Thought I'd give you a quick update on my current WIP's (works in progress.)
I've got a few things going at the moment; still working on my Tegna top. (I know, it's been months!) I started it a size too large, then ripped it out, I started it a size smaller and it was too small so I ripped it out again. Then, I started it in the larger size but at a smaller gauge and I think it's gonna stick this time!
I'm about halfway done with the front panel at this point.
I also started the Dagmar Sweater but after the short row shaping nothing made sense anymore so I had to throw in the towel. I'm a very proficient knitter and this pattern threw me for a loop! It was crazy difficult to understand. Going through other peoples posts on Ravelry was frustrating too since most notes said "and then I just had to improvise" or, "this is a list of the modifications I had to make," not a good sign! Paying 6.50$ for a pattern, then having to practically write it yourself=not worth it.
Photo by HandyKitty
In the yarn dyeing department I've been trying some super sweet Kettle Dyeing techniques. Guided by this tutorial. I tried a blue to green combo first;
Then I tried a lovely pink purple combo.
I dyed both skeins at the same time and somehow one turned out a little darker than the other!
I also finished a cute pair of stripey socks using the Rose City Rollers pattern and KnitPicks Felici yarn,
and a purple, twisty headband in KnitPicks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky yarn.
The yarns will be popping up in my Etsy shop soon. I'm undecided on whether I'll list the socks and headband or give them as gifts. We'll see!
I just got another batch of naked yarn to dye so I'll be working on that soon. I'm also on the lookout for the perfect, worsted weight sweater pattern for the upcoming chilly Fall weather. I've got the perfect, orange merino yarn just waiting to turn into my dream sweater!
Stay tuned for more exciting hand dyed yarns, and updates on both my knitted tops!
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Quick post for y'all today! I've been super busy knitting on Jakson's Socks (and powering through a big mystery project which I will reveal later this Summer) so I decided to whip up a quick "instant gratification" knit. I've had my eye on Jane Cochran's pattern Thirty Eight for ages, so I decided to grab some skeins from my stash and just go for it!
The pattern is titled Thirty Eight because this cowl whips together in only thirty eight rows! I was able to complete it in two nights of bing watching Legends of Tomorrow!
It is knitted as one long loop starting with seed stitch for 26 rows and ending with ribbing for 10 rows. I added an extra stitch to the cast on (141 instead of 140) to make the seed stitch completely seamless, then reduced that stitch to make the rib stitches even.
It was such a quick and fun knit, I definitely see more of these guys in my future.
The yarn I used is Biggo by KnitPicks. It is 50% Superwash Wool and 50% Nylon. It's wonderful to work with, it's very light and fluffy. I could feel the Nylon more than the Wool so (in my opinion) it has a little bit of an acrylic feel to it. Also, reviews on the KnitPicks site do claim that it pills a lot with wear. I will be selling this cowl on my website so I don't have a review as far as the longevity of the yarn.
The final product blocked up really nicely. It stretched out to be perfectly long enough to wrap around the neck twice and the stitch definition is wonderful.
Overall, this is a product I'm proud of. I have listed in my Etsy shop HERE if you would like to own it yourself. I definitely see a few more of these in my future. I have a few gorgeous skeins of mustard Billow Cotton yarn that might turn into the same cowl...we'll see!
I will have updates on Jakson's Socks soon! I'm nearing the finish line on those puppies! (Men's socks always take forever, why are their feet so huge!?) I also have a super secret Birthday project I want to share and a knitting book review coming up!!!
I hope you dig my fun, purple project!
Bonus photo of Moonunit helping me with each and every stitch;
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My sister was so pumped about her Birthday Socks that she immediately ordered a pair for her husband! Fortunately, I'm a bit of a yarn hoarder, so I just happened to have a pile of sock yarn handy. Heh.
I gave him two tweedy color options and he chose the Cranberry Tweed.
The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in Garnet Heather. (The green is the same yarn in Dill Heather.)
The pattern I'm using is A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. on Ravelry. The pattern is a basic sock with the addition of ribbing to add extra snugness to the fit. While it is a quick knit (as far as socks go) it's definitely not a beginners pattern. She does not go into detail on the shaping techniques so if you're not familiar with the basic structure of a knitted sock this might not be the pattern for you. As for me, it's just about perfect, one small page of instructions without a lot of process pics cluttering up the works.
I was hoping to have them done by the end of the month but my April Showers Sweater keeps distracting me!
So far I'm almost done with sock #1!
