I am still plugging away at the Cable Back Shell from The Purl Bee. It's a free pattern and I'm using some REALLY thin yarn on size 3 needles to knit it up. It's still freezing cold here so I'm in no hurry to finish it to wear it right away, but some days it really feels like 4 rows makes absolutely NO progress. In order to keep making progress I'm trying to at least get 4 rows done a day, which doesn't take too long...I'm thinking in another week or so I'll be ready to seam it up. It's knit all in one piece which is a great type of construction...the ribbing you see there before the neck hole is where it will be folded in half...and then I'll stitch up either side leaving space for my arms. I look forward to seeing it complete!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I'll be adding some Ravellenic digital medals to the sidebar!
I chose a project I thought I could finish during the winter Olympics...and one that I needed to get done for my nephew. He had seen the turtle I made for Little Man and wanted one too. The only thing I have left to do is to get it to the post office!
Hopefully it doesn't wind up being a toy for his cat!
This pattern is a pattern I downloaded for free from Knitting Daily's website. It was designed by Susan B Anderson and has very little finishing since the legs and even the shell are knit from picked up stitches. When you're done with the knitting, you're almost completely done...you just have the eyes (and a mouth if you want one) left. It's pretty quick, and SUPER cute!
Monday, February 24, 2014
We picked up Little Man's turtles from our Mommy-Son pottery painting outing...aren't they precious? He was so proud of learning how to use the tip of the paintbrush to make perfect dots and eyes...and I was happy to show him :) And the little turtle? Can you tell it's wearing swim goggles?
They're sitting on his desk right now..so I'm so glad I snapped this photo to bring a smile to my face when I see them.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Little Man had off the Tuesday after MLK Day and I wanted to have some fun with him. He had been talking about painting pottery since he saw a place near us, but it was closed so I had been on the lookout for somewhere else to go. When I saw a Groupon deal for one not too far away, I jumped on it, and it was a perfect activity for us.
First we headed to the library. Then we had lunch out. And then, we headed to Meg-Art to paint some pottery.
Little Man picked two little turtles. He enjoyed picking the colors out almost as much as painting them.
I loved watching him so into painting.
I just started back to work and I'm even more grateful I got to have some time like that with him. I can't wait to see how the turtles will look when we pick them up!!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Over MLK weekend our family friends came with their kids for a quick visit. During some time while the kids played in the basement the Mom and I put her wine cork collection to good use. She'd made trivets and trays, but we thought wreaths could be cute. We didn't want to drill holes so we went with a flat styrofoam wreath form that we painted with acrylic paint. While the paint dried we broke the corks into 3 main sizes...then we laid out the placement before we started wielding the hot glue gun. Since she had lots of duplicate corks we were able to create patterns with the corks. After lining the inside we created the pattern on the main part of the wreath.
We enjoyed a glass of wine while making our wine cork wreaths.
My friend enjoyed trying cork patterns.
I got a little crazy with the hot glue, so I found this great rope trim to stick in the crevice between the cork rows. A few dabs of hot glue permanently stuck it in the wreath and now I'm just waiting for Hubby to hang it!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I've been busy, but I HAD to show you how cute the little topsy turvy turtle (designed by one of my favorite designers Susan B Anderson) came out! Little Man loved it. I put it in his stocking in egg form and he loves flipping it back and forth...he even has my nephew who is a year older asking for one. Of course my nephew also wants one of the mama turtles with babies...and my brother looked at him like he was crazy. I think I may have to do a topsy turvy one for him though..it didn't take nearly as long as the mama turtle and it wouldn't take up too much space. Added bonus is I have yarn already too since it doesn't require much.
Next post I hope to blog about the major crafting and travels from 2013 (including when we went to DISNEY for the first time ever) and after that I want to share about some adult crafting I was able to do this past weekend when my friend visited from Atlanta with her family...you may want to have a glass of wine in hand when you read that post...you may get thirsty!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The hat is fixed! And now I'm ready for next week when I brave the freezing cold temperatures of my hometown! Last year I walked through the snow with nothing on top of my head...which was kind of gross when it melted! The picked up stitches worked out well, and now I'm finished ! It looks like I have a conehead, but that's not the hat's fault...apparently I have a conehead and that's why most hats don't looks so great on me ;)
In other knitting news the Egg to Turtle knitting pattern by Susan B Anderson was released free on the Knitting Daily website and since I've been OBSESSED with this pattern, I cast-on for it right after finishing my hat. Never mind the fact that my son is probably too old for a little stuffed turtle in his stocking, he's getting one!
The egg was finished in under an hour!
The turtle itself is pretty close to being finished, I'm going to try to finish the legs and face tonight. If I manage to do that, all I'll have left to do is seam the 2 together for a little reversible toy turtle...super cute, right?
