Finished one sock!

January 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm (knitting)

Finished! made with instructions for size 8.5-9.5

Finished! made with instructions for size 8.5-9.5

I am so excited! I finally finished my first sock! Now to avoid the supposed sock curse of never finishing the second one!

This pattern was really great for a beginner. Especially pleased with having it as my first sock pattern! I will definitely continue to use this pattern.

★★★★★ -5 stars from me.  Amazing and it worked up very quick! 2 days for me, with college, homework, and a job. I think this is a super project for anyone who wants to learn to make a sock.


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Tropical Punch Slipper Socks

January 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm (knitting)

It’s true, I’ve already changed sock patterns on you. These are the adventures of a first time knitter!

The heel is turned! Not bad for a first try

The heel is turned! Not bad for a first try

I made a mistake when reading the pattern. I believe it was meant for me to slip knitwise, knit, slip knitwise (repeat) for only the first row of the heel. I did it the whole way down. I didn’t realize until afterward there was a second part to the first column telling me to “k16”. New knitter mistakes.

That’s all for the moment. I still think it’s looking good for a first sock. Now to see if I can get the gusset down!

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Yarn Harlot

January 18, 2009 at 6:16 pm (knitting) ()

Yarn HarlotThis book is amazing. I purchased it Yesterday and not 24 hours later, I am finished and enthralled. I laughed at the antics of a wool hoarding squirrel. I sympathized with the misunderstanding of “knitting” and “crocheting” by non fiber artists. I learned Steph doesn’t like crochet! (I learned it at 6! How can I turn my back on it?) I learned and committed to memory how to deal with pesky moths in my stash! And I cried when a knitter lost the ability to knit, and for the sad story of a doula who knits for the newborns.

I never thought there would be books like this. For knitting, I generally find beautiful pattern book after pattern book, but… I would love to find more books like this. I know Steph has written another one, but are there more? I have found joy and inspiration.

★★★★★ -5 stars from me. I identified with the author and fell absolutely in love with this book. Originally I had intended to give it away (like one of my favorite bloggers Wendy) but I have decided I just cannot part with it. I am so sorry. Maybe later down the road, but this is my muse for now. I highly recommend it.

ISBN-10: 0-7407-5037-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-5037-3

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Socks and Lolita

January 18, 2009 at 8:19 am (Uncategorized) ()

My Fiance’s mum wanted some warm bedsocks and I need the experience knitting socks, so I offered my services.
I’m using the Top Spot Socks pattern made available to me by Ravelry. I’m using Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Hair. Whilst I work today (scanning cards for kids who want lunch) I have about 2-3 hours of downtime that I’ll be knitting in.

I plan to start posting tutorials and perhaps even my own patterns when I get the opportunity.
My next plans are to teach how to crochet lace and how to make a lolita skirt. Simple, right?
There’s tutorials everywhere like that, right? Well, I have to start somewhere. I can’t just assume you have the most sewing/knitting/crochet/coloring/whateverthehelliwannadotoday knowledge and jump into something intermediate or hard! What kind of jerk would I be?

Upcoming tutorials:

  1. Crochet Lace (simple)
  2. Rectangle Skirt for Lolita
  3. Metamorphose Replica Skirt (step by step)
  4. Innocent World Blouse (step by step)
  5. Knitted Bloomers (pattern and photos)

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been a while

January 15, 2009 at 4:19 am (Uncategorized)

I think I’m going to start using this as a craft blog. I really enjoy my livejournal, but I’m really warming up to the wordpress. It’s just so well coded and put together!

So I have free time on Thursday night, all Saturday, and all Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. day! Thank you for all the progress you have made and paved the way for in racial equality!)

As far as sewing, I really really like the “gothic lolita” style. For those unfamiliar, I would suggest going to the livejournal community EGL. I won’t define it because it’s different to everyone. I personally enjoy it for the feeling of freedom and the way it encourages me to better myself. Some people not in the fashion will associate it with a sexuality. I choose not to do such things. I don’t see it that way at all, but it’s not important to change your views. If I enjoy it, it works for me.

Currently, I am working on a wedding dress commission (which may or may not be changing, depending on circumstance), a sweater commission, and a cosplay commission. Other than those items, I am stashing baby clothing away for all of my friends who keep birthing cuddly little new humans into this world. I am also knitting some prizes for my university gaming and anime club.

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