This year I participated in the Ravellenics over on Ravelry for the first time. My goal was to only use my handspun yarn.  Most are just small bags since I was using small skeins made from the samples from SpinningBox’s. I also tried a bit of felting, but I did it by hand so it’s not too much. I may throw those items in the wash at some point to felt them up more.

Here are all the items I made!


Seaweed Scarf

I started this scarf back in July and worked on it off and on. Determined to finish it, I have been working on it pretty much daily this month. I finally finished it at 1am this morning.


The pattern is available on Ravelry. It is very easy to do and is great if you have not done the knit through the back loop increase. So I learned something new doing this!

Now to decide what I’m going to work on next. I have many things I want to do but there is only one of  me!

2017 so far

I fell behind in posting my projects (as usual) so figured I’d post what I’ve done so far at the end of June. I’m a bit late, but here we go!


Back scrubber




More wash cloths


Hot pads


Alpaca blanket


Added some decoration to my shelf, mostly to keep things from falling of the back.


Pin loom woven teddy bear


Back of bear


Knit shawl of my own design

I have some other things to post, but will put them in their own postings later. I’ve not done too much as I have many hobbies and jump around, but I’m back into a crafting craze, so many more to come!

Pretty Basic Shawl – Completed

The Pretty Basic shawl is a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve been wanting to try other techniques with knitting, aiming to do lace eventually. This shawl is a great way to dip your toes into the water and get the hang of yarn overs. The pattern was very easy (I memoriezed it quickly and my memory is horrible!) and it’s fully written out. I have not learned to read charts yet, so this was perfect for me.

The yarn I used is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in the Koi Pond colorway.


This was my first time blocking something. I don’t have any wires yet, just pins, so it’s not perfect. It’s fine for me though, so I’m not worried about it. I’ll probably do this shawl again in the future. Fun and fast. I finished in just over a week. I think it’s the fastest I’ve ever finished something.

My first loom-knit fingerless gloves

After I finished that baby blanket for my niece (see previous post), I finally started a project on one of my new looms. I used the fingerless glove loom from CinDWoodCrafts. I really love this loom because the sizes are already marked in different colored pegs.


CinDWood Crafts fingerless glove loom

There were many different patterns to choose from. I wanted something that wasn’t really complicated but still looked interesting. I picked the Inverted Garter Block Fingerless Gloves pattern (found both on Ravelry and the CinD website with the loom). I did struggle at first because I got confused about a part of the pattern, but after I figured it out, it went quickly. I did do it a bit different. I only did the block pattern on the front of the gloves instead of both sides of the body. This made less pegs to keep track of which is what I wanted for my first time doing fingerless gloves.


One down!

I tried the first one on to test the fit to make sure I didn’t need to go up or down a size. It’s a little loose, but wearable. I quickly cast on the second glove and finished it in a few hours.


My first pair done!

The pattern looks like a mess in the above picture, but in person it actually looks right. The yarn I used was Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino Petite in the color Portsmouth. I held it double since it is thin. The next pair I make will be using heavier yarn.  My mother stole these right away, but of course we are now getting a week of warmer than average weather, so she’ll be waiting a bit before she uses them.

Baby Blanket Progress Update

I have made more progress on the baby blanket for my sister. Last night I started the next color stripe; teal!

I am still really enjoying this pattern. Simple but looks really pretty. It’s a bit harder to see the ripples in the above picture, but they are there.  So far I have only made one mistake and hopefully I will not make anymore.  If you would like to follow my project on Ravelry, click the picture and it will take you to the page.

Thanks for looking!

Learn Something New: Cables

I have always been in love with cables, ever since I was little. I had a cabled sweater I used to wear all the time until it fell apart! A few years ago I started trying to teach myself how to knit. I’ve been working on it off and on, but I’m trying to get more done. I’ve decided that I was going to finally attempt cables!

I’ve always been intimidated by cables because they look so complicated to do. I was talking with a knitter at one of the fairs I went to last year and mentioned that to her. She was knitting something with cables at the time and showed me how easy they were to do. So now that I have time, I finally started something with cables. I chose the Irish Hiking Scarf which is a free pattern available on Ravelry. It looked really easy and I wasn’t intimidated by a hundred different abbreviations. There are only two rows that are repeated seven times, then the eighth row (the cable row) is only slightly different. I started working on it over the weekend.

It is so easy! I don’t know why I waited so long to try out cables. Now that I know how they are done, I’m going to finally tackle the long list of cables I have faved over on Ravelry.  What I’m knitting right now is not going to be long enough for the Irish Hiking Scarf (I don’t have enough of this yarn) but it is enough to get me practice.  For now, I have a few repeats done of this pattern.

Irish Hiking Scarf in progress

I only wish that I had picked an easier yarn to learn with. This one has mohair in it and the extra fuzz makes it a bit fiddly. Not impossible though so I’m going to keep going until I use up this yarn. There is only 140 yards or so, I’m hoping long enough to make a cowl at least. If not, I will save it and use it for a big block in a blanket. :)

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