Showing posts from September, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Los Angeles

I'd be safe and warm, if I was in L.A.  (The Mamas and the Papas)
Almost one year ago today I was in Los Angeles, California celebrating a friend's birthday.  In between the partying and museums, I managed to sneak in a visit to a yarn store.  Lucky for me, our Airbnb was about three blocks away from a fabulous LYS, The Altered Stitch.

Have a quick look around:

Although I wanted to buy the whole store, lucky for me, they had a sidewalk sale where they had beautiful yarn marked all the way down to a dollar.  $50 bought me some gorgeous skeins and an issue of Vogue Knitting.

I bought four skeins of Hachito by Mirasol Yarns.  It's an 80% wool, 20% nylon superwash merino wool blend.

I'm not sure what the colorways are, but they're gorgeous aren't they? I'm not sure what to make, but a quick search on Ravelry yielded some ideas that I'll share on this weekend's Showcase. 
Next I bought two skeins of Delicious Yarns Taffy in Butter Cream, a creamy white sup…

WIP Wednesday

To know me is to know that I love traditional granny squares.

I will make them out of any yarn and any size, from a delightful sprinkling of granny daughters backed in black to my dad's blanket I recently finished that's going back in the WIP pile, more on that later.

To know me is to also know that I have amassed quite a substantial stash over the years, one that I really want to try and work through.  A large portion of this stash is worsted weight acrylic, machine washable squeaks-as-it-passes-over-the-steel-hook goodness.  I had decided I would make a large blanket out of it, a large crazy-colored stash-busting blanket inspired by the one my mom had made a year ago, four round traditional grannies bordered in white sized to generously fit a queen sized bed which had diminished the acrylic stash quite a bit but there was still a good amount left.  I didn't know if I wanted to do something like that and stick with simple granny squares, or maybe try my hand at African f…

Miscellaneous Monday


Have you figured out the Plan I've created for this blog yet?  It's daily features!  Now I'll have a schedule that will hopefully keep me blogging and keep my interest, and hopefully this third (fourth?) incarnation of OnePinkHippo won't fade after a few weeks.  Just as a refresher, let's go over the daily features in detail:

Miscellaneous Monday ▸ Mondays are going to be whatever I want! It's my free day.  I'll still stick with crafty things, but it's basically my day to post about whatever I want, including life in general.Tuesday ▸ Tuesdays are off days; Tuesdays are regroup days.  We all have weekends, we all have days off, and I'll need a day off from yakking about myself, and to plan future posts. Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday ▸ Where I talk about my current WIPs, always plural, because I have a bad habit of starting projects and leaving them languishing about my house in various stages of completion.  This is going to get a little tr…

Showcase Sunday

Fall Leaves | Carrie Forrest Dweller Duvall (Forrest Dweller "The Handmade Homemaker")

Pumpkin and a Pattern  | Bobbi Lewin (Bobbi's Art)

Disclaimer:  patterns and images featured in the Showcase do not belong to OnePinkHippo, they are the property of the stated and linked designer or artist.

Showcase Saturday

On Saturdays and Sundays, I'll be showcasing my favorite knits and crochets from around the web, crochet on Saturday, knitting on Sunday.  Enjoy! xo

Crocodile Stitch "Dragonscale Fluffy Gloves" | Tahara (Thane's Prayers)

Autumn Glow Fingerless Mitts | Jennifer Dickerson (Fiber Flux)

Fall Maple Leaves | Michelle (The Painted Hinge) 
Disclaimer:  patterns and images featured in the Showcase do not belong to OnePinkHippo, they are the property of the stated and linked designer or artist.

Finished Object (FO) Friday

Granny Square Afghan
Yarn: Ice Yarns Bamboo Wool Magic in Green; Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Black Hook: 5.00 mm (H)
Made for: my dad, for Christmas
Started: September 06, 2016
Finished: September 22, 2016
Notes:  This was a fun project.  The yarn was great! It was very nice using a yarn that wasn't acrylic and didn't squeak on the hook.  It produced a lovely drapey fabric.  Even though it's a bit smaller than I hoped, I'm still happy with it.  I didn't buy enough yarn, and unfortunately the yarn has been discontinued.  I hope my dad will like it, and that he gets a lot of use out of it.  (I also hope he doesn't read this!)

Throwback Thursday: First

For my first Throwback Thursday, I've decided to go back to my first post on Blogspot ever, and see what was the first project I posted.

Way back in November 2007, I posted this hat I had made for my boyfriend at the time:

Not too bad for my first crochet hat! I was especially excited about it because it was my first hat that actually came out to be a wearable hat, and didn't turn out looking like a yarmulke or sombrero.  Funny thing is, I have no recollection of this hat.  I don't even know where this pattern is from. (Stich 'n Bitch Crochet, maybe?)  It's pre-Ravelry, and I was just too excited to have made a hat to write down too many details.  I think the yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick though.  Something nice and bulky I could find for cheap at Michaels.

As for now, I'm not too partial to crocheting hats.  They still come out looking like buckets, so I usually knit them, even if that means I have three or four going on at the same time.

WIP Wednesday: Don't Look Dad!

Guess what!

13 weeks until Christmas!

Have you started your gifts?  Lucky for me, and for the first time in my entire crafting career, I've actually started Christmas crafting, and am 95% finished my first gift.

I made my dad a granny square afghan in 2008, but it's falling apart because I wasn't very good at weaving in my ends.  I decided to make him a new one, and it coincided with the great Sarah H. (EssHaych) introducing me to Ice Yarns. I bought a pack (4 skeins) of a lovely bamboo/wool mix in shades of green and charcoal and got to work:

As I was crocheting it seemed 4 skeins wasn't going to be enough, but remembered that I had bought this on sale.  Unfortunately the yarn has been discontinued so the finished blanket is going to be closer to a lapghan than a full size adult blanket.  
I still need to add the border, which will add a few more inches.  It's a shame, because the yarn is a delight to work with (no acrylic squeak!) and produces a drapey, warm fab…

New beginnings.

Hello, and welcome to yet another incarnation of OnePinkHippo's blog. I don't even want to start to get into how many times I've restarted this blog on here, and other sites as well, but this time I have a few different things I didn't have last time:
a Plan, that shall be revealed in the next few days.too much Time on my overabundance of Yarn that I'd really like to work through. Life has also been getting in the way, and I really have wanted to come back to knitting and crocheting, because it's something I really enjoy, and it's really good for me to have that in my life.
Here's to new beginnings!