Pointless Knitting Projects

23 May

Hey! We haven’t discussed knitting in a while, huh? I must admit, after spending 3 months knitting up my Agatha sweater, I thought it was time to take it easy for a few weeks. Also, my yarn budget was shot. Boo! I have been knitting in the time since – just easy projects, with yarn lifted straight from my tiny stash.

Let’s take a little lurk, shall we?

Knitted U-Lock Cozy
First was the Bicycle U-Lock Cozy. WHY. I DON’T KNOW. It was really easy & mindless – just very short rows of garter stitch, yeah! And it matches my bike :)

coordinated cozy
Then I knitted another coffee cozy, because apparently I just get off from coordinating everything.

THEN the Cozy Madness really reared it’s ugly head and I found myself knitting this…
Poodle Toilet Paper Cozy
That would be a Poodle Toilet Paper Cozy, knitted in Harvest Gold (acrylic, of course). What? Too much?

I think it’s safe to say that I should probably stop knitting cozies, for the love of everything that is pure & holy (and non-knitted)in the world.

In all seriousness, though, I did start two projects that are actual sweaters, knitted up in lovely yarns.

agatha - version 2
The first is my second Agatha cardigan – sorry for the Instagram. Also this picture was taken like 2 weeks ago & I’m much farther along at this point. But see my little sheeeeeep stitch markers! Ack so cute! Anyway, this is getting knitted up in another Cascade 220 – a beautiful jet black smudged with a soft gray. I think it will look really great with all the lacework. I’m not really pushing this one to get knitted up too fast, since it’s wool which is kind of deadly to wear during a Tennessee summer.

I also started my Miette last night, in a much more wearable cotton/wool blend:
Miette Gauge Swatch
I had to lighten the picture a lot to get anything to show (the yarn is a deep navy), but look! I got gauge on the first swatch woohoo!

Miette Gauge Swatch
And the other way!

I am really excited to knit up this sweater :D The mindless stockinette will be a nice change from all that crazy Agatha lace. I’m going on vacation this weekend – starting with a very long car ride – and I am looking forward to working on this.

Do any of y’all ever knit (or crochet!) totally pointless projects like cozies? Or am I alone in my cozy fascination? What is the ugliest thing you have ever made with yarn?

In the meantime, I’ve dedicated all my sewing time this week to endless piles of mending & refitting. I’ve actually accomplished quite a bit, and feeling very good about myself! Oh, and I’m also sewing up Landon’s Christmas present. You know, the one from Christmas that was like 6 months ago. I’m a shitty girlfriend.

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29 Responses to “Pointless Knitting Projects”

  1. Jennifer May 23, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Oh, I adore your poodle toilet paper cozy! I think I must make one of those for my work office – – just to add a touch of extra professionalism to the loo!

    What is that yarn for your Miette? Very pretty.

    I love knitting mindless things sometimes. Last year, I knat a huge snuggie/slanket (like on TV!) out of miles and miles of acrylic yarn, complete with arm holes and a ventilation shaft (because acrylic gets overly warm and does not ‘breathe’ well), and it is the most-used blanket type item in my residence.

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      It’s Cascade Sierra :) It feels so silky & soft – I love it! I think the cotton will feel really nice in the summer, too.

      Oh man, that snuggie sounds awesome. I’ve wanted to knit a blanket but I don’t think I can handle that kind of yarn splurge. Although I guess acrylic isn’t that expensive!

  2. Sandy May 23, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I just posted about Miette today! I love this project. I would advise you to go pretty small in the shoulders. You are tiny. If you want to, go take a look at my fit. I am about 33″ across my upper bust, 37.5″ across the full bust and 29.5″ under the bust. I started with the 34″ in the shoulders but you can see it is a little large in that area on me. I worked to the size 36″ for the bust area, for 2″ of negative ease, then decreased dramatically for the waist. It’s a great sweater. I hope you have fun!

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Just lurked yours – it looks so good! I am knitting mine up in the smallest size; it corresponds with my measurements for 2″ of negative ease. That’s what I did with the Agatha, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the fit. Hopefully I’ll get a good fit with this one too :)

  3. Ashley0107 May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    I love the Agatha pattern, I’ve wanted to knit it for ages! I love the colour you’ve chosen :)
    My totally pointless (for me) knits are fingerless gloves. I don’t wear them! I need to start wearing them because I have about 5 pairs! They’re fun to knit as they’re pretty quick.
    I really want to knit a teapot cosy, but we don’t have the kind of teapot that they fit. I really want one though.
    If you like mindless knitting sometimes, dishcloths are amazing! So useful, but great to knit :)

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Ahaha, I hear ya on the fingerless gloves – I want to knit some Meow Mitts something fierce, but the thought of buying all those colorways of yarn for something I’ll probably never wear is really off-putting.

  4. Sassy T May 23, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I am learning to knit. and one of my groups is in a library who are working on a project so we are doing things for a large afternoon tea like doughnuts, sandwiches teapot, biscuits etc, with a view to doing what they call a “yarn bomb” in a park. Large knitted scarves wrapped around trees, for example.
    Am on a diet so you can’t get anything more pointless than knitted doughnuts which am working on at the moment lol

  5. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! May 23, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Ooh, Miette is cute too and on my list!

