Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bugged

Last night I was knitting my little baby scarf and I ran out of yarn. Normally that really bugs me, but since I was really dying to start a new project for which I already had yarn and a crochet hook, I looked at it like an opportunity. That is, until I double checked the hook size and realized the lady at the yarn store SOLD ME THE WRONG SIZE!!

There is nothing worse than getting all excited to begin a new project only to have all of the wind let out of your sails by some stupid mistake.

Another thing that really bugs me--

Corrections. This may be a bit anal of me, but I'd prefer that you iron out all of the kinks of your patterns BEFORE* you print and sell the book. Now, I have to double check each of my patterns on the internet before I begin them. GRR.

*ok, I know that they do this, but still I think more effort needs to be exercised.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Baby Scarf/Hood with Pocket

I picked this book up while I was in Utah a little while ago:
baby knits for beginners even though I don't know if I'll be able to do very many of them before my baby grows up. It's a great book that takes you from project to project developing your skill as you go, and I recommend it if you have a baby and are new to knitting.

My one issue with this book is that it doesn't have an illustration of the piece shapes along with the pattern. This is something that I appreciate because it acts like a map of sorts, and I am a very visual person. Oh well, what can you do?


So I decided to start with this baby scarf that has a pocket and is sewn into a hood at the fold. I am frequently drawn to simple lines and patterns because I like the look of them, but I later find out that they aren't very challenging, so I made a mental commitment to challenge myself after I finish this cute scarf. I almost didn't do the pocket because I wasn't sure my 4 month old baby would get much use out of it, but it did add a certain decorative affect that I thought would look nice, and I also appreciated the more mentally stimulating part of the pattern.

I used a different yarn then they recommend in the book, mainly because I was too impatient to wait for yarn to be shipped to me from ordering it online. I found a cotton/acrylic blend at Michaels that had a very nice suede like quality that I have been wanting to try. Normally, I have a difficult time getting myself to try yarns from a craft store, because they generally don't carry anything of quality, but I made an exception with this one because I thought it would give my scarf a nice "hand" and so far I think I am right. I'll go into the particulars of the brand and color of the yarn when I post the finished product.

As you can see from these pictures, this scarf is knitted in a rib knit which you are instructed to do until your brain turns to mush (another of the pitfalls of choosing a simple pattern) or you get 491/2 inches (why not just round it out to 50?), whichever comes first.




Here is the right side of the pocket, please excuse the poor quality of picture, I took these from my cell as I have misplaced my camera.
























This is the wrong side of the pocket that will later be sewn to the wrong side of the scarf.

So cute, right? I can't wait to see it on my little baby boy this winter!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Welcome

Hey everyone!

I've created this blog to follow my craftiness. I will be posting about finished projects as well as possibly ideas and the process of being crafty.

There will be sewing, there will be jewelry making, there will be knitting, there will be crocheting, and there may even be some cooking (I'm not a chef as of yet, although I appreciate the works of those who are. If you want a better blog for that, check out my brother's wonderful wife's blog Project Domestication).

I intend to inform the reader (that's you!) about patterns, processes, and sources. We share on this blog, because that's what nice kids do.

Are you excited? I am.