Crochet, Current Projects, De-Stashing yarn, Knitting

Completed Things.

Remember how I said I finished some things??

Now I have pictures to prove it!

This pattern is a test for Tanja Luescher from Knitted in Switzerland designs.

Yarn: Paton’s Lace in the colorway Bonfire (a personal favorite! I just love the color combination!)

Yardage: 672 yds

Weight: a little over 4 ounces

Measurements: 180 cm wide, 72 cm long (that’s about 62×27″)

I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best, so I’m showing you all of them!

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Like the finished product? It’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229887886/luxury-medium-weight-knit-ombre-shawl-or?

Project #2: a little corner to corner blanket

Yardage: 492 yds

Yarn: I think it’s Red Heart Boutique Treasure – I LOVE the squishiness of this yarn – you don’t usually find that in an acrylic yarn. I don’t know what it is for sure, though, since it was in a mill end bag at Jo-Ann’s.

Size: 27″ Square – just a little snuggly blanket!

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Like the finished product? It’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229887607/ooak-bright-rainbow-snuggle-blanket?

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Blog, Crochet, Current Projects, Daily Life, De-Stashing yarn, Housekeeping, Knitting

Progress!!

No Photos yet, but I just wanted to share my progress with you!!

This morning I frogged 8 WIPS!!! I also re-arranged my WIPs so I can see what I really have left.

So, that’s a big deal.

Also, last night I finished and blocked my first shawl ever, wove in the ends on a second shawl, a sweater, and a blanket, and i’m really excited! I’m on a roll here – I’m really enjoying finishing up projects, because I have such a super huge list of things I want to make.

It’s actually really freeing to look at a project, realize you’re really not interested, not going to make it, and to just frog it!

My de-stash is going well too. I’ve given away over 8lbs of yarn, which means I’ve probably gotten rid of over 5,000 yds.

Destash totals (I only tally yardage once a project is 100% finished, including blocking and weaving in ends):

April 2015 (so far): -1,165 yds

YTD Yards Used: -9,371

YTD Yards bought: +4,000

Net Yds: -5,371 (woo hoo!!)

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Flash Your Stash 2015

A few years ago a tradition of “flashing your stash” was created, and if you weren’t aware of it before, it can be a really fun way to keep track of the yarn & projects you have. It’s kind of like spring cleaning for knitting and crocheting people, especially since we seem to be prone to amassing large quantities of yarn without realizing it, because it’s just so darn pretty!

Here’s my stash flash for this year:

Sport-super bulky

WIP&Fabric

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SF2

So. Obviously something needs to change. I’ve already come to that realization (see the post below about changes being made over this summer), but doing this stash flash confirmed it for me. I’ve obviously gotten into the habit of just buying yarn because it’s pretty, starting projects, and not finishing very many of them. These aren’t really character traits I want to be known for; I would rather be someone who exercises self control, and finishes what she starts. Therefore, I will be working SOLELY from what is in these pictures for the foreseeable future. There’s absolutely no rational reason why I shouldn’t use what I have and finish the projects I’ve already started. I’m really excited to show you all progress photos as these goals are achieved!!

Have you done a stash flash yet this year? What does it look like, and what did you learn from it?

Interviews, Knitting

Interview with Gift-A-Long 2014 Designer Jenny Wiebe (aka JennyVangy)

Thanks to the wonderful Indie Design Gift-A-Long that’s happening on Ravelry right now, I got a chance to interview the wonderful Jenny Wiebe, on Ravelry as JennyVangy (these are Ravelry links – you should go check them out!!)

(“Seven Months “by JennyVangy)

Let’s start with the basics: How did you learn to knit?

I honestly don’t remember who first taught me. My mom and both of my grandmas knit, and so I’m sure one of them must have first taught me when I was very young. My Grandma Betty, who is 96 years old, is still an avid knitter, and I love knitting partly because it is a serious bond that we share.

What was your inspiration to begin designing?
I started doing test knits for other designers and really enjoyed the process of working through a design. The more I worked with designers the more I began to dream of designs that I could come up with. Then, one day I was sitting behind a girl in church with a rayon shirt with ruffles on the sleeve, and I thought, “I could knit something just like that!” I drew out my plan for Edith on the service sheet that day and went home and knit it. And so it began!

(“Edith” by JennyVangy)

I see you make mostly children’s wear – what is your favorite part of designing a new outfit or accessory for a little one?
I have 5 children of my own, 28 nieces and nephews, and tons of friends with little ones as well. I love coming up with an idea and then seeing the kids I love wearing what I knit up from that idea.

Do you have any other crafting hobbies like spinning, cooking, weaving, etc? If so, what are you working on right now?
I’ve dabbled in a lot over the years: growing up my mom always had a craft room, and I don’t ever remember not being a “crafter.” I sewed my own dresses as a teenager, and made jewelry to match. I love quilting and scrapbooking. Years ago I lived with a saddle maker for a while to learn the trade, and came out with a saddle, breast collar and two pair of chaps that I made all myself. Every once in a while I take over my father-in-law’s wood shop to make something for my kids (doll beds, play kitchens, teething toys….) Last fall I took up spinning, although I have a hard time finding time to really get into it. I think that knitting has prevailed because of it’s flexibility. I can pick up a project, knit a few rows (or stitches, depending on the distractions) and put it away easy as that. With many of the other crafts I enjoy I have to devote a whole lot more time and space to do much of anything, and unfortunately that is not a reality in my life right now.

