“Pay it forward” gift #2

I just wanted to stop by quickly and show you the finished blanket I made for my second Facebook “Pay it Forward” gift.

DSCN4254I used 4 balls of Bernat Super Value yarn and US size 8 circular knitting needles.

I casted on 180 stitches and slipped the first stitch purl wise, knitted across the row, then purled the last stitch.  I did this for every row creating a garter stitch blanket with an I-cord edge.

When I came close to the end of one colour and wanted to add my next colour, I knit  2 rows of my one colour, then 2 rows of my next colour and I did this twice so you would have 2 stripes of the new colour intertwined with 2 stripes of the colour before.

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This one is heading to Sault Ste. Marie for my godson and his family.  😀

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So busy…

We’ve been so busy lately trying to sell our house; cleaning everyday, trying to get everyone out for showings and looking for a new house for ourselves, that, of course, my knitting has taken a back seat.  But thankfully part of that craziness is over as we sold our house last week, and now we just have to find a house for ourselves to buy (which isn’t easy AT ALL, but that would be a whole new blog in itself! LOL!).

So, I’m almost done the blanket from the last post and the second cushion of a set of 3 I’m trying to create. I’m hoping to get the pattern written for the first cushion I made.  I have it scribbled out, but now have to make it legible for everyone else! 😉

But here’s the first cushion.  I’m calling it “Lost at Sea”.

Hopefully next week I will be able to tell you the pattern is complete!!

Back to looking for a new home!!

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I’m paying it forward…

Hi everyone!

Back in January of this year, I participated in a Facebook “Pay it Forward” challenge.

I wanted to encourage people to do kind things for others “just because”.  So, the first 5 people who commented on my post with an “I’m in” and then posted the same message on their Facebook wall, would receive something from me at some time during 2017.

Well, I only had 4 people comment, so I picked a 5th person myself and that was the mom I made the last baby blanket for.

Even though I know I said that 2017 would be a year of making socks and pillow cushions, I got sucked back into blanket making mode with the last blanket I made! LOL!! In my defense though, I have made one new pillow cushion! 😉

So here’s a glimpse of the next blanket I’m working on.  It’s knitting up tighter than I thought so I’m going to go and get a fourth colour to add.  Grey maybe??

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Happy knitting!

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and then there were 4…

Hi there.

Since my last post I finished up my Dad’s scarf for Christmas.

This was so fun to make and is the perfect idea for those little balls of yarn you can’t really make anything from.

To make this scarf, cast on 40 stitches using size 8 needles with 2 strands of yarn at one time.  I used 2 different colours at one time.  The yarn I used is DK yarn which is a thinner yarn.  It would also be known as a size 3 yarn. Knit every row (the garter stitch) and when one colour runs out, tie on another one and keep going!  You can make it as long as you want.

A perfect stash-busting project!

Happy knitting!

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Quick weekend project…

Hi there.

Over the weekend, I decided to use up some cotton yarn I had left from another project and make a dish towel.

It was a really fast project and super simple utilizing only the Garter stitch (knitting every row).

I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran from loveknitting.com for this project.  It’s one of my favourite yarns to work with.

Well, off to start another dish towel.  This time I’m going to make one to go with the dish cloth I made the other weekend.

Happy knitting!

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Super easy winter hat…

Good afternoon everyone!

I thought I would share today a super easy hat pattern. You can literally complete this hat in a few hours!

It consists of your basic ribbing (knit 1, purl 1)and the garter stitch (knitting every row).  I used 2 strands of DK yarn at one time to make it extra cozy.

You can find the pattern here!

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Happy knitting!

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Time to get started…

Hi everyone!

I know it’s the middle of summer, but it’s time to get started making my Christmas presents for family and friends!

I’ve already started my father’s scarf he requested.  When I asked him what colour he would like, he said for me just to make it from leftovers from other projects.  So, that’s what I’ve been doing.  Here it is so far:

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I’m also still working on items for my pattern book I’m hoping to have available in September.  There will be 4 new never published patterns in it, along with 4 others of my favourites.  It will be available as a downloadable PDF.

AND, in between all this, I’m still knitting hats and scarves to donate to the local downtown mission in hopes to keep some less fortunate people a little warmer this winter.

In fact, all of the items I create to write and test my patterns get donated, so there’s already a little pile started!

It’s a bit cooler here today and it’s raining! What a wonderful change from the heat we’ve had.  Here’s hoping this weather stays around for a bit.

Happy knitting!

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The classic baby blanket…

Good morning!

I’ve completed the baby blanket for my co-worker and the pattern I wrote to go with it.

It’s a super easy pattern that would work with just about any colour combination – navy blue and light blue, fuchsia and light pink, egg plant and lavender – the possibilities are endless!  The trendy colour combination for baby rooms these days is yellow and grey!

I chose to use yellows (Citron and Lemon) for this blanket as my co-worker and his wife do not know what the gender of the baby is.

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So if there is anyone in your life that’s expecting a baby then click here for the FREE pattern and get that blanket started!

Happy knitting!

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Try #2…

Hi there.

Recently I mentioned I saw a photo of some baby slippers I really liked and wanted to re-create them, but for adults.  And yesterday I posted a picture of the slipper I made but it turned out way too large!  Needless to say,  I had to go back and re-think my pattern.

The funny thing is though, sometimes when you make a mistake, something better emerges from it.  And that’s exactly what happened with these slippers.

I’m a big fan of making two items at one time whether it be slippers, socks or gloves, and this time it was no different.  So, I already had the pieces made for my second slipper but didn’t assemble it after seeing how large the slippers had turned out.

So, playing around with the longest of the 2 pieces I had knitted (because initially my slippers were going to be 2 pieces) I was trying to determine how big to make my next pair of slippers by folding this one piece into different shapes.  Then it hit me;  I could create my slippers by using just one long strip!

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Now I just have to finish knitting the new pieces and sew them up.

I’m really excited to show you when they’re done and share my new pattern!

Stay tuned!

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What I’ve been up to…

Hello everyone!

I haven’t posted anything in awhile, BUT I have still been knitting.

I found out one of my co-workers is expecting a baby in October so I decided I would knit a baby blanket.  I haven’t knit a baby blanket in a long time so it’s a real nice change.  My co-worker and his wife don’t know what they’re having so I chose classic yellow.

It’s a really simple pattern with a 3″ garter stitch border and the stockinette stitch in the centre.  I’m double knitting it so it’s super cozy!!

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I’m also working on a pair of slippers using a cotton yarn with a bit of stretch in it.  I love the knitted slippers but I find that after a few wears I have to wash them to get their shape back.

I thought if I used a yarn with a bit of stretch, this problem may be eliminated.  I found a photo of some knitted baby slippers on Pinterest that I thought would also make great adult slippers.

If they turn out and I LOVE them, I will write up the pattern for them so you can make a pair too!  I’m almost done the knitting part.  I will just have to assemble them afterwards.

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Now off to try and finish one of these projects.  I have so many others I want to start but have told myself I have to complete one before starting another!! LOL!!

Happy knitting!

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