I found this pattern online ages ago where you knit a variety of squares and sew them together. Unfortunately I don’t remember where I found the pattern, but I think it is based off of a crochet pattern where you sew granny squares together. I made Creeper inspired and Tardis inspired slippers for my girls. By the second pair I changed a few things. First I was careful to count my rows for each square so each square was actually a square and not a rectangle. This also ensured they were all consistent. Instead of making all individual squares and spending all that horrible time sewing (ugh), I knit a strip of three squares together and then picked up and knit along the sides for the other squares. The only individual square was the upper toe square. This way I didn’t have to sew quite so much.
I made this bag for a friend of mine who DM’s one of the DnD campaigns I play in. It was a special request for Captain America’s shield on the front. Overall I’m happy with it but, I wish the shield would lay flatter. Maybe it would have worked better if I knit it plain blue and then sewed the design in using duplicate stitch instead.
My next projects include mittens and slippers for my ever growing daughters.
My husband, girls and I all play RPG’s which means lots of dice. My husband made a request for a flat-bottomed, Charlie Brown themed dice bag. He seldom asks me to knit him anything so of course I had to make him one. He sent me this link to a great pattern on Crafterella’s blog. It was pretty simple to find a colour chart for Charlie Brown’s infamous zig zag sweater pattern. When my darlings dice bag was done of course I had to make one for me. I love pirates and all things bad ass so I decided on a bag adorned with jolly rogers. The next two projects will be for my girls. I haven’t asked them yet what they want but I suspect it’ll be something to do with MineCraft.
My latest project is for a coworker who is due to have a baby in October. I’m surprised that I’ve worked with a few novelty yarns in the past year or so. I’ve always been a bit of yarn snob, but I have to say Bernat’s Baby Blanket yarn is lovely. It’s thick, warm and soft. And comes in lots of great colours so you aren’t stuck with the typical blue, pink or yellow yarn generally offered for baby yarns.
This would have been done much sooner if I hadn’t had so many distractions in the last few weeks, like landing two contracts. Really I’m not complaining, because work is always good.
Almost done! Not telling what it is until I’m finished.
I know I’ve been away for a while. I haven’t been knitting much these days, but recently started experimenting with plarn. I’ve wanted to try knitting with plastic bags for ages and finally decided it was time. So far I’m loving it. It’s different and the end result is pretty cool not to mention it’s eco friendly. Below are my first knitted samples. Starting from the left we have a milk bag, top right a Shopper’s Drug Mart bag and the bottom right is a Wonder Bread bag. The milk bag and bread bag are made from a strong plastic and knit more smoothly, but the Shopper’s bag is lighter and ‘softer’.
As my contract ends in week and I only will be working 2 days a week I will have time for blogging, knitted and needle felting.
Okay this has nothing to do with knitting but, I’ve been on a canning adventure and had to share this image of all my goodies. I’ve titled it “Preparing for the zombie apocalypse, one jar at a time.”
In a flurry of stabbing things with sharp, barbed needles I created a whole bunch more felt beads. The next step is going to be creating some actual jewelery. There’s a great bead shop in St. Jacob’s not too far from me. I need plan a trip out there soon without the girls so I can really concentrate on what I should get. It’s a bit overwhelming because there are so many choices and options for creating beautiful jewelery. The fabulous thing about the beads is that they are super light so you can make pieces that might normally be too heavy using traditional beads.
It’s been a hot summer and it’s only half over. I haven’t picked up a needle in a few months. I blew the dust off of my needle felting supplies, finished a little bear I started ages ago and created my first needle felted beads.