The Pillows Are Talking

I love an ad hoc project.  Really, I think I just really like to procrastinate.  I seem to be most inspired when I need to be accomplishing something else.  This time… it was a talking pillow that led me off task.

 

A week or so ago, I was organizing my fabric stash and in the “I’ll do something with this someday” pile, I found this:

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What is it, you may ask?  Well, a million years ago, I started a purse for someone or other.  I had knit this in the round and closed off the bottom with a double bind-off… then it sat in a drawer.

This time, as I tackled the “I’ll do something with it one day” pile with enthusiasm to purge, I finally had an idea.  Naturally, I stopped the presses, grabbed some white yarn and a needle and got to work, completely disregarding the half sorted piles surrounding me.

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Before I knew it, the pillow was speaking to me… and I was in love.

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I did a simple mattress stitch along the already sealed bottom, for decoration’s sake, then sewed up the top, pausing before closing the last few inches in order to stuff the pillow then finished off the top edge.

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Voila!  Say hello to the cutest little pillow to ever meet my couch!

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Knitting it up…

I’m a compulsive knitter.  All you need to mention that your uterus might be occupied and I will start a blanket.  I can’t help it.  I’m going to be “That” aunt.  You know the one… she knits you sweaters for every Christmas and you live in Florida.  Yup.  That’s me.  So my Package Pal was not going to get off the hook that easily… knitted gifts were on the agenda.

 

First up, the coffee cozy.

My favorite part of knitting is when a project goes from this

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to this!  When the pattern emerges… well, giddy doesn’t cover it.  Cables are extra satisfying too because they look complicated but are actually pretty simple.

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The hardest part of this project?  Button selection.

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Not only which buttons but then whether to sew them on “face up” or “face down” (that is, if buttons have faces).

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and viola!  I whipped up this bad boy in a couple hours.  Talk about instant gratification.

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I particularly love this pattern because it’s adjustable to fit various mug sizes.  Bonus!

Get the Paper Sensei Coffee cozy pattern HERE

Next up, the cutest little bunny that I ever did see.

This whole pattern was knit in the round with double pointed needles.  Sorta makes you feel like you’re knitting with a sea urchin.

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Maybe I should have been a drummer… I think I could so some serious damage with drum sticks after the choreography with 4 needles that is small knits on DPNs.

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The icing on this little bunny cake has got to be his pom pom tail.  I’m a fan, fo sho.

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Stitch on a little innocent rabbit face and you’re dunzo.

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Perfect for all the little cuties in your life (including yourself!)

Get the Spud & Chloe Rabbit pattern HERE.

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Package Pals: Sent & Received

Last month I stumbled upon the awesome opportunity to participate in Package Pals, hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. and Julia over at Stars and Sunshine.

Let me tell you, it led to the craftiest month of the year!  You can find out more about Package Pals HERE but  the gist is, after signing up, you are paired up with a Pal.  You exchange a few “getting to know you” emails then get to work on a fun goodie box.

This is my Pal, Kelly, the No Drama Mama,

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and I couldn’t have been matched with a better lady!  After our fun Q&As and scouring her Pinterest boards, this is what I came up with. (She made my package look so much more awesome on her post HERE)

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I got the needles out and whipped up a bunny for her Little Man and a mint coffee cozy.

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I finally broke into my stamp making kit in an attempt to make a stamp of her logo and whipped up a magazine clutch based on this tutorial.

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Now for the fun part… what I got!!!

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Is the anticipation killing you yet?

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Well, it nearly killed me!

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SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

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First of all, I love a box within a box so when I opened the box full of popcorn only to dig around for a second box, I already had a huge smile on my face.  The first thing I noticed when I got the second box open was the hand lettering on the envelope… I think this needs a frame.  Then the goodies just kept coming!  A huge stack of letter stickers and chipboard that I can’t wait to get in to, a sweet polka dot notebook, a super cute coffee mug stuffed full of goodies I’m already planning on using in Project Life, two skeins of my favorite washcloth yarn (!!!!), magnets that have already brightened up my fridge, a scarf for my first attempt at fabric stamping and TWO M&M punches… these cover both my initials!  M and W!  [insert happy dance!]

