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Color Craving is Finished!

Wow what a busy month January turned out to be! Yet I don’t feel as though I have accomplished much.

My month was consumed with knitting my Color Craving Shawl by Stephan West. But it is finished; it is finally finished!! WOOHOO!!! 😀 I have to say for a garter stitch shawl it is definitely a challenge!

scrunched up shawl

I opted for the picot edge bind off.

I love that Stephen gives you 3 different bind off options! I chose the picot bind off. I think the results are smashing, however if I had known it was going to take me 3 days of knitting time to finish the bind off alone I may have chosen more wisely. 😉  Eh, who am I kidding? The finished results are well worth the extra time and effort.  😀

Streached out shawl

Finished shawl measures 68″ long and 36 1/2″ at it widest point before blocking!

Besides knitting the shawl I have crocheted 10 preemie hats for Precious Preemie Project 
 . I am planning on Whipping up a few more this week before mailing them off. I am looking for small projects to work on before the Ravellentics start on Friday February 7. 🙂

 

Where Do I Begin?

Wow, I am seriously ashamed of myself for my lack of posting the last 3 months. It has been so long since I posted I am not even sure where to begin! So today I am going to talk about the progress I made on the WIPs I had in progress back in *gulp* April.

For those of you who remember, I  was in the midst of a ton of baby knitting for my sisters baby shower this spring.  I finished the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson.

 

Elliot the Elephant

His ears a little off but I think it adds character. 🙂

I made him out of Knit Picks CotLin yarn, which is 70% cotton and 30% linen. He is 100% machine washable which I think is a must for baby toys. I thought the pattern was such a fun easy knit, but sewing on the ears was a huge challenge!

I am not sure about anyone else but I am always very nervous about gifting hand knits to people. However I had nothing to fear because my sister loved the gifts. 🙂

Yay! She Like it!

My beautiful sister opening one of her gifts from me. 🙂

Since this picture was taken in April my nephew has been born. As a matter of fact he is almost 2 months old already! I was lucky enough to have been asked to make him a photo prop costume by my sister for his first professional pictures.

Can he get any any cuter?!

My adorable baby nephew in his turtle costume.

My sister asked me to make a turtle cape by Eliabeth Spivey. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Green and Lion Brand tweed stripes in the Tundra colorway. The yarn was held double so it crocheted super quick.

I should be all caught up on projects that I was posting about way back in March and April now. I am going to make every effort to post at least weekly for the remainder of the year. 🙂

Sheepish Sophisticate

As April blows in so does the urgency of finishing up the baby knits I started in February. My sister’s baby shower is this coming Saturday.  It didn’t hit me exactly how close it was until I sat down Easter night to relax and I pulled out my new In Threes project that I cast on the night before.

I quickly put aside the cardigan and went to get the Baby Sophisticate Sweater that I knit several weeks ago.  The only thing I had left to finish on it was to sew on the buttons and add the legs to the sheep applique.  I ordered the buttons from Etsy. The name of the shop is Forbeadin’ Treasures, there is a lot of cute buttons to check out.

Sheepy buttons

I used the same technique to sew on the buttons as I did for the Hungry Caterpillar In Threes Cardigan.

For the legs of the sheep applique I used the duplicate stitch, which is a new technique for me. I can’t say that I am absolutely thrilled with the way the duplicate stitch came out. Yet at the same time I don’t hate the results either. I am sure that, like most things, the more I use the technique the better the results will be.

Sheepish Sophisticate

From a distance the misshapen duplicate stitch is hardly noticeable. 🙂

I paired the sweater with a pair of longies, that I had made after I first found out that my sister was expecting. As well as a pair of lamb booties that I recently finished up the seaming on.

Sheepish Outfit

I think the set goes really well together. :-D.

I am hoping to sew together the elephant blanket in the next day or two. I am a little disappointed that I didn’t get to all the projects I had planned to make for the shower, but I at the same time I am thrilled with the ones that I did get to. 😀

 

 

Moose Mitts

Hard to believe that it already Sunday night. Where does the time go?!

