To Move Beyond My Comfort Zone — Slipped Stitches’s Weblog


This is absolutely breathtaking! I’m hoping to one day knit a shawl like this!

I say this, not to antagonize the knitting-gods-that-be, but my current lace shawl project is not as masochistic as it could be and I am instead constantly thinking about undertaking a real Shetland Shawl project. Hence the next debacle project on my needles will be the Cameron Shawl by Susan Miller created on US 3 […]

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My First Attempt at Lace Knitting!


First off, I cannot believe it’s been this long since I’ve posted on here! I sincerely apologize for this, and I will be making more of an effort to at least post once a week or maybe more if time permits.

Lately, I’ve been knitting more than crocheting and I find I love both of these crafts for what they can accomplish. My new favorite is lace knitting, I am absolutely amazed at how a few yarn overs can create such a beautiful fabric! I’ve started out small, creating a mug cozy and it was a perfect way to also incorporate a little crochet stitches when the button loop had to be added.

This is the cozy from Valley Yarn’s website, just click on the photo to download the pattern 🙂

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Here is how my cozy turned out. I’m very happy with it, even though the yarn I used is probably a little bit thicker than what was called for in the pattern (I used Caron Simply Soft in Ocean):

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I’m going to experiment with using finer yarns, perhaps Paton’s Grace yarn would make for a lacier look and they do have such beautiful colors available!

Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!

Repurpose socks, stockings & sweaters to make these snowman crafts


Had to reblog this, it’s just so darn cute!!!

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How’s the winter weather where you are? I live in the land of snow, in the city that Forbes has declared the snowiest in the country. But not this year. Every time it snows, my daughter gets so excited, only to have her heart broken when it melts the next day. So, let’s put away the hats and mittens, get out the glue gun, and craft a snowman! Better yet, these snowmen are made with repurposed socks, stockings and sweaters. To help you get started, I’m also giving away a six-pack of 4” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

First up, the Sweater Snowman, which Kathleen George fashioned from a sweater. If you don’t have one handy, check out a second-hand store.

To make a Sweater Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: one each 4”, 5” and 6” balls
  • Cream or white sweater
  • Buttons: ½” with shank for…

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The Sock Pattern Mystery Solved!


I believe everyone in the knitting world has seen the photo of these cabled socks somewhere, Google, Pinterest, and of course crafty blogs (including mine), but the question that has come up a few times is, “where’s the pattern”? Well, after an exhaustive search to satisfy my own curiosity, I finally found it on Etsy!  (Click on the photo for the link) Funny that the seller lives only 20 minutes away from me 🙂

You might want to check out this page on Pinterest also, they have such beautiful posts of other knit socks and slippers that you may be interested in making! http://www.pinterest.com/starrgrams/knitting-stuff-socks-slippers/

Friday Finds on Zibbet


I love “window shopping” through Zibbet.  There are so many talented artisans on the site and here are a few that I’ve recently fell in love with.

I absolutely love the amigurumi in Crochet Jungle‘s shop, these pears look so real!

So in love with this chunky infinity scarf in CroquisKnits shop!

I have a slight obsession with cameos, and this bangle in Spanky Luvs Vintage‘s shop!

Love this antique photo album with a hint of Victorian mysteriousness to it in Curiosities Cupboard‘s shop!

 

Here’s to a fantastic Friday and a crafty weekend!!!

 

 

 

A “Treasure” of a Yarn & Pattern


Among the other projects I am working on, I am also working on this cowl using Red Heart’s Boutique Treasure yarn in abstract. This pattern is perfect for someone just learning how to knit. There are only knit, purl and slip stitches involved. The yarn is just gorgeous to work with (although a little fuzzy, it’s not unbearable). Click on the pic for the pattern if you’d like to give it a try 🙂

Click here for more information on this yarn and to download more patterns!

I’d love to see photos if you have made this cowl also!

The Nutty Knitter (that would be me)


checkerboardlace-425Why am I a nutty knitter you ask? I’ll tell you why, because I have three custom orders I’m working on (a blanket, sweater, and cowl) and then I decide to make this last night. I must be a glutton for punishment. Yes, knitted lace is beautiful, but the fact that I’m using a very fine yarn (Patons Lace) and size 6 knitting needles is adding to my already tired eyes. Oh, and the best part is, I want to make this to wear to my brother’s 50th birthday party.. this Sunday!! Okay, laugh your head off, I know that won’t happen (let’s see, it took me 6 hours to get 20 rows done, then I had to rip out three rows because of a mistake, and that set me back an hour or so).

Knitting has become somewhat of an obsession now.  I can’t believe I thought I’d never like doing this, and now all I want to do is find more patterns (not a difficult task) and maybe get to finish one of them!

Like this too?  Click on the photo for the pattern 🙂