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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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!!!

 

 

 

Halloween Pumpkin Orange Cable Scarf


This is such a beautiful cable pattern for a scarf that I just had to share it here.

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DOWNLOAD THIS PATTERN IN PDF

I am making this scarf as a birthday present for a friend who loves orange.

It is a chunky eight-stitch cable pattern, repeated three times and divided by a simple rib. You can decide to repeat it more times: the pattern works on any multiple of 15+3 stitches.

PATTERN

Yarn:Rowan Big Wool, Orange no. 51

Needles: 10 mm needles + 1 10 mm cable needle

Abbreviations

k: knit
p: purl
C8B: slip 4 stitches to cable needle, hold at the back of the work, k4, then k4 from cable needle
C8F: slip 4 stitches to cable needle, hold in front of work, k4, then k4 from cable needle

How to

Cast over 48 stitches.
[1] (p1, k1, p1, k12) three times, p1, k1, p1.
[2] (k1, p1, k1, p12) three times, k1, p1, k1.
[3] (p1, k1, p1, k4, C8B) three…

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Friday Favorites: Easy Knit Patterns I’m Loving Right Now


I’m on a mission to find as many free and easy knit patterns as possible! I’m really getting more and more into this craft, and I am hoping to learn more stitches from these patterns.  If you’re interested in making these as well, just click on the photos for the link to the website!

Love this chunky knit infinity scarf, I will be making a lot of scarves I’m sure of that.

I love this button beret made with Stitch Nation’s Full o’ Sheep Yarn. The color is gorgeous!

This is the most adorable blanket and booties I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure if the pattern for the blanket is easy, but the booties are worth a try!

Dishcloths are a great way to learn increasing and decreasing knit stitches, and they make a great addition to a housewarming gift basket!

What will be on your hooks and needles this weekend?  🙂

Beautiful Knit Cables


I’m a knitter now!!!  I have mastered the double cast on, knit stitch, and purl stitch.. just the basic stuff.  I’m becoming obsessed already, I’ve knitted until the wee hours of the morning, at work, and on the bus.  I never did that with crochet, not that I don’t love that too, but there’s something about knitting that just has me drawn in.  Maybe the repetition?  Possibly, but I also think it’s much more relaxing for some reason.  I’m not sure what it is, but all I know is that I love it and hope to move on to circular knitting and cables.  I’m in absolute awe over how all you knitters make such beautiful things, and I can’t wait to get to that point!  Here are some cable patterns that I have fallen in love with:

I’ve started making a scarf for my daughter using the stockinette stitch with Red Heart’s Boutique yarn seen above and size 10 needles, and it’s coming out really pretty. I’ve noticed a few holes in my work, but it’s not so noticeable that I would want to rip it all out. I’ll post a photo of my work in progress this week!