    Your toilet paper cozy is awesome. Seriously. I think I may need to knit one now for our basement bathroom, which came with 90s peach/pink shell sink and 90s mauve toilet (no, not 50s cool pink). So I’m thinking I need a pink knit t.p. cozy!

    And that’s not pointless on your u-lock, it’s like a mini yarn bombing you take with you! ;)

  6. Kerry May 23, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    For my birthday I got a whole book of toilet paper cosies to knit, which range from the hilarious to the freaky – like making a little sweater with arms, except it’s for your toilet paper. Too weird. And hey, a toilet roll cover could probably count as useful? Maybe?!

  7. Maddie May 23, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I wish I knew how to knit. Unfortunately, I spend all my time sewing!

  8. oonaballoona May 23, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    i might have nightmares about that poodle.

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      You should be glad I don’t have your address for, er, “surprise mail” >:) lol

  9. stacyverb May 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Miette! That sweater has been in my queue for ages. I can never decide what color I want to make it, so I keep making other things instead. Someday it will be mine….

  10. Didyoumakethat May 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Ha ha ha! Gotta love a pointless knitting project. Do you sew the bike lock cosy straight onto the U lock? Hmmm, could I be tempted or will my boyfriend disown me?

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Yes, I knitted it flat & then yarn-sewed it around the cozy. I suppose one could knit it entirely in the round but that seemed like way too much effort!

  11. meredith May 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    If you want to go crazy, you can always make some fruit cozies: http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/2008/07/fruit-cozies.html

    or chapstick cozies: http://robenster.blogspot.com/2011/06/lightsaber-chapstick-cozie.html

    Anything but more neon poodles!

    Also, way to go on getting stitch AND row gauge… somehow I can only ever get one of them.

    • LLADYBIRD May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      HAHA! I’ve made an apple cozy before but that banana cozy may also have to happen soon!

  12. Miriana May 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    A profusion of tea cosies. I made a couple for myself and then all my friends wanted one. It must be a British thing, this obsession with tea – which reminds me, check out this post if you want to get a sense of the British relationship with tea.

    http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2012/05/22/a-nice-cup-of-tea/

    It’s from one of the two best knitting blogs ever (the other being Yarn Harlot)

  13. Sarah W. May 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Yay, fun knitting! The TP cozy is my fave. The new sweaters are going to be great!

  14. StephC May 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Looks great! I had to laugh. :) And well done with the mending…. Nice. I have a bad habit of half-making something for my husband and then kind of trailing off… The current fail is the 1940’s pajamas. I did the hard part, the top and then quit… I still need to get those trousers done! And he pesters… ;)

  15. Jo May 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Ooh Miette! Are you going to join our Miette knit-along? It’s still going! :) Come on and joooooin us :) I love your cosy projects, don’t let anyone tell you that a poodle toilet cozy isn’t necessary!

  16. K-Line May 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    That cozy is the cutest and craziest thing ever! I almost think I need one.

  17. Helen Made May 24, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    I can’t believe you’re starting a second Agatha! I’ve tried and failed to get past abour row 9 so many times I’ve given up for the time being and decided to start on the Miette instead – much simpler! Can’t wait to see your finished version though!

    • LLADYBIRD May 24, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      Well, the second time is much easier since I have a pretty good idea of what to expect :) And if it makes you feel any better, rows 9-10 were KILLER for me the first time I knitted that damn sweater. I frogged them so many times, I lost count. It was much easier after I got past them!

  18. Casey May 24, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    The poodle cozy is strangely compelling… I have to avert my eyes so I don’t get tempted! haha! (SH would have a fit if I did that; although his reaction might be worth it… lol.)

    I am in the middle of trying to either build my courage up to re-addressing a lace knitting project that I started over the winter (and accidentally pulled a *ton* of stitches off the needles while transporting it… it stinks) and working on a mindlessly easy throw for the sofa. Not sure if the latter is even going to pass muster at the end; it might be a bit too ugly (using up various yarns laying around). haha! Although I got volume 1 of “A Stitch in Time” for my birthday, so there are various things calling my name right now… (Maybe I could frog that lace project and just start something from the book instead?! Sounds far more appealing to me! lol.)

    P.S. Those sheep markers rock. ;) haha!!! (Glad you’re enjoying them!)

  19. Scruffy Badger May 25, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Oh what an awesome cozy! I must admit that I would be tempted to make something just as kitsch (was going to write “tacky, but that would be rude & dont want to offend you, but it would be my aim). I’ve been going through old 70s knitting books filled with makes for bazaars, you know, hot water bottle covers, slippers, knitted ties and crocheted place mats. No loo roll cosies though! But a couple of adorable tea cosies (one shaped like a house!). So I am still lazily looking ….

    • LLADYBIRD May 25, 2012 at 8:31 am #

      Hahha, naw, it’s totally tacky – you can say it! :) I want to see your version of the tacky knit, 70s knitting books are so good for that stuff!

  20. Lucinda Campbell (@sewwrong) May 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I <3 your poodle TP cover! It'd make a cute wine cozy too if the pattern was altered to make the body longer

  21. diya May 26, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    I love the Poodle. Its too cute..

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