My sis says that these socks will be replacing a well loved pair that just bit the dust. I hope this pair will be just as loved!
Sock #1 is off the needles and sock #2 will be flying onto the needles tonight!
I'll be back soon with another update on these lovely Tweed sock and more progress shots of my April Showers Sweater!
Thanks for reading about my current yarny adventures!
I hope you guys are knee deep in Pumpkins and candy bars!
I wanted to share with you a project I just finished, I'm sure you've seen the pictures all over Insta and my FB page. If you loved the yarn, or the pattern, you can find all the information in this post! Let's get started!
I made this lovely pair of fingerless mittens as a commission for a friend;
She was inspired by this cute pair of mittens and asked me to create a similar pair.
Unfortunately, I didn't have enough sock yarn leftovers to make a pair just like this so we did some research and found some self patterning yarn. The yarn we found is Regia Designs by Arne and Carlos in the colorway Fall night.
I found a similar pattern; Fingerless Gloves by Stephanie C. Haberman. It seemed simple enough so I got out my addi turbos and got started.
The mittens started turning out smaller than I'd hoped so I added another 5 stitches to the pattern and started over. I then got to the thumb gusset and didn't enjoy the look of the increases so I instead used a M1L and M1R increase to make them look cleaner.
I ended up making up the pattern from this point on. I found the instructions vague and slightly frustrating so it was just easier in the end to improvise as I went along.
I'm happy with how they turned out. The yarn was a little scratchier than the KnitPicks Stroll that I'm used to using but it blocked up really nicely and the nylon gives it excellent elasticity. I would use it again for socks and mitten projects like this.
In conclusion! I wasn't thrilled with the pattern. I think, maybe, if I had a little more patience with it, that it would have turned out ok. But I already had a clear image of what I wanted the finished product to look like so improvising was what felt right for these guys and I don't think they suffer for it.
The mittens are all packaged up and on the way to their forever home in the morning. I hope they have a long and productive life!
Ps. If you are looking to own a pair of hand knit Ashley mittens, these Norwegian Mittens and these Lace Fingerless Mittens are available in my shop. And remember, I do custom orders!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope your Halloween season is off to a good start!
Recently I fell prey to another KnitPicks sale.
I can't help it! They sell the most magical yarn!
As a result I've ended up with a gorgeous bouquet of Tweed yarns that are just waiting to be made into beautiful items for my Etsy shop.
I've been considering lately taking down some of the older items in my Etsy shop. I have items from 2011, when I first posted my shop, that have been stagnating for years and have not been as popular as I had hoped. Items such as my Pom Pom Tea Cozy and my Cake Themed Toilet Paper Cozies. I'll also possibly be taking down some of my jewelry and felt crafts in order to make room for more knitted items. (Yes these are terrible screen shots, I've had these items listed for 5 years and no longer have the original photographs.)
In their place I would like to post fabulous new items like; more hats, mittens, leg warmers and socks!
Since it is Fall and I have these fabulous new wooden labels I would like to debut...
I'm going to start working on a collection of Fall colored Tweed goodies. Lots of cables and thick, warm accessories for Fall and the upcoming Winter Weather.
I've been doing a little research and these are a few of the patterns I've been looking into; Traveling Cable Hat, Interlocking Cable Hat, Cabled Hand Warmers, Spate Mittens, Basic Mittens, Cable Knit Boot Cuffs, Tilly Legwarmers. Just some ideas! Nothing concrete.
Since I have had to update all my sites due to the brand name change, and am still in the process of updating business cards and washing care tags and all that good stuff for the site, it feels like the right time to shake things up. I hope you guys are enthusiastic about some new products up in the shop and a great Fall, into Winter, Tweed collection which should be super fun and cozy.
I'll provide up to the minute updates on which projects will be entering the shop and when. Please let me know if you have anything you would like custom made. I'm more than happy to make you whatever your heart desires!
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I've had a busy couple of weeks crafting and decorating for Fall. I've got a bevy of fun stuff to show you, lets get started!
I recently finished Alex's Fall Sweater. It turned out super cute! I'm gonna grab some pictures of him wearing it this weekend so you can see how cute he looks.
Here are some previews;
I also started a cute pair of fingerless mittens out of Baby Alpaca Silk Drops Yarn for my Etsy shop. The pattern is Pioneer Lace Fingerless Mitts by Christy Hills.
