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Book Review: Arm & Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt

Have you heard about arm and finger knitting?

I hadn’t until recently, but judging by the number of people (over 8 million!!) viewing this YouTube video (check it out, really well done) about arm knitting, it’s a very popular craft that’s shaking things up in the knitting world and how!

I think this is such a cool idea! 😉

Replacing knitting needles with your arms or fingers, to create beautiful and rather unique knit items. I’ve already got a couple of projects picked out to try, just waiting for some yarn to arrive in the mail.

So, after the basic how-to’s are worked out, where to go to find some really nice arm and finger knit patterns to try out?

ARM & FINGER KNITTING by Laura Strutt

A book that I highly recommend, if you decide to give this fun, new craft a go!

Filled with all kinds of original arm and finger knits, including these two beautiful examples:

raspberry ripple shawl

Raspberry Ripple Shawl

cozy striped throw

Cozy Striped Throw

Other patterns included in the book: a travel blanket, that folds up into a pillow when not in use (that’s one I’ve got in mind to make), a two-tone tote bag,several other home furnishing projects including several throws and pillow covers, a couple of really fun vests…and many more.

There are also complete instructions HOW TO arm and finger knit. Arm knitting is for larger gauge projects, finger knits for finer gauge items.

Another thing I like about this book, the author explains how to make yarn from t-shirts that can be used in many of these projects, if you prefer to go that route, rather than using bulky/chunky weight yarns. I like that (repurposing/recycling) idea, a lot! 🙂

If you haven’t heard about arm and finger knitting before or haven’t gotten around to checking it out further, this book is a great way to get started.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with full page color photos.

Instructions are easy for even beginners to follow.

The selection of patterns runs the gamut from home decor items for every room to a variety of edgy to elegant fashion items.

And if you have tried this craft already, do share your experiences! I’d love to hear what you’ve made and how its worked out for you. 😉

♥ Happy Knitting and Weekend ♥

PS: My thanks to Thomas Allen & Son for providing and allowing me to use, the book images above.Check out their website to browse a wonderful selection of top-quality books, in all genres.

Walk In the Park Cardie

Walk in the Park Cardi Isn’t this a cute summer cardie? 🙂

I happened to find this pattern while doing an online search this week for “fingering weight cardies” and finally clicked my way to the Yarnspirations.com website, where I found this lovely knitting pattern.

Although the yarn recommended and shown in photo (Caron Super Soft Light) is a bit heavier than the fingering weight stash yarn I currently have on hand, I think I’ll be able to make it work with a bit of needle/gauge tweaking. 😉

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I love everything about it actually.

NOT too difficult but with just a bit of a challenge in the pattern section. And speaking of that, if you’ve been wanting to give charts a try, this would be an excellent pattern to start with. Easy but it still gives you some experience with following a knitting chart and also for using two yarns at the same time, when the colors overlap at the wavy parts. 😉

I also checked out the Caron Simply Soft Light and it looks like a very nice yarn. Great colors too, including some ice cream shades” that would be perfect for summer and reasonably priced too.

And while you’re over at the Yarnspirations site, you’ll find a lot more great knitting and crochet patterns, for the whole family, many that are FREE and lots of luscious yarns to make them in too.

I’m really glad that I found out about the Yarnspirations site and this particular pattern. Now it’s time to get working on my swatch/gauge. I can’t wait to get started on this cardie! 😉

If you’re making something right now, do share!!!

Happy Knitting! 

****UPDATE MAY 22nd******

I started this cardie (with the sleeves). Unfortunately, there are errors I’ve found in the pattern chart for size medium,  I have contacted the pattern website about this and they have sent the pattern back to the designers to correct errors.

I’ll update this post after that’s been done AND I’ve had a chance to test drive this pattern again. 

On the Needles: Simple Faroese Shawl

I ♥ knitting shawls! 🙂

I recently found out about “faroese” type shawls, which are those shaped to stay on your shoulders without a shawl pin required. Click the link above to read more on Wiki about the traditional faroese shawl pattern, which is the inspiration for  many of the newer (and easier) versions of these classic shawls, including the lovely one pictured above.

