Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yarn Haul August 2016!!

Earlier this month, I purchased six skeins of Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend in the Faded Denim colorway for a specific Lion Brand Knitting Pattern called District 12 Cowl Wrap I plan to make. The District 12 Cowl Wrap is inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy! The District 12 Cowl Wrap is rated as 'easy' and I look forward to making it for the very first time. 

You can find the District 12 Cowl Wrap pattern for FREE through the Lion Brand Website ~ Pattern Number L30292.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Knit Headband Redo

Craft Smart Yarn, Ombre in the Dusk colorway.

Last year, I made my very first knitted headband by following a YouTube video posted by Chandi at Expression Fiber Arts and blogged about my experience making the headband. 

My first attempt at making this beginning pattern didn't turn out very well as the headband turned out too large despite following the directions as specified... So, I tried making the headband once again, but this time modifying the dimensions so the headband would fit me. I am glad I altered the lengths of this headband as it now fits me... The headband is still a bit loose, but I'd rather have it fit looser than be too tight.

Above is a picture of my new headband in a very fun colorway. I used worsted weight yarn I used Craft Smart Yarn, Ombre in the Dusk colorway. I purchased this yarn from Michaels.

Below is the YouTube video I watched to learn how to make the knitted headband. Should you decide to make your own headband using the pattern provided in this video, let me know how it turns out.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Knitting Through Grief & Loss

Sad news to report on the home front. My father-in-law lost his 3 year battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia on May 31st of this year. Losing my father-in-law was quite a devastating loss for the entire family, especially the last ten days of his life with us as his health took a sudden and unexpected turn for the worse.

My father-in-law was such a kind, loving, compassionate man and it has been really sad not to have him with any longer. He was such a loving husband, father, and grandfather. I am honored to have known my father-in-law.

I'm currently in the process of knitting a prayer shawl to give to my mother-in-law as a gift in my father-in-law's honor. I have found that knitting has helped me during the grieving process over the loss of my father-in-law. Knowing that I am making something beautiful to give to my mother-in-law as a gift also makes me happy as well. 

I know that my father-in-law's passing has been a very difficult time for my mother-in-law. I am hope the prayer shawl and it's meaning will be of comfort for her.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Soft Case to Hold Knitting Needles & Knitting Notions!

At last, I finally found a soft case to hold most of my knitting needles and all of my knitting notions!! 

I readily admit that I had been carrying my knitting needles and knitting notions in two separate ziploc bags the better part of two years. So, I was long over due to find something more suitable to store and carry my knitting supplies. 

It feels wonderful to have all of my knitting needles and knitting notions organized into a single carrying case instead of haphazardly placed inside a couple of ziploc bags.

In addition to finally finding a nice bag to store and carry my knitting needles and all of my knitting notions, I was able to buy the soft case for the wonderful low price of $5!!

Aside from carrying an assortment of both straight and circular knitting needles in different sizes and lengths, here's a list of knitting notions I carry inside my knitting bag:

1. Cable Stitch Holders
2. Locking Stitch Markers
3. Scissors
4. Pen
5. Blunt Needles
6. Ruler
7. Vinyl Tape Measure
8. Assorted Crochet Hooks
9. Lycra Support Gloves
10. Floss Threaders
11. Knitting Pins (For Portuguese Knitting)
12. Susan Bates Knit-Chek - Row & Gauge Checker + Knitting Needle & Crochet Hook Gauge

So, which knitting notions do you keep in your knitting bag?

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cabildo Cowl

I began making the Cabildo Cowl, an easy Lion Brand knitting pattern (Pattern Number 90620AD), at the end of May 2016. A couple of life events happened during the past couple of months, so it took me approximately three months to finish knitting the Cabildo Cowl.

The Cabildo Cowl is an easy pattern to knit up and despite the delay it took me in making this particular cowl, I felt it it turned out beautiful!!

The Cabildo Cowl is made with super bulky weight yarn, which is used to create the double seed stitch pattern that makes up the Cabaldo Cowl. I used three skeins of Loops & Threads Zoomba Yarn in the Wild Fire colorway. Loops & Threads Zoomba Yarn is 100% acrylic and is an easy yarn to work with overall. The finished cowl though has quite a bit of fuzzies on it, which may be due to the fact that the yarn is 100% acrylic. The good news is that the Loops & Threads Zoomba Yarn is 100% machine washable and dryable.

I am giving this particular Cabildo Cowl as a gift for Christmas this year.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles in Berkeley, California

Last month, I visited the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles in Berkeley, California. What a lovely place to visit if you are a fan of lace, tatting, and textiles!

The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles is a large museum... A much larger museum than I anticipated it being and a lot different than I expected too! There are so many things see at the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles and docent guided tours are given to visitors. 

The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles store front is definitely worth the visit as books and other supplies are offered for sale. Classes and other events are offered at the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles as well.

The following is more information about the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles from their website:
The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles was established in October of 2004, an outgrowth and merging of the Lacis Retail store and the extensive collection of Kaethe and Jules Kliot of laces and textiles, a related library and tools of the textile arts.

Lacis, founded by Kaethe and Jules Kliot in 1965, was operated by Kaethe Kliot until her untimely passing in 2002, as a haven for the textile community and all involved in virtually every aspect of the textile arts…a place where she provided support, encouragement and knowledge to all.

The collection of the Kliot laces and textiles represents 40 years of dedication to the preservation of the finest of human handiwork.
The collection includes thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru, the finest from the 17th c. European courts and examples of the machine laces exemplifying the 19th c. industrial revolution

An extensive library, focusing on lace, textiles and costume includes over 10,000 items of books, patterns, articles and other ephemera.

Related tools of the textile craft include those for all varieties of lace-making as well as an extensive collection of sewing machines.
Admission is FREE to the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles in Berkeley, California.

I enjoyed my visit to the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles very much. I hope you have a chance to visit it some day.