More Mint

Just so you know, I did go through my stash, and I have a large shopping bag full of yarn headed to the retreat this weekend, in case someone else loves what doesn’t make me happy.  I didn’t inventory; my helpers weren’t helpful at all if you must know, and I had my hands full just trying to keep Gretchen from trotting off with the good stuff.  Add Sissy’s need to sniff each and every skein, and well… 

742dec1I did discover I have 17 skeins of Tofutsies.  That’s a bit ridiculous, but what’s worse is I really don’t think my yarn library will be complete without the current sock club offering.  Sigh.  Pretty, no?  I really think I must have it…   I did skip at least two sock club specials, thanks much, so there is some sort of method to my madness.  So, just with that one little reality check, I’m going to have to really try to knit from my stash this year.  No wonder the Knight rolls his eyes when I talk of buying yarn.  (But if sock yarn doesn’t count, then I really have precious little in my stash!)

The fur-girls and I have spent the afternoon blocking.  The Voyager is drying, and Spiraluscious is too, although the pattern was explicitly clear that it should be shaped, but not blocked.  That just leaves my guild’s KAL stole to be washed and blocked, but I have one dropped stitch to repair first, and we’re out of stole space. 

I finished off the other minty item Friday night.

Think Thin Mints Warmer

Pattern:  Easy NeckwarmerIt’s a super-easy, super-quick knit.  Intentionally did a loose bind-off to give one end a little extra room.

Yarn:  See the previous post.  Love this stuff.

Needles:  #8 Knitpick Options Harmony tips.  Could likely have used a #6-7, but I have issues with anything tight around my neck. 

Verdict:  It’s not a snug ear warmer, but Sissy and I both managed to wear it that way.  No photos of the human, for two reasons.  Firstly, the Knight wasn’t around, and Sissy has the whole no thumb problem, and secondly, with my short hair, it’s all about purpose, not pretty, and let me assure you it ain’t pretty.  In fact, for you long-eared dog owners out there, I think this pattern done on #6s would make a decent snood.

For Knittin’ at the Lake next weekend, we were asked to bring a preemie hat.  Hold on to your mouse, because get this – I have two more FOs!

Pattern:  Wool Winder’s Basic Preemie Hat Recipe.  It’s actually super-simple, and rapid-fast.

Yarns:  The left has was done with worsted weight Ella Rae Amity, and the right with a chunky Softee.  I probably broke some preemie cap law, using brights and no pastels, but I’m betting I’m not the only one out there who gets tired of the muted stuff for babies.  They’re washer and dryer friendly, so in the event that preemie gets to go home still sporting one of these hats, the parents (mom?) won’t have to think twice about special care.

Needles:  KPO Harmony #7.  The bulky weight would have liked a #8-9, but I wanted to see how big of a difference it would be if I changed NOTHING but the yarn size.  Now I know, and the hat is usable, just dense. 

Verdict – I have a go-to preemie hat pattern now.

I have more to do around the house, but Gretchen’s sound asleep in my lap.  That’s a good excuse, right?

17 comments on “More Mint

  1. Anita says:

    Love the neck/ear warmer! Sissy looks great in it! 🙂

    I don’t even have an animal asleep in my lap & I don’t plan on doing anything this afternoon!! 😛

  2. gaylen says:

    I’m not doing much. I think I might subscribe to the Tofutsie sock, it’s very pretty. I mostly have sock yarn in the house, that and dishcloth cotton. No enough of anything to make a sweater, a couple of lace projects, but . . .

    I joined a 2009 Sock a month on Ravelry. I have finished 2 pairs of socks this year. Yes – this year. The Eagles socks and another yet to be shown.

    Love the ear/neckwarmer. I wonder if my dogs would tolerate something around their ears. g

  3. grace says:

    AHhhh another knitting retreat I didn’t hear about,I will miss you next weekend, but you have wonderful time and knit lots and lots!! Love the items you have shown us today!

  4. Dawn says:

    Wow a knitting retreat…very cool! Cowl looks awesome on Sissy! Poor Gretchen…no photo???? 🙂 Have a wonderful knittin time!

  5. That is insane @ Tofutsies yarn!

    Nice F.O.s esp. on the preemie hat. Nice to know about the recipe will que it! :o)

    Enjoy your Sunday evening!!

  6. Bubblesknits says:

    I’ve been casting on for stuff left and right. ::sigh:: It can only lead to madness (and a heap of UFO’s), but I can’t help myself.

    Glad you liked the yarn so much! 🙂 Gives me that happy feelin’. No, not *that* kind of happy feelin’. snol

    Hope you have a good time this weekend!

  7. Barbara says:

    Wow! You have plenty of yarn to make a t-shirt!
    I would think of making one of those for Sadie, if only she would wear it! Of course, Simon is the one I keep seeing shivering outside; maybe I’ll see if he would wear one.
    I always have those problems with my helpers too. All three of them.

  8. Monica says:

    Aw I didnt realize her ears were tucked in and had to look at the picture again!

  9. Sue J. says:

    Cute picture of Sissy! You sure are cranking out the FO’s. Good for you! And I am so jealous you are going to a knitting retreat. But I know you will have a great time. Well deserved, I might add.

  10. Nice earwarmer. Are you sure it isn’t for Sissy? You get warm hands, she gets warm ears. Seems reasonable to me. Good for you on the little hats!

  11. Amanda says:

    It is amazing what we accumulate in our stash when we’re not paying attention. I do the big inventory during the week. Sigh.

  12. anniebananie says:

    Wow you have been a knitting machine! I love the neck warmer, and I think it looks fab on Sissy. And please pass on to Sissy that I feel for her lack of thumbs.

  13. Cathy says:

    Oooh. I can’t wait to see / shop your unwanted stash!

  14. nichole says:

    Sissy looks great with her ear muff! 😉

    The hats are adorable!

  15. Marjie says:

    Every doggie should have an ear warmer, of course! The pups inspecting your yarn made me giggle. Did you see the new truck commercial saying you don’t need the man steps if all you’re hauling is yarn? Of course, I immediately told my son that I was taking his pickup to Joann’s to load up with yarn and see if I needed mom steps, and he said he’d take my big ol’ Caddy, follow, and get them to throw us both out of the store!

  16. sonya says:

    Very nice preemie hats. I don’t care for pastels either.
    That is a perfectly reasonable excuse not to get up 😉

  17. Kathy says:

    Good for you and stash knitting. Me too:)
    Love the cowl. I agree on the short hair, cowl look but hey, it’s warm and that’s all that matters.

    yeah, I know I’m catching up on your blog reading backwards. LOL

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