Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WIP Wednesday 10/2/13

Hi friends! Not too much new to report. 

I put a few more rounds on the pocket for my moss and bluebells scarf. Definitely loving this now that I understand it, but it does take a bit of concentration and I've been lacking in that department lately.

I've also been working on my hitchhiker. Progress is slowing as the rows get longer, but it's coming along. I love this project for autopilot knitting!

I started a crocheted baby blanket for someone close to me as well. I don't know the gender of the expected little one yet, but she's planning on doing the nursery in teal, gray, and yellow so I'm trying to stick with that theme. I am using the neat ripple pattern from this link (please forgive me, my phone won't let me add the pretty HTML link right now for some reason)  and I absolutely love it! I'm using simply soft yarn. It's soft, the colors are super saturated, and I love how squishy it gets when put through the washer and dryer! I hope knitting is as easy for me as crochet one day.

That's all from me for now, happy crafting!

Friday, September 27, 2013

FO Friday 9/27/13

Cute attack!

Bear hat number one! Please forgive all the stuff in the background of these photos, we are moving things around (and out of the nursery) so things are kind of chaotic. This pattern is the Baylie Bear Cowl by The Velvet Acorn, and can be found here.

This hat is pretty big, so she has plenty of room to grow!

Here is bear hat number two-

I just finished it tonight. Man, those ears are tough to sew on! For me anyway. These are pretty hard to photograph without the baby too.

Hope you all are doing well, and making fun things. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WIP Wednesday 9/25

Hi friends!

Sorry for the long break, I was sick a few weeks ago and then last week I was too excited about knitting to stop and post. Here's what I've been working on-

Still chugging along on my hitchhiker. It's slowing down now that each tooth area is getting so big.

I started a second little bear hat. I just need to sew on the ears (hardest part!) and sew up the hood. I don't think I shared the first one with you, so I will try to do that Friday. They're super cute!

I pulled my moss and bluebells back out!! I must have gotten off count last time, the pocket seems to be working out just fine this time!

I am using a yarn called "sheepish" for this. I love how soft and squishy it is! I think I'm going to leave the scarf part as is and re-knit it in a green color of this same yarn. Currently the scarf is made of a sturdier yarn, and I think I'd rather do the extra work and have a completely soft and scrunchy scarf rather than a serviceable but not so soft scarf with super soft pockets. Live and learn!

Hope you all are doing well, happy crafting!

Monday, September 9, 2013


Confession time. I am really bad at dealing with leftover scraps of yarn. I always go back and use them eventually (even if its just to practice a new stitch) but it's such a hassle. Especially with commercially wound yarn, or anything with a center pull.

You see, I finish a project and get so excited to start the next one that I just toss the leftover mess into the nearest yarn receptacle. Or really anything cat proof. I know I've found yarn wedged atop books in the bookcase, in the entertainment center, who knows where else. I don't have a huge stash either! I have a storage thingy similar to This one, and all of my yarn and notions would probably fit if I packed it in neatly.

Instead, I refuse to re-wind the used yarn, and the ends get everywhere. Then when I decide I want it for something I have to spend hours trying to untangle everything! It is not a pleasant experience. When it's really bad, I have to wait for my husband to help me (he's really good at the whole untangling thing) but do I learn? Of course not. Maybe it's just so frustrating that I block it out or something. But there's hope!

We are currently rearranging out apartment a bit, mostly trying to get my things out of my daughter's room. No more craft room. Pretty soon we are going to have to find a new place for my yarn, and as soon as that happens I have a plan. I am going to take a few days off of knitting and crocheting, and wind up all of the tangly bits I have, so I can fit them neatly in the storage drawers with everything else. Wish me luck please! Hopefully after that I can just keep up with it as more odds and ends are created.

Anyone have any super easy craft organization tips? 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WIP Wednesday 9/4/13


I still haven't been able to find time during the day to knit, but I'm taking advantage of my evening hours for sure.

I've been working on my Hitchhiker. Not as much as I've been meaning too, because I keep getting distracted by other things, but it's coming along.

I've also been working on my alien cow scarf #2. It's working up pretty fast.

I made a simple stretchy headband/ear warmer for a friend of mine too! The ends still need to be woven in and I'm working on a flower for it. 

It's kind of difficult to photograph a headband! This is the headband that won't work with the flower I posted yesterday. I think I am going to try a gray and pink one on it next. I started one last night. 

That's all I have been working on lately, happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flower for you!

I couldn't get an accurate photo of the color, but that's probably because it's night time.

