January 25, 2011

Some Knitting

Filed under: Crafts — Catherine @ 3:59 pm

I really really tried to post last week to keep my “1 post a week” goal but things have been super busy. I will soon share what we have been working on!

Until then, some knits!

I was hoping this past year (2010) was going to be the year I had handknit stockings for Eric and I. In 2009 we didn’t move in to our house until the week before xmas so that was out of the question. Unfortunately, this year I did not start knitting on Eric’s stocking until xmas eve. Needless to say it was not done in time. But I am ahead for 2011!

(click any pic to enlarge!)

I did block it but I realize it looks wonky on the right side. It also has to do with the white yarn blending in to the snow!

I wanted stockings that were similar, but different and these stockings by Annie’s Woolens fit the bill. I did consider changing up the colors but decided to stick with these. Eric chose the bear stocking for himself.

The picture above seems like it should be titled “Abandoned Sock.”

The green and white yarns are Paton’s Merino. I desperately searched for the cranberry-ish colorway of this yarn which I KNOW they make (or at least made) because I once owned it. Unfortunately I couldn’t track it down so the red is Loops and Threads Impeccable (from Michael’s). It is more lofty than the Paton’s yarns but the steam blocking really helped!

This was knit with size 6s except the bear part which I had to go up to 7s because it was pulling in too tight. Now I have 11 months to knit myself a stocking!

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Here is the other knit project that has patiently been awaiting its photo debut – my Ishbel shawl!

Knit in Socks that Rock Mediumweight in the Korppi colorway that I ran out of just 7 rows from the end.

Thankfully a fellow knitter friend sent me the extras of her yarn (from the Netherlands no less!) and I was able to finish it. The colorways were not exact but I dare ask, can you tell?

And here I have lovingly draped it over a bush. I would have rearranged it nicer if the weather were warmer.

So there we have it, some knits! I am working now on a crochet project of which has some parts I will have to make up on my own. That should be interesting.


January 11, 2011

2010 Knitting Year in Review

Filed under: Crafts — Catherine @ 11:51 am

It’s that time of year where I look back at all the items I knit or crocheted last year. Surprisingly, I hardly knit anything the first 6 months of the year while we were wedding planning. You could almost say this is a half-year in review and then my results don’t look so bad!Before I jump in, I need to share the last couple of items I finished! Between the bibs and the ornaments, I finished knitting Ishbel. It is sadly still waiting for its photo op but you will see a pic of it blocking in the photo mosaic below. Perhaps after we get our foot of snow I can take some pictures of it lying on the fluffy white stuff.

I also knit a couple more ornament covers. I found the that less knitting = more stretching = better looking ornament. When I ran out of Ikea ornaments, I picked some up at Target (dollar spot!). In total I made 8 of these and got to keep one!


I also knit a scarf for my sister in this awesome yarn called Pomp-a-Doodle.

Project name: Pomp-a-Doodle Scarf
Pattern: Pomp-a-Doodle 1 Ball Scarf
Yarn: As the pattern name states, just 1 skein of PaD yarn in Plush Plum
Needles: sz 9s
Started: Dec 11
Finished: Dec 11
Notes: I love quick projects and this was easy to knit with. The scarf comes out a little short but it’s still functional and so soft!

I couldn’t resist, I had to knit a scarf for me too.


This colorway is African Violet and took just 2 days to knit.

Now that I am all caught up, I can properly do my 2010 Knitting (Half) Year in Review.

Last year I knit 12 items. This year… 8.

– 1 pair of socks
– 1 baby hat
– 2 baby bibs
– 1 shawl
– 2 scarves
– ornaments (I only count this as one since they are so small)

So sad! I really need to pick it up for 2011. My goal is to at least get back up to 12… heck, 15! I know I can do it!

December 13, 2010

Sparkly and Fuzzy

Filed under: Crafts — Catherine @ 10:00 am

After finishing knitting my shawl (hm, I guess it’s still waiting for me to block it), I jumped in to my holiday crafting.

I try to craft little things for close family and friends each year. Last year I didn’t do anything (that whole buying and moving in to a house thing) but year before I made really cute Korknisse and the year before that I crocheted snowflakes.

This year it’s all about ornament covers!

