Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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Remember that crafty update I promised? Well, here it is. My crafting projects have been few this year, if only because I’ve been devoting most of my time to my app, Knitty.  I’ve cast off a pair of socks and started another pair, and I’ve dusted off the sewing machine for a small project. I have a quilt that I started piecing waiting in the wings, and two quilts that need to be planned and shopped for in the next month or so. I’m excited to share those, as they get planned!


My Cup of Tea Socks


Pattern via Ravelry

Colourway: Stroll Tonal in Canopy via KnitPicks


These are the first socks I’ve made for myself. I’m not a great knitter, but looking at this pair of socks vs. the first pair that I ever knitted, I can already see myself improving. My stitches are more even, my tension between DPN’s is consistent. I’ve learned how to use lifelines, which makes frogging so much easier. And socks seem to knit up so quickly! Though I do notice I’m starting to get “One Sock Syndrome”, where once you’re done with one sock you don’t want to do another… These socks were a little tight, but after a good soak in Soak and some blocking they fit well. One of them is slightly tight in the arch, but it’s not terribly noticeable. But now I know for other socks what size DPNs to use to make them fit perfectly!


Sorry for the quality of the photos; they were taken with a potato.


The toilet paper stand started as a little laugh after seeing an image on the internet; my MIL got it for my birthday and it's actually incredibly useful! Especially considering I already use empty TP rolls to wind my yarn. The toilet paper stand started as a little laugh after seeing an image on the internet; my MIL got it for my birthday and it’s actually incredibly useful! Especially considering I already use empty TP rolls to wind my yarn.


I must be the greatest foot model that ever lived. Comfy PJs and all! I must be the greatest foot model that ever lived. Comfy PJs and all!


The pattern gets lost a little bit in the colourway, but I think they came out fantastic anyway. The pattern gets lost a little bit in the colourway, but I think they came out fantastic anyway.


Business Socks


Pattern via Ravelry

Colourway: Springtime in Canopy via KnitPicks


I’ve only just started this pattern, but holy cow I already love it. They’re knitting up so fast and quick, and it’s such a simple pattern. This is probably about an hour’s worth of knitting here, and I’ve already made more progress (but I have no photos). These will be finished before I know it and then I’ll have TWO love pairs of handmade socks! The hubbs loves the pattern too, and he’s asked I make him a pair when I’m finished with these. Somehow, I don’t think that will be a problem… :)


Such a pretty pattern and such a pretty color! Such a pretty pattern and such a pretty color!


Knitting Needle & Crochet Hook Roll-Up


This was a project of necessity. My crochet hooks and knitting needles would be kept in a bundle in one of my ‘current project’ bags (yes, I have multiple… I should probably see to that, huh?), and was generally just a mess. So I whipped up this cute little needle/hook keeper. It only took me an evening, and I’m super happy with the way it turned out. I have room to grow with it, and it takes care of my immediate needs — what more can a girl ask for? And it helped bust my fabric stash, which is always a good thing. I’m contemplating adding a tie to keep it closed, but if it never happens no big deal.


The inside. Sock needles in front, crochet hooks and scissors in the middle, circular needles up top, and large/long needles on the left. The top anchors the needles in place so they don't fall out. The inside. Sock needles in front, crochet hooks and scissors in the middle, circular needles up top, and large/long needles on the left. The top anchors the needles in place so they don’t fall out. The purple lines on the left are the guidelines I used to stitch.


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Folded into quarters. A bit wide & flat. With scissors. Folded into quarters. A bit wide & flat. With scissors.


Folded & rolled, without scissors. Folded & rolled, without scissors.


 


And here’s a bonus kitty shot! Having Sash (the black & white one) in my lap like this is a rare occurrence… so I cherish them when they do happen.


Sash & Locke Sash & Locke


 

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