Last year I started an ambitious knitting project with new techniques and skills I had never tried. The 16-page pattern seemed complicated and overwhelming. I spent a lot of money on 7 skeins of fingering weight wool and purchased new needles all while doubting whether I could really knit a sweater that looked good and fit me.Read More
Those who know me even just a little know that I'm a Broncos fan. Some might say a Broncs fanatic. A few of my friends that don't like football come over to watch me watching the game. I'm guaranteed to yell. I often jump and sometimes lie prostrate on the ground. I throw my own penalty flags. I often make a comment immediately before the announcers repeat the same insight. I typically don't eat or drink unless it's halftime. Drinking a beer during the game puts more beer on me and the ground than in me.
I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't love the Broncos. One of my earliest Broncos memories is from Super Bowl XXII in 1988. I was almost 5 years old. My parents threw a party and when the Broncos were destroyed 42-10 by the Redskins, the adults decided to start a bonfire out back and burn all the Bronco gear in disgust. I remember telling my mom that I didn't want to throw my gear into the fire. She assured me that I didn't have to burn my gear while throwing in decorations from the house.Read More
Usually, I'm not someone who likes repeating knitting patterns. I like trying new ones, learning new skills and seeing the end results. But occasionally, I like a pattern so much that I make it again.
A little over 4 years ago, I made the modal-ly baby blanket from a Jared Flood pattern. I loved how it turned out, especially with the soft modal yarn (though it doesn't drape quite as nicely as it would with wool). While I like the pattern, what prompted me to remake this one was seeing the blanket in action, 4 years after I made it.Read More
I recently finished a few knitting projects and as I thought about what I should cast on next, I realized I have so much yarn in my stash. Leftover yarn, skeins I bought with no project in mind, stray projects I abandoned--I have enough to fill up a couple of cubbies in my IKEA cabinet. Instead of buying new yarn for new projects, I thought I would challenge myself to at least make a dent in the stash I have now. I've been knitting quite a few hats this winter (for me and for gifts). Many one skein projects are for hats or baby gifts or dishcloths. I tried to find some that looked fun and interesting and didn't all fit under the traditional categories.
It will be nice to try a few of these quick projects. What's your go-to project to use up leftover yarn?Read More
What happened to all those posts I promised in December? I had grand plans to edit photos, write patterns and have some posts queued up for January. Unfortunately, I brought back an unwanted souvenir from my trip to Costa Rica and spent the first three weeks of January fighting off a parasite. Daily life was hard enough, so I definitely didn't have the energy to create blog posts.
The good news is that the parasite is gone! Now that I have the energy, I'll start tackling my queue of projects to share here. Starting with this baby blanket I made back in November.Read More
It may come as a surprise that though I enjoy knitting baby items (blankets, hats, sweaters, etc.), I really dislike baby showers. Usually I don't attend the shower and just send my gift. The cheesy games, the "oohing" and "ahhing" over every present opened, the passing of gifts around a circle... it's just not my thing.
Every now and then I attend a baby shower and am reminded why I said "no" to the last 5 invitations. This weekend was one of those rare times I found myself at a baby shower. As far as baby showers go, this one wasn't terrible, but after a while I thought I might roll my eyes if I heard, "that's SO cute" one more time.
I bought a Denver Broncos onesie as a gift for these friends, but gave it to them on the opening day of the football season instead of waiting for the baby shower. For the shower, I decided to make something quick and easy.Read More
I teased this pattern back in April when I first started designing it. It took me a few trial and error swatches to finally get the pattern I wanted with repeating triangles.
I used Cotton Ease yarn for the gray, knitting portion. I love Cotton Ease for baby blankets because it's soft, washable and durable. It's a cotton / acrylic blend that feels more like full cotton.
I liked the blanket after finishing the knitting portion, but something was missing. It needed a little more color pop. When I started knitting the blanket, I didn't know if my friend was having a girl or boy. After the baby was born and I found it it was a girl, I decided to add a colorful border.
The border also uses an acrylic / cotton blend, but it isn't Cotton Ease. I didn't like any of the Cotton Ease colors for the border, so I used Knit Pick's Comfy Worsted in Rose Hip. The border is crocheted, so this blanket requires a basic knowledge of both knitting and crochet. (Or you could leave the border off and just do the knitting part.)
Enjoy and if you have any questions before buying, post them in the comments!
This Spring I started designing two new baby blanket designs. I should know better than to buy yarn and start two projects at once. I was making great progress on the first blanket until the yarn came for the second one. At that point the new yarn distracted me and I couldn't resist starting the second blanket.
It didn't help that both babies were due in the same month. Which one should I prioritize? Turns out it didn't matter since I didn't finish either before the babies came. But it's summer. So we'll call these 'winter' blankets and not 'protect-you-from-too-much-air-conditioning' blankets.
Starting a new job, working on two side projects, biking a century and various other day-to-day life excitement left me with notes scribbled on papers with hash marks that I was finally able to translate into a readable pattern.
I present to you (blanket #2) the English Rose Tweed Baby Blanket.Read More
Sometimes the best way for me to finish a project is to buy the supplies for the next one. I leave the new yarn in a place where I can admire it and touch it and get excited about using it. Then, I force myself to finish what I'm currently working on before I allow myself to use the new yarn.
I used this technique to finally finish the never ending cowl. I also wanted to finish it in time to actually use it before spring turns to summer.Read More
As an experienced knitter, sometimes I think I can't find new challenges or new techniques to learn. There was a time when anything besides a knit or purl stitch was intimidating. Now I've tried and mastered stranded color knitting, lace patterns, knitting in the round, even entrelac. That's why I was so excited to find the stitch block cowl from Purl Bee.
Three new stitch patterns I've never tried before! A new cast on method! I started knitting the cowl in early February and it's been fun trying out some new techniques. Like most new techniques, they aren't really that hard once you try them. (And it helps that Purl Bee has really helpful pictures that illustrate the stitches.)Read More