Her life, in a nutshell

Just a good ol' fashioned knitting blog! Some of items you'll see are things I've made, some are things I would like to make, and some are just pretty! If you would like to order something, just ask.

September 21, 2014 8:03 pm
Two out of 14 repeats done! So far, all is well. This yarn is a bit more muted irl, but it is holding the stitches nicely either way.

Two out of 14 repeats done! So far, all is well. This yarn is a bit more muted irl, but it is holding the stitches nicely either way.

September 20, 2014 9:55 pm

Casting on!

Got this pattern and yarn as a set a few months ago and it’s starting to get cold enough to warrant more smooshy, warm knits.

Okay, it’s always cold enough for me no matter what the season. But anyways.

Only problem I’m having so far is a problem I never thought I would have and that is:

No charts. Everything is written out.

Me from six months ago would have loved that. Me right now is less than enthused. I suppose that’s a sign of improving as a knitter? I do love the pattern and the yarn, just wish that I had the option of charted directions as well. 

unrelated sidenote: this yarn (Manos del Uraguay Maxima) is like the comfiest yarn and I just want to bury my face in it forever. 

9:11 pm

stitcherywitchery:

Stitch Surfer, a free pattern for knit socks from Louise Robert.

Maybe these will be my next socks!

9:36 am
knitsybitsyspiders:

knittingproblems:

thecranewife:

how to bind off without any yarn.
holy shit.

For when the yarn runs out too early

This is a life skill.

knitsybitsyspiders:

knittingproblems:

thecranewife:

how to bind off without any yarn.

holy shit.

For when the yarn runs out too early

This is a life skill.

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September 16, 2014 9:42 pm
Holy crap my knitting blog turned two! That’s adorable!! 

Holy crap my knitting blog turned two! That’s adorable!! 

7:41 am
purple-rose-emporium:

turtlegirl76:

My sock drawer is finally upgraded from a Rubbermaid organizer to an actual dresser drawer. It overfloweth still. 12 pairs went to retirement. That first row? All Socks That Rock #operationsockdrawer #socks #knitting #socksthatrock #bmfa

That’s a LOT of knitted socks!!

purple-rose-emporium:

turtlegirl76:

My sock drawer is finally upgraded from a Rubbermaid organizer to an actual dresser drawer. It overfloweth still. 12 pairs went to retirement. That first row? All Socks That Rock #operationsockdrawer #socks #knitting #socksthatrock #bmfa

That’s a LOT of knitted socks!!

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September 14, 2014 7:59 pm August 29, 2014 7:32 pm
maireaknits:

I’ve been working on revising a couple of older patterns, and Tiptoe Slippers are now at the point where I a re-test the pattern. Besides a general layout update, I have added one smaller size. If interested, I’m looking for test knitters here:http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-testing-pool/3005053/1-25

The deadline is September 8th, and all testers will receive a finished copy of the pattern and one other pattern from my Ravelry store!

If I had made more than two socks in my life, I would love to be a test knitter. However, I will be more than content with making these once the pattern is available! Especially since my mom always called me ‘Tips’ when I was little (I was and still am a toe-walker).

maireaknits:

I’ve been working on revising a couple of older patterns, and Tiptoe Slippers are now at the point where I a re-test the pattern. Besides a general layout update, I have added one smaller size. If interested, I’m looking for test knitters here:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-testing-pool/3005053/1-25

The deadline is September 8th, and all testers will receive a finished copy of the pattern and one other pattern from my Ravelry store!

If I had made more than two socks in my life, I would love to be a test knitter. However, I will be more than content with making these once the pattern is available! Especially since my mom always called me ‘Tips’ when I was little (I was and still am a toe-walker).

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August 24, 2014 1:39 pm

KNITTING BOOK IDEAS:

theymightbeclippy:

* Quick Knits That Make It Look Like You Give A Sh*t -
20 simple projects that knit up quickly for that person who will b*tch forever if you don’t give them a knitted gift, but will absolutely never wear or use the
item.

*Knitting Before Payday-
Tips and tricks to help you stretch your stash, and encourage you to finish up those UFO’s. Includes links to coupons.

* Knits Without Looking-

Lovely patterns with easy-to-memorize stitch patterns. Knit along with your favorite shows, without missing a single trope!

* Knitting With The Doctor-

Level 1:
Apply lotion to your hands every few minutes while demanding: “Moisturize Me!” to no one in particular.

Level 2:
Knitting projects comprised of simple squares. Cast on, turn on the telly, knit.

Beautiful Knits With Yarn That’s Under $100/Skein
Lux looks without mortally wounding your retirement fund.

August 17, 2014 1:09 pm

kisforkarol:

sergendry:

chippper:

for-redheads:

Ginger Animal of the Week

Caracal / Desert Lynx (Caracal caracal)

Photos  |   [1] Caracal by Sandra Metzbauer  |  [2] by Annafur  |  [3]  Tiny little kitten by Andreas Jansrud

screeches

The progression here is amazing

  1. MAJESTIC
  2. MAJESTIC
  3. TINY POOFY CUPCAKE

poofy cupcake. That is now the official name of caracal kits in my dictionary.

