Sunday, January 4, 2015

First project of 2015 finished!



On Thanksgiving Paul gave me two things that he really wanted me to make for him. The first was a Jester's hat that he could wear during cross country skiing. The second was Hobbes a favored character from every boys favorite comic strip. (At least every boy and most girls I know) Since I was making everyone else in the family hats for Christmas, that is when he got his Jester hat. So soon after Christmas I got started on this guy.

I LOVE the start of a new project. The feel of the yarn and needles in my hand as I imagine whatever it is that I am going to make. So I spent an entire shift at work just dying to get home to start.

I found the Tall Tiger pattern at courtesy of Brown Eyed Babs. She has some amazing patterns. Some are free and some are for sale. So you should all click right over and check her out!



I posted pictures to Facebook the entire time I was knitting. So that I could share my progress as Hobbes began to take shape. I had never done a pattern like this before. On a normal basis I try to steer clear of making any form of stuffed animal .


However the more that I knit the more and more I started to love this guy.



 


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Out of the ashes....

So I was inspired today to revisit the idea of blogging about all of the crafting that I enjoy doing. And here I am with another blog post! Woohoo! Life for me has still been in "stitches" but I just have not had the time or dedication to write about everything I have been doing. However in talking friends lately I have realized how much I have missed it. I love to knit and craft and I love to share what I am doing with everyone around me.

I have also not given up on my wish to one day own my own craft store.

So today it was decided that my friend and I would complete a knitting challenge for ourselves this year. 52 projects in 52 weeks. Each using new patterns that we have never used before. Trying new techniques and materials. Since we needed projects that we could work up quickly we are going to alternate between scarves and hats. (Guess what people are getting for Christmas next year)

So keep watching. I will up date with pictures of projects that we have completed. If either one of us fails to complete a project on the assigned week there will be some sort of forfeiture. We have not decided what yet because neither of us plan to give up.

Also if anyone has any ideas or patterns out there that they would like to share or suggest. Go ahead and shoot me a message. I would love to hear from you.

What have you crafting days been like?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Slump....

Schedules and commitments have changed and I have not been able to knit, or blog about knitting in weeks. And it makes me very sad. I am going to have to make a conscious effort to get out of this slump and finish the projects that I am working on. Goodness Baby Adin will be a grown man before I get his special blanket finished.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just a bit of catch up...

The last couple weeks have been crazy busy. But I have found that I am never too busy to find time to knit a few rows. It is grounding for me. Whenever I get a little bit stressed or upset about something I am able to pick up one of the many projects that I am working on and make myself feel much better.

So Simple Silk Garden Sock
Last week I was working on one of Aeryn's striped socks at school and FORGOT it! We had a snow day the following day and I was very upset. I was not sure if I had definitely forgotten it at work or what had happened. And I was only about four rows from completing it. In a hurry to have something to work on I threw a completely different yarn and set of needles in my bag so that I would have something to knit while I visited my mother on the snow day.
A Nice Ribbed Sock

 This is the sock that I started that day. These are the So Simple Silk Garden Socks that I downloaded from the Knitting to Stay Sane blog that I read. This is the second pair of socks that I have downloaded from this site. The first pair, A Nice Ribbed Sock, is the first pair that I am making for Aeryn. I used a wonderful Kroy Stretch yarn on this sock. I will post the colorway as soon as I figure out where my knitting journal went to. I have started to keep a knitting journal to keep track of patterns, yarn and materials that I used throughout the year. It will be nice to look back on in December. As I often give so much away as gifts I never get to know how much I actually create throught the year. 

On the snow day I was able to start and complete the first Garden Sock. I used a beautiful yarn that I bought on a whim that is made of silk and bamboo. The sock came out think and warm and soft. My favorites aspects of homemade socks. Unfortunately I have not taken any pictures of the finished product yet, but I will do that soon.

The following day at school I was stopped by the teacher whose classroom I had been in the day before our snow day. He said that I had forgotten both my knitting and my sweater. I was very pleased to get both back because I was able to finish this beautiful sock. Aeryn wanted to wear both this sock and the Garden sock at the same time and was very disappointed when I explained to her that she needed to wait until I finished the mates to wear the socks. 




Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Banana?

My nephew Paul is one of the biggest fans of my knitting and crochet work. He loves to open presents and find some new interesting thing. And he always asks me for something weird. This year was no different. As I was looking through knitting patterns the other day on my favorite  Knitting Pattern Site he saw a really cool word. Amigurumi. To humor him I clicked on the link and the first thing he sees is a pattern for a banana. Ever since out trip to Washington DC two years ago he has been obsessed with bananas.

So I have started to make Paul a banana that I will give to him along with his birthday present. I certainly hope he likes it. In order to get it done I had to put down my other projects for a day. So far it is looking like it will be really cute. I can not wait to post pictures later.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Getting a bit ahead of myself....

The problem with going to the store to purchase yarn is that they usually have these free patterns hanging about. I always try to take them so that I can tuck them away but lately the patterns have all been really awesome and I just want to knit everything. I keep reminding myself that I have to pace myself. But sometimes the excitement is overwhelming. So here is what I have going on.

This is the hat that I made for Alex on the knitting loom a couple of days ago. These knitting looms make making hats quick easy and painless. It was amazing. While at Michael's the other day I picked up a small book that is going to show me more things that I can do with the knitting looms. I started to teach MaeMae how to use hers this week. If she lets me I will post pictures of her awesome hat as well.
Like I said lots of cool patterns at the yarn store...and this is my personal take on one of them. 
 The pattern shows this afghan in very soft, muted floral tones. Well, when I am yarn shopping with my nine year old daughter I do not get to buy many muted floral tones. So instead I get hot pink, black, turquoise and purple. Yes, I know that there seems to be a quarter of the square missing, however these "tetris block" style pieces fit together to form a beautiful afghan. Aeryn immediately laid claim but I think this one is cool enough for the back of the couch. I think it will clash very nicely with the pattern of the couch. Which you can see pictured here. Though I have to admit, I think just about anything will clash with this couch. There are very few things that I could but that would actually go well. I guess I will have to invest in a couch cover so that my couch displays my knitting and crocheting well.

The following picture is a picture of what I would like the special blanket that I am making an expecting friend of mine to look like when it is finished. I absolutely love this pattern and I was able to find some of the softest blue yarn . Every time I knit another row I just want to cuddle it.


You can see the first set of trees developing in the following pictures. At this point I am about halfway up the first set of trees. The pattern is knitting a bit quicker than I had at first expected. So I estimate completion time to be within the next couple of weeks. Which makes me happy because it means that I can get it packed up and shipped to my friend in time for the arrival of her son. So when you read this Erin, please do not have Adin early. He has to wait for his super cool snugly blanket!






Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Blankets and Babies...

Yesterday, as I was spending some quiet time in the one place that they can be alone after they have children I stumbled upon a picture of a beautiful baby blanket with interwoven tree branches. (If you are a mom, you will know the place I am talking about) The magazine I was looking at had been sent to me by Lion Brand Yarn as an advertisement to buy their product. Something that I already do in a large amount.

The blanket was absolutely stunning and made me think of a picture of a nursery that a friend from high school had painted for her son, who is due to arrive in a couple of months. I immediately got the urge to create this beautiful work of art. For me, with each of my babies, there was nothing better than wrapping them in a soft blanket and cuddling. I know that this young woman is going to be a great mother. And can picture her with her child, rocking gently in the rocking chair, singing him to sleep. 

I have also made a new years resolution. I was reading a post by a fellow blogger and she mentioned that a friend was attempting to make 12 sweaters in the year 2012. I thought that this was a really cool idea. I am not going to attempt sweaters, but among my normal knitting, I have decided to make twelve pairs of socks.  Let's see if I can stay away from the dreaded second sock curse for this year and have an entire basket full of beautiful hand made socks. 

There are so many things that I want to knit and crochet this year. Wish me luck. 


Happy KnittinG!