Hosting a giveaway!

So I’m doing a giveaway on my instagram. You don’t have to follow my blog or my instagram to enter! This giveaway is open to everyone. For more details, check out my instagram post here.

The prize is the hat pictured above. It’s one of my favorite designs. The twists and turns of the cables makes knitting more magical I think. I have a few of them for sale on my Etsy.

I’m working on a few knitting tutorials. I will be posting those soon! 🙂

Knitting pattern for fingerless gloves

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Ok, I’ll admit it. This isn’t MY pattern per se. I have, however, made some alterations to the original that I think improve it by quite a lot. If you follow the pattern exactly as written, you come out with long, big gloves. I’ve changed it to where the gloves fit closer to the hand and the wrist section is shorter. Original is here. My alterations are as follows:

  • This is a vintage pattern, so it’s using old needles sizes. You just need size 2 double points, not size 12.
  • Cast on 44 stitches, not 48.(I divide them with 10 stitches on first needle, 12 on next, 10 and then 12 again. This makes knitting the ribbing easier.)
  • Make the ribbing(Knit 2 purl 2) only 10 rounds. Not 30.
  • Sock yarn is great for this pattern. I have tried many brands that all work great with these adjustments, but I recommend a yarn that is 90% wool and 10% nylon.

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Let me know if you found my alterations helpful, and feel free to share your results. I love seeing what others create.

I may make a post soon with tips about working with double point needles. A lot of creative people I know have told me that they are intimidated about knitting on double point needles, and I understand that all too well, but double points are actually pretty easy to work with and are not as scary as they look.

If you’re not feeling like putting the time into making some fingerless gloves for yourself, you can always just buy the ones I have in my etsy. 🙂 I usually have one or two pairs stuffed in there somewhere.

Happy knitting ya’ll!

Making baskets with t-shirt yarn. 

So I inherited probably 100 T-shirts, and my first thought was to make t-shirt yarn. The yarn itself comes out rather nice and the color is a lovely neutral green. I started making a basket with it, and it’s…ok, but I’m not as skilled with crochet as I am with knitting. 

I am a perfectionist. If something is not up to my standards I’d rather undo the whole thing, no matter how much time and effort I’ve put into it.

So because of this, I’ve been thinking of just listing the yarn itself on my etsy rather then the baskets. I feel like someone else could do a much better job then I could.

Adding dishcloths to my etsy?

So I have been exploring what to add to my etsy, and I started working on some dishcloths. Now, I love to knit them and I do use them myself (they are great for cleaning wine glasses, or any kind of delicate glass that I don’t want to trust my dishwasher to), but because I usually only do hats or scarves I’ve had trouble figuring out how to price them. Plain Jane dishcloths seem to run around $5-6, but my patterned dishcloths take more time then that and it wouldn’t be feasible to invest my time in these, when I should focus on something else. Despite this, I might just sell them as a one time thing, and not as a repeating item.

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it over at knit picks.com for free. They have quite a few dishcloth patterns to choose from. This one is called “ripples”, I believe.