November 24, 2013

After a Long Hiatus

Well, life has been quite busy this past year and a half. My man moved here from across the country, I started going to school again (getting my Professional in Human Resources Certificate, exciting I know), we moved to a bigger house (yes, I have a craft room now!), and I put my knitting down for a long time.

Recently I've been back in the game and have been cranking out a bunch of Christmas presents. AND I got a loom! I have been experimenting with it lately, and right now am trying to weave a plaid pattern.

I have been using some old Knit Picks Palette to warp and weave, and for some reason the yarn keeps breaking. It's making for a trying experience! I don't really intend for the fabric to be anything, maybe a fall table runner or something.

One of my best friends is having a baby in December. I won't bore you with the little things I've made (booties, hats, etc), but I do want to show the Baby Surprise Jacket that I finished last month. I wanted to make it out of scrap yarn to see how the pattern knit up, and it turned out surprisingly cute. I might actually give it to her! 

I also made a pair of Vanilla Latte Socks for my mom.She loves to wear hand-knit socks for hiking. This pattern was really great to follow - it leaves lots of room for customization, or lets you knit up a nice pair of simple socks if you want! 

Matthew and I are flying out to Orlando over Christmas to spend time with his family. I bought the yarn to start working on Interweave Knitting's Cornhusk Pullover. I have not had good luck with clothes - my Abalone pullover was a dismal failure. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving!

June 13, 2012

Crafts - Wall Art

Amaya was in town the other day. We were sitting on the couch watching Bridesmaids when she turned to me and said "I want to do a project". I laughed and jumped up, returning with one of my various half-finished projects that I had abandoned due to lack of attention span.

I had seen this a little over a year ago. I slowly collected a variety of paint chips, purchased a 16 x 16 canvas, and a few months ago I sat and diligently began cutting them out...for about an hour. I grew bored and abandoned the project. Amaya gleefully began cutting out the remaining pieces, and before I knew it I was gluing them down and this was born:

I love it, and now feel some odd urge to make three more: they would look really nice as panels in my bedroom. But that might have to wait til Amaya's next visit in September.

June 7, 2012

I'm Back, People!

I know I disappeared for a while... life sometimes has a way of putting knitting in the backseat. Life and work have been crazy-pants, but I finally realized that it's important to make time for myself too. So, I've added knitting and reading back on my daily to-do list!

To celebrate my re-knittingness, I decided to break my yarn fast and use a LYS gift certificate I got for Christmas. I bought 6 skeins of a gorgeous 100% merino yarn and started working on Abalone, a super cute and (hopefully) simple pattern.

I'm about 1/5 of the way though so far, and I love watching the yarn's subtle color changes. I forgot how soothing knitting can be.

February 9, 2012

100th Post

Well, I've successfully kept this blog around to hit my 100th post-iversary! It started a year and a half ago and has been going slow and steady since. Although it initially started as a way to chronicle my forays into spinning, it rapidly turned into a testament to my tiny attention span and inability to focus on anything for more than ten minutes. However, it did inspire me to crank out my first (and so far only) knitting pattern, which I think is pretty darn cool. So here's to another year and a half of mediocre knitting!