I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Christmas was sooo last year

My Christmas cactus has bloomed yet again since my last post. Since the flower is just a bit seasonally confused, I think I can post about the holiday long past.

True to tradition, I crafted til almost the last minute. (I saved Christmas Eve day for some CB and hubby time.)

Ruffle Scarf

After watching Isela Phelp's video tutorial using ruffle yarn, I had to try this scarf for my mother-in-law. The scarf does knit up fast! When my wrists were hurting from working on a different knit, the looseness of this project was a treat. It is hard to find a nice rhythm though so I'm not sure how many more I will make.

Warm Woolies
Warm Woolies

I love this pattern by Bethany Dailey. But even after giving them yet another chance, I absolutely loathe, loathe, loathe loom clips. (I find them hard to move and one even broke off into a long loom.) So after finishing one mitten with the clip and discovering the mitten was too small for my forgiving sis — I knit a new pair with no shaping. So the top is a gathered bind-off instead. It made for a bulkier mitten great for shoveling all that snow we didn't get in Wisconsin. But both my sister and wrists thanked me.

My Christmas stocking
Christmas stocking

Yes, I did finish a stocking for me in time for St. Nick's. Nope, I do not have a polished pattern yet. I am still tweaking and I plan to perfect the process for CB's sock. My stocking features some diagonal garter stitch (love it!), holly colorwork (needs a little work) and cable colorwork in the foot (not a good choice).

Wreath ornament
Wreath photo ornament

I crafted nearly a dozen of these mini wreaths. I should have taken a photo of the pile. Oh well. I made the cute pendants out of scrabble tiles at a local craft shop, DIY studio & gifts. Little CB wreaths went to her grandparents, great-grandparents and aunts. I also made two logo ones for Interlacements Yarns and LucieLu. I'll write up a pattern someday but it's basically an i-cord if you can loom knit that.

French memo board
CB's memo board

Since I was just so "bored" back then, I also made some memo boards. First, I tested out the process and made one for CB. Then I made one more to complete my sister's Christmas gift. These boards rock! And are so easy to make, too. I'm going to make a bigger one next year for all our holiday cards.

French memo board
Trisha's memo board

After the giving, I also humbly received. My mom gifted me the KB sock loom that satisfies many of my wishes. Solid, no moving parts. Grooved pins. Meant for DK/light worsted yarns. I can't wait to cast on a sock! ... And the Martha loom waits in the wings as well — maybe for a woven placement project.

But many other projects come first that I hope to blog about in the coming months. What's on my loom now? I am adapting a shawl pattern by Renee Van Hoy with a little beadwork. And I can't share it until after my sister's wedding day in June!