Thursday, August 23, 2012

Classic Raglan, Summer Sweater KAL

Started a second sweater for the summer KAL over at 

I am using a great top down sweater pattern from Jane Richmond, the same pattern I made my son a sweater from last winter.  

I am totally crazy over the colors.....

My yarn choice is Berrocco Vintage....hands down the bestest yarn with acrylic in it!!!!

yes I am a yarn snob, but this stuff is irresistible!!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

a wee bit bigger

I have had some requests for a larger bag, so I gave it a try tonight.   This one is about the size of a mens shaving kit.  Learned a couple lessons with this prototype...which is always good!!!!

and as always....pretty on the inside too!!!!

Stayed tuned for a look at some special order small box bags, the new owners get to be the first to see them, but I promise to share later on this week once they are delivered.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hand dyed high dive

Today we attempted dyeing yarn with Kool Aid, and I must say, it was so easy!!!!

The smell is much sweeter than using vinegar too.

We had two sock blanks, and we each dyed one for a pair of socks for the other person.  This is the one that my little guy made for my socks.  They have a heart, a sunshine, and grass.  He tried to write mom, but only got the "MO" he changed it to "MA" and I just have to read it twice for "mama"

I love how he calls me mama....some nasty little girl at school who likes to say mean things to him told him that he was a baby for calling me that......she is not very nice!!!

My socks for him will have a hidden message in them also, I always sing "you are my sunshine" to him, so I used an abbreviated version of the song.  However leaving out "me" in "you make me happy" was an error.  woops.  And I always call him my baby boy.  The top is hard to read, but it is his name.

Here they are ready to be heat set.......

and the finished project

These have been deemed our Thursday socks.....I'll have to get knitting them right away, he is super excited to wear them.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A new bag for small projects

I love having pretty project bags for my knitting.....when I use pretty things to knit such as bags and stitch markers, it makes me I knit more!!!

Here is a little project I worked on today for my sock projects.  And I LOVE IT!!!!

The fabric is Amy Butler....and found the pattern for free on the web.  Gotta love free!!!

Isn't it the cutest....and I love the different fabric fun!!!

I'm going to look and see what fabric I am going to use to make the next one.....hehehe

(and if someone stumbles up on this and sews....remember this is the first time I have ever attempted something like this so please be kind)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

One sweater down.....

Here is my first sweater for the summer sweater KAL at blog.

The Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the Coastal Knits book was such an enjoyable knit.  I used Madeline Tosh DK in the colorway "Byzantine"....and couldn't be happier.  This sweater blocked beautifully too!!!

When I started the sweater I was affraid of running out of yarn, so I had planned to make it short sleeves if I ran short.  In the end I still had over a skein of yarn left and could have made them longer, but felt that adding a little pleat and sticking with the short sleeves would work better for me. 

The detail in the yoke just makes this sweater!!!!   

It hasn't been sweater weather here lately, but sweater season is fast approaching.....and this will be my go to sweater for sure!!!!!

My neck sweater that is about to come off the needles is also from the Coastal Knits, more on that to come.  Oh, and life has gotten hectic around here....but I haven't forgotten about the Ravellenic projects I promised to share.