Knitting

 

On The Needles (AN ORIGINAL HAT PATTERN)

This week, I decided to start taking my knitting to another level by creating and, eventually, publishing original patterns. I have had a bunch of patterns and inspirational designs drawn out in my “idea notebook” for a few months now and I am so excited to finally start taking them from the paper to my needles.

The first pattern I decided to work with is a fair isle hat. It may sound crazy but, my first two patterns (second pattern to be revealed next so stay tuned!) have been created with inspiration from baseball! The season starts officially in 1 month, with pitchers and catchers reporting, and I wanted to create something for the few months of baseball that will most definitely NOT be warm and sunny.
This pattern features diamonds and lines which remind me of the baseball diamond itself, the bases and the base lines. I chose this cranberry and cream mixture because it’s by far one of my favorite color combinations.


I am hoping to have the full pattern available  on both Etsy and Ravelry soon! But, for now, the tools I used in this pattern were:

What projects are you working on? Have you started anything new and exciting lately? Id love to hear from you! Have a happy Sunday fun-day!


YARN SALE?! WHAT?!

img_4509I did a thing. I do this thing quite too often actually but, honestly, I am OK with it! I destroyed the shelves of a YARN SALE at Michael’s last weekend and I am not ashamed. When I can get all this fluffy greatness at an out-of-this-world price, i just about lose my mind.

It all began with an email. This email read, are you ready, BUY ONE GET ONE FREE YARN. I mean, come on, it’s just asking for a miniature freak out by yours truly. Cody and I had plans for date night Saturday evening, dinner and a movie, and we just so happened to be right next door to a Micheal’s craft store. My fabulous hubby let me take a detour on our date night and dealt with me gawking at yarn for a little while (brownie points are always given when he accompanies me on a yarn run).

It’s been a week now and I have worked my way through three new colors and garments and am currently working on creating an original hat pattern that I am hoping to share soon! To say I have a slight yarn obsession would be an understatement. I have so many projects in mind for all the wooly goodness staring at me from across the room right now, I just wish I had about 10 more hands to create them all at once!

Have you run into any crafting steals & deals lately? What projects are you working on? Let me know! 🙂


On The Needles (Air Snood by We Are Knitters)

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This is my first ever knit from the company We Are Knitters and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed! Since I have finished this gorgeous plushy Air Snood, I have been frantically searching the couch cushions for all my pennies so I can get my hands on bunches and bunches more of their amazing products.

I can’t share the pattern and details of course but what I can say is that it is a stunning and very fun, easy pattern to follow for anyone, beginner to professional, to knit up in no time at all! If I can give you one suggestion, GO FOR THE FOREST GREEN WOOL! It’s gorgeous and such a flattering color on everyone in my opinion! There are SO many patterns by We Are Knitters that I am hoping to get my hands on in the very near future and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on those with you as well.

In February I will be attending a Knitting party here in Chicago hosted by just a few of the many knispirational people I follow. For an evening and a brunch the following morning we will be making a snood by We Are Knitters and a gorgeous, fluffy little hat by BettaKnit and I absolutely can not wait!

What projects are you working on? What are some of your favorite yarns? (I am ALWAYS looking for new scrumptious yarns!) Have you ever been to a knitting party? Love meet-ups with local crafters? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂


On The Needles (Double Seed Stitch Blanket)

It’s currently a VERY unreasonable temperature here in Chicago, so in light of my toes freezing off, I’m knitting a chunky, cozy, textured blanket! The best part about knitting a blanket is it keeps you warm as you work! WOO winner winner! Yes, obviously you need to get some length on the blanket for it to start keeping you warm but, the warm wooly-ness of the yarn at least helps keep your fingers warm as you gain length!


I chose a white/cream color with some black and tan accent particles woven in to add a little life to the simple, but lovely, textured double seed stitch pattern of the blanket.

Hers a short overview of my blanket pattern:

  • Super Bulky yarn
  • Size 15mm (US 10) circle needles
  • 150 stitches
  • Double seed stitch pattern
  1. K1, P1 to end of row
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. P1, K1 to end of row
  4. Repeat row 3
  • Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length

I hope you enjoy! How are you staying warm through this frigid weekend?! Stay toasty!


On The Needles (Rubbed Mauve Hat)

As the snow and freezing weather roll in here in Chicago, I plan on spending the weekend buried beneath piles of warm knits! I’ve had this chunky, super soft, mauve colored yarn for a few weeks now and haven’t had a plan for it, well, now it’s becoming a hat! The color is beautiful and it’s intertwined with small black and cream colored fragments of yarn which add some character so I decided to go with a more simple patter for the hat itself.


I’m knitting in the round, 46 stitches, on 8mm double pointed needles, a knit one purl one pattern.

Can’t wait to get this on my head! Let me know what you think! What are you up to this weekend?! How are you keeping warm?!


On the Needles (Pillow Case)


My newest project is a euro size, cable knit pillow case in a fabulous forest green color. I got the inspiration from a pillow case I saw on Pinterest and made it my own with a customized pattern and guage to fit the pillow size of my choosing. I’m not sure yet if I’ll do the flap with buttons or make a zipper seam at the top, but this pattern just screams wintery warmth and I can’t wait to finish it. I’m using lion brand wool blend from Michael’s and it’s turning out gorgeous! It took about three try’s gauging out the correct measurements with a cable pattern since the cables make a normal guaging system shorter, but I finally figured it out! If you have any tips or comments I’d love to hear them! I can’t wait to show you all the final product (hopefully soon)!

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