Do you have a favorite design of yours?
I love Grow Old With Me. It was the most challenging pattern to design, but I just love the finished product. It’s sometimes hard to find unique boy patterns, and I feel Grow Old With Me is one.

(Grow Old With Me) – by JennyVangy

Do you have any designs in the works that you can talk about or share right now?
I’m about to release a child’s cabled cardigan called Calaway. Look for it on December 15th.

You have a great promotion for people who make your new designs quickly after they’re released – tell us about it!
As a designer I love to see what finished products other knitters come up with from my designs! If knitters knit up one of my designs in the first 30 days it is published, they can choose a free pattern of mine. Of course, they have to complete a Ravelry project page with a photo of that finished product.

Thank you so much, Jenny, for your time! I’m really excited to see the new pattern, Calaway, that’s being released tomorrow!! I might just have to take advantage of that great promotion!

(All photos are the property of Jenny Wiebe)

 

Current Projects, Daily Life, Designing, Knitting, Paid Crochet Pattern, Paid Knitting Patterns, Promotions, Reviews

Indie Design Gift Along 2014

I know i’ve been bad about posting regularly on here, but there’s a good reason! I’ve been preparing for the Indie Design Gift Along on Ravelry!! <– that’s a link to the Ravelry group. You should go check it out now. It’s ok, I’ll wait.

waiting….

Ok, you’re back now, and you realize how fantastically awesome this is going to be?!

(for those of you silly people who didn’t go check it out, here’s a brief rundown)

Do you know what that means?! That means almost 300 designers are having a massive sale together! That’s 3,822 patterns that are on sale. And then, as if that weren’t enough, we get to all have a massive knit along/crochet along to make christmas gifts together!

So. Much. Happy.

Must knit All. The. Things.

*sigh* I know I won’t be able to make all the things, but guess what? I get to include my designs in the sale!! You know how I said i’ve had a good reason for being AWOL? Check out the new patterns I was getting tested and published:

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These are (from left to right): Black Walnut Infinity Scarf, Karen: A Puff Stitch Infinity Scarf, and A Whale of A Cowl

(aka examples of how my photography skills have improved *facepalm*) These patterns and more will be part of the sale (that starts in just 2.5 hours, at 8 pm EST – I’m so excited!! There’s a countdown clock here, I keep looking at it!)

So, what can you expect from me through the end of the year? Interviews with designers, project photos, me squealing with joy when someone has interviewed me and I feel like the most legit designer ever, and just generally a lot of yarn-y goodness!

 

p.s – like my new logo?!

 

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A Whale of a Cowl

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I’m very pleased to announce that “A Whale of A Cowl” Is now live on Ravelry, and available for download!

{Link to Ravelry Pattern Page}

I’m quite pleased with this one – it comes in sizes all the way from the little 23″ cowl you see pictured, to a whopping 68″

“whale of a cowl” hehe. Get it? It’s the sister pattern to “A Whale of a Scarf,” which I published a couple years ago.

It’s been fully test knit, and i’m loving making it myself – I’ve already made two, and will likely be making more soon! I made the second to smallest version in about 1 day, so it really is a quick project!

I was going to post pictures of my WIPs, but my camera decided to die while I was outside taking a million pictures of my little guy watching a lawn mower. You’ll see pictures. It’s adorable. I couldn’t help myself.

Here’s the WIP status right now: (remember my handy dandy spreadsheet? I can’t find it on my computer! ahhhh!)

  • Giraffe Mittens: Need to weave in ends on one mitten, and photograph the pair (see aforementioned camera issue)
  • Galilee Slippers & Juliet Mitts for a friend: Not yet started. Supposed to give them to her Saturday, 10/11. Right.
  • Urban Jungle Slouchy for mom’s b-day: b-day is tomorrow, “party” on sunday. I’ve started the brim of the hat.
  • TARDIS blanket: supposed to cast on this week. Likely not happening yet.
  • Design project. That’s all i’m telling you.
  • Second Design project. Also that’s all i’m telling you. Secrets will be unveiled in the future.. {mysterious music}
  • Silk and Lace drawstring bag: side 1 totally complete. Side 2 75% complete.. then I ran out of thread. More is on order.
  • Cotton Flowery Cruise Purse: Outside totally done. Flowers in the works. Need to sew in lining.

Whew. This is only like 10% of what i’m planning on making/working on, but it’ll do for now!

Current Projects, Daily Life

Scheduling

Say that with a British accent, please, as that’s how it sounded in my head when I wrote it!

I’m the kind of person who likes to have checklists, spreadsheets of projects, and timelines for what i’m working on. I guess you could say that makes me a nerd, but I like to have everything i’m going to be working on laid out, especially if I have multiple large projects going on. Want to see what my current timetable looks like? (it’s totally unreasonable, and is in the process of being revised..)

