Well I cast on this baby months ago, but kept putting it down cause 830+ rows of knit stitch gets boring. This was my primary reason for learning to knit and I am happy to say I have finally finished it, including weaving in all the ends (which was a nightmare btw). I hate weaving ends. I am primarily a crocheter but I wanted to knit this for a more authentic look. I did, however, knit it on smaller needles than the pattern called for (3.5mm rather than 5mm) mostly because I was scared I would trip over it (I am not the most graceful or coordinated person. It's far from perfect, one of my color changes is on the opposite side than all the other ones and I think I somehow picked up a stitch somewhere when I first started, but it is mine and I made it and I will wave my geek flag proud.
While I am fully aware it is, indeed, August...the weather changes very rapidly in Eastern Canada and it will soon be time for glorious hats. That and I am working on stock for my first craft show (with hats anyway, I have done shows for other stuff in the past). Just wanted to share some new ones
So I have been crocheting for about 8 years, never tried my hand at the needles until now. I wanted to make a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf, and being a true Whovian and wanting to have it authentic, I decided to knit it. I got casting on pretty quickly, and the knit stitch looks ok (even though I apparently hold my yarn in the "wrong hand"...my left...but it's easier for me coming from crochet). It's coming along quite nicely, except my first color change is on the wrong side...ugh! Being a perfectionist, I debated pulling it all out and starting over, but then decided it will be at the end and no one will notice except me with that much scarf (it will be like 8 feet long, after all). So I'd like to share what I have done so far. I'm also looking for a good second pattern to try. I'd like to knit socks at some point, but not sure how complicated that will be? If you know of a good beginner sock pattern (one that goes into great detail for those who have not done much knitting) it would be greatly appreciated! Anyway, without further delay, here is my progress so far (I started on Friday night):
I had some time over the holidays since my gifts and hats I needed to make were done, so I got myself a big bag o yarn and started the tree of life afghan I have been coveting for so long. I always found the pattern a bit intimidating. I have been crocheting for about 8 years (crap I feel old just saying that) but mostly just smaller stuff like hats, mittens, scarves, etc. I have done some serious work on this blanket the past week, so after much profanity and a bit of ripping out, here is what I have done so far!
It's a bit wonky in spots, but I don't think it will be noticeable in the finished product. I'm also going to change the border from what is written on the pattern I think, it's too ruffly. Pattern is free from Lion Brand.
So since I finished my brooch bouquet with plenty of time before my wedding next June, and real flowers are hella expensive, I decided I would try coffee filter roses for the flowers for my wedding. I followed the tutorial on the Martha Stewart website, and made about a dozen on the weekend...those suckers take a long time to make! Then, not being a painter, I grabbed oil paints at the store rather than watercolors...had to take them back...let's say hubby-to-be now has more experience with types of paint than he ever cared to have! I also had a failed attempt using a bouquet holder (which I had to go to about 5 different stores for) with them, and ended up getting some PVC pipe cut to 9" for the handles. It all worked out though, here's how the first dozen turned out:
So I finished my brooch bouquet that plagued me for a few months. When it was finished, I had about 70 brooches, and several rolls of floral tape, and sore hands and arms. But it is so worth it! Most of the brooches were purchased in lots on ebay, some from thrift stores, and one that my grandmother gave me to include. I shaped the brooches around 3 stems of fake hydrangeas to help keep the dome shape and fill in any spots where wire would be visible. Finished off with satin ribbon and pearl pins, and the final touch was a photo charm I had made with my grandfather's picture. He was my dad in so many ways, and now he can be there to walk me down the aisle <3
A lady I work with asked me to do this cross stitch for her, she bought the kit and was unable to tackle it. I only just got around to starting it the last couple weeks and I am having trouble staying motivated. Not really my style, just boring roses. Maybe that's why I am having such a hard time working on it! That and I work 2 jobs, and get severe lazy-itis when I get home...anyway here's a progress pic, sorry for the crap webcam pic, I recently moved and have not yet located my camera:
Due to crappy events of the last few months this is my first post since...August??! Anyway... A girl at work asked me to make her 2 sock monkeys...I'm kind of a beginner sewer, but here they are, in all their glory! (Sorry for the crappy blackberry pic, can't find my camera cord)
Pointers welcome, but please be gentle, I'm a bit of a newbie.