Wednesday, April 02, 2014

killer whale

killer whale

My daughter recently became really interested in killer whales, she spent most of a weekend looking at pictures and finding out facts about them. She said that having a killer whale toy would be really cool, so of course I crocheted one for her!

killer whale

It's not a big toy, it's 4" tall and 6.5" long. It is a good size for her to just carry in her hands, I would like to eventually make a much bigger one like this killer whale. I didn't follow a pattern for this one but there is a free pattern for one similiar to what I crocheted here.

killer whale

I think this killer whale turned out pretty adorable! I love to crochet things for my kids that they really want!



Monday, March 31, 2014

lacy hexagon throw FO

Good morning! I have my finished lacy hexagon throw to share that I finished last weekend. It's not a huge blanket but it fits nicely in the corner of my couch. I love seeing it sitting there, I'm so glad that I found and picked up this project again.

lacy hexagon blanket

Each hexagon is the size of my outstretched hand, the throw ended up 43" in diameter. When figuring out the layout, I started in the center, so the throw ended up in the shape of a big hexagon. I finished each hexagon off with 4dcs in each chain space and I joined them as I went.

lacy hexagon blanket

To border the throw, I decided to attempt to straighten the sides. It ended up with a bit of a curve but I really like how it looks and you can't really tell after I did the edging. The edging is a v-stitch with a picot in the center in each, they look like little diamonds, it's so pretty!

lacy hexagon blanket

some blanket info:
color inspiration from this colour crush post found on Emma Lamb's blog
hexagon chart found here
yarn: KnitPicks Cotlin DK in surf, celery, cerise, pomegranate and linen
hook: G(4mm)




Saturday, March 22, 2014

happy weekend!

This weekend, I plan on finishing up my lacy hexagon blanket. I've joined all the hexagons into what I think will be the finished size, I'm having a hard time just making a decision! It will be finished this weekend though.

lacy hexagons

I had planned on doing a craft show at the end of this month, so I was crocheting new toys, some still aren't finished. I ended up having to back out, so there are new toys up in the shop! They feel very spring like to me! You can find my shop here.

spring

Hope you all have a great weekend!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

lacy hexagon blanket WIP

I've gotten a start on spring cleaning recently, not something I normally do just for this time of year but dust and clutter have been getting under my skin, so I'm doing it all right now! I was cleaning out my closet that holds my yarn and projects (and tons of other crap) and I found these lacy hexagons that I started last October.

lacy hexagons

Last September, there was a colour crush post on Emma Lamb's blog with pictures of Bluebellgray rugs. Right away I knew I would make a blanket out of the colors from this palette.


I went to the KnitPicks website and picked out colors to match as best I could. I chose to use Cotlin DK. The colors I picked out are surf, celery, cerise, pomegranate and linen. I think I got the colors to match really close! I'm going to be edging all the hexagons in the linen color.

lacy hexagons

I chose to make this lacy hexagon blanket after seeing this beautiful blanket! I don't think my blanket will have as deep of a border though, I don't think I bought enough of the linen for that unfortunately. I'm using the chart from this blog post to make my hexagons.

I'm really close to joining all these pretties! I think I may have a pretty lacy blanket by next week.


Friday, March 14, 2014

sock knitting: my first pair!

One of my goals this year was to knit myself a pair of socks. I've thought about knitting socks for quite a long time but never thought I could actually do it, it always looked really difficult to me. I follow sock knitters like Andi and Amanda, they always have such lovely socks coming off the needles, I have serious sock envy when I visit them!

first sock!

Once I decided that I was definitely knitting socks, I went to the My Sister's Knitter KAL/CAL group to ask questions, everyone there is super helpful and supportive. I really wanted to get some fancy yarn but I talked myself into something less expensive, just in case I decided sock knitting wasn't for me. I ended up going with Knit Picks' Stroll Fingering yarn, I like this yarn a lot and it's not too expensive! I bought it in the Summer Blooms colorway.

I wanted to do toe up socks, so I got myself Knitters Pride Karbonz fixed circular needles in the 32" length and they're US size 1 (2.25mm). These are great smooth needles, I'm glad I got them, they made knitting socks very easy! The writing on the needles has already worn off though, I probably held them too tightly!

first sock!

I used the tutorial called Two Socks at a Time from Heidi Bears blog. I only did one sock at a time because I don't have a scale to split up my yarn. The tutorial is very clear and picture heavy, I'd send anyone wanting to try sock knitting out over there! For Judy's Magic Cast On, I used this youtube video to help me understand it better.

BAH!

I thought I'd stick this picture in to show what I found one morning. I woke up to find yarn all over my living room floor and my sock sitting there, it was not a pretty sight. My cat loves to eat my yarn! Luckily he didn't touch the sock, so I didn't have to start over. Just some untangling and I got back to knitting it pretty fast. But, I won't be so careless leaving my socks someplace unzipped again!

sock heel!

Knitting the heel wasn't too bad, I made a few mistakes. For my next sock, I will be using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern. It looks just like the heel I made but hopefully the pattern can help me not make the same small mistakes again.

first sock off the needles!

I finished one sock on Valentine's Day! I don't really do anything for Valentine's Day but having it finished was a nice treat for myself. I decided on finishing them off as shorter socks, since that is what I normally like to wear. The tutorial I used didn't say anything about finishing off the sock, so I looked around for a good way and decided on doing k2, p2 for 8 rounds. I used Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off to end my sock, it really is stretchy!

finished pair of socks!!

I had two finished socks on February 25th! They took me about a month from start to finish, not too bad for a first pair. I probably could have done them faster but I got side tracked by shop orders. I can definitely see how people knit so many pairs of socks, I can't wait to get started on my next pair! I already have the yarn and pattern ready to go!

I think that I linked up to everything that I used here, if I didn't or you have any other questions, please ask!

Have you tried sock knitting?