Sunday, August 25, 2013

Craftsy Rocks.

I'm still doing the rib on the bottom of the vest. I have about 12 more rows to go. I'm a VERY slow knitter who does a row and then walks off to do something else. =D

I subscribe to the Craftsy newsletter and thought to share this with you. This is a one-hour (well, not if you're me) project that's perfect for getting started on your winter holiday knitting! Stephanie Japel always has great patterns (I first learned of her from This is an easy Herringbone Cowl that is free to DL!

Here's her step by step video

And here's the link to the downloadable freebie PDF pattern! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tie-front Cabled Vest Knitting Project HAS BEGUN!

I started! After reading through the pattern once thoroughly and highlight all the correct sizes, I realized that I haven't knitted in years. So I decided to swatch. I NEVER swatch.

I like to live dangerously in my knitting. So there.

Tonight, however, I decided to swatch. No so much for gauge, although that was helpful to make sure my gauge matched the instructions as closely as possible, but also to remind myself how to do certain techiniques.

Did I remember how to PFB and KFB? What does that do again? When it says decrease, WHICH decrease do I use? (I'm still uncertain on this one for the pattern. SSK leans left, K2TOG leans right, right?)

Hum uh nah what with the pockets? I've not done pockets like this before. Why do I need stitch markers? Do those go on the needles or on the yarn as I'm knitting?

You know...basics. :P

I've started the first of two pockets. I've never knit on circular needles before so this is gonna be my virgin run. It is NOT circular knitting though, which is interesting. Circular needles are just like DPNs, right? I've used DPNs for mittens.

Awaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I go! Will check in as often as possible. In the mean time, I leave you with YOGA CAT.

This is my DSH Webbie, who is 14 years old, diabetic, and the biggest love bug in the world. He is the cat that comes running when you call him, wants nothing more than to play with my yarn, and adores being brushed. I don't know who taught him yoga...but this is how I found him sleeping today!
Webster sleeps in mysterious ways...


It's been a long time since I've knitted/crocheted anything. The urge to do so has come on strong and now that I can afford to splurge a bit... :)

I'm starting a project!

is what I am making. You can buy the pattern from knitpicks here:

I chose the Swish Bulky in Hollyberry and will be making a size medium for my mother. I am currently locked out of my gmail account (was sending photos of a wedding I took to a friend and apparently it was unusual usage for my account :P ) or I'd share the pic of the yarn. I was able to instagram it though, so let's try embedding that...

OH LOOK! TAHDAH! I feel badass now. :P So yeah...this probably won't have as much blogging on it as my book blog (, but it's definitely gonna start something! :D