Today has been a very blustery day,  so I was grateful to be inside knitting on my son’s Moose Mitts.

Moose Mitts

The moose design is too cute!

I had used the Red Heart Soft yarn that was left over from the moose hat I had made him. I had loved this yarn when I made the hat, but I did not have the same fondness this time around. I found that it left an inconstancy in stitch definition and  was difficult to get it to the ends secure.

Moose Mitts

I love the cute tree pattern on the palm side.

The pattern was easy to follow which made this project super fun. Not to mention the design is adorable. If I make these again I would make some changes. I would work it so that the moose design was on the back of the hand rather than the tops of the wrists.  I realize that it was probably designed that way because the hand portion would be shorter as fingerless gloves.

My son says they are warm and comfy. 🙂

My son loves the mitts. He promises to wear them everyday and won’t forget them in school. LOL, I give it a week. 😉

 

Ahh, The Weekend!

Whew, it is the weekend at last! After being back to work all week it sure did feel good to do some knitting and crocheting today.

A baby in the family has been feeling icky (nothing major, but she is  still pretty miserable) and I wanted to make her a stuffed animal to comfort her. I found this cute little penguin pattern on Ravelry last night and couldn’t wait to start it this morning. It worked up so fast that I was surprised how quickly I was done with it.

Penny the Penguin

Penny the Penguin!

Of course I had to make the adorable hat accessory to go with it. 🙂

Penny's Bunny Hat

It was a big hit with the baby, which made my day. 😀

Penny the Penguin

Something about a penguin waring a bunny hat just cracks me up!

On Thursday I cast on for the Moose in the Woods Mitts. I have decided to make them full mittens because it is so cold here at the moment. I have finished one mitten and will be working on the second tomorrow. I will post pictures as soon as they are finished. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday

It is Monday my vacation is over, and I am back to work 😦 . The last half of my vacation wasn’t as productive as it had started. I came down with bronchitis, and although I managed to knit everyday of my vacation it wasn’t as fruitful as I would have hoped.

Last time I posted that I had been working on headbands, well I still am. I have completed 5 and working on the 6th right now. I am using this pattern, and while the pattern is simple enough I can’t wait to be done with them. I have to be done with them before Thursday so I am knitting on them exclusively.

Alpaca headbands

Two of the headbands I have finished.

I think when all the headbands are done I am going to cast on for these fingerless mitts.  I think I will have earned a new project to work on, and my son has been waiting patiently for these mitts since  I made him the matching hat and gave it to him  for his birthday a few months ago.

I hope everyone’s Monday went well. 🙂

Hooray For Knitcation!

I am loving vacation! Or should I say knitcation (hehe).  All this uninterrupted knitting time while the kids are in school sure is making me just about the happiest person on the planet. I spent my day knitting alpaca headbands, for a woman who owns a local alpaca farm.  She had ask my to make a few before Christmas, but in all the rushing around that the holidays  bring, I nearly forgot about them.  I sure did make up for lost time though, I knit 2 headbands (they are currently blocking at my mom’s house no picture yet) & wound another 3 skeins of yarn all before the bus dropped the kids back off. 🙂

A few skeins of alpaca still waiting to be wound.

You are probably saying to yourself, “Umm, didn’t she say she was going to be working on that ancient WIP of hers? What is she doing? Is she straying away from her 2013 goals ALREADY?!”

Well don’t worry I have not completely strayed from my goals. After all it was my goal to have no more than 3 projects going at once, and since I have already finished three WIPs since starting this blog it left me open to start a new project. I also think because this was something I was already under obligation to complete it makes it perfectly OK. Besides I did work on that sweater too. However picking up 275 stitches along the edge takes more time than I thought. I wish I had spent a little time figuring out how often I should pick up a stitch first. LOL