Craft Book Challenge: F.O. #1

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So …. I don’t even know where to start with this entry so bear with me.  😀

So y’all know that I’m working through my already had patterns in this challenge.  My plan was to start with the Gaptastic Cowl but somewhere along the line, I stopped feeling it.  I don’t know if it was a case of  not liking the yarn colour and pattern combo.  I felt as if the seed stitch was being lost in the dark shade of the cranberry yarn I was using.   I actually was going to press forward and finish it this weekend anyway but I honestly didn’t like the way it looked.   Since the F.O. is to be a gift I really wanted to be satisfied with the project before I handed it over.   At the end of the day, I decided to frog it.  But frogging meant that I had to find a pattern in my arsenal that I could use. 

After digging through, I settled on this cowl pattern and honestly … I. LOVE. IT!!!!!!!   I saved this shorter pattern version when Stephanie released it in December 2012, but decided to modify it to make a longer version for this F.O.  (She’s since created a longer version; go to her blog — you’ll love it!!! )

Like my online buddy Andi reminded me today — knitting (and crochet) is supposed to be enjoyable and I can definitely say that I’m going to happily hand this puppy over tomorrow.  But, you’re not here only for my discourse … LOLOL … so I’m going to give you some proof of my first Craft Challenge F.O.  

The recipient requested chunky, funky, stylish, soft and squishy and this pattern/yarn combo nailed it.  ETA: Looking at the picture, it came to my mind that adapting this pattern using the Granny Square stitch might be awesome!!!!

Nikki's Cowl III


Pattern: Chunky Double Crochet Cowl

Designer: Stephanie Lau

Yarn: LionBrand Thick n Quick in Cranberry — 2.4 skeins

Avoiding a craft challenge fail: Point, set, match — Nicky!  😀

Wrapped and Ready To Go

Wrapped and ready to go!!!  😀

So … did any of you make it through the month so far working through your craft books?  I’d love to see what you did!  Post your Rav, blog or Flickr links in the comments section so I could enjoy your projects.  😀

After I weave in the ends of mine, I’m going to get ready for February!!!  Can you believe January’s almost over already?  Wow!!! 

Puppy Love

At some point, I decided that Christmas 2011 was going to be a handmade Christmas.  Then I decided not, then I decided yes.  Dizzying isn’t it — the back and forth?  Yesterday I blamed the rain for my renewed interest in knitting.  Today it’s the fact that I need to de-stress and also because my hand is feeling better. 😀 At this point, I don’t even care why.  I’m just glad I could knit 68 rows of stockinette stitching without agonizing pain.

Why specifically 68 rows of stockinette?  Because 68 rows of stockinette 6 times gives me one of these:

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I’ll get one of these delightfully cute braided balls which when completed is going to be a Christmas gift for my amazing canine friend Cinnamon aka The Cinnabunny.  See the absolute adorableness? 

How could I not give my snookums a handmade Christmas gift?   She’s my friend’s shitshu and I love her just like she was my own.  Who would have thought that puppy love would have influenced my first WIP in months (although I’ve tried to start others and failed miserably)?

As I put it together I’m going to add a bell like the one below to it so as she chases it, it’ll be loud and jingly. 😛  

Yes, I am the aunty of canine and human sweetie-pies fully in support of loud noise making toys. 😛  (If I become a parent, y’all can get back at me then).  😀

Here’s my “Puppy Love” wip:

The First Strip

The Yarn for the Other Strips

It’s been a while since I participated in WIP Wednesdays at Tami’s, but as always I’m going to say, after you’re done messing around here, head over to her blog for other inspirational WIPs from the fabulous ladies participating in the series.