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Thank you Kelly for absolutely MAKING MY MARCH!

Check out what other Pals sent and received at the link up HERE.

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A Sweet and Simple Blanket

The best part of knitting for me is making something for someone special.  You can’t help but think about and pray for that person while you work.  One of my favorite people to knit for is my neice, Amelia (a.k.a. Sugar Bean).

 

 

 

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So when I decided to start a project to help dwindle down my stash, she was the first one to come to mind.  I grabbed these three skeins of yard, all the same brand and weight but in three different color ways.  I picked them up years ago on clearance but since they were discontinued, I was limited to a one skein project… until I decided to combine them into a blanket to get a bit of an ombre effect.

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I LOVE SELF STRIPING YARN!  No need to switch colors and sew in a million ends!

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Knitting… and knitting… and knitting

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then FINALLY done!!!!  With all the stripes, I decided to keep the pattern a simple stockinette with garter stitch borders.

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I’m happy with the finished project.  It’s super soft and big enough for her to use for quite a while.  Now on to her new brother’s blanket!

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Supplies:

US 6 circular needles
3 skeins sport weight yarn (404 yards/ 5.25 oz.)
needle for sewing in ends

Pattern:
CO 160 sts
K 10 rows
Front side: K across
Back side: K10, P to last 10 sts, k10
Continue pattern until blanket measures approx 46.5 inches with front side facing for next row.
K 10 rows
Bind off loosely and sew in ends.
{Finished dimensions 36” x 48”}

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My “Go To” Blanket Pattern

I knit… a lot.  Certain things bring on the compulsion, especially hearing about a new baby on the way.  I think every knitter has a “go to” blanket pattern for such occasions and this one is mine.  I love it because it looks fancy but it’s so easy.  Thank you Joann’s and your tear sheet patterns!

 

 

I love Love LOVE it!  I’ve made it several times after this first one and so when I decided to make a throw for myself I knew just the pattern to use.

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It’s easy to switch up for different types of yarn and gauges.  Give it a try!

You can download the PDF of the pattern HERE.

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A Letter to a Failing Project

Dear NKP (New Knitting Project),

I don’t think we are going to work out.  Sorry to be so blunt, but I’ve got to be honest. 

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It’s not a secret that things are falling apart at the seams… literally. Should it really be this hard in the beginning? I don’t think it should. I mean, we’re in the honeymoon stage!  It should all be butterflies and sunshine but, instead, it’s nothing but dropped stitches and heartache.

I can’t take it much longer.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about doing my part. But you are so needy! You just take and take and take… and what do I have to show for it? A shriveled mass of knots and snags.

I’m feeling like I’ve been totally duped.  Sure, you look AMAZING on paper, but when I get into the knit and purl of it all, it’s not a pretty picture. You’ve really got to shape up.

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Please, don’t beg. It’s a bit pathetic. I’ll hold out a little longer.  I’m serious though.  If I can’t get through another half dozen rows without a snafu, it’s

welcome to Dumpsville—population you!

Sincerely,

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A Blanket for Dad

A friend of my mom’s crocheted her a blanket and, apparently, there is a nightly tug-of-war between my parents to see who gets it.  When trying to figure out a Father’s Day gift, and also attempting to whittle down my yarn stash, it seemed only appropriate to make my dad a blanket of his very own.

I used the Twisted Cables pattern by Lion Brand and decided to alternate colors instead of going solid.  This was only the third project I’ve ever done with cables and it was FUN!

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Each cabled “stripe” is knit separately, then sewn together to make the blanket… sewing knits together is my least favorite thing but this was actually pretty simple.

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Then of course came the testing phase…  Making sure it attracted cats and was “TV-watching” cozy…

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It passed!

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Well worth the 30 hours of work!

What have you been working on lately?

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