Vintage Yarn

Vintage Yarn

I was given some yarn a few months ago and I’ve been sitting on my stash because I can never agree to what I want to make. The yarn is vintage, probably bought in the 90’s and kept in storage until now.

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Coats and Clark The Pounder
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Bernat Berella 4
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Lionbrand Pamela

There is something special about vintage yarn. Especially yarn that’s at least 20 years old. Maybe I should try a vintage pattern?

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=Vintage

Thick and Thin

Thick and Thin

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photo:joann.com

Recently I’ve bought some thick and thin yarn, also known as slub yarn. It’s soft and pretty, and the thick and thin parts give it a nice texture. I bought two skeins of it and then set off online to see what I could make with it.

Ravelry is my first stop in looking for ideas. That site is full of patterns and inspiration. With the first skein of my yarn, I made a twisted drop stitch infinity scarf using this pattern

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Now, what to do with the other skein? While searching for patterns, I came across this beautiful cable project and just had to make something.

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photo: ravelry - mamatronic

I’ve made plenty of scarves, cowls, and hats so I wanted something different. Why not a clutch, purse, or wallet of some kind? Just knit the pattern to the desired length, fold, sew, add lining and some way to close, and voila! I have… something.

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The cables are there, but not very prominent. I frogged this one and decided to use a yarn that is much smoother and consistent.

Now what? I have one skein of slub yarn. I am still searching. Until then..

Trying New Things

Trying New Things

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My elder daughter got a Disney’s Frozen crochet kit for Christmas. It contains patterns for all the characters from the movie, and enough yarn to make Anna and Elsa.

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I briefly tried crochet a decade ago, so I don’t remember how to do anything. Learning to crochet is a great New Year resolution for me and my daughter.

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Perhaps by Christmas I’ll be able to make cute amigurumi for everyone as gifts. Hey! Another 2016 project!

Ultimate Project 2016

Ultimate Project 2016

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Lion Brand Cable Luxe Tunic and Maxi

This year I have decided to start a knitting blog so I can have a place to share my work and share any knitting tidbits I find worthy of sharing with the world. I’m just a novice, but I’m always looking for a challenge and I think I’ve found one.

My big project for this year is Lion Brand’s Cable Luxe Maxi dress. I’ve never taken on such a big project before, so I’m really looking forward to learning new techniques in making garments. I’ve discovered online that many people have made this beautiful piece and have put their own little spin on it. I’m impressed by all their work, but I think I’ll just stick to the basics and knit this up as is.

So far, I’ve gotten a third of the way through step one.

I may be finished with it by this time next year (fingers crossed).