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! ♥
Thinking About Christmas Gifts to Knit….
IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START! 😉
Get your free copy for all these lovely patterns: here
I just ♥ that white chevron bag and the ruffled wine-colored scarf.
Happy Knitting and Week!
It Starts With A Ball of Yarn…
These are just some of the many yarn projects I have completed, in the past few years.
Crafting from yarn is always a joy for me. 🙂
Crocheting and knitting are two of the most rewarding and relaxing hobbies I have ever pursued.
The interest in yarn crafts is at an all-time high right now and there’s no sign of that declining. And for good reason. Crocheting/knitting can be a very meditative experience.Many beautiful and quality items can be made for a reasonable price.
A hand knit or crochet gift is so special. It could even become a treasured family heirloom. Until you’ve experienced the process of taking yarn, working with it, following a pattern (or one you make yourself)and then seeing the finished project, you will only then understand the satisfaction of this wonderful, creative experience. The popularity of yarn crafts for people of all ages is proof of that too!
If you need help getting started there are oodles of free online patterns, instructional videos, classes and knit/crochet groups are gathering in homes and classrooms, all over the world. And a great way to connect with new friends, wherever you live. Lion Brand is just one of many,online resource with hundreds of free patterns, instructional videos, a good selection of yarns, tools and much more.It’s easier than you might think to get started.
When I tried crochet for the first time many years ago, I ended up learning just from practicing and following photos in a crochet book. I didn’t know any other “south-paws” who were “hookers” LOL at the time. When I’d watch a right-handed person crochet, it always looked so awkward and confusing. So with determination and hook in hand, I stayed up most of one night and finally “got it” myself.
The crochet granny square throw (first photo in the collage above) was my first real attempt at crochet. I still have and use this lovely blanket.
Here’s to the Joy of Creating With Yarn!!!
PS: This is a revised version of a previous post I shared at one of my former blogs: Take a Happy Break. I hope you enjoy it for the first time, or as an encore read! 😉
Walk in the Park Cardie (Knitting) Conundrum :-(
Some of you may remember this cardie pattern that I blogged about several weeks ago:
I liked the pattern SO much and decided to make it in two different yarns.
The first cardie I started is in the yarn actually shown in this photo above, but in these colors:
Hawaiian Sky for the main color (actually a vivid teal blue, not dark as shown in this photo)
Bubble Gum pink for the contrast
I wanted it to be reminiscent of a sunset sky! 😉
So far, I have knit both sleeves. But even that was not without its problems.
I contacted the customer service dept. at Yarnspirations when I noted that there were errors in the pattern. Even though I am definitely NOT an expert knitter, I could tell that there were errors as soon as I started knitting. VERY frustrating and a lot of wasted time for me. How I hate to “frog” (knit-speak for pull out) stitches, but that’s what I ended up having to do. 😦
After I got word back from Yarnspirations with the assurance that all errors for all sizes had been rectified, I went ahead and knit both sleeves. They worked out fine and the chart for the sleeves was fine too, for the Size M, which is the one I’m making.
Here’s where the conundrum comes in…
I am now working on the body of the sweater, which is knit in one long row across, on circular needles. A lot of stitches, over 200, but no side seams required, when it’s made this way.
I got the ribbing and the plain stockinette area at the bottom of the sweater knit without any problems.
But when I started on the chart, things started to go downhill from there. 😦
I got to Row 3 for Size M, and the pattern didn’t seem to line up as it should. The stitches don’t line up to form the same shape as the sleeve chart design (hopefully that makes sense!)
I contacted the company AGAIN and apparently they looked into it again and found no further errors. But given how many errors there were initially in this pattern, I’m not so sure. 😉
Now, I don’t know what to do. as I said above, I’m NO expert when it comes to knitting. I can follow a pattern just fine but I expect that pattern to be correct and not one I have to figure out along the way, when errors come along. Aren’t these patterns made (IN ALL SIZES) before they are posted, on major sites like Yarnspirations?
Based on this and other experiences with other major pattern websites, that is sadly not always true.
If there are any knitters out there reading this who like a challenge and have a bit of time, I’d REALLY appreciate your opinion if this body pattern chart is actually correct in the Size M?
You can download the (updated/corrected??) pattern here.
I don’t want to start this pattern again without being sure that it is correct, this time. Frogging small stitches like this, on a circular needle and over 200 stitches is NOT MY IDEA OF FUN KNITTING!!!
I hope your own knitting and craft projects are proceeding faster and more smoothly than this one has been for me.
I still ♥ to knit but I could do without errors in patterns!!!
Happy Day and Knitting
A Big THANK YOU in Advance to Any Knitters Who Have the Time/Inclination to Check Out this Chart and Give Their Opinion If/Of What’s Wrong.
You can leave a comment below or email me (see contact page).
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
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
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. 😉
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!!!
****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.
Your Yarn Pattern Suggestions, PLEASE! ;-)
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:
Wisteria Arbor Shawl
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:
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.
Ribby Slipper Socks, Completed! :-)
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. 🙂