Project of the Non-Knitting Variety

One of the more fun things about having a house is that I can make things to put in it and make it even more functional for *me*. One of the things I’ve wanted to add to the place for a little while now is a chalkboard.IMG_4550

I used an old window that already had the character and the chipping paint (and you see those kitty prints in all the dust?), but also the size was perfect for in-home use.IMG_4719

The only things I had to purchase for this were a can of chalkboard spray paint, some wire to hang it with and that little metal ring used to hold the chalk jar to the bottom – all in all, less than $5 spent on materials. Winning? I think so.IMG_4717

What are some of your favorite home DIY projects?

WIP Wednesday: A Scholarly Cardigan

First off, I want to wish my Dad a Happy Birthday!

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The past two weeks-ish I’ve been spending some time here and there working on a new version of the Scholarly Cardigan to hang out at Yarn & Coffee!IMG_8632

I’m down past the sleeves and minimal back shaping and am getting into the knitty gritty of the textured section.  This pretty purple color in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino is going to be perfect – it’s heavy enough to withstand the texture and keep the wearer warm, but with short sleeves, the cardi won’t be too hot for summer.IMG_8635

The project page for this version can be found here.IMG_8634

Oh, and are you signed up for my colorwork class this (and next) Saturday at Yarn & Coffee?  We’ll be making one of my latest patterns!

Day Four: Where Are They Now?

Welcome to Day Four!  Today’s prompt asks that we contemplate the fate of a past knitting project.

Which project to choose?  Hmm….This is a tough one.

This hat was a custom order from a friend a few years ago (….2008 maybe?).  She wanted a lacy, orange earflap beanie with a turquoise mohawk.

Where or where has this little hat gone?

And that’s what she got.

Why did I pick this project to talk about?  Because although I’m not sure where the hat is today I do know that it went on many an adventure.  Adventures that I hope to go on someday, including a trip to Burning Man.

My adventures are not few and far between, and I don’t think that the adventures of my knits should be either.

The First CO of the New Year

I suppose this title is a little misleading because I haven’t actually cast on for this project just yet, but I will and it will be the first cast on of the new year when that happens.

The project?

A skinny tie for my friend Wesley.

The yarn?

I love the textures and the subtle color changes!

Hempathy by Elsbeth Lavold in a nice mustard-y yellow color.

I should be casting on tonight or tomorrow for this project and you can rest assured that I will inform all of you when this ever-important occurrence occurs.

What was your first project of 2011?

Another Mystery Knit

So the sweater was finished in time!  Yay for speed knitting!  However, I did not get any pictures of the munchkin in it, maybe tomorrow when they open the present, they’ll send me some, whaddya think?

Anyways, in other knitting news, lets see if we can figure out what this specimen is?

She seems calm, unafraid...

I found it lurking in its natural habitat: a warm, welcoming lap where it was being dutifully cared for and raised.

What will she grow into?

What do you think it will be when it grows up? Sock yarn, tiny needles, socks? No. This is something different.

 

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays!  I hope you all have a wonderful time doing whatever it is that you’re going to do and I’ll be back next week 😀

Busy Times

I apologize for having been a bad blogger lately!  I knit for three days straight at my Aunt and Uncle’s house and to be honest, I haven’t knit a stitch since till today!  I know right? Bizarre.

But.  I did have the gentleman who requested the Max Suit over the other day to try it on and it fit thank goodness!  I was a wee bit concerned there thinking ‘Oh no, it’s going to be too small!’ then switching too ‘Oh no, it’s going to be too big!’

I know, not the best picture but really! the guy wouldn't hold still!

Of course, it still needs to get half of one foot finished, both arms, the knucks on each hand, the soles sewn on, some ears and a tail.  All in all though, it’s almost done!  It’s too big to truck to classes with me, so I can’t knit on it whilst learning new knowledgable  things but I started a Citron identical to my other one this morning.  While I was home over the summer, my mom fell in love and since it was her birthday yesterday I’m making it for her present 🙂

Anyways, that’s all for today, I promise to be a better blogger and a better knitter!