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Tuesday
Oct302012

DIY / / Infinity Rope Scarf

*If you enjoy this tutorial, please pin on pinterest with the caption Kollabora All Summit Challenge, it may help me win a trip to Alt Summit! Thanks so much!*

It's that time of year again! Every time the leaves start to fall, I start to yearn for a ball of yarn and a knitting project. I tend to have a case of seasonal knitting syndrome! Does this happen to you, too?

If you are new to knitting or have wanted to learn how, but never tried, this is the perfect project! Even if you are an experienced knitter, this project is quick, easy, and it's always fun to play with something new! Also, my favorite projects are one-skein knitting projects, like this one. I tend to go into yarn shops and can't leave without at least one skein of beautiful yarn! I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem! ;) 


Supplies: 

Any type of yarn will work! Currently, my favorite yarn is Berroco Flicker, it comes in beautiful shades and has a trace of metallic flicker in it. 

Have you ever used the Clover Wonder Knitter? It's cheaper than a pair of knitting needles and can make many more knitting projects too! 

To get started, thread the yarn up the barrel of the wonder knitter. Wrap the yarn clockwise around a spoke, work counter-clockwise until all of the spokes are wrapped. Thread the yarn in the holder and you're set to being knitting! 

With the hook, pull yarn (that is attached to the holder) over the first loop of the spoke and release the hook. You've made your first stitch! Turn the yellow wheel to your left and repeat stitch. Keep knitting until your desired length.

I like the knit the whole skein, this always seems to be the perfect length no matter what skein of yarn you use. To end, knot the beginning and the end of the knitted chain together by taking the tail end of each yarn and tying them together. Knot with three overhand knots. This knot can easily hide under the leather cuff or at the back of the neck. 

Isn't it easy and oh so pretty?! Now you could stop there, but I love the look of adding this simple leather cuff, it also helps keep the loops secured together. 

Supplies: 

5" x 1.5" scrap of leather

gold snaps (available at sewing and craft shops)

leather hole punch

snap setter

cutting mat

Punch a 1/8" hole in the leather. Hammer the punch through the leather to make the hole. Make sure your table is protected by a self-healing mat. There are four parts to a snap (directions are included in the package), but set the leather in-between the male and female snaps, hammer the setter to expand the male snap to secure it. Repeat with the other side. Make sure that both snaps are on the right (top) side of the leather. Wrap around your infinity rope scarf and snap! 

Enjoy! 

*If you enjoyed this tutorial, please pin on pinterest with the caption Kollabora All Summit Challenge, it may help me win a trip to Alt Summit! Thanks so much!*

 

 

Monday
Mar122012

Flea Market Finds >> 14

 

This week, I only had the opportunity to go to one sale, but it was a great one! I'm still so excited about these finds, including my favorite one yet! 
I'm still swooning over this beautiful fabric knitting needle case. I love the bright, bold colors and flowers  on this needle case. The big bonus was 30+ sets of needles, there is every size from US 19 - 0!  The big bonus it was only $12.50! I'm definitely not parting with this treasure. :) 
There were also many pretty scarves and a couple pillowcases.  Fun patterns always catch my eye! 
Once I saw this 1963 Simplicity Sewing Book, I had to have it! It's chock full of great sewing advice, and great vintage graphic design. I love the semi-circles on the cover, and they continue throughout the book. 

 

This was by far the most favorite sale I've been to! Pop on over to my hubs blog to see what he found there too! 
I'm linking up to Her Library Adventures  and Apron Thirft Girl.
Happy Thrifting!

 

 

Thursday
Mar012012

Darcy's Seed Stitch Cowl // Share the DIY Love

 

On this snowy day in Portland, Darcy is stopping by to share with us more about the beautiful cowl she knitted! Darcy and I work together at Collage, and we bonded over blogs we both read and writing our own blogs. She is an amazing photographer and illustrator. Check out her pretty blog
What is your favorite project that you've made and what inspired you to make it?
 

