Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Knitting

I was able to finish up some more holiday knitting. My sister wanted me to knit her another cowl like I did a couple of  Christmas' ago, but this time she wanted chocolate brown. I found this great pattern, that was an easy knit that I was able to do in class so it got finished really quickly.

 Chocolate Cowl:
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn in chocolate brown (2 skeins)
Needle Size: US 9 (5.5mm) circular needles
Pattern Source: honey cowl (a free Ravelry download!)
I also made a pair of mittens to go with the cowl. The pattern originally made fingerless mitts, but since it is cold up here in Canada, I decided to convert them into mittens to keep the tips of her fingers warm too!
Chocolate Gloves:

Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn in chocolate brown (I was able to use the second skein left over from the cowl - but it was cutting it close!)
Needle Size: US 5 (3.75mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Arm Warmers from Knit Simple Magazine Holiday 2012 (modified to be made into mittens)
I hope my sister loves them as much as I do. They were both fun to make, and fast enough that I didn't have to rush to get them done in time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Stitchy Projects

I have been sewing a little bit lately, and I was able to make two adorable projects from felt.
This first one is a ninja lip gloss holder. Yeah a ninja! I got the pattern from the Make It Yourself magazine. It had all kinds of great patterns, but this one really is just too cute!

They were easy and fast to make, and I get compliments on mine all the time.
 This second project is actually for a school assignment, I had to make a prop to go along with a book and these finger puppets were just perfect. They go with the book Little Blue Truck (a great board book for toddlers!) and it just looks fabulous. The pattern can be found at see vanessa craft.

I made the four finger puppets and the felt truck. I glued it to a piece of poster board to make it stiffer so it would stand up while I was presenting it to the class.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Cowliday

The Holiday issue of Knit Simple has some great projects in it. The first thing I made was the Happy Cowliday neck warmer by Vicky Howell. I had some yarn in my staff from ages ago (I don't know what it is, I just loved the colors!). I love how it turned out and the colors are great for fall.

Fall Cowl:
Yarn: Unknown worsted from stash
Needle Size: US size 11 (8.00 mm)
Pattern Source: Knit Simple Holiday 2012
I used a pair of circular needles so I wouldn't have a seam, so on all WS rows I knit instead of purl.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mike JR

I hadn't planned on knitting another doggy pencil case. It had been a frustrating experience with the first Mike and I told myself I would not do another one. That is until I asked my sister what she wanted for Christmas, and of course she wanted a dog pencil case. This time it was a more enjoyable project to make since I already knew what was going to be difficult for me (like sewing in the zipper and lining). So I present you with Mike JR:

Mike JR:
Yarn: Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice in Brown (1 skein was more then enough)
Needle Size: U.S. Size 6 (4.00mm)
Pattern Source: Simply Knitting July 2012
I went down a needle size for this pencil case, since the first one was quite large, and I prefer this size better. I am just glad I have finished a Christmas present already, I am on the ball this year!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Completion of the "I Think I Might Be Crazy" Afghan

I-Think-I-Might-Be-Crazy Afghan
I had been working on this afghan for a while when I finally put together the last squares. I started it way bqack in November of 2011 and I had finally finished making all the squares in September. It turned out beautifully but I don't think I would ever do anything like it every again! 265 tiny squares is WAY too many.
I-Think-I-Might-Be-Crazy Afghan:
Yarn: Bernat Super Value Solids in beige, light grey, light purple, purple and teal
Hook Size: J (6.00mm)
This project would be good for someone who wants to work on something over a long period of time. I don't think I would have been able to just work on this project and make 265 squares all at once. I took a lot of breaks while making this. Just remember that once you have made all the squares, you still have to put them all together!

Monday, November 12, 2012



I am finally posting something new to my blog! School has been crazy busy this semester, and even though I have been busy knitting, I can't seem to find time to post my projects!
A friend from school wanted me to knit her an elephant and I found this great free pattern on Ravelry. She was a nice quick knit, and I had not problem making her. She turned out bigger then I thought she would, but she is still a cutie!
Rosie the Elephant:
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Gray (2 skeins)
Needle Size: US Size 4 (3.5mm)
Pattern Source: Flo the Elephant - free pattern from Knitty!
This is a pattern I would recommend! She turned out super cute and my friend loved her.

Rosie from the side