Tube Socks!

Rats, I’m not going to be able to go back to the PA Renaissance Faire this year, but I did make some lovely socks from that lovely sock yarn from the KareDan Farming Initiative!  They are just tube socks, but here are my feet modeling them.  I wear them to bed because they are so soft and comfortable.  And they perfect for Socktoberfest!
Again, thank you to KareDan Farming Initiative for promoting a healthy lifestyle and for selling quality products.  Their yarn was a pleasure to knit with and I loved seeing how the colors became marled together. 
Now onto my Doctor Who socks!

Long Lean Sweater Weeks 5 & 6

I am in the home stretch!  All I have to do is finish the border, sew the side seams, do the pocket borders and sew them together, and block.  This is exciting!
Since I didn’t update last week on my progress, I finished both sleeves and the back.  The back took FOREVER to finish.  The sleeves were a fairly quick process.  I was able to put most of the parts together at class on Saturday and start picking up stitches for the border. 
I am chomping at the bit to be finished with this project.  I even have my outfit planned out to wear with the sweater.  That is silly, but that is how much I want to show off this piece. 
I know this picture show the sweater in a big bunched up ball, but with the hojillion (which is 398 or so) stitches on one needle, this is how it has to be for a photo this week.   I would love to show the pieces that I have sewn together better and how the look on me, though.


A year ago today, if you would have told me I would be picking up 398 stitches in a sweater, I would’ve laughed at you.
Today, though, I have been officially knitting for a year!  Granted, I could only cast on and somehow make a slipknot, but, you have to start somewhere.  I can’t believe how far I’ve come with this new passion.  I’m so glad I decided on a whim to start knitting.  I’ve picked up my needles and haven’t looked backed.  And I don’t intend to.
Since last year, I’ve made a ton of small things and am starting to head on to the big stuff, like my sweater.  It’s exciting!  Soon, I want to learn cables and how to turn a heel on a sock.  I’ve got a long way to go, and there is always something new to learn in knitting.  I think that’s the beauty of this craft:  the urge to push yourself, the prospect of a new garment, the pay off.  I freaking love it.  Knitting has become such a big part of me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Where I’ve Been

Ok, yeah, so I haven’t posted in a few days.  To make a long story short, something happened and I needed to get some help.  And I did and am recovering now.  I don’t want to bore you all with the details, but I am back, crafting, and hoping to get into the swing of things again.

Crafting progress….let’s see….I did make a necklace which I will show off tomorrow and have made some good progress on my sweater.  And I completed a pair of tube socks, which are ridiculously cute.  Otherwise, perhaps some sewing is in my future as well as some art with sand.  I hope to share some of that with you. 

It’s good to be back.

Long Lean Sweater: Week 4

I’m still working on the back panel of the sweater, but I have finished the back shaping and hope to start the raglan edging tonight.  Then, on to the sleeves! 
Otherwise, not a whole lot to report on my progress.  I did take another few days off on the weekend and knit a sock in that fantastic yarn I got from KareDan Farming Initiative.  It’s just a tube sock, but it looks cute on my foot.  I will publish the finished pair probably sometime next week, as I have to start the second one. 
I have next week off as vacation, so, between cleaning binges, I will be knitting and working the sweater.  I also plan on sending off some of my charity knitting as well, and I will tell you about that when the time comes. 
Interested in my previous progress?

October Crafting Ideas

October is one of my favorite times of year.  Well, mostly because my birthday is in the month, but it’s when fall really kicks into gear without being too cold and quite pretty with the foliage.  It’s a great time to get crafting, and here are some ideas that I have come across, along with some ideas of my own.
  1. Go beyond the traditional jack o’ lantern.  Get a kit and carve that pumpkin in a creative fashion.   Make a picture or go for a 3-D look!
  2. Check out this Squidoo lens about Halloween knitting crafts.  I got some great ideas from here! 
  3. Join in on Socktoberfest on Ravelry.  Even though I’m just doing tube socks right now, I still am going to join in on the fun.
  4. Get some black and orange beaded jewelry and see what lovely Halloween glam you can come up.  I have my beads ready to go!
  5. Get your own Halloween costume together.  Sewers, this is a great time to show off your talents. has some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
  6. Start your Christmas crafting.  I know, it’s only October, but the holidays will be here before you know it.
  7. Bake something!
  8. Gather some fall leaves and use them in a creative manner, such as putting them under plastic for a decoration.
  9. Make your own Halloween candy to give to the kiddies and your neighbors.
  10. Create a big birthday present for me.  (Just kidding!)