Monday, February 15, 2010

Ravelympics casting on

Well silly me, I managed to inconvenience our 15-yr-old enough to take my picture during the Opening Ceremonies/Mass Cast on, but neglected to post it!  Getting old really stinks, I'll tell you.  Anyhoo, here I am casting on the red/white/blue/TeamUSA hat for KAS, with my constant companion on my lap, our poochita Kari, as well as my overloaded knitting bag and my ready-and-waiting stash (also viewable behind my chair).  Notice the new Knit-A-Square shirt that arrived on Thursday, just in time. 

Go Team KAS! :-)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Molly Weasley housecoat sweater

I finished my first sweater -- admittedly, it's an acquired taste, inspired by Molly Weasley's housecoat that she wears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  You can see her in it when Ron, Fred, and George rescue Harry and break him out of his room at Privet Drive in the beginning of the movie.  I've seen some patterns for the sleeves online, and was searching for a thrift store robe that I could attach them to if I ever made them, and then I ran across a pattern at for this sweater by Shellie Cain, and knew this was the one.

Of course, I'm forbidden to wear it outside of our home, per my husband and eldest daughter. ;-)  The sleeves are actually a bit drafty around the forearm, due to the open crochetwork.  I may have to make a second version with an inner sleeve attached... hmmmm....

Anyway, here it is, in all its Molly Weasley glory! :-)


Ravelympics finished items

Well, I finished two double-double crocheted hats during the opening ceremonies, and then I started a go-over.  That one may take a while!

I have to say, I LOVE THIS HAT PATTERN by Kathy North!!!  It's very quick and easy, and oh so warm.  The variations are endless -- you can change the size by increasing or decreasing, or changing hook size.  You can change the color pattern by using solids, or only one color, or variegated or ombre colorways by themselves or with solids. The choices are endless.  Thank you, Kathy North!!!

Red, white, and blue in honor of team USA

This one is made with Red Heart Mexicana colorway, plus red and Windsor blue as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ravelympics/KASlympics ravatars for TeamKAS

Here are the ravatars for our Ravelympics/KASlympics TeamKas members, courtesy of my teenage daughter M.:






Sunday, February 7, 2010

Squares Squares and More Squares

The December challenge at Knit-A-Square was to make red squares, in remembrance of World AIDS Day.  I pledged five, and here they are: