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April, 2014

Fire Opal Tee Knit Along: Part 3

We cast on for our Fire Opal Tees Knit Along a month ago already! And everyone is knitting up a storm. Take a look at all of these shared WIPs!

nina90

nina90

mamatronic

mamatronic

dcmo

dcmo

loisthefeline

loisthefeline

And we’ve even had TWO finished sweaters shared as well!

Cherry4835's Finished Sweater!

Cherry4835’s Finished Sweater!

soniamv's Finished Sweater!

soniamv’s Finished Sweater!

So awesome right?! There’s still time to CO your Fire Opal Tee if you’d like to join!

For those of us still working at the KAL pace, we’ve got Part 3 to share!

Part 3 Goal: Finish the Back, start and finish the Front. 

Since the front has less knitting than the back, because of the lower neckline of the front, this should be a breeze! And finishing the Back and Fronts means TONS of dropping stitches!

Front Neckline Separation

Front Neckline Separation

Body Complete!

Body Complete!

So Many Dropped Stitches!

So Many Dropped Stitches!

Have fun finishing up the body of Fire Opal Tee! I’ll be back with your progress pics and our final step in two weeks – on May 12th. Be sure to share your pics and progress stories on our Fire Opal Tee Ravelry Group Forum! Happy knitting!

FO: Elephant Head Baby Blanket

So that title is kinda creepy, right? Elephant Head Baby Blanket? Gross?

Pretty Adorable Crochet!

Pretty Adorable Crochet!

But gross it is not! My little elephant head baby blanket really could not be any cuter.

Elephant Head Baby Blanket - as advertised!

Elephant Head Baby Blanket – as advertised!

Stash Buster!

Stash Buster!

I used this Baby Blanket pattern by Brittmarie Rosendahl that is barely in english but made it happen! It’s pretty self-explanatory, and if you look at the pictures on the pattern and all the projects on ravelry you can figure it out.

Just a Big Granny Square

Just a Big Granny Square

Cute Elephant Head!

Cute Elephant Head!

This is for an unsuspecting friend and blog reader so I won’t give too much away, but I’ve got a few friends with babies due this year so keep an eye out for even more baby knits in the coming months. It’s a great excuse to dig through my stash and queue!

Pattern: Baby Blanket by Brittmarie Rosendahl 

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Marble Heather and Green Tea Heather

Hook: Size I

Ravelry Project Page

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FO: Purl Bee Garter Stitch Baby Hat

Purl Bee Garter Stitch Ear Flap Hat

Purl Bee Garter Stitch Ear Flap Hat

I’m all over The Purl Bee and everything they do. Knitting, sewing, embroidery? I dig it all. So when this Garter Ear Flap Hat pattern popped up in January I filed it away for a future baby present. And as I’m 30 someone I know has a baby approximately every 80 seconds so it didn’t stay in the file for long.

Adorable Tassel!

Adorable Tassel!

I knit this up in two very short sittings – it was super delightful to knit and as you can see turned out awesome. I wasn’t paying enough attention to the pattern while I was working on it so things got weird between when I finished the short row ear flaps and went to start the body of the hat, but I just cut the yarn, worked my needs to where I needed them to be, and went from there. I’m 90% sure it was my mistake because I wasn’t paying enough attention, so let that be a warning to you! The beginning of the pattern is not a knit night project! It takes some concentration.

Short Row Ear Flaps!

Short Row Ear Flaps!

I used leftovers for this project. I had about 1/2 a skein of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Oatmeal left over so I started with that and didn’t know how far I’d get. I happened to get right up to where the decreases start for the top of the hat which I think worked out perfectly! I finished the hat in Imperial Yarn Erin. I couldn’t remember if the Mom To Be Lizzie of The Urbaness told me baby would be a boy or girl so I played it safe and it totally paid off!

I had thicker yarn and larger needles than the pattern called for so I knit the smallest size in order to get a 3-6 month sized hat perfect for this fall and winter in Chicago. Since this baby is due soon I think that will be perfect! I can’t wait to see it on her!

Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by The Purl Bee 

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted and Imperial Yarn Erin

Needles: Size 7 and 9 16″ circulars

Ravelry Project Page

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Fire Opal Tee Knit Along: Part 2

We cast on for our Fire Opal Tee Knit Along two weeks ago already and everyone is already making such amazing progress!

FromRaintoHope

FromRaintoHope

Mamatronic

Mamatronic

aglass5

aglass5

dcmo

dcmo

quilter1446

quilter1446

soniamv

soniamv

Cherry4835

Cherry4835

More Cherry4835

More Cherry4835

More soniamv

More soniamv

serafinapekkala

serafinapekkala

More mamatronic

More mamatronic

More dcmo

More dcmo

aglass5

aglass5

I love how everyone is using completely different yarn and colors and how they all look so unique.

So for Part 1’s goal we were to knit 2/3rds of the length of the body. Everyone is getting there!

Part 2 Goal: Finish the body to the armhole separating, then work 2/3rds of the Back. 

Body + 2/3rds of Back

Body + 2/3rds of Back

So much sweater, right?!

A Little Dropped Stitch Side Action!

A Little Dropped Stitch Side Action!

What’s fun about this is that you get to drop two stitches when you separate for the sleeves! These make your side seams, essentially, and will run into the center bottom of your armhole. A little sneak peek of what’s to come!

Close Up of the 2/3rds Back

Close Up of the 2/3rds Back

2/3rds of my back ended up being 2 repeats of the pattern. By now you’re an old pro at identifying your dropped stitches and cable rows so this should be smooth sailing!

I’ll be back with your progress pics and our next step in two weeks – on April 28th. Be sure to share your pics and progress stories on our Fire Opal Tee Ravelry Group Forum! Happy knitting!

Crafty FO: Star Painted Shorts

We’ve all been the victim of a Pinterest attack. You’re just scrolling along, minding your own business, when BAM it hits you like a ton of bricks! A pin that you can’t just pin, but that you have to MAKE HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. That is what happened when I found this pin for tiny heart painted jeans tutorial. Cute right?

Materials Ready!

Materials Ready!

I decided to go with a big star print, so I ordered a star stamp with my 50% off coupon, got some fabric paint and a paint sponge, and got some cardboard ready to make my stamp with.

WIP

WIP

So I went to town on some cutoffs I had laying around! Just kind of haphazardly placed my star stencil and painted away.

Not Exactly Perfect

Not Exactly Perfect

Turned out that I could only use the same cardboard stencil a couple times before the paint leaked around the stencil and made blotchy stars. So I just kept punching new stars and only used each stencil 2-3 times.

Side One Complete!

Side One Complete!

I let the front dry a day or two before doing the back.

Super Cute!

Super Cute!

Wrap Around Stars!

Wrap Around Stars!

Booty Stars

Booty Stars

Pretty cute right?! Sure, it’s not perfect, but some of the more splattered stars look more worn in than straight up crappy, so I’m just rolling with it!

I Think I'll be Living in These!

I Think I’ll be Living in These!

I have a feeling that once the weather warms up I’ll be in these all the time. You guys know I’m not one to shy away from mixing prints, so DIY star shorts: welcome to the wardrobe!

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