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Monday, August 12, 2013

My Spring Showers Cardigan

Irish Spring Cardigan

I recently completed this cardigan called Spring Showers.
I was very pleased with this cardigan. I was used Interlacements Rick Rack in the Irish Heather colorway. The skein has 1200 yards, but I was still afraid I would run out. I did have yarn left over so I could have knit the sleeves a bit longer. However, I’d rather have some left over than to have run out. The pattern was well written and a breeze to knit. I made the 42/44 size and it fit perfectly and is so comfortable to wear. I didn't find it necessary to block it and just wore it as soon as it came off the needles! I definitely want to knit another one for myself and make the sleeves elbow length.

1: Knit only 6 W&T rows in each wedge section. This gave me less fullness and dropped them a little lower down from the bust.
2: Used the German Short Row method. LOVE this method and will use it from now on.
3: Picked up sleeve stitches with smaller needle
4: Knit only 8 rows on sleeve in the round after sleeve short rows. Then knit edging of sleeve as written.
5: Knit only 15 edging rows. I thought this made edging wide enough.

CHANGES if I knitted this again. I’d add 10-15 extra CO stitches to give a little more length. This would drop where the wedge sections start and drop them down further from the bust line. I would also knit the sleeves longer.

Using my Stitch Minder app on my iPhone made it easy to keep track of short rows while also simultaneously keeping track of full rows.

You can find my Ravelry details here... 

" Have a blessed day!"

Friday, May 24, 2013

Blueberry Twirl Skirt

I had been wanting to knit one of these cute little skirts for a while. I finally got around to it and it turned out so adorable. Now, if I just knew a little girl that could model it for me! This is a great way to use up some of that ruffle yarn stash that you have. You can see all of my details at the link below.

" Have a blessed day!"

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Guinevere Shawl

I just finished this gorgeous shawl! 
The pattern is called Guinevere and it turned out even more beautiful than I had imagined. I used Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Marshgrass colorway. I was hoping to have enough for 60" in length but only got about 50" in length. This is really plenty and it wraps perfectly around my shoulders. I had planned to seam it like a poncho but decided to keep it as is so I can wear it as a wrap or scarf and I can also use a shawl pin when I want it to stay put. It's 19" wide. My Ravelry notes can be found here

I purchased pre-made flowers to use on the ends from "Card Inspired" on etsy. I had crocheted eight myself on each end, but that took so long and so I decided to purchase some pre-made and they were perfect. Especially when I used the "Little Flowers" yarn to attach them.

Overall I am so pleased with this wrap 
and I'll be looking forward to wearing it!

" Have a blessed day!"

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Entrelac Throw

 I decided in the fall of 2012 to complete all of my WIP's and I did it! However, a few weeks ago I stumbled across one more WIP that I had missed. This throw called "Entrelac Throw". So, I had to put aside what I was knitting on and finish this project up instead. 

When I started this throw back in 2007, (which by the way was the first year I learned to knit) I found the pattern a little difficult and that is probably why I put it away. When I first pulled it out and started knitting on it again I was amazed at how easy the project seemed 6 years later! I am still amazed at how much easier certain knitting projects seem after you get a few years of knitting under your belt.

This was a little smaller in size than I had expected it to be, but I was happy when it finally came to that last square. It's definitely just a lap throw, but oh so pretty. Now a days I don't choose projects that aren't reversible and although the back of this isn't that bad, I do prefer the backside to look just as good as the front. My pickup skills improved over the years, so part of the back is to me a bit on the "ugh" side but it does show that my knitting has much improved. 
 You can find my Ravelry notes here...

That said, if you look closely you'll see a mistake. I did notice it straight away and would have only had to rip back one square, but decided to continue on and call it a design adjustment.
LOL I still like it!

" Have a blessed day!"

Monday, January 21, 2013

Personalized Circle Wrapper Sets

I am so excited to introduce my new Circle Wrapper Sets! These are 3 of the new designs.
Summer Circle Set, Turtle Wash Set and Let it Snow Set

Above is the Summer Circle Set (no background)
The Summer Circle Set comes with or without a background graphic. Photos on the left show it with and without that background graphic.

This is the Summer Circle Set (with background)
Each set has 4 designs and they sell for $3.99 each. I designed these to use on sewn, knitted and crocheted coaster gifts. However, they work well on wrapping dishcloths too! You do have to use a 3" circle punch to cut them out and you can find those at most craft stores and online. 

They print 4 to a page and using your punch upside down you center the graphic and then punch! They print with tiny dots at each edge to show you where to punch a hole/slit for your ribbon. you can use a small hole punch or slot punch. You can even use an exacto knife to cut a slit. Use ribbon, yarn or twine to tie the wrapper on and tie in a knot or bow on the back.

You can also bling them up with gems, glitter or ink the edges for that rustic look. 

You could also print them on colored paper for a different look. 

I like to punch a 3" circle out of card stock and adhere that to the back before punching the side slits for extra stability. Or, just print them on card stock! 
These will be up for sale today at my ArtFire Shop or at my Etsy store!

Click below to see photos of all the sets at my PhotoBucket story...

Personalized Circle Wrappers


  " Have a blessed day!"