Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

So the holidays are over and I hope everyone had a fantastic time. I know I did! In the days leading up to Christmas I had to make a few gifts for some lovely people. Here are the results:

Circles

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This little number is a notebook that I covered for Emma. It’s a combination of eco felt and beautiful wool felt and wool fabrics. I made it to house her knitting notes for her projects.

Owls

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These two guys were made for a couple of people at work. On the outside is snuggly knit yarn and inside is a sack of steel cut oats that can be removed and warmed up in the microwave. They’re great for winter and were a big hit!

Is anyone else prone to making the gifts they give?

Happy crafting!

Love, Emily

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WIP: Super Simple Fingerless Gloves

Hey guys,

Emily here with a new little project I’m working on. I’ve been hankering for a pair of fingerless gloves and have been a little too focused on watching the original Beverly Hills 90210 to be bothered to count stitches for any kind of lace pattern. Enter Roxanne Richardson’s Easy Fingerless Mitts.

I’ve already finished one mitt and have started on the second so I should be finished really soon.

Aside from being really easy, these mitts use LESS than 50 grams of worsted weight yarn. For mine I chose a ball of Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes in Papaya Heather.

Now, I’m not going to include a picture of what I have so far so you’re just going to have to come back next week for the finished product!

Thanks for reading!

Love, Emily

‘Tis the Season for New Yarn!

I know, I know, it’s not Christmas yet! However, for all the crafters and makers out there, it’s time to get down to creating our gifts for the people we love…or at least tolerate.

I’m a huge fan of Etsy and have been for a few years now so I’ve decided to round up some beautiful yarn found on the site. I’ve included simple suggestions of how I would use the yarn. I hope this helps bring some inspiration for the busy knitting and crocheting season upon us all.

But enough of my chit chat, let’s get to the good stuff!

Bloodthirsty from DyeForYarn

This first yarn is from DyeForYarn in Germany. I’ve had my eye on it for quite a while. Their wide range of colours are so rich, and if you pardon the pun,  to “dye” for. This particular yarn is 100% silk, and 100% gorgeous! It would be beautiful as a simple shall to really show off the yarn itself.

Royalty Colour-way from WanderingWool

This beautiful yarn is from WanderingWool in the United States. The deep colours of this yarn are perfect going into the colder months and the yarn would be great for a pair of socks.

Oil Slick from SeeJayneKnitYarns

On to my next yarn pick, from SeeJayneKnitYarns in Canada. I’m a sucker for single ply yarn and this is no exception. Such great colours for fall and winter! This would make a great set of mittens and a hat or cowl!

Botanical Green to Clay Color Bridge Yarn Set from colorshiftyarn

Last but certainly not least we have colourshiftyarn in the United States. Ombre is such a huge trend right now and I think how they have incorporated it into their yarn is fantastic. Using their yarns for entrelac pieces or just a simple scarf would be lovely to get the full scope of colours they offer.

I hope all of you out there fall in love with these yarns as much as I have and give them a try!

Also, make sure to click on the pictures to take yourself directly to these great Etsy shops!

Have fun and get creative!

Love, Emily

Toddler Beret

Made this cute beret for my three year old niece (at her request).  She picked the yarn and wanted a bow too.  Here’s how it turned out!

Took me about a day to make it because I am a slow knitter. It’s also tricky to knit with a three year old standing over your shoulder asking, “Ummm, is it done yet?”.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry or on Crazy Aunt Purl! I used Red Heart yarn in Melonberry (100% acrylic) 

Hope you like it. Happy knitting!

Love, Emma

WIP: Fall into Winter Cowl

Hello!

Emily here with a project I’ve been working on for the past week. I’m going to call it my “Fall into Winter” cowl. It’s a very basic pattern that I created so I didn’t have to keep track of stitches and just relax with my knitting.

A couple of months ago I went to my local yarn shop and picked up three balls of Jo Sharp’s alpaca kid lustre. This yarn is a beautiful blend of alpaca, mohair, and merino wool.

Here’s the pattern:

The Needles:

Size 8 US (5mm) 16″ circular needles. If you want a bigger circumference, go ahead and use a longer pair of needles!

The Yarn:

Jo Sharp’s Alpaca Kid Lustre (30% Superfine Alpaca/40% Kid Mohair/30% Merino) 1 ball Pine (#856), 1 ball Elderberry (#857), and 1 ball Champagne (#858)

Or any other DK weight yarn of your choosing.

The Stitches:

K= Knit

P= Purl

YO= Yarn Over

K2tog= Knit Two Together

The Pattern:

With A cast on stitches in multiples of 2. If you want it closer fitting, c/o less, if you want it looser, c/o more!

Join in round and add stitch marker.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Purl

Round 3: Knit

Rounds 4 & 7: K2tog, yo, repeat to marker

Rounds 5-6: Knit

Rounds 8-12: Knit

Repeat rounds 4-12 until desired length.

To finish, knit one round, purl one round, knit one round, and then bind off.

This is what I have so far:

I hope you try it yourself and enjoy it! Completed photos will be up in a week or so.

Love, Emily