I have two works in progress(wips) this week. I have been making myself some fingerless mitts. I had a great pair that I knit a few years ago, but I cannot find them anywhere, which is actually not a surprise since all my winter accessories are in a pile in a closet. I really need to get them organized.
Pattern: V Stitch Fingerless Gloves
I made a mistake reading the pattern for row 6 and didn't notice until I had almost completed the first mitt. I decided to just continue with my mistake instead of starting over :) I also changed the ribbed cuff to a plain sc cuff.
So far this pattern is going well. The second mitt is feeling a little smaller than the first one, though.
My second wip is for a group challenge on Ravelry. The challenge is over, but I am still planning to complete my moose head.
Pattern: Bucky, the Stuffed Moose
Needle: size 4
I love this pattern so far. I decided to knit in a solid color instead of the multicolored patches.
It's a difficult project to photograph, but I think you can see how the shaping is turning out. I am also in the planning stages of a groovyghan and thinking about knitting some gloves with fingers as a Christmas gift.
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This first cowl I actually completed and gifted a while ago, but I have not posted it yet. After I made the original Marian cowl, I had a lot of requests. Everyone wanted a chunky seed stitch cowl. This first cowl was knit for my mom. She chose the color.
The next one was a birthday gift for my sister-in-law. Same color as my mom's. I picked the color. And, yes, I look silly in this picture. Awful posing.
Finally I knit this one for my godmother. She wanted me to choose the color, and when I saw this yarn I immediately thought of her. I used a different yarn for this cowl, so it ended up skinnier than the other four that I have knit, but it's still really beautiful.
If you have not already seen the other two Marian cowls, here is a link to my taupe cowl and my sister's grey cowl. I really love this pattern. It is so quick, easy, and satisfying.
I finished my first color work design and my first attempt at mosaic knitting. This headband was inspired by my cute white kitty, Kia.
I entered this in a designer's challenge on Ravelry this month. I'm pretty sure that I will not win, though. Some of the entries are amazing! I am just glad that I started creating my own designs again.
I am working on a design for a challenge in a group on Ravelry. The design requires color work, so I am trying mosaic knitting. I started graphing my design using an online charting software. Right now I am modifying this design to make it work better with mosaic knitting and will start knitting this weekend.
A friend of mine has a six-month-old baby girl, Madison. She found a picture on Pinterest of a baby in a cute newsboy hat and asked me if I could make something similar. I searched for some patterns, my friend bought some yarn she liked, and here is what we ended up with: pure cuteness.
All last winter I really wanted a hat to go with my new coat. My husband was not happy with any of the hats I already owned because they did not match my awesome red shoes that I wear almost all winter long, so I decided to make myself a nice red hat.
I really like this pattern, especially the pattern that the post double crochet stitches create.
I think I learned a valuable lesson about checking gauge for crochet projects. I have never checked gauge for a crochet project, but I often do with knitting projects. This hat works well if I slouch a lot of the hat to the back of my head, but as you can see, the hat is actually big enough to cover my entire head! It's huge! Oh well, I will probably still wear it this winter :)
This is the second eyeball hacky sack that I have made. The first one was blue, but I never took a picture. It was one of the few items that sold when I did a craft fair a couple years ago. It's my own pattern.
Pattern: My own
Crochet Hook: 7/1.65 mm
Yarn: DMC embroidery floss
My aunt and godmother, Liz, started chemotherapy this week, so I made a little care package for her.
First, some earrings inspired by a pair we saw at an artist's open house over Thanksgiving. The chain is sterling silver, which is so beautiful I decided it was worth the extra cost. I really like the texture on the heart charms. The chain is so delicate that I was afraid it would slip through the tiny space in the jump rings. I decided to try soldering for the first time. It worked out well. I am really happy with how these earrings turned out, and it was fun to use my new tools.
I also made her a chemo hat. I chose the softest yarn I could find in my stash and found the button at JoAnn's.
I love my new tools! They are comfortable and easy to use, and they come with their own storage case!! It's really too exciting for words. I am currently using my new tools to make a pair of earrings for my godmother. Pictures will be here soon :)
Right now I just want to use it as a crocheted bowl :)
I am using the Lion Brand pattern as a base and then will be adding some large Yoda ears. I wanted to add eyes too, but Hubby doesn't want them(and the hat is for him after all). So far the pattern is really easy; all I have left is the earflaps. I am hoping to be finished this week, so I can start a cute, soft hat for my aunt who will soon be starting chemo treatments.
1. The A to Z challenge, which I participated in on my Project 365 blog, is over. I survived! And now I should be back to posting more regularly on this blog.
2. I bought a Kindle Fire recently. My husband convinced me to buy it for myself; he even made the purchase for me. I never thought I would want an e-reader, but now that I have it, I love it. I can use it to view knitting/crochet patterns, read books, surf the web, etc., etc.
3. Speaking of crochet patterns, I am trying to crochet a Yoda hat for my husband. More details to come later.
4. I finished the Swirl sweater that I have been working on for two years. I even wore it one day! I'm still searching for the perfect pin/brooch to use as a closure, but I have a pin I can use temporarily. I will post pictures soon, maybe tomorrow.
I have always had difficulties with my nails. For as long as I can remember, I have been a nailbiter. I go through phases where I let my nails grow, but eventually I always end up destroying them again. The strange thing is that I have been able to let my nails grow during some of the most stressful times of my life and have destroyed them when feeling totally calm and at peace.
As I mentioned in a recent post, Pinterest has sparked my interest in nail art. I thought it would be a great inspiration for me to keep my nails healthy. So this weekend I tried painting my nails for the first time in many many years. Sorry for the blurry pic :)
Sally Hansen's Blew Me Away covered with Old Navy's Holiday
It's really weird having blue nails but I am totally digging it. They surprise me every time I see them and have made me smile so many times today :) I can't wait to try the next color and, hopefully, get better at applying nail polish.