Find me on Ravelry!

I’ve been using Ravelry since I started knitting back in 2014, and it’s seriously been a lifesaver. If you haven’t heard of it, Ravelry is a website for people who are into fiber arts. You can log your yarn stash, find patterns, make a list of future projects, keep track of your current or past projects, and connect with other yarny people. It’s really been so helpful for me to have a resource like that to keep track of all these things. I really recommend it. </fangirling>

So why are we talking about Ravelry? I hear you ask. Let me get straight to the point.
In the past few years since I started this blog, I haven’t publicly shared my Ravelry account. I wasn’t hiding it or anything, and several clever readers were able to find me quite easily, but I just hadn’t thought about sharing it. Until today.

So that’s it. I just wanted to share my links with fellow Ravelry users. If you want to check out my current and past projects or my library, feel free to visit my profile page and don’t be afraid to add me, if you’d like! 🙂

For those of you interested in my patterns, you can find my designer page too! I’m actually working on two new patterns right now. One of them will hopefully go up within the next few weeks so keep an eye out for that.

I’ll also be adding some links in the sidebar somewhere so anyone can find me whenever they need to.

Thanks for reading this rather pointless entry. I promise I’ll have something better to talk about next week. 😉

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Storage for interchangeable needle sets?

I’d been looking for a good interchangeable needle case for ages. The plastic case that my set came in fell apart in about a minute. Unfortunately, all the ones I looked at online or in person were either too expensive, not very good quality, or too small to hold the whole set. I know what you’re thinking. “You get what you pay for!” While I agree with that to some extent, I think it’s worth it to try to save when you can AND still get a quality product. 🙂

If you’ve ever searched “interchangeable needle case” on Google, you’ll know that they can get pretty expensive. The cheapest I found was $13 or $14 on Amazon (without shipping), but they can easily reach $30 or more if you buy them from websites that specialize in knitting-related items. I’m sure that $30 doesn’t seem like much to some people, but my priorities are this: if I spend less on knitting accessories, I have more to spend on good yarn! ❤

With this in mind, I went on a search for a cheaper case that would meet my needs. I’m not picky; I just wanted something large enough to hold all my needles, cords, and maybe even some DPNs, with a sturdy, cushioned material that would protect them while in my project bag. I dropped into a few local craft stores and that’s when I found the perfect case.

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I found this baby at Hobby Lobby in the art supplies section. It’s supposed to be for pencils, but it’s just perfect for knitting needles! There’s a ton of room since it has two compartments, and it’s very sturdy. The best part is I used a coupon and paid about $15 for it. It was way cheaper than anything I found online and way better quality than the actual needle cases they sell at the local craft stores.

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In the first compartment, I have the entirety of my interchangeable needle set, and I keep some extra circulars and some DPNs in the second compartment. And there’s room to spare!

Despite how much it holds, the case itself is about 11″ x 8″ x 1.5″ so it closes and zips up to a reasonable size. It fits easily into all my bags so I’m pleased with how compact it is. Also, they carry different sizes, so I have a smaller one with my 16″ hat needle set that only cost me about $9.

I was very pleased to find a cheaper alternative so I wanted to share for others who have been looking for a good, cheap case. These cases are Global Art brand and come in several different sizes. I bought the 120 (pencil) capacity and the 48 capacity cases for my sets. Also, I’m not being paid or anything for this; I just thought it was a good idea.

So how about you? Have you found an unusual/unique way to store your needles? Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂

FO: Cropped sweater

I’m so thrilled to say that I finally finished my first sweater! I made a WIP post about this in May, but I actually cast on this baby way back in February. I went into it knowing that it would take me a while before I could wear my finished project. Sure enough, a little under 5 months later, I found myself finally blocking it and getting ready to put it all together. To be honest, I expected it to take longer than 5 months. It was a large project, and I’m not a very fast knitter. Luckily the pattern called for worsted weight yarn on very large needles so it really flew by!

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This project was also the first time that I used mattress stitch. The pattern was worked in four pieces so some seaming was necessary. Having a little bit of experience in sewing and making clothing really helped me here. I was able to set in the sleeves with no issue, and all of edges matched up!

And have I mentioned how much I love the colors in this yarn? The green and blues are so eye-catching, but the grey really helps tone them down so they don’t overwhelm.

