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Yarn, yarn & more yarn…

I recently went a little crazy and purchased a bunch of yummy, deliciously fabulous yarn and wanted to share them all with you!  LOL

First up is a yarn that I have been eyeing for months & finally decided to purchase.  It is the Watermelon Sock yarn by Artistic Yarn by Abi on Etsy.

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My North Carolina Sweater!!!

I have finally finished my sweater & have called it my North Carolina Sweater!!!  I had a few bumps along the way.  But I’m very happy with the end result & I can’t wait to use it!!!  It is super warm & big & cuddly!  LOL

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The sweater was a kit that I received for Christmas a couple of years ago.  It was from Mary Maxim.  The yarn is Mary Maxim Ragg which is an acrylic yarn.  And the pattern is also from Mary Maxim, called Ragg Jacket.  It actually knit up fairly quickly.  It was done in parts.  The back part was of course the longest to complete, but after that it went fairly quickly when I did work on it.

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Baby Booties and Hat

These baby booties were super quick to knit!  And they are just too cute!  I love the little tassel!

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The pattern is called Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss.  I used Plymouth yarn Encore Dynamo.  I absolutely love this yarn!  It is super soft!

The pattern starts off using Judy’s Magic Cast-On.  I’ve never done it before and from what I understand it is much easier if you do it on circulars, but of course I was using DPN so it was a bit awkward!  LOL  I had never done this cast on so I went to you tube & found this great tutorial.  The first couple of rows were super awkward!  I had no clue if I was doing it right but I kept at it.  🙂  The instructions for this pattern are super easy to follow and you can finish the pair in half a day!  (and I’m a slow knitter!)

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Aren’t they just adorable!!

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They were super fun & quick!  And a great easy pattern!

Next was a cute little baby hat.

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The pattern I used was Sea Monkey Baby Hat by Kelly McClure.  Great pattern, easy to follow and super cute with the little ears!

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Is it not the cutest thing ever!

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Super cute little set!  I’m very happy with the way they both came out!

A Birthday Craft Party!!

My daughter recently celebrated her birthday and wanted to do something crafty. She decided on having a get together with the girls and making dream catchers!!   We had such a good time!

We had a table set up for the food & drinks & another table set up for crafting.

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All the supplies were laid out, we had metal rings in 2 different sizes (5 inch & 3 inch), next was the Suede Lace.  We had black & brown to choose from.  We also had different colored string, beads & feathers along with crimps for attaching the feathers.  Before everyone arrived we measured out the amount of Suede Lace that was needed for the small & larger rings so it would be easier for everyone to measure & choose the color they wanted.

So here are the quick & simple instructions on how to make a dreamcatcher:  (please excuse the blurry photos, they were taken with my phone as I was going along)

1. Wrap the Suede Lace tightly around the metal ring. (we tied a knot at the beginning & then used dot glue to secure it in place.  The dot glue can be removed when you are done)

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Catching up…..

Wow, I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since my last post!  Eeek!!  I wish I could say I have a bunch of FOs… but I don’t.  😦  Though I have been working on a couple of things.  I finished another pair of yoga socks.  I like these much better than the previous ones that I made using the stretchy yarn.

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This was done using Yoga Socks #153 by Patons.  And I used Plymouth yarn Sockotta in pink/green/orange.  I loved this yarn!!  Too bad it is discontinued!!  Thankfully there was enough left over so I can squeeze out another pair of socks & I do have another skein of this but in blues & greens in my stash!!  🙂

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The pattern is easy to remember, 8 row repeat.  It looks great & is nice & stretchy!  I loved the no heel aspect of it!  They knitted up pretty quickly too!  I hope the recipient loves them as much as I enjoyed knitting them!  I’m going to have to make more of these!  LOL Continue reading

Memories….

Last week after I finished my Neon Socks I wasn’t sure what to work on next.  I still have my sweater that I’m working on but I needed something else.  So I stood in front of my stash closet & looked around at everything.  My eyes fell on a bag of pink & grey sock yarn.  I love this combo so I grabbed the bag & took the contents out.  Well, there were 4 skeins of Patons Stretch Socks yarn along with a pattern to make pedicure socks.

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I sat back & remembered the exact day I got this, but I want to give you a little background first.

My mom taught me to knit a few years ago.  You can read about that here.  But since then every once in a while we would both work on the same project, kind of like our own little KAL.  We made socks & sweaters & afghans…   So when my mom would come across something that she thought would be good for both of us to work on she would buy everything needed.  This was one of those things.  She came over to my house with the pattern & the yarn for both of us to make this project.  Well, one thing led to another and we never actually made it.  So, this was it!  I was going to make these socks! Continue reading

FO: Neon Socks!!!

Whew!  I have finally finished the Neon Socks!  I totally loved the yarn!  The colors are amazing!  So happy & bright & cheerful!  But…….  the pattern, just wasn’t feeling it!

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So quick recap:  The yarn was Plymouth Yarn, Neon Now in the 002 Orange/Pink color way.  And the pattern was the one that went with this yarn, Neon Now Basic Socks by Plymouth Yarn.

I just wasn’t feeling this pattern, so I wasn’t excited when I picked it up to work on it, which is probably why it took me so long to finish.  And now after I have finished I don’t have that feeling of satisfaction!  The yarn was so pretty & so awesome I wanted the socks to be just as awesome & I feel let down.  😦

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Sweater Update #2

I am almost done with the left front!  YAY!  I only have a couple more inches left on the collar & then I will start the right front.

I do have to say that it is a bit difficult to knit a sweater in pieces like this!  The last sweater I made (which was a few years ago) was done all in one piece and then you sewed up the seams.  That to me seems easier than doing it in pieces.  I’m having trouble making sure that each piece measures the same!  The back is done so I need to make sure that the left & right front pieces line up with the back & that is just super annoying to me!  LOL  I measured the back piece and measured the front piece and I kept getting different measurements.  So, I have a question.  When making a sweater like this should I measure the pieces while they are laying flat on the table or floor or while I’m holding it up?   I’m not sure which is the right way. Continue reading

Neon Sock Update

Wow, I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I started knitting the Neon Socks!  eek!  My knitting has slowed down a little the last month.  I’ve been working on my sweater as well.  And we have been super busy on the weekends, so not much time to knit.

But I do have an update on my socks this week!  I finished sock #1 about a week ago.  I’m really not crazy about this pattern.  The leg of the sock is fine, its just the foot of the sock that I’m not particularly crazy about.  And the heel was my first attempt at a short row heel & I wasn’t crazy on how it came out.  And the fact that knitting the heel was stressful!  LOL

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My Sock Knitting Tools

For Christmas I received some very useful presents.  I totally love them and wanted to share them with you.

First up is my pattern protector and pattern magnet.  I love this!  I use it all the time!  When I’m sitting at the couch knitting I can prop it up because it has a strap that you can snap to the outer part of the pattern case  so that it stands up on it’s own.  And you can even write on the anti-glare vinyl  using a wet-erase marker.  This way you can write little notes & not ruin your pattern.  When you are done, you just wipe it away!.  This is just awesome for me!  And the pattern magnet I love because it is just so easy to stop knitting and know exactly where I left off.

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