Posted in Crafting, Crochet, Knitting, Valentine's Day, WIPS

Crafting for Valentine’s Day

While looking for buttons for a current project, Inspiration hit! Do you see it?

How about now?

I don’t even remember why I bought this package of heart buttons, but it occurred to me, I should maybe use some of them! I’ve been on a Valentine’s Day Pinterest search lately…..and there are some CUTE Crafty ideas out there! Want to see some of what I’ve found? My Valentine’s Day Board has lots of fun ideas! I can hardly wait to try some of these ideas out!

Yes folks, that’s how it happens…..sweater distraction!

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Posted in Crochet, Knitting, WIPS

Beginner Knitter/Crocheter Planning

My crafting life took a little bit of a detour this month. That’s not to say I haven’t made progress on the Harvest Cardigan, because I definitely have (sleeves are almost to the point where I can begin decreases, YAY!). But. I had a couple of ladies I work with that were interested in learning to knit. THEN. I also had a couple more who were interested in learning to crochet. So…..I set a date to meet at our local coffee shop on Sunday to have an afternoon of learning.

I’ve perused Ravelry and the internet in search of projects for beginner knitters and crocheters. Since I haven’t found the perfect project, I’m planning out projects I think would be good for beginners. If this goes at all well, I’ll post the projects on the blog. Well, time to get back to the knitting/crocheting…..Sunday’s not that far away! Wish me luck!

Posted in Knitting, sweaters, WIPS

Harvest Progress

Making progress on my Harvest Cardigan! It’s hard to make out in this photo (a better photo would have included cleaning the kitchen….it’s a thing….), but, I’ve passed the point where I divide for the sleeves! Yes!

I decided to knit the sleeves before the body. If I have enough yarn, I might like to lengthen the body of the sweater. It just seemed like a good way to make sure I wouldn’t be playing yarn chicken when completing the sleeves. So, I spent January 1st trying to figure out how I could knit 2 sleeves at a time. I KNEW it could be done, but it did take a couple of times re-threading stitches back onto waste yarn to get it right. Sometimes I think I’d be smart to just knit something EXACTLY the way the pattern is written. Maybe someday….

Posted in Knitting, WIPS

Beginning Knitters

I promised a couple of ladies that I work with, I would help them get started learning how to knit in 2018. Well….2018 is HERE! Yesterday I spent some time on Pinterest trying to find some good beginner knit projects (If you want to see what I pinned, it’s here). I found some good resources, but really no projects that I thought they would like to make (I was pretty much shut down on dishcloths….). So, I mapped out a project of something that should make a good first time project. I wanted something that would just have knit stitches (no purling). For all the knitters out there, just wondering if you’ve helped anyone learn to knit? Any tips or advice? Have any good resources (besides Ravelry) that might help a beginner knitter?

Posted in Crochet, FOs, Knitting, Ramblings, WIPS

Knitting (and Crochet) Reflections 2017

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It’s almost 2018, can you believe it?!?! That means it’s time to reflect on the knitting (and crochet) of 2017. What went right? What went WRONG? Where do we go for 2018?

I started out 2017 by doing something new to me….beading. This Diamond Shawl to be exact. This was a win! I learned something I had never done before (beading) and I enjoyed it. I’ve learned that if I don’t enjoy something in knitting, I get easily distracted to a new project. But. I liked beading and I plan on doing more of it for 2018!

Then there was the Temperature Blanket (yes, it’s crochet and since I do so little crochet projects, I’m going to include them…..). This went really well right up until about March (which is also about the time I get REALLY busy with my job…..), well, let’s just say, I have about a month’s worth of crocheting to finish this blanket…..

These Toe-Up Doubled Yarn Socks went well. There were some things I didn’t like about them, so on the next pair, I made some adjustments….

These Chocolate and Pink Socks are probably at this same exact length (and something I NEED to finish!!!). While I love the IDEA of knitting socks, I hate to knit socks! Knitting with 2 yarns held together helped, but, I’d really like to be able to get something more like a bulky sock. I might have to work on that (you know, in my spare time….).

