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Monster’s Inc. Patterns

Sully

Doll  (2    4)

Hat  (2 )

Costume

Cup Cozy

Blanket

Pillow

Booties (2)

 

Mike

Doll (   3    4    5   6   7  8  10   11   12   13   14   15  16   17   18   19   20   21)

Hat (2   3  4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12   13 14   15)

MISC (2   3   4)

Blanket (2)

Costume

Boo

Doll (2)

 

This is all I found for Monsters Inc. Nothing for Randall, but still I’m pretty happy with what I found.

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Finished Object/ Optional Knit Quest: Alternating Garter Ridges Scarf

I’m making this an optional retroactive knit quest. I found this website called Knitting Fool (https://www.knittingfool.com/StitchIndex/Alpha.aspx) that has a bunch of k/p only stitches. So I want to work my way through some of them. You can find the pattern for this scarf here (I cast-on 37 stitches for my scarf: https://www.knittingfool.com/StitchIndex/StitchDetail.aspx?StitchID=1968

Since we didn’t go over how to alternate stitches in previous quests, I’m going to leave a video here to show you how:

 

This is what my finished scarf looks like. I made a lot of mistakes, but still overall, I’m satisfied.

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Knitting Challenge Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?

The number one thing I can say is NEVER TRY TO WORK FROM A HANK! Oh my god, that was the worst knitting experience of my life. It was my first time ever getting a hank and I thought I could just knit from it like I do a cake or a skein. Nope, the biggest tangled yarn mess I ever had. It took me FOUR DAYS to untangle everything. Never again.

Another thing I’ve learned is that when it comes to natural fibers, dogs are just a dangerous as cats. We all know that cats like to play with yarn. Their spit can make the yarn stiff and their claws can tangle up an otherwise perfect ball. However, dogs seem really attracted to natural animal fibers. My dog, a little chiweenie, was laying across my lap as I was looking at some new alpaca yarn I had gotten that day. She sticks her nose in it, okay, no big deal. Then, she grabs it and runs. It was summer, so the back door was open a little and I got to chase my dog through my yard, trying to get my yarn back. Ever since, whenever I get new yarn, it goes straight to a pet free zone, so I don’t have to worry about it.

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Knitting Challenge Day 28:Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

Along with knitting, I also like to embroider. I started doing that a few years before I started knitting. I have a set of 12 aprons, each with a different design on them, one for each month of the year. I also made a set of twelve napkins with reindeer on them. I’ve been getting back into embroidery recently. I have some pillowcases that I’m working on.

I’ve been thinking about trying out canvas needlepoint, sewing, quilting, and crochet as well. I may make some posts on that in the future.

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Knitting Challenge Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favourite?

I acquire most of my yarn in a yearly sale that’s put on by a charity. They collect donations year-round and then in June, they sell everything. All yarn and fabric is $1 per pound! I take huge bags with me and stuff them until they are splitting at the seams.

When I have the money, I like to shop at local yarn shops. The one closest to me is my least favorite in the area, they stock a lot of the same ones you can get at chains, but for more money. There’s a nice one a town over from me that carries a lot of merino wool and alpaca. My two favorites though are a minimum of an hour drive. One of them sells absolutely amazing colorways, they are all very unique and fun to work with. The other one has a bunch of harder to find fibers. I was able to get bamboo, yak, and cashmere yarn there!

When shopping in general or working a really big project, I tend to go to Michaels. The Jo Anns near me is always pitiful in their stock, so I gravitate towards Michaels more often. I haven’t been going there much anymore though because I really don’t have money for anything. I saved every penny I could for the sale last month so I could really stock up.

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Knitting Challenge Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?

I have not, but I REALLY want to be. I only know of the occasional one through Bluprint, but I get the feeling that it’s a more common thing than that? I always seem to catch the Bluprint ones when I’m in the middle of a big project, the last one was last summer and I had started my first sweater and I didn’t want to juggle multiple things like that. Anyone know of a place that features knit-alongs regularly?

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Knitting Challenge Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

I’ve never done either of these things, but I really want to. I’ve been thinking about a possible on-going project, in which I make patterns based on a new technique I want to learn. They wouldn’t be really fancy or anything, but it would be a way for me to build my skills. As for dyeing yarn, I really want to do that sometime. I’m going to look for a kit next month and see if I can find anything I can afford.