Knitting Squares

During my move of my craft room, I learned a new technique-the pin wheel cast-on.   Of course I had to practice it.  I started out making small squares that I was going to connect and make into a scarf.   I was working on the project while on a quick “sister trip” with of course my sister.  She really liked the yarn and color and mentioned that it would make a great hat.   The scarf was going to  be for her so at least I know she will like the yarn.  I’m frogging all of the squares to make her a hat.   I can still use the pin wheel cast-on but I will divide it differently.  Into six sections instead of four, it is a better fast knit so I should have the hat finished pretty quickly.   There is another stitch pattern I would like to try next so she will be getting a scarf as well.   I post some pictures of the project later this week.

The move of my craft room is pretty much completed so I will get back to sewing soon too.   I got so excited to learn a new technique that I put some other projects on hold.  I think we all get excited to learn a new technique that we didn’t know.  I like adding to my knitting knowledge by trying new techniques.   Some other items I want to try is knitting on the bias, fair isle and instarsia.   I remember listening to a podcast about project knitter vs process knitters.   The project knitters focused on making a specific project whereas the process knitter enjoyed the knitting mechanism of making an item.   I think I flow between the two depending on the situation.  If I making a gift, then I certainly a project knitter but if I trying to learn a new technique or method then I am process knitter.

The Bee Theme Continues

I’m still working on my guest room makeover. I’m keeping the bee theme with some more bee inspired pillow covers. This time they are honeycombs.

Now that the accent pillows are done. I just have a few more updates to make with some pillowcases for the bed. Possibly a new duvet cover which would be something new for me to try.

I think this is what I enjoy most about sewing and knitting that I can create something useful from being inspired.

I think I got into this bee theme since I’ve been working in the garden.

Happy crafting and gardening to everyone.

Completed Projects

Hello- I hope everyone is doing well. Ive had a chance to compete a few projects over the past couple of weeks. I make an accent pillow covers for the guest bedroom. I have two more to go. I used a simple pocket envelope style. I plan on using a French seaming for the other two pillow covers. I learned how to French seam recently and I like the finished edge it provides to a garment. I think it’s always important to learn a new technique to add to your skills.

I completed the cowl that it based on the Duetone cowl pattern. I just need to weave in the ends. I used a provisional cast on and knitted the piece flat.

I always thought that I liked large projects but doing smaller projects has an advantage. I can work on multiple projects. They travel better. Lastly, they are not as time consuming especially when you have a lot going on. I used my crafting as way to de-stress.

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.

Liz

Busy Bee Pillowcase

I wanted to update my guest bedroom so I’m decided to make some pillowcases for the bed. I saw this bee fabric and couldn’t resist. I wanted a little whimsy to add into the room. I need to get more fabric to complete the second case. I was planning a different project when I noticed how nice the fabric would look in the room. I like to call this a happy accident. I hope that I’m not the only one who does this-changing a project after you come home. I really trying to be more deliberate in planning my projects. I can at least say my fabric stash is much smaller than my yarn stash. The pillow case is a basic French seamed pillowcase. It only took me two hours to complete. Also, I wanted to do a project with my new Singer sewing machine at least more than mending. It was a nice break from my knitting project.

Yarn Stash

Last year, I wanted to reduce my yarn stash. I had four medium to small baskets full of yarn.  This for me was too much, I normally don’t like to have a lot of items in the house not being used.   I feel that everything should have a purpose.  My goal was not to buy any new yarn but use what I had on hand. This proved harder than expected. I was able to knit two baby presents. The nimbus cardigan and textured wrap. Lastly two pairs of socks. I found that I small amounts of yarn left over from previous projects. Many are not enough to make a complete project. So I’ve come up with some ideas.

