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Another Free Knit Kit Contest But Enter SOON!!! ;-)

There’s nothing like a pair of toasty slippers to warm up with at the end of cool,fall day! 😉

I just noted this new knit kit contest for these slippers today. Aren’t they cute? 

Enter now though, the contest closes in 4 days. You can enter here.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting! 😉

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What Is The BEST/EASIEST Way to Add a Button Band to a Cardigan?

If you’re an expert knitter, I’m all ears!!! 😉

Walk in the Park Cardi

I’ve been knitting for a lot of years and at this point, still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. That’s OK with me though, I have no interest in tackling really complicated projects. I like to relax when I knit and unwind. 🙂 I don’t want it to be stressful. 😦Yes, I like a bit of challenge but not for the whole project.

And when it comes to finishing sweaters, I sometimes struggle with what works best for those important finishing techniques. And they really CAN “make or break” a project, can’t they?

I am now getting to the end of knitting my first: Walk in the Park Cardie (click to read more about the pattern) which is pictured above and it is looking good.

But now comes the part I haven’t been looking forward to: adding the button/buttonhole band.

As you can see from the pattern, it is a very narrow band on this one and it has a color change too. It is suggested in the pattern to: sew it on as you knit. 

I’m wondering what would be the best way to proceed, to make the neatest finish possible?

I have been looking at YouTube videos and blog posts about this subject, a lot of different ideas out there to consider, re: button/buttonhole bands.

If you have experience with knitting a sweater with a band (especially a narrow one like this sweater has) DO let me know what worked best for you.

Thanks if you can help! 😉

Happy Knitting! 

Another Free Sweater Kit Contest From Rowan! :-)

Rowan has another sweater kit up for grabs!

And again, I think this would be an ideal project for beginner and intermediate knitters.

The contest is open to US and Canadian residents, you can enter here. 

Contest closes on Oct. 22nd so enter SOON! 

I love the color and stitch pattern in this one!

What are you working on right now?

I’m still working on my: Walk in the Park Cardie and I am finally making some actual progress. 😉

♥ Happy Knitting! ♥

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! 

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 Free (and Fab!) Collection of Lace Knitting Patterns

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As any of my regular Veggie….readers already know, I’m a big fan of Knitting Daily.

I’ve shared a few of their free eBooks here in the past and today noted this one for a Lace Knitting collection that is oh so pretty. (click link to get your own copy of this free eBook).

Don’t you just  ♥♥ that mauve shrug?

I’m going to put that on my very long list of knit projects I want to make. 😉

What are you making right now?  

I’m working on a (fairly easy) autumn lace shawl that’s going very well. I’ll be sharing a pic soon along with a review of the yarn I’m using for that project.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this free collection of lace patterns from Knitting Daily.

Happy Knitting and Crafting!!!

Joe’s Happy Feet! ;-)

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I ♥ making handmade gifts for people I ♥ !

And I have made quite a few knitted goodies for Joe over the years, including the socks pictured above, which were a Christmas gift this year. He likes them, a lot!

If you’ve never had a hand knit pair of socks, you’ve been missing out. No store-boughts can compare! 😉

Here’s a link to the yarn I used. This is a very simple, basic pattern but they came out nicely, in this variegated yarn. 

Did you make/give any handmade gifts this past Christmas?

And if you are making something right now, do share!

I love to hear about craft projects in progress or completed.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Top 5: Gadget Cases – Knit Pattern Links

***MORE LAST MINUTE HANDMADE GIFT IDEAS, THERE’S STILL TIME :<)***

THANKS TO THE FIESTA CAT YARN CO. FOR THESE PATTERN LINKS.

AREN”T THESE WONDERFUL? I WANT THAT OWL ONE FOR MYSELF.

 HAPPY CRAFTING :>)

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

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1:  Ipad/ Netbook Sleeve w/Cables (Kristin Blom)

2:  Owlish Netbook Sleeve (Corrisande)

3:  Corylus (Kalurah)

4:  PopTart Cell Phone Case (Hannah Kaminsky)

5:  bHive (Kristen Briney)

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Last Chance to Enter the Spring Yarn Lover’s Contest!

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If you haven’t entered already there’s still time, contest closes April 30th!

Click to read the details and enter to win a fab yarn-lover’s package valued at over $75.

Good luck and Happy Crafting! 🙂

Another Pair of Knit Handwarmers Complete!

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I recently finished another pair of handwarmers, this time in a nice bright gold yarn.

I love wearing these over thin black gloves for outside wear. Kind of snazzy, don’t ya think? 😉

These are the same pattern as the ones featured here (includes link to pattern).

This time I was a lot happier with the results, due to the different type of yarn I used.

I used some stash yarn I had in Wool Ease in Gold from Lion Brand for this pair.

The pattern stitches  show up so much better than in the ones shown below, which look kind of fuzzy (and not in a good way) LOL :

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If you’re looking for an easy pair of handwarmers to knit (and on regular straight needles, not DPN’s) you might want to give these a try.

Happy Crafting! 🙂