Monday, May 16, 2016

Whales Road Waffle Rib Socks

Are you tired of looking at feet on my blog, as well as my blinding white legs? At least they're covered in something pretty.

These days I always seem to have a pair of socks going, even when I'm working on other things. Some people think it's crazy to knit socks during warm weather, but I think it's just sensible planning! When cold weather does hit, I'll have these little babies to keep me warm. And for now I can wear them around the house on chilly mornings.

My latest knit socks are thankfully washable, and they're knit with a color that I've had my eye on for months. It's like all my favorite colors rolled into one supersoft (and superwash!) yarn.

Pattern: Waffle Rib Socks (FREE on Craftsy)
Yarn: Malabrigo Mechita in Whales Road

Note that this is not Malabrigo's sock yarn. It's another one of their fingering-weight yarns, and this is my first time using it.

These socks did not disappoint in the softness category. I haven't washed them yet, so I just hope they keep their shape and same softness even after going through the washer and dryer.

This picture makes my feet look like flippers. In a way, they kind of are.

Do you knit socks when the weather is warm? Am I crazy?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Family Tree: Mother's Day Embroidery Gift

Happy Mother's Day! This year I decided to do a combo Mother's Day-Father's Day gift and embroider a family tree for both my parents.

Pattern: CozyBlue's Family Tree, available on Etsy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dropcloth Embroidery Sampler

A few years ago -- I'm embarrassed to say how many -- I won a Dropcloth embroidery sampler from Creativebug. And I just got around to stitching it a few months ago.

Stitching this was really easy, because the designer Rebecca Rinquist has a Creativebug class that goes right along with it. So if you're stuck on a stitch, you can just look up the video and watch Rebecca demonstrate what you should do. I think it made stitching go a lot faster than if I had to look up each stitch.

(If you're interested, you can enroll in Rebecca Rinquist's Creativebug Advanced Embroidery Sampler class here.)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Smocked Guernsey Knit Socks

Socks, socks, and more knit socks! I always seem to have a pair of socks on my knitting needles these days. Part of the reason is because Alex keeps requesting them.

When I saw the new free Craftsy 2016 Sock Knit-Along, I knew I had to get in on the action. There are three patterns included, and this is the first one that was released.

Pattern: Smocked Guernsey Socks by Lucy Neatby (available FREE on Craftsy here)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cuddly-Cute Crochet Ripple Blankets

Last fall, a friend commissioned me to make Christmas presents for her two little ones. The result: two cuddly-cute blankets in the kiddos' favorite colors.

I miraculously finished both before Christmas, and our friend sent sweet photos not long after to show us how the kids were enjoying the blanket. I love knowing that these blankets are being smothered in sticky popcorn-butter hands while the kids watch movies. (Thank goodness they're washable.)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Crochet Mermaid Tail Blanket

Yes, I'm still posting Christmas gift photos. There were just so many! This one was a crochet mermaid tail blanket for my 4 year-old niece, Kinsley.

You may remember that I made a shark blanket for my nephew, Carson. This is the shark blanket's much gentler counterpart. No bloody teeth here!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Download a FREE eGuide to Sock Knitting

It's no secret: I've been knitting a lot of socks over the past year or so. My sock-knitting obsession is officially out in the open now, thanks to Craftsy's FREE Success with Sock Knitting e-Guide that features my tips and rambling about how much I love knitting socks. (There are also tips and tutorials from my fellow Craftsy contributor Emily Vanek.) 

Download the guide here to get tips on everything from toe styles to heel styles, plus tips and tricks to help you out along the way. Oh, and there's plenty of sock eye candy if you're into that sort of thing. I know I am.