Lifelines- I use lifelines in many of my projects. I try to minimize as many mistakes as possible.   I feel if you are going to take the time to create something it should your best without mistakes.   It makes it easier to rip out a mistake without having to start the process over again.   Although, I feel that my knitting has improved over the years.  Well, I haven’t reached that perfection yet, therefore, I use lifelines.  Here is my lifeline stash.  img_0306

I have various weights and colors of yarn. This is one way that I found to use up my stash in a resourceful way.

However, I still have two dilemmas of full and partial skeins of yarn.  I got a great suggestion from one of my co-workers.  She suggested I go to the Scrap Exchange. It a creative center in the community.  They will accept donations of items including crafting supplies. Many artist and teachers use the Scrap Exchange to obtain supplies. They even have classes.  I feel better about getting rid of my partial skeins of yarn.  However, I have second dilemma-what to do with my full skeins of yarn.  I have to admit I enjoy buying yarn.   At times, I may a have an idea of making a particular item or I just see some yarn and I just want it.   I feel that I may need to rethink my project planning process.   Anyway, I have some full skeins that I have not used.  The main reason why I haven’t used them is that in knitting a swatch, I found out that I didn’t like working with yarn.  I tried different needles but I still am hitting a wall.   Normally, if I like the yarn I will find something to make with the yarn.  I’ve been thinking now that I may want to donate these skeins of yarn.  I’ve thought of selling them on Ravelry as well so I have to make a decision.

How about you, do you have a large stash of yarn you are comfortable with keeping.   And what do you do with partial skeins of yarn?  I would love to know.

Knitting for Your Body Type-Part 2

I’m continuing with my goal of improving my sweater knitting. I finished Amy Herzog’s book Knit to Flatter. I was able to get some good pointers. I’ve taken my measurements, found how to make adjustments such as short rows for the bust either vertical or horizontal. Since I’m bottom-heavy ways to add additional stitches to the pattern. Now I’ve started another book by Amy Herzog-Knit Wear Love. This book although it is not considered a companion to her first book really does build on the previous information. You learn about you style such modern romantic etc. She provides 8 “meta-patterns”. The geek in me likes the idea of a meta since it provides a concept for something. You take your personal measurements obtained from the first book and apply to the sweaters. You create your neck-line, sleeve length and where you need to make adjustments to the schematics present. You also can knit the sweaters in three different weight sport,dk or aran. I really like the options. There is section on how to add stitch patterns like cables or slipped stitches. Although, I haven’t finished the book yet. The other geeky thing I like is applying math to create a something. This is something that I was doing to certain p,aces in my knitting but now I feel that I have the tools and correct thought process to apply it better. This may be one that I add to my personal library. I was able to check out both books in the library. I know that I will check out her third book-You Can Knit Foolproof Instructions for Sweating Making.

Currently on my needles is a wrap the pattern is by Patons-Textured Wrap. I’ve had stop for a while since I injured my hand, I had a run in with a door at work. I hope to get back to it soon. In the meantime between reading, I’ve been doing some hand sewing. I’ve put off doing some minor mending projects since I only need on hand it seemed like a good time to catchup. I’ve had time to do some planning-I’ve been looking at seed catalogs to plan for the garden in the spring and summer. I’ve had a chance to think about crafting plans for 2019. The big one is a new sewing machine. Here’s a picture of the wrap. I’m using Plymouth Select yarn. The first skeins were fine but the fourth skein had knots and strand had been broken in two places and rejoined. I wouldn’t have seen while winding it but I found them in the middle of my knitting. I can hide them but it was not what I expected. I’ve included the “joins”

My FO (finished object)

I hope everyone is enjoying November. If you are getting together with friends and family for the holidays, please enjoy the time spent together

I completed the Nimbus cardigan last week and even worn it a coup,e of times. I want to knit this pattern again but the next time I plan to make it longer at least below my hips. I may add a lining to it as well. I just added a photo.

I started the baby gift. It will be a cardigan as well but I’m using some slip stitches for the body since my yarn is variegated. I hope to have some pictures soon.