Carefree Shawlette

After taking that design your own shawl class with Stefanie Japel back in January, I have been itching to get a pattern out there. The actual pattern I knit during the class still needs a lot of work. But I kept getting the urge to get a pattern completed from start to finish. And, with Alex being so wonderful and getting me Knit Visualizer software for my birthday last week (yeah....in addition to getting an engagement ring....is this boy a keeper or what!?) I was now all geared up and ready to go.

So, here it is: The Carefree ShawletteIt's a one skein shawl (the object of my knitting affections for the last year or so). I love knitting these things. Small enough to complete them in a short amount of time. A little bit of lace to keep it interesting.

This one in the pictures is knit out of 1 skein of my Knitting Like Crazy Insanity Sock yarn. But a skein of Malabrigo sock would also do the trick nicely.

Want the pattern? You can get click the buy it now button above to purchase it from my Ravelry store.

Enjoy! :)


From the Queue Friday - Wedding Edition

Well, with the recent engagement of me and Alex (Hooray!) I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the wedding-y things that went in the queue while I was waiting for him to pop the question. :)

This one I actually saw someone receive as a gift a bridal shower last year (I didn't know there were other yarny people there at the shower, so I squeed when my friend received it):

I mean, will I really try crocheting this? Oh, I don't know. But, I do think it is about the cutest thing ever. I couldn't resist putting it in the queue. :) I mean, it's Two Peas in a Pod!

You can get this pattern for free on the Lion Brand website.

There is no doubt that I will be knitting this ring pillow:

This pattern is available in the Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders Book (I have this book and there are lots of cute things in it, just sayin').

So hooray for weddings and hooray for Friday!

What's new in your queue?



Well, some of you who are already Facebook friends with me or follow me on Twitter know this, but I just had to share with all my bloggy friends too. . . .

Alex and I got engaged last night!!!

I don't think I could possibly be more excited. We had shopped for a ring way back in December, the monthly statements started coming for it in late January, and I patiently waited (well, maybe not that patiently, I did ask Alex several times if he was taking me anywhere romantic and also told him once or twice that the ring finger on my left hand was feeling extra light and maybe he could help me weigh it down a little, but I digress).

Anyway, last night after we ate some super delicious dinner (seriously, everyone needs to make this lasagna, it's the best), Alex suggested that we look at the "Alex & Jen Scrapbook." Scrapbooking is my other crafty hobby and I had started this scrapbook after we started dating. So, we are looking at it and we get to the last page and he turns it and there is a scrapbook layout that my dear Alex made!

He said it took him five hours to make and he had to go on the internet to figure out how to make it and he had to steal my scrapbooking supplies! I don't think I have ever loved a page in any of my scrapbooks more. It was so perfect. Crafty and super cute!

There we are looking at the scrapbook page, and he gets down on one knee and says all those things you wait your whole life to hear and pulls the ring out of his pocket! Even though I knew that an engagement was looming I was super surprised. It could not have been better.
So, now all the big decisions start to come into play. Like how much of my wedding do I knit?? :)

Happy knitting!


Hey Look! I can Crochet Too!

So, with the baby watch 2010 in full swing, I am filling all my time for knitting with making baby things.

And, the other night, I found myself having this weird urge to crochet. It doesn't happen often (mostly because I am not good at it), but I thought what the hell!? Why not give it another go. So, I now present the Oh-So-Soft Baby Warshrags:

It's a pattern that is available as a free Ravelry download.

I have to say: It is one great pattern. It's super easy and even someone (cough, cough, like me, cough) who is pretty clueless when it comes to crochet can handle it.
The yarn is some odds and ends of Sugar'n Cream that I had laying around (we all know we have lots of that stuff in the stash!)
I think these will be super cute and a total hit for my friend who is expecting a boy this summer. :)
Happy knitting!


Another Baby Sweater

With my sister just a few weeks away from her due date and my good friend JC due at the beginning of August, not much is getting knit around here other than baby things. And, you know, I have to say that's not a bad thing.

Here is a sweater I knit up for my niece or nephew-or-be. I gave it to my sister last weekend at her baby shower.
It's a pattern that was in my head.
It's just your basic top down raglan construction. I know there are lots of patterns out on Ravelry for that kind of baby sweater. I added the garter stitch since garter stitch + baby = total cuteness.

I used less than one skein of Bernat CottonTots for this sweater. I love that yarn. So very soft and squooshy. I have not ruled out knitting myself a sweater out of it. :)

So, there it is. More baby stuff. And, there is going to be a lot more baby stuff to come on this blog. Seriously guys, that is all I have been knitting. :)
Happy knitting!


Admitting Defeat. . . .

So, I had been on such a roll with this whole Stash Sock of the Month Club. Until April, that is. I had pulled from the closet a lovely kit with some Araucania Sock Yarn and the famous Pomatomus Sock Pattern. It is such a pretty sock (even here in the crappy iPhone pic). But, I don't know. I think I was just not meant to knit this sock pattern. This was my second attempt at the Pomatomus. I tried one time maybe 2-3 years ago and it didn't go well. I just thought I needed a little more knitting experience. Apparently, I was wrong. I just can't seem to get the sock to work out. Everything goes fine until the gusset. Then something majorly wonky happens and no amount of ripping and reknitting seem to fix it.

So, I admit defeat. I was just not meant to knit these socks. :)

So, what's up for May? I'm not sure yet. I have not yet started any sock knitting this month. But don't worry, I plan to start some socks this week. I must move on. On to the next great sock!

Happy knitting! :)

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