I crocheted this little guy up yesterday and today to add to a headband that I'm making for a friend. Unfortunately it won't really work with the headband I made (the colors of the flower are too saturated, the headband is a soft and dusky pink) but I still think it's pretty neat. I'll just hold onto it and make a new headband that matches it better sometime in the future.

Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!

Friday, August 30, 2013

FO Friday 9/6/13


This easy crochet blanket is so bright and cheery! I started and finished this right before little one was born.

I love how the colors are reminiscent of an inside out electric watermelon.

This is based on the neat ripple pattern found here . I made the stripes wide, not sure why. I just felt like it I guess. I like how it turned out! You can see more pictures of mine here .

I think she likes it too.

FO Friday 8/30/13

Hello again!

I think I'm going to split up my older FO's to show one a week. This is mostly to ensure I keep posting, since it takes me so long to finish things anymore.

Little one sleeps in her crib overnight (yay!) but refuses to nap unless she's being held. We're working on it. For now though, that means my only real crafting time is after baby bedtime. I do what I can.

Remember that ABABA scarf I started for my sister last year? Well it's done! You can see it on Ravelry here. I will also post pictures below.

I quite like it! I almost didn't want to give it away, but I knew my sister would love it. 

I used knitpicks chroma in the colorway fossil. The yarn is the same weight, but this time the scarf seemed to come out bigger. I like it much better! I might need to go back and make one of these for myself after all!

I didn't block the scarf. My sister lives states away, and I finished it right before my mom (who lives near her) came for a visit. I figured I'd rather send it with my mom than take the time to try and block it and let it dry (probably necessitating a trip to the post office and the extra shipping expense) so I just gave my sister instructions on how to do it if she decides she would like to.

I really enjoy this pattern, but at the same time I'm glad that this is finally finished. It took forever! (Not a whole year, I did put it away for quite awhile.) I think I just need to stop agreeing to do the same project more than once in a row. Especially projects that take such thin yarn... It gets kind of monotonous.

Anyway, that's all for now. Have you finished any pretties recently?

Happy crafting!

Eta I never showed you my first ABABA?! Oh my! That's terrible! Here it is-

It was very pretty, but kind of small. I ended up giving it to a friend's daughter because she loved it and it matched her coat perfectly.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WIP Wednesday 8/28/13

Hi friends!

We can go into all of the crafty projects I've been working on since my disconnect from the blog world later, for now I just want to talk about my current projects. I have two.

The first is a knit scarf/shawlette called Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. The pattern can be found on Ravelry Here . It seems to be very popular, and I can see why!  The knitting is simple, but not boring, and it's going pretty quickly! I'm definitely loving the pattern so far. Even as a fairly new entrant to the knitting world I understand everything well. Here are some progress photos-

It will actually be bigger by the time this posts, I've been working on it as often as possible. I'm using Malabrigo sock yarn in the colorway stone chat. Pretty, isn't it?

The other thing I am currently working on is alien cow scarf #2. It is a simple double crochet scarf in some boucle yarn I bought from JoAnn's ages ago. I managed to make a huge one for myself last year, and my friend liked it so much that I'm making a smaller one for her from the leftovers. Here it is so far 

Those white looking dots are actually a light pink, I just have bad lighting right now. This yarn is kind of a nightmare to work with, but it makes a delightfully light and soft scrunchable scarf. The texture gets even better (add more softness and slinky-ness) after a trip through the washer and dryer too!

Hope you all are working on fun projects too! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Long time no see! Is anyone still out there?

I know I disappeared, but life happens. First, I couldn't really knit or crochet because my wrists were hurting. I didn't really feel like baking either, so I had nothing to write about.

Then I found out that the reason I didn't feel like doing anything was because I was pregnant. I didn't really want to announce that to the Internet until at least the first three months had passed, so I just didn't post. By the time I was ready to announce it I had an ego attack and decided no one would care. 

Since my little one was born I haven't really had any time to post. (Not to mention my computer is in her room, so after bedtime posting was not an option.) I have recently discovered that blogger has an app, so I can post from my phone!! This means that I should *fingers crossed* be able to post more often now. 

I promise not to turn this into a hardcore parenting blog, but since this does focus on my life there will be mentions of my little stinky bear from time to time. Here's a picture for future reference-

Man, time has been flying! I can't believe how big she's getting!

Since this is kind of a coming back post it's not going to have much else in it. I should have more craft related stuff up soon.

Happy crafting!

Ps: please forgive any typos until I get better at using my phone's keyboard. Thanks!