I had been wanting to try knitting and crocheting with wire and beads to create jewelry for some time now and this morning I saw Cat of www.letsknit2gether.com demonstrate (very nicely I might add) how to knit a bracelet. You can find her video here. This was a quick 1 hr project and was a nice break from more intricate knitting. Believe it or not this bracelet is surprisingly soft and comfortable to wear.
So with out further a-do here is my first try at knitting with wire!
You can also find Cat on Ravelry as letsknit2gether so stop by and say hello and see all of her beautiful knitting projects. She is super talented and her podcast link is in my sidebar. I find her video podcast very informative and entertaining as well as inspiring!
Cat also suggested a couple of books that she has found helpful.
Twist and Loop by Annie Modesitt
Knit and Crochet with Beads by Lily Chin
Knitting with Beads by Jane Davis
Here is an episode where she walks you through another knitted bracelet using beads.
Why not give it a try?
The Lady is my Lady Eleanor WIP and the bag is my Stained Glass Fan Bag WIP.
First the Lady … she is one of my long time WIP’s and my goal this year was to finish all of my WIP’s! I am well on my way and now have over half of the Lady finished, and I had forgotten how much fun entrelac is. It also helps to know how to knit backwards so you don’t have to constantly turn your work. It is a great technique to avoid purling on all of your wrong side rows, which is great for entrelac as usually you only have 8 or less stitches. The KnitWitch has a great video on this technique here. You can find the Lady E pattern in the book Scarf Style.
I’ve also finished and felted my Stained Glass Fan Bag and lined it as well. I now just have to find the perfect handles for it. The hardest part of any handbag is finding the perfect handles.
I also found the time to finish a quick potholder called Origami Hot Pad. This was really super fast and I started and finished it this past Sunday afternoon.
On Tuesday, April 8th my husband and I had our 30 year anniversary. We spent the day together and had a really enjoyable day. He took me to Borders to buy knitting and crochet magazine’s and I of course I had to have a cold cappuccino at the coffee shop in Borders. We had lunch at Max and Erma’s and he also took me back to the church where we were married. We only drove around the church as it is also a private Christian school so we didn’t go in. The cemetery where my dad is buried is also behind the church, so it was nice to go to my dad’s grave as I hadn’t seen the grave marker since it had been placed.
My husband also took the whole week off, so we went out to eat much more than we normally would. Our daughter had sent us a gift certificate for Outback Steakhouse, so we went there on Thursday and then we went for lunch on Friday to Boston Market.
I get up on Wednesday morning to a surprise that my husband had put in our living room. He had bought a grandfather clock for our 30 year anniversary and although it is huge, I know it will be an heirloom to pass down for generations. He got a great deal on it at Sofa Express who is going out of business and he said he just couldn’t pass it up. I am getting used to it now and love the sounds it makes every 15 minutes.
Ok, that’s enough for now. .. I have a test knit cardigan that is on my needles now for LilyGo. I am giving it to my mom for Mother’s Day so I can’t blog about it until it’s done, as I want the color and pattern to be a surprise. So, look for that post later.
Some links in this post are Ravelry links…you aren’t on Ravelry?
I completed the Noah’s Ark Blanket this past Saturday and I am very pleased with how it came out. It was so much fun to crochet and was a nice change from knitting. Even though I consider myself a fast crocheter and knitter, I believe anyone would consider this project a fast crochet. So if you want a really cute, easy and fast baby gift for your grand baby, baby or someone special I would whole heartily suggest this blanket.
Here is a close up view of the ark and animals.
I found this cute cloud pattern on Ravelry by Andrea Moberly (Rain Cloud) and thought it was the perfect addition to this project! She is a very talented designer! I also just purchased her JoJo the Giraffe pattern and I am looking forward to making it sometime soon!
You can purchase her JoJo the Giraffe pattern on Ravelry and store it in your Ravelry library until you are ready to start it which is great. If you are not on Ravelry you can find the pattern at her Etsy store.
I wanted to show the back of my blanket too, as I think it’s very important to take the time to sew your ark and animals on carefully so that no thread seams show on the back. After all you want the back to look nice too!
Started: April 2, 2008
Finished: April 12, 2008
Pattern: Noah’s Ark Baby Blanket in Crochet! Magazine May 2008
Yarn: TLC Cotton Plus Solid
Modifications: I added the Rain Cloud and used smaller hook size on the elephant’s trunk, giraffe’s antlers and spots. I also preferred the wrong side to show for the ark and elephant.
My Ravelry Details
My most recent project is this cute little baby blanket by Michele Wilcox. It is the Noah’s Ark Baby Blanket and the pattern is in the Crochet! Magazine, May 2008 issue.
I am finished with all of the animals and am now working to complete the background sky part of the blanket. This has really been a quick, fun project and the pattern is very easy to follow. I also love the yarn that it calls for which is TLC Cotton Plus. This is my favorite cotton yarn to use for dishcloth’s as it retains it’s size and doesn’t shrink and it doesn’t fade. So, this is a perfect yarn for this project. It is also very soft and drape able.
Here is a little preview..
my Ravelry details here…