Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My First WIP Wednesday

Originally, this post was going to be about the new hat that I was working on.

All was going well with my improvised pattern but the further I got along with it the more I didn’t like it. The hat has now been frogged. Ribbet!

I spent a long couple of hours last night separating this yarn.

Years ago, I had bought it to make myself a sweater. I did everything properly in preparation for the project, including testing my gauge, which I don’t do very often. Spent hours working on this sweater and when I assembled it I found that there had been glitches in the pattern resulting in some parts not lining up right. Well, I rigged it together and it didn’t fit. By this time, after all the work I’d spent on it, I was reduced to frustrated tears. The sweater was frogged and the yarn was put away. I was very disappointed, I don’t usually make stuff for myself.

Sarah’s Tip: when frogging a project that requires double strand, remember to separate the skeins as you wind the yarn up. Because years later when you go to use it for a new project that only requires one strand, it will take FOREVER to unwind into a single strand ball.

My new WIP is another Sarah’s Super Quick Throw.

When the holiday knitting/crocheting frenzies are over I will have more time to write this pattern up and have it offered for sale.

Go to Tami's Amis to check out all the WIP Wednesday updates.

Be inspired. Be creative.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ramblings and a Contest

I really need to get in the habit of posting the projects that I’m working on and those that I’ve finished. Ravelry has really helped me towards this goal but I’m just not at the level I would like to be, which are about three posts to my blog a week. I’m planning on participating in the WIP Wednesday and FO Fridays with  Tami's Amis and a Rambling post on Mondays.

There are some fabulous craft blogs out of the UK: Crafts From The Cwtch, A Stash Addicts Ramblings, and Exchanging Fire to name a few that I follow. What I am wondering is if there are any in the US and elsewhere that are interesting to follow?

Now to the goodies; I am going to have a few contests here on my blog. Due to the de-cluttering of my bookshelves I will be giving away some knit and crochet books. Also, there may be a little handmade goodie added in.

The Contest

To enter:
*Leave your name and email in THIS post.
*You must be 18 and over
*Tell me who started your love/obsession with knitting/crocheting.
*One entry per person per household.
*Contest ends Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at noon eastern time.

All names will be thrown into a hat and picked from there. Check back regularly for the winner and future contests.

This contest is closed.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunshine Baby Blanket

KnitPurlHooked presents a SarahFay Lucy Design

10 mm 14” Knitting Needles
10 mm Crochet Hook
Darning Needle

Main Color (MC) 3 skeins
Red Heart Light & Lofty Citrus/4.5 ozs. /105 yds.
Contrasting Color (CC) 1 skein
Red Heart Light & Lofty Painted Desert/4.5 ozs. /105 yds.

6 stitches and 4 rows = 2" in stockinette stitch

Approximately 35” x 35”

With MC and knitting needles, cast on 63 stitches (sts).
Row 1: Knit. Right Side (RS).
Row 2: Purl. Wrong Side (WS).
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for the body of the blanket using all 3 skeins.

Bind Off.

Join CC with crochet hook in a corner on RS.
Row 1: *Single crochet (sc), Chain (ch) 1, sc in corner, sc to next corner*, repeat from *to* around to first sc. Join with slip stitch (sl. st.) in first sc.
Row 2: sc in first sc, *sc, ch 1, sc in ch 1 space, sc to next corner*, repeat from *to* around to first sc. Join with sl st in first sc.

Finish off.

Weave in ends.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

October, Glad To See You Go

20 Hexipuffs!

This has truly become my grab and go WIP.

October was a drive by month that has left me feeling like I haven't accomplished anything. Which, for everything I had planned on doing, is true. I'm hoping that for November, I'll be able to at least have a more of an online presence.

Today, I finally had the time to write up some patterns that I've been planning on. A baby blanket, that I completed yesterday, and a couple of patterns for hats that I made awhile back but, never jotted down. As soon as I'm done writing up the new patterns I will post about it. The blanket is going to be a free pattern and the hats will be available for a small fee through Raverly.