Monday, February 25, 2008

Warm Fuzzies

I just bought the book Warm Fuzzies by Betz White. This is a book of ideas of things to make out of repurposed felted knit sweaters.

I'm loving the layout of this book and the projects in it. My only complaint is that the author assumes that one has some basic knowledge. For example, there isn't any explaination (that I could see) of how to make felt beads. They are used in alot of the projects. There isn't a really good step by step intruction on how to actually felt the sweater; in terms of taking it apart.

But overall this book is worth purchasing for the photos alone. There are some really gorgeous FOs here. I've already finished the pin cushion which is featured on the cover. Next up is a baby jumper.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Why is there no joy in sock knitting?

I ponder this a lot. Other people love it. Other people obsess over sock knitting. Not me. I love the yarn. I love the finished product, but I hate knitting the damned things. I thought this time would be different. I tried entrelac socks. Now, I love entrelac. You only need to look at my long line of 'Danica's' to figure that out. So I thought just this one, I would find the joy. But, sadly no.

I am determined to find a sock pattern that I love. One that I don't dread knitting. I'm thinking a plain stockinette, in a larger weight yarn might do the trick. Old fashioned vamps. Or maybe something with an interesting construction. I might even try magic loop next time. We'll see.

On the bright side though, they are pretty aren't they?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Other Crafts?

Sometimes, rarely, I will do other things besides knitting and crochet. I recently was given a needle felting kit from a great swapper on Craftster. This is the first thing that I've ever made. I love needle felting. I can seriously see myself getting hooked on this. This was so much fun to do. Cute too, I think.

Here is a little bingo bag that I sewed for a fundraiser that we had. This pic doesn't really show it well, because I hadn't put the draw string in. It turned out really nicely though.

Friday, February 08, 2008

February's Sweater

I may not have spoken it aloud, but my New Years goal was to knit a sweater (or some other larger garment) per month. Two months in and I'm doing well. This is my sweater for February.

Everybody (and their dog) is knitting this sweater it seems. Its a freebie from drops studio. There are two different versions for different weight yarn. It can be knit with full or 3/4 length sleeves. My version is the worsted weight version with the full length (and then some) sleeves.

I need to find the right buttons (or toggles) for this. The ones shown are just laid on and probably mismatched.