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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mustard Hat and Cowl Set--FRESH OFF THE NEEDLES


This is something new that I’m starting. Since I love chunky knits, I’m creating a new line where I create chunky hats and cowl sets! These are awesome! 
Made with LionBrand Yarn Hometown USA is an awesome brand for chunky goodness and it’s affordable! 



This is such a beautiful color! Just for fall! Ships IMMEDIATELY!






BOTH OF THESE ARE ON SALE NOW!







Sunday, October 16, 2016

INTARSIA KNITTING Why do you hate me?


Intarsia knitting is the bane of my existence at times. It’s cumbersome and one mistake can make that pumpkin that you’re knitting look like a basketball. I mean it’s hard with carrying floats in the back of the work that make everything pucker. It has to be done just right for you to pull it off. I have yet to master duplicate stitch so that one will remain a nightmare. Duplicate stitch is even scarier than the dream I have about the clowns and Lionel Ritchie. Yeah, long story. 



So here, I got the idea for skulls and hearts. How they go together, I haven’t figured that one out yet. But in this cowl, they go together greatly. I chose green because I thought it was a great color and I had enough of it in Bulky from My friends at KnitPicks.com.


I created my own pattern for a skull and used graphing paper to create it. The hearts were just as easy.

This is the image that I used to make my own skull. Feel free to use it for yourself but I ran out of space on the left side, so add an extra space for the hearts. Add two spaces there. I didn’t create the second heart on top like you see here. I didn’t want my Cowl or Hat to look too busy. But create and knit away. I’d love to see pictures of what you guys created using this free Intarsia pattern for yourselves. 


Here are some of the other things that I finished last week and this week.




Did this for the fiance. He loves his coffee so I created his own Coffee cup cozy with his own initial so that everyone would know that it’s his. Just hand your cozy to your barista and you should be able to identify your cozy anywhere and everywhere. I can also do pictures of your family members on the cozy as well if you’re interested. Please email me for more information.


The hat and cowl set together. 



I’m just putting the finishing touches on the cowl and hat set. This was so fun to create. I had a ball! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cats Should Never Get Cancer...


Manerva is an awesome kitty. 
She also has cancer. Oral cancer and she won’t survive this bout.
I wanted Manerva to have something special. So I knit her a personal blanket and a cat cape to cover her stitches. Her mommy and daddy call her “Frankenkitty” because of it. LOL But I wanted her to have something that she could wear to cover it as well as they have something that  could represent her.

So there you are Manerva. Sleep well with your blanket beautiful kitty. I’m glad you like your things. You’re an epic kitty and epic kitties need epic things.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Knitting for An Epic Kitty


I found out that my neighbor’s cat is sick and I wanted to knit something for her. What better than an epic polka dot cape for an epic kitty?








But I wasn’t done. I wanted to knit a nice small blanket for the cat as well. Her name is Manerva by the way.


Coffee and knitting....





I am almost finished with the blanket. Stay tuned for this and other knits.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Living Dangerously:Knitting A Crop Top Sweater Without A Pattern


I’m living on the dangerous side. I saw this knit sweater that I had to make for my daughter, yet, I didn’t want to use a pattern. I wanted to make my own sweater. Problem? Never done it before. I know that I can do it, I’ve just never knitted a sweater. 

For the past few days, I’ve gone through Pinterest and Instagram to learn how to do it. I’ve found tutorials and went through all my knitting books on my Kindle to see how I can do it. I even went to YouTube and Craftsy where I take classes online to learn new skills. 



This is how I started off. Casting on 80 stitches with bulky KnitPicks Yarn. This is my daughter trying it on....


trying it on...

Sectioning off

 So here was the most confusing. Trying to section things off for the sleeves and the front. Here I made Make One Left increases to go from 80 to 136 stitches to accommodate for the body of the sweater. I wanted the sweater to be very loose fitting but tapered at the bottom.





I made my own pattern for the Cable Panel. 
There are 40 stitches that make up the front and back and then 23 stitches on both sides for the sleeves. 

CABLE PANEL

Row 1-- K5, P5, C3B, P5,K5,P5, C3B,P5,K8
Row 2-- Purl entire row
Row 3-- Knit Row but Purl where the purl stitches are
Row 4-- Purl Row
Row 5-- Knit Row but purl where the purl stitches are
Row 6--Purl Row
Row 7-- K5, P5, C3F, P5,K5, P5, C3F, P5,K8

After the cable panel, I’m going to work decreases until I get down to my original 80 stitches so that the bottom hugs her stomach. This IS a crop top so there isn’t much to this....









EDIT: This was taken the next day on Saturday. I had started on the back. I began the sleeves but had to rip them out because they really didn’t fit. I needed to do more increases and the sleeves were not shaped right. So I’ll get back to them later. I’ll put the sleeves on 16 inch circular needles. so that I can make sure they fit her. But I’ll be done soon. I will do a brand new post with the pattern and how I created this sweater without a pattern!

This is the front. Ready to knit the back!

Yes this was knit in a very unorthodox way. I pretty much winged it but it’s coming out okay with the exception of the sleeves that I had to do over. I’ll do it last.

Another look.

Knitting the back and almost at the bottom! Ready to K2P2!


You can see the sleeves here. The sweater is turned over on the back.


Another look at the sweater.


This isn’t finished yet obviously. But it’s going okay for now.....I hope to be finished tomorrow!
Wish me luck. Things are going well for my first sweater! I wanted to knit TOP DOWN so that my daughter could try it on as I go along and I can adjust the pattern accordingly, just in case things aren’t going well. I’m documenting everything as I go along. 

So we shall see... stay tuned everyone!