Friday, May 16, 2014

Multiplicities of Cuteness

Just to show you how darling this Cuteness pattern can be when done in many different shades! 

These were made for some students that attend the school where we did the yarn bomb. 

The first pair of Cuteness-es are made from an older acrylic stash yarn. Very squeaky and course. 
The second is made from a 100% cotton yarn made by Lily Sugar & Cream 
in colorways Country Stripes and Hot Green. 

The kids brought the yarn from home or purchased it themselves instead of paying me to make the dolls. 
I used my eyes, fiberfill, and skills to finish the rest. Plus, I kept the rest of the yarn as "payment".

It adds to my stash. 

I'm happy, they're happy. =)

I also made some piggies, owls, and a few Endermans and Creepers. 

Here are the piggies (from here and here):

and owls (from here):

I failed to take some snaps of the Endermans (2) and the Creeper. I'm sorry. 
The Endermans were made in a neon blue and grey. The Creeper in the same neon blue. 
In reference to the Creeper, I use this pattern for the body and legs (it's the best one out there)
 and used my pattern here for the head. 
They were very well received by the boys I made them for.

So, if you are thinking of making one or have it in your Queue on Ravelry, Go for it! 
You're son/daughter, grandson/daughter will love it! 

~ S

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Crazy Carnival Cwilt - WIP - Update!

It's all coming together! 
I'll post about the joining technique when the blanket's all done. 
It's very simple once you're talked through it.  =)

I've decided to call this blanket (my first granny square blanket, btw) the Crazy Carnival Cwilt.
Yep, quilt is spelled Cwilt. It keeps with the serious craziness of all of it! 

~ S

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

First Yarn Bomb 2014

Oh, this was too much fun! My first yarn bomb project!
It was completed last week on April 30th after a month of work.

It all began in the wonderful brain of our school's art teacher, Catherine Reinhardt. 
Being a gifted artist herself, she had a vision!
The 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade classes were all gonna make it come true 
during their Monday and Wednesday elective art classes.
So, when the email went out for volunteers who knew how to knit or crochet, I jumped at it!

Over the month together, Catherine and I became friends. 
I grew to admire her tenacity and flexibility when things needed to move in a different direction. 
The kids worked well on the project and enjoyed seeing it come together near the end. 
When we actually began sewing all the random pieces together,
Catherine would let out a great sigh of relief that it really was going to work out. 
Personally, I could not have foreseen how wonderful it would actually turn out to be!

~ S

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Precious Find

My cousin's daughter in the Land of Nod with Witchy.

Among the many things I have to do in a day, I happened to stumble upon this gem. It was sent many a month ago from my cousin. Her daughter requested a stuffed Puma one Christmas. A Puma? Where to find such a thing??

Witchy has lost her spots, but is finding that her new spot-less life is pretty divine.
Reminds me of that sweetest of stories, "The Velveteen Rabbit - or How Toys Become Real".

Ahhhh, sweet childhood!

~ S

Friday, March 21, 2014

Diamante Shawl

I bought this single skein of yarn in December. It's just wonderfully lovely. A beautiful mixture of grays, purples, and soft lavender. It's 80% Lambswool, 10% Cashmere and 10% Angora, DK weight. Created by J. Knits in the color Tampa. Sinfully soft and squishy, unfortunately discontinued, and bought on clearance. I cannot wait to do something with it.


I, for the life of me, could not find the right thing! You know when you try 2 or 3 patterns and it just doesn't feel right or look right. You begin to realize it's just not the project for that particular picky skein of yarn. I have grown to trust that feeling. It is usually correct. So I wait. I stalk Ravelry like the Paparazzi. I'm always looking.

Now, I'm a big fan of this particular vintage knitting blog called By Gum, By Golly. Gosh, she does some incredible knitting! She is my mentor! Plus I love her vintage bravery and sewing panache. Anyway, she has some wonderful projects on her Ravelry page and that's where I found "the One".

The Adamas Shawl by mimknits aka Miriam L. Felton. 

It was hidden in Tasha's projects under the name Adamas Neckerchief. She only had a small amount of yarn leftover and wanted something to finish it up with. I read through her notes and decided I loved the pattern.

