05 January 2017

Crochet Time!

Or: I Really Need to Learn How to Read Crochet Patterns!

My ILs got me a beautiful set of mini-yarn skeins (squeeeeeee!) and an adorable book on crocheting food as fashion and decor.  I love both of these so much!  Now I need to get my crochet skills up to snuff so I can make myself a taco pencil case and some adorable food magnets.

Miragoodsbasics Mini Yarn Skeins.  Forty 10 gram mini-skeins in full rainbow of colors.  Includes doubles of  basic solids.  These are perfect for little knit or crocheted projects like mini food, mini animals and mini dolls.
Twinkie Chan's Crocheted Abode a la Mode.  This is the cutest book ever featuring projects of all sizes (mini-magnets to full sized bean bag chairs) and for any use you could ever imagine.  I can't wait to do the whole house in "crazy crochet lady." 

04 January 2017

2017!

I wrapped up lost of cute crafts for the end of the year, but am mostly inspired to do new projects.

I received so many lovely crafting gifts from my family, and I am excited to use them all.  I plan to show them off soon, but for now here is my first project of 2017: a shawl!

This is an improvised pattern using KnitPicks Palette. A ton of it arrived as a gift from my husband.  More on that later, but he is a keeper!

A quick in progress shot to kick the year off right!






05 April 2016

Ravenclaw Mittens

My daughter got me a fabulous Ravenclaw house scarf for Yule, so I set out to make mittens to match.  Using Cascade 220 in Navy and some scraps of Lambs Pride in silvery grey, I made these up to coordinate.  I used a basic mitten formula from Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.  I like making my own mittens because I have wide-ish hands, with stumpy little sausage fingers and no thumbs to speak of.  Knitting them means I can custom fit all the parts!  I even got the hang of Kitchener stitch...all together a rousing success.




Details on my Ravelry projects page

01 April 2016

Blogging (and Crafting) Challenge

I am going to jump into Ramble Ramble's April blogging challenge with a post here.  I promised to keep better track of my crafting this year and have totally failed to open on that one! So, with no further delay, here are some recent knitting projects:

This is my Cupcake Tea Cozy.  My MIL got me a beautiful teapot, with matching sugar bowl and milk jug, in yellow! A new teapot surely called for a new tea-cozy.  A simple knit, with some brown 2x2 rib to make the "cake, then alternating bands of stockinette and reverse-stockinette to make some "frosting."  Add a "cherry" pom-pom and voila!  Your teapot looks like a giant cupcake.   All the project details are in my Ravelry Projects Section if you want to see the pattern I used as a rough guide.

I have a few more completed projects in there to share with you this month and I am about to cast on a shawl about which I am super excited!

Happy Knitting!

03 February 2016

And We Are Back!

It has been actual years since I posted here, which is silly since I have been knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting away....just not posting it all the way I used to.  2016 is going to be the year of record keeping.  I am going to track the books I read (more detailed lists/links at TheWellReadMom), and the projects I do, both here and on Ravelry.

I started with getting all my yarn loaded in to the Ravelry stash organizer.  This was a great opportunity to see it all, sort it all out (several bags went to my library knitting group for new homes) and get inspired by all the great stuff that is there. All the yarn porn is right here.



I am also using the Ravely project section to track what I work on.  That seems to be a good system in that getting the photos and info ready for Ravelry means I also have the photos and info ready for this blog!

I have some projects to post, knitting and otherwise, plus some new tutorials I want to post and some great resources to share. Check back in and I promise to be around a bit more!


18 June 2014

Socks! Lots of Socks!

My obsessionw ith rapid production short-row, toe-up sock continues. These are made out of worsted wool on size 3 needles. Using 44 sticthes they will be a womans large or men's medium. Being a large footed gal myself, I especially like the proportions of this pair. The yarn is KnitPicks Bare Worsted that I dyed with Wilton's Gel Food Coloring. I meant for the yarn to be black and blue, but the dye split and created this really pretty mix of all kinds of blues, purples and pinks.

 

15 June 2014

Dishcloths

These are my go-to end of year gift for teachers. A trio of hand knit (or crocheted) dishcloths combined with fancy soap or coordinating tea towels is a not-flashy, but always useful, gift. I also like to think that getting something handmade feels special. I found this adorable, vaguely patriotic, cotton and whipped these up for Charlie's teacher. I think a set for Liz's story time teacher may be up next.

From top to bottom they are done in seed stitch, stockinette with a garter stitch edging and checker-board patterns.

 

 

14 June 2014

Shawl

I am yet again attempting to make a shawl. This one is the Lantern Shawl knit with Sunshine Yarns fingering/sock weight in the colorway Rasperry Limeade. I am loving it so far, though it is on hiatus since it is quite the project and I needed a break.

 

16 May 2014

Even More Bathroom Curtains

Now that we have separate bathrooms, we are also redoing the girls' bathroom. The theme will be "fairytales" as inspired by the cute fairytale nesting doll fabric I found. For now I have just made the new curtain, but soon we will add a poofy sheer curtain under the valance and some chair-rail with pink and/or teal detailing underneath once the wall repair is completed. I have hung some cute princess art up and hope to paint the light fixture in something glittery. The kids are pretty excited!

 

 

New Bathroom Curtains

The first thing I picked out for the new bathroom (because it is so clearly a priority) was the fabric for the curtain. I have liked this fabric forever and scored a yard in a fabric store close-out sale. Used my basic hemmed rectangle method, though I did add a little striped top ruffle for some flair. I felt like fancy French soap fabric needed some froofy-ness. It looks adorable in the plain off-white bathroom with dark blue mats and towels. Very crisp and classic with nary a My Little Pony to be seen!