Posts tagged crochet

knitting update: kage, cowl, hat, beanie, and dress

I’m almost done knitting my kage sweater! Well, I’m done knitting, but working on weaving in ends, seaming the pieces together and finishing edges. The linen is so soft and lovely, I can’t wait to wear this sweater once it’s complete. And you want to know what’s exciting about this knit piece? It can go in the washer and dryer … AND it comes out softer each time! Yay linen yarn! You may be unforgiving but you do have your huge merits.

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And isn’t this the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? A box full of beautiful colors of yarn. Just wait and see what I’m going to do with it all.

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Here’s a little hint – I may be opening up my shop again for a good cause. More to come on that later (and these photos make me giggle because I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to take off the whitening strip on my teeth)…

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My friends are still having babies! And a good friend is having a little girl, so I crocheted up a familiar little hat and the sweetest dress.

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It may be one of my favorite things I have crocheted. I took some queues from this granny square crochet/fabric dress patternĀ but sized it down, added a shell stitch edge and changed the straps.

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Pretty excited to wrap this one up and see the mama-to-be open it up! šŸ™‚

 

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suspenders and bow-tie baby

I posted a while back about the suspenders and bow-tie diaper cover that I crocheted. Well, what’s better than seeing the finished project? Seeing it on the baby it was intended for! Isn’t this adorable??

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All credit for these photos go to Sabrina Nicole.

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a bit of crochet and plans for knitting

I recently finished up a gift for a coworker that is having a baby boy any day now! She already had all of the supplies for this cute crochet pattern and I gladly took them off her hand to crochet up the Suspenders and Bowtie Diaper Cover Pattern. I think it turned out pretty cute! Can’t wait to see the little one wearing these items. šŸ™‚

I’m still working on finishing up my Kage Sweater, but I have lined up my next project. Since Jude got a sweater, I have a sweater and one almost done, it’s time for Jason to get a sweater! He picked out the Slade SweaterĀ (Slade, also known as Deathstroke, a DC Comic super villian – quite appropriate if you know our love of comic books). Pretty dapper:

slade sweater

We picked the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Heather, which is a lovely navy with hints of grey and lovely heathered bits of tan, green and silver.

slade yarn knit picks

I’ve only had the chance to swatch but the yarn is really wonderful to knit with. I’m looking forward to knitting some more with this yarn!

swatching slade sweater

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winter ‘sewcial’ sewing retreat

This past weekend I had the pleasure of getting away for a sewing retreat and oh man, it felt good – I actually got to start and finish things in the same day! (Read about past retreats here, here and here) That just never seems to happen anymore. I also got to spend some time with some lovely ladies, eat some delicious food, and paint my toenails. It’s the little things.

The first project I completed was for Jude’s yearly felt ornament. Last year was bacon (2010, 2009). This year, a pirate pickle. Apparently I like food ornaments. Don’t judge my execution of the colonial knot. Still learning here!

Christmas Pirate Pickle

Here is his backside, complete with 2012, with his friend bacon. Pickles and bacon. . . nope, still not pregnant.

Pirate Pickle 2012

Then I whipped up another Shell Stitch Beanie (with a pink flower) because after the winner of my giveawayĀ received her first first shell stitch beanie for the little girl she is expecting, she asked if I would sell her one for her older daughter so they could match. I’m a bit of a sucker for matching siblings so I consented. It’s a great easy pattern with beautiful results, don’t you think?

Toddler Shell Stitch Hat

Following our ‘something you want (new pedal bike from craigslist!!), something you need (bedroom side table with lego/train top), something to wear (undies and socks), something to read (complete collection of curious George)’ Christmas gifts, I decided to add to the undies and socks that Jude was receiving from us this year. He’s been so into painting and cooking with me and his clothes always end up a mess. I decided to make him an apron that he could put on himself. At the nearby quilting store I found Michael Miller’s multi-color patchwork in plaid laminate. Finally, I did a little searching around and found an apron I liked, drew up a sketch and sewed it up! Sometimes sewing without a pattern is incredibly liberating. Not bad, eh?

