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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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Thinking About Christmas Gifts to Knit….

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START! 😉

Discover all nine of these patterns for knitting gifts when you download this free eBook.

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!

Enter to Win This Beautiful Sweater Kit :-)

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ISN’T THIS A BEAUTIFUL SWEATER?

Rowan is giving away two of these sweater kits in the lovely teal blue shade that’s shown in photo.

Looks like an ideal beginner project too. 🙂

Contest closes on October 8th, so enter soon! Open to US AND Canadian residents.

Easy to enter and to share this contest too (if you want to share!) 😉 at Google Plus etc…

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

PS: I’m back to working on my Walk in the Park Cardie this weekend.

What are you making right now? 

Walk in the Park Cardie (Knitting) Conundrum :-(

Some of you may remember this cardie pattern that I blogged about several weeks ago:

Walk in the Park Cardi

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

Hawaiian Sky for the main color (actually a vivid teal blue, not dark as shown in this photo)

Bubble Gum

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 

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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).

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! 

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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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!!!

Top 5: Spring Cowls – Pattern Links

***Aren’t these pretty?***

Cowls are a great take-along project and such a nice fashion accessory.

A lot of them are great for knitters who are just getting started too.

Happy Weekend and Knitting! 🙂

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

image1:  Signs of Spring Cowl  (Lisa R. Myers)

2:  Ana’s Spring Cowl   (Lisa Uotinen)

3:  Longing for Spring, Cowl & Cuffs  (Maria Olsson)

4:  Spring Eyelet Cowl  (Sarah E. White)

5:  Cedar Springs Cowl  (Lion Brand Yarn)

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Another Free Knitting eBook from Interweave!

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I ♥ Interweave!

I’ve been enjoying their patterns and books for a lot of years.

And their free knit and crochet resources are hard to beat.

I downloaded a copy of this latest free ebook this morning and I hope you enjoy a copy too.

Don’t you just love that pink knitting bag? 😉

Some great patterns here for beginners too, especially the cowl and hand-warmers.

Click here to get your copy.

And no spam or endless emails afterwards, I know that for sure.

Happy Crafting and Weekend! 🙂

Looking for a Quick Knit Gift to Make?

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This pattern post has been getting quite a few hits lately, based on my stats, so thought I’d feature this easy knit project again, here at Veggies.. just in time to make for Christmas.

 I made the one pictured above and am working on a couple for gifts right now too.

What I really like about this cover is not only how it looks but how protective it is too. Nice and thick because of the seed stitch used throughout, so it really cushions the ereader; unlike some of the other ereader cover patterns and even the commercial covers, that are available.

This pattern was one that I found over at Ravelry.

Laura, the designer has graciously provided a PDF of the pattern: Kindle_Cover

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Just seed/moss stitch throughout, knitting in the round  (p the k and k the p) to form this lovely, textural yarn fabric.

I used some wool from my stash. The yarn color shown is Fire Tweed by Lopi.

The only thing I am changing this time is to make it an inch shorter than the pattern. If you decide to make one of these, measure your own ereader and make the cover (up to flap) just 1/2″ more  than the length of your ereader so it fits snugly. It will stretch a bit too, with repeated use.

Another tip, if using a wool yarn for this project, DO give it a soak in a wool/delicate wash detergent after making the cover and before using it, to soften up the yarn. I used Eucalan (click to read my review of that great product) and it softened up this yarn beautifully. Wool yarns can be a bit rough and you wouldn’t want to scratch the screen of your ereader.

Who needs to spend $20. +  for one of those generic ereader covers? 😉

And handmade gifts are always so special.  

Happy Knitting! 🙂