Monday, January 30, 2012

New Things!

I love getting things in the mail! It has to be one of the most exciting things to know something is coming for you, to know what it is, but to not know WHEN it's coming! Almost more exciting than waiting for Christmas since you know you're gonna like what's coming! Anyways, here's what I got!

I won this great book from a blog tour on Rhythm of the Needles! I've already marked the ones I want to make first!

This is some great roving from WCMercantile on Etsy. LOVE it! and I'm loving the color! I'm going to go do some spinning right now!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 Goals

So it would be more convenient, I've decided to repost my goals for 2012 here.

  • Make a new animal (from the Chinese zodiac) each month. There's a link to the pattern HERE.
  • Learn something new - such as how to knit real lace. Or maybe how to fit knits - make a cardigan, or maybe a blue one, or perhaps a sweater vest.
  • Knit something with the yarn I made.
  • Make the majority of my Christmas gifts for next Christmas.
  • Design at least 2 pieces of knitwear. I've been meaning to do this for a while, but have never gotten the courage up to try it!
  • Draw at least a little bit every day... I'm gonna need to catch up on this one.
So far I'm not doing so well on the drawing every day.... But I have already designed a piece of knitwear! I made this hat for a friend of mine. I didn't really sit down and write it out beforehand, although I did do a bit of thinking before I started. I basically knew what it wanted to look like and I was off! This was also partly because her birthday party was the next day and I hadn't started on it yet....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Still working on it..

I've been knitting a lot on the Neapolitan Tweed Cape, but I feel like I'm not getting any closer to finishing it! Below is how much I have now, and I'm supposed to continue in this pattern for 18 inches! That's 14 more than I have now!

But first I'll show you how I do my gauge to see if I'm using the right needles with the right tension. My fingers were crossed because I ordered these needles especially for this project from a great Etsy store called Rachael Made It. Anyways, so what I do is cast on the amount of stitches it says to in the correct pattern and knit a few rows to see if it's gonna work out! Not the correct way, I know, but it's worked so far! Hopefully this won't be the exception... So this is my gauge and it is perfect! 20 sts to 4"!

This is what I have now, actually I have a little more now adding up to 4 inches, and probably 140+stitches! CRAZINESS. The only thing is I'm not sure if I like how many of those random dots are showing up so close together... we'll see as it slowly become 18 inches! At which point I'll be at the first buttonhole. Oh boy.

Monday, January 23, 2012


So here I am on rather than weebly. Here I'll be able to post better quality videos and link to other blogs I like to read! Those are the main reasons for the switch. Anyways, now for the important stuff:

I GOT YARN IN THE MAIL TODAY! I LOVE getting mail! And this was special mail, I ordered this stuff especially for a pattern that goes with this particular yarn from

 The pattern can be found HERE. I'm really excited to make it! It will be the first thing I've made that is semi-fitted. I've only made gloves, scarves, and stuffed animals before. It will also qualify as finishing one of my resolutions for the year! I'll post those on a later post. Now for more homework so I can get on this cape!