Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jan. project update

Finished the boot cuffs, all I have to do is weave in the loose ends. And I promised I would write up the simple pattern I used. So I will do that in the next couple of days as well as post a few pictures of them on a leg! LOL I am not wearing the right jeans for modeling them.

I am calling them "Two-way boot cuffs" because you can wear them two ways for a different look.

And I am really making progress on my sweater vest. The back is done and almost done with one of the fronts. I love the way the sun in shining and making shadows in the pictures.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Knitting book review!

Knit Your Own Zoo
Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals
by - Sally Muir
5 Stars!!!!!!

From the authors of the beloved and best-selling Knit Your Own Dog, Knit Your Own Cat, and Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter comes Knit Your Own Zoo! With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for 24 animals, it's an irresistible guide to knitting a single exotic pet or an entire stuffed menagerie.

What could be better than a cuddly koala or a long-necked giraffe to call your own? Knit Your Own Zoo includes patterns for both, as well as a tiger, crocodile, penguin, meerkat, elephant, armadillo, panda, a kangaroo and her joey, and 14 other delightful creatures. The animals are surprisingly easy to make; with a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable companion for life. Given a week, you could be charging admission to your own nature park!

Along with the knitting patterns, Sally and Joanna also include brief descriptions of the various species and offer tips and advice on sewing up and embellishing the animals.

And, of course, these knitted animals are much easier to look after than the real things—they don't eat, won't make a mess, and are legal to keep in your home.

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne ( They export their products to stores all over the world including Barneys, Saks, Liberty, and The Cross. They won the U.K. Fashion Export Small Business Award in 2002 and several pieces of their knitwear are in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their previous books include Knit Your Own Dog and Knit Your Own Cat.
Check out their website - HERE

Oh my gosh these are so stinkin cute!!!!! I want to make every single one of them!
I review "Knit your own Dog" and "Knit your own Cat" and I thought those were great. I think this one is my favorite!
As an avid knitter, I am always looking for new creative ideas. I don't like to stick to sweaters. I like knitting different types of things. I think these would be great for summer. They are small so you won't get hot from having it on your lap (see I think of those things).

I haven't tried one yet, but the patterns look pretty straight forward and easy to follow. I knit socks so I am used to using the tiny needles. I am really looking forward to using all three books!

Here are a few of my favorites (although seriously I could have put them all!).
A cute Koala -
I hate bats! But this one I think I would love -
A Righ-tailed Lemur!!!!!! I love Lemurs!

Thank you so much Netgalley and "Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers" for sending me this great e-book to review! 

Get your copy from -
Amazon - HERE 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Project Update

I have come a long way on my Cabled vest from Lion Brand. I really like it so far, it is knitting up quite nicely!

I have also started on a pair of Boot cuffs. I actually made this pattern up, because I thought... How hard could it be? I will post my pattern when I am finished with them.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fun Friday!

These are the projects that are on my knitting "Wish list" -

Boot Cuffs -

Cup Warmers -
This Ear Flap Hat! - Isn't this so cute????
All of these pictures are from Ravelry as are the patterns.

What's on your knitting wish list?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New project - Cabled vest

This is my latest knitting project - A Cabled vest from Lion Brand
These pictures are from Ravelry (they are not mine, mine are at the end - in green)

I am going to put a zipper on the front which is not shown in the pattern.
This is the yarn I am using -
It is 75% Acrylic and 25% Wool. It is very soft and very nice to work with. And I love the color!

This is my vest so far -

The cables go every which way, this is not just a simple twist with the cable always going the same way and every row of the pattern is different - so I would not recommend this for a beginner.
This is a real nice pattern so far though. It seems very clear and easy to follow.

Get the free pattern - HERE or HERE (you must sign in to Lion brand to get the pattern, but joining is free)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Christmas knitting

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I sure did.
There are the slipper booties I made for the daughter (she loved them!) -

And I made the husband some socks that he equally loved (sorry I did not get pictures of him wearing them)

I actually do not have a project started right now! Gasp! I know!
I need to start something quick.