Inspirations for April 10, 2012

Loom Knitting
Knitting loom made from a plastic bottle

Handmade Knitting Loom @knitchat.com

Cover of book "Loom Knitting for Little People" by Bethany A. Dailey

Loom Knitting for Little People by Bethany A. Dailey @amazon.com

Crocheting

Neat Ripple Afghan Pattern from Attic24.com

Neat Ripple Afghan Pattern from Attic24.com

  • Learn the vintage pineapple stitch. I know … I’d never heard of it either but the sample looks interesting …
Crochet sample of vintage pineapple stitch

Vintage Pineapple Stitch @Freevintagecrochet.com

Knitting

  • I found this tutorial on Pinterest about finger knitting and think this technique would  for making a unique scarf  or maybe make a rug or blanket by stitching together several strips of knitting.
Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting Tutorial @Little Bird School of Stitchcraft

  • Are you a picker or a thrower? Interweave’s Knitting Daily blog had a really great post explaining the differences between the two knitting styles along with a tutorial teaching picking to throwers and vice versa. This isn’t a new post but the information is especially relevant to newer knitters.
  • Search for “speed knitting” on YouTube and you’ll be returned a lot of results. KnitPicks.com’s video “Learn to Speed Knit!” is full of great tips for increasing your speed and efficiency.

Make a Magic Ball of Yarn

I was surfing the web today looking for some knitting, crocheting, and looming inspiration when I stumbled on to a forum post on Ravelry about ways to use up all those scraps of yarn that we yarny people seem to accumulate. Seriously, people, where do they come from? I have enough yarn scraps to reach the moon and back!

But I digress …

The thread mentioned something I have never heard of before: a magic yarn ball. A magic yarn ball, for those of you like myself who were not in the know, is a yarn ball that is a ball of yarn wound from scraps of yarn. You take lengths of yarn that are between three to eight yards long and start winding. When you reach then end of one piece of yarn, you join a new piece of yarn by either tying a knot or using a Russian join.

Intrigued?

I had to find out more so I did some Googling and some YouTubing (are those real words?) and about 5 minutes later I was watching the following video clip from Jimmy Beans Wool:

I have tons of scrap yarn sitting around on shelves, in drawers, and in bags … ugh, I have yarn scraps everywhere!

This is a real inspiration.It’s a great way to be green too since all that yarn will be saved from going to a landfill.

I’m envisioning an afghan to cuddle up with on the sofa.

What I’m Up To

I need a black shrug for work – just a little airy something that comes to my elbows that I can slip on over sleeveless tops. It occurred to me that the quickest way to make this would be on a loom and if I use a single strand of worsted or dk weight yarn then that will give me that airy and/or lacy look I want.

The Purling Sprite has a really simple tutorial on her blog dated from January 2008 on the basics of creating a loomed shrug so I’m going to take her information and run with it. Stay tuned, dear reader, and I’ll post more information soon about how I make my shrug along with photos.

Loom Knit Slippers

I’ll admit it: I haven’t had my looms out much since I taught myself how to crochet and then subsequently learned to needle knit. It’s not that I don’t enjoy loom knitting but, honestly, after learning the other two crafts, I was beginning to find looming to be too limited in the items I can create.

Having said that, when I was looking through my completed projects page at Ravelry a few days ago I remembered what fun it was making Denise Layman’s Mary Jane Parkers, (if you are not a Ravelry member you can also download this pattern for free on her website).When I made my first pair of these adorable Mary Jane style slippers for my mother last year I really liked how quickly the pattern worked up. I had originally wanted to make a pair of these slippers for myself but never got around to it and so having rediscovered the pattern I began looking through my yarn stash for the right yarn. I found some Lion Brand Jiffy yarn which was just perfect – not too bulky and not too thin – for the blue Knifty Knitter loom and set to work.

All told, I spent about 3 hours making two slippers. They turned out perfectly sized. I went back after the heel was seamed up and decided to add a single crochet border around the edges in a contrasting color just to give the slippers a little flair and they look really cute.

I’m happy I picked up my looms again for these slippers. It made me remember that I can do more than just make hats and scarves with my looms.

Christmas Gift Goodies

Now that Christmas is officially over I can finally share the gifts made for my family that have been consuming so much of my time since before Thanksgiving. I’ve already posted a few of these items on my Ravelry page so for those of you hooked into my profile there you might see some repeats.

Let’s begin!

Thanks, y’all!

Yesterday was the busiest day EVER on this blog. Everyone seems to be looking at my patterns so I’m assuming that you too have been hit with requests from your friends, family, and co-workers and are searching for project ideas for the gift giving season. I hope you find what you’re looking for here on this blog however if you don’t try looking at the following websites:

Crochet Ideas:

Loom Knitting:

Needle Knitting:

Top Down Wrist Warmer Pattern

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I’ve written my first pattern. I was inspired by several wrist warmers (aka fingerless mittens) and I really wanted a pair for myself but after several attempts I couldn’t find a pattern that was exactly what I was looking for. Here’s what I came up with to satisfy my craving to create a pair of these bad boys for myself. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as me. :) Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Scarf

Sorry for the delay in posting the project I made for St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t really find anything different or exciting  that was simple to make to wear to work so I ended up making another scarf. I created this like I did my black scarf posted recently. I used about a third of the pegs on the long, purple Knifty Knitter loom using the figure 8 wrap.

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