Friday, January 27, 2017

Little Cotton Rabbits..."HEAD" start

I purchased a knitted bunny pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits. Knitting starts with the head and ears. I have three examples using Size 3 needles for the head and Size 2 for the ears, The larger two are knitted with "I Love This Cotton" yarn, worsted weight, 100% cotton purchased at Hobby Lobby; the smaller head knitted with "Chickadee" from Quince & Co., DK weight, 100% wool yarn. The hardest part for me is not in the knitting, but applying the embroidered face to capture a whimsical expression. Can't seem to get the exact expression. Ear placement is also important and it took me a few tries to get them just so.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pansy Afghan...20 yrs in the making

I started this blanket in 1997, the year my mom was in hospice, shortly before she passed away. I have had these blocks stashed away for way too long and I might have given up, but I knew that one day I would finish. A total of 54 finished blocks is needed to make the blanket. As of today, I have fifteen squares completed; only 39 more to go. Considering that these squares are not that difficult to crochet, nor that they take too long, I don't know why I have let this project drag on for 20 years. When I finally do finish, I will give this to my sister who has always wanted it from the very first.

Pattern: Pretty Pansies from Afghans for All Seasons (Leisure Arts).  Finished size approx. 48" x 69"
Flowers: Red Hart Super Saver Yarn, worsted weight, various colors; Background: Caron One Pound Yarn, worsted weight; all 100% polyester. Crochet Hook sizes F (3.75 mm) and J (6.00 mm).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mittens and Hat; Big Twist Sincerely - Pink Denim

Child's Mittens and Hat (for 6-12 yrs old).  I used Big Twist Sincerely, Pink Denim, 100% Acrylic, purchased from JoAnn's on sale. One 5 oz ball (270 yds) was enough to make this set. Hat pattern from Love; Baby, Child, Adult "Little Petal" Slouchy Hat; designer Jessica Rose Hand Knits. Mittens pattern from, GrammasKnittedGifts, "Classic Kids Mittens". I purchased both the hat and mitten patterns for a reasonable cost and am glad I did. Both had good instructions, easy enough to follow, with great results. The slouchy hat is adorable.
So cute!!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hat and Mittens for Natalie

Finished the mittens and thought a matching hat would be nice.  The hat took one full day of knitting to complete.  That's a crocheted flower; see the little pompom in the center of the flower? That's a Knitty Noodle kind of adornment. This set is for Natalie, age 5.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mittens - Big Twist Yarns; Sincerely (Cupcake Confetti)

Child-size knitted mittens, hot off the needles, to send to snowy Idaho; winter 2017. These mittens have good body and thickness. I simply love working with this yarn, Big Twist Sincerely (Cupcake Confetti), 100% Acrylic, 5 oz., which I purchased on sale from JoAnn's.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Socks and Mittens; January's not too late!

I missed the Christmas deadline for making mittens, instead giving attention to knitting dollies for the girls. With precious granddaughters living in Meridian, Idaho, and a record snow year as well as chilling temperatures, I decided it can't be too late to send along some of grandma's knitted mittens. In truth, this is my first time at knitting mittens, but since I have the knack of sock knitting downpat, mittens have turned out to be easy enough.  As for socks, the current pair I'm working on have been in my basket for...over a year??? At a certain point I made a huge stitch booboo, which ended up a tangled mess when I tried to correct. Thus, I unraveled the whole mess and here's my progress...back on track.