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.

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!

 

SweaterBabe’s Mystery Knit-a-Long features prizes from Diana Couture

After knitting SweaterBabe’s Talia vest pattern, I fell in love with her clear instructions and great style.  I was excited to see she was having a Mystery Knit-a-Long (MKAL) on Ravelry for a new mohair scarf pattern.  While participating in the MKAL, Katherine (SweaterBabe) asked me if I would be interested in donating prizes for the MKAL, which I was happy to do.  SweaterBabe reviewed my Yarn Owls back in 2009 when they were new on the market.   You can read her review here. 

I opened an e-mail from SweaterBabe this week to see the photo of her beautiful scarves and my Yarn Owl promoting her give away.

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The MKAL is coming to a close on Ravelry, but the pattern is available on SweaterBabe’s website.  This beautiful and fun to knit scarf is cleverly called “Don’t Ruche Me, I’m Knitting.”  Here is a photo of my work in progress.  The yarn is Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in the Ghost colorway.

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Books and Knitting

In reading the Knitter’s Review newsletter this morning, I was excited to see a new knitting mystery, The Yarn Woman, by Brooks Mencher.  Perfect timing for me and Diana Couture customers, as I have just added the medium sized Yarn Owl and a large Serena Bag in an Alexander Henry print featuring books.  For many yarnies, myself included, the best of life’s simple pleasures are knitting/crocheting, books, and coffee.   These bags provide the knitting and books…just add coffee.

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I love a good knitting mystery. If I’m going for a light read, it doesn’t get better than this.  Amazon.com has many to choose from, but one of my favorites is the Molly McRae series.   What about you?  Any favorite knitting mysteries?

 

I’m not going back to school! – Second week of August Giveaway

The winner for the first week’s give away, as selected by a random sequence number generator, is Wendi Watson!  Congratulations Wendi.

This week’s give away is for a set of fancy Yarn Owls, one small and one medium.  These Owls are made in a green silk dupioni with vintage lace and crushed velvet ribbon trim.   I have placed the embellishment where it should not interfere with the functionality of the Yarn Owls, i.e., to minimize the opportunity for the yarn to get entangled with the lace.  🙂

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The inside of these Yarn Owls has a lovely cotton print of birds and leaves in a coordinating green on a white background.

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Yarn Owls are designs to protect the yarn from tangles and other untoward events that can occur when yarn is left to roam freely.  The Owls are also designed so the yarn can be removed at any time.  If you are not familiar with Diana Couture’s products for knitters and crocheters, visit my Etsy shop to see the Yarn Owls and other design in my line of fabulously functional bags and necessities for yarn work.

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My main reason for conducting this give away is to thank my loyal customers and fans of my Facebook page for sticking by me through the craziness of getting my masters degree.  However, if you are just finding out about Diana Couture, I am delighted!  You can learn  more about my products by vising my Etsy Shop, becoming a fan of Diana Couture on Facebook, or following me on Instagram.  My user name on Instagram is SewsandKnits.  I hope to see you around!

Comment on this post to be entered in the give-away.  Comments will close on August 17th at 12:00 p.m. CST.  See below for complete rules.

 

RULES:

The prize of the week will be posted each Monday in August.  The comments will close the following Sunday at noon central time.  The drawings will take place and the winner notified.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond or the prize will pass to the runner up. Shipping on prizes is free.  However, because of variations of laws in other countries, this sweepstakes is limited to residents of the United States.  I didn’t want to do this, but I don’t see a way around it.  😦  Also, you must be over 18 years old to enter.

There is no purchase whatsoever required to enter, and you can enter each drawing by posting a comment on the weekly give-away post (one per person, please.)   You must provide your e-mail to comment.  The e-mail isn’t publicized on the blog, but I need it to contact you should you win a prize!

Comments will be numbered from 1-???, beginning with the oldest counting up to most recent comments. The winners will be selected using this random sequence generator.  The first number on the list is the winner.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their address for shipping the prize.  After that time, the next person on the random sequence list will be contacted and down the list until a winner accepts the weeks’ prize.  Any comments that do not comply with the rules set out here will not be eligible to win the prize.

I am not using a third-party service but am conducting the sweepstakes myself.  I am committed to a random and fair give away.  By entering this sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you understand the process and agree with the terms and conditions outlined here.

 

I’m Not Going Back to School – First Week of August Give Away

Here is this week’s  prize!

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This week’s give away is for 2 crazy-quilted Stitch Hoodies (done on the embroidery machine, not by hand!) and one pieced Stitch Hoodie.  These Hoodies fit double pointed needles 5-6″ long and most circular knitting needles.  Also included in the give away is a matching notions bag.  I love purples.  I hope you do too!

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The notions bag has a gray velvet ribbon stitched on the front of the bag with a metal bar sewn on that says “Enjoy the Journey.”  Knitting and crocheting is something most of us do because we enjoy the journey, so I liked the sentiment for this set.

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Here is a photo of the Hoodies in the bag.  There will be room for other notions in here as well.

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If you are not familiar with Diana Couture  or Stitch Hoodies, Diana Couture sells bags, yarn holders and other fabulously functional items for knitters and crocheters.  The Stitch Hoodies are specifically designed for holding projects on the knitting needles to prevent dropped stitches.  The 5-6″ length, which is what is included in this give away, are the perfect size for most circular needles and double pointed needles 5-6″ long.  Hoodies for needles with lengths of 4-9″ are available in my Etsy shop.

My main reason for conducting this give away is to thank my loyal customers and fans of my Facebook page for sticking by me through the craziness of getting my masters degree.  However, if you are just finding out about Diana Couture, I am delighted!  You can learn  more about my products by vising my Etsy Shop, becoming a fan of Diana Couture on Facebook, or following me on Instagram.  My user name on Instagram is SewsandKnits.  I hope to see you around!

Comment on this post to be entered in the give-away.  Comments will close on August 10th at 12:00 p.m. CST.  See below for complete rules.

 

RULES:

The prize of the week will be posted each Monday in August.  The comments will close the following Sunday at noon central time.  The drawings will take place and the winner notified.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond or the prize will pass to the runner up. Shipping on prizes is free.  However, because of variations of laws in other countries, this sweepstakes is limited to residents of the United States.  I didn’t want to do this, but I don’t see a way around it.  😦  Also, you must be over 18 years old to enter.

There is no purchase whatsoever required to enter, and you can enter each drawing by posting a comment on the weekly give-away post (one per person, please.)   You must provide your e-mail to comment.  The e-mail isn’t publicized on the blog, but I need it to contact you should you win a prize!

Comments will be numbered from 1-???, beginning with the oldest counting up to most recent comments. The winners will be selected using this random sequence generator.  The first number on the list is the winner.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their address for shipping the prize.  After that time, the next person on the random sequence list will be contacted and down the list until a winner accepts the weeks’ prize.  Any comments that do not comply with the rules set out here will not be eligible to win the prize.

I am not using a third-party service but am conducting the sweepstakes myself.  I am committed to a random and fair give away.  By entering this sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you understand the process and agree with the terms and conditions outlined here.