So far in 2015 I have finished a few things. I have been into yarn for the past year. Mostly crochet but I did pick up my needles and started knitting again in 2015. I'm loving it. Knitting still takes forever, but for garments I just love the look. So, what I have completed so far this year is mostly crochet, actually all crochet!
All items are crocheted. First two are free patterns on ravelry which I will link here:
The Third one I learned from a youtube tutorial which I will link here:
I used bernat baby softee for the the baby hoodie and it worked up nice and quick. I used Vanna White yarn for the beret. The pattern called for a nice pom pon on the back but the person it was made for would not want that detail so I left it off. I also used Vanna White yarn for the Trinity stitch hat.
I enjoyed these Projects.
As for knitting I have a pair of vanilla socks on the needles. Slow going because I am just a slow knitter:
Its further alone than this now so I should be turning the heel soon. Wish me luck!
I am also making a sweater! I'm being brave this year with plans to knit a sweater for myself and one for my son. And a sweater vest for my husband if I can. So I have my sweater cast on and its coming along well. I'm using loops and threads acrylic for mine because:
- Its affordable. For my first sweater, I did not want to spend a lot of money on yarn, because knowing me I might peter out before I finish.
- I cannot afford to be a yarn snob.....maybe one day, but for now, I am cannot
- I don't really wear wool anyway. All of my bought sweaters are some form of acrylic
I don't have a picture of my progress yet but it is a free pattern on Ravelry which I will link here:
I am enjoying this one for sure and hopefully I won't come to regret the acrylic. Maybe if I am uber pleased with the results I will do it again with a premium yarn.
I am also making a Flax sweater for my son and a coordinating Barley Hat. I have the yarn. I will be making his in acrylic for sure. Loops and Threads baby yarn in a dark grey colorway. I have not casted these on yet but when I get to a certain point in my sweater, I will cast on the Flax sweater.
So, I have been watching lots of knitting podcasts lately and it seems that project bags have become a thing since last I knit. So, I naturally feel the pull to have a bag for each of my projects too! So, I bought some inexpensive unlined drawstring bags from Etsy seller GalianaCreations. and I really like my bags pictured here:
I have another one as well but no picture. This one is now holding the yarn for my son's sweater. But I was so inspired by everyone's pretty bags that I decided to make some of my own. Using this tutorial:
I made two of my own. The owly one is big enough for a shawl but is currently holding my February Lady Sweater. The one with the elephant print is holding a bunch of Red Heart With Love Yarn purchased for the sweater initially but I ended up abandoning that yarn because it was just way too fuzzy. I love these bags. I included a layer of felt in mine instead of batting because thats what I had. But it turns out that it makes the bags more sturdy and when they are opened, they work like little baskets. They are not perfect but I am so proud of my work!
I have plans to make a few more bags. I have to say I am enjoying my sewing machine!
So, thats it for 2015 so far. I did a lot in 2014 but I did not document a lot here. I am planning to do more of that this year.
As mentioned above, I have really been enjoying a ton of podcasts and vlogs. Here are a few that I love:
There are tons of great ones!
Anyway, thats all for now. Happy Crafting!