Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rain, Rain

It's a dreary, grey day here.  And yet my muse is starting to whisper to me again.  :]  Which is helping to feel like this again

And make me miss these kind of days...

But I always hated that sticky-drying feeling afterwards.  I guess I was a weird child.

Here's hoping I get to play photographer to those 10 ear warmers & 17 magnets tonight!

Friday, February 24, 2012

It May Be Classified as an Addiction at this Point... ear warmer knitting that is.

I think the discovery of Downton Abbey pushed it to an obsession.

I wonder if this show will bring some of this fashion back into style?

So elegant & graceful

Because the show is so intense and sucks you in, I have to have something in my hands to be working my excitement out but the pattern can't be anything too complex or I mess it up in all the excitement & anticipation.

Especially last night, watching the season finale!

And since the ear warmer pattern is just that well memorized for me, I am able to crank out at least one if not two ear warmers per episode! [Though it is more like one and half per episode].

Yeah.... this is some of the *damage* of that.

Now if only I enjoyed sewing buttons as much (and as quickly) as I do the knitting part..... [because that is all that holds them back from the shop].

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Looking for Some Motivation

Anyone have anything their infatuated with and want to share?  I feel like an empty water can - I can't seem to find any inspiration lately.  

.... other than this pretty little sweater I'm making myself hold off on until I finish another sweater from 3 years ago. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lazy Lately

Excuse me as I've been laying low the last half of last week and this weekend.  I think all our travels with different friends every weekend for the last 4 weeks has taken its toll on my energies.

I'm happy to report it hasn't stopped my knitting much, but it has slowed down my progress on projects.

I hope you will stick around; This weekend is the first since Jan. 28th that we will be in town and I'm so excited!  You'd think we were leaving on a vacation! haha.  As always, I have way to much on my Want-To-Do List for Saturday (Sunday is our Day of Laziness & my brother's 20th birthday) plus there is a Seed Swap that I will *absolutely* be attending so we'll see how much I can squeeze in.

I promise there is a LOT of Etsy & crafting on the TOP of that list.  :]

P.S. Check out PrettyWit's adorable Valentine Note to her winning Rose Pink Ear Warmer.  I'm infatuated with her graphic art. :]

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Travel Notes

I decided to start keeping track of my travel experiences as my husband and I have started traveling more in a new blog I've named, simply:

I will only be updating it after each trip we take (so I can't guarantee any regularity) with what I learned, liked, disliked, and what I would do over.

I've posted about our most recent trip to Nassau in the Bahamas & hope to post about our trip to Croatia for our honeymoon.

Just wanted to put it out there in case anyone was interested in any of the places we've been to so far.

I hope to have more posts on knitting & crocheting ready for later this week. :]  (yes, I *may* have taken 6 cotton skeins with us to Nassau....hehe).

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crochet Flowers

Happy Monday!  [This post is for Diana.]

Some inspirations....

Little Extras
'cause after making all those flowers, you need to add some details like leaves...

... & buttons!  Look at that LARGE paperclip book mark...... or maybe for holding all those pattern print outs ;-)

How about photo frames?  This would make a cute, simple collage wall with a touch of Granny/rustic chic.

and my personal favorite, hair clips....

My versions [part 2 of this post] coming soon!

*What's inspiring you today?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Treasury Feature

Whoa!  Check out what I found last night!  It's so invigoratingly unique!  I feel so energized with so many adjectives when I look at this collection.

Isn't it just the *coolest* mix of colors & textures?

When I first made the purple & orange hot mits (do you see them up there??) I thought, "I can't imagine many people liking this color combo, but it only takes one person to love them & "take" them home, I guess."  :]

Who knew someone would love them enough to make a treasury?? I feel so honored!
Thanks, Micki!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

First Hot Mits in the Shop

These have been a while in the making.

I love the final product of my hot mits but they are tedious (to me) to sew the insulating denim, so they take a while to make (or for me to work up the motivation, hehe).

Thus, I'm very excited to introduce the first set for sale.  I've given many as housewarming gifts to friends & I've even made up entire towel sets (matching finger towel, dish cloths & hot mits) for some of my friends when they have moved away.

Wouldn't these make great gifts?  I promise to have many more color options in the shop soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Finished Mittens


Yay!  Finished on time :]

It is definitely a small surprise for me, as I kept having to rip out half my work every couple of days, I wasn't sure if I would have *one* mitten done by the 8th.

