While I have been knitting several smaller projects lately, I usually only share the larger projects here on the blog (the rest are always on my Ravelry page). These socks are for T., his third pair! I started working on these after we moved into a football fan area where there are few Cleveland Browns fans. Most people thought I was working on Halloween socks. I just loved working with this yarn by Ladybug Fiber Company. A little bit of cashmere and beautifully created stripes. I am very pleased with the results and hope they wear well…even when the Browns are losing!
I follow Michelle Wooderson’s blog (Mish Mash) and just love her unique style. A few months ago I purchased her yellow jar kit and created inspired cards for my Paper Capers group. Here was my take on the kit!
Happy Thanksgiving! This is the first year for me that I am not in school and/or working over the holidays. It is an amazing feeling and I am very grateful. I made a set of Thanksgiving cards this year from a card kit by Diana Dezso over at Paper Crazy. I know you are not surprised! I just love her card kits. This one was a lot of fun with the zipper ribbon, burlap, and pumpkin ribbon. I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!
It has been awhile since I have had a knitted garment to share with you! Last January my sister and I decided to do another knitalong. We tend to find a pattern we both like, knit with different yarns, and we try to keep up with each other’s pace. Well my sister finished her Back-to-School U-Neck Vest long before it was even time to go back to school. And I just finished mine now that we are way past back to school!
I have wanted to knit this pattern since I bought the Fitted Knits book back in 2008. I always love Stephanie Japel’s patterns. It really is a simple garment pattern and flies off of the needles…you know, when you actually work on it. I stalled out when it was time to pay attention to the directions to separate for the armholes. Then I did not pick it up until after the move. And of course now that I have finished it, I want to knit another! The yarn is Malabrigo Twist, a heavenly yarn, maybe a little too soft for this structured piece, but oh so soft. Looking forward to wearing this professional piece to work.
Last weekend I got to spend time with my best friends and their children (which of course, automatically makes them my favorite kids). I always blog the projects I make for them. Well this time it was Bentley’s turn for a handmade gift. I decided to make him a blanket made out of the softest material I think you can buy – Minky! I had never worked with it before and wanted to see if it was as soft as everyone says it is. The answer – yes, it really is incredibly soft. It was also incredibly stretchy on the sewing machine. I bought this kit at Fabric.com. But while you are working with it for a sewing project, it sheds like you wouldn’t believe. I watched a Youtube video about how to work with Minky and I was warned. I still wasn’t prepared for the fluff that would cover my craft room. Once you sew the blanket together though, the fluff and shedding disappears. Well worth the reaction from the family! I guess Bentley’s older sister has already claimed it as her own since she is 3 years old and Bentley is only 9 months. Hooray for a popular blanket!
Now I better get to work on his Christmas stocking!
Another Paper Crazy card kit this month! I agree with Diane, this has to be one of my favorite kits of all time. Beautiful, muted colors. Great little embellishments with the pins and pearls. All kinds of different lace. Little birds to cut out and paper flowers. And the dress form stamp is definitely one I will use again.
We’re definitely starting to feel settled in our new house and my craft room is almost complete. Just a few more tweaks and then I will be ready for photos! Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of autumn.
And just like that, the third quarter of the year is complete! Usually the summer flies by for me, but this quarter was exceptionally slow. I was just waiting for my new life to begin. Waiting to move into our very own house, waiting to defend my dissertation, and waiting to start my new job as a professor! Now all of that has happened and I can start to settle in to my new life. Time for more crafting! What I did not anticipate was this new hobby of mine…home improvement projects! Those projects will start to make an appearance on the blog as I complete them.
As a reminder, one of my resolutions this year was to keep track of three stashes – fabric, yarn, and fiber. I blogged about my first quarter stash report here and my second quarter stash report here. I did not knit as much this summer as last summer, but that was mainly a result of not participating in Camp Loopy. Which was one of my resolutions – to NOT participate in it this year. I had big plans to just knit with stash. But not participating also decreased my summer knitting productivity. And all that packing. There was a lot of packing. And unpacking. But I have high hopes for this last quarter!
Used Year to Date: 1 yard
Added Year to Date: 5.6 yards (working on a baby blanket now and some of the new fabric is for the wedding)
Destashed Year to Date: -4.6 yards !
Knit Year to Date: 4,756 yards
Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date: 1,638 yards
Purchased Year to Date: 3,030 yards (went to a fiber festival this quarter and new to me yarn shops!)
Acquired for Free to Date: 200 yards
Net Destashed for 2013: 3,164 yards
Ounces Spun Year to Date: 104.3 ounces
Purchased Year to Date: 76 ounces (bought an entire fleece through a local breeder and had it processed)
Yards Spun Year to Date: 4,360 yards
Net Destashed for 2013: 28.3 ounces (1.76 pounds)