Experienced knitters don't make fewer mistakes than new knitters. They make bigger ones faster.

- Yarn Harlot -

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Stashdown FTW

Unfortunately, the laptop is still out of commission, so I'm using my husband's old laptop. That means this will be a photo-heavy post, since I have weeks worth of knitting to show off!

Overall, the Stashdown was a sucess. Everyone loved their gifts, and technically the only yarn I had to buy was for my husband's gift. So here goes...

Scarf of Doom
This is the seed stitch scarf that I've been working on for about 2 months. I worked on it at knit group, football at buffalo wild wings, a random coffee shop by the outlet mall back home, and of course at home. I love the texture of this scarf, but I will never make one again, even if it does look pretty good on me. I still have another ball of this yarn left over, so it may become one of several stripes in another scarf.

Spa Sets

Next are the spa sets for my Safety ladies. I matched them up with some soaps and lotions I had to make sets. These did not make enough of a dent in my cotton stash though.

Cable Clutch

Here is the clutch that I designed myself. Yes, I could have followed a pattern online, but I wanted to make it a challenge. I held one strand of Patons Classic Wool with one strand of Cascade 220 in similar shades of maroon. The cable design is my own, and I plan on writing it up properly and putting it up here.

I spent some quality time with my sewing machine and made the lining from a discarded t-shirt.

It is closed with both magnets under the flap, and buttons on the outside. It doesn't have enough structure for my taste, so if I make it again, I would add some plastic canvas or something under the lining. Overall, very cute.

Companion Cube

This was the super-secret project for my husband. It is the Companion Cube from the video game Portal. It's used to help you though the puzzle rooms, and it really does start becoming your companion. It is the first crochet project I've done in a few months and it was, well, intense.

8 corners, 8 corner covers, 6 hearts, 6 heart backs, 12 side covers = 40 pieces to sew together. Luckily this is a 3d project, so no ends needed to be woven in. 5 episodes of Battlestar Galactica Season 3 later, and we have a completed companion:

Oh and to top off the holidays, I finished my first Toe Up, Magic Loop, Short row heel socks! The heels are a little wonky and the socks don't fit like they should, but the are finished and look pretty good. And since they are anklets, I think I have enough yarn left for another pair, you know, to perfect the skill.


  1. Good to see that you got the cube finished in time!

  2. You can say you've done a short row heel now, which is handy to have in your play book.