: Write 50k words or more in SF.
  3. DEC: Finish the first draft of SF. When done, set aside. (No revision allowed until 1 month after completion date.)
  1. Work on writing projects a minimum of 5 days / week. Since this is Wednesday morning, I’m not counting today yet. So, from Sunday – Tuesday, I’ve gotten one day of work in. Not great, but I’m at least keeping track and trying to keep myself accountable this week. And that’s progress.
  2. Visit and comment on a minimum of 7 other ROW blogs / week. Done! As of yesterday! Anything else this week (and there will be more today with the new check-in) will be gravy.
  3. Write a minimum of 3 blog posts / week. At least one of these should be a ROW update. Already done, as of this blog. And I have another one scheduled for Friday, so there’s at least 4 this week.


Don’t forget that I’m still running a give-away through the end of this week! The necklace with stars and the one with a pink background and blue heart bead are up for grabs! All you have to do is:

1. Leave me a comment here. Make sure to specify which of the two you prefer. (The first winner gets their choice, the second winner get the other one.) It’s also ideal if you, you know, comment on something happening on this blog.

2. Comment on any other NEW post written between Monday (10/27) and Halloween (10/31). Multiple posts commented on = multiple entries. Multiple comments on the same post don’t count for more than one entry. Comments on old posts also don’t count. (I can’t keep track.)

3. The winners will be chosen the first weekend in November, when I need a break from NaNoing. I will announce the winners with my first ROW update in November. (For the record, that will (hopefully) be on Sunday (as long as I am on time this week). I forgot to add an exact end date to the original give-away post. Some people like those. Let’s call the deadline to enter midnight Pacific time on Saturday night, November 1.

And a knitting update…

I’ll throw in a picture here of one of the knitting presents since I don’t think the recipient reads the blog. And even is that person does see this, it’s not likely to be obvious who it’s for or even what it is.
I’m almost done with this one. I just need to decide how long I want to make it. I’m still enjoying the knit, but I’m starting to get worried about having enough time to finish all my knitted gifts, so I’m not going to just keep going until I run out of yarn. Besides, that might make it too long. I’m really not sure, and won’t be until the thing is finished and blocked out.

There’s also a semi-new project that I may have shown you before:
I still am unsure where this pair is going. It could be ON MY FEET, but I’m not sure yet. I do like the way Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel fits, so if I don’t keep this pair, I will certainly make another pair with this heel for myself. But we’ll see.

And then there’s another project that you can’t see, and the fix project that hasn’t been worked on in ages, and the Sweetheart Sweater that I’m ignoring until I feel up to overdying the yarn. So that’s about it on the knitting front for the moment. But still – the socks seem to have sprung up overnight. They’ve been a really quick knit. So it’s not like I haven’t been knitting.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

WIP Weds ~ Progress? What progress?

Good afternoon everyone, and happy Wednesday! That means it’s time for a WIP update. Today (unlike last week) we’re going to start with the writing. I mentioned my ROW80 Round 4 goals last week, but I’m going to include them again here now that the Round has officially started:


1. OCT: Prepare SF (novel project codename) characters & plot for NaNoWriMo.

2. NOV: Write 50k words or more in SF.

3. DEC: Finish the first draft of SF. When done, set aside. (No revision allowed until 1 month after completion date.)


1. Work on writing projects a minimum of 5 days / week.

2. Visit and comment on a minimum of 7 other ROW blogs / week.

3. Write a minimum of 3 blog posts / week. At least one of these should be a ROW update.

I’m sad to say that I haven’t actually done anything toward these goals yet. Since the Round started on a Monday (10/6), I’m hoping to use Sundays as an “Update Day” and report on my progress for the past week. But since this is a Wednesday, and I have no progress to report, this is mostly just a reminder to myself that I have these goals I want to accomplish. And now the knitting. I don’t even want to think about the Sweetheart Sweater. I could (but don’t want to) write you pages about yarn amounts and possibly ripping out swatches; and more proof that swatches lie about how much yardage you will need; and about the search for more yarn, any yarn that might work, and the possibility of overdying. I could go on and on about how I want this project to be finished and wearable, but I’m starting to think that it’s just not meant to be. I could drive myself crazy over a little bit of mohair. Instead, I’m just going to leave you with this photo, which has nothing to do with said sweater: IMG_7514.JPG Have a great hump day!