Sunday, January 18, 2015

Socks, Socks, and More Socks!

I usually have a very hard time making socks because my gauge never seem to be right, and I just really don't want to make socks using size 00 needles!  I mean really!?  That's just crazy.

I found this Meilenweit 100 Fantasy sock yarn I had from years ago and just fell in love knitting socks!  I used size 1 needle (magic loop), and my gauge was perfect!  I really enjoy working with self striping yarn because they keep the project interesting.  The colors remind me of sorbet?  See for yourself.


It was so fun knitting this pair sock that I immediately casted on another pair!  I used Susan B Anderson's "How I make sock" free pattern.  64 stitches fit my feet perfect.  This yarn is TwistedLimone -- one word: LOVE.

I am almost done with the second one. 

I just realized how many sock yarns I have!  I guess I just always knew I had a thing for socks? :)

I see more handmade socks in the near future!

Do you enjoy knitting socks?  How do you wear them? 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Featured!

My latest project was featured in "Modern Patchwork" available on newsstands near you!

 Do you see it?!


My project is featured in the table of contents too!  You see that bunny mug rug in the center? 

I had a blast working with the publisher; they were so great to work with. 

Oh!  And I came across this adorable "Knit One, Purl One" kid top today at Gymboree.  Of course I had to get it!
 

Wishing you a Happy New Year, and thank you for reading my blog! :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Knitting Bug

It must be December because I have been knitting nonstop.  I go through phases every year;  I am either super into quilting or knitting.  I think the weather has something to do with it.  I recently came across this "50 Yards of Fun, Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn" book by Rebecca Danger.  It's perfect for scrap yarn we all have around the house.  I love how these projects are so small so you get this instant gratification and that they are portable.  I bought two copies: one to keep and one for our annual white elephant.  There is something special about carrying my basket of scrap yarn and making good use of them.

 Here is a little monkey I finished. 

Love this fish on my friend's Christmas tree :)

I have also started a robot that I was hoping to gift along with the fish, but it's missing two legs.  I am also knitting another mama and baby monster, and I picked up my sock project as well.  We will see how much knitting I get done!

Happy Holidays to all of you, and thank you for visiting my blog!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Slouchy Hat for Toddler Girls

The weather has gotten a lot colder in the area so my little one needs a few more hats to keep her little head warm.  Of course I jump on the chance to make them vs. buying store made ones.  I had a hard time coming up with anything cute through Ravelry, but found this adorable Amour Slouchy Hat through etsy.  It's a super easy pattern to follow; I finished the whole thing in one weekend!  I feel like I spent more time waiting for the hat to block than to knit it!

Ok.  Is she not the most adorable little girl in that hat?!

I blocked the hat using a small desert plate. 

I didn't end up making the ribbon flower that the pattern recommended.  I had a hard time creating the same look, so I ended up crocheting the flower.  I found a great video tutorial on Crafty Gemini.  I usually don't enjoy crocheting but this flower was so much fun! 


Oh I think we will be wearing this hat every chance we get! :)



Monday, November 17, 2014

Amish Quilts

I have been fascinated by Amish quilts and spent a lot of time learning and searching for information about them. Apparently you can find Amish quilts mostly in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The San Jose Quilt Museum is doing a special exhibit: Antique Ohio Amish Quilts: The Darwin Bearley Collection. We stopped by this past weekend, and the quilts were simply beautiful. I imagine that the handwork must have taken many hours.

Unnamed Pattern "O" Quilt. There is a story behind this quilt; it's supposed to be 200 years old!

 This picture is a closeup of the hand quilting. 

Classic blue and red shown on the left. 

Special thanks to my sweet husband for accompanying me and watching our little toddler so I can take in all this beauty!