Current Timetable

So, this is my brain. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start! These are all intended to be finished before Christmas (there’s actually a couple small items missing here, but that’s because they’re small, and can be worked in 1-2 days each, such as stuffed animals, mug cozies, phone cases, etc).

 

Highlights for right now:

Remember the HPKCHC group on Ravelry? They’re super good for inspiring me to keep deadlines, by offering imaginary points for finishing projects 🙂

For the next two days, i’m finishing a colorwork mitten test knit, which shall be revealed.. eh, probably Wednesday or Thursday – once I get all the ends woven in.

Am I the only one who makes spreadsheets? My favorite part is going to be highlighting/filling in the cells once I accomplish these projects!

Designing, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting

New Free Knitting Pattern: Mitts for Romeo!

 

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Waiting outside all night for your love to sneak out on a balcony can be cold business! These thick wool mitts will keep you warm, whether you’re waiting outside for your love, or just loving the fact that it’s now Fall here in the Northern Hemisphere! They knit up quickly, and would make wonderful gifts for friends and loved ones!

Materials:

  • 90-100 yds super bulky yarn – I made mine with Paton’s Colorwul.
  • 1 set of US 10.5 DPNs
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch markers

Stitches and Abbreviations:

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • St – Stitch
  • M1R – insert left needle from back to front into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop.
  • M1L – insert left needle from front to back into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop through the back loop.
  • Bind off Purlwise: Purl the first two stitches together. Slip the new stitch from your right needle back to the left one. Repeat.

Gauge: 15 stitches/20 rounds = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette stitch

This pattern features garter stitch cuffs, and is is the companion pattern to my Juliet Mitts, found here:

This pattern is written for two sizes: a Women’s Small/Medium, and a Women’s Medium/Large, which also fits a Men’s Small/Medium. Instructions for the larger size will be in parentheses. Where there is only one set of instructions, they apply to both sizes.

Left Hand:
Using a cabled cast on, Cast on 20 (24) stitches.
Place beginning of round marker, and beginning with a purl round, work 9 rounds of garter stitch
Next round: (K5, M1) around – 4 sts increased, for 24 (28) total sts.
Next 9 (11) rounds: knit every stitch

 

Thumb Gusset:
Increase Round: k9 (11), place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker k14 (16) – 26 (30) total sts
Next round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go
*Increase Round: k9 (11), M1R, knit to next Marker, M1L, k14 (16) – 28 (32) total sts
Next Round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go*

Repeat rounds from * to * until you have a total of 7 (9) stitches between your markers, ending with an even knit round.

Next Round: k9 (11), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k14 (16)

Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches

Beginning with a purl round, knit the next 8 rounds in garter stitch (4 ridges made, ending with a knit round)

Cast off purlwise

 

Right Hand:

Work as for left hand, but reverse the thumb placement in this manner: k14 (16) sts, place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker, k9 (11).

Continue to increase every other round, but begin each round with k14 (16), and end with k9 (11).
Next Round: k14 (16), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k9 (11).
Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches
Beginning with a purl round, knit the next 8 rounds in garter stitch (4 ridges made, ending with a knit round)

Cast off purlwise

 

Thumb (Both Hands):

Move all 7 (9) held thumb stitches from waste yarn on to DPNs
Round 1: Knit all stitches, picking up 3 stitches over cast on gap to close the thumb hole. 10 (12) total sts.
Round 2: k6 (8), k2tog, k1, ssk (this ssk is worked over the last stitch from this round, and the first stitch of the next round. Beginning of round moves one stitch to the left. 8 (10) total thumb stitches
Rounds 3 and 4: Knit all stitches around
Round 5: Purl all stitches.

Bind off

 

 


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New free pattern coming soon

It’s fall! Well, sort of. I’m so excited for knit and crocheted accessories! I’m working on a bulky mitt recipe/pattern and just had to share my progress! I’m using patons colorwul, and I adore it. I’ve never used it before, but it is my new favorite mitt/mitten making yarn!

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Sorry for the fuzzy phone pic- I’ll take good ones when they’re done, promise!

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Progress!

I’m very pleased to announce that I’m actually making progress on the tote of projects I posted about a couple days ago!

Remember this? My Sock Yarn Blankie?

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It has 18 new squares! I haven’t counted yet, but i’m probably going to need about 30 more before it’s completely finished, and will also be doing the i-cord edging, but 18 in a couple days is pretty significant for something I haven’t worked on in years!

Here’s a couple of the new lovelies:

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Can you spot them? I’m using a bunch of mini-skeins from Ravelry swaps, and it’s turning out quite nicely, I think. I’m just wanting to finish this one for now (you’ll find out why in a week or so..), but i’m thinking if I did one again, I’d probably just buy a bunch of mini skein grab bags off of Etsy, or something like that. I have a bunch of fingering weight yarn, but a lot of it is solid, and in large quantities, which really doesn’t lend itself to this project!

 

Also on my list for this week is adding more products to my Etsy shop. I’ve gotten really bad about that, because i’ve MADE a ton of things, but haven’t added them all to the shop. Hopefully I can add one or two per day, and get everything listed this week!