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What’s on the Needles and Hooks – January and February Edition

The last couple of months have been busy busy busy, and I even started my January edition in January (!) but then it never got finished. So here’s what’s been coming off of my needles and, for the first time, hooks!

I finished a couple of pairs of fingerless mitts for myself.

These are the Mittens with Pints On by Spilly Jane in KnitPicks Palette. I knit Paul a pair of these for Christmas a couple years back and decided to make myself a fingerless pair.

Mittens with Pints On

I also completed these Welted Fingerless Gloves by Churchmouse Yarns. They’re in Caron Simply Soft and a bit of pink leftover from Madelyn’s blanket (which I talked about in the December edition.)

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I am oh-so-very close to being finished with my Cool Wool Hat and Cowl Set. I just need to find some buttons, sew said buttons on, crochet a couple of button loops and block the cowl.

Cool Wool Hat

Cool Wool Cowl(Sorry for the major flash blowout. Nighttime pictures.)

I also whipped up this cute little guy. I’ve tried to learn to crochet several times and it had yet to stick, but I think this time I might actually have it! His ears are a bit wonky, but I think he’s a good attempt for my first toy for which I was been pretty confident I was crocheting it right. He still doesn’t have a tail because the instructions are a bit confusing to me. I’ll have to wait until my wonderful teacher Claire can help me through.

MicropigThe pattern is Amigurumi Micropigs by Studio Ami.

The most exciting project I’ve been working on is my first sweater!

Shapely BoyfriendThis is the Shapely Boyfriend by Stefanie Japel. This pattern was definitely easy to follow, and once I got into it, modifying it slightly was really simple. I decided to go with inexpensive yarn just in case it turned out terribly. It turned out great, so of course now I sort of wish I’d got something a bit nicer. We’ll see how well it wears. This pattern was also super quick. It was easy to sit down for an hour or two and see my progress.

I added an extra repeat at the hip increases because I wanted it to be nice and long and based on my measurements I thought it would fit better around my hips. I also added 5 rows to the ribbing. I think my row gauge was a bit off, because it turned out really long (as you can see) but definitely not longer than I like to wear. My buttonholes also turned out a bit wonky but I was able to fix them. I sort of just decided to wing it and didn’t actually look up the best method to put buttonholes into a buttonband. The pattern definitely doesn’t walk you through every single step. I also worked 8 buttonholes instead of 7 like the pattern calls for the extra hip repeat. I also added some length to the sleeves so I could turn up the cuffs a couple of inches. I used this method for knitting clean stripes in ribbing.

I used Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off to finish all the edges.

Now all that’s left is to put my grosgrain ribbon, buttons and backer buttons! I should have some time to work on that on Saturday.

Tucker hopes you enjoyed your Mardi Gras!

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What’s on the Needles – December Edition

September, October and November were not without knitting. But they were mostly consumed with one big secret project that is now in it’s recipient’s hands, so I can tell you all about it now.Crocheted Flowers on Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

Paul’s brother and his wife are expecting their first baby in January. We’re so excited to have our first niece! They are decorating the nursery in gray and pink and chevrons, so naturally I had to hunt down the perfect chevron baby blanket. I liked how crisp the stripes were in this lacy variety. I added some little flowers to the corner for a bit of girly flair. Thank goodness I have crochet mentors at Knit Night! If you want to know the specifics, here’s the Ravelry page.Baby BlanketSo expect lots more baby knitting in the future. 🙂

When I finished the blanket, I decided to finish something up for myself!

Sarah's Fingerless Mitts with Pints OnI knit Paul a pair of these Mittens with Pints On for Christmas last year. I had purchased yarn  to make a fingerless pair for myself and I finished those up when the blanket was finished!
Right now I’m working on this hat and cowl set for myself. I wanted a hat that was a bit large so it doesn’t make my curly hair go flat when I wear it. The hat is done, the cowl is started. I’ll post some pictures once it’s finished.

We’re very much enjoying our first Christmas season in our new home! To celebrate we made custom matching ugly Christmas sweaters!

Happy Holidays!

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What’s on the Needles? Aug Edition

In a word (or two)? Baby gifts.

5 dear friends and relatives are expecting babies in the imminent future. So here’s a quick photo blog of what I’ve already finished and gifted.

For Baby Rossel:

Baby Rossel hat

 

This is a little pattern I made up. I have a basic baby hat pattern I developed. I made that in a white cotton yarn with a yellow fuzzy carry-along yarn. The rose is made out of a wavy piece of knitted fabric coiled into a flower and stitched in place.