And now I have *both* mittens done & ready to be worn a day early!

I took quite a few liberties with the Lithuanian mitten pattern I found in the Ultimate Mittens book I borrowed from the library.  For whatever reason (and most-likely because I was using needles 2 sizes too big) the mittens kept coming out way too large for my hands so I started tweaking with the numbers.

I thought I would include my notes for any others interested in trying this revised pattern.  Please note I DO NOT own this pattern & reserve all rights to the owners of the book.

Lithuanian Mittens, Revised
With size 3, double point needles, CO 39, splitting them 15, 12, 12.

*K2 P1, repeat, for 19 rows.

P around one row.

Begin new pattern: *K2, P1 for 2 rows; P around for 1 row.  Repeat from *

For every row that starts with K2, increase one stitch.  For example: Row 1 - K1 make 1 K1 P1, *K2 P1, repeat from *.
Row 2 - K1 make 1 K2 P1, *K2 P1, repeat from *
Row 3 - P all
Row 4 - 10 repeats Rows 1-3 until there are 8 knit stitches between the P stitches.

Row 11 - 22 *K2 P1 for 2 rows, P one row; repeat from *.  Ending Row 22 with a P row.
There should be 8 Purl rows or the length needed to reach your lowest thumb knuckle.

Slip these 10 stitches (1 P, 8 K, 1 P) onto a stitch holder.

CO 4 stitches on to finished-stitches needle.  Continue working, P1 *K2 P1 & continue in pattern [Row 1 & 2: K2 P1; Row 3: P] until it reaches 7 P rows above the thumb hole or your second finger knuckle.

Decrease every first K row.  SSK, P1 *K2 P1 for 15 stitches.  K2tog P1.  SSK. P1 *K2 P1 for 15 stitches.  K2tog P1.
Continue regular pattern for rows 2 & 3 until there are 16 stitches remaining.  Kitchener stitch the top closed.

Slip the holding 10 stitches onto one double point needle.  Pick up 9 stitches around top of thumb hole.

K around for 2 rows, P third row.  Repeat for 6 rows or until length splits knuckle distance.

*Row 7: SSK, K around to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.
Row 8: K row
Row 9: P row
Repeat from * until 11 stitches remain.  Kitchener stitch closed.

Weave in ends & model :]

And displayed with thumbs in the center, per a Lithuanian quirk.

*My favorite part of the whole process is discovering this new pattern.  Try making a swatch and feeling the little nubby pattern yourself.  Amazingly fun!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Future Projects on My Wish List

Striped Tunic Dress

This [seamless!] pattern is for sale on Etsy!

Speaking of dresses [& my new love of granny-squares]....

... wouldn't this be a cute summer dress?

And the little feminine, hem details in this dress....

Definitely have to try making this hat in my size.
This might be another great way to use up scraps...

Scrap Crochet Shrug

Crocheted cotton collars

Really pretty collar

Hmm... this may be the most feminine I've ever considered looking..... I wonder if Dowton Abbey is having an effect on me....  anyone else caught under this show's spell?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Herringbone Knit Stitch

Just a quick post for today; I've been busy finishing my mittens & starting on a towel set for the shop but I wanted to share this WONDERFUL video tutorial with anyone interested in learning a new knit pattern.

I found this German etsy article via Pinterest and I'm hoping to try this in a sweater pattern soon.  :]

Tootles for now.

Friday, February 3, 2012

My First Knit-Along

Thanks to a note from Genevieve, I've finally taken the challenge (for me) to join a Knit Along.  The hardest part for me is staying on a schedule when it comes to crafting.  I'm so easily distracted that I hate to promise anything in advance (that is why all my shop items are ready-to-ship, hehe).

So I'm very excited to say that I have *almost* completed this personal challenge of mine.

I've been re-working the pattern I'm following due to my lack of size-1 knitting needles (I'm using my great-grandmother's size-3) and I think I've ripped it out 3 or 4 times now.

.... not including the last 3 of the decrease at the top. .... I can't wait to see how quick I can whip up its pair.... :)

I wish I better understood the protocol when it comes to linking up, but I'll admit I've only seen it on Field Wonderful's blog, so I hope no one minds....

Today (or these last two weeks, rather) I'm knitting along with LuvintheMommyhood in her Warm up to Winter Knit Along.

I can't wait to show off the pair once they are off the needles :]

Is anyone else doing a knit along?