WIP: Vivien Pullover (Christmas Sweater Update)

I have really put this project on the back burner. It was not picked up the entire month of June or most of July. I caught the sewing bug and was really enjoying the OAL2014. So, now that the sewing machine is packed away and the OAL is over I am back at it.

I am still working on the front. Sad, right? But, whatev. I may be off my schedule but, if I continue to work on it I can definitely finish this before December.  I am determined to finish this pullover.

I adore how the colors are coming together and hopefully, this will be a sweater that I love.

Right now, I am about to start the armhole shaping. I plan on working on this over the next couple of weeks before I start school. (I plan on working on it while at school, too.)

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Extra Thoughts: Today is officially my last day at work. I have been a Secretary for the past 5 1/2 years (I never expected to be here that long) and I am really going to miss it. I’ve enjoyed the memories and the wonderful friendships formed. However, I am looking forward to school and having a career in the field of Library Science and/or Archiving. I’m also looking forward to sushi tonight with my sister, Alison. She’s treating me so, that’s always a plus 😉

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Upcoming Project: Bunny

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Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t be doing any Holiday knitting or crocheting this year, I agreed to create some stuffed bunnies for children who are hospitalized for Christmas. Honestly, I really have to squeeze this in because I am in the process of applying to graduate school, finishing up a pattern for a lady in my knitting group, and finishing up a baby vest (yes, I am still working on that same baby vest).  The good thing is I put the final touches on my cardigan that I was pattern testing for Andi so, I don’t have to think about that.

I plan on making 3 bunnies and I will be using Red Heart Super Saver from my stash. I am not sure what colors I will be using yet. Maybe variegated or solid colors in jewel tones. But, I will figure that out maybe tonight after church. I plan on embroidering the eyes and nose as pictured so, that it can be safe for children of all ages.

My plan of action for these bunnies is to create all the parts first. Usually, I will make the full bunny and then move on to the next bunny and so on. However, to stay on task I figured that I need to create all parts for the 3 bunnies, then stuff, then assemble. Kind of like an assembly line.

This pattern is from the Simply Crochet, Issue 2. It calls for DK weight yarn but, I plan on using Worsted weight. I don’t think it  really matters because it should still be a nice size stuffed animal for a child.

I’ll keep you posted on how these turn out.

OAN: I finished my cardigan and it looks so nice so far. The ends are weaved in and I will be blocking tonight. Expect a post in the next day or two with the final result.

I’ve Been a Busy Little Elf

Well, I told you all previously that I would be making most of my Christmas gifts to give to my family. I feel everything has been going by wonderfully fast and smoothly. I finished the spa sets for my sisters, hats for my nieces, and a gorgeous lace accent scarf for my Mother.

Here’s what I need to finish: (1) The Brioche Scarf for my Dad (2) Beanie for my nephew

That’s not too bad.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of what I’ve done so far. Of course, I still have to get creative with the wrapping and presentation but, I’m sure I’ll get to it…

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I love how the spa sets for my sisters turned out. I used free patterns that can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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These are the hats for my nieces. Patterns are from Crochet Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family.

IMG_6112[1]I am in absolute love with this drapey lacey accent scarf.

My book 101 Designer One Skein Wonder arrived yesterday in the mail and I could not wait to do this pattern from the book.

I plan on making a felt brooch to go with the scarf.

Well, this little elf needs to get back to work so, I’ll update you all later.

Finished Object: Christmas Trees

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This picture depicts the true color of the trees.

I mentioned that I would be making some Christmas Trees to put as a centerpiece for my kitchen table. I noticed that I had no Christmas decor in the kitchen so, I figured I could whip these up quickly. It does not take long at all to make these. I made the large tree on Monday and made the smaller tree on Tuesday. Of course, it did not take me a whole day and I feel both of these trees could be made in a few hours.

I am really pleased with how they turned out. It has that simple yet glam feel–which is what I was going for. I hope that these tree will reappear in future Christmases so, I wanted something that was versatile and would go with whatever decor I have at that time.

This is a free pattern that can be found HERE. (free registration required)

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Paddy Green

Hook – G (4.00 mm)

Level – Easy

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Finished Object: Christmas Stockings

IMG_6006[1]IMG_6011[1]IMG_6012[1]Well, the Christmas stockings are finally done. I really did enjoy making these and I look forward to trying out many more of Sarah London’s patterns from her book, Granny Square Love. The main color for the stockings are Red Heart Super Saver’s paddy green.

The corner where I place the stocking (over the bookshelf) does not have the best lighting but, hopefully you can see the details of the stocking pretty well.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Weight – Worsted (4)

Hook – H (5.00 mm)

Level – Easy

Christmas To-Do List

ecardI feel just like the above E-card. Every single year, I say I’m going to start on my Christmas projects early (like September) so, I don’t feel the pressure that I usually go through. I remember a few years back, I knitted a scarf into the wee hours of Christmas morning trying to have it ready for a gift. Hopefully, that will NOT occur this Christmas. So, even though I have not really started my Christmas projects, I’m gonna try to finish them all.

Here are my plans:

Gifts

1. Six washcloths to be part of spa sets

2. Knit Scarf for an adult male

3. Crochet Jacket for an adult female

4. Four crochet children’s hats (3 girls, 1 boy)

5. Knit scarf for a boy

6. Knit scarf/hat set for an adult female

7. Ornaments to put in children’s Christmas bags at church

Decor

1. Christmas Tree centerpiece for table in Kitchen

2. Mini Granny Stockings (about 5-9)

3. Snowflake garland

For myself

1. Lapghan

2. Finish current WIPs (knit afghan, knit boyfriend cardi)

An Inspiring Mess

Granny-Xmas-stockingsLast night, as soon as I came home from church I picked up my granny square stocking project from Sarah London’s book Granny Square Love. Everything was going just dandy. I had my sister choose her favorite yarn color combos since this stocking was for her. Then, I finished about 11:00 p.m.

Well, I go to hang up the stocking next to the stocking I had made for myself and it was off. I kept re-hanging it but, they weren’t meshing well together. I then realized that my stocking was bigger. So, I take the stocking down and put them on top of each other and sure enough, it was bigger. I had an extra row in my stocking. I know some would let bygones be bygones but, my mind just couldn’t wrap around that mistake. So, you know what I had to do…

RIIIIIIP!! Yep, I ripped it up to a certain point and started back over. What a mess but, I finished crocheting the stocking at 12:30 a.m. Way past my bedtime 😦

But, I was so pleased with the finished result. I also changed my three color combo. Originally, I went with the colors from Sarah’s stocking in the book: pink, yellow, and purple. But, once my sister put together her color combo (ruby red, purple, pinkish red) I wanted to change mine up because her colors looked liked jewels. So, I just changed out the yellow for royal blue and I am so pleased with it: pink, purple, and blue.

Now, on to weaving in those ends…

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This was the inspiring mess I was surrounded by last night.
IMG_5992[1]Oh, the many ends I need to weave in…