This is a great way to use up all my yarn leftovers! I bought some plastic unbreakable ornaments from Ikea (silver-colored) and grabbed some Red Heart Holiday yarn from my stash. The above ornament I gave to my mom but I had a sudden idea to use up some other yarn I had in my stash for my sister’s ornament…

Fun Fur! Yeah, don’t be shy, you know you have some fun fur in your stash! My friends laughed when they saw what I was knitting and I wasn’t sure it would come out as I hoped but in the end I think it was a success!

So far I have only knit 2 red ornaments and 1 fuzzy ornament… I better get moving. I might embellish with some ribbons or bells if I get a chance.

Are you doing any holiday crafting? Please share!

November 22, 2010

Baby Bibs

Filed under: Crafts — Catherine @ 2:24 pm

I took almost a year off from anything yarn related while we moved, bought a house, and got married. I wasn’t sure my craft mojo was going to come back but apparently it has.

I crocheted these baby bibs for a knitting friend who is expecting in January.

She got TONS of baby bibs at her shower but only mine were hand-made. And despite these being made to the correct dimensions, they seem really large! But I guess with a baby, more coverage is better right?

The pattern is Blossom Bib by Coats and Clark. I did a simple crochet edging instead of the scalloped one shown. The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Hot Blue and Sage Green with Cream edging.

With this baby project done, I am now officially in to my holiday knitting. Only a month to go!

October 25, 2010

Baby Hats

Filed under: Crafts — Catherine @ 10:01 am

Well I did say I would have some crafts on this blog so here’s two projects. My cousin just had a cute baby girl and since the weather is starting to get chilly, I knew she needed some hats!

I love baby knits because not only are they adorable, but they knit up real fast! I knit this hat in two days.

Pattern: U-Cord Hat from Stitch ‘n Bitch
Needles: size 7
Yarn: 1/2 skein of Target Knitting Yarn (yes I still have some of this in my stash!)
Started: Oct 19, 2010
Finished: Oct 21, 2010
Notes: Cute and simple pattern… this is the 2nd I’ve made with this pattern.

I discovered this other baby hat I knit awhile ago and still had (probably a stash busting project) so I sent that along as well. A girl can never have too many accessories. (Sorry this one didn’t photograph well.)

Pattern: I’m guessing but probably Homespun Baby Set from Lion Brand (Ravelry link)
Needles: Unknown
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun in Baroque
Started: Not sure but I made 3 similar hats back in 2007 so this could be from then

Now you might be asking, where do you get a baby sized hat model when you don’t have access to a real baby? Well remember that vase I spray painted last week? Turn it upside down and it’s the perfect baby hat model!

I have many more babies to knit for so expect more knits!

October 13, 2010

The Hallway

Filed under: Crafts, Home — Catherine @ 11:13 am
Well I am off to a running start aren’t I? Truth is, we’ve spent the past week (and weekend) working on house stuff! But now I can present to you a before and after!This is our master bedroom hallway before.

View from the main hall:

View from the bedroom:

Please note the granny-style valance left by previous owners and outline of a mirror on the wall which apparently used to be blue.

I know it seems weird our master bedroom has its own hallway but it basically has to do with an addition (our master bedroom and room below it) that was added on in the early years of the house. We have learned early on not to question what the previous owners were thinking when making house decisions so it is what it is. It is actually a large area for a hallway and I admit, it is kind of a waste of space!

So after 9 months (actually almost 10 I guess) of walking through this drab off-white and patchy hallway, we got around to painting and even decorating and wow, it is such a difference! Now when walking to the bedroom, you immediately start to feel relaxed.

Hall After

Hall After


– Walls: Benjamin Moore Regal, Matte Finish in Rich Cream (next time I would use the eggshell finish to better hide the blemishes on the wall)

– Trim: Benjamin Moore Ben, Semi Gloss in Decorator’s White

The best part about the decorating is we had everything on hand so it only costs us the paint and paint supplies! I am amazed how the hallway now is a pretty and functional space!

What do you think?

On a side note, I have been reading on other house blogs about the wonders of spray paint. I decided I had to try it for myself so I grabbed a scratched brown vase destined for a yard sale (forgot a “before” photo) and spray painted it white. How’s it look? I don’t know what to put in it but I think it looks so much better!

Spray Painted Vase

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