Little Boy Art/Cooking Apron

I also found some fabrics to make some new pillows for our living room. I really wanted an eclectic mix of geometric fabrics and I think I got it! Anna Maria Horner Field Study in Coordinates Saffron, echo by Lotta Jansdotter in choma goldenrod, a grey chevron I already had, and a fabric I forgot to Ā write down the name of before I cut off theĀ selvage. Oops!

New Pillows

Here they are in their new homes! I love those orange pom poms.

New Pillows!

I actually have plans for a different pillow for this chair in the long term, but for now . . .

New Pillows!

and finally… I got to make cording for the first time to line the exterior of this pillow. I’m so happy with the results!

New Pillows

There are a few other projects I was working on that are in process, so you will get to see them later! Great weekend ladies, can’t wait to do it again!

 

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busy hooks and needles

I finally completed a knitting project. I decided I didn’t like my honey cowlĀ after all. I think I picked the wrong yarn for that project because it’s too stiff AND I don’t think I would wear that purple color that much now. Ah well – it was a great learning experience and I may give it another go with a softer/finer yarn in the future. Which brings me to . . .

Cabled Ear Warmer Headband

A cabled headband! Now there’s a couple reasons I made this – first, I was fascinated with cables. Turns out they ARE as easy as people say. Second, it’s a little known fact that I have been running in the wee hours of the morning with a friend. Mornings have been much cooler lately and my ears get ridiculous cold – enter ear warmer headband. Not much of a fashion statement, but it will keep my ears warm! And I’m proud of myself for finally completing a knitting project.

Cable Knit Headband

Next, I needed to make a gift for a friend of mine and since crochet is my comfortable spot, I found the Rachael Hat and quickly got to work on it.Ā The yarn I had was bulkier than the pattern called for (remember the bedrunner?) so I ended up adding more rows and not skipping stitches on the single crochet headband.

Chunky Beanie with Flowers

It was finished in a little over an hour and I whipped up a couple mini flowers to embellish. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Chunky Beanie with Flowers

And lastly, I made this sweet Shell Stitch BeanieĀ for the winner of my giveaway! Cynthia just found out that she is having her second little girl and asked me to crochet up a sweet little grey beanie with a pink flower. I’d been wanting to try out this little pattern for awhile and thought this would be a good time to try it. I love the lacy look of the stitch! I hope you like it as much as I do, Cynthia!

Shell Stitch Beanie

I also have been working on knitting Jude’s ‘Latte Sweater’ and it looks great. There’s one discouraging problem. . . even though I swatched to get my gauge, it seems I knit much tighter on circular needles and the sweater is knitting up too small. I frogged the yarn and started over, this time with the new gauge. Sigh. It’s a learning process, isn’t it?

Any good yarn patterns you’ve seen that I should be bookmarking?

 

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(k)need for knitting

Just because I’m typing it, it will be 100 by the end of the week. I know it. But things have finally cooled off a bit. That makes me want to start playing with yarn again, and in fact, I picked up my knitting needles last week. Last year I started on a couple of projects to try and teach myself how to knit – the most successful being the honey cowl. And I’ve made some progress on it which is building my confidence.

Honey Cowl Progress

And then a friend posted her list of things to knit for the winter. Oh my. I felt really inspired and went and revisited my yarn pinterest board. Isn’t this top beautiful? Maybe someday my knitting skills will be up to par.

 

Something simpler? That yarn looks really fine which makes me nervous. But how cute are those color blocked arm warmers.

Source: purlbee.com via Beth on Pinterest

 

Can you even stand those scallops? I love those colors.

Source: hollaknits.com via Beth on Pinterest

 

And I would love to make a little something for the boy. This sweater totally caught my eye to the point that I went out and bought some yarn for it. I’ve been practicing my stitches on the fingerling weight yarn and I’m not very good with such a fine weight. Yet. More practice is needed. And the pattern is in Dannish. . . but with the power of Google translate . . . and my friend to help me knit through, you may see something that looks like a garment come off my needles, hoping by the end of the year.

Source: ravelry.com via Beth on Pinterest

 

Of course, I can’t get away without doing some crochet. I bought the pattern for these leg warmers awhile back and will be hooking them up soon. They look pretty simple to do and I’m looking forward to having some fun colors peeking out of my boot tops!