I don't usually make projects with such tiny needles and yarn, so it has been a kind of frustrating project (ladders for days!) but they're coming along nicely. (Don't stress, I fixed all ladders, I'm a perfectionist.) The lace pattern is on the back and the front of the mittens so this is not a project you can work on while watching TV, you pretty much have to read every row of the pattern like a book while you're knitting.
I'm exited to get these up on the Etsy, I think they will make a great Fall gift for someone.
I put up some Fall decor, including my homemade Fall banner and my pom-pom garland!
As for last weeks projects,
I finished a cute, little cactus named Clem, you can find his pattern here.
I also finished a Pumpkin Tea Cozy because, why not!?
I used this pattern (heavily altered to look more like a pattern from this book) and some fantastic Drops Big Merino, which is a touch splitty but otherwise lovely to work with. I'll definitely need more of this stuff.
Whew! That's a lot of projects!
I hope you've enjoyed my journey of September creations, don't worry, it's far from over! I'm going to be starting on some new, fun stuff as early as next week!
Thanks for following along!
I've been working on a fresh commission of 4 pairs of slipper socks. Two pairs of Women's size 7.5 and 2 pairs of Men's size 10.
This is a super traditional pattern, in fact, it's one of the first patterns I've ever knitted. I remember sitting on my Grandmas couch as a little girl, working with some squeaky, pink acrylic yarn and a pair of blue acrylic needles and learning to work the rib and garter stitch sections. I think I ended up with a pile of grubby, grey yarn with no slipper socks in sight at the end but it was still a good learning experience!
The pattern I used is Grandma's Knitted Slippers by Zanne on Ravelry. It's pretty cut and dry but there is a rather large Errata on the decrease row.
For Women's size; Decrease Row 1 (rs): Work in ribbing on 9 stitches, P3tog, work in ribbing on 3 st, P3tog, K1, P3tog, work in ribbing for 3 st, P3tog, work in ribbing for 9 st. (29 st remain)
For Men's size; Decrease Row 1 (rs): Work in ribbing on 11 stitches, P3tog, work in ribbing on 4 st, K3tog, P1, K3tog, work in ribbing on 4 stitches, P3tog, rib 11 stitches. (35 stitches remain)
I would also recommend starting the decrease rows 1.5" from where you would like the sock to end, not .5" like the pattern suggests.
For the first two pairs (pictured above) I used Bernats Sheepish which is 30% Wool and 70% Acrylic. It's machine washable and dryer safe. It holds up pretty well but it does have a tendency to pill and it's a pain in the butt to frog because it's so wooly. Otherwise it knits up like a single ply wool yarn but with the added bonus of being super easy care.
For the second two pairs I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease which is 80% Acrylic and 20% Wool. This is a super user friendly yarn, it's also machine wash and dryer safe, it holds up forever and is super nice to work with. I'm not a big Acrylic yarn fan but this stuff is much better than your 100% Acrylic/Red Heart type options.
I wasn't given any color parameters to stick to on this project so I stuck with my favored jewel tones. I think they turned out pretty cute and cozy.
For my next projects I'll most likely be starting a fun, smokey blue linen tank top for the Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2016 KAL. I'll also (probably) be starting on a new set of fish themed mugs! People can't seem to get enough Aquatic Mugs! This will be my last set for a while though, I'm getting a little burnt out on ceramic painting!
I'm excited to get this commission out the door and start on some fun, new projects!
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My Greystone Cardigan is flying off the needles! (You can read more about this project here and here.)
First, I finished the bottom band of ribbing on the main body portion of the sweater.
Isn't it pretty!?
Second, I knitted the pockets.
Then I knitted one sleeve...
And Saturday, during an epic day of Nachos and MST3K with some of my besties, I finished sleeve #2!
Now I just need to knit the front band and sew those pockets on! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I'll be finished with my sweater just in time for my Birthday!
I am a little concerned with the sleeves being as huge as they are, they're very wide for some reason. I think it'll make it extra snuggly for layering over clothes in the Fall. I was hoping for a more streamlined sweater, more Cardigan and less coat, but you get what you swatch for. I'm not very experienced with sweater knitting, this is only my 4th sweater in all my years of knitting! But, I stocked up on Sweater yarn during a KnitPicks sale (Wool of the Andes ftw!) and I'm going to go pro. By the end of this year I'm going to be Awesome at knitting sweaters!
Stay tuned because finished sweater photos will be coming soon! Ahh! I'm so pumped!
