Monday, April 29, 2013

Finishing some things up...

 Here is some more progress on the Colorblock Shawl.  I do enjoy working with this yarn but...

 ...even a change of scenery can't make me knit this fast enough!  It's a great pattern but I feel like I'm really slogging along on it.  Shame on me!

Shoulder Warmer sans cowl
 I seamed and finished crocheting my Rustically Elegant Shoulder Warmer in the crochet-a-long hosted by my buddy, Denise.  This pattern is so much fun!  I also went and got the perfect buttons for the neck.  Obviously photos of the final product all nicey nice are on the way!

Then I decided this lil' guy needed a crocheted beard.  I modified a fellow Raveler's idea for the beard to make it a little longer.  I am pretty pleased with how it came out!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Affection to the max!

 It's been a while but as you can see, I've been quite busy.  I'm still working on a Colorblock Shawl for fellow Ravelry/Instagram friend, Jennifer.  I love how it looks so far and I'm pleased with my color choices.

 This shawl is working up pretty quick with my Knit Picks Telemark yarn in the colorways of Caution and Heathered Cilantro.  It's a DK weight yarn which I rarely have in my stash but I scored quite a bit of this yarn at a destash sale from my LYS.

 The pattern is very easy and it's straight garter stitch all the way along with M1s two stitches before the end.  I am about 9 inches in and have already added my second color.  I'm excited to see how it looks on me when it's all set.

 Speaking of shawls, I have finished my first ever knitted shawl, in fingering weight AND in multiple colors!!  VoilĂ , my Color Affection!!!!  I love it so much I wear it all the time!

 In the car on the way to work and knit night....

 Walking on the way to the Yarn Cupboard retreat to look at the goodies at the market... You get the idea.  I absolutely loved this pattern and have already started plotting what color scheme to make next!  This was so much fun to make; it had all I wanted in a pattern, interest, short rows, and garter stitch!

 In other news, I got some goodies from my dealer, I mean, friend, Angela to help with my Hexipuff addiction which hasn't been quite as strong but I'm abouts to fall off the wagon again and get puffin'.

 She also gave me two sweaters that she made for her son but he's long since outgrown.  These will be put away for Angelo and maybe Haze could even rock them this winter too....

 Just when I thought I had enough of amigurumi, a cute pattern comes along and I must bust out the crochet hook.  This pattern is an elephant called Padma.  You can find the pattern right here in four parts.  This will probably be for my coworker's new baby, that is if I can wrestle it away from Hazel who has claimed it her own.  But so far it's been two days and she is guarding it like a hawk.  Damn.  

 Here is a shot of Padma all finished.  I really liked this pattern because there was minimal sewing of body parts.  I loved how she had you crochet the parts into the rounds making it virtually seamless and painless.  I didn't get the ears quite right but I'm keeping it as is. I used some Patons Wool for all the parts.

Lastly, I was on Instagram, and stumbled across Circle B Alpacas.  I went to their website and signed up for a free fiber sample.  The sent me two little puffs of fluff.  Check them out and get a sample while you're at it!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What the Easter Bunny made....

This is my little girl wearing her crocheted Deanna Jumper in Berroco Vintage DK.  This pattern is from the book Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers that the Berroco Design Team put out this past year.  I want to make everything in this book!  I love the mix of knit and crochet items too.

This is me and my little man.  He's wearing the toddler t-shirt vest by Sam Lamb.  It was a little big but I'm excited that he will be able to wear it again in the winter.  He doesn't look too thrilled about it in the photo but he did have a little cold coming on, poor baby. 

Now, I'm being totally monogamous and working on my Color Affection shawl:

I apologize for the poor lighting, so consider it a sneak peak.  I have one more repeat to go and the border and then I'll be rocking this like it's my job!