Current Works from my hook & needles

I haven’t been sitting idle here!  Although, doing way too much sitting!    Lots of waiting time, which is never a problem, but an opportunity for me to keep my hands busy.

Here’s a couple of my current projects:

Crocheted baby blanket. Started as a sample for a crochet class here at Stitchknit.  Loved the look, so am going to finish it up and get it in the shop.

Crocheted baby blanket. Started as a sample for a crochet class here at Stitchknit. Loved the look, so am going to finish it up and get it in the shop.

2nd blanket using the Blackberry Salad pattern stitch of rows and rows of bobbles.  (a bit addicted to bobbles here!)

2nd blanket using the Blackberry Salad pattern stitch of rows and rows of bobbles. (a bit addicted to bobbles here!)

Love cables~  This scarf is a popular one in my local shop, as well as on Etsy. Seem to have one of these on the needles most of the time!

Love cables~ This scarf is a popular one in my local shop, as well as on Etsy. Seem to have one of these on the needles most of the time!

Next project?  Hoping to get some sewing time, to create some fabric scarves for the Etsy shop.  Have a large stack of fabrics ‘auditioning’ for a spot!

Finished Projects

Not sure which is more fun for me; finishing projects or starting new ones?   I’m thinking the finishing is more fun, as it is a certainty.  The project is done.  I love the detail work at the end of a knitted or crocheted piece.  And, a slot on my mental list of projects is magically opened up!

When starting a new project, I tend to go through a few false starts.  Often starting with the yarn I want to use….then, deciding what I would like to “see” the yarn become…..and finding an existing pattern, or creating from my head…..   Not an easy task for me.  I think I start at least a couple times for each time I truly get a project out of the fiddling around stage.  

Here’s a crocheted cowl that has been stuck at the finish line for months.  Stuck on the buttons.  These plain creme colored ones finally passed muster and I can say the cowl is DONE.  

Lacy, open work, crocheted cowl in creme and rose.

Lacy, open work, crocheted cowl in creme and rose.

Trying to add to the shop before the holiday shopping season, my hope is to have a range of colors of these boot cuffs.  Knit with a ribbed design, one size does fit most!

Wear just inside the boot, or folded over like this....they add a layered look without wearing heavy socks.

Wear just inside the boot, or folded over like this….they add a layered look without wearing heavy socks.

On the needles:  

     My ever present pair of socks for me.  Still on Sock #1…..almost to the ball of the foot.  My things take a back seat when it comes to projects

     Always, but always have a Mary Poppins inspired scarf on the needles.  Who knew this would be my best seller in the shop? 

     Crocheted hat in winter white;  Still on the crown area,  Need to work on this when I’m not visiting with someone….at least until I get the increases done!

      Crocheted baby blanket using the Blackberry Salad pattern.  Slow go, due to the all over bobble design

Summer Schedule = Completed Projects

I’m just settling into my summer schedule here, and sure enough, it’s almost over!  Just 7 more days of foster kiddos summer work experience…..which means just 7 more days of being out of the house at 6:20AM to get him to the bus stop and the reverse at 6PM for the pick up.  

The plus side of the schedule change has been the ‘found’ time while waiting for said kiddo.  

Three shades of Gray:  Crocheted Cowl, finished, and ready to add to my Etsy shop today.

Three shades of Gray: Crocheted Cowl, finished, and ready to add to my Etsy shop today.

Knit boot cuffs, actually finished the pair.  Even have the ends woven in!  They are waiting in line for pics...

Knit boot cuffs, actually finished the pair. Even have the ends woven in! They are waiting in line for pics…

Tea cozy:  Also completed & on the tea pot here.  Waiting in line for pics!

Tea cozy: Also completed & on the tea pot here. Waiting in line for pics!

On the needles:  Another Mary Poppins inspired scarf in the normal size for an adult….and a smaller version in a girls size

On the hook:   My 2nd baby blanket using the Blackberry Salad pattern.  

 

Off the Needles

Off the needles, blocked and waiting for buttons!

Off the needles, blocked and waiting for buttons!

I thought I had just the right buttons for this…….but no.  I need something with more personality.  So, this goes in my bag of items that need something that isn’t in the studio here at Stitchknit.  The bag that needs to go to the store.  This poses a difficulty, in that I truly do hate shopping.

And, this………….it too needs buttons.  Nothing in the box of hundreds and hundreds of new buttons……..or the huge box of vintage buttons will work.  Love vintage buttons, but when the design needs 4, of course……..I can only locate things I like that come with just 3!

crocheted button up cowl by stitchknitThis is truly a tough one to get a picture of.  The yarn is a blend of wool and rayon and has the prettiest shimmer to it.

Off the hook here, just waiting for ends, then the border.

Off the hook here, just waiting for ends, then the border.

This is like the blanket listed here in the shop.  I love this diagonal design.  Easy to remember, great for projects on the go!

 

One More Work in Progress

How many projects do you have in the works at one time?  I don’t know if it is a good idea to count all of mine! :)  Here’s a crocheted scarf/shawl I’m making to replace one that sold months ago.  Yes, I am running very behind here at Stitchknit.

Crocheted scarf from StitchknitGreat project for me this summer. Once I had the initial chain and the first row of floating chains done, I don’t have to count or think for this piece.  Perfect for me!  I love how loose this is and how intricate it looks.  About 10 more inches and this will be ready to put the border on.

Also in the works here at Stitchknit…………..my requisite pair of socks that ‘live’ in the van  Always ready for a bit of knitting when I am waiting for anyone/anything.  Still on sock #1, but at the arch of my foot……heading towards the toe.

Crocheted baby blanket in 2 shades of gray & a deep brick red.  Love having something a bit larger than socks to work on here at home.  Again, it is a no think, no count sort of pattern.  Perfect for right now.

Filling up my inventory of teensy tiny little hearts:

Crocheted hearts by StitchknitJust sold a couple sets of the pale pink ones and discovered I really didn’t have anything that was ready to ship.  Added pale pink, bright pink, navy, natural, yellow, white and have some peach and green thread in my project bag ready to work on.

All crochet projects!  Might have to even that out and come up with some knitting.  I’m old enough to have hands that complain if I don’t switch out the project types occasionally.

Finished!

It’s been awhile since I’ve managed to complete a  new piece for my Etsy shop.  Summer vacation, kiddo home from school, hot weather……..I’ve got all sorts of excuses!  :)

Crocheted blanket  from Stitchknit33″ square, this crocheted blanket is just the size for a new little one.  Brightly colored, this would work for either a little boy or girl.  Not ‘baby’ looking, this will be a favorite for years.  Easy care, made with acrylic yarn.   $65.00

https://www.etsy.com/listing/183217455/baby-blanket-diagonal-crochet-throw-baby?ref=shop_home_feat_1