Finished Nathalie.

I finished this up a while ago but getting a decent finished picture proved to be difficult. I asked my husband to take some pictures and they all looked terrible, then my seven years old asked to take the pictures and none of those worked either. I decided to take some of myself and they all looked strange and I gave up. I really need to invest in a full-length mirror. That would make taking pictures of finished makes so much easier.

The 146-1 Nathalie is a free pattern from Drops Designs. I thought it was a fairly easy, straightforward pattern. I haven’t knit a lot of adult garments and I didn’t think the instructions were confusing or hard. (There is a ton and ton of seaming.)I know a lot of people hate Drops patterns but I think you just need to take the time and read through it first and make notes in spots you find confusing.

I put off the seaming of the arms because I find it really tedious but it was all worth the extra work. I really love how it turned out. It is a little tight in my arms but nothing too extreme. I made the XXL size and it fits everywhere but the arms. I know I probably said all of this in my last post about my in-progress Nathalie but I really don’t think anyone should be scared to attempt a Drops Design pattern. They have so many pretty designs and they are all free! It took me one month and a day to finish this up. Working with worsted weight yarn makes a project just fly by. It was also nice to get 17 skeins of yarn out of the stash.

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Next time I take a picture I need to remember to clean the kid’s bathroom mirror first.

Oasis Afghan

This is one of my latest sample knits, my very first for Herrschners.

– I am not getting paid for this blog post and none of the links in this blog post are affiliate links this is just something I am wanting to share for free because I am excited I got the opportunity to knit for them. 

This is a super easy pattern that I was able to complete in 11 days. Easy to memorize so it makes for easy tv knitting. It is an afghan kit so when you purchase it you get all the yarn and the pattern, so everything you need beside the needles, to finish the project. If your interested click here and it will take you right to the Oasis Afghan on Herrschners website.

Here is a picture of the finished project before I sent it into Herrschners.

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This was my very first time knitting something as big as a blanket for a sample knit. It was such an easy pattern it went a lot faster than I thought it would.

 

On the needles.

I was bogged down with sample knits recently. I had four right in a row and it seemed like every spare minute of knitting I had was all toward sample knits. Now that I have a couple of free minutes of knitting for myself I started a cardigan. I know it’s not the sweater I vowed to do in the resolutions post but I was cleaning out my closet and found a box full of worsted weight yarn. I forgot I even had this yarn but remember buying it from a Herrschners truck sale. It’s called Sundance Yarns Stonewash.  The yarn has a woven or chained I think it is called middle with acrylic yarn blended into the middle.

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I know I got a heck of a deal on it and it was sold per bag. I bought 2 bags or 20 skeins total of two different colors. One color was a very pretty teal and the other is a gray. The teal was definitely calling my name so I did a search of Ravelry using my yarn to find a pattern that would work for it. I ended up picking the Drops pattern 146-1 Nathalie   The original pattern called for a cotton linen blend and my yarn was a cotton acrylic blend so I knew mine wouldn’t have the drape that the original had but I was ok with that. I have been knitting on this cardigan since May 17th and I almost have it finished. I knit the XXL size for a 53.5-inch bust. Right now I am sewing in the sleeves and it will finally be done. The sewing up part is always the least fun so it takes me forever to get around to actually doing it. I am using my Knitters Pride DREAMZ needles. They are my absolute favorite knitting needles. I use circulars with every pattern I knit and I love how these needles have the size stamped on the size and that they are all different colors. I am asking for another set of these needles for my Christmas present this year.

I will post pictures when I do finally have it completely finished. Have some working pictures of it to share. The color of the yarn is so pretty. Little’s favorite thing to do was use the cardigan as a blanket and take a nap on my lap.

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Cloud mittens are done.

I finished them…finally! I started and finished so many little projects in the middle of knitting these it was crazy. For some reason, after the wool arrived I just didn’t have the energy to finish the project. They sat forever with only half a mitten and two thumbs that needed to be knit up on them. Of course, all my procrastination means I finally have a pair of lovely soft as a newborn kitten filled mittens with no snow or cold to actually use them. The story of my life. But hey I now have amazing cloud filled mittens for next winter. Also, I think they are super pretty and I might have enough left over roving to make myself another pair…which is exactly what I thought last time and I totally didn’t but this time will be different I am sure. Behold them in all their loveliness and ignore the mistake on the thumb, it just makes them extra unique.

