Knitting Season

knitting-season-2_making-a-lifeToday is the first day of fall and the first day of knitting season. I don’t know about you but I take a hiatus from yarn based projects during the warm weather. But now that its getting chilly outside I am motivated to make things that keep me warm. I was digging in the craft closet and came out with a whole box of sock yarn, which should keep me busy for a long time.

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Two years in the making

I wish that the project that I was about to show actually looks like I spent two years working on it. When my youngest was born I made a promise to my husband that I wouldn’t start anything new for at least a year. In the days leading up to his birth I was finishing a Bachelor of Design degree and life was full. I swore that I would take the year of maternity leave to just BE with the kids. That lasted for a little while but I can’t sit still for long. Once the long nursing sessions stopped and I had a little time with my hands empty I took up knitting. That was enough of a challenge for a few months then I took up crochet. Here is my first post about crochet.

Someone tried to convince me that crochet was easier and faster than knitting. The jury is still out on that one. It took about 30 minutes per row of stitching (the blanket is sized to fit a double bed). I don’t know if that is normal or I am super slow. I know that most crochet blankets typically have a very loose weave and perhaps that’s why it’s faster. Or maybe I am just a slow crocheter.

I fully intended on making this blanket for myself, until my oldest discovered what I was working on and claimed it for himself. I make so many things for the kids that they just assume that they are entitled to take what I make as their own. I want them to appreciate the art of making objects so when they ask I oblige them.

I don’t have a pattern for this one. I can’t read a crochet pattern yet even after 2 years. It’s basically a really big scarf :0.

Pom Pom Pillows

I saw an idea for a pom pom rug on Pinterest and I thought that it looked interesting. But it also looked like a bit of work to make all of the pom poms and then attach them all to a backing. So I decided to do a trial run in the form of a pillow to test the process. It is a lot of work, and I will not be making a rug. Especially since the morning after I finished sewing all of the pom pom’s onto the pillow Logan (my 2 year old) came to me with piles of yarn in his hands that used to be pom pom snowballs). He had sat quietly and pulled apart about 10 white pom poms, now I can’t really blame him, he’s 2 and I am sure it was fun. It was days before Easter when the snowball massacre occurred, and the yarn became the “Easter grass” for the kids new Easter baskets. But this pillow was far too much work to be destroyed by his little hands in a matter of minutes. So until he is over his destruction phase (hopefully before his 18th birthday) this pillow will stay on the top shelf 😦

Easter Bunnies

Knit or Crochet Easter Bunnies

If you are new to knitting or crochet these little bunnies are quick and easy. These are a great way to use swatch gauge’s, small balls of yarn or to try out new stitches.

Step 1. Crochet or knit a square 8″x 8″ square. Size really doesn’t matter in this case.  Neither does the yarn weight.

Step 2. Using an embroidery thread in a matching colour, sew a triangle.

step 1

Step 3. Pull the threads to gather a square to form the bunnies head

Step 4. Stuff the head

step 2

Step 5.  Sew up the head and down the back of the bunny

step 3

Step 6. Stuff the bunnies body

step 4

Step 7. Close the bunnies bum by running a stitch around the edge and pulling tight

Step 8.  Sew on a tail (pom pom), eyes, nose (buttons) and tie a ribbon around the bunnies neck. I used store bought pom poms but you could easily make one too.

This pattern is intended for personal use only. I offer this pattern for free but I request that you do not sell it or any product made from it.

Crochet 101 – Easter Bunnies

In February I took a beginners crochet class just to try something new.  There were only three of us in the class and by far I was the worst student.  I think I was struggling because I also knit, and although the finished product looks similar the technique is quite different.  Or maybe it just takes me a little longer to learn either way with a little practice I was crocheting.

These are the first 3 things that I made.  The green square (if you can call it that) was my first crocheted masterpiece (kidding of course), the grey square with white edging my second attempt, and the two-tone grey scarf with blue stripe was the third.  I have since progressed a little further and am working on a blanket.  It is going to take forever and cost a small fortune, but I am committed anyway.  I will post pictures of my blanket progress in future blog posts.

Crochet Bunnies

If you are new to crochet like I am or a crochet veteran, these little bunnies are quick and fun.

Step 1. Crochet a square, mine were 8″x8″ square.

Step 2. Using an embroidery thread in a matching colour, sew a triangle.

step 1

Step 3. Pull the threads to gather a square to form the bunnies head

Step 4. Stuff the head

step 2

Step 5.  Sew up the head and down the back of the bunny

step 3

Step 6. Stuff the bunnies body

step 4

Step 7. Close the bunnies bum by running a stitch around the edge and pulling tight

Step 8.  Sew on a tail, eyes, nose and tie a ribbon around the bunnies neck.

Happy Easter.

 

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