Thursday, December 27, 2012

Crocheted back scrubber

Here is the pattern I originally found and wanted to make in case you want to figure it out. Then you can show me how to do it! Ha! ha!

This is the one I wanted to try last night. It looked fairly easy and I made one in less than an hour. It was so much fun to make!

I hope she likes it as much as I do. I think she will!

 This is the back view.

 Up close of back view.


I love the nubby texture! Perfect for scrubbing your back with. This is the front side, which actually is the side you put on your back.




Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kitchener stitch video link

Here is a great video on learning how to do the kitchener stitch. I have only done it twice so I still need to watch the video to remember how to do it.

I like theknitwitch youtube channel for how to knit things. She has good clear instructions and easy to follow directions.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hats and socks

Here are the things I've been knitting lately:




The pattern for this hat can be found here. How to knit a basic hat. I used size 7 needles and casted on 72 stitches instead and used the Man hat (pattern below) for the decreasing. Except on every other row, I just knit around instead of doing the rib.



This hat is called the Man hat. And it's a pretty easy pattern to follow. Just two rows to repeat and one of the rows is just knitting across. It is the same pattern as the scarf I made Nick years ago. I casted on 84 stitches on accident. I was supposed to cast on a multiple of 8 so it should have been 80, but I think it will still fit.

Both of the above hats are for pre-teens, and I'm anxious to hear how well they fit since I was unable to measure their heads.





This is the top down hat recipe. I used size 8 needles to start with but switched to size 7's when the pattern called for circular needles. I don't care for how it turned out. It came out too wide and fits smack on my head covering my eyes. But it was my first time to do a top down hat, and I really enjoyed it. The pattern was so easy to follow!



These are the socks I started for Nick in March of this year. I made quick progress on the first half and got until the foot when I put them in the closet the following week where they sat until last week. Then, I finished the first half up and casted on the second half on Tuesday and finished them tonight.

They were fun to make. I thought they'd match perfectly, but I can see that I added an extra row or two on the second one and the toe is a bit longer! oops!

I was excited though because I learned to do the Kitchener stitch on these. (my first) and hopefully I will have it memorized so that I don't have to stress out so much each time! lol

These were made with some yarn that a Ravelry friend shared with me. Thank you, Penny!

until next time!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dry cracked splitting hands

I wrote on here awhile back that I have a problem with my hands and fingers cracking in the winter time. I've tried so many brands of lotions and they all just seem to relieve the pain temporarily.

My latest purchase was buying 10 bottles of Avon Silicone Glove. It used to give me great results but I wonder if they changed the formula or something. Now I'm stuck with 8 tubes! I also can't stand the way the lotion smells. But I put up with it because it worked.

I've got a bottle of  St. Ives Intensive healing lotion in the bathroom but hardly have touched it since I tried...

O'Keefe's Working Hands.

I'd seen it plenty of times while in the checkout aisle, but never paid too much attention to it until I saw the pictures.  Which by the way looked EXACTLY like my hands!!

So, I bought some, tried it and liked it.

It does take getting used to though. It says it's best to put on at bedtime and I can see why. It's not greasy- like they say, but it does leave your hands feeling a bit sticky. Or maybe I just put too much on. But I dabbed it on my hands, worked it into the cracks on my fingertips and let it soak in.

I'm the type of person that can't stand to have my hands feeling sticky, so it took every bit of my willpower to not run to the bathroom and wash the stuff off. I guess that's why they have you put it on before bed. I soon fell asleep. When I woke up, my hands did not burn and they looked better. I repeated this for two more nights and my hands are back to normal! Yay!!

I am also using rubber gloves to wash the dishes with and that seems to help my hands. That and the fact that I've taken a small knitting break. The tips of my fingers are thanking me! I just need to get another pair of gloves for doing laundry with and I'll be set.

Until next time!





Blessing bags completed.

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