Blossoms by the Brook

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I started this pattern, Blossoms by the Brook by Knitty.com. It’s my first shawl attempt. I’m using acrylic worsted weight yarn, an old dye lot, and old brand. Something that doesn’t exist anymore. My grandmother’s yarn stash is getting used. 😀 I’m going to give it to her when it’s done. However…

I did something wrong. Stitches are disappearing all over the place. I don’t know what I did wrong, but I guess that means that I have to start over again. But that’s alright. I’m not sure that the weight of yarn I was supposed to use was worsted weight, so I’m going to use a size 9 needle, instead of a size 8. I ripped it out and started again. I’m still concerned about blocking it because it is acrylic. I know that it is possible, and there are some pins on pinterest and blog posts out there on it, but it seems that it’s not very popular to use acrylic for anything. But not everyone can afford nice yarn, and you probably ought to use what you have before you go and buy more stuff.

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Cool Colored Wreath

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This one I made recently. It took a while to finish it. I used a green foam mold, some silver floral picks, blue yarn, and a glue gun. I started knitting with the blue yarn and it wasn’t working to well, I guess the yarn was old and it was falling apart on me. One of the plys was broken and it effected the strength of the rest of the yarn, it broke the other plys. So this is what I decided to do with the yarn since I didn’t think it was good to throw it away.

Wreath

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I finished a wreath this morning. And now I’m posting it in the doctors office because I finished my book, am tired of looking at Facebook and Instagram and doing web searches for other doctors who don’t make you wait an hour and 45 minutes and counting before you actually get to see them.

Princess Pea Gloves

Instead of buying gloves for halloween… besides who knows where to find those nice gloves in pink…. for a relatively cheap price? I decided to knit them. It’s my first time knitting gloves. I’ve done mittens, but not gloves. I used to think that it’s very difficult to pick up stitches, but actually, it’s not that bad. I think I get better at it each time I do it.

I need to put a bright green fringe on the cuff, but other than that, I have one hand done. I used this pattern. I have to say that it is confusing. I had to assume several things for it to make sense to me. Maybe I just don’t have enough experience reading patterns, but they should try and make it a little bit easier. Plus the format kind of sucks.

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Our First Craft Fair

We had a booth at Walton’s 7th Annual Rural Life Festival. It was the first time that my sister-in-laws and I got together to try and sell our crafts. It was a super small craft fair… /flea market. I think that our table looked like one of the best there. However, there weren’t many people there. We had baby quilts, the everything blanket (good for swaddling, a covering when nursing, a car seat cover, you know – everything), crochet baby headbands, and my knitted hats, mittens, scarves, and handwarmers. We didn’t have very much luck selling. We sold three things: two everything blankets and one scarf. We’re going to try doing a facebook page – although we have yet to figure out a name, and sell our stuff from that. However, if you’re interested, you can send me a message or a comment and you can custom order anything from here.

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Hats and Mittens

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This hat was my first try knitting cables. It’s not a perfect hat by any means, but it’s a good first try. I don’t think I did the double center purl decrease very well. The video I watched to figure it out didn’t really help me as to if I should hold the yarn in front or behind the work. Also, I’m not quite sure I did the increase after the ribbing right. Hopefully someone who buys this has a large head and will even the stitches out. I made the medium size of the pattern, but I think it’s too big for my head.

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I’m pleased with how these mittens turned out. They fit a 1 – 2 year old. They’re knitted from the bottom up. It uses shaping to do the thumb, not picking up stitches. I hate picking up stitches. 😀

 

My First Time Knitting Socks

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One of the things on my ‘I want to knit this’ list is a pair of socks. I thought I’d make some for my dad for Christmas – so I’d definitely have enough time to finish them. I looked on Ravelry for a pattern that started on double pointed needles from the tube of the sock to the toe… and a manly sock as well. My dad also has large feet, so that whittled down the choices even more. Most of the patterns I saw had small, medium, and large sock sizes. I found one that had an XL size, so I’m making that one. Here’s my project.

I didn’t look at the pattern before I started the rib, so I did a 1×1 rib, instead of a 2×2 rib. Oops. It’s not going to be exactly what the pattern says, but it’ll work. Next time I’ll try one with dpns.

 

Colorful New Cushions

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Last year my neighbors moved out and left some stuff out by the trash cans.  I always wanted some wicker outdoor furniture and… I got some. 🙂 The cushion was not that great… and covered in dog hair… gross. I have to say that the finished product is the most colorful thing we have in our possession. Most of our stuff is beige, though I love color. I’m just a little shy about using it.

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So I took apart the cushion and took all the stuffing out. I had hoped that it was just a cover and all I’d have to make was a cover, but no, the stuffing was polyfil.

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I used the old fabric as a guide for the new fabric. I used outdoor fabric from Joann’s.
I also bought some fabric for some pillows for back cushions. I found a pin on pinterest for directions on how to sew pillow covers. I bought the pillow forms at Joann’s for 50% off.

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I was a bit distracted while I was cutting the fabric and didn’t double check before I cut. I realized that I didn’t have enough fabric to make the envelope closure in the back… so I sewed on some more fabric and thought it’d make it look intentional by putting a contrasting stitch down beside the seam. 🙂 I actually like how it looks. Except for I’m not as clean of a sewer as I’d like. I just realized that my stitches don’t look super clean in that picture.

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I had better success with this pillow.

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Here’s the finished product… well as finished as it could be. I’m waiting for it to get really hot so I can spray down the furniture so it’ll dry quickly.

I also probably need to paint it and maybe re-cane the legs. Or I could not paint it and it’ll be shabby-chic. What do you guys think? Any recommendations?