Giveaway, Yarn along & Handmade Christmas Craft Along

If anyone missed me, I have been draggin my sick self around my house trying to keep everyone going while battling the flu. I have been snuggling on the couch with my herbie rice pack, putting eucalyptus oil in the humidifier and lots of herbal teas.  I realized I have not blogged in nearly a week…yikes!

I will be ready for Thursdays Craft Along so please share your projects with me.  I would love to see what you are making and excited to host this weeks giveaway. Seaking of giveaways, please remember tomorrow is the last day to enter the handmade contest for this week.  Alex of The Cloverdilly is giving away some really sweet little earrings in your color choice, a perfect gift for any girl on your list.  You can see how to enter here

One thing I was able to do while on the couch was work on my project for this weeks Yarn Along over at Small Things.  Reading other posts for the past two weeks has inspired me to do something different.  I put down my crochet hooks and picked up my dusty knitting needles! I have to say, after some very trying days, I am loving the rhythmickness of pulling yarn through my fingers, the swishing sound of the wood needles slding over each other. 

This week, the flu has got me reading The Waldorf School Book of Soups. If you are sick, you want this book!

I am working on the easiest sweater I could find on Ravelry. It is a kimono sweater, you can see what it here. It is made for a baby but I am playing around with the pattern to fit my sworthy 2 year old.  This will be the first garment I have ever made. I have not knitted in years and even back then it was just a sorry little scarf…nothing to write home about. 

 so far I have the back done

The first day of knitting I could not remember if I was purling or knitting or if the yarn went in the front or back or what to do next.  I started out the first night making a blanket, but realized quickly that I would not have enough yarn.  I ripped out my stitches a half dozen times and one time I even threw the yarn and needles across the room and went to sit in a rocking chair while feeling sorry for myself.

My stitches do not look anywhere near as nice or magical as most of the knitters I admire at my fave blogs..wink,wink, (you know who you are…hi!) I think I need to work on my tension but I hope they will improve with time.

 In the meantime, I am enjoying the process.  What is your favorite easy for a begginer knitting pattern?  Please do share!

The blanket was not a total waste of time because now I know if I am purling or knitting : )  I am excited to see the sweater on Livie and hopefully will tweak it further to fit my bigger girls too.  So what are you working on?  Come back tomorrow and share your project at the Craft Along.

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21 Responses to Giveaway, Yarn along & Handmade Christmas Craft Along

  1. rogerandkatie October 28, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    Evie pants has an easy pattern for longies <3 I have my first pair longies off the needles! They ned the ends woven in, and to be blocked and lanolized.

  2. lis October 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    right now, with a tiny babe, simple knitting is the only way to go for me. i love this little kimono, think i might give it a go once i get a couple diaper soakers finished.

  3. Joy October 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Very sweet knitting! There are tons of simple scarf and hat patterns on ravelry. Too many to list. 🙂 We love the Waldorf book of soup too. My youngest and I have been making a new soup each Monday for our cooking project.

  4. Becks October 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    I think your stitches look lovely and even.The book looks like one to own too.xx

  5. steph October 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Your knitting looks just fine–once it is blocked the stitches will even out and look every bit as good as the best knitter's! Good job!!Hope you're feeling better soon.

  6. Erin @ Wild Whispers October 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    It looks beautiful! Simple knitting is oftentimes my favorite kind! Keep up the good work! Hope you are finally on the mend…

  7. Jen October 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Feel better soon!As far as the sweater goes, you're doing just fine and your stitches are just right.

  8. Crunchy Momma October 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Thank you Jess, I am so excited….I remember feeling this way about crochet in my teens : )I have put off learning to knit for so long because crochet is so easy but I hope to keep learning. I wish I had an instructor close by.

  9. Crunchy Momma October 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Rosina, Thank you for sharing that pattern with me. I could use those for working on projects in the winter.

  10. Crunchy Momma October 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Lori Ana, Oh I love the patterns you suggested!!! Are they your patterns? I am Crunchy Crochet on Ravelry. I have no clue what to even do on Rav except search for patterns but that is my name there. Thank you for sharing those suggestions with me. THey are perfectly my taste : )

  11. Crunchy Momma October 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    La Chilli, I do still have a very stubborn chubby little two year old for whom I crochet wool covers and longies for. I would love to try to knit one now : )

  12. Jess October 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I hope you're feeling better! Sick Mamas have no fun 🙁 You have cleared a major beginner knitter hurdle by recognizing the difference between knits and purls! You should feel great about that!youtube is full of great videos that have helped many of my knitting students over the years. I would definitely check that out.Your sweater is coming along great!

  13. Kat October 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    I am also knitting for the first time. Trying to make a sweater for my 7 month old for christmas. I am giving myself plenty of time. For things I have gotten stuck on I go to youtube. I find it very helpful to watch videos

  14. Kat October 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I just started knitting myself. I am trying to make a sweater for my 7 month old boy for christmas. Giving myself lots of time to get it done. I dont know what to do when I drop stitches and how to finish off.etc. but I find watching videos on youtube very helpful.

  15. *kate October 26, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I hope you feel better soon! Your knitting is looking great! Can't wait to see it 🙂

  16. Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} October 26, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, I hope you feel better soon. Your sweater is coming along nicely 🙂 Scarves and hats are lovely easy patterns and my favorite when I started was fingerless mitts. Here's a link to the pattern I used. essentially was a rectangle with a pretty moss stitch and then you just sew up the seam leaving a gap for your thumb 🙂 Quick and fun. Happy knitting!

  17. Lori ann October 26, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    your knitting looks so good to me, it's wonderful your just picking up your needles again, and making your first are some very simple and sweet patterns you might like: beginner friendly. :)have fun.

  18. La Chili October 26, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    I think it's a great sweater and the stitches are very good.I love the ottobre wool diaper cover pattern, but maybe you don't have anyone on diapers or like cloth diapers. But that was the first pattern I used for my online knitting class and it was really good, everybody (all beginners) were able to finish it.

  19. Nicole Spring (Front October 26, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Oh and the Phoebe's Sweater pattern is found in the book. It's on Etsy with free shipping or Amazon.

  20. Nicole Spring (Front October 26, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    I'm so sorry you are sick 🙁 I pray that you're all up and running around soon!!Yay for knitting!!! I wish you could come here and teach me how to crochet 😉 I like the pure and simple patterns. Their sweaters are seamless and easy to knit up.Much love to you!! XO

  21. Rachel Proffitt October 26, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    beginner patterns- well scarves are great- and hats are probably my favourite 🙂 But none in particular LOLThis looks lovely- you're doing great!

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