Saturday, March 23, 2013

Owl Cup Cozies up in the etsy store!

So, I finally found some time to take pictures of my latest owl cozies and time to put them up in my etsy store! Both are made with acrylic yarn. Even though it isn't a natural fiber, it still does double duty on keeping coffee warm. All of my cozies are acrylic and have worked beautifully (with an added bonus of being able to easily toss in the washer if they get spilled on)!

One is knitted in a pale princess pink with navy blue button eyes, sewn on with purple thread.

Owl Cup Cozy in Princess Pink

The other is knitted in a natural khaki with bright blue eyes, sewn on with purple thread.

Owl Cup Cozy in Khaki

I've priced them at $6.00 a piece. So, if you're interested, they're ready to go!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Another one (or two) bites the dust

I'm proud of myself. Over the weekend, I completed two... that's right, TWO... acrylic stash busting projects!

On Friday, during my "me" time, when the little boy was at school and the big boy was at work, I decided to refine a cup cozy pattern that would suit my coffee guzzling needs. I have crocheted several cup cozies (and they work fine), but I really want some that are knitted. I recently knitted a pattern for an owl cozy, but it wasn't just right. It was too loose and too tall for my tastes. So, I took a different owl cable pattern, changed the needle size, took out a pattern repeat, and voila!

Owl cup cozy in hot pink.

I plan on trying to put a few of these bad boys up on my etsy page soon, so if you like, keep an eye out!

My second project kinda started several years ago. I bought this Red Heart variegated skein before my yarn snobbery began and made a stockinette scarf. For anyone who's knitted a stockinette scarf may know, the ends rolled and there's no "blocking" of acrylic yarn to make it lay flat. I was not happy with it, despite liking the way it striped and the pretty colors. So, on Friday night, I snatched it out of my acrylic stash and frogged it. I decided to make a slouchy hat with the yarn instead. I finished my Eden Slouchy Hat on Sunday night. Here are the finished pictures...

Now excuse me while I go pat myself on the back and plot my next acrylic stash busting project.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Great Acrylic Stashdown of 2013

So, like many people starting off in the adventure of crochet and/or knitting, the lure of the cheap Wal-Mart yarn is so encouraging. A cheap hobby! Only $3 for a large skein of yarn! You could crochet a whole blanket for about $30!! Oh, the joy of ignorance.

It wasn't until I ventured into knitting that I realized how naive I was about the world of yarn (and this was after 7 whole years of crochet!). It started with taking a knitting class at one of the local yarn shops. Oooo.. all those pretty touchy feely skeins of yarn! So soft and *gasp* so expensive!! And then came the joining of ravelry. Ravelry is like a mecca for knitters and crocheters alike. So many free patterns, so many people to chat with about yarn... And that's when I became introduced to the yarn hoars and later to the madelinetosh stalkers.

I realize that I can never truly gain yarn hoar status with my salary, and I will probably never be able to buy multiple sweater quantities of yarn at once, but a girl can try. I have moved away from the cheap acrylic yarn that you buy at Wal-Mart and have truly embraced the love of all things wool, silk, alpaca, cashmere (oh, cashmere...), etc. Once you know of the wonder of real, natural fibers.. there's no going back. Unfortunately, my wallet cries at this knowledge because, let's face it, that shit don't come cheap.

But for 7+ years, the only type of yarn I bought usually came with a "red heart" label. Now that I know the wonder of natural fibers, the acrylic... it burns! And as a pack rat, I never let yarn, no matter how cheap, out of my grasp. So, as you can imagine, I have quite a bit of cheap yarn in my stash. For my New Year's resolution, I decided to get rid of it... get rid of it ALL. But, as a pack rat, I can't just give it away. Oh no. I have to do something useful with all that purchased yarn. Thus, the acrylic stashdown of 2013. I've decided to completely use my acrylic stash this year, by any means necessary. 

So far, I'm off to a good start! I've crocheted a twin size afghan that is currently occupying my son's bed...

I've knitted a colorblock hat...

Oh, the cuteness of this face is heart melting...

I've knitted a cup cozy with owls (buttons for eyes need to be sewn and pictures taken). And I'm currently in the process of crocheting another blanket and knitting a scarf. I'd say I'm off to a good start. And yet, I'm sitting here staring at the mound of acrylic yarn mocking me. "You'll never be able to get rid of me! hahaha!" (So my yarn talks to me, yes.)  And to add to the mockery, my lovely yarn sits there and asks, "Why don't you want to knit with me?" And I do! Oh, I really do. I'm trying to balance one project of lovely yarn (currently knitting a sweater with madelinetosh dk in Medieval, a lovely grape purple) with two projects, one large and one small, of icky acrylic yarn.

I'm hoping that I can keep this up without breaking. I'll try to keep my whole 2 readers updated! ;)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Free at last

I finished all of my Christmas knitting yesterday and now have this feeling of a large burden released from my chest. It's so freeing to be able to knit for myself. I usually buckle down around October and feverishly knit for others for the months up to Christmas. I have a sweater in progress that I can now work on guilt free. Visions of projects to cast on are swirling in my head. The possibilities are endless and I almost feel buoyant!

I love knitting handmade gifts for friends and loved ones during the season, but being able to knit selfishly is simply lovely. :)