I just love a good set of stitch markers! I can’t help it. It’s like jewelry for my needles. I went to a local bead show and found all sorts of goodies! Some of the new ones…
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I’m home from my recent trip north to visit my sister and her family. We had a nice time making paper craft tags and packaging for my Etsy shop. My sister is VERY good at things like this, so I was very grateful for the help. My ideas flourish in fluffy fibers, while her’s do so in paper, paint and do-dads.
I also had a lot of time for knitting, so I made another Autumn Leaves Baby Sweater in Mary Maxim DK….
The Heart on a String Cowl in Dream in Color Classy….
and a slouch hat that my sister wanted.
We went out for a day to Carlo’s Bakery in Ridgewood, NJ (I am a big fan of the show) and we met Marissa (a previous winner of the Next Great Baker) and she was nice enough to pose for a photo.
And we ate and sipped delicious things…
After having some scrumptious treats at Carlos Bakery, we stopped at the LYS Close Knit where I found a skein of yarn that seemed Halloween in flavor so I could make myself something for the season. I’m leaning toward a lacy scarf. Maybe I could wear whatever I make while having a pumpkin spiced latte.
On the last day – this bear walked through the yard after having a snack on the side of the house in the trash cans. Now, people keep telling me their bears are bigger. For you one-uppers, I say this, “It’s not the size of the bear – It’s the mood he’s in.”
Oh, and speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, I made so many while I was up there. Well, that’s what Aunts do – right? Become a personal Starbucks barista for her lovely nieces, their boyfriends and a few visiting friends. No matter how many I made at each brew, I managed to score one for myself.
Here is how I make pumpkin spiced lattes in the coffee maker:
Mine looks like this, but you could get quite fancy in your delivery:
I have some downtime, so I’m going to visit my sister for just a couple of days. We have a nice time. She papercrafts and I fibercraft and we just basically do that for a few days and visit. It’s a nice time and I can knit like the wind for days on end. Last time I went, for only 3 days, I made a sweater – A WHOLE SWEATER! I just packed yarn, no pattern and tried it on sometimes. It’s a little too warm, but I love it.
This is the Crumbleberry Sweater…
I’ m worried more about what to pack as far as knit or crocheting goes. I worry I’ll get my best needles confiscated, but hate the idea of using needles I don’t enjoy working with. (I’m trying not to check a bag, since I have to switch flights quite a bit and I have lost luggage before). My best needles really could double as weapons, so I will try to find something less noticeable by the TSA.
My sister asked for a cable knit slouch hat, so I plan to work on that as soon as I hit the road that day and plan to leave that behind when I head home. That made me realize from the yarns I leave behind in the hat, it makes room for a smidgeon of NEW yarn to take it’s place in my bag on the trip back. Doesn’t it? Yes, it does. I have a yarn collecting problem – I will admit it – but I am beyond help. Everyone close to me who has been inside my yarn space wouldn’t dare to initiate an intervention because they’re either as stash addicted as I am, or they know better. People who have no concept of yarn stash are not allowed in the yarn room and it’s usually shut if they visit.
So, as a yarn-crazed lunatic, I plan what I’ll need for 5 days….
1. Drive to airport knitting
2. Airport knitting
2. Plane knitting
3. Connecting flight downtime crochet
4. Plane crochet
5. 5 days of projects while she scrapbooks
6. Drive to airport knitting
7. Airport Knitting
8. Plane knitting
9. Connecting flight downtime crochet
10. Plane crochet
11. Drive back to the house knitting
12. Some clothes and a scrunchie
Sounds like a plan.
Like most people who craft, you have extra. Extra leftover bits of pretty much everything. For me, it’s usually fabric and small balls of yarn. Often it’s not enough to make anything significant, but I’ve been trying a few project bags with what’s left.
This one was for a friend’s birthday and since this FREE pattern uses strips, I was able to make one for each pf us using all sorts of leftovers. The brown fabric is very cool because it looks a bit leathery but is very soft flexible fabric. I think the leather effect is a coating, but I love it. I don’t remember where all these fabrics are from, but probably Joann’s or Etsy since that’s where I shop for fabric.
This is is a simple one that I made up with what I had on hand. The beads are glass and really pretty leftovers from the Intergalactic Bead show in town. I know what you’re thinking, “Beaders from other galaxies come to that show?” – YES, I’m pretty sure they do. It’s worth the trip.
Yesterday I completed my Camp Loopy 2013 challenge. The Gaia cardigan in Cascade 200 superwash. The price is around $11 a skein, but for the rich colors, I feel it’s a reasonable price for wool (not ‘yarn’). Sure, I could save a lot of money using craft store acrylics (I call these ‘yarn’), but for me they tend to be too hot for where I live. The Cascade wools breathe and feel more comfortable and they have so many colors available in this easy care washable wool.
My modifications: I only used 3 buttons, Used seed stitch instead of reverse stockinette and then extended the sleeves to 3/4 by adding more rows and doing a few increases when the mood hit me to taper them.
The fit was spot on and I know I will get a lot of use from it.
LOVE this tiny sweater! It’s the 3-6 month size, but it just seems so darn tiny!
Autumn Leaves is a free pattern found here and the yarn was Ultra Mellowspun DK, by Mary Maxim. I bought a bunch of discontinued colors (this was Linen #4235) last year for $.97 a ball. I really lucked out. This is a gift for a new baby arriving in September.
I am a big fan of designs by Kirsten Kapur, and have several patterns, but I didn’t enjoy knitting this one. It looks nice, feels nice, but I had several issues and they just seemed to keep coming. I didn’t pick colors for this shawl, but for another and they were far gloomier than they looked online. Then the body of this pattern was very boring to me and after that I ran out of yarn @10 rows to the end. My edge is too short but it does look fine, so I should stop complaining, but maybe it’s just too soon.
Anywho, here are my pictures…. gloomy pictures….