Charity Project Monday

Just sitting

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I made it to the back sleeves of my size 8 knit for kids sweater.

This sweater has given me something to work on when I don’t want to focus on my current personal project.

This past week has been a busy one, and has kept me on my toes. The next two weeks will continue to keep me busy.

Knitting, Pattern Friday, Patterns

Double S Cable

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Welcome to the fifth cable pattern post, in my cable pattern series. This week’s cable pattern is the double S cable. This pattern is based off the single s cable pattern that I wrote about in last week’s post. what I did was that I took the basic s cable and then mirrored it for the second one. So one is always doing the opposite of what the other is doing. It looks pretty cool.

I have used this pattern in making one of my fishermen’s wool scarves. I like that it adds something to the otherwise boring but functional garment, yet is still casual enough for everyday (during the cold season) wear.

I enjoy trying new patterns, and seeing how projects turn out. If you are anything like me, simple patterns that look nice are what I spend hours on Pinterest, ravelry, knitty and other sites looking for. The patterns that I use on a regular basis were hard finds, and I did not come by them easily. Since I found them, I want to share what I found and maybe help some of you who haven’t been knitting as long find some great knitting patterns.


Knitting, Thursday Tips

Knit because you want to

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One of the things I have learned about knitting is that you should knit because you enjoy knitting. In the olden days women had to learn so they could keep their family clothed. Now days making your own knit wears is more for fun, and because you enjoy it.

So my advice is to knit because you enjoy knitting and don’t feel forced to keep it up if you don’t enjoy it.


I am on YouTube!

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This week, I want to talk a bit about how I am sharing or getting knitting out there. I love writing posts for my blog, and sharing pictures on my Facebook page as well as on ravelry. A couple of months ago a friend of mine and I were talking, and the subjects of vlogging and YouTube had come up, she was like “you should totally do that with knitting”. I had kind of brushed it off, and had kind of been toying of the idea of making videos and tutorials for my knitting channel. I can honestly say I have started making YouTube videos and tutorials on knitting for my channel.

I will be linking my YouTube channel here, for those who want to check out the videos I have made, and will be making.

I have some ideas for upcoming videos, but would love some input from you all as to, if there is something you have read about in the blog posts, or that I posted on Facebook and would like to see a video on, or would like to see a video on something (as long as I know how to make it/know about what you are talking about), let me know, and I will see what I can do to get a video made and up.

I am taking a bit of a break from What’s on the Needles Wednesday, as I am down to two main projects. I have a project for a child in need (charity project) and a personal project which I have written posts about on Monday and Tuesday, so there is not much more to write about on Wednesday for those two projects. So, I am taking the time I had spent writing about the additional projects I had going to focus on another aspect of knitting. This week it just happens to be about the fact that I am working on videos for my YouTube channel.

Those of you who regularly read my blog have been such a support and encouragement to me, for what I am doing. I don’t do this to be an attention seeker, but to bring awareness to the craft and to share how something as simple (to me anyway) can help children living in poverty.

Personal Project Tuesday

More than Halfway Done

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I am still working on the falling leaves wrap I started a few weeks ago. I have made quite a bit of progress though. I finally started on the second skein of yarn that I had bought. It has been a great learning project to work on, but like with anything I am ready to have it done.

While I am still working on it, I am planning on doing a tutorial/knit along video for at least a section, so I can show anyone who wants to see it, what goes into making something of this nature.

I am also excited to move on to other projects. I will wait until I have this project done before I add anything else to the mix. I have plenty to work on with this and a sweater.

Early on I loved to hate this project, but as I continued working on it, I have grown to love it. It has gotten easier to work on it. I figure why bother buying something like it or something similar when I can challenge myself and do it myself, for a fraction of the cost. I am totally one of those who doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on something that I can make. About the only way I still justify buying a thin little beanie at Old Navy, is that it comes in handy as a wool hat liner – for an added layer of warmth and to keep the wool from getting too itchy.