For Baby Zoe Baker:

Princess Leia HatI like to make fun baby hats for my close friends. For Seth and Amanda, I knew I wanted to do something Star Wars themed, so when I found out they were having a girl I designed this Princess Leia hat.

Zoe's DressThis is the second time I’ve knit this pattern. I wasn’t super thrilled with how it turned out at first. It was really wide and short. But I added the white ribbon to use as a drawstring, which improved it greatly.

Maile SweaterThis is the first sweater I’ve ever knit and I love how it turned out!

If you’re a knitter and want to see more about the patterns and materials I used, come visit me on Ravelry! Username: loveinindy

 

 

 

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What’s on the needles?

I have been doing a fair amount of knitting, but most of it was for a gift so I couldn’t tell you yet!

Our dear friends Frances and Jackson are expecting their first baby, well, any day now. Now, I just can’t let anyone I love have their first child without getting at least a stitch or two of knitting. I really enjoyed these projects!

The first gift I made was a baby bunting using this pattern, which I actually found using Pinterest! (For knitters and crocheters, the pattern is also available on Ravelry as Top Down Baby Bunting by Amanda Lilley. Also listed in my projects. For those of you who aren’t hip to Ravelry, it’s sort of like Facebook or Pinterest but specifically for yarn crafters.)

I absolutely loved this pattern. I used Berocco Vintage Chunky yarn, which was also lovely to work with.

The next pattern was something I actually sort of went looking for. I had seen something similar and knew that Frances and Jackson were fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, and it turns out Totoro was Frances’ favorite as a kid! This is the main character from Totoro:

Sorry the picture quality is so bad. For reasons no one can know, I took this with my cell phone instead of my camera … and for those of you who haven’t experienced Hayao Miyazaki, I highly recommend any of his films! and I forgot in my original posting to include the pattern!

The last project did involve a needle, though not of the knitting variety. I whipped up this cute little onesie for baby to wear when he feels like getting a little dressed up:

I’ve been saving up a few things to post in a new Etsy shop soon, and you can expect to see a few more baby tie onesies there!

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Knitting!

As some of you know (and maybe most of you don’t) knitting is a huge part of my life and I hope for it to be a really huge part of my future. I have been writing a few patterns and trying to build up some items to start my own Etsy shop and have a knitting pattern book in the works as well as a children’s chapter book that has a little something to do with the culture of knitting in the past (loosely). Actually, most of you probably don’t know that. I’m pretty self conscious about my goals for my future as well as my abilities to accomplish them, so I often hide them. If I don’t tell you, you won’t know if I fail at them, right? Well, it’s time for a new attitude! It’s time to express my goals so that all of you can tell me how great I am and how I am going to achieve them :). Just don’t ask me how they’re going or I’ll turn red. (joking. about the don’t ask part. not about the red part.)

So I just thought I would share with all of you the debut of my knitting on a mainstream (in the knitting world) blog!

http://mochimochiland.com/2011/07/tiny-gnome-at-the-beach/

I took that photo in Florida while we were on our honeymoon. (Yes. One of my goals for my honeymoon was to get an awesome photo of a tiny gnome on a beach. This blog has a competition every year for the best photo with one of her patterns in it with some pretty sweet prizes.)

The writer of this blog, Anna, is pretty much my hero and I aspire to be her some day, though I may not focus solely on knitting toys like she does. But she is just so good at it! And some of her pieces are truly works of art, and are displayed as such in galleries worldwide. It’s very cool.

Hope you all enjoyed this “Insight into Sarah.”

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Keith and Emily’s Wedding

Sorry for the long hiatus. Things have been pretty crazy lately, and I started a new job four weeks ago. I don’t get off of work until 6 every day, so we’re going through what I’m sure most of you have, which is trying to figure out a new work-life balance that pays the bills and keeps the family happy! I say that we have had a lot going on lately, but the truth is, our loved ones have a lot going on lately (mostly lots of people getting married) and after the outpouring of love and support we received from family and friends at our wedding, the least we can do is try our hardest to supply that to the other people we love who are getting married!

This weekend my brother-in-law got married. It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple, and they had a beautiful day to do it.

This weekend I also finished the largest knitting project I have ever attempted! I made Keith and Emily this blanket. The pattern is the Cos Cob Throw from Lion Brand Yarn and the yarn is Wool Ease Worsted (also by Lion Brand and one of my favorite yarns to work with). I slightly modified the pattern and added a single crochet border. For size reference, it is on a king-sized bed.

Last weekend, we went to Danville so I could go to Emily’s bachelorette party. Tucker had some fun, too.

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