Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Yarn Haul January 2017!

This year, I want to learn how to tat using a shuttle!! So, I purchased two small clover brand tatting shuttles and two skeins of Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread in Size 10. One skein of the Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread is in the Pink Camo colorway and the other Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread is in the Passionata colorway.

I also purchased one large Starlit tatting shuttle. Plus one skein of Artiste cotton crochet thread in size 10 in the French Lilac colorway.

I'm hoping that learning how to tat will not be too difficult to do!

I also purchased five skeins of  Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn in the Galaxy colorway for a project that I am currently knitting for my teen aged niece.

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Galaxy

Do you know how to tat? Do you do needle tatting or shuttle tatting? What type of things do you like to make when tatting?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Poncho Progress --- An Update!!

So, earlier this month I began making a poncho for my niece. I also started making a poncho for my mom as well. I'm using the same pattern to make both ponchos, but I am making them is different colors.

For my niece, I am making her poncho using Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick in yarn in the Galaxy colorway. I've finished knitting the first of two panels that comprise this poncho for my niece.

For my mom,  I am making her poncho using Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick in yarn in the Hudson Bay colorway. I've finished knitting the first of two panels that comprise this poncho for my mom.

I am hoping to have both ponchos completed by the end of next month.

So, which projects are you making these days??? Are you knitting or crocheting??? Are you making something for yourself or someone else?

Knit Cowl With a POP of Color!

I started and finished making a cowl using a pattern I discovered on the Michaels website called the 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl' for my grandmother's birthday this month.

It took approximately 1.5 skeins of Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn in the color of your choice to make the  'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl'. I chose to use Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn in the Bright Pop colorway. I love the orange and pink colors found in the Bright Pop colorway.

This was the first time I ever knitted the 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl' and I think it is a pretty pattern overall. The 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl'  is made using circular knitting needles and the pattern is rated an intermediate pattern, although I felt it was an easy pattern to make. The only minor complaint I have with this pattern is that when changing stitches at the end of a row in the round looks uneven, which sucks! Otherwise I like this pattern and how it looks.

As far as the Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn goes, I feel it has plenty of pros and cons. 

The pros for Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn: 

I like the color choices for this yarn as there are several solid and also multi-color skeins to choose from to make various knitting or crochet projects. I love how soft this yarn feels to the touch. I also find the Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn to be reasonably priced and I've seen it on sale frequently on Michaels website, making it an even better deal. I also love that it is a bulky yarn and works up fast.

The cons for Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn: 

Sometimes the thickness of this yarn varies throughout a skein. In one of the skeins I used to make this project, the yarn wasn't dyed correctly in a small section, so there was a white streak and also a knot. Additionally, I'd like to add that this yarn isn't of the highest quality, meaning that the yarn can become fuzzy, separate, or pill easily, especially if overworked.

I plan to make more cowls using the 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl'  pattern with the Loops & Threads® Charisma™ in the future even though I feel like the pattern and yarn weren't perfect.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Seed Stitch Cowls & Hat!!

Long Seed Stitch Cowl
For Christmas, I knitted a few gifts for family using Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn in the Northern Lights colorway.

This was the first time I had knitted anything using the Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn. I liked the soft feel of this bulky yarn and the inexpensive price of this yarn as well. The Northern Light colorway is beautiful and it incorporates the colors of black, dark blue, turquoise blue, purple, and olive green. I liked how well this yarn self stripes when making various projects.

Short Seed Stitch Cowl & Hat
I knitted a total of three items using the above mentioned yarn. I made all three items using the seed stitch. I made a long cowl, a hat, and a shorter cowl that fits closer to the neck.

All three items turned out really cute, if I do say so myself!

What have you knitted lately?

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What Project Are You Knitting or Crocheting?

My hubby and I had visited family for a week during the Christmas/New Year's holiday in 2016. During our visit, I had been wearing a poncho I had knitted for myself in 2015. My niece really liked the poncho, so she asked me if I would knit one for her to wear. 

So, I am currently knitting a poncho using Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn in the Galaxy colorway for my teen aged niece... Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn in the Galaxy colorway is a dark Merlot color with a purple metallic thread that runs through it. It's a very pretty color and the color that my niece chose for her poncho.

I'm currently about 25% done knitting the poncho at this point in time. I'm not sure when I'll have the poncho finished as I have other projects I need to complete before the end of February.

So, what are you knitting or crocheting these days? Are you making something for yourself or someone else?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year to YOU!!

I am wishing you a happy, healthy 2017 filled with generous amounts of time knitting and crocheting to your hearts content!!

I hope your new year is off to a good start so far and you are enjoying plenty of time for crafting.

Have you made any knitting, crocheting, or crafting resolutions for 2017?

I've made the following knitting resolutions for 2017 as follows:

1. Finish making my first sweater (a cardigan). My 2016 goal was finish making this sweater, but alas, it didn't happen as I was too busy at the end of end of 2016 making Christmas gifts for friends and family.

2. Make a District 12 Cowl Wrap for myself using the free Lion Brand Pattern (# L30292) I downloaded. This will be a new project 

District 12 Cowl Wrap

3. Make two ponchos for two different family members who want me to knit ponchos for them. Completed as of 4/5/2017.

4. Make four gifts for four different people for their birthdays this year.

5. Learn new knitting stitches this year to improve my knitting skills.

6. Sell or donate unwanted yarn at a yarn garage sale at a local independent yarn store later this year.

7. Hopefully, attend Stitches West in Santa Clara, California on February 23-26, 2017. I missed this knitting convention last year, so I'm hoping to make it to this convention this year.

8. I've enrolled in an online knitting class through Craftsy called Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques with Stefanie Japel that I want to complete this year.

9. Learn how to Portuguese Knit this year through an online Craftsy class called Knit Faster With Portuguese Knitting with Andrea Wong.

10. Rework a shrug I began making for my mom last year.

11. Just have fun knitting this year!!