Sunday, October 27, 2013

YOP Sunday

Ta Da!!!!  I was able to restore my old files to Windows 8 finally and there's the graphic.  I'm still struggling with emails.  I downloaded Outlook and even saw my emails and then it disappeared!  But there's been some progress so that's a good thing. 
I have some FO's too and also plenty of WIP's .....
The little pumpkin on the right is an ornament that I'm making.  I want to have ornaments for each holiday on a little tree I have that I will leave up all year round.  This is the first Halloween ornament.  I got the free pattern over on the Lion Brand website and they have quite a few for Halloween.  They're also highly rated and easy...LOVE that!  This little pumpkin needs his/her face embroidered and a little stem/hanger.  Next up is a witches hat.  These count towards my "holiday" decorating and ornaments projects. 
 Below is a crocheted spa cloth.  It needs to be washed and blocked.  I want to use this one myself and see how it fares in the washer and dryer and see if I like using it before I "gift" it. (No, not the same one silly! LOL!  I'll make another to gift.)  It's crocheted and supposed to be great for exfoliating....God knows I need that! LOL!
I also finished this Grandmother's Favorite knitted dish cloth for my cousin for Christmas.  I told you about it last week and that she wanted a "bigger" size so instead of the 44 stitches cast on I cast on 64.
 You can tell it's a good size.  I'm making one for myself this week to see what size is comfortable for me and also washing and drying.  It may be that the smaller size shrinks?  Anyway, one Christmas gift done. 

 As for the Irish Hiking Scarf.....I finished the 3rd skein and it isn't big enough to throw over your shoulder (my test for a truly useful scarf in Winter).  I happened to have another skein "just in case" so I guess I'm not done with it yet.
Look at my leaves that are falling! I am having so much fun with these!  It took me a couple to get the gist of the pattern but now I can't stop!  I'm making a Fall garland with them using Noro Kureyon yarn.  One skein makes about 4 and you get different leaves each time which is SO cool!  I would not have been that attracted to the original pattern if it hadn't been for Dawn over at Fiddlesticks who was the one who thought to use the ever changing colors of the Noro Kureyon.  Brilliant!!!  Perfect for Fall leaves.
I have several more to make for my garland and then they all need to have their ends sewn in and definitely blocked and maybe even starched?  Has anyone ever done that?  I'm not sure I know how as it's wool yarn so I can't use spray starch and iron or can I?  Under a press cloth?  They tend to curl at the leaf tips..hmmm....just like real falling leaves! Ha! Ha!  Maybe I should "leaf" them be? LOL!  I know...that was bad.
The last one on the left is from a new skein in a different colorway but the other 4 are all from the same skein....amazing, huh?  I am having way too much fun with these!  Thank you so much Dawn!  Visit her website and you will be blown away by her creativity!  She makes gorgeous stuff!

Have a great Halloween week and stay safe.  May all your Halloween candy wishes come true with no cavities! 


  1. I love the leaves and pumpkin - the colour of the yarn is perfect. I'm doing cloths for Christmas as well and went up to 60 for my grandmother's favourite.

  2. Wow, you have definitely been productive! I'm glad the computer stuff is working out, I hope email will work soon too.

    Loving those leaves :)

  3. Very neat leaves! I like them, good job!

  4. I'm loving the fall garland leaves ... very pretty :)

  5. I love your leaves..perfect! I think you should be able to spray starch them and then use a pressing cloth... to make them really stiff you could try old fashioned liquid starch..I am wondering if that wouldn't show some of the starchy white flakes.. never know until you try. I used sugar water once to make some crochet yarn really stiff around a balloon to make a huge easter egg..very stiff:)

  6. Your autumn leaves are amazing, the colours are so pretty.......great dishcloths too.

  7. You have been very busy!
    Sheesh.. I feel like a slacker, just reading and seeing all that you've been up to.

    Love those leaves, they are so pretty.

    Have a great week, and hope you have plenty of trick-or-treaters :)

  8. AWW, that pumpkin is cute! I was already in love with your leaves last week, now I'm just jealous!

    Great idea to use your spa cloth yourself before gifting one, very smart!

    Congrats with your progress on the computer, and I hope you do get your emails back!

  9. I have never thought about knitting Dishcloths. Yours look lovely. Something to add to my To Do List I think. Your knitted leaves are lovely too Sam. Take care now. Marion

  10. YOu are so good to be working on holiday decor from your stash. I wish for some of that sometimes. The pumpkin's cute and the leaves are perfect in that NOro.

  11. All your makes are so wonderful. You have been very busy! I really like the pumpkins and those leaves are so beautiful. Lovely yarn. I don't know too much about blocking and starching so I can't help you there but maybe you should leave them natural as I think they look nice like that. Have a good week. Maggie xx

  12. I've never blocked a washcloth, and am always disappointed how they look after they've been washed. Cotton just doesn't hold up nicely--shape wise in my opinion. But, they're so nice to use that I always figured the way they looked wasn't too important.

    I think I would be very leery of trying to starch wool. You might call or write the yarn company first.

  13. Hey Sam! Guess what -- I'm late in saying so, but last week I received your dishcloth and card. Thank you so much! I love the variegated yarn you used -- definitely my kinda colors. :) And the springy feel of the knit -- thank you! Love the leaves you have been making. They are so pretty. And the pumpkin is great. I've yet to do any Halloween stuff and since it's only 2 days away, not sure I'll get anything done. Oh well! Next holiday ... Thanksgiving. :) Have a great day. Tammy

  14. Those leaves are gorgeous. I like the washcloth and the dish cloth. I've been crocheting dish cloths and trying to decide about doing them for Christmas. I'm doing counted cross stitch ornaments to put in Christmas cards this year both on fabric and paper.

    Are the leaves knitted? Wish I could find a crochet pattern that turned out that pretty.


  15. Cute pumpkins and the cloths look great. Those leaves though just steal the show!! I love them and if you find no answer on the starch I know a little pva glue on the back stiffens them up and dries clear, the front remains soft and back stiffens. Will be interested to know about the starch though.


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