I used Caron Big Cakes in Pistachio Macaron. Two skeins was enough for the whole project with a large portion left over. I’m thinking about making some accessories to go with it. Maybe a hat with a faux fur pom pom? I’ve been wanting an excuse to buy some pom poms, ha ha!

All in all, I’m super happy with my new sweater. I can’t wait to wear it this fall. I was burning up just wearing it for a few minutes for pictures, but it’s going to be so cozy and comfortable when the weather is nice and cool in October. It’ll be great! ❤

IMG_3550I’m already looking forward to making another sweater. I have so many wonderful patterns in my library on Ravelry. I think the hardest part will be deciding which to try next. I definitely want to attempt knitting one in one piece. No weaving in ends!

tl;dr

Pattern: Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui
Yarn: Caron Big Cakes in Pistachio Macaron

WIP: First ever sweater

IT’S HAPPENING!

Next to socks, the project that I’ve been looking forward to the most since I started knitting has definitely been a sweater. I absolutely love bundling up in a nice, squishy sweater. And what could be better than wearing one that’s handknit!?

I wanted to start with a complicated pattern like the Jamestown pullover I mentioned in this post waaaaay back in 2016, but once the time came, I decided it’d be better if I used a simpler pattern until I figured out the basics. Enter Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui!

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I’ve finished the body of the sweater, and I’m more than halfway through the first sleeve now! In this pattern, the body is worked in two panels, front and back, and each sleeve is knit separate from the body and attached later. I know there are ways to make sweaters with no seams, but I thought that making each part of the sweater first and sewing them together would be a good way to help me understand the structure of a sweater before I try more complicated patterns.

One of my favorite things about this project is the yarn I chose. I loved working with Caron Cakes yarn in my Stitch Sampler Shawl, so I grabbed two skeins of Caron’s Big Cakes for my sweater project. The colorway is Pistachio Macaron, and it’s working up so nice!

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I knew that this was the perfect colorway for my project as soon as I saw it. It has all of my favorite colors, and I really love the way that it’s speckled throughout, especially in the grey sections! It’s also super soft, and since this pattern is knit on large needles, it has wonderful drape~

This yarn is also self-striping so when I worked the front panel of the body, I just let the yarn do its thing, but when I worked the back panel, I matched the stripes myself. It required a little bit of extra work, but I’m very happy with how it’s working out. I’m doing the same thing with the sleeves so hopefully it looks nice. -fingers crossed-

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Besides this, I have two other projects on my needles at the moment. This one has had my complete attention though. I can’t wait to finish it up, sew it together, and show it off! It’s too hot to wear it much now, but once fall comes around, I’m never going to take it off.

 

tl;dr

Yarn: Caron Big Cakes in Pistachio Macaron
Pattern: Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui

FO: Ravenclaw Pride

Whew, 2017 was a doozy, wasn’t it? Maybe it’s just me, but I was pretty excited at the prospect of starting anew in 2018. And of course I made a couple resolutions for this year; I’ve decided to keep a bullet journal to help keep me focused on tasks that need to be done, including posting regularly in this blog again.

So, for my first post of the New Year, I want to share an FO from the end of 2017 that I think is my favorite project ever!

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This was my first ever stranded knitting project, Hogwarts During the Holidays by Emily Gaynier. It’s a free pattern that includes color charts for every Hogwarts house. Of course I had to have one to show my Ravenclaw pride, but I enjoyed knitting this so much that I almost want to make the other houses just for fun.

For this project, I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted; one 100g skein of each color was enough to finish the hat, add a cute pom-pom on top, and still have a little left over. I also altered the pattern a little. It called for one of those tucked brims, but I added visible ribbing instead. I liked the way it looked and it made the hat a little slouchier, which I thought was cute.

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I was so excited to try stranded knitting for the first time in a project. I’ve done little swatches to practice the technique before so I had a little confidence in my ability by the time I started this project. It still came out better than I thought it would! Even the inside of the hat came out nice and neat!

If you are interested in stranded knitting, but aren’t sure where to start, I highly recommend the following videos:

VeryPink Knits Learn to Knit Fair Isle (3 part series)
Positioning the Yarns and Catching Long Floats by Knit Purl Hunter

I watched them when I was first dabbling in colorwork and again when I started to do this project. They really helped me wrap my head around what I was supposed to be doing.

I already have another couple projects lined up so I’ll be back soon with those!

Thanks for reading and happy new year! ❤