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.
A link to the mitten pattern I used can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My roving arrived for my mittens! It’s not the same wool I used last time but it will work for what I need. I wasn’t exactly sure what I had ordered but now that I have the new stuff here I realized I ordered superfine merino last time. It was years ago so not too shocking I didn’t remember. I am also not very good at keeping tags for things after I start using it. Not a big deal still loving the colors. The new yarn I chose has some purples in it and I love purples.
So close to being finished but of course I have other projects going on so it will take me forever to finish that tiny bit and the thumbs. If you are looking for the pattern is was posted in my other blog post Mittens full of clouds. It’s a great pattern. Now to finish these and enjoy them before the winter weather is done for this year.
I am not usually big into New Year’s resolutions especially ones that are of the life-changing variety: lose weight, stop smoking, no sugar. These are usually short-lived and to me just pointless to make. My resolutions are usually of the crafting or family life variety: make more things, going on a family trip, paint the house. So not really a resolution per se but a goal for myself for the year. I always try to make the next year better than the last, which I am sure most people do. Anyways, my 2018 crafting goals are:
- Sew my first bra. I’ve been meaning to do this forever. I bought a kit and a craftsy class and the only thing really holding me back is fear of messing up terribly. I just need to keep reminding myself that it’s only fabric and I can always buy a new kit.
- Knit me a sweater. I’ve also been putting this off for a while being of the plus size variety that thought of putting all the time into knitting a sweater and not having it fit at the end is really putting me off. I did make myself a cardigan last year and loved it but it did turn out bigger than I thought it would. Gauge measurement is always a must…need to remember that too.
- Sew some leggings. I’ve been sewing with knits for a while. Mostly for the boys if we are going, to be honest. I love sewing with knits but hardly make anything for myself. I have really been wanting leggings. I have the Pattern for Pirates legging pattern which is free on their website (along with other goodies).
- Get more comfortable with other fabrics. I knit with cotton wovens and knits and that’s about it. I would love to make something silky or flowy and I bought some double gauze fabric I have no clue what to do with but would love to use up.
- Paint something. I use to paint all the time but painting has really taken a back burner lately. I have all these canvases that stare at me every time I go in my closet. I would love to have a minute to just be able to paint something.
That’s really all I can think of. Basically, I want to test out some new skills and try things I’ve been too nervous or scared to try. I really need to get over the fear of “ruining” fabric by sewing something up with it and having it not be perfect. Do you have any crafting goals for the new year? Post them down below.