5 Shawls, 5 Days

I participated in Aroha Knits #5shawls5days project on Instagram this week.  The assignment was to explore the techniques of 5 types of shawls.  Here are my final 5!

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I found this to be a fun and educational project!  I loved looking at all the pics on Instagram.  If you aren’t familiar with the project, use the hashtag on Instagram to see all the tiny shawls.

Knitting these tiny shawls reminded me that getting started on a project is my least favorite part.  I love planning new projects, but I like knitting much better when the project has grown to the point that I can feel the weight of the knitting on my needles and have it resting in my lap.  The time when the knitting reaches this stage is my favorite point in the project!  Of course, closer to the end I do get impatient — ready to finish and cast on a new project. What is your favorite stage of a knitting or crochet project?

 

 

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Leather and Lace Fingerless Mittens

I have been so busy this year between teaching and preparing to be a vendor at the DFW FiberFest, that I had little time for knitting.  All that changed when I purchased the Leather and Lace Fingerless Mittens kit from Buffalo Wool Company while at the DFW FiberFest.  Knitting with buffalo is on my knitting bucket list, and I really liked this pattern!

The yarn is called 2Sexy and has buffalo down and silk.  I tried on the sample glove in their booth and it was luxuriously soft.  The mitten slid onto and encircled my hand with cushy softness.  It wasn’t snug but it wasn’t too loose – a perfect fit!

I didn’t check gauge on this project. I usually have to go down a needle size and did so for the gloves. I made the medium/large size. My gloves fit very well, but they are more fitted than the sample glove I tried on. I do wish I had used the needle size called for. I have A LOT of leftover yarn, which disappoints me as this yarn was expensive. I will need to find a project for the left over yarn.

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These knit up very quickly.  Even with my limited knitting time, I finished them in 2 weeks.  I needed a quick and easy project.  It felt wonderful to have the needles in hand again!  I know I will love wearing these in the fall. One disappointing thing is the laddering I wasn’t able to avoid.  I am knitting in the round using two circular needles.  I can avoid laddering on DPNs but haven’t figured out a trick for this on the two circulars.  On the  second glove, I moved the space between the needles to the side of the glove so it would be less conspicuous.

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I did knit these using a small Yarn Owl.  I got a JawBone Up for Mother’s Day and was able to walk around and knit to increase my steps — I love multitasking.  🙂

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Out with the old and in with the new!

This time of year seems like the perfect time to change the things we aren’t happy about into things we love and want in our lives.  With this thought in mind, I ended the old year, and started out the new year, with a couple of recycled projects, one for knitting and one for sewing.

Three years ago, I took a winter vacation to Santa Fe, New Mexico and bought some Berroco  Boraelis yarn as a souvenir.  I love the yarn but didn’t love what I made with it, a hooded scarf.  The hood doesn’t stay on very well.  I found the Dropped Stitch Cowl pattern by Abi Gregorio (free on Ravelry) and finished cowls for sale at Abi’s Etsy shop, Red Comb Vintage.  I decided to make this cowl and some boot cuffs.

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The cowl turned out great.  I think this yarn is beautiful, but it doesn’t show its beauty in photos and is really a yarn made for close inspection.

The boot cuffs I am making are Boot Candy boot cuffs by Sara Gresbach for Addisma Designs on Ravelry.  I made one pair for a Christmas gift.  The cuffs knit up quickly in bulky weight yarn.

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The cuff is on the left, and the scarf I am unknitting is on the right.  The cuffs have cables, which won’t show up well in this yarn, but I think the effect of coordinating the cuffs and the cowl together will be nice anyway.  I have two rows to go and will start the second cuff!

What has taken most of my time and will continue to take my time until after the DFW FiberFest in March, is sewing for my booth.  I am so excited!  However, I also will be keeping new and fun things coming in the Etsy Shop as well.  The newest listing is really an old thing…an old dress in a beautiful fabric.

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I transformed the dress into two Serena bags and two sets of Stitch Hoodies.  What do you think?

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The fabrics for lining  and coordinating dots in the Hoodies are new materials.

I love the idea of making the old new, not just with things, but with our lives as well.  I wish each of you a bright and shiny new year full of the best of the old and new.

Fiber Monday sale

Fiber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is the date when you realize how much more knitting/crocheting you have to do before gift-giving day.  I feel your pain and invite you to procrastinate a little longer and pick out a new bag or yarn holder (or any item in the shop), Diana Couture on Etsy, and save 10% using coupon code “fibermonday.”  Offer good one day only, Fiber Monday.  On Tuesday, its back to finishing all those projects.

What’s new in the shop!

I have just listed some new merchandise featuring a blue phone booth, Dr. Who-esque print from Spoonflower.com.  The Serena Bags and Yarn Owls (and Stitch Hoodies) look great in this beautiful fabric!

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I also completed a custom needle case that holds 10″ straight needles, 6″ DPNs  AND 1 set of interchangeable circular needle tips and cables.  I was even able to add a notions pocket with a snap down flap.  The needle sizes were machine embroidered on all needle pockets and the circular needle tips.

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If you are looking for the perfect knitting needle case, I can customize these cases to meet your needs!

 

It’s a MonstrOWLsity!

I had a customer request to turn my Yarn Owl into a monster.  I was intrigued.  Here is the result – a real MonstrOWListy!  Available in my Etsy shop in two colors – the green shown below and a blue in the same print.  It can be a monster protecting your precious yarn, or it can be a cute Halloween costume for your yarn — or both!

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Speaking of cute monsters, my grandson turned 2 on October 1st.  I embroidered a shirt for him that says “2’s aren’t terrible, I’m having a blast!”:

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This embroidery design is from an Etsy seller, Lilli Pad Gifts.  It embroidered out wonderfully and had a surprising number of layout options.  It was a great deal for the price!

I hope you and your monsters are all enjoying a fun-filled October.

Week 4 – (I’m not going) Back to School Giveaway

This week’s number is 9 — which means Maggie Wisk is the winner of the fancy Serena Bag.  Congratulations Maggie!

Week 4 is the last week, and while these aren’t fancy, they are fun, and I am very excited to reintroduce them into my shop.  The Skeini T – a T-shirt for yarn – is a very simple yarn holder.  The yarn hangs out in the Skeini T, and it doesn’t fall out, even when the skein gets smaller than the ribbed opening.  Some people call it magic.  I think the knit fiber of the Skeini T and the yarns just like to hang out together.   This week’s prize is two of the Skeini-T’s.  One has a strap and one does not.  I don’t use a strap with my Skeini-T, but what do you think?

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The design on this Skeini T is the “Nit Moor Cotin” sheep, an original design, and it is digitally printed onto organic cotton via Spoonflower.com.  In the past, I tried iron-on transfers, which just didn’t look good.  The color and quality of this printing is fantastic, printed in the US, and uses a high-quality fabric.   I am very excited to be able to offer these in the shop (coming mid-September.)

My knitting daughter prefers the Skeini-T’s to Yarn Owls.  They don’t take up any extra room, and they are also a great way to store yarn.  My favorite use for the Skeini-T’s is when knitting projects with two colors.  I can easily put to skeins of yarn in and feed the yarn out each end.  This is what I am doing in the photo below.  I’m knitting a swatch for the Starry, Starry Night sock pattern using yarn from Tenacious Fibers on Etsy.  There are two 400-yard (100 gram) skeins of yarn in this Skeini-T.  It is full now, but the Skeini-T will flatten as the yarn is used.

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