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
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