SIMPLE FAROESE SHAWL

Is a pattern from the talented: Susan Sarabasha (aka Smokey Blue) and available for download over at Ravelry for only $1.99.

What a bargain and proceeds go to the American Humane Society or local pet shelters, even better!

I’m making this shawl in KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in the Dill Heather shade:

Stroll Tweed Sock Yarn

I have 2 skeins of yarn, 460 yds. in total, which is enough to make the shoulder-sized version.

You can easily customize this pattern to make it a full- sized shawl if you prefer. But I like the look of the one in the photo, as it is. I think it’s just the perfect size and what a plus to have a shawl that you don’t actually have to keep a hold of or pin, when wearing! 😉 Shawl wearers, you know what I’m talking about. LOL

A big thank you to Susan for allowing me to share this lovely pattern and photo here.

Stop by Susan’s Ravelry page to see all of her other wonderful patterns too. A great selection to choose from. 

What are you making right now?

Happy Knitting and Weekend! 

Your Yarn Pattern Suggestions, PLEASE! ;-)

slice of spring autumn shawl

I just completed my: Slice of Autumn/Spring shawl, which I posted about here.

It’s been raining here in BC and I haven’t had the chance to get out and get photos of this and several other finished yarn projects I have to share. 

In the meantime, I am “itchin” 😉 to start another knit or crochet project but I can’t decide what to make. 

I have 5 skeins of KP Stroll Tweed Fingering in Barn Door Heather shade, that I’d like to use up next.

I thought a short-sleeve cardigan/cardie would be nice in this yarn but I’m open to other ideas for projects too.

Only things I don’t want to make are another shawl or socks.

And, I want to use up all of the 1155 yds. if at all possible, or close to it.

If you have any knit or crochet patterns to suggest, please do! 🙂

And yes, I have checked at Ravelry already but wasn’t able to find anything that was “just right”.

Happy Knitting and Week, G 

Book Review: Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

Stash yarn….what to make, what to make…and how to use it ALL up? 😉

It’s an ongoing challenge for all of us knit and crochet addicts. 

One of the first places I look for “stash inspiration” is my collection of: One- Skein Wonders books.

And my fav in this craft series to date is: Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders.

What a fab book! 🙂

I consider ANY craft book good value, if I can pick out at least 4-5 projects right from the start, that I would actually make. When it comes to this book, I picked out a lot more than that, on my first browse, including:

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Wisteria Arbor Shawl

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Lacy Summer Footlets

These topped the list of numerous projects in this book that grabbed my attention. I actually have a stash yarn “on deck” for the Wisteria Arbor shawl, as soon as I finish up my two current projects on the go.

The Footlets I will definitely be trying as well; these look perfect for the summer days ahead. 🙂

And for anyone looking for a fun, easy project for a baby or toddler, these oh so cute pants would surely be a hit:

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Baby Brights Tights

Aren’t they adorable?

There is something for every knitter in this book AND for knitters of all skill levels too. There are also a  few patterns for crochet fans  too. All made in sock yarns, but with a bit of variety of weights of yarn, in that general category.

And these are NOT all knit on teeny-tiny needles either, in case you have a phobia about dpn’s that are 2.25 MM or less ( I actually got over mine!) 😉

Projects range from baby and dolls clothes, gorgeous shawls and shrugs, scarves, gloves, mittens, toys, totes, home decor…you name it, it’s in here! And what gorgeous patterns these are, all made from just one skein of the suggested yarn they are shown in. And oh so perfect for adapting to your own stash selection!

I also checked over at the Storey Publishing site for corrections for this book. Not TOO bad, just two pages of corrections for the entire book. And as any avid knitter knows, that’s not a lot, compared to some of the “correction nightmare” books out there. You can find them here. 

I highly recommend: Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. I have a LOT of knitting books but this one moved up in my top 5 favs, right away. It really is an exceptional collection of wonderful, unique patterns; to enjoy for years to come.

Happy Knitting! 🙂

Photos credits: Ira Garber Photography Inc. Used with permission of the publisher.

A Long List of Oh So Cute Baby Hats to Make

This is one of the most popular posts recently at Veggies….and on a consistent basis, with 1000’s of hits to date.