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A link to the mitten pattern I used can be found here.

Found a sweater to knit…maybe?

So I know back in my New Year’s Resolutions post I talked about knitting a sweater. I was talking to a friend and she told me that I had actually already knit a sweater. I personally didn’t classify the garment I knit as a sweater because it was full of holes and you had to wear it with something under it. To me, it was a like a vest or a poncho. It just wasn’t sweater material to me. The garment in question is a DROPS design pattern called Wonderful Iris.

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To me, that is definitely not a sweater. The more I look at it the more I see poncho. What do you guys think? I found a pattern that I love but could also be categorized into the “not a real sweater” category. When I think sweater I usually think wool but this is made with linen. I was actually thinking of going for a linen and cotton blend since I heard that linen can be a little hard on your hands to knit with. The “sweater” in question is Black is Back I think it might be more shirt than a sweater but I really love it. I would be knitting it in a purple color because I love purple I was thinking of using Willow Yarns Feather in Purple Martin. I really like that the pattern gives you hip measurements since I am mostly pear-shaped and had no clue how to go about making something bigger to accommodate my stomach and hips. I feel like it would give me a good jumping off point in learning how to knit something that will actually fit me. I think after I tackle this I might try the Flax Light that’s another pattern that has been on my “to knit” list for forever.

Knit Toys for Boys.

My kids have been playing “military” a lot lately. It is 100% because my husband is currently addicted to the game Battlefield 1 and has been playing it most nights before we go to bed. So, of course, the kids have taken to throwing random things and yelling “Grenade!” which makes me mad because it’s usually a hard toy that could hurt someone or break something. So in my quest to save the house, I found these adorable knit grenades.

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I usually get frustrated with toys easily because of all the fiddly bits but this only has three pieces to knit and I was able to finish one during a football game…however long that is. It’s a quick knit and my boys love it. The best part is that the pin comes out like a real grenade.

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I was able to make 3 grenades out of scrap yarn. Another win for knitting down the random stash! If you’re interested in knitting your own grenade the pattern can be found here it’s also free which is another bonus.

The pattern does call for a straw for the pin and a sewing machine for the grenade handle. I am sure you could hand stitch if you didn’t have a sewing machine available and it would work out fine. I was thinking of using wooden dowels in my next batch of grenades to make them more durable but I hope this batch last for a long time because I am all out of this green now and it was the perfect color green.

 

Tiny balaclava for my tiny people.

Back in 2013, I knit a toddler-sized balaclava for my eldest. Suprisenly we are still kicking it around but because there is only one the boys are constantly fighting over it. It’s not because it’s super warm or anything they just both think they look like a ninja wearing it so they wear it inside and outside the house. It has to be one of the most used winter knits I’ve made so far. I finally decided to end the fighting and knit up a few more of those balaclava. I use a free pattern that you can find here. The pattern fits from 2-4 years old but my 7-year-old still wears the original one with no problems. There is a tiny error toward the end when you are doing the setup pattern for the ribbing around the face. It’s on the last repeat it calls for 7 stitches but you really need 9 like you had it the first corner repeat.

I made mine using Red Heart acrylic yarn that has been kicking around that stash for over five years. I usually use acrylic for kid hats and wool for mittens or gloves or things for myself. Kids hats are always being thrown in the wash here so that’s why I tend to knit them in acrylic. Minutes after knitting the hat in the picture my youngest wore it while eating Doritos so needless to say it’s already been washed. 20180102_131904.jpg20180113_183202.jpg

I ended up knitting 3 of these hats altogether. They are a great project to knit while watching tv. I usually watch a movie with my husband after the kids go to bed and it’s nice to have something to knit and still be able to pay attention to the movie. I used stash yarn for all of these so it was nice to get rid of some random skeins that I had no plans for.