It has been a few weeks since my last post but that means the needle bee here has been very busy knitting and spending time with family in the last few weeks of this year. The holidays are always busy here -especially when the kids are in winter break but I always try to squeeze a little bit of knitting at the end of the day no matter how crazy my day has been. You all know knitting makes me relax. It is a form of winding down and end my day.
I am excited to share the holiday gifts I completed during the elves work shop along KAL in Ravelry where a group of knitters joined a knit along and encouraged others to craft handmade holiday gifts from September 1st to November 30th. The goal of this KAL was to start and finish handmade holiday gifts with enough time to enjoy the holiday season without the stress. If you are thinking about knitting gifts next year, I suggest you start early like I did or join a KAL like the elves workshop along to make sure you are done early enough.
I also made a set of crochet roller coasters and a pair of socks for me after November 30th. For some reason I have been doing more crochet lately. Crochet is perfect for small gifts because it’s fast and you could have a cute gift using worsted weight yarn in just a few hours. I found this pattern and tutorial in Pinterest from the lovely website of Kirsten at http://haakmaarraak.nl/
These coasters are so easy to crochet! This is a great pattern if you want to use your stash. I strongly suggest you visit Kirsten's blog for great patterns and tutorials. I just love her colorful patterns.
Another great news- I wrote my first knitted washcloth pattern (yay!! I am having a love relationship with washcloths lately). Click here for the Ravelry link of my free pattern. This pattern has a little texture and looks better when is knitted tightly. If you are not a tight knitter, I recommend using one or two needle sizes smaller than you normally use when knitting with cotton yarn in worsted weight. I used Knitpicks Dishie cotton yarn, a lovely yarn to knit with and great stitch definition. The good news is that gauge is not critical for washcloths or dishcloths. They are a perfect project for beginners or if you just want to try a new pattern. They are also perfect for "on the go" projects.
GARTER BLOCKS WASHCLOTH
Needle size- US7
Gauge = 5 St per in after blocked
Size- about 8.5” square
Yarn- Dishie by Knitpicks. One ball is enough to make 2 dishcloths.
Size is not critical for this project.
Cast on 42 stitches
Knit 4 rows for the border (this will give you the garter stitch border)
Row 1- knit (RS)
Row 2- purl (WS)
Row 3- knit
Row 3- purl
Row 5- k3, *k1, p4, k1, repeat from*, to last 3 stitches, k3
Row 6- k3, * p1, k4, p1, repeat from*, to last 3 stitches, k3
Repeat the last 6 rows 8 more times. Just remember to knit the first 3 stitches of every row that form the border of the washcloth.
Repeat rows 1 to 3.
Knit the next 4 rows to make garter stitch border. Bind off loosely. Block lightly.
Note***This pattern is intended for personal use only. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Email: theneedlb@ gmail.com
Most of the items listed below were made for Christmas gifts using worsted weight yarn (except for the socks). Please click in each item# for pattern details (they are all FREE patterns). Items 1 to 7 were part of the Elves Workshop along KAL.
These socks were part of a KAL with my knitting hangouts group. Well, they are done and they are perfect for Florida because I wear knitted socks while I am in my house or to go sleep (I like how they make my feet feel soft the next morning). I used the magic loop method with US size 0 kniting needles and Deborah Norville sock serenity yarn. I might add a pom pom just for fun. What do you think?
I have been reading a lot lately. One of my favorite books this year was “eat, pray, love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I also watched the movie but I have to give my honest opinion- I enjoyed the book more than the movie. Julia Roberts did a great job as an actress (she always does) but the movie content lacked the details and uncertainty the book has.
A few weeks ago I read Elizabeth’s latest book “Big Magic, creative living beyond fear” which is an awesome book for anyone- whether you are a creative person or not. I believe everyone has a passion deep inside they might not even be aware of it.
My reading goal of 24 books this year was completed. Actually, I surpassed this number and so far I have read 25 books. I normally update my Goodreads page as soon as I am finished reading or listening to a book without realizing the total number of books on my “read” shelf. This number might be Ok to many book lover's but to me is just amazing considering I read only 11 books last year. This new year I plan to read 36 books. I also added a link to my Goodreads page on the right side of this page. Feel free to connect with me, I love to talk about books and learning about new book releases!
But there is more to come. Just as knitters love KALS (knit alongs), they also love to read and join book alongs or read alongs (similar to a book club). Starting next month in January and for the entire year 2016, I will be participating in the Year of Willa Cather which is a book-read along group hosted by the EWE university group in Ravelry. Members of this group will be reading a different book by Willa Cather and crafting a project ( sewing, crochet, knitting, or weaving) inspired by Cather or her novels. I will keep you updated on this as I read along.
Well, this will be my last post this year. I have several projects on the needles right now that I must get back to. Remember the color affection shawl by Veera Valimaki and the featherweight cardigan by Hannah Fettig I told you on this post? Yes, those WIP’s are waiting for me to knit!
I wish you all a healthy and happy new year 2016 and lots of Yarn!