Thursday, December 11, 2014

November Socks

It's been awhile since I last posted, didn't mean for that to happen again! Instagram really is too easy to get caught up in I think, I post there pretty often. I don't want to stop with the blog though, I just need to figure out a way to make it a priority again, next year it's something I'll work on.

my baby girls

There's been plenty of things keeping me busy lately, my daughter's both turned a year older! I now have 10 year old and 8 year old girls. That's just crazy to me, every year I think the same thing. The picture on the left is my 10 year old and the right, my 8 year old. Once you're finished with the baby stages, kids seem to grow up incredibly fast, no matter how much you wish they wouldn't. Their birthdays were on the 6th and 8th of this month, we kept those days just for us to celebrate this year but they'll be having a fun bowling party with friends this weekend. I plan to keep advil in my pocket as I'm the only adult with them all.

Anyway, on to my November socks! I finished them on the last day of November, just in time! Getting them off the needles was incredibly exciting to me, they felt like a huge accomplishment. They're a Christmas present for my boyfriend, I'm pretty sure he still has no idea I knit him a pair. It was hard to keep them a secret, I love showing off my socks! I already stuffed them away so I won't be tempted to give them to him early.

I did it!! I finished a huge pair of socks!  I need to get them wrapped so I'm not tempted to just give them up tonight. I'm so excited to have this gift done! #christmassocks #sockknitting

I knit these socks at 72 stitches on size 2.25mm needles and did a basic ribbing pattern. I decided to knit the leg to the same length as the foot, I think that's probably a good length for men, I hope? The yarn that I used is Opal in the Wacholder colorway. I'll definitely use this yarn brand again, it's not the most soft yarn but it feels like it will hold up well.

I have a pair of socks that I'm knitting two at a time that I thought would be my December socks but I think I'm going to take a small break from sock knitting this month. I still have a few Christams ornaments to finish crocheting and I want to finish my Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler before the 2015 sampler starts. I stopped stitching by June, so I have a lot to catch up on!

I fell behind just a bit this year! I'm determined to finish before next year's though #frostedpumpkinstitchery #onceuponatimesampler

I'm linking up to Liesl's Monthly Sock Challenge today.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sock Saga

I think it's safe to say now that I am a sock knitter. I never thought I would say that, it always seemed so intimidating to me to even try it. I'm so happy that I did try because I love knitting them! I decided that for Christmas, I would knit a pair to gift. I measured everyone's feet in this house and said it was just in case I ever decide to knit for someone else. But, obviously I am knitting for someone, he has no clue! It's hard to not show off what I'm doing because I get so excited about my socks. I've had some issues with said Christmas gift though, let me share...

I started with Malabrigo Sock Yarn and the Syncopation sock pattern. I knit all the way to the heel, loving the pattern and then realized the yarn was not superwash. Superwash means that you can throw socks in the machine and probably not have to worry about them. I know that I would accidently throw these socks into the wash, they'll be worn by a man afterall. Although, now that I've already frogged them, people have said that the yarn is superwash, I'm not sure but I'm over worrying about it, I get to use the yarn for myself now!

After that, I went to Michaels and picked out some Lion Brand Sock-Ease. I started on some plain vanilla socks but the yarn was so rough that it was cutting into my hand so badly, I couldn't keep knitting them. It's a pretty color though, it's Toffee, it's too bad it's so rough.

Lion Brand Sock Ease

I finally ended up going to a yarn shop here and found a lot of Opal yarn. I bought a skein in the Wacholder colorway and cast on right away. I'm knitting the sock in a basic 3X1 rib pattern. I'm really enjoying working with the yarn, it's definitely not the softest but it's not cutting me and it feels like it's going to wear really well.

Opal socks

I think these socks will be my November socks for the monthly sock challenge, I'd like to get these done early! I'm really close to having the first sock finished, so I think I can do it. I planned on possibly knitting a second pair but I think I'm going to stick to just one so that I'm sure the socks fit him perfectly. Maybe next year he'll get a stocking full.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree - review & giveaway!

