Tea Cozy Tuesday – July – Week #4

I’m now done with both halves of my Beehive Tea Cozy by Patons, and only the seaming and finishing is left. I’m glad there’s an extra week this month, as I wouldn’t have finished in time otherwise. It’s been a crazy busy month!

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I did find one error in the pattern, submitted it to Patons, and they replied that they have made the correction. I don’t know why but when I look at the pattern on line, I still see the old version. Just in case you do too, here’s the correction: On rows 6-10 on the top, it should say “Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then rep 4th row once.”

Have you nearly finished your cozy?

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Finish It Challenge: 3 weeks in, is the end in sight?

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The 2014 Finish It Challenge is 2/3 of the way done! how are your WIPs coming along? Here’s an update from Mollie & Claire:

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It’s been a real pleasure over the last few weeks seeing people post pictures on the Finish It Challenge Ravelry group of their WIPs in progress and more recently pictures of the finished items.

One of the blankets that started this challenge, the long term WIP of Pia aka Stitches n Scraps, has turned into the most glorious blanket, which you can check out here. Really I did have to subdue the green eyed monster when I saw it – because it’s gorgeous but also because it’s finished!

It just goes to show, sometimes all you need is support – or a challenge – to get something done.

My own WIP, a striped ripple crochet blanket is now over 80% done. At time of writing I have 28 rows to go – and a neat edging to put on the sides. Oh and sewing the ends in.

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Dun-da-dun-ta….DONE!

It’s finally done! Can you believe it? I’m totally doing a happy dance right now! I definitely can’t call it my Never-ending Nightmare Stashbuster Blanket anymore though, so I’m going to call it my Reversible Rainbow blanket.

Reversible Rainbow blanket

After this, it’s probably going to be a very long time before I do anything with Tunisian crochet again. Now that it’s done though, I actually really like it. I think I know who I’m going to give it to, and I hope they really like it as well!

I’m so glad that Claire from Mollie & Claire had the wonderful idea to start a finish-along. I never would have made it through this project without the deadline and all the encouragement. I still have 15 days left, so I may try to finish another old WIP as well…but that’s a post for another day.

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If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet, it’s an interesting technique. It’s like a cross between knitting and crocheting and you can create all sorts of fun textures and patterns with it. A blanket worked lengthwise probably wasn’t a wise choice for my first try, so I’m a bit burned out on it now, but will probably come back to it at some point.

Crochet designer Kim Guzman has written several great books on the topic. Her Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and the Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide are both available as e-books on Craftsy.

Both are also available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon (Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide), along with several of Kim Guzman’s other books

I hope you give Tunisian a try if you haven’t already!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – July – Week #3

I’ve finished the first half of my cozy and I’m really liking this one! The pattern is the  Beehive Tea Cozy by Pattons. It knits up quickly and the pleats are fun to do.

one side

The pleats are made by picking up purl bumps from several rows below and knitting them together with the stitches on the needle, effectively folding the fabric. I learned a trick for this in an earlier project, and I found it very useful on this one. When you reach the row that is later to be picked up, work a scrap yarn or floss through the bumps, sort of like you would do for a lifeline. This helps to later identify which bumps to pick up. Once done, you can remove the lifeline and use it on the next pleat!

I think I also found one error in the pattern. On rows 6-10 on the top, it should say “Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then rep 4th row once.” I’m sending a message to Pattons with that correction and will let you know if they agree or if I’m wrong.

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Finish It Challenge update

20140630-105127-39087824.jpgWe’re 11 days in to the 2014 Finish It Challenge and I am already wishing I was done with my NNSB blanket. This challenge is just what I needed to push me to finish it, otherwise it would have been back in it’s home on the stash shelf again by now. I’m starting to get excited now though, because I’m very close to being done!

Before the month started, I measured and planned. I figured out I had to do 2 stripes a day. That’s 4 rows, or 8 half rows since this is Tunisian. Not easy, but manageable. At this pace, I expected to be finished crocheting by the 15th. That way I would have time to add all the fringe, plus enough time left over to fix any issues or add more rows if needed. I got a bit of a head start, and just have 2 stripes left.  I’m hoping to finish the crochet part of this blanket today! Then I will lay it out and measure again and see if any more rows are needed.

Finishing my blanket is actually not the best part of this finish along though. I’ve gotten to work more closely with my wonderful co-host, Claire from Mollie & Claire. I’ve also had lots of fun meeting new people. The Finish It Ravelry group now has 41 members, and they’ve shared some lovely projects of all different kinds. There are actually 3 finished entries already!

This challenge extends through July, so there’s still time to join in. If you’re interested in joining us, here’s my Finish It Challenge 2014 rules post with the rules, badges, and links. We’re also still looking for sponsors for the final give-away. If you are interested in sponsoring a prize or know someone who might be, please let us know!

Coincidentally, my LYS actually started a longer term finish-along this month. The rules are completely different for that finish-along, so I’m able to enter not only my blanket, but lots more projects as well. It looks like I might be focusing on finishing for the rest of the year!

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My June Yarnbox

I received my June Yarnbox a couple of weeks ago, and I’m late in sharing it with you but I haven’t forgotten. I didn’t realize the box had arrived and was waiting for me at my office, so it was a week before I knew it had come. Since then, between Tea Cozy Tuesdays, Socks with Sarah, and now the Finish It Challenge, I just haven’t had a chance. It’s been a busy month so far!

Ok, now that you’ve heard my excuses, here it is…my last Yarnbox from the 3 month subscription I got as a birthday gift.

This month’s selection is a coordinating trio of yarns from Artyarns. There are 2 skeins of Supermerino, one in a solid blue (color 2279), and one in a rainbow of blues, purples, pinks, greens, and browns (color 1027). In the middle is a skein of Beaded Silk and Sequins light in shades of pink and coral (color 190).

This is not my typical color palette, but it is pretty, coordinates beautifully, and I’m intrigued by the different textures. The box included an Art Yarns pattern designed with this combination of yarns. It’s a pretty knit Wavy Shawl designed by Iris Schreier. The lace pattern looks a bit complicated for my knitting skills, but I’m going to give it a go.

The pattern link in this paragraph is an affiliate link. If you make a purchase after clicking this link, I may be compensated. Also in the box was a textured, crochet hat pattern called Ski Bunny by ACCrochet. I really like this pattern too, and may have to try it in time for winter.

Overall I’ve been really happy with my gift subscription. Considering other commitments, the three boxes are likely all I’ll have time for in a year. Once I make it through these three, I may just have to add another 3 month subscription to my wish list for next year!

P.S. Thanks Mom!!!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – July – Week #2

With so many other things going on this July, I’m very happy to have a relatively uncomplicated pattern for this month’s tea cozy. The  Beehive Tea Cozy by Pattons is going to be another good stashbuster for me as well, although I did have to buy the perfect buttons, of course.

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From my stash, I have a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Gold. It’s the perfect shade of yellow for a beehive! I also picked up these cute Favorite Findings “Bee Happy” buttons to finish it off.

Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can also view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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