Owls…

The owl sweater is finished!  I love the way it came out.  Wouldn’t change a thing, although I sort of wish there was less of ME in the sweater…

I’ll try to post full length photos on my Ravelry page at some point but you can check out the owl detail:

IMG_7271I’m hoping to find the perfect buttons for it.  Dark wood, about a 1/4 inch in diameter…and 22 of them.

The yarn color looked so very different in each photo that I took.  The actual color is this:

Berroco Vintage Chunky in Lilacs

 

The pattern was very well-written and I tried out a new knitting app for the first time.  It’s called KnitCompanion and the beauty of it is that you can customize it to your needs.  You can use up to 4 counters at a time so you can do all the rows in your pattern with one counter, then keep track of the repeats with another counter.  You can add in notes, highlight (helpful for patterns with multiple sizes), and I know there are more capabilities that I haven’t even used yet.  It’s 15.99 at the iTunes store but if you don’t want to spring for it, you can buy a 2 week usage for .99 or a 3 month usage for 4.99.  The free version will let you use it in a limited capacity.  After using it for this sweater, i think I’ll be purchasing the full “forever” version.

 

So…what are you knitting right now?

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: I was not paid to review KnitCompanion.  If they want to gift me the full version of the app I would be forever grateful.  

Finding my Place…

Since I seem to be losing stuff all over the place lately (my car keys, my kids’ permission slips…my mind, etc.), it should only ring true for my knitting paraphernalia.  I think the only reason I haven’t lost my knitting bag is because I only see the poor thing once or twice a week.

For some reason, the notions…they just don’t want to stay with me.  Snippers, tapestry needles, stitch markers…all fleeing my bag like it’s the apocalypse up in there.   I decided enough was enough and instead of buying a new pack of stitch markers for about 3 bucks, I’d spend about 40 on beading materials and make my own.  (I never claimed to have common sense.  Just roll with it.)

So last night during the Globes, I made these:

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IMG_7261Pretty, right?  Except now I have way more than I need.  Anyone want to buy some stitch markers?  I’m thinking I need a latte per each set of 6.  Four bucks?

 

Knitting

I’ve made a bunch of things since the summertime and have now just gotten around to taking good photos.

The Clapotis…made while I was in the hospital with my son.

DSC_0038 DSC_0035DSC_0034The Gina

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Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl

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DSC_0032And lastly, the Hitchhiker

DSC_0043Currently, I’m working on a Pumpkin Pie with some gorgeous Malabrigo yarn…more pictures to come…

 

What are you knitting?

 

Imke

 

My mom bought me a copy of Sewing Clothes Kids Love for my birthday a few months ago and I’ve just now gotten around to making something from it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenting…Imke!

 

Now there are definitely some drawbacks to sewing with knits.  The sleeves were too short if I placed the pattern correctly on the grain so I had to turn them perpendicular to the grain and then hemming the sleeves got all wonky.  The pattern is very versatile-can be made long- or short-sleeved, layered look, pieced bodice or a simple bodice, hoodie or crew neck, and a very simple sleeve.  (I hate set-in sleeves).  I went to my favorite consignment store today and picked up a bunch of patterned long sleeve shirts and will be reconstructing them into Imkes for my DD.  Hope that she likes them!  There is a Flickr Group dedicated just to this book…check it out here.

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