Crackerjack Plans

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I have a plan for my Crackerjack and I’m SO excited! For those who aren’t familiar, the Crackerjack is a recipe for an infinity scarf worked in stripes where the colors each represent the wins and losses of your baseball team. We don’t have many opportunities here to wear a big infinity scarf, though I do love them, so I am going to make mine into a blanket. Here’s a bit about how I came to this decision.

First off, I searched Ravelry for striped blankets. I knew I wanted to keep it simple and the simplest concept seemed to be strips of fabric with the stripes indicating the wins, losses, etc. At first I thought I might have one blanket represent three seasons, with a strip for each season. There were a couple of lovely blankets that caught my eye that gave me an idea of what this would look like. However, I don’t know if I want to drag it out that long. Then, I ran across this blanket with one row of stripes and then color blocking, and I think that might be the ticket! I’ll make one long strip with the stripes representing the season, and then I can add the color blocks and a border at the end of the season.

Or, I’ll decide I’m tired of it at that point and drag it out for three seasons like the original idea. It’s nice to have options!

To keep it extra simple, I think I’m going to do it in garter stitch. I looked at some garter stitch scarves and I love how they look in stripes, and I also just love the cozy squishiness of garter stitch. Plus, it means I never have to purl which is an added bonus for me.

I’m really excited for a new baseball season and I hope I can keep up with my Crackerjack this time. Go Astros!

Five on Friday

 

 Just a few random things that I’m thinking about today (and a random picture of C2’s Dino watching him eat breakfast this morning).

  1. A couple of years ago, Stacey came up with the great idea of the Crackerjack pattern!  I started one that year, but failed to complete it…truth be told, I didn’t make it very far at all. This year is my year! I’m going to the home opening day for the Astros and I will make a Crackerjack of some kind this year. I’m trying to decide between the original infinity scarf or maybe something else using the same concept. Season starts next week, so it’s decision time!
  2. I’m working on some socks for Jason. They have been slow going, but I’m making some good progress on the first one now. I wanted to have them done by the time he rides the MS150 in two weeks, but I’m not sure if I’ll make it.  
  3. I’m in spring cleaning mode big time over here.  This weekend the goal will be to get the boys’ room back under control. All of their clothes need to be switched out for spring/summer clothes and I need to get rid of more toys since they keep multiplying.
  4. C1 (who is 8) is super into April Fools’ Day this year. I started off the day giving the boys “frozen” milk. It was pretty fun. 
  5. I’m in the midst of sorting summer day camps, travels, swim team, etc. for C1. He has exciting times ahead of him, but man, it’s some work.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Trusting the Swatch

I did a swatch before making my Newsom cardigan.  I washed it and dried it and measured it before and after so I could see how much it grew.  I got gauge and moved forward with my project.

Then, I bound off my cardigan. And panicked a bit.  It didn’t fit! It was way too short in the body.  This is not unusual for me since I’m on the tallish side, which probably makes me all the more worried about it.  And then I remembered, my swatch grew.

To be honest, I still didn’t really trust that my sweater would work out okay.  I feared that my sweater would behave differently from the swatch, but I washed it and sure enough…it grew.

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So, if I’m going to bother to swatch, I should probably trust it.  Not all swatches lie😉  Finished pictures coming tomorrow, I hope!

 

Frogged

Last night, I had a finished sweater.  With just ends left to weave in before blocking, I had just about reached the finish line on my Newsom cardigan.  Then, this morning, while weaving in ends, I noticed a tension problem at one edge that made it look like there was a hole in the knitting.  No amount of futzing with the problem made it look right.  It was, of course, right on the front edge of the cardigan.  I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I frogged 2″ of garter stitch I had knit at the end of the sweater to get back past the problem spot.  That 2″ took me a long time.  I did all I could to avoid it, but it was inevitable, I had to frog.By the end of my frogging, I had these four little balls of yarn, and 2″ of garter stitch ahead of me, so I got started…again.

I feel like I have knit this sweater at least twice at this point (all of my own doing, my own mistakes, the pattern is great).  It’s a good thing I think I’m going to love this sweater and be able to wear it all the time because that’s the only thing that will make up for all of this frogging.

The Great Stash Re-org: Phase 1

Before we moved, I got all of my stash out and gave quite a bit away to my local knit/crochet friends, but I never got around to reorganizing after that. Mostly, I really want my stash to be up to date in Ravelry. I am so much more likely to use it if I can easily match up yarn with patterns I want to make. 

So, this weekend I got out all of my yarn. Some of it was still in boxes from the move. My first step was to dump it out onto the couch. Yikes!

  
Next, I sorted it so I could get all of the skeins of like yarns together and to get the unmarked balls out. I’m putting those in a bin of their own. 

After that, I went to my Ravelry stash to update the storage locations for yarns that I had already entered. As I did that, I marked them with the tag “2015sort” so I’ll know that the entry has been updated. 

Now, I’m left with a single layer of yarns on the couch that need to be photographed and entered into Ravelry. That will be phase 2. I know it can feel like a bit of an intimidating process to update your Ravelry stash. I’ve been putting it off myself! But, I’m hoping that breaking it up into smaller manageable chunks of work will help.

Buy Me Some Peanuts and…

Crackerjacks!  Baseball season is here, and while it’s not my favorite sport to watch (sorry baseball, I’m a football girl at heart), I do like keeping track of it and going to a game when I can.  So, when I heard about the Crackerjack project, I knew I had to do it.  Basically, you knit an infinity cowl using a different color to represent a home win, away win, home loss and away loss.  Sadly, the Astros will probably have a lot of losses again this season, so I chose to use the cheery colors for losses to try to make it sting a bit less.  ;)

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Here’s my color key:

Home Win:  White

Home Loss:  Blue

Away Win:  Grey

Away Loss:  Orange

I’m using Berroco Vintage.  I just got one of each color for now, I figure with the stripes it will be okay if the yarn is in a different dye lot if I need to order more.  I’m making a big smooshy long cowl.  Today is the Astros opening day so I’m excited to get started!

The Arrow Led Here

I had a lot of fun doing Ysolda’s Follow Your Arrow shawl mystery knit along (finished pictures below – if you’re still avoiding spoilers).  I had never done one, and it was exciting to see what was coming next each week.  I did pretty well staying up with the clues until the end, and it has taken me a while to get them finished.  This is my first one.  The second one might hibernate for a bit while I work on a few other things, but I am looking forward to getting back to it.

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I did clues BBABA for this one.  It is in Anzula Haiku – a Merino/Bamboo/Nylon blend.  I am always amazed by the magic of blocking a lace item.  You can see it here while it was still on the needles.  It just bloomed so beautifully and has such a great drape.  I’m still not great at pinning points so that they actually remain pointy.  I need to work on that.

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It is also huge (in the best way!).  This bench is an oversized bench for two people, and it drapes over it and still doesn’t show the full shawl.  It wraps around my neck great and I know it will stay in place whichever way I wear it, which I was a bit concerned about after I did the short row part.

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I’m so excited to see how the second one turns out now!