Friday, November 4, 2016

Oruga Pattern Sale

From now until November 12, get my new Oruga baby blanket pattern for 50% off, with the coupon code 'orugasale'!!!   :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vintage Aeroplane Pillow

I mentioned in a previous post that I was starting work on designing a pillow unlike any I've seen before.... Well it's all done, and currently in the process of being tested on Ravelry. I'm SO happy with how it turned out, and hope you all fall in love with it as well!

My nephew had a vintage-airplane themed 1st birthday recently, and I designed this for his present. It features a vintage bi-plane on the front, seed stitch borders, a fabric back, and a zipper in the bottom for easy removal. I've never tried to combine fabric with knitting before, and I've also never put a zipper in my knitting... So this was quite the new experience! Despite having to make it up as I went, I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out, and this whole process has been making my brain churn with more possibilities for new patterns!

As soon as it's done being test-knitted, I'll be releasing this pattern for sale, hopefully in time for Christmas knitting!

Oruga Baby Blanket is Available!!!

My new pattern, Oruga, is now available for purchase on Ravelry!!!  I'm so excited about it, and hope you all love it as much as I do!  :)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Oruga Baby Blanket

I'm super excited to be getting back into designing some knitting patterns!!! It's been a couple of years since I've been able to play around and design something myself, instead of just doing other people's patterns! I just finished this blanket, and am currently trying to get test-knitters for it on Ravelry (let me know if you want in on this, and I'll let you know how!).

It's knit with a super bulky chenille yarn, so it's SUPER cozy for a little one. Because of the chunky yarn, it's a relatively quick knit, and doesn't get boring like many baby blankets. It has a simple grid pattern, with lacy squares, stockinette squares, and seed stitch squares. Very simple, but so classy looking! 

As soon as I can get the pattern released, I will be posting a link on here! :)

(P.S. I'm also starting work on a pillow pattern that I'm SUPER excited about! I've never even seen a pattern quite like it, so it is completely experimental. I think it's going to turn out really well, and I can't wait for you all to see it!!!)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pirate Ringo's Salsa

Non-knitting related post ahead! (unless you like eating chips and salsa while knitting.....) ;) 

I just wanted to take a minute and let you all know about a business venture my sis and her husband are trying to launch: Pirate Ringo's Salsa. My brother-in-law has made his own salsa for years, and has had many, many people tell him he should market it. So just within the last few months he's decided to try a go at it. They can only sell to friends and family currently, until they get licensed, so they have started a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise funds so they can get licensed faster, and then get the salsa in the hands of the public faster. Every salsa lover who has tried this stuff has raved about it, saying it's some of the best out there!

So if you're into salsa, please go check out their Kickstarter campaign, and consider making a donation to get this thing off the ground! You'll get freebies for your donation too.... everything from Christmas ornaments, tote bags, jars of salsa, oven mitts, t-shirts, and the ultimate- a signature Pirate Ringo's Salsa created in your honor and named after you!

On a side note.... aren't my niece and nephew the cutest little pirates ever??? ;)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Knitting

Now that Christmas is past, I can finally post about my knitted gifts! I only did two knitted gifts this year, and that was a good thing, because one of them I finished at 8:30 PM Christmas Eve. Talk about a close call! Both of the projects were pillows, from patterns I found on Ravelry.

The first one was an Aran Pillow for my sis and brother-in law. I've had this lovely Shetland wool sitting around for a long time, and it kept telling me it wanted to be made into something with cables. So I did! ;)  I was really pleased with how this turned out. I ended up sewing a pillow cover out of brown cotton to go under it, because at first, I could see the white pillow through the knitting. I didn't like that look, so I whipped up a pillow cover, and voila! it worked perfectly.

The second one (that was such a close call), was a Knit & Weave Pillow. I had never seen a technique like this before, so I decided to give it a try. I LOVE it! It's so unique compared to most knitted pillows. It gave me so many ideas on how to use this technique elsewhere! It was a much smaller pillow than I've done before (12"x12"), but it was the perfect size for this pattern. It made such a lovely little pillow to curl up with on a snowy night! ;)

Close-ups of the weaving.

So those were my Christmas knitting projects! I'm already thinking up gifts to start making for next year.... maybe I'll do a post about it soon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Winter Knitting

I admit.... I'm already looking forward to fall and winter. Part of that might have to do with the high temperatures and extreme smoke we've had this summer. And part of it is because I'm one of those weird people who actually enjoy school, and I'm looking forward to starting my second year of college. But a big part of it is that I LOVE winter knitting. When I think about knitting in the winter, I imagine myself curling up with a latte and a blanket, and working on a nice chunky sweater. Or maybe I'm watching a movie with the family and knitting something for my little niece. Either way, winter knitting always makes me think of nice rich, dark shades of yarn, and projects that are filled with cables, seed stitch, and other lovely knitted textures. 

I'm already trying to plan what I'll knit this winter, and thought I'd share a few of my ideas with you.

I think my first choice would be DownEast. I love how chunky it is, the off-center cabling, the cowl-neck. Yep, I pretty much love everything about this sweater.

I just discovered Tinder on Ravelry today, and immediately favorited it. I love the texture of the pattern, and how cozy it looks.

Ease is a pattern that I've had in my favorites for a long time. I love sporty-looking patterns, and this one looks perfect for taking a run or hike in.

The color scheme of the Hollywell Cardigan were what made me fall in love with it. It looks super comfy, while looking trendy, too.

And last of all is the Mielie Vest. I love layering vests over my t-shirts in winter for extra warmth, and I love the style of this one.

So these are what I'm thinking about knitting right now. This list will probably change a dozen times before winter arrives, though, so I'll keep you all posted on what I decide!