Category Archives: Knitting

It’s been a while

So I’ve been off the grid for a while now thanks to my first year teaching in a private school, going back to school to finish my education certificate, keeping up with my two year old, and with the expectation of my second baby (10 weeks to go). I’ve been so busy with those things I’ve had to put my photography business on hold, and have even found I have almost no time to snap a photo of the day. The one thing I have recently started making time for again is knitting and crocheting…to keep my sanity. If you think public school kids are stressful, try dealing with private school parents. I almost quit at the end of the first quarter because I had a lot of parents angry that their kids had earned a B in Art instead of an A. And they weren’t very civil about how they approached me on the matter. Most were aggressive and some even got nastily mean. I would honestly trade a year in a public school with 85 kids in one class than deal with those parents for a single day again. So I picked my needles back up after a long hiatus and made some pretty cute baby hats, and I’ve got the two sides of a pillow complete. I just have to stitch the pillow pieces together and stuff it. Five more days until Christmas break.
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Handmade Gifts

December was a busy month in terms of crochet and knitting. I crocheted a lovely scarf and pillow case for my family gift exchange. Our family is so large now we draw names instead of buying for everyone. I wish I had a photo of the pillow case because it’s absolutely adorable! I do have one of the scarf though. I call it Fuzzy Fall.

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I also made a scarf for my sister. She loves the color pink and this bright pink yarn just screams her name.

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In addition to the pink scarf, I crocheted a purple one for my friend’s 3 year old daughter. I ended up sewing a purple button in the middle of it so she could fasten it and not have to worry about the scarf ever falling off.

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I was also very busy knitting slipper socks. A scarf takes about two hours, but each slipper sock pair takes 4-5 hours. I made five sets of these cozy beauties. Three in baby blue, one in purple, and one in burgundy. I only have a photo of the baby blue ones, but will be making more of the other colors in the future. I gave the burgundy pair to my friend for Christmas, and the other four were purchased in my Etsy shop.

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I had to break my long time resolution of not purchasing yarn in order to stockpile for these slipper socks since I recently found out the yarn I originally selected has been discontinued. I’ve started the search for alternatives since I bought up all I could find on eBay, but have not found a suitable replacement yet.
My crafting resolution for 2014 is to finish the four blankets I have started by December of 2014. They are the top four things on my w.i.p. List so hopefully rotating between them will not only keep me from getting bored, but will allow me to finish them as well.

Moving Right Along…

Well, it’s a good thing I took my crochet to labor & delivery class last week. After watching the two birth stories, our instructor went into detail about spinal taps and epidurals. Having my crochet with me was the only thing that kept me from running out of the room in terror. For those who don’t know, I have a legitimate, medically diagnosed phobia of medical needles. My doctors keep my immunizations and blood draws to an absolute minimum because every time a doctor or nurse approaches me with a needle, I have a panic attack. These attacks include elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, and hyperventilation, which in turn leads to passing out. So when our L&D instructor started showing pictures and describing the procedure in detail, I kept my eyes on my granny squares and flinched every time she talked about puncturing the skin. I know the only way I will be having any type of needle stuck into my back is if an emergency c-section is required and in that instance, they better just knock me out completely. I still have no idea how I’m going to handle them sticking me with an IV. The only time I’ve ever had one done I ended up panicking and ripping it out. That caused such a commotion they stuck me in a mental facility for 24 hours.

Even my doctors (I see a team of 4) are trying to figure out how to best handle my needle phobia without causing any additional stress to the baby. I’m starting to think I should have looked into birthing centers or home birth instead of a hospital to have this kid.

Thankfully, tomorrow night’s L&D class is going to concentrate on the actual delivery and post delivery procedures. So fingers crossed no more needle talk. I’m still going to take my crochet stuff with me though. I don’t like the idea of being there with nothing to concentrate on if the instructor starts talking about needle stuff again.

Speaking of crochet, I have only two more squares to go before my baby’s blanket is ready to stitch together. I’m excited because it feels like I’ve been working on this project forever. I also started knitting a blanket for one of my friends’ babies. As I mentioned before, I have three friends who are due a few weeks after me. This blanket is my first experience knitting with circular needles, though I’m not knitting it in the round. I’m also trying something new for me and that’s changing yarn colors without having to stitch together separate pieces. I’m trying to give the blanket stripes. I just have to figure out how wide to make them. I’m hoping to post a photo once I get a few stripes made. It’s such a soft, fuzzy yarn in pretty baby blue and navy blue. I might also do a few stripes in silver. I haven’t really decided yet. Either way, I’m going to save some of the yarn to make a little matching hat too.

Seven weeks to go (give or take) before baby arrives. I’m looking forward to meeting him, but the house is totally not ready for his arrival yet. I’ve got two rooms to clean out, one so we can make it a spare bedroom for my parents to stay in when they visit and the other to serve as the baby’s room. It just seems like I have no time to do that stuff in. Last weekend though, I had my final wedding before baby’s arrival. So once I deliver the images and items they ordered next week, I’ll have my nights and weekends free again to make the house ready for baby. It’s so exciting and even my husband is looking forward to helping prep the rooms.

Finished Projects

Finally got around to snapping (poor) photos of some of my recently finished projects.

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This first scarf is probably one of my favorites ever made. I paired an old teal acrylic yarn from my grandma’s stash with Pattons Cha Cha yarn. I love the patch/stripes pattern it made. This is just a triple crochet using a size 10 (us) hook.

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This scarf is similar to the first one. Same stitch and hook, but I used an acrylic in earth tones with a baby blue fashion yarn, also Pattons but I forget the name of it.

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This one is made with the same earth tone acrylic as the last scarf, partnered with another yarn that had little tufts of fuzzy in it. This was my first attempt at combining knit and purl. I knit one row and purled the next. Except for the way it curls inward toward the purled side, I like the way it turned out.

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This last one is knitted using just the garter stitch. It’s a really light and whispy yarn (sorry I forgot the name of it, but it’s made by Pattons) on size 19 needles. It made it go pretty quick.

Something’s in the Water…

So I found out earlier today that one of my cousins, whom I grew up pretty close to, is joyfully expecting his first baby with his wife. They are due in February. I’m very excited for them! This is another baby thing I will get to make and since they live in Ohio, I will get to make warm winter things like a hat and thick blanket. You know what this means? I’m going to frog the scarf I just started (I think it’s too wide anyway) and use the yarn to make a fuzzy blanket instead.

With that in mind I have the following projects I need to get moving on:

  • My son’s summer blanket (almost done) and winter blanket.
  • My son’s hat and teddy bear.
  • A hat and blanket for my sister-in-law’s baby (must be ready by Christmas because that’s when we’ll see them)
  • A hat and blanket for my cousin’s baby (to be shipped to them by the end of January).
  • A hat or blanket for my friend Amanda’s baby (she is due two weeks after me).
  • A teddy bear for my friend Shannon’s baby (she is due the same day as Amanda).
  • A hat or blanket for my friend Kirstin’s baby (she is due a week after me).

And who knows who else will be added to this list of baby knits/crochets. My brother and his wife perhaps? Or maybe my sister and her husband? Only time will tell.