Monday, March 02, 2015

on hooks & needles

cross stitch

greetings cross stitch WIP

I finally started my greetings cross stitch last week. The pattern can be purchased here. I am loving stitching this project, it's been very hard to put down! I had to take a break from it yesterday after my finger became really swollen and painful, I think I had been holding my q-snap frame wrong. It's feeling a bit better today though, so I'm back at it. I'm excited to have this finished soon! I really like the designs from Satsuma Street, I will definitely be stitching more of them.

knit

March sock yarn

I chose my sock yarn for my March socks, it's Malabrigo Sock in the Indiecita colorway. I haven't quite decided what pattern I will be knitting yet but I probably won't be casting on until I finish my greetings cross stitch. If you have any suggestions, I'd really love to hear them!

crochet

I have done very little crochet recently but my scrap v-stitch blanket will be getting worked on again, hopefully by next week. I really want to get that done before the end of the KAL/CAL in My Sister's Knitter's ravelry group, it ends April 30th, so I have enough time!

I've also been thinking of crocheting toys again. There are a couple designs that I've been thinking about, I've even started crocheting one a little but I don't think I'll have it finished any time soon. I am really excited about the construction though, I think maybe I need to try a different yarn so that I won't want to set it aside. I have a lot of toy ideas sketched out, I really want to get a couple of them off the paper and in toy form this year.

Anyway, that's all for today. Is there anything exciting that you've been working on recently?



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Socks: FO

February socks

I lost motivation with pretty much everything for a couple weeks this month, so I didn't really do much crochet or knitting. Luckily, I did find some mojo again and got these socks finished before I need to choose another sock yarn. I'm so, so happy with this pair! The striping looks exactly the way I pictured it. The yarn was a sock split set from Spun Right Round and the colorways were Mega Magenta & Combat Boots and Baby Doll Dresses.

I didn't use a pattern for the socks but there are quite a few different striped sock patterns that looked similar to these on ravelry. To get make the stripes jogless, I used this tutorial on Craftsy, it works so well! My tension with the technique was very tight in the beginning, so one sock curves a bit when not on but it stretches out easily when worn. I also tried a new bind off for the cuff, the video I used can be found here. It seems like it has the same amount of stretch as Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which is what I've always used but I think I like the look of this more, so I'll probably use it a lot more often.

February socks

I'm really happy with the two pairs of socks I've finished this year! I'm definitely going to continue knitting a pair each month. Hopefully some months will have more than one pair, I would really like to knit a pair or two for gifts during the year. I want to have 12 for myself though, I want to have a drawer full of hand knit socks!

January & February socks

This last pair was finished exactly a year after I finished my very first pair of socks! It has me thinking of all the things I've learned since I started, so I'll share a post on my year of sock knitting soon.

I'm linking this post up with Liesl's Monthly Sock Challenge



Sunday, February 22, 2015

recent FOs

For Valentine's Day, I crocheted these fun hearts for my kids. You can get the pattern free from FreshStitches here. I made the medium size and added googly eyes to make them more fun. I hadn't planned on crocheting any toys for the kids but my son woke up late the night before and asked me if I had crocheted them new toys for Valentine's Day, he was pretty upset thinking that I didn't. He 100% made me feel guilty! Ha. So, I stayed up far too late crocheting these cuties.

Valentines

I also finished up this hot water bottle cover, just in time for it to be of use! I used a free pattern that you can find here. I held three strands of Loops & Threads Woolike yarn together, the colors are charcoal, cool grey and beige. I love the fabric the three yarns created!

hot water bottle cover

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a great day!



Friday, January 30, 2015

right now on hooks & needles (& upcoming)

crochet

Sometime last year I figured out that I really don't enjoy the feel of acrylic blankets anymore. I don't hate them but they're just not so nice on my hands. My kids still love them and use them, so all the blankets I've crocheted in the past have nothing to fear! I'm also thinking of crocheting toys using something else soon too, so I have a big stash of acrylic just sitting in the closet that I need to do something about.

crocheting this again today, it's almost long enough. I haven't sewn in any ends yet, so that will be fun... my day is set now

So, of course, I started a blanket! It was really the only thing I could think of to quickly use the stash up, although it doesn't seem like it's made a huge dent yet. I'm crocheting a V-Stitch blanket, using Le Monde De Sucrette's pattern. I'm crocheting different width sections and will be joining them up, either while crocheting or after... I haven't gotten that far yet. I have lots of white and off white yarn, so I'm alternating rows with those colors. So far, I'm liking the look of it. I've finished one section, it's going to be a big blanket, it measures from my feet to my shoulders.

knit

I'm knitting a cover for a hot water bottle, something I've wanted to have for quite a long time. I'm knitting it using some Woolike yarn I had bought last year, I'm holding three strands of yarn. It's making a really nice fabric. The pattern I'm using is free and can be found here. Since I don't have a lot of needles yet, I'm only using one needle size, so I upped the stitch count a little.

new WIP

Not too long ago, I added to my Scrappy Hue Shift blanket. I still see this as a very long term project, I'm out of sock yarn to use again. I think I'll let it sit for a couple months, so I can get at least more than 2 squares added before stashing it again.

Scrappy Hue Shift

upcoming

I gathered up supplies to cross stitch this design from Satsuma Street. I'm hoping to find some time to start soon, it's been on my list for quite some time!

next cross stitch project ready

Besides the cross stitch, I have my February socks to get started on next week. I'm surprised I made it all the way to now without just ripping a brown bag open to knit some socks, I've been craving some sock knitting. Over the weekend, I'll be picking my bag out.

I hope you have a great weekend!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January socks: FO

Last week, I finished knitting my January socks. I'm so happy with these, they are perfectly squishy and so comfy. I really loved knitting with the yarn, it's Knitsomniac Designs in the Frankenstein's Monster colorway, the yarn is incredibly soft.

January socks

The pattern for these socks is Rye by Tin Can Knits, it's a free pattern written cuff down but it's very easily adaptable to toe up. For my toes, I use a turkish cast on to start, it's easy and looks great. I finally found my favorite and perfect fitting toe pattern, I knit Joan's Favorite Toe (first pattern on the page), it's written for finishing off socks but I knit it backwards.

January socks

Since I'm participating in the Personal Mystery Sock Yarn Club and all my sock yarn is in paper bags, I'm waiting until February to cast on another pair of socks. Holding off is not easy!

While I'm waiting to get started on February, I'm knitting a row or two once in awhile on my two at a time socks I cast on last year. It feels like it's dragging on now, I may not be a two at a time knitter, so I may switch to just knitting one sock soon that way they actually get finished and don't stay a WIP forever.

two at a time socks

Other than the little bit of knitting, I'm crocheting a new design by FreshStitches, I can't wait to get it finished to share, it's really fun. It's the only crochet I've touched this year! That feels pretty crazy to me but I'm sure I'll get back into the crochet groove again soon.