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

This one might be my favorite out of the three. I really dig the French knots and how the stars look at the top.

For the home ornament, I copied exactly what Cozyblue did with the neat little windows. 

I love the way the center snowflake looks on this one:

For once, the back of my work wasn't super messy. I think that's because it's white and hard to see. Heh heh.

After I cut the ornaments from the fabric, there wasn't much room around them so I just glued down what I could and let the rest hang out loose.

Merry Christmas!

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Knit Fingerless Gloves Perfect for Fall

Two of my college BFFs have birthdays later in the year, so when they both planned to visit me at the same time, I wanted to make them something special.

When I worked in a warehouse-style office, I wore fingerless gloves a lot. They keep you warm while you do things like type. They're especially handy in transition seasons like fall.

Pattern: Vermeer Hat & Gloves Pattern by Rowan (FREE download)
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Superwash in Toffee and Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Chocolate Brown

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More Poop Humor Cross Stitch for the Bathroom

Once I stitched that rainbow-pooping unicorn, I couldn't stop. We had another bathroom that was in need of art, so Alex bought me a second poop humor cross stitch pattern. We love it, and our guests seem to love it, too. (We judge the guests who don't think it's funny.)

I present Friends Forever, a heart-warming picture of two friends united for life.

This one didn't take nearly as long as the unicorn, which was a relief. I love cross stitch, but those charts make my eyes blurry and tired after a while.

Pattern: Poo and Toilet Paper Friends Forever by Crazzzy Stitch on Etsy

Monday, September 26, 2016

Knit Socks to Commemorate Our Wedding

I like to commemorate practically everything with some kind of knitting. So when Alex and I got married in Savannah, I picked up some sock yarn so that I could make us sorta-matching knitted socks to pay tribute to the special occasion.

What should impress you most is that I finished these socks just three months after we were married. Miracles do happen.

I wanted a sock that was a little bit lacy and had an interesting edge on the cuff. Alex just wanted a pair with a cool texture. Here are the patterns I chose, along with the yarn details:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Free Patterns for Knitted Gift Card Holders on Craftsy

I'm sorry, but we have to talk about the holidays.

I'm so thrilled to be a part of Craftsy's just-released holiday knitting guide, A Knitter's Handmade Holiday! You'll find all kinds of goodies in there like one-skein gifts, kit ideas, tips, and even a shortbread recipe. Most importantly, you'll find inspiration to get started on your holiday knitting now.

Check out pages 10-11 for tips for knitting on the go from me and fellow Craftsy blogger Kathryn Vercillo. On pages 26-27, you'll find my knitted gift card holder pattern along with several different variations from the Craftsy team.

Download A Knitter's Handmade Holiday for free here!