A Red Lady Kina. Well, it’s a sweater, so there’s that…..    I have to say, though, it started out good. AND. I do plan on finishing it (Ha! I ALWAYS plan on finishing things….)!

This one cracks me up (I’m easily entertained….)! It Started Out As A Sweater, But Ended Up A Cowl. I should have known this would happen (I did start a sweater…..), but, I avoided another WIP to do something with in 2018 by finishing this off and making a cowl out of it instead. Pure brilliance I tell you! 😉

This little Strange Brew Toddler Sweater gave me the confidence I needed to feel like I have it in me to knit an adult-sized sweater! It was such a fun knit! I may need to knit more kid-sized sweaters for the little people in my life!

Swatch it up Hats and A Family of Hats. I just can’t get enough of knitting hats! And. The Fair Isle was just SO MUCH FUN! DEFINITELY more Fair Isle in 2018!

Of course, there had to be dishcloths! LOVE These Dishcloths are so much fun to knit! I also LOVE that they look like a flower when they’re finished! There will definitely be more of these in 2018!

Let’s see what our plans for 2018 look like…..

  1. Harvest. I plan on ending my sweater phobia with this sweater!
  2. Eagle Island Cardigan. At some point in 2018, I want to knit this (minus the eagle motif maybe?)!
  3. African Flower Slouch. I have a TON of African flowers I crocheted in sock yarn, just waiting to be made into something….
  4. Design and knit an adult-sized Strange Brew Cardigan. I’ll have to steek! EEK!
  5. I also want to try knitting/crocheting with wire for making jewelry (like this and this) . I’ve owned the wire (and am accumulating beads) for awhile now!
  6. Cables! I don’t think I knit a SINGLE cable in 2017! That needs to end for 2018!
  7. Cowls! I ALWAYS forget about cowls! Not going to forget them in 2018!
  8. Beads! I tend to think about beaded shawls (which tend to be a BIG project for me….), but maybe beaded hats and COWLS!
  9. Fingerless mitts! Again, none in 2017….why? More mitts in 2018!

That’s not much knitting for a year (if you say it fast….)! What are your knitting plans for 2018?

 

Posted in Knitting, sweaters, WIPS

Quite a Bit of Sweater Progress!

I got the Harvest cardigan cast-on (here’s the “official” project page). YES! The photo above is the progress I had made since casting on December 22nd up to yesterday morning.

Here’s the progress of yesterday (about 16 rows of new progress). I did a lot of “waiting” knitting. Waiting for hubby’s colonoscopy to be completed. Waiting for the tire shop to determine and fix my leaking tire problems. Waiting for the laundry to wash/dry. I’m not complaining. If I can get this much knitting done by waiting…..SIGN ME UP!!! 😉

Posted in Fair Isle, Hats, Knitting, Ramblings, WIPS

I’m Over It!

 

Here’s the current project I had been working on. It was a hat that I hoped to get finished before Christmas. Yeah! That’s not going to happen! I’m now ripping it back and re-claiming the yarn. I had 2 MAJOR failures with this project.

  1. I decided to cast-on 84 stitches to make the hat a little snugger (instead of the 96 I usually cast-on-which can be a little looser than I think they should be).
  2. I FORGOT to change needle size after the ribbing.

Now, here’s the thing….How on earth can one continue knitting (a full 9 inches of length) clear up to just beginning the crown decreases and NOT notice the hat doesn’t seem quite right? Here’s the point where I decided maybe I should try on the hat and see how it fits. AND. It’s too TIGHT! ARRRGH! And so I began the frogging process! Which also means one less Christmas gift. Maybe I should have followed my 2017 goals a little closer!

I’ve decided I’m not going to whine about this hat failure any longer (I might wine over it though…..). I’m just taking this as an omen that Christmas knitting is OVER for 2017 (there were really only 3 days left anyway) and I’m going to cast on a Harvest cardigan for me. Even with my sweater phobia (as explained in this post), I’m DETERMINED to knit a sweater! I’m going to officially proclaim 2018 the year of the sweater! We’ll see how that works out for me…….