hello everyone!! I haven't posted anything in a while, but that's not to say that I haven't been crafting almost every day since the last time that I posted. I made these two hats from a pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. This was a very easy pattern, it would be great for beginners. They really are identical though the pics make them look a lil different. My boss commissioned me to make these for her as she has a friend with twin girls.. These will go to the girls for Christmas
Hi If anyone can find a ladybug dishcloth pattern, I'm sure my fellow craftsters can!! I've been looking for a pattern for a ladybug dishcloth and haven't been able to find one. If you happen to know where I could find one, please reply. I've searched the 'net and haven't really found anything..
First, here are two bags that I made out of fat quarters. They close with magnetic snaps. They are about 13" wide x 8" high x 4" deep and have magnetic snaps for closure.
Here is a large tote bag made for my sisters b-day. She could live off of sushi The bag is 14" wide x 14" high x 4" deep. The straps are 33-ish inches long. There are two very-roomy pockets that close with velcro. I'm going to make a smaller tote as well. I also made a matching zip pouch which is 7-1/2" wide x a little less than 5-1/2" high with a 7" zipper. I used this tutorial for the zip pouch, which is the only one so far that has helped me make a zip pouch that I like: http://www.twelve22.org/2006/07/zipper_tutorial.html
Here are the zip pouches. The heart one matches a bag that I made for my sister earlier this year.
Here is a pinwheel blanket that I made for my friend's baby shower. This is the biggest thing that I have knitted so far, though I've been knitting for a couple of years now. This was a bit of a challenge to start. When I started, I didn't know how to do the magic loop knitting, but if I ever make this again, I'll definitely use that method because trying to start something really small on several dpn's drove me absolutely nuts. Once I got it started, the only challenge was remembering when to yo. I used red heart soft yarn in 'leaf'. i ended in a few rows of garter stitch.
I used several different needles with this blanket. When I started it, the largest dpn's that I had were size 7 (plastic). Then once I moved to a circular, I used size 8 (susan bates), but then I wanted to go a little bigger so it didn't take forever to finish the blanket because my friend ended up delivering early!!! so, then I used sz 9's (clover bamboo). If I ever do this blanket again, I'm going to go with some addi turbo's just because the bamboo seems a little slower. The yarn glides so much faster on addi's.
Here are some bibs and a burp cloth that I made using patterns from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. The patterns were very simple. I really like the way that the burp cloth turned out (or as my 12yo calls it, a puke rag, eeew.)
The yellow is lily sugar & cream elite, which is a stretchier and softer cotton. The blue is regular sugar & cream cotton. I used a sz 6 for the yellow and size 7 for the blue. The burp cloth was with a sz 7. I originally wanted to find star shaped buttons for the bibs, but went with duck buttons, but those were too small so, I just used buttons from my stash, plain old black, but I still like the way it came out & will probably use both patterns again in the future.
an in-progress shot of the burp cloth
Everything together as part of a bigger gift basket for a baby shower
here is a jordy that i made for my little sister for easter. both fabrics were from the remnant bin at joann's. cost of fabric was less than two dollars. the magnetic snaps also came from joann's. it was a crazy find. six of the magnetic snaps were 2.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i really love this pattern. i've made several bags using it. it's very clear and easy thanks thejordy
Here is Riley. He's a sock monkey, of course. This is the first sock monkey that I've made and was given to my son in his Easter basket. He is made from some (what feels like itchy acrylic) dollar store socks, perfect for this project. I liked the design and the color wasn't so bad either, for a monkey He has buttons for eyes that came from a mini button stash that I have that I believe were recycled from some type of clothing, probably really old sweater (thrift store find).
Here he is. Though he looks kind of sad because I was taking his picture before he was really ready.
omgosh. I realized that I had forgotten to give him a smile. No wonder why he was being shy
he wanted to show a little more tail in this one...
So, the gift was a success, a lot of people were really impressed by the hand-made gifts They loved loved loved the turtle. They started passing everything around.
I added some booties to the basket. They are a pattern off of Bernat's website. These were the first booties that I have ever made. I could definitely learn a little more about seaming things together because there is an obvious seam there. oh well, better luck next time with the seams, but again, ppl really liked them hopefully, if the baby wears them, they will stay on his little feet.
Here is the turtle, now with a face
Here is the basket, all together. I ended up using one of those basket bags, the clear plastic, and I tied it together with extra yarn from the projects, but there's no pic of that.
Here is my cousin with the basket, for good measure
i haven't put his eyes on yet, but i'm sure that at some point tomorrow i'll be inspired to do so. he's a present for my cousin who is pregnant and due in may. the shower is on sunday. (the shell matches the blanket, which was knit with bernat baby lash) this was a really easy pattern to follow and the only one, so far, that i've made to completion. (cedrich the monkey, another of roxycraft's patterns, has been in the works since this past summer but is sitting and waiting to be finished... poor thing)
anyway, here he is. i'll post again once his face has been finished. and will probably get a better one of his tail, which is super cute
I've been trying out different tutorials / patterns for tote bags and this one was pretty simple http://www.supereggplant.com/archives/000216.html .You basically decide for yourself what size bag you want to make. You just kind of wing it. So, here is a bag that I made with some heart print fabric. The finished size is about 10" high; 9 " wide and the bottom is 4" flat. The straps are about 2" wide.