Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eyelet Yoke Cardigan

Yep, more knitting. I'm not feeling very inspired lately to work on much else. Really need to get out of that funk! Anyway, I actually finished this before Easter, but just recently put the button on. Sydney wore it to the grand opening of our new library. Not sure which one she was more excited about...just kidding. Much more excited about the library. Typical. But she got lots of compliments while we were there.
Details: Eyelet Yoke Cardigan (free pattern)
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (2 1/4 skeins)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I started this vest for Sydney while I was hiding out from the water at my mom and dad's. It's made from this free pattern from Lion Brand and only took 1 big skein of yarn. I really like how it turned out, especially the color variation of the yarn - it striped perfectly! But of course, it doesn't really fit that great. I'm debating trying some blocking methods I've read about but am a little nervous (it's acrylic yarn and the methods involve a hot steaming iron.) It's actually getting to warm for it now anyway, so I think I'll just wait and be brave next fall. Otherwise I have a cute little niece that just might like it too!

On a side note, I am no longer scared to "pick up stitches." The ribbing around the arms and neck was all picked up and knit after the rest of the vest was done. A little daunting, but really not as hard as it sounds.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Determined Chive

Things are finally starting to sprout around here!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Birds

These little birds were Easter gifts at our house. They were surprisingly easy to make and went over better than I expected! (I keep waiting for the kids to get sick of handmade stuff, but thankfully it's not happening!) The bird pattern is free from here. The nests are knitted and felted. I basically just made a small hat and felted it, super easy as well. I used a worsted weight yarn with size 10 1/2 needles so it went rather quickly.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Shalom Cardigan

My first grown up sweater done! I started this back in January while we were on vacation. I've only had about 3 inches to go to finish it for about a month now. I always do stuff like that...

Anyway, it's done now. Not perfect, and it doesn't fit perfectly, but I think a good first attempt. The pattern is pretty straight forward. It is knit from the top down, which is wonderful because you get to try it on as you go. It's a great motivator to keep knitting!

Very bad self-portrait. Those things are so hard to make look good. But, there you have it.

P.S. This was knit using Lion Brand Cotton-Ease held double.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mini Slippers

In the hopes that things can go back to normal very very soon, I am going to make an effort to post actual crafty things on my blog!! (But first a very quick update for those interested - We got home last Thursday, our house is very dry and perfectly fine, we are now waiting for a second crest that could be over a week away and possibly worst than the first. Good grief.)

As you can imagine I have been doing a lot of knitting during the past few weeks. First up to show you are these mini slippers. Same pattern as these slippers, with a few less stitches and smaller size needles. Sydney wears slippers constantly at home (even to bed) and needed a new pair. Her feet are growing like crazy! Luckily these stretch so I'm hoping they last a while.

I've been trying to find a pattern similar to the one I've been using for these slippers. My pattern is from my great grandma and I'm unsure of the copyright date. This pattern is very similar though and includes many sizes. I can usually whip up a pair of slippers in under 2 hours so they are a great last minute gift idea!