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Last post I told you how I need a regular knit hat for winter. And how, as a knitter, I had no reason to not have one. I went through my yarn and found some I already had, found a free pattern, and cast-on for the hat...super easy...right? WRONG!
I read the pattern is on the big side, so I cast on fewer stitches...and there were still too many I realized after knitting an inch. I ripped it all out to start again. I got the sizing right but didn't like the holes that were created with the yarn overs in the pattern design. After knitting 2 inches, I ripped it all back to start again with knitting in the back of the stitches to prevent the holes. Then, because it was too late to be starting again when I did, I missed a crucial piece of the pattern where it shifts 2 stitches, so I had to start over again. AGAIN!
I finally got into a good groove with the pattern, made great progress, and got to the decreases which were all messed up because once I adjusted the cast-on stitches my hat no longer matched the 14 lines of decreases....sigh. I knew the pattern well enough that I could wing it. I finish the knitting, try it on and SIGH...it's just a little too short. CRAP! The decrease rows I did weren't as many because the hat had fewer stitches...so now, to fix this hat I'm going to have to pick up stitches around the bottom and knit some ribbing.
Yep, that's how I feel about that..and it was when I realized what I was going to have to do when I thought to myself, oh, so that's why you BUY a knit hat! Because then you can quickly try it on and take it off and throw it back on the shelf if you don't like the fit instead of spending &*&@! hours knitting only to have it not fit!
Monday, December 16, 2013
I'm here with a head cold which makes anything requiring too much movement too painful for my sinuses, so what better time to post on the blog?
While getting ready for the holidays my needles have been clicking and I finished up a gift for Hubby and a little something for me.
Since Hubby is a fan of the Carolina Panthers when I ran across some limited-edition yarn by Lorna's Laces at a local yarn store dyed in Carolina Panther blue I snatched it up...that and the free pattern for the Simple Guy Hat. It was a quick, simple knit. The yarn is bulky so that helped. The funny part? I wanted it to fit without a fold-up brim. But to accomplish that I had to have Hubby try it on...which was awkward since it's for a gift. So I had him close his eyes for the two fittings, silly, right? At least I know when he unwraps it it'll fit right!
After that, I cast-on for these little Comfort Slippers. I've had the pattern for a while. I cast-on the first one on Thanksgiving because we were going away and I wanted to take them as a project. I finished the whole thing the following day and it was way too big so I had to frog the project and start over. I also realized that I wouldn't have enough in the peachy yarn (you might recognize it as Flesh...it's the JAWS yarn and I made another pair of slippers in it before). So , I decided to use the leftovers from the Gone With the Wind yarn called Tara for the strap and heel, then changed to Flesh for the foot, and then finished with a cap toe in Tara. The changes were almost perfect in the first slipper, but it could have been 2 rounds longer for the perfect fit. So the second slipper has that extra little bit..and voila...a pair of slippers made from leftovers :)
What's on my needles now? A hat. Because I don't have one and I need one. And because duh, I knit, so I have no excuse to not have one!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Way back in 2011 I received a Titanic Sock Yarn Cinema shipment. When I received it I instantly thought I would make a shawl. Fast forward to 2013 and I have more shawls than what I really use...and I have sock yarn I want to actually use, and see! So, on a slipper-sock roll, I decided that yes, I would make some little slippers for around the house that I can see and use often. I had some projects I wanted to finish before I started them (like that Ocean Waves Lizard Ridge) so I looked forward to knitting them at some point, but didn't cast-on.
Then in August, we learned my aunt in Florida was ill and we went to see her at home before she passed. She liked the movie Titanic too, and when my mother, sister and I were able to choose items of hers to remember her, I chose the Heart of the Ocean necklace. I decided that it would be perfect to wear it and have a Titanic theme night...because I love a theme. And I thought maybe if my aunt was looking down, she'd be happy I was thinking of her, and that her necklace found a happy home with me.
After the titanic undertaking of the lizard ridge was behind me...next up was the Titanic night...and I did it up right y'all. Hubby said I was cute sitting and knitting wearing my necklace (I didn't have him take a photo though...I wasn't wearing an evening gown).
Midway through the movie I stopped for some mini quiche and sparkling wine (I told you I did it up right!)
By the end of the night I had half of the first slipper done. I had such a good time..sitting, knitting, and sipping...while wearing a very substantial necklace.
By the end of the week I had two perfectly knit, perfectly fitting slippers.
I used the Ripple Sockie pattern and the only thing I changed was that, not having a size 1.5 needle, I used a size 2 but made the small size. Because you can customize at the toe area (knitting until you have 2" before the end of your foot before decreasing) this approach worked perfectly. I love the shaping, the fit is great (I like mine to fit snug) and I'm so happy with them I'm thinking I may have to make them in another color :)