Thanks for reading,
I have been crazy busy making lots of projects for friends and family. (I can't share them yet because some of them are top secret!) In the meantime I thought I'd make myself a little something.
I got this magical Alpaca yarn from KnitPicks.com last year. It's called Andean Treasure.
It's baby Alpaca, one of my most favorite fibers ever! It's buttery soft and delicious. The Olive shade is not really my color but I'm going to make it work!
I searched long and hard for the perfect pattern to use my prized yarn on, then I found this one!
It's called Greystone by Sarah Cooke, and it's just what I was looking for. No cables or fancy stuff, just a *mostly* stockinette pattern to show off the texture of the Alpaca yarn.
The pattern calls for a DK weight and my yarn is a Sport weight so I am messing around with the tension. I knitted a few test swatches and decided to settle with a size 4 needle, but so far it's looking a little smaller than I would like! I might need to start over with a size 5 or 6 needle. Bummer.
I'm not too upset about it though, I love working with this yarn and this pattern is simple enough so it's not going to be too much of a chore to start again.
I'll keep you updated!
In other news, I might have *accidentally* fallen prey to a KnitPicks Wool sale! Oops!
It's okay though! I've got it under control!
All this yarn is going to turn into 3 sweaters for next Fall and Winter. I'm thinking a cable knit green one for me, a purple one for Alex and I'm still not sure on the blue. A skein of fingering weight baby Alpaca jumped into my cart too, along with two skeins of Cashmere blend yarn and a hand painted skein of single ply Merino. Whoops!!!
I know it's not exactly Wool weather and I should be focusing on lightweight, Summer projects but I'm a rebel. Plus, I'm obviously a sucker for a yarn sale. Heh.
I'll be back soon with an update on some of the exciting commissions I'm doing for friends and fam. There's some pretty cool stuff going on!
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Thought I'd stop by and give you a quick update on some of the crafty adventures I've been on lately. After finishing the Never Ending Slanket and Susan's Winter Shawl, I decided I needed to make some smaller "instant gratification" projects. I started by knitting Alex a new Winter Beanie for school.
This turquoise beauty is a replacement for the wonderful hat I made him last year. It was a gorgeous, deep gray, Celtic Cable knit, 100% alpaca Ski Hat, which he wore for the entire Winter season then managed to leave on a bus somewhere. (I'm still getting over the loss.)
This new hat is made using the pattern Graham by Jennifer Adams. It's a quick, easy knit that's totally reversible. I think it took me about 4 days to make it. I used Bernat Sheepish which is 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool. It's splits a bit, is a pain in the ass to frog and pills like crazy. It's super soft and durable though and knits up with great stretch and is machine washable. I'd recommend owning a Lint Shaver if you're going to use it though, otherwise your project is gonna look like a big ol' cotton ball in a month.
Next, I decided my goal in life was to learn to knit TWO SOCKS AT THE SAME TIME!!! How is this possible, it's some sort of wizardry! I grabbed the book Knitting Circles Around Socks and got to work.
Not that Alex is spoiled or anything, but these are also for him. He's gonna be the best dressed guy on campus.
Turns out knitting two socks at the same time doesn't take Witchcraft! It just takes some patience, two sets of double pointed circular needles, and some really good instructions. I'm not quite done with them but I'm definitely going to be using this technique again. I'll probably be trying Fish Lips Kiss Heel by SoxTherapist next time since the gals on my knitting Podcasts (TwoKnitLitChicks and Yarniacs) just can't stop raving about it!
I'm using KnitPicks Stroll sock yarn in Dove gray. It's super soft Fingering weight yarn, 75% Merino Wool and 25% Nylon. It's wonderful to work with and it's machine washable, which is awesome. This is my first time using this yarn so it has yet to be tested for durability. The reviews on KnitPicks.com are awesome though so if all goes well it might become my go-to sock yarn.
The last project I wanted to share with you is almost a Work in Progress, except for the fact that I haven't started it yet...
That's right. Mug Painting!
A few years back I made a few of my family members these beautiful, hand painted mugs at a Ceramics Shop downtown. I painted them with all these lovely stains and had them professionally fired! They were glorious, I wish I had pictures. But, somewhere along the way, most of these treasures ended up getting accidentally broken (you know who you are!!!) So I decided to embrace the current Pinterest CRAZE and pick up some oil based permanent markers and some plain white mugs and make some replacements!
Kitty is obviously excited to help. I might also paint a little Valentines Day Mug for Alex while I'm at it but he's getting pretty spoiled as it is so, we'll see!
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