Now, I didn't have the necessary skeins of yarn to complete the entire shawl, but I had enough that I could knit at least a neckerchief or a slightly wider version of the shawl. I had 300 yds. The pattern calls for 700-850 yds. That's a slightly wider neckerchief to me. That's why this was tempting. I only had one skein, but with Tasha's notes I felt brave enough to tweak the pattern to fit my smaller amount of yarn.

So I began. I decided to use Tasha's size 7 needles to open up the stitches a little bit. I liked how her pictures looked when the finished piece was blocking. The pattern uses charts to lay out the stitch pattern. I have been practicing lace knitting for some time and found this one very easy to understand and follow. There are 4 stitch markers you use for reference. Two are used to mark the K2 stitches at the ends of the shawl and the other 2 are placed on either side of the K1 in the center. I found them helpful. They reminded me of where I was in the pattern and how many more times I needed to repeat. You can see the K1 row really well in these photos below:
---------------------------------------------------------------------> here.

The pattern creates the most beautiful diamond shapes. 

The Adama shawl gets its name from the Greek language meaning "indomitable" or "untamable". Actually, to be honest, another reason I was drawn to it was because I just loved the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" and Commander Adama rocked my science fiction world! Adama - means indomitable! So very fitting!

Ooooo, diamonds!
I chose to name my neckerchief/shawl after the Italian word for diamond, Diamante. 
Sounds very chic doesn't it? 

And now, the Diamante Shawl / Neckerchief / whatever...

That purple/grey/lavender yarn changes colors in the light. 
The colors are more true to the picture below. A warmer purple versus a cooler purple.

And, of course, a few gratuitous selfies.
This is how I like to wear it. No granny shawls just yet.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Granny Square Blanket ~ WIP

My, my! Aren't you just a riot of color? Look - at - you!

Just another WIP. I want to come up with a really fun name for this blanket. It reminds me of a carnival. Any suggestions? Something like Granny's Blue Ribbon Blanket? Or Crazy Clown Frenzy? (guffaw)

It's way outside of my typical color choices, but it's using up my stash so I like it. All those little balls are disappearing fast! The only yarn I purchased was the turquoise I'm using to glue it all together. My plan is to have it be big enough for a twin bed topper.

I find it deeply satisfying to work with these colors while Spring is on the doorstep. It makes my heart pitter-patter in anticipation of tulips, crocus, apple blossoms, and county fairs.

Yes, please!

I will update as the project progresses.  

~ S 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Array of Happiness ~ WIP

This is Array by Shibui Knits. It is stunningly beautiful! A soothing, easy knit. I highly recommend it!
One of three WIP's. I will be posting the other two shortly. 

I did not stick with the yarns recommended in the pattern. However, I am happy with the results I am getting. I chose to use Bristol Yarn Gallery's King George, a worsted weight yarn, which is sadly discontinued. The blend of cashmere, wool, and alpaca make for the softest, squishiest feel to the yarn. My LYS was having a great sale after Christmas and I found all I needed in the discount/discontinued bin. I was a happy knitter!

I cannot WAIT to get this around my neck!

In the Shibui pattern, one yarn is a fingering weight and the other is worsted. This creates the effect of one color (the grey merino) standing out and above the thinner yarn (orangey-pink Staccato). The worsted weight merino is a thicker yarn so naturally it will overshadow the fingering weight Staccato. Fingering weight is a yarn you would use to knit socks. 
I chose to use worsted on both yarns. This creates a different effect. Both ridges of color pop on their turns. You can see this effect in the photo above. It's awesome!

The pattern is easy to follow, simple to memorize, and is knit in the round. I believe the most challenging part may just be to remember to slip the stitches purlwise with the yarn IN THE BACK on the purl rounds. It's just something I can't remember to do. (shrug) But when I get to those purl stitches, it's easy to see why you want to slip with the yarn in the back, so it helps. 

The picture above shows what the inside looks like. It's super soft and lofty. It reminds me of how Fair Isle knitted sweaters feel. 

You see all those ends to weave thanks, but worth it. Totally.
About 50% of the way there.
I'll update when she's done.