Today, I'm really excited to take part in a fun blog tour for a new Christmas crochet book, Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree by Edie Eckmen! I was thrilled to be asked to take part because I love crocheting for Christmas and this book is full of great projects to crochet for the season.

I flipped through the book the minute I got my hands on it, it's put together so well, it's one I know I will flip through many more times. The patterns in this book are divided into three sections; for the Hearth, for the Home and for the Tree. Each pattern is written very clearly and there are easy to read charts as well for those who like to follow charts.

There are so many great projects to choose from in all skill levels, I think every crocheter would find something to crochet! You have stockings to fit in with every style, they're all easy to customize to your Christmas decor. There's also great ornaments to crochet and there are a lot of snowflake patterns, I think any of them would look great on the tree or even as gift toppers. There's even a fun advent garland with mini stockings and mittens, included is also a great guide to crochet many different styled stockings and mitts. You can see all the patterns on the ravelry page here.

I knew that I was going to crochet something from the book to show off and I had a hard time deciding what that project would be! I finally decided to crochet a stocking, I've been thinking of adding in a new stocking or two for a couple years now. There are 9 different patterns for stockings to choose from, I decided to go with the Mix-and-Match stockings. It was such a quick project to crochet and I'm so happy with the outcome, I still have a letter to add once I figure out who gets this one!

Striped Christmas Stocking

Want to win a copy of Christmas Crochet? Storey Publishing is offering up a copy to one of my readers! Just fill out the rafflecopter to be entered to win, the only manditory entry is to comment here on this blog post answering this question: What is your favorite thing to crochet at Christmas time? I've added a few extra ways to get entries as well, those are all optional! The giveaway is open to US & Canada and ends on November 17th. Good luck!

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Thanks for stopping by today, make sure to stop by and visit all the other blogs on the tour as well! You'll have more chances to win a copy of the book!

3-Nov Don't Eat the Paste
4-Nov Moogly Blog
5-Nov Liberty's Yarn
7-Nov Rambling Designs
10-Nov Plus 3 Crochet
11-Nov Crochet Dynamite
12-Nov Jenn Likes Yarn
13-Nov Crochet Nirvana
14-Nov Yarning4aSmile

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

hat season!

We had snow fall the other night! It didn't stick around but I love that it's almost here! It's been hat season for a few weeks now, mornings have been cool enough for them (mitts too!).

Stripey Slouchy hat

My oldest has been asking for a hat since I crocheted a pink one last year and a full year later, I finally crocheted one! I used the Natalie Super Slouch pattern. My daughter really likes blue, so I made hers with blue, white and grey stripes.

Stripey Slouchy hat

Hats are such fun, quick projects. There will be more hats made soon, possibly even a knit one!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Monster Tooth Fairy Pillow

My son has started loosing teeth, so far just one but he has another ready to come out soon! It's crazy to think he's gotten old enough for that, I supposed most parents feel that way about their kids, especially the youngest ones. He turned six last month... again, crazy!

With the first tooth, he used his sister's tooth fairy pillow but I wanted him to have one of his own. I planned on crocheting a pillow like his sisters have (here & here) but I wanted something a bit different for him. I decided to crochet a monster instead.

Monster Tooth Fairy Pillow

I am really happy with how he turned out! I was a bit worried in the beginning because he was looking a bit like cookie monster but after I added the horns and wings, he became his own monster!

monster tooth fairy pillow

I added yellow pointy teeth to the pocket to hold the lost tooth and money of course. I didn't write down the pattern as I crocheted him but I'm going to attempt it again, I think my girls might like a monster tooth fairy pillow also!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you all have a great weekend! Stop by and check out my shop on big cartel, It's Crochet. I'm just testing it out for a bit, so there are only five listings up right now. I do like how it looks better than etsy so far but there's a thing or two I need to figure out with it still. But, do check it out!