With this being my first winter in Portland, my most recent favorite project is the seed stitch cowl I knitted a few months ago. I’d seen a lot of chunky scarves around and really loved the idea of burrowing into a single article on walks outside. 

 
With so many different yarns available, how did you pick the yarn out?
 

That was actually what I did before even choosing a project! There’s this amazing local yarn shop in NE Portland called Close Knit and I stumbled on this chunky, completely natural and organic wool. The skein was huge! and I knew I had to do something with it and wear immediately. 




 Did you follow a pattern or make it up yourself?
 

This was actually the very first pattern I attempted since first learning to knit a year ago. I’d always been so intimidated. I knew I wanted a chunky cowl and the pattern was actually free with the yarn purchase at Close Knit.

 
Did you love it on the first try? Or did it take a few attempts until you were happy 
with the result?
 

I absolutely loved it! It was my first time knitting in the round so I sort of prepared myself, but everything went smoothly and turned out with very few mistakes. 

 
What do you love most about knitting? 
 

I love how methodical it is. How you can get into a rhythm and forget you’re even knitting. Its actually a great road trip activity because it keeps me busy but doesn’t make me car sick like reading does. 


What do people say about the cowl when they see it?
 
I’ve had a handful of compliments on it, mostly people saying how they’ve been wanting to make something similar. I always get really excited and immediately refer them to Close Knit over non-local places.


Rate the difficulty level on a scale from one (total craft novice - super easy) to 5 (crafter extraordinaire required - very difficult)

I’d say about a 2. You definitely need to have the knit vs. purl skill down. Other than that, I learned to knit in the round that day, so its pretty much on a beginner level. 

Is there anything else you would to share about you favorite project?

I’ve already started another one! Hah. Also, the chunkier the yarn, the better. :)


Thanks so much for sharing, Darcy! 

 

Friday
Feb242012

Herringbone Cowl // Work in Progress

 

I couldn't resist sharing with you all the cowl that I'm currently knitting today. I first stumbled across the pattern from the amazing Purl Bee (they have such amazing ideas, check out their site if you haven't heard of them), some time in October of last year. I added knitting the Herringbone Cowl onto my list of 12 before 2012, but with the craziness of that time of year, knitting didn't happen. Fast forward to three weeks ago, Teresa founder of Stone and Honey came into Collage, wearing the Herringbone Cowl! Getting to see and feel it in person made me instantly fall in love with it all over again, and subsequently I made it my mission to make my own. 

 

This project was not the easiest to start, with 220 stitches to cast on, I lost count numerous times! I had some friends help me count, but each person would count a different number. I decided to just knit on and hopefully, that wouldn't affect the pattern. It could have been that or the learning curve of this stitch, but the first few rows were disasrous. The "v's" did not line up they went the same direction when they should have gone opposite and visa versa. Eventually, I decided to rip out and start over (after five hours of knitting). This time I had a strategy, rather than just haphazardly casting on, I counted and recorded the stitches in groups of 10 while I cast on. Using this method, I was able to re-count just once when finished, and had correctly reached 220 stitches! From then on, I've been seamlessly knitting!  
The pattern says to knit until its 14 inches wide, I'm not sure if I'll make it that wide (I'd have to buy two more skeins), I'll be sure to show you the finished project sometime soon! ;)
*Disclaimer* The color of the of yarn is more of a chartreuse and less of a puke, from the photos you might get the wrong idea! ;) 

 

Tuesday
Jan102012

Living MSLiving // Hand Warmers

 

All my life, I've lived in sunny and warm California. Now that I'm a transplant to Portland, my body temperature is consistently below what I consider to be warm. One of the things I've learned is that "warm weather" is very subjective! ;) So once, I saw this simple, knitted pattern for fingerless gloves, I knew this was the first project I needed to make! 
I love that all you need to do is knit a rectangle! 
Cost: $5 for skein of yarn
Materials: One skein of yarn, knitting needles, sewing needle
Difficulty: Easy
* This post is part of my new project for 2012. Living Martha Stewart Living. Every month, I will make a few projects from the current month's magazine and share it with you! Click here for more information. *