Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Head Swag

I've got some serious superhero knitting going on this week. Because, you know, Halloween.

First, Spiderman:
First step: knit it!

Second step: sew screen over eyes

Third step: puff paint the webbing

Fourth: see it on your little hero






































Second, Batman:
Give me a break, I just cast on last night!
10AM edit: just needs ears and a screen over the eyes


Third, The baby needed a winter hat so I cast on for a variation of this hat:

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Knit Style

How do you like to wear those knits you worked so hard on? Do you wear it when lounging around the house? Out on dates or special occasions? We're always excited about sharing finished objects but what happens to your projects when you're done being excited about finally casting off?

 

I made these mittens a few years ago and the kids still love wearing them. They're getting pilly but they still haven't been worn out yet. I think they still have a long life left too.

Link up and share the every day wear of your favorite (or not so favorite) garments. You can even go back in your blog archives and share an older post of you in a well worn garment.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Just in Case You Needed an Excuse...

...to knit more, my mom sent me an article recently about the health benefits of knitting.

Knitters and crocheters already know that working on our fibrous crafts alleviate anxiety and depression (depending on the project... Haha!) but the article also mentions arthritis and tendonitis prevention among knitting's other virtues.

You can read the article here.

I might also take the opportunity to mention that knitting is an essential survival skill for the zombie apocalypse, or any apocalypse for that matter. You won't have stores for getting your clothing when we're overrun by zombies and if you have the misfortune to come across one, you can use those sharp needles or hooks for self defense.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

And... They're Done!

I finished these last night while sipping on a small glass of wine and watching Downtown Abbey.
...Yup.



Yes. They're a bit uneven. It's been over a year since I made mittens and I read the pattern wrong while knitting in the wee hours of the night.

No, I'm not ripping them out and fixing them because they're for me, and I love them enough as is. I know I'll be lining and wearing them eventually.

This is another "WIP," so to speak. My goal with it is to have people dig out their knits from their closets, their kid's closets, wherever there is evidence of their hard work. Get a photo with it being loved and worn, or not, in this case. It's a way to show off what becomes of your projects after you're done being excited about binding off.

The next projects on the needles will be a Spiderman mask for my son (he's been begging), and a winter hat for my daughter, and hopefully another sweater for myself.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knit Style

How do you like to wear those knits you worked so hard on? Do you wear it when lounging around the house? Out on dates or special occasions? We're always excited about sharing finished objects but what happens to your projects when you're done being excited about finally casting off?

Alright you guys. I need to tell you something. I never wear this shawl.


It is my most viewed project on Ravelry (by other users).
It is my most favorited project on Ravelry (by other users).
And I never wear it. What it comes down to is a case of using the wrong yarn for a beautiful pattern.
The yellow/orange yarn is locally made and I really love the color but it itches so bad around my neck and I made the shawl smaller than the pattern instructed because I didn't want something huge. The springy yarn does not stretch with use. It does not stretch with blocking.
It turned out gorgeous and I just hate wearing it. I just don't have the heart to rip it out and reuse the yarn. Ugh.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Multiplying like Rabbits

Here's the progress on my bunny mittens:

I still love how they're turning out. Hopefully I can make the base of the thumb a little less holey this time around...

Another work in progress has been this. It's a link up for what happens to projects after we're done being excited about binding off. What do you wear that sweater or cowl with? Are the socks for special occasions or for comfort around the house in your pajamas? Of that interests you, snap a selfie while wearing your knits (or crochets!) and share it with the rest of us.

I'm still reading the same book but haven't made much progress on it lately.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Knit Style

Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! I was too busy doing nothing yesterday to remember. You know how that is.

How do you like to wear those knits you worked so hard on? Do you wear it when lounging around the house? Out on dates or special occasions? We're always excited about sharing finished objects but what happens to your projects when you're done being excited about finally casting off?

This sweater turned out a bit large for my son. I intended it to be a dressier piece of clothing he could wear to church but since I blocked it funny it stretched weird. So it is worn as an outdoor play sweater instead.

 

Link up and share the every day wear of your favorite (or not so favorite) garments.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I Love Bunnies

Finished the left mitten. Cast on for the right mitten. I'll definitely be lining these with some fleece for warmth. I read the pattern wrong so the decreases for the fingers are looking a little wonky.
 

I've actually been reading, you guys. As in, for fun.

I'm not usually into memoirs but I got this one for free while at a conference last month. The author spoke as the keynote and she had a pretty interesting story. So I decided to read it. It's more interesting than I expected, considering the memoir genre is really not my thing.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Knit Style

How do you like to wear those knits you worked so hard on? Do you wear it when lounging around the house? Out on dates or special occasions? We're always excited about sharing finished objects but what happens to your projects when you're done being excited about finally binding off?

I finished this sweater in the middle of the summer and I love wearing it. It's insanely warm so it's perfect for fall and winter in the north Midwest. I wear it all over the place. Nice jeans, holey jeans, tennis shoes, flats. I wear it with everything and anything. The only real problem with the sweater is that it's too warm for indoor wear.

 

Link up and share the every day wear of your favorite (or not so favorite) garments. (Feel free to link an older post if you've shared a finished project in use in the past too!)

I'll be doing this link up on Saturdays if there's interest by the end of the month.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Some Quick Knits

I've kind of come to a stand still with my knitting at the moment. I haven't cast on anything in almost two weeks (that's actually a lie, but that's how it feels). I finished the baby tunic last Monday and haven't had anything good on my needles since.

I embellished these little cuties:
But they still need ears. The little guy needs a sweater. I'm at a mental block with something so insanely cute. I tried the ears two different ways and still don't like them yet. So, no one has ears.

I've been working on a sewing project for over a month now, but with a sewing machine that's fast for me:
I mean really. Red Riding Hood bunnies? Does it get any cuter?
I've had the pattern for two years now intending to use it for the boy outfit sets but never got around to it soon enough. My son grew out of the pattern size ranges before I had the time. I'm hoping this will fit my daughter for Easter next spring.

On Monday I made this newborn size hat:

I used leftover scraps of Malabrigo worsted. One of my in laws asked for help throwing a baby shower for a friend. I don't know her friend but I needed an excuse to knit something, thanks to the mental knitting block I've had.
Yesterday I cast on for some mittens. I've had the faire isle motif saved in my Ravelry library for over a year now and I'm using the basic blueprints for the Swedish Fish pattern, which can be found on Ravelry.

Can you spot the row my son ripped all my needles out of? Hopefully I'll be able to block those blips out once the mittens are finished. I definitely love how they're coming along though.

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