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Crafts > Meandering Vines Cowl

DSC04831a 550x459 Meandering Vines Cowl

There is a long story behind this cowl, but let’s start with the yarn. I bought the yarn a long time ago without thinking much about what I will do with it (as I did with much of my yarn), mostly because I liked the softness and the color. Almost two years before I even started on the cowl, I made legwarmers from this yarn and learned three things from that process: 1. this yarn knits into a beautifully soft garment, 2. but it is very painful to knit with (the silkiness, the strands that come apart during the purl, the horrid pain that is the yarn over with the combination of the previous two factors), and 3. to say this yarn was wrong for the application is an understatement. No matter how tightly I knit, it just wouldn’t stay up on my legs, even when I used tights. So I took all that apart, bought new yarn for the legwarmers, and left this yarn until I found something to use it for.

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Crafts > Chunky Cabled Vest

beigevest1 489x700 Chunky Cabled Vest

It has been over a year since I made this vest, but I never got around to posting it. I wanted something simple that would knit up very quickly and that I could wear with anything. So I bought myself some super bulky yarn in beige for Christmas and would have been done the same day if I didn’t run out of yarn. I needed two more skeins, but all the stores were either sold out or stopped carrying it, so I had to order it and wait another two weeks to finish my cool vest. It’s quite bulky, but so so warm at the office. I loved it with my navy button-down shirt, but the fabric of the shirt didn’t get along with the vest’s fibers, which ended up clinging to the shirt in a very uncool way. So white shirts that are not as stiff and a plum blouse have gone much better with it since.

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Crafts > Blue Knitted Pants

bluepants1 363x700 Blue Knitted Pants

I love knitting in the round. It’s easier – no sewing seams, no turning – and it looks and feels so much better too – no seams or bumps. So when I needed to make pants, there were going to be zero seams in them. These cool toddler pants also sort of resemble the color of jeans, so it’s easy to pair anything with them. They are also very easy to scale up or down depending on the child.

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Crafts > Jade Cabled Vest

jadevest1a 527x700 Jade Cabled Vest

When my son was only a few months old, I began stocking up on yarn to knit things for him with. I chose soft, delicate yarns in gorgeous colors, made from exquisite materials, and then just stashed everything away, waiting for enough time to knit. That time never came, so at some point, I just decided to make time for knitting because I needed that in my life. The occasional projects that never made it to the season they were intended for was not cutting it anymore. I had to make enough time in my life to knit cute things for my baby.

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Crafts > Valentines for Preschool Kids

vdaybook6 550x346 Valentines for Preschool Kids

This year, my son’s teachers asked every parent to bring in Valentine’s Day gifts for all the kids in his class. They also asked for shoe boxes to use as mailboxes, and they were going to do a valentines exchange by putting the gifts into the mailboxes. I knew what this meant: candy overload. I wasn’t going to leave my kid without gifts to give to his classmates, but I was strongly against giving them even more candy than they were going to get. I also didn’t want to make this an expensive trip to the store.

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