Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Late Resolutions

So I do realize that January is halfway over, but some things need to be said, even if late.

The last few weeks I have been pondering different goals I have for the year 2015.  I never was much a a 'resolutions' person in my younger years, and I'm not sure I'm quite there yet- but I welcome the idea of a fresh start and reassessment of skills and perspectives.

When it comes to knitting, there are always new techniques I would like to learn, along with an ever growing list of things to make.  In 2015, I am putting it out there, making it public.  If nothing else, you all can hold me accountable and hopefully just saying it publicly gets me moving.  I don't want the list to be too extensive, and I know I never have time to design and write and knit all the things I would like, so I decided I will focus on skill and techniques.

So, with that, here is my list of knitting goals for 2015:

1.  Learn Brioche
          I have long loved the brioche stitch and would love to incorporate it in to designs.   I have been eyeing up some classes on Craftsy, and even have a gift card for a free class.  Time to put it to use!  Have any of you taken either of the Craftsy Brioche Knitting classes?  There's Brioche Knitting Made Easy and Explorations in Brioche Knitting.  Recommendations?

2.  Learn Double Knitting
          Hilary tells me it's not too hard, she has a couple cowl patterns that utilize the technique beautifully- I think it may finally be time to read up and cast on!

3.  Steeking
          Yes- it freaks me out.  I don't think I'm alone, but I also think, that like many things in knitting, it's not going to be as difficult as it sounds (maybe?!?).  There are many projects I could implement this one on.  I would love to knit myself a fair isle cardigan... my goal is to make this happen, by way of steeking, in 2015.

What about you-  any 2015 knitting goals?  I'd love to hear them and see progress along the way.   Let's hold each other accountable in this knitting community!  I plan on posting my goals, and progress on them, on Instagram along with the hashtag: #2015knittinggoals . Will you join me?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Stocking Duos

Thank you for all the lovely feedback on Clara's Stocking and Sweater Set.  Sometimes I feel a little guilty when I go on a bit of a knitting binge and get so many positive comments on my projects and how quickly they fly off my needles.  I think that maybe just posting pictures of the FO's is unfair, that as a full disclosure I should also take pictures of the piles of laundry, mail, and toys that accumulate during my tunnel-vision knitting frenzy.  And with that being said- you know it exists.  In order to put time in to knitting, other things are definitely sacrificed (but I am off work for 2 weeks this holiday season, so that helps, too!).

Today I wanted to share each of the kids stockings and the knits that have gone with them.

First up, Elise:

Elise's stocking was actually designed after the outfit she wore at her first Christmas.  Since she was born at the end of November, and much of December was spent figuring out (rather trying to figure out) the whole parenting thing, there wasn't a stocking in time for her first Christmas.

You can flashback to Elise's stocking here.

Sam, on the other hand, had his stocking first, and the hat soon followed.  Actually, Elise and Sam both got hats to match their stockings the year I knit Sam's (find pictures here).

I know, I know- Sam only got a hat.  The green yarn from his stocking has been discontinued and I've had trouble finding a green to love just as much.  That being said, his hat has gotten more wear than the girl's stocking knits combined.  He still wears this little hat with the brim down, as pictured.  It's kind of a knit that has grown with him.  To see the flashback to Sam's stocking, check out these posts.

And last but not least, we have these recent knits.  

So it's not just Clara that has the bonus stocking knits, it has actually become a little tradition in our house.  I figure that as the kids grow up and have families of their own, I will still have their stockings, but they will have something to take with them.  What about you, what do you plan on doing with all the special things you make for your kids?  Do you save them, do you have  a special way to store them for later use?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

FREE PATTERN: Merriment Bonnet

It's Christmas Eve.  The kids are tucked in and the house is quiet.  I've been off work for almost a whole week and feeling refreshed.  The past few days have been filled with sweet moments, old friends, and plenty of knitting.

And so, as my heart is full, I want to share a little of my merriment with you.

So, I've been working feverishly the past couple days in order to write up this bonnet pattern to share with you, my readers.

Click over to Ravelry to find more information and a link to download the pattern for yourself, or just add it to your queue. Happy Knitting!

**As fair balance, this pattern hasn't been tech edited or test knit, so let me know if you find any typos, mistakes, or errata, because I'm sure it's in there!  There's only one size for now, but in time I will add on smaller and larger sizes along with the matching sweater.  The pattern is free temporarily, but I will make sure to leave it up through the end of January.  Spread the word :-) **

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Monday, December 22, 2014

When You're on a Roll

Sometimes, when I like something I'm knitting I just don't want to stop.

So I keep knitting.

And so it went last week.

Not once.

But twice.

Just in time to take some 6 month (6 month?!) pictures.  Convenient, no?

More details on Ravelry.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Stocking Conclusions

It was a process...

But I finally picked my colors.

And with the help of many of you on Instagram, who helped me decide on color layout...

I was able to see this project through to completion.

But that's not all... more tomorrow :-)

PS- Find yarn info and more details on Ravelry.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

At it Again

Here I sit, less than two weeks before Christmas, and my mantle looks a little something like this:

At this moment, you might think, "Oh! How festive and charming.  And what lovely hand knit stockings!"
 To which I would reply, "Oh thank you- you do flatter me so!"

But on second glance, we all come to a realization.

"Hey... there are only four stockings, and your family now has fi..."

Yup.  Don't even say it.  Here in lies the problem.

So, for the past couple weeks, while I've taken my pretty little time poking around with different colors and designs, my mantle has looked the same- one stocking short.

It seems I have finally decided on a color scheme.

And last night I even cast on and knit a few inches.

And now it's time to knit.

Follow my progress on Instagram:  #stockingforclara

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Clara in Clara

Three and a half years ago, I wrote a post entitled, "Elise in Clara".  How fun to follow up with "Clara in  Clara".

As you can tell, Clara has been enjoying her turn in handknit hand-me-downs, but I am thinking I will have to knit her her own "Clara Dress", not just because of the name, but because it is about my favorite little knit dress ever.  I'm thinking something for winter, maybe in a hand dyed grey yarn?

And because it's so fun to compare and contrast, here's Elise back in January of 2011: 

Oh, how time gets away from us.

Read more about the project on the original post.

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