Source: etsy.com via Beth on Pinterest


What are you working on if you knit or crochet?

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crochet cluster hat and legwarmers

A good friend of mine had a fun baby shower this past weekend and amidst the packing, I took some breaks to make a few little gifts. And let me tell you, they were much needed breaks! I had so much fun crocheting up these
baby legs and a newborn cluster hat (my second one). I also tried my hand at making something on her wishlist, called a latchy catchy to help make opening and closing the baby’s door much quieter.

Crochet hat and leg warmers

And check out those new butcher block counter tops. . . Makes for some good photos!

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Master bed and chevron bed runner

I think we are starting to surface from all the box unpacking from the move! We still have a ways to go – you know, putting stuff on walls, unpacking my three giant boxes of books, but some of the rooms are starting to look as I’d envisioned! Most notably, I finally got to put together our new bed! We sold our old bed because the canopy was not going to work in a smaller space and bought a storage bed from West Elm. My mom (hi Mom!), was kind enough to buy us our new headboard. The bedding inspiration came from this great store in Fredricksburg called Red in Fred. Check it out:

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I knew that green fabric very well – Amy Butler’s Full Moon Dots in Lime so I whipped up my own version of the pillow cases. The sheets they had I LOVED but they were dwell studio – so expensive. So I looked around and found similar ones at West Elm as well as the grey seersucker duvet – on sale! I sewed up the bolster pillows in Metro Geometric Stars Grey by Ellen Luckett BakerĀ and happened to have that rust red pillow from two bedding sets ago.

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I threw in the hand made cut paper printĀ fox for some nostalgia and whimsy and I like the result quite a bit. Jason apparently liked foxes growing up and had quite the stuffed animal collection. I thought this was a nice little nod to that.

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And finally, I finished up that crochet chevron bed runner to tie everything together.

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Still much organizing and unpacking to do, but it’s starting to feel like home!

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chevron crochet throw blanket

I can’t believe I’m working with thick wool yarn in the heat of the summer. Apparently the fervor of the new house has messed with my brain! I’m making a chevron ‘blanket’ (seeĀ inspirationĀ here) to lay across the foot of the bed – mainly so I have something to put around my shoulders while I read in bed. I say ‘blanket’, because it’s only going to be about three feet long – does a blanket like this that goes at the foot of the bed have a name? I can’t seem to find one if it does. . . I’m going off the scheme IĀ posted aboutĀ the other day and doing mainly grey with a hint of green and rust red. Lots of chunky texture happening in this blanket and it’s so heavy and soft. Perfect for snuggling.

I’m using thisĀ easy peasy pattern, which has been so much fun to stitch up. So far we are at 4 skeins of yarn completed – luckily I’m using coupons to get them cheap!Ā Because the yarn is so chunky and the pattern is so simple, it’s been stitching up very quickly. Well, that, and I’ve been working on it while cheering on the Olympics. I don’t even like sports and somehow the Olympics still appeals to me! Maybe by the time the Olympics are over, my blanket will be complete. . . we will see!

Chevron throw

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Simply Summer Sandals

I was all ready to work on some sewing projects for my class and my machine stopped working. It was quite sad but it gave me a chance to finish up a crochet project that I had started that had beenĀ relegatedĀ to the back burner. My friends seem to be going through another baby boom right now which is quite exciting because I have a reason to make little baby items again! Especially little girl baby items. Ā . . which leads me to thisĀ fascinationĀ with crochet baby shoes that I seem to have developed. This started with the munchkin hat and loafers that I made earlier this year. And now I love these little Simple Summer Sandals fromĀ Two Girls Patterns. Two of my friends are having little girls this summer, so they just HAD to have some little cutesy sandals!

I did modify the pattern a bit because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make the shoes with the flowers or without – they were so cute both ways! So I added a button:

… so the flowers could be removed!

I’m pretty proud of myself for coming up with such a cute and versatile solution.

Simply Summer Sandals

So much fun to make and finish out! I used Caron Simple Soft in Grey Heather for the soles and Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe in Duckling and Zinnia. Love little baby shoes.

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