Finished It Friday! Blanket

IMG_9207I’m happy to report that thanks to the week of ice & snow
I focused on my blanket and it’s now finished.
It has the Shelibean nap-test approval.
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I kept up with everything, so I have stats on it.

Cast-on 1-1-2015
Bind-off 2-19-2015
Finished size 54″ x 69″

1 198 peg KB S-Loom & Kniting hook
8 skeins of Montana Sky Lion Brand HomeSpun Yarn 6oz 185 yds
256 rows
50,432 stitches (I used only 197 pegs)

I’m surprised and happy that I have this blanket finished so soon.
I washed it in a normal wash cycle in a washing machine & dried it on Knits Low in the dryer.
It turned out beautifully and is soft and cuddly.
I’m thinking about starting another one… stay tuned 😉

According to the calender, Spring’ll be here in a few weeks so warm weather can’t be too far off.
I hope you all are staying warm and safe during this rough winter weather.
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Knitting Loom Grinchy Stocking

IMG_8229I made my first ever loom-knitted stocking. I made it for my 14 year old grandson for Christmas. (He liked it and also liked the goodies stuffed inside. 😉 )
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I used a round red Knifty-Knitter loom.

Unfortunately, the website where the basic stocking pattern was posted has disappeared, so I had to delete the link.

I’d never attempted a sock type pattern on a knitting loom before. The heel part always seemed so intimidating. The  pattern’s instructions were simple enough that I was able to do okay with the heel. (I may even try to loom-knit an actual pair of socks or house shoes someday)

The colors I chose for the stocking were so Grinchy that I couldn’t help but try to add his face to the stocking. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as well as I hoped, but it serves the purpose.

It was fun making the stocking for my Grandson.
I’m not very skilled at looming, but I do enjoy it.

I hope you all have a nifty week.t6027

 

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December Wreath

IMG_8181This wreath post ends my trek of posting a wreath a month.
These 2 wreaths are made using the same tools and techniques as my January wreath.
They are quite festive and jolly for Christmas.

I wish you all joy & a wonderful holiday

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My two December wreaths, pictured at the very top of this post, are made with Red Heart yarn on a Knifty Knitter cord loom and some flower looms that I don’t know what their name is.
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sewmiconThank you Charlotte for being my inspiration.
I can hardly wait to see what you’ve planned for next year.
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Here’s why I posted a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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Little Boye Tube Loom

IMG_7913The other day while I was looking through my old sewing box, I found this cool little Boye Tube Loom. I must of had it for 30 years, so I guess that makes it vintage. I had never used it and don’t remember where I got it. I have, however, used the metal knitting needle that came with it as an important part of my sculpting tools since I first began sculpting 9 or so years ago.

IMG_7908I knitted a short cord with it. It’s okay, but it’s major flaw is that Boye could’ve made the pegs an 1/8 of an inch longer and it would’ve been an awesome little tool.
Anyway, for cording I like my Beanpot looms and Knifty Knitter tube loom better.

I think it’s a bit ironic that sooo many years ago, I had this loom and thought nothing of it nor even ever planned to use it. Now it’s a fun novelty that is apart of the looming craft I do now.

Just goes to show that one never knows what little treasures they may own in one decade that would be useful or a connection to something later in life.

Have you ever found a neat little something that you didn’t ever use nor remember having and then realize it’s connected with something going on in your life now? (I hope that made sense. lol)

Here’s wishing all your crafting connections be fun ones.

🙂3-spcbg

January Wreath

IMG_7482My blogging buddy Charlotte is an amazing talented lady. For the past few years she’s set up a challenge for the year to make a blog post about each month. In 2012 she posted gorgeous doll quilts, in 2013 she posted charming aprons. This year she’s chosen ‘Hope Chest’ as her theme. Each month she’ll post about an item or items that she adds to the chest. Charlotte’s first addition to the chest for this year is a set of Lovely Redwork Dishtowels. I highly recommend that you go and see her Redwork. It’s so neat and pretty. While you’re there, surf through her blog posts for a journey into wholesome farm life and also see her gorgeous quilts.

Charlotte’s idea of a challenge for a monthly post inspires me. I’ve decided to set a challenge for my self for the year. It took a bit of brain-storming to think of something, but I think I’ve came up with a fairly good idea. I enjoy making wreaths and have wanted to make some to change with the seasons, so it’s not that big a leap to make a wreath to celebrate each month. I look forward to making the wreaths and hopefully it’ll help keep my blog active after I finish my Redwork. Some month’s I may post more than one wreath.

My January wreath, pictured at the top of this post, is made with Red Heart yarn on a Knifty Knitter cord loom and some flower looms that I don’t know what their name is.
IMG_7474Several of my wreaths will be made using these looms. I really enjoy making the cords as time fillers and the flowers are just fun to make.

sewmiconThank you Charlotte for being my inspiration.

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Wishing each month of this year to be a happy one for you all.
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