Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wahoo!!!! Merry Christmas to ME!

I am so excited! I got my own Jordana Paige Knitting Bag :)

Thanks to my brothers wonderful Christmas gift of a gift card to my LYS I was able to go and pick out a knitting bag.

Look what I found hiding in the corner!!

For more info on the bag click here

Want to see another one of Jordana's bags in use check out Luvinthemommyhood's blog post about her Rio Bag!

I am so excited, I cannot wait to fill it with all my things :)

- A

Future baby bin :)

So I have completed the first item for my future baby bin :)

I am waiting to add the ribbon detail...

Here is the project info:
 Pattern -  Garter Stitch Matinee Jacket by Debbie Bliss
Size - 3-6 months
Yarn - Berroco Vintage (2 skeins)

(I really hope this doesn't jinx myself)

- A

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I got two socks, I got two socks!

Wahoo! Mom's socks are done and just in time for Christmas.

Here are the details:
- US 2½ - 3.0 mm
Yarn - Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn

I have no idea why this took me so long but I am glad they are done so I can let myself make a pair for me. I found the dpns quite hard to use on the second sock, weird so I switched to magic loop after the heel and this went much faster for me.  For more info please see my Ravelry Project Page

We I can't stay long as I still have other gifts to finish and it's Christmas EVE!! Off to do some quilting now.

- A

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Well so Abby's Queenie hat did not fit so it is being passed to one of her friends who is only 3 months old. It will look so cute on her. As for the sweater it might fit for two weeks done up and maybe for another 2 with the buttons open lol. She is just growing so fast.

I have made her a new hat in the same color

I have not yet found a sweater pattern that will be just right; I am actually tossing around the idea of just designing my own :S

Stay tuned!
Off to do some holiday shopping 

- A

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Queen Bee Hat

I have knit my god daughter another hat since she just keeps growing and growing.

This hat is the Queenie Hat from Woolly Wormhead. I decided to knit the smallest size and I think it should fit her quite nicely for this winter.

I used Berrocco Vintage; about half a skein.

Her birthday party is this weekend so hopefully I can get a picture of her modeling her new knits :)

- A

Sunday, December 11, 2011

First time blocking

So I decided to give blocking a try for Abbie's sweater. All I have to say is this is a must. I could not get over how dirty the water was after! and the fabric is so much softer now that I have 'Soaked' it.

I encountered some problems while knitting the hood. With Jane’s advice I decided to pick up the 27 stitches around the neck cast on then for the first row of seed stitch I increased my stitches so that I would have the required 44 stitches. To do this I worked seed stitch for 5 stitches then increased one in each stitch for 17 stitches and then cont in seed stitch for the last 5 stitches to equal a total of 44 stitches. I then worked the rest of the hood as described in the pattern.

Completed the button bands as instructed in the pattern. I found the button holes not well formed so after the button band was complete I went around each hole and reinforced with the yarn. (not sure if this can be seen in the photo below)

Ends are all weaved in and the sweater is now soaking to be blocked and will have the buttons sewed on tomorrow :)

- A

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Sweater Progress

With my god daughter's 1st birthday fast approaching I am trying to finish her new wooly sweater.

I choose to knit her a sweater with a hood this year:

Pattern: Manda Ruth by Jane Richmond (p.s. Love love love her designs, I will knit something from her for myself next!)

Yarn: Lark by Quince and Co

This arm pit had to be patched a bit as I am still acquiring my stitch pick up skills. Also for this project I thought myself with the use of You Tube how to do Magic Loop. I found that with the small opening of the arms it was difficult to use DPNs, with the magic loop method it was much easier to handle and quicker for me.

Now on to the next arm!

- A

Friday, December 2, 2011

Simple Seed Stitch Scarf

I have been meaning to put up this scarf for awhile now but I have been to busy wearing it instead of writing the pattern done. I am not taking credit for creating this pattern as I am sure that it has been done and re-done so many times. This project is the perfect on the go, keep in your bag for the bus kind of project.

Here is what I did:

I picked out this fabulous yarn:

Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky
Needles used: US9 or 10 I can't remember (you can just go with the recommended needle size on the yarn)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch, 7 rows per inch
Yardage: 324 yards, 3 Skeins
Size: 9.5" x 52"

Using the long tail cast on, cast on 42 stitches.

To set up seed stitch pattern:
Row 1: K1, *P1, K1, rep to the end
Row 2: P1, *K1, P1, rep to the end

Continue with the seed stitch pattern until the scarf is as long as you like. I thought two skeins would be enough but in the end I had used 3 (I probably could have gone with 4 so I could get more of a wrap around length.

Enjoy and happy knitting!

- A

Mini Mania!

I got these lovely mini's from Exchanging Fire on Etsy and they are just adorable! I have no idea what I am going to make yet but I am sure it will be fabulous :)

New Yarn!!!

Newest Baby Project

I have started an Etsy Store!

I have joined the Etsy Club and would love you to come and check it out. My recently added items can be seen on the right hand side of the blog as well.

Stay tuned for more crafty things!

- A