Friday, May 29, 2009


Of course I have to share the awesome Project Bag Swap Package I received from Jen!

She says she loves the bag and case I made her but I'd say I was the one that got spoiled!
This terrific sewn AND knit project bag

Handmade Stitch markers from Recycled Vintage Jewelry

Lovely pink dishcloth
The whole shebang! Yep, I'm spoiled and I love it!

Thanks again Jen!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


So one of the most awesome parts of being in the Ravelry Community is the swaps! You can find them for any and everything and more!

I was a part of the Project Bag and Dishcloth Swap and it has just finished. I wanted to share the project bag and bonus needle case I put together for my swap partner GuinnessGoddess.

It was the first bag I made and I'm super proud and was delighted to send it to Jen.

Basic tote

of course you have to have pockets! Where would your notions go? and cell phone!

and since I had some leftover fabric I whipped up this needle case as well.

Pretty awesome swap set if you ask me! I almost kept them for myself... but I didn't want to be on the naughty list as a bad swapper so off to their new home they went!

There will be more of these in my future though... definitely!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dishcloth Dozen

So I completely forgot to post March and April!



Both were just basic SC dishcloths using Dishcloth Cotton yarn. Simple but effective. :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Clap... I've caught it

So along with the other 11,367 people on Ravelry that are making/have made this lovely French woman inspired scarf, I had to hop on the Clapotis train. (that's clap-o-tea) I'm doing a smaller version using 4 balls of Crystal Palace Merino 5. It's a lovely iris colorway with bits of purple and green. I fell in love as soon as I saw it and knew it would be perfect for this. And since I'd wrapped up 2 projects last week (Japanese Feather and BSJ #2) Of course I had to cast on something else instead of knitting on the other WIPs I have sitting in the house.

I've started with the set-up rows and a total of 4.5 increase sections instead of the recommended 6.5 I also think I'll only be doing 10 repeats of the straight rows instead of the 13. This pattern is left up to interpretation on how large or small it wants to be that I am accomodating to the yarn and amount that I have. Basically as long as you stick to the rule of fifths you will be fine. (calculate your yarn yardage or weight- divide by 5 and allocate your yarn accordingly: that's 1/5 for the start/increase section, 1/5 for the decrease/end section, and 3/5 for the straight rows)

As of today I had the set up/ increase section completed and 3 repeats of the straight rows done. You drop stitches on purpose! ON PURPOSE! To create these pretty gaps in the fabric. I'm loving the color variations so far and the pattern couldn't be easier to memorize.
Photo taken at 3.5 increases and no dropped stitches yet. Color is more purple than the photo allows.

Pattern: Clapotis, Knitty Fall 2004
Yarn: Crystal Palace Merino 5
Needle: US 8 Circular

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gifted- Baby Surprise Jacket

I finally got around to seaming the BSJ, weaving in ends, and sewing on buttons. I couldn't find any cupcake buttons that I really loved so I went for some tropical fish. Luckily, mom and dad live in Cali so I deemed it appropriate!

Baby Quinn could be arriving as early as this weekend so I'm hoping the package found it's way safe and sound and made it's arrival before She did!

Hopefully come fall we can get some pictures of Quinn all bundled up! Since she isn't born yet, I'm hoping it will get LOTS of use since it can grow WITH her!

FO- Japanese Feather Wrap

I did it! I finished my lace shawl and in plenty of time for the wedding! I finished the actual knitting and weaving ends on Tuesday 5/12 but the blocking was done on Thursday 5/14 so that it could dry in time before we left on Friday.

Truly an amazing work of art and I would recommend it for anyone!

This shawl was a collaborative effort in the fact that the yarn was gifted from Agnes, the Eucalan was gifted from Tonia, and the pattern was a stroke of genius from Anne. I couldn't have done it without any of them!

Without further ado:

Before Blocking


Needles: US 8 Crystal Palace circulars

Friday, May 8, 2009

BAM- April

I'm still keeping up with the BAM challenge. I barely made it last month but I made it! April 29th. and it was actually the easiest pattern to date oddly enough. It's a gorgeous square and I'm tempted to do it many more times in a scrapghan when I find time... but I doubt that will happen!

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Hook: J

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Moving Right Along

So I have 9 days until the wedding. Oh, I forgot to mention- I was asked to be the guestbook attendant for the couple :) So I'll be super excited to show off my fabulous handiwork. Well, if I can get it finished that is!

As of today I've got 4 more pattern repeats to complete. I am hoping to finish Monday at knit night so that I have plenty of time to block it and keep working on my other projects. Of course I'm a procrastinator so I wouldn't feel right if I didn't leave myself just minimal time to complete. My friend is due in less than a month- sometime this month according to her dr. so I've got to finish (and really thats all that needs to be done is the "finishing") so that I can share the goods here with you!

Back to the wrap:

It's looking gorgeous and I'm still not bored with the pattern. Anne Hanson is an amazing designer. Stop by and tell her so!

Here she is as of Tuesday night... slightly less than halfway done.

Isn't that pattern beautiful? I can't wait to see it blocked!