Thursday, June 14, 2012

Baby Knitting

I made this adorable little baby hat in a few hours of knitting. This is a great pattern with plenty of options for different yarn weights and sizes.

Cute Baby Hat:

Yarn: Stitch Nation Alpaca Love in Vanilla
Needle Size: Size 7 (4.5mm) and 9 (5.5mm)
Pattern Source:  Aviatrix Baby Hat (free Ravelry download!)

I love making baby knits, they are fast to make and just so adorable!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 11, 2012


The boyfriend wanted me to knit him a pillow with a bullseye on it. He wants to use it as a target for his BB gun, so that the little beads get stuck inside the pillow instead of falling on the ground. I will never understand guys... I just don't see the fun of shooting a BB gun, but he enjoys it so I made him this pillow:

 The front side is knit

The backside is made from felt

Yarn: Various worsted weight yarns in grey, white, red and blue
Needle Size: Size 7 (4.5mm) needles
Pattern Source: Circle Pillows from Knitting Today! (now known as Your Knitting Life)

I added the extra blue circle in the middle to make this pattern into a bullesye. I did not use a pillow form for it, I stuffed it with poly-fill so that the beads would get stuck in it. It works great and it was an easy knit that I enjoyed making.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Blue Sparkle Socks

There are two types of patterns that I like to make, and which one I choose depends on my mood. The first kind is the 'mindless knitting, I can watch TV without having to pay too much attention to what I am doing' pattern. These projects would not be too difficult, while still being interesting (as was the case for my Almondine Socks). The second kind of pattern that I like is challenging, but not so hard that I get frustrated and want to give up. This next sock in my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge is a mixture of both.

 The stockinette stitch pattern was a break in between learning some new techniques.

The Blue Sparkle Socks:
Yarn: Red Heart Stardust in Blue
Needle Size: Size 1 (2.25mm) DPNs

This was a pair of toe-up socks, only my 3rd pair ever, and the pattern uses Judy's magic cast-on, which I have never used before.The round heel was also a new technique for me, and the bind-off was not something I had done before. There was a lot of new things for me to learn for this pattern, but it was well written and easy to follow so I never got frustrated. The pattern did call for knitting with two circular needles, but I used DPNs because I do not have circ needles that size.
These turned out really good and they fit perfectly.
Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Knitting Humor

When I fist saw this pattern, the name intrigued me, so I just had to download it. I laughed the whole time I was reading it! If you want to have a good chuckle, download the Shawl of Doom pattern on Ravelry.

I don't think I will be making this shawl anytime soon, but it was definitely worth reading the pattern!

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sock Knitting Love

When I start knitting socks, it becomes an obsession and I just can't stop. I love, love making them, but I hardly ever wear them... But it doesn't matter because the act of making something is so much more gratifying then the end product. The process of turning a simple piece of string into something so much more is an addictive feeling. I don't know if I am the only one who feels this way, but I don't care. 

I am still working through my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge. I finished the Almondine socks in record time. They were really fun to knit and the pattern was great. I enjoy lace knitting and the pattern provided enough interest while keeping it simple enough that I didn't have to constantly look at the pattern to make sure I was doing the right thing.

 I just couldn't manage to get a good shot of these socks...

Almondine Socks:
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Rock Candy
Needle Size: Size 1 (2.25mm) DPNs

These socks were low on the difficulty scale, but they were so fun to knit. The elasticity provided by the knit and purl stitches make these socks a perfect project for a gift, since you don't need to worry about their fit. 

Happy knitting!

Cute kitty

I wanted to share some photos of my sweetheart with you. She loves to cuddle when we are on the couch.