Friday, March 30, 2012

On my needles

On my needles right now I have:
1.  A Purse that I thought I would make as a Christmas gift, and it is currently hibernating.
2.  A hat that was also to be a Christmas gift, but it wasn't right for the recipient so it is also hibernating.
3.  The project I am actually working on the moment is nice light summer/spring sweater for ME!  From Custom Knits I am working on Jewel. 
I usually have more little projects on the side, but I just finished posting MaryJayne's swing coat and Easter Basket so I thought it was time to take it easy and do something just for me. 
As much as I love to knit for everyone else, there is a certain satisfaction in knitting for myself.  I appreciate the finished project as only a knitter can, and I am aware of all the little snags that went into the finished project along the way. 

Enjoy knitting for others, and enjoy knitting for yourself!!! Share your favorite for yourself items by adding a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Button Choice is important

Buttons can make or brake a finished project.  MaryJayne's Swing coat is a wonderful example.  Simple buttons are not at all a bad thing, but if you want to dress up or dress down an item...buttons can change the look of a garment completely. 
The buttons here are more casual and make the coat a better spring garment because of their flower motif. 

These buttons dress up the coat.

Size makes a big difference too.  Obviously you need buttons that fit the holes and the size of the garment.  The larger the buttons the more attention they will receive as well. 

Next time you go to the store to pick out buttons for a finished knitting project...remember the buttons can change the garment.  It may be worth spending a few more dollars to get the right buttons, and the right buttons may not always be the expensive ones.  Don't be afraid to bring your finished project with you to the store and hold the buttons up to the item.

Monday, March 26, 2012

MaryJayne's Easter Basket

My little girls love to have their dolls share in the joys of any and all holidays with them.  Therefore, MaryJayne's Easter basket has been created.  It works well for MaryJayne of course, but the larger version works well with 18 inch dolls such as American Girl Dolls.  My girls couldn't wait to fill the baskets for their dolls just as the Easter Bunny fills their baskets.  I assume we will have some dolls joining in our Easter Egg hunt this year!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MaryJayne's Swing Coat

MaryJayne's swing coat as arrived just in time for Easter!  Pattern available for $1.00 under Dolls tab.  All sales through Ravelry.  This pattern is great as a Spring coat or can be transformed for Fall or Winter just by changing the yarn and buttons!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Springtime is for Lace

As the weather warms up I think of lace!  There are so many complicated lace patterns that are just breathtaking, and so many simple lace patterns that are gorgeous even though the pattern doesn't require a PhD in knitting.  My yellow shawl/table runner is ready to make it's springtime reappearance, but I want to knit something new in lace.  A light little lace jacket could be used through the summer.  I have never before designed clothing with sizes.  Could I find a one size fits all to start?  I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, here is some lace to inspire. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pattern Testing

Through Ravelry I am having my first pattern tested.  I chose to have my MaryJayne pattern tested because it is a complex pattern, and I wanted to have some additional projects posted for it.  The process is wonderful so far.  Ravelry offers a group where designers and knitters can come together.  As a designer I offer my pattern up, and the knitters apply to test knit for you.  The knitter receives the pattern free of charge, and I receive feedback.  So far all the feedback has been very helpful and nobody has found any glaring errors in the pattern! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shawls are so wonderful

Shawls and ponchos do not get the credit they deserve, in my humble opinion.  They are perfect for many ranges of weather and can be dressed up or down.  My purple poncho and jeans are a staple in the winer, and when you need just a little something on those cool spring and fall evenings a shawl is always right.
Again, from Pinterest, I found a wonderful pattern (Thank you Coco Knits) for a simple shawl with a little ruffle.  Who doesn't love a ruffle?  It was a straight stockinette stitch rectangle with a seam, and some picked up stitches turned into a ruffle.  I of course did it in an itchy mohair...maybe not my best choice, but it looks great!

Check here for the pattern.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fleur De Lis Pillow Coming Soon

I am finally managing to write up some of my patterns after the hectic holidays...a little sneak peak of one to come soon...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Promised MaryJayne

Although I finished the MaryJayne pattern back in October, one very important MaryJayne remained incomplete.  I finally finished her this week.  I love her lighter hair color, and I decided after using a thin yarn for the hair of one doll that thin hair isn't good on dolls for kids.  It gets tangled.  Additionally, it takes a lot longer to attach.  Not fun.
Now both my girls have their very own MaryJayne in honor of two of their great-grandmothers! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

MaryJayne's Spring Dress

Just in time for Spring, MaryJayne's Spring dress is here.  The pattern is available on the Free Patterns Page (which means it is free).    I have designed a couple other outfits, but I haven't had time to write them up formally.  This means more outfits to come, soon I hope! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Knitting chicks for Easter

Following up on my introduction of are the chicks I made from the pattern found on Pinterst. The pattern is free and available HERE.

Quick and easy, and I think they turned out well. Knit flat; I used two different yarns and two different sized needles for the two sizes. Have fun!