Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mollie Makes Foxy Felt Brooches for Foxy Ladies

When I try to make something handmade for lots of friends, it's always a fail. So this past holiday, I looked for a gift that I could give lots of people. For inspiration, I went back through my Mollie Makes archive and found this adorable fox brooch kit that I hadn't even touched.

I made the foxes assembly-line style and was able to whip up quite a few in just several hours while I watched embarrassingly crappy Christmas movies on Netflix. Yeah! Handmade gifts for all!

Supplies: Felt, pin backs, and embroidery floss -- all from my craft stash! Woohoo!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dad's Waffle Rib Christmas Socks

I knit my dad a pair of Christmas socks two years ago, and then last year I switched it up and made him a pair of knit gloves instead. This year, he kindly requested another pair of socks.

I like it when people request specific DIY things, because that means they will definitely love and wear them. When I take a guess at what people might want, I worry that they won't wear the gift or use it.

Pattern: Waffle Rib Sock by Carolyn (Jill) Ferneau
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Fresco Y Seco

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best Nine of 2016 on Instagram

This year was full of lots of awesome crafts. My Instagram #BestNineof2016 proves that everyone likes my knitted sweaters for sure!

They also like unicorns, both pooping and floating.

From top left clockwise:
Lovebird Sweater
Me with my birthday unicorn
The cynical knitter
Commonwealth Sweater (photos coming soon)
Storm over Lake Lure
Pooping Unicorn Cross Stitch
Yarn art from my friend Daphne
Alex's Cotswold Henley
Center: Holiday Ornament Trio

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Festival of Lights Hanukkah Embroidery

Can you tell I've been crafting my face off this year? Cause I have.

This year, my friend Liz of cozyblue released a Hanukkah embroidery pattern. I've made a lot of Liz's patterns lately (see the Holiday Ornament Trio, for example) and I thought this one would be perfect for my mother-in-law.

Pattern: Festival of Lights by cozyblue

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Embroidered Holiday Ornament Trio

It's the first day of December, and our Christmas tree is up. Actually it's been up for almost a week. Ironically enough, this is thanks to my Jewish husband bugging the crap out of me the day after Thanksgiving.

A few months ago, I made these awesome embroidered holiday ornaments that my friend Liz (a.k.a. Cozyblue) designed. I made them so long ago that I actually forgot to put them on the tree until Alex reminded me.

Floss: DMC floss in Blanc

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Lovebird Sweater and a Scary Knitting Story

Sometimes a terrible knitting experience can work out for the best.

Last winter, I knit this gorgeous sweater. The colorwork wasn't puckering, there were no holes, and I was so flippin pleased with myself. Then I tried it on.

I looked like a wrestler. Because I knit the sweater to fit my bust, the rest of the fit was off quite a bit in the shoulders. So I put it in the closet and I didn't look at it for a year.

Don't worry. There's good news. This mishap resulted in me being featured on the Pom Pom Quarterly podcast. Scroll to the bottom for more on that...

Pattern: Lovebird Sweater by Donna Kay
Yarn: Cascade 220 Sport in Natural and Lake Chelan Heather

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alex's Knit Cotswold Henley Sweater

After a failed attempt at properly fitting a gorgeous sweater for myself, I thought I'd give men's knit sweaters a go.

This was my first time knitting a sweater for a man, mostly because none of my boyfriends in the past have deserved one. (Heh heh.) Now that Alex and I are legally bonded, I figured it was safe. He legally has to love the sweater, just like he legally has to love me.

Have you ever heard that it was bad luck to knit a sweater for your boyfriend? I totally get why that's true.

Pattern: Cotswold Henley by Meghan Babin (featured in Interweave Knits Fall 2015)
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Tweed in Teal

Sweaters are a labor of love. It took me about a month to finish this one, but I was really happy with the results. I worked on it every time I had a free moment, otherwise it probably would've taken a lot longer.