Lamina Wrap

There are so many new patterns on Ravelry that I want to make. Lamina Wrap isn’t brand new .. came out in May .. but I really want to make it.

Lamina Wrap (Photo used with permission!)

Lamina Wrap (Photo used with permission!)

If you go to Ambah’s project page, she has all the yarns listed that she used. I don’t want to use the exact same yarns she did . . or maybe I do! Half the fun should be collecting yarns. Since finding the pattern, I’ve been saving the sock yarn leftovers, as well as looking at my sock drawer and wondering where the leftovers are for some of the projects. My sock projects tend to use the brighter “in your face” yarns.

The lace sections each use 25 yarns and I suppose some of them could be used more than once. It might be fun to make a Lamina Wrap every year from that year’s sock yarn projects, but adding neutral yarns for the garter sections. Maybe I should make it a project for every other year. 25 pairs of socks in one year is possible but that would be all I was knitting. (And you know how badly we need warm sweaters here in Texas!).

Sock Drawer

Sock Drawer

There are several sock drawers but you can see that most of the yarns I’ve used won’t work well with a Lamina Wrap. I’ll have to pay more attention to any sock yarn I might buy in the future. Not saying I will buy yarn . . just saying IF I buy more yarn!  🙂

Just for the record . . the boxes to the right of the dresser might contain yarn .  . not sock yarn but other yarn. On the other hand, there could be cans of peas and carrots in those boxes! You never know. My guess is on the yarn! 🙂

Seriously, expect to see some boring colors for socks soon so the leftovers can be made into a Lamina Wrap.

Knit Companion

Finally, today is the big day! The day I’ve been waiting for! Knit Companion for Android is now available.  I suppose I could knit without this program but I surely wouldn’t want to do it. There’s so much in the app that makes following patterns so much easier. I loved it for IOS and I’ve waited and waited for the Android version to be released and today, it is being released.

Knit Companion

Knit Companion

JUST FOR THIS WEEKEND – you can get 30% off! If you go to the Google Play store to get it, type in “KnitCompanion” (without a space) and it will come right up.

I’ve had a beta version for a few days and while the Android version doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the IOS version has, the Android version has some extra features; new features, different features. Also, more features will be added as time permits. The brilliant lady who came up with Knit Companion pretty much works alone, with maybe one part-time helper so even though the wheels turn a bit more slowly than I’d sometimes like, I understand.

I’ve been knitting one pattern on the IOS version and another pattern on the Android version and for the newest pattern, I reached for the Android. 

While many of you love Apple devices, and I don’t dislike Apple, but I like Android better. Other than having the iPad mini purely for Knit Companion, we have no IOS devices that we still use. Android phones, big tablets, little tablets. I’m not saying we’ll never go back to IOS but for now, we’re hooked on Android.

Knit Companion

Knit Companion

It works on the phone, as does the IOS version on iPhones, as well as any Android device that runs Android 4.4 or higher, and one of the new (or at least new to me) features that I love is that I can download patterns directly from my Ravelry library.  It truly is an amazing program but remember, anything harder than turning a device on and off seems hard to me.

I believe you can get a 7 day free trial with the new Android Knit Companion so if you’re an Android lover and a knitter, you really should give it a try. Remember, there’s a learning curve and at first, you may not feel it’s something you can live without but give it a shot and see if you don’t love it.

There’s a Knit Companion Ravelry group where questions are answered promptly either by the creator of the program or by expert users. There’s always someone there sharing knowledge.

Don’t forget . . the 30% off is only good through the weekend!

The Cat Hat and the Sleepless Dog

Yesterday I finished Addie’s cat hat.

Addie's Cat Hat

Addie’s Cat Hat

The pattern is Meowf. I had started the ribbing for the hat a few days ago .. one night when we had too much going on for me to be able to work on Hitofude but I could do ribbing. Sunday evening, we came in from working outside and I thought . . I’ll knit up to the cat part and then I’ll stop for the night. When I got that far, I decided that maybe I’d just start the cats and see how that went. The hat is not worked in the round and there are separate bobbins, or in my case, a mess of thread. hanging down while working on those blasted cats – threads for each colored cat, as well as either a black or white thread in between each cat. Really, once you finish the black part between the cats, there’s the black thread and the white thread.

About 10:30 p.m. Vince said he was going to bed. I said “I’m going to get to a stopping spot and then I’ll be there. At a little after 3 a.m., I finished the knitting but not the sewing the seam or weaving in the million ends.

The Back Side

The Back Side

The hat is cute but I don’t see me making another one. I do not like colorwork!

And, thank you, Rita, for waking up at 5:15 a.m. to go outside and then not wanting to go back to sleep. All day yesterday I kept planning to take a nap but . . just finish one more thing and . . there never was a time for a nap.  I was in bed last night way before 10 and if Rita, or Speck, or Vince or anyone else tried to wake me up . . I didn’t hear a thing. Slept like a rock but still managed to wake up before Vince . . who hears the alarm clock but I don’t hear it.

Maybe after a good night’s sleep, I can come up with a new knitting project today.