Charity Project Monday

Rose Sweater

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This week I have continued working on the size 8 sweater I am working on using a Caron one pound skein of yarn in Rose. As of writing this post I am about half way up working on the sleeves of the front. I am continuing the braided cable up into the sleeves, and it will go until about 5 rows from the top.

I know that the order of what sizes I have been making don’t make a lot of sense. I am mainly trying to knit up a lot more size 6, 8 and 10 sweaters, because I currently only have 12 size 6 sweaters complete, and 11 of each size 8 and 10 sweaters complete where as I have 14 of each size 2 and 4 complete (these numbers are from when I started knitting sweaters until now). I am trying to get my total numbers of each size evened out, so then from there I can make sets (for which there would be one of each size).

For those of you who read my blog regularly, would you be interested in seeing a video on YouTube (in addition to the weekly charity knitting Monday blog post) about each sweater once I get it completed?

Knitting, Pattern Friday, Patterns

Single S Cable

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Welcome to my fourth cable pattern post! This week’s pattern is the single S cable. This pattern came about when I had seen a picture of a sweater that had used one of these (among other cables) in it. I thought it looked interesting and got thinking about how you would do this cable. I know it was a single cable and could be adapted using the single cable pattern. It did not take me long to figure out how you would do this pattern by alternating which side of the project you hold the three stitches on the cable needle.

I love seeing a picture with a knit pattern in it, and being able to figure out how to make that pattern by just looking at the picture. I am very much a hands on learner, and like being able to take what I see, and be able to take that and easily translate that into what I already know how to do. I love being able to add to my knowledge bank with little tidbits and finds here and there. I like to be continually learning and adding to my knitting knowledge, especially through every day life.


Recreating from ideas found Online

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This week’s tip of the week, is recreate something you like. For example, you are making knit for kids sweaters and you see a color combination (design or pattern) you like, don’t be afraid to recreate that color combination in a sweater that you make. Most other knitters who knit items for kids in need share what we have completed to inspire others.

I can only speak for myself, but I also share my completed projects, for several reasons. 1. I share what I create in reciprocation to what others share, 2. There are not enough other “shared projects” coming up in my own searches on Google and pinterest, so it would be safe to assume that if I (who spends hours at a time searching) have a hard time finding inspiration online, how much harder would it be for someone who doesn’t have the same sweater knitting background I do. 3. I share what I create to give others ideas for sweaters.

Many projects I have found from doing searches online and then have gone on to recreate what I have found for myself or for sweaters for kids in need. Some people have a knack for putting color combinations together or using patterns to make the sweaters for kids interesting. I have found that the knitting/crocheting community is generally very willing to share and help others learn, and give others ideas, especially for projects that go to benefit those less fortunate than themselves.


Upcoming Projects

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This week, instead of a “What’s On My Needles Wednesday”, beings that I have covered what I am working on in my last two posts, I am going to talk a bit about what I am thinking for upcoming personal projects.

I have four skeins of fishermen’s wool, in two different colors, that I want to make a couple cute garments out of for winters to come. I also have a skein of yarn that I want to use to make myself some socks as I want to learn to make socks.

With some of the fishermen’s wool I had thought about attempting a Katniss Cowl (the kind of Cowl that Jennifer Lawrence had worn in Catching Fire), but then I got thinking about how the cowl was in fashion like last fall and winter, but how long until it goes out of fashion. I should rather use the yarn to make a cowl/poncho/wrap that can be worn for several seasons and years. If I am going to invest that kind of time into making something, I want to be able to wear it for a while.

I have the hardest time coming up with project ideas for myself, and there is a ton of cute stuff out there that I could make, and wear, but I don’t, and have not yet created it for myself. It is time that changed.

Knitting, Knitting Projects, Personal Project Tuesday, Scarves

Falling leaves wrap update

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I have been making more progress on my falling leaves wrap! I have almost used up the first skein of yarn I have for the project.

I don’t work on it every day, really just 2 or 3 times a week. I love how it is shaping up though. It is really pretty.

I love having the challenge of making this scarf, and I love seeing it grow.