Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hate It!

I have been having so much fun with the ruffle scarves, that I thought it might be fun to try another novelty yarn. I was at Micheal's today with a 20% off coupon, and Pom-Pom yarn was on sale, so I bought 1 skein.


I thought that this would make a really cute scarf for a kid. I don't like working with it, and I think my scarf looks like mush.

I've seen other people's scarves and baby sweaters made from similar yarns, and they were just adorable, but I am not spending any more time on this one.

Time to frog!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Another Boa

This one is made from Katia Rizos. LOVE it!
These are soooo much fun to make!

Monday, October 24, 2011
Next up...

My next knitting project is another ruffle scarf. This one uses Katia Rizos yarn. Love love love the colors!

And of course, I still have a project on the loom and another crochet blanket it work.

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Finished Boa

I just finished my Tutu Boa knit scarf. How fun! I love all the ruffles! It's long enough that you can wrap it around the neck more than once, so it can be worn long and loose for fashion, or short and wrapped for warmth.

The pattern was fun to make and super easy. I did make a few mistakes along the way, but it's so forgiving, I don't think the mistakes are visible. The one place where I had problems was in binding off. I really screwed up there a bit. I ended up doing it wrong, and then I dropped a few stitches and had a really hard time finding them to pick them back up. In the end, I know I didn't correct it fully, but the scarf looks fine.

I'm going to have fun making more of these. It was really fun!

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Knitting Fun

My knitting skills are still very poor, and I am making very slow progress on my baby blanket. While I am starting to like knitting, and I love the resulting fabrics, I find knitting sort of stressful.

I think that the new Boa Scarfs are pretty fun, and I wanted to try making one. This isn't "normal" knitting. You don't cast on the stitches, you just loop the yarn over the needle and start with knit stitches. It's a bit awkward at first, but then it becomes sort of zen. I'm having fun with it!

Mine is using black Tutu by Crystal Palace Yarns that I bought at The Clay Purl in Nashville, Indiana. I love the ruffles and hope I can complete this without any major snafus. And I get to use my breast cancer awareness knitting needles!

Monday, October 17, 2011
More Wiggles

I completed my second Wiggles blanket last night. I really love this pattern. It's so easy, but the results are so cute. It's a great way to use up leftover yarn and partial skeins. I'm working through a lot of small balls of Caron Simply Soft and all the wiggles on this blanket are made from that yarn. The base of the blanket is a pound of yarn - I don't remember which brand.

I think these are so cute. I love that they have cute ruffles, but that the back side is smooth and still pretty. I think I'll be making more of these in the future!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I am usually a one project at a time sort of crafter, but now that I'm doing more than on craft, I find my WIPs growing. I think this is a good thing because I have different skill levels with different crafts, so the balance of work keeps me from getting frustrated.

The first photo is my knitting. It's supposed to become a small baby blanket. This project is full of mistakes - no major mistakes, but lots of changes in gauge and some mistakes in texture. This is my first larger knit project, and despite all the mistakes, I suspect to end up with a useable baby blanket. It's clearly a novice piece, but I'm clearly still a novice, and, as they say, practice makes perfect! Many thanks to the ladies at In a Yarn Basket for helping me with this project! Kathy taught me to knit and actually donated this yarn to me for Marine Corps Kids. She also helped me catch all my stitches when my interchangeable needle unscrewed and I risked losing the entire project!

The second photo is my current weaving project. This one was made with the yarn that I won at Sheep Street. The yarn is Araucania Patagonia cotton yarn in reds, and I LOVE it. When I won this yarn, I decided that for once I was going to make something for myself. I'm hoping that will be a beautiful shawl that I'll be able to wear and enjoy. I'm weaving this yarn with a simple cotton khaki colored warp. I really like the way the color presents itself, and can't wait to see the finished project!

The final photo is my crochet project. It is another Wiggles Blanket , and I'm enjoying making this. I think its such a fun pattern and makes a really cute and useable blanket. When this is finished it will also be for Marine Corps Kids.

Saturday, October 01, 2011
Free Yarn!!

I know you love free yarn as much as I do - especially when it's really beautiful!
Check out this contest for your chance to win some gorgeous free yarn from Darn Good Yarn!