In case you’ve been looking for that perfect baby hat to make , hopefully this list will give you some inspiration!

I still think they are all “oh so cute”. 😉

Have a great day and happy crafting! G

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

              

I want to make a couple of baby hats for friends who are recent grans, for the first time.

Of course, the hats are actually for the babies, not my friends. LOL

I’ve been looking at some knitting blogs in search of those oh, so fun baby hat patterns that are “transformed” into things like strawberries, pumpkins…and found this post.

I thought it was very helpful and so nice that this blogger atChemKnits took the time to assemble all these patterns in just one post.                

In case you’ve never seen one of these hats, here’s a photo of one fromFlickr

                                                      

                               

So adorable I think!

And the only time in life any of us would actually look cute wearing a fruit or veggie hat. 🙂

I guess the guys who wear real hollowed-out watermelons at football games would tend to disagree. LOL 😉

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Stash Busting x 2! Knit and Crochet :-)

 

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If you knit or crochet on a regular basis like I do, I’m guessing you’ve also got a big stash of leftover yarns that are languishing in a craft tote or two (maybe three or four?) 😉

I had a browse around Ravelry a couple of weeks ago, looking for ways to use up my own stash and found these two lovely tote patterns, one crochet and one knit.

Thanks to designer: Kathy North for allowing me to share the photo and pattern of her Stash Bustin’ Tote, pictured above.

It’s an easy pattern, so if you don’t have a lot of crochet experience, this would be a good project to tackle, to hone your “hooking” skills. 😉

girl about town tote

The other stash-busting tote that I really liked, was this one: Girl About Town, designed by Joanne Yordanou.

This one is knit and again, an easy pattern that would ideal for beginners.

Thanks Joanne for allowing me to share your tote pattern/photo here too!

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Both of these patterns are currently free, so it’s a great time to download copies for yourself!

Ravelry is so amazing! So many talented designers over there, sharing their work, often for free or for a very nominal charge. I ♥ it! 

I hope to make one or both of these soon. I NEED a new tote bag, badly!! 

Happy Crafting and Week, G 

PS: If you are over at Ravelry, do stop by my page too, to see some of my finished projects and say hi! Hope to see you there. 🙂

Want to Make Some Gifts for Valentine’s Day?

There’s still time! 😉

valentine's day craft book

I found this eBook over at Amazon today, with 41 assorted Valentine’s crafts, for the whole family to make.

Included in this collection is a lovely Valentine’s Day Shawl (crochet).

That pattern alone was worth the .99 this eBook cost. 😉

I also really like the:

-Sparkly Kickers

-Rose Bouquet Ball

-Valentine’s on a Stick

-Vintage Spool Valentine

I think it’s so special to make gifts for those we ♥.

Even if it’s just a special cake or card, if it’s made with  and comes from the heart, it’s worth more than any store-bought gift could ever be.

Are you planning to make any gifts for Valentine’s Day?

I hope this post/eBook will inspire you too! 😉

Happy Crafting and Weekend! 

How to Make Sweater Mittens Out of an Old Sweater

How cool is this?? 😉

I love re-purposing clothes and other items, so much better than them ending up in the trash bin.

Happy Crafting and Weekend, G

Ribby Slipper Socks, Completed! :-)

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I shared the FREE Interweave ebook that included these easy to make slipper-socks/booties, a while back.

Since then, I’ve made two pairs, these blue ones for me and an orange and brown pair for Joe.

What a fun pattern and definitely easy enough for a beginner to follow. And of- so- toasty warm too. 😉

I like the design of these, with the sock-style cuff. They stay up a lot better than some other booties I’ve made in the past.

If you’ve got cold tootsies  and   booties like I do, or are looking for a pattern for someone who does, check this one out.

Children to men’s sizes in this pattern and some other very nice accessories included in this ebook too.

I made mine in Lion Brand Da Vinci yarn (foot) and some “stash” worsted weight yarn( for the cuffs). I only needed one skein of the Da Vinci yarn and I wear size 8 1/2-9 shoes.

As knit booties/slippers have a tendency to stretch, better a bit snug fit to begin with than too loose. 

Let me know if you give them a try! 

Happy Knitting. 🙂