That time I updated my Etsy shop!

Woah, its been a little bit since I have posted, I have been super distracted working on a sweater I impulsively started a few weeks ago.

I now have made it my goal to finish it before the end of January. Which means I have exactly 6 days to finish two sleeves and a collar! Doesn't sound like much to do, but Stockinette Stitch SUCKS when you're in a rush!

In the mean time, I decided to start updating my Etsy shop!

I know, I know! I shut it down a few years ago, but I feel like I need a place, a 'store front' to showcase all that I have available!

So slowly I will start adding things to it. So far I have just some paintings listed. But by next week I will have some custom order items available. Like the Suffolk hat and mittens set, as well as a few other goodies!

This is something I have been wanting to do for awhile, it feels good to finally decide to embrace my love of all things crafts and list it all instead of forcing myself to stick to one crafty medium.

Take a peek, let me know what you think! I am excited, nervous and antsy all at the same time!!

Hopefully I will have another Christmas Gift Wrap Up post to share soon, as well as the Parker Baby Gift AND how I made a play apron for my daughter!

Keep checking back for more updates!

Until next time,

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

Christmas Wrap Up! 2017 - Part 2 Suffolk Hat and Mitts and the Poncho to Blanket Debacle

OH boy, what a journey these two gifts were.

What started off as a great idea turned into a last minute Christmas mess!! Originally the plan was to make this gorgeous poncho with a high collar gem buttons with this sparkly yarn but that ALL went out the window when I realized 3/4 of the way through this beast of a pattern that it didn't fit my daughter who is the same size as the giftee.

You know that panic when you realize something is not working out and you are near the end of your time allowed to make things, so you start stalking Ravelry like a yarn crazed lunatic?

Yes, well, that was me a week before Christmas as I had frogged and completely ripped out the entire thing. I had two giant piles of rich blue yarn ready and no pattern.

So I settled on something simple and warm. A giant granny square blanket. No pattern just a plain old granny square that I worked on till the yarn was all gone.

In the panic I also forgot to take photographs, but here is the yarn I used.



It is the James C Brett Marble Chunky Glamour, its more blue in person compared to that photo but it is SO pretty, and soft.

I also made another Suffolf hat AND mitts for my brothers wife. She's seriously the sweetest, so I made hers plenty early so I wouldn't run out of time!!

This time instead of using a faux fur pom pom I used the left over yarn instead. I think it worked out better because I suspect the dogs at the farm would probably choose the pom pom as a snack when she went to visit.

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The yarn itself is a bit chunkier and squishier than the yarn I used for mine so it had more room for stretch, which is good because she has the longest hair and so it can all be tucked up in there without it getting wet with snow.

I used the same mitten pattern so it had a similar size increase, which is fine because it leaves room for another pair of mittens to wear as liners on really cold days. The pattern I used was Simple Chunky Mittens. We have had quite a few of those lately too!!! Brrrrr -40!

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The yarn is by FabraNatura and its a chunky yarn called Inca. The bonus is that its super wash!! So you don't need to worry as much when these get dirty! They were lined with plain cotton flannel. One day I might find a nice wool flannel to line my mittens with!

Stay tuned for the next update, which includes some sweaters, cowls, more hats and socks!

Until next time,

Keep Stitching!

Rachel


Christmas Wrap Up! 2017 - Part 1 Socks

Now that the holidays are over its time to sit down and share with you all the things I couldn't share since they were gifts!

I loved making each of these so much that some of them I made multiples of them! So I will start this blog with the gift that I made for my sister.

When she asked for a pair of socks I put it off for months, because I was terrified since I've never knitted socks before. 

I had found many simple sock patterns but I'd end up frogging them after a few inches of knitting. 

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So I spent hours on Ravelry searching for one that was basic enough that I wouldn't be bored while learning something new and not so complicated that I give up. I found a basic sock pattern by Pattons and then I picked up some sock yarn. I was surprised with how easy it was!

- https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-knit-socks

The yarn I used was the Paton Kroy Sock that was self striping. It definitely had that 'wool' feel to them so you could tell they were going to be warm. 
What I loved most about this project was that I got to try on the socks as I went. My sister and I have similar sized feet so it was super fun to feel how they were turning out and it wasn't a guessing game!
I liked it so much that after I finished and gifted these to her I picked up some squishy soft sock yarn from Knit Picks and started another pair for myself!