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Monday, October 27, 2014

New Wine Charms in the Shop! Great Christmas Gift for Knitters!

I felt crafty yesterday so I made up some knitting wine charms to list in my etsy shop!  I love these wine charms so much!  I don't make them very often, so it's a treat for my customers when they go up in the shop and they usually sell fast.  Look how cute:

I use memory wire to make these, which is slightly more expensive than earring hoop wires, which is what a lot of people use.  However, I love the memory wire because you don't have to fiddle with claps at the back, it just pops right on and off the wine glass.

I also made two other sets.  Here is a set of wine markers for quilters:

Look how cute this tiny sewing machine charm is!!

And I made this set of tool wine charms for DIYers or carpenters or anyone else who would love to adorn their wine glasses with tools.

I'm out of the charms to make the tool markers and the quilting markers, so once they're gone, they're gone until I restock.  I only made one set of the knitting wine markers, but I have the supplies to make more, so if they sell out, feel free to shoot me an email and I can make more for you.  I can make crochet wine charms as well.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Must. Resist. Urge. To. Shop.

Knit Picks just released new colors in my favorite yarn!  Stroll Tonal is my go-to sock yarn and I am so excited about the new colors, especially this cool black one called Train Station:

I'm not going to order it for now because every time I place an order at Knit Picks I end up spending at least $50 to get the free shipping and that's not in the budget right now....  so, I will wait.  It's called self control.  I can do it!  Right?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maybe Monday: Apple Cosies

I have discovered a new kind of cozy, thanks to the miracle of Pinterest...  apple cosies!  How cute are these?  Which do you think I should make?  A koala or an owl?

 Koala cozy by Ana Paula Rimoli from the book Amigurumi on the Go

Friday, September 26, 2014

FO: More Jaywalkers

I'm not a very big fan of variegated yarn, but I acquired this yarn in a trade and I had no idea what to do with it, so naturally, I just made another pair of Jaywalkers!  As these started to take shape I worried the colors were a little too wild for me, but luckily my mother loved them, so these became hers.

The only thing I didn't love about working with this yarn was that the colors pooled quite a bit, but mom doesn't mind so I guess I don't either!

yarn details
Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silky Sock in Parakeet
fingering weight
70% merino wool, 20% silk, 10% nylon
360 yards /100 grams

project details 
pattern: "Jaywalker" by Grumperina, available as a free Ravelry download
needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
yarn used: 0.82 skeins (295 yards)
size knit: small
finished size: women's size 8-ish
duration: April 3 - August 17, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maybe Monday: Dinosaurs

It's Monday and I'm surfing for patterns again.  I feel the need to crochet a dinosaur and luckily my favorite amigurumi designer has two dinos to choose from!  So, which one shall it be: Cliff the Brontosaurus, or Spikey the Stegosaurus?

I put this one to a vote among my friends and the overwhelming majority voted for Spikey... sorry Cliff!  Maybe I'll make you both some day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FO: Hannah the Slug

Hooray!  It's time for me to share another adorable project from the freshstitches kit club!  Check out my cute pink slug!  Isn't she darling?  Stacey went to a lot of trouble to pick out a ton of different color schemes and everyone in the club got to make a slug in their favorite color.  Fun!  The yarn was a special kind of embroidery wool that could be split into multiple plys.  And for a special gift, we got a cute snail tape measure so our little slugs would have a friend.

I split all five shades of my yarn into plys and mixed them up for an awesome subtly striped marled effect.  I love the way it turned out!  I split each shade into 3 plys, then I twisted three different color plys together, crocheted two rows, then took out two of the plys and added back in two different color plys, but kept one color consistent, then I did two rows, then switched out two again (this time, switching out the color I left in before), and so on.  It created a very subtle striping that I think is awesome.

yarn details
Brown Sheep Waverly Wool in assorted colors
Bulky Weight
100% Wool

polyfill stuffing
12mm safety eyes

project details
pattern: "Hannah the Slug" by Stacey Trock, available for purchase on Ravelry for $4.
finished size:  about 5.5'' long
hook: J (6.0mm)
gauge: 4 rounds=2.25''
yarn used: five 8-yard skeins in the pink colors and a little over one 8-yard skein of the white for the eyes
duration: July 20 - August 9, 2014

  • I ran out of yarn so I omitted the ruffled "foot" of the slug.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Maybe Monday: Mayapple Shawl

Welcome to another edition of Maybe Monday!  Today I'm lusting after Dee O'Keefe's Mayapple Shawl.  Isn't it gorgeous??

Isn't it great?  I even love the yellow color, though I probably wouldn't go that direction just because it's not super practical.  I've been meaning to knit myself a really gorgeous shawl and I think this may be the pattern I go with!  It looks a little complicated, but I signed up for Laura Nelkin's Mastering Lace Shawls class on Craftsy, so hopefully that will give me the skills I need to make this shawl.

Here's another great pic, just cuz.

{Mayapple Shawl by Dee O'Keefe}

So....  Will I knit it or will I leave it lingering in my Ravelry queue for all eternity?

Reasons Why I Might Knit It: Like I said, I've been meaning to make myself a really gorgeous shawl - something that will really showcase my knitting skills and that I can be proud to wear anywhere.  This fits that bill.  It looks challenging, but not too challenging as long as I embrace the concept of using lots of lifelines while I knit.

Reasons Why I Might Pass On It: When I picture my dream lace shawl, it is made out of lace weight yarn, not fingering like this one, so that might ultimately dissuade me from selecting this pattern.  Other than that, I can't think of anything else I dislike about this pattern.