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Super Loops Scarf

Today’s knit a day pattern was for the super loops scarf. It looks so cute and fun to make. Plus the direction are so easy. Gotta love patterns that are just garter stitch.

I really like the idea of the loops. Before looking at the pattern, I thought it was fringe all the way down the side. I remember thinking to myself ‘huh, fringe down the side, now that’s cool.’ I’m even more impressed now that I see they are loops down the side. That looks even easier to do!

Once again I’m wishing I lived somewhere where it was colder. Somehow I think I will get odd looks if I wear a scarf around in this seventy degree January we are having.



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Slow And Steady Wins The Race, Right?

Three more blocks and I’ve made it to the half way point of the winter warmer throw. Funny thing is I’m not sick of making these blocks yet. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been working on them consecutively for days on end.



Organization away!

I’m really obsessive compulsive when it comes to organization, so much so that I can hardly ever finish a cleaning project because it takes too much time. All of my crafting supplies are in their own little boxes with labels on the fronts telling me what treasures are hidden inside.

Now, this is easy for small things like glue, scissors, pipe cleaners, etc. In fact, my yarn collection used to be nice and organized in a little box labeled “yarn.” However, in the past few years I have gotten way more into my knitting and crocheting, and my yarn collection has exploded. So much so it’s almost completely out of hand. I have boxes and bags of it everywhere.

I’ve been looking for ways to organize it, but have yet to find something I like, until now. This shoe organizer used for yarn display is such an amazing idea. Everything is out where it can easily be seen, but it’s also organized in a way that things wont get tangled. While something like this isn’t big enough to house my entire collection, it looks like it may be just what I need for my yarn scraps. I’m adding it to my list of things I need.

In the mean time, I’m still searching for ways to organize all my treasures. If you have a creative way to store your yarn (and compared to my stashing it in plastic grocery bags anything is creative) post it in the comments!


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Easy-As-Pie Felted Tote

Today’s knit a day project is for this felted tote bag.

I’ve never really been a fan of tote bags, something about them not closing at the top. I tend to throw my stuff about at times, and a bag that is open to the world isn’t very useful.

That being said, the idea of knitting one of these intrigues me. I’m currently brainstorming ways to make it close at the top. I think a zipper would be too hard to attach to a knitted project, but maybe I could add a few buttons. I do love buttons.

I’ve only done one felted project, and it was a small flower accent for a hat. I don’t think I did the felting right, at the time, however, as it didn’t look any different after I processed it than it did before. So when I get around to making this project it will be a new experience for me. (Yay for learning new techniques).

I noticed that the bag pictured had what looked like bamboo handles on it. I made a mental note to look into purchasing this item, but when I flipped the card over I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were instructions for knitting handles as well.

Once again I’m wishing I had enough time to keep up with the patterns of this project. My mother keeps insisting that I’m crazy and that the calendar isn’t designed for someone to complete every project in a year, but somehow I feel like everyone else but me is able to do it.


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Something Old, Something New, Something Knitted, Something Blue

Today, while working on knitting socks, I was chatting with my maid of honor about my upcoming wedding. Eventually we got to the topic of wedding dresses, and in my sleep deprived state I had the brilliant idea of knitting my wedding dress.

After a quick internet search, I realized that the idea wasn’t as crazy as it sounds. I not only found a pattern to knit a wedding dress (that actually looks pretty good from the picture), a veil, and two different garters. Side note, but I really like how both of the garters have blue accents, it makes them so cute. Since blue is my favorite color, I’m really enjoying the creative ways to get the “something blue” in.

My internet search also gave me the amazing idea of having the entire wedding knitted! Just think of how pleased my guests will be when they show up and find that all the food is inedible. *evil laughter*

Of course, I could always crochet everything for the wedding. While I couldn’t find a crochet wedding dress pattern, there appears to be far more patterns out there for crocheters than for knitters. Interesting.

Too bad my wedding isn’t in five years, this could have been truly epic. Perhaps my excitement over this crazy idea is a sign that I need more sleep. Or more coffee. I’ll go with the more coffee. To the kitchen!

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Rolled Brim Cabled Crossed Hat

Once again I’m wishing that I could knit faster, as this weekend’s Knit A Day pattern is very cute.

My first thought when I flipped the calendar on Friday was “oh my gosh a knitted sun hat!” It really does look like it should be a sun hat, which is kind of awesome considering that most of the hats I make are beanies and completely inappropriate for the seventy degree winters we’ve been having lately.

While looking at the pattern, wishing I had more hand so I could make several projects at once, I noticed that the author was the very same one who wrote the pattern for the pretty cable scarf that is sitting in my pattern queue. I figured that anyone who was cool enough to be featured twice so close in a row in this calendar was someone worth checking out, and I’m glad I did. Her blog is pretty awesome, filled with breathtaking works and really interesting posts, including one on making your own double point needles (score!). It almost makes me feel guilty that I have had to skip over her projects in the calendar so far.

In the meantime, I have been working on completing the winter throw I started in January. I managed to make two more blocks before I decided to switch back to working on the yoga socks. The one single one looked so lonely sitting on my desk all by itself. I decided I’d cut a chunk out of the yarn after all, this way the two socks will match. So far this one has been going by much more quickly than the first. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this sock thing!


One Sock Down!

Yesterday’s knitting semi-marathon was far less productive than I had hoped it would be. As usual, life got in the way. Silly obligations getting in the way of doing what I want. Nevertheless, I was able to complete one of my socks today. *Pauses for a round of applause*

This pattern was one that has been sitting in my queue on Ravelry. While it looks simple and easy, let me be the first to tell you, this was deceptively time consuming. I think I spent more time on one sock than I have finishing the third of the blanket that I’ve been working on. I hope that it was just a matter of getting used to the yarn and the second sock will go by much more quickly.

I like the way the coloring of the sock turned out. The blue managed to space itself out perfectly to accent the ankle, toes, and heal. However, I have reached a dilemma. I’d really like the next sock to match this one, but in order to do so I have to cut out the huge chunk of white that separates the blue segments. I’m torn between doing this and making a second one that doesn’t quite match and hoping that when it comes time for a third it matches the first. I know it would be easier to just cut the yarn to where I want the pattern to be, but it feels like I’d be wasting it. Oh decisions.

In the meantime, I’m taking a break from the socks and making a few blocks on my winter throw. It’s interesting trying to get used to switching needle sizes. I’ve done it before, but never this drastically in size. Oh well, just another skill to learn, the ease of switching needles! I may even pick up my crochet project soon, just to keep myself balanced. I’m feeling pumped!