Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Of course I had to start another project. I've been working slowly but surely on my Japanese Feathers wrap but as soon as I cast off the Baby gift for my friend (shhh it's still a surprise!) on Sunday night and I had to put something else on the needles. Enter Fetching...

I bought my first skein of Malabrigo Worsted last night (in Holly Hock) as my reward for working 10 rows on my wrap. I can't believe I lasted this long and oh my it is glorious. It's a beautiful purpley pink color. Got about 24 rounds done last night and it's already a fairly good size. This will be a quick and easy project and I'm all about the instant gratification! What a change from the fingering weight for lace and socks!

Pattern: Fetching
Yarn: Malabrigo in Holly Hock
Needles: Metal US 6 DPN
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gift Tags

So of course this blog can't be all about me right? Well, yeah it can but I'll not be greedy.
Derya from the UK (Laylock on Ravelry) created and shared these wonderful gift tags. I myself have already saved the pdf and can't wait to use them on my first gifts! (First of which I would love to share but it's a secret and the mum may be lurking... so you will have to wait)
Anyways, these adorable tags are adorned with 3 different designs and contain garment care symbols on the back that you can customize with the type of care your item requires!

Please go check her site out, print some tags and spread the hand-made love!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I was given an absolutely adorable crochet hat that belongs to Michael and asked to replicate for the other 2 boys in the family. Lucky for me it was a fairly basic double crochet hat with a bill. I'd say I lucked out when I found the. exact. yarn. at Walmart while doing some grocery shopping. Working up the first hat took a little bit of time to get the gauge right and number of stitches but the other 2 were started and completed while riding up to Columbus for Easter. Yep, that's right 2 hats in 1.5 hours. And that includes the frogging of an almost complete hat because I decided it was just a wee bit too small.

I give you the original:

And the first replica. Your eyes do not deceive you, they are 2 completely separate hats. Pretty darn close if I do say so myself!

And here is Cade modeling his new hat.
Fits like a glove. Needed a little more room for all that hair!
Yarn: Red Heart Fleck- Aran
Hooks- J and K
Pattern: Improvised

Monday, April 13, 2009

Japanese Feather Wrap

I have decided to make something for myself for a change. Well scratch that, start and COMPLETE something for myself. We (the hubs and I) are going to a wedding in May. Instead of going and buying yet another dress for another wedding I decided to change it up. I'll wear my LBD (Which I have yet to wear in black, only red) and make myself a lovely wrap/shawl and dress up with new jewelry- Cookie Lee of course!- and shoes. My friend Tonia recommended that I try a lace pattern by Anne Hanson and I fell in love with Japanese Feathers. I was struggling over choosing a color that I truly loved in a weight appropriate for the pattern that I almost scratched the project completely. Until Agnes came along. She made an absolutely gorgeous JF of her own and graciously offered to send me her remaining skein. 820 yds of Blue lagoon Nyoni awesomeness! I received it on Friday after a rough Thursday so it completely made my weekend and had me in good spirits. Not to mention the mailman arrived in time that I took it with me to show off at Lambikins. Agnes is good peoples, and I can't thank her enough for her generosity.
Isn't it gorgeous?!

I started it immediately on Friday and bought some new bamboo circs to get started (yes another set of US8's). The yarn knits like a dream. I'm 100% enamored! In 2 days I've completed a full 28 row repeat and 7 additional rows. Right now it looks like ramen noodles but a little stretch shows the lovely waves. I'm so excited by this project that I have no fear it will be done in time for the wedding.
Update: I worked on it again last night at Knit Night and have almost 2 full repeats finished. With 10 repeats total and at this pace I should be done over a week before the wedding. Plenty of time for blocking!

Gifted- Baby Surprise Jacket

I gifted the Baby Surprise Jacket to my cousin yesterday. His son just loved it to pieces and it fit great! He still has room to grow with it and I'm hoping he gets plenty of wear. The sleeves are short enough that a long sleeve t would keep him warm enough during the spring and then a short sleeve t will be cool enough in the summer. I hope they love it as much as I loved making it!

And of course I got lots of baby hugs and kisses in return!

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