While knitting and crafting are definitely my passions as far as hobbies are concerned, they sometimes take a back burner to life. Between taking care of the house (which doesn’t always get done either), working, and being involved with the PTA, I feel like there’s no room for my hobbies. As a resolution to myself and a “healthy mind”, I’ve decided that I’m going to make time for crafting every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes. So far, I’m doing pretty good and actually getting more than 10 minutes the past few days.
I recently started Lion Brand’s Snowflake Tote and so far, I’m totally in love! The pattern came out a couple of years ago and the minute I saw it, I fell in love. I purchased the yarn last year during A.C. Moore’s holiday sale for a discount price (like 1/2 off each skein) but never got to start it because of other knitting projects that had to be finished for Christmas. So, I decided this year that I was going to make it no matter what. It’s knitting up much quicker than I originally anticipated. I’ve got the front panel and half of the back panel finished already. I was really nervous about the color work because I’ve never actually attempted a project with more than one color in a row at a time. I was checking out other people’s projects on Ravelry and found a variety of colors and options. One woman reversed the colors and I actually like that version better. I might just make a second one with that variation! Here’s the front finished front panel:
The next project I’m working on is holiday dishcloths. They make fantastic hostess gifts or gifts in general. I love that they knit up quickly (like 2 hours) and are extremely portable. I completed an ornament dishcloth last night and started a Christmas tree one today. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! for the first time. Honestly, I’m loving it! It’s extremely soft and shows stitch definition much better than other cotton’s I’ve used. I made the ornament dishcloth in red and will probably make at least one more in the bright green. Here’s a finished picture:
Now moving on to reviews… I received the winter issue of Interweave Knits a few days ago and I’m pretty excited with this issue. There’s a little of everything in this issue from retro-style sweaters to cardigans and fun accessories. (If you click on the links throughout the paragraph, it’ll take you the pictures of the projects.) One of the first patterns I came across that I fell in love with is the Pan Am Jacket. I love the bold pattern used, the single closure that allows it to drape, and how it crops. One of my favorite features about this cardigan is the mitered corners. I’ve never seen something like that on a garment and think it’s really fun. The next pattern I really liked is the Briar Rose Tunic featured on this issues cover. This top features beautiful twisting cable along the neckline that filter down the front center into a rib. The twist reminds me of the stitch pattern used on the Brigit Socks I knitted a few years ago. I also like that the tunic has an incredibly feminine and flirty modest v-neck. Next up is the Fabled Cardigan. This would be absolutely adorable on Kristi. I really like how textured and different the bottom is and since it’s knit in chunky yarn, it wouldn’t take long to make! One of my favorites of the whole issue is the Tempest Coat. I have to be honest and say that this one looks challenging. Anything with more than one color in a row scares me but that definitely won’t stop me from trying! I thoroughly enjoy challenges and this seems like just the project to do so! One of my favorite features about this cardigan is the big collar and wide bands of ribbed edging. It creates such a classy finishing touch to the cardigan. I seriously can’t wait to cast this on! The only thing I would change about this is the accent colors. I really enjoy the pink but instead of orange, I would substitute green. Next up is the Holiday Lights Tam. This hat is fun, flirty, and has just a hint of glitz (and totally screams me!!). I purchased my first tam last year and love how it looks with my short hair. I really like the stitch pattern and the subtly of the beading. This is another project that might be more of a challenge for me because I’ve never knitted using beads. I’ve seen a few shows and lessons on how to do them and it doesn’t look too hard. So, we’ll see. (I wasn’t kidding when I said there was A LOT of patterns in this issue I like). Moving on… My second favorite pattern from this issue is the Leif Slipover vest. There are many features that I fell in love with including the crazy cables, funky front cable closure, and hood. I love to layer so this is a perfect choice for me to knit. Plus, since it’s knit in a bulky wool, it’s just about as close to an instant gratification project as I can get for the size! Another cardigan I love in this issue is the Livingstone Cardigan (seeing a pattern yet??). Again, this cardigan features lovely cables, a wide collar, and beautiful tweed yarn. I especially love the front closures. And last, but certianly not least, the final pattern that I dog-eared is Nantes Hat. I really like that this hat is very fitted and features a beautiful lace, rib, and cables pattern. It’s very feminine and beautiful constructed. With all of that said, I haven’t really had a chance to read the articles so I’ll comment on those at a later time. Next up… Knit Simple…
Okay, I have to be honest. I’m kind of a dork when it comes to getting my knitting magazines. It’s like opening a Christmas present every time I receive one. So you can imagine my excitement when I received the winter issue of Knit Simple, especially after seeing the front cover. With that said, I seriously usually rave hard-core about Knit Simple. There are very few issues I don’t like or can’t find something to knit that I like. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with this one. After leafing through the winter issue, I only found 1 (I know…. really?!) pattern that I would actually knit and that was the Faux-Cable Hat (can’t link because the site isn’t updated yet). Not a single other pattern stood out. And because I was so disappointed with the pattern selections, I didn’t even bother reading the articles yet. I just couldn’t bring myself to open it up again.
Next WIP will be Christmas cards. I really have to get a move on with these because it took me a little over a month to complete the ones I did last year. I’m hoping since I got a new Cricut Christmas cartridge, new blades, and paper it’ll speed the process up. Now that I’ve finally got the dining room table cleared of the Christmas decorations we were putting up, I should theoretically be able to start these this week.
That’s about all I’ve got for today so I’m signing off to knit more of the Christmas Tree Dishcloth. Until next time, much love and many knitting/crafting blessings!