Newbie Knitting | Yarn Ball Applique Block


This fall I will be teaching a knitting class at my children’s co-op. After typing up my syllabus for the class, it of course occurred to me that this would make an awesome series for Wee Folk Art. And then not only can I share my class with all of you, it will also double as a place for my students to get help between classes. So, if you have ever thought about learning to knit this is your chance. I will take you step by step through a variety of knitting skills to get you well on your way. I am designing each project in this series to focus on a specific skill set which means if you complete all the projects in order you will master all of the skills you need to start tackling knitting projects on your own. Ok, no more excuses. If you have ever wanted to pick up the needles but just haven’t found the time or someone to show you how, get ready to learn this fall.
 
On to the reason we are here today… I sent my mom a sketch...Read more

The Box The Toy Came In

 

We have all experienced this at one time or another. We buy our child the perfect gift, whether it is a new playhouse or their first tricycle. We follow the directions and assemble it with love and care, and perhaps a few colorful euphemisms for the uncooperative wrench. When we are done, and the gift is presented, the child "oos" and "ahs" for several minutes, then spends the rest of the day playing with the box the toy came in...  
The other night I was knitting a sweater for Fairy that I had started a while ago. I was down to my last few rows of my last sleeve, but bed was calling, and while I was putting away my knitting, Tim started snickering?

Me: "What?"

Him: "Do you know how many baskets, bowls, boxes and bags you have laying around this house with the express purpose of stashing your knitting projects?"

Me: "Several."

Him: "Several? (Raising his eyebrows in a most annoying manner.) And what exactly are you using for this knitting project?"

Me: "Um... an empty Kleenex box. Your point?"

Him: No point. No point at all. (His shoulders bob as he tries to...Read more

My Shalom Cardigan

This past week I got a chance to make myself the ever popular Shalom Cardigan. Working in bulky yarns made this a quick knit and the twisted rib yoke made it interesting while still being an easy pattern. Colorwise, I wanted a fairly neutral sweater that would work with khakis or jeans but had a bit of interest. So I worked with a base of cream, adding a varigated tan and blue yarn in the yoke. My other mods included working on size 10 needles and adding an extra 5 stitches on either side of the lapel. It is a fun addition to my winter wardrobe that I'm sure will get lots of use. Check out the pattern on Ravelry to see how so many knitters have tweaked this simple and free knit and made it their own.


 

Butterfly Diamond Scarf

My mom has this thing for scarves and shawls. Once the temperature dips below 70 degrees (not kidding) she starts layering them on. She can be seen wearing 2 or 3 at a time... in the house. Mocking aside... for Christmas a couple years ago I bought her a beautiful, hand carved wooden shawl pin. I found it on etsy at a shop called South4th. Although it was stunning it felt too small to wrap up by itself... I was fearful it would get lost under the tree. So at the last minute, I designed this neck warmer/scarf as a quick project (very quick… one movie knit) to use as a carrier for the hand carved Butterfly Shawl Pin.

This scarf was designed not to be tied but to be closed with the shawl pin. If you do not have a shawl pin you can easily add length in the neck portion to make it a full scarf. But I do encourage you to go check out South4th's shop.

Scrappy Shirts from the Top

It seems like all things knit these days are being done from the top down... or at least I'm drawn to all the patterns that have been done that way. My Ravelry Favorites list is packed with top down projects. I've even been tempted to purchase a few patterns... but can't actually bring myself to buy something I feel like I should be able to figure out on my own... and would probably tweak anyway.

So instead, I've spent some time with Barbara Walkers' book, Knitting from the Top, although to be honest, I think the book itself needs a bit of a face lift. The information in the book is not hard to grasp, and I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but really... crafters are drawn to ascetics and textures and this book is seriously lacking in layout department. It is in desperate need of a make-over. But if you are willing to look past its gawky, awkward presentation a wonderful world of knitting freedom awaits you inside. This is a book that should earn a place on any knitter's shelf. Top down knitting is a great...Read more

Shawl of Many Colors


 

On the 23rd of December I finished up the last of my Christmas knitting and wanted something super simple to work on while visiting with family. This little shawl is what I made over those festive days. I followed the simple pattern Traditional Icelandic Three Cornered Shawl available from Ragga Goes on About Knitting. It show cases my first couple skeins of Noro yarn (Aya a super soft silk/cotton/wool blend with an amazing texture) which were a treat I got as a birthday gift. The two skeins didn't make a shawl that was big enough for me (sigh)... well, I can drap it over my shoulders while working at the computer but it really isn't long enough. Of course finding the perfect owner wasn't a problem... it looks amazingly cute on Fairy girl (or Pixie but I think Fairy won it for now). Due to the wonderful blend of colors, my kids have dubbed it Joseph's Coat of Many Colors.

 

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