We crafters tend to hoard supplies because… well, you never know when you are gonna need them!! But the reality is that we end up with lots of fabric scraps and little balls of yarn that are so small there is practically nothing you can make out of them. So we end up buying new supplies for our new projects, which in turn generates new scraps that add to the pile… and so and so in a never ending cycle. 🙂
Because of that, decluttering the fabric/yarn stash is one of the most common “new year resolutions” for crafters. At least it is one for me… every year. So, if you are in the same situation, keep in tune because I’ll try to focus this year in minimizing my scraps (so I can buy new ones and not feel guilty!) 😉
In the spirit of this resolution, here’s a clever way to get rid of remnants of T-shit yarn. All you need is a piece of cardboard and thread.
If you are looking for a quick project to crochet before winter is over, these comfy stay-at-home socks are a good way to give use to odd skeins that may have remained from bigger projects, and they also make great gifts.
One small skein like these ones from Flying Tiger stores makes for one sock for small woman’s feet (about 36 in Spain, which according to this website would be like a 5.5 in US and a 3.5 in UK)
Using this hairy yarn adds a plus of difficulty because you need to literally feel (with your fingers) where the stitches are, since it’s impossible to determine with your eyes where are you supposed to insert your hook next… This can be quite discouraging at first… but this also means it won’t show if you make any mistakes… 😉
The pattern itself is not difficult, and you can follow video instructions in my previous post about socks from (can’t-bellieve-how-quick-time-goes-by) two years ago.
Winter winter… Today I bring you a knitted pattern that is a classic in my family. Every one we’ve ever cared about (specially old women) has received (or will receive in a near future) a scarf made with this pattern.
Although it’s made mainly with garter stitch (all stitches are a knit), I’d say it’s an intermediate level project because it involves increasing, decreasing and separating stitches.
So, here you have a Christmas tree that’s eco-friendly, fits all apartment sizes and is fun to make.
Autumn is here and you should start working on your Christmas projects if you don’t want to find yourself finishing your scarves and sweaters in Spring! (True story, happened to me last year…)
Now I’m proud to show you this project that took me several months to finish: the reversible Dark Knight scarf!
It’s made with double knitting, with thin wool and 2.5 mm needles. (= a pain in the ass.)
I couldn’t live with myself knowing I still had a skein left of that super expensive quiviuk yarn in my closet, so I decided to end the accessory set of the neck warmer and the mittens with a beanie.
After my fan stitch neck warmer, I still had 2 skeins of that quiviuk yarn to spend, so I chose to make a pair of fingerless gloves following this tutorial I found in Youtube:
The mittens looked very cool, and the video is easy and very well explained.
I’ve never heard of the Iris stitch before though, but I think it’s the same as the so called shell stitch.
What is quiviuk? Well, it’s the fur of an animal called muskox, an it’s very rare and expensive. But I didn’t know it either until last week.
The title of this post sounds like a tongue twister:
“I have one knitted mitten knitted with four knitting needles. If I hadn’t knitted the mitten with four knitting needles, it won’t be my four needles knitted mitten.”
Phew! I had a hard time even writing that! 🙂
Yesterday I went to a workshop in one of my favorite shops here in Barcelona: Nido de abeja. The class was about knitting with double point needles. I’d never knitted in the round with that kind of needles so I had to try.
This was the result after 4 hours…
I know, I know. It’s not the best mitten in the world… but providing it was my first experience with that kind of knitting I think it’s not that bad. Yeah… the thumb is a little shorter… because it was lunch time and I wanted to finish it so I skipped some rows… ^_^U
Anyway, I enjoyed the process very much and I spent a lovely morning with very nice people.