(via itslarsyouguys)

12:48 pm
angryjewishknitter:

“Tulip" is a garter-stitch bag with a log cabin bottom and chevron sides. This is a perfect project for ambitious beginners or more advanced knitters looking for a useful stash-buster. I love the bright colors and fun modern textures. 
Designed by Grace Ann

angryjewishknitter:

Tulip" is a garter-stitch bag with a log cabin bottom and chevron sides. This is a perfect project for ambitious beginners or more advanced knitters looking for a useful stash-buster. I love the bright colors and fun modern textures. 

Designed by Grace Ann

(via theknittingpirate)

July 28, 2014 11:08 am
medievalpoc:

myrddin-emrys:

Disclaimer: This is not my own idea; I got the tip from the lovely Elentari-liv, who was kind enough to share her technique with me. This is only showing the basics I’ve used to knit the scales, not how to make any certain piece.
Also, keep in mind that I’m still a beginner at knitting. I’ve been doing it for approximately two weeks.
What you’ll need:
circular knitting needles
yarn
small scales
You’ll probably want to choose a yarn close to your scale colour, or one that complements it (I used a contrasting one here to make things easier to show). You may have to experiment a bit with the yarn gauge and size of the needles. I ended up using gauge three yarn and size six needles after some testing. Larger needles widened the gap between scales, so that the yarn was visible in between, which I didn’t want, and thicker yarn made the scales stick out too much as opposed to hanging. It looked like I was knitting a very ruffled dragon.
Scales can be purchased from The Ring Lord, with multiple choices of colour and material. I’ve experimented with both aluminum and steel; the steel seems to hang better because of its weight, but it all depends on what you need for your project!
(I’m putting the actual process under a read more because I do have a lot of photos.)
Read More

I’m gonna go ahead and put this under the resources tag for reenactors, cosplayers, Rennies and SCA-ers!

medievalpoc:

myrddin-emrys:

Disclaimer: This is not my own idea; I got the tip from the lovely Elentari-liv, who was kind enough to share her technique with me. This is only showing the basics I’ve used to knit the scales, not how to make any certain piece.

Also, keep in mind that I’m still a beginner at knitting. I’ve been doing it for approximately two weeks.

What you’ll need:

  • circular knitting needles
  • yarn
  • small scales

You’ll probably want to choose a yarn close to your scale colour, or one that complements it (I used a contrasting one here to make things easier to show). You may have to experiment a bit with the yarn gauge and size of the needles. I ended up using gauge three yarn and size six needles after some testing. Larger needles widened the gap between scales, so that the yarn was visible in between, which I didn’t want, and thicker yarn made the scales stick out too much as opposed to hanging. It looked like I was knitting a very ruffled dragon.

Scales can be purchased from The Ring Lord, with multiple choices of colour and material. I’ve experimented with both aluminum and steel; the steel seems to hang better because of its weight, but it all depends on what you need for your project!

(I’m putting the actual process under a read more because I do have a lot of photos.)

Read More

I’m gonna go ahead and put this under the resources tag for reenactors, cosplayers, Rennies and SCA-ers!

(via strawberriesaredangerous)

July 21, 2014 8:23 am
Started my Blue Angel Shawl this morning! Finished the set-up rows and one repeat of the first chart. My last endeavour with charts ended badly (hence the lack of activity for the last couple of months), but The Paul’s best friend is getting married in August, and his fiancee is a beautiful, sweet girl who would look so pretty in this shawl. 

Bought the kit on Craftsy during their last sale, and I’m really happy with it so far. The yarn is gorgeous, the pattern easy-to-follow, and it included a workshop with photos for every step.

Started my Blue Angel Shawl this morning! Finished the set-up rows and one repeat of the first chart. My last endeavour with charts ended badly (hence the lack of activity for the last couple of months), but The Paul’s best friend is getting married in August, and his fiancee is a beautiful, sweet girl who would look so pretty in this shawl.

Bought the kit on Craftsy during their last sale, and I’m really happy with it so far. The yarn is gorgeous, the pattern easy-to-follow, and it included a workshop with photos for every step.

July 19, 2014 12:30 pm

Kitchener stitch like a motherfucker! The seam is almost completely invisible, which I’m super proud of since this was my first ever attempt. I only did 14 repeats instead of 16 because I was happy with the length. It’s purely for fashion, and the cotton yarn means that I can wear it next week to work!

Normally projects don’t take me this long (Ravelry shows it’s been like 2 months), but I kept this one as a bus-only project. I may have bought a ton of yarn earlier this week, so I wanted to finish this and then do a serious destashing.

I’m really in love with the colors in this yarn- And I still have two skeins left!! But I need to get started on the Christmas shawls for everyone else, as well as a wedding present for my friend who’s getting married at the end of August.

8:09 am