Fingerless Gloves

It’s been a little while since I last posted. I got busy in the last two months and neglected to update this little blog. The good news is that I managed to get some projects done!  And now that I have settled in to a new place (0ne of the many things that has been keeping me from posting) I’m hoping that will mean greater productivity.

I’m going to start off by posting these fingerless gloves:

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I am pretty pleased with the results. They are made with an alpaca and silk blend that is super soft. These are going to be my last fingerless gloves for a while because I realized that all I own are fingerless gloves. Not really practical in the “polar vortex.”

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I wanted to try a daintier pattern for these gloves, since I used such a a nice yarn. The scalloped edges on this one caught my eye and so far have gotten plenty of compliments. They were supposed to be shorter, but I’m fine with this length since it provides a little extra warmth. The button detail was also a nice touch the designer put in.

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Hot Cross “Wrist Warmers”

  • Pattern: ravelry
  • Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (which is apparently discontinued)
  • Notions: Brass colored buttons
  • Adjustments: None.
  • Would I recommend it to other crocheters: Yes. It’s a really nice looking pattern. However, I clearly made some sort of mistake because they came out much longer than in the ravelry example. My guess is that the yarn I used was too thick. You can also see from the picture that I didn’t do such a neat job where the edges meet in the round. I have since done another project in the round with the same issue. I may be miscounting the stitches.

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     A friend of mine taught me how to knit about 2 years ago.  I started off with a very simple project: a small scarf in stockinette stitch using a heather colored yarn. It took me months to complete it. I was amazed to find out that other people could knit whole scarves in mere hours.

     Needless to say, I’m not a very prolific knitter. I finished that scarf and started a shawl from a craftsy* class, but unraveled it when I found a better shawl pattern (and after I had to keep undoing the same mistake over and over). That’s it for my knitting portfolio.

     About three months ago, I learned to crochet using this book. To my surprise, it was all very straight forward. I made the flower first and felt confident starting some gloves. Soon enough, a cowl followed and then a beautiful collar.

The Deets

  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Wintuk from Thomas Hodgson & Sons, Inc.
  • Color: 5165 (medium gold)
  • Hook size: 4.25 mm
  • Projects completed: a collarcowl, and fingerless gloves

My first crotcheted collar!

My first crotcheted cowl

My first crotcheted gloves!

     I finished all these projects in just three weeks! Considering the unprecedented pace at which I crochet, I’ve become obsessed with all things crochet. Call me crazy, but I love feeling like I’m good at something. I have since tackled a more complicated pattern for fingerless gloves, and I made some mistakes that I’m going to make into a crochet trouble-shooting post very soon. To help me with figuring out new stitches, I used Youtube videos and the Lion Brand Crochet PDF. The latter is one of the best free resources out there. They also have a knitting version. I highly recommend it for any beginner.

     While my next couple of projects are going to be crocheted, I haven’t given up on knitting. The echo flower shawl is high up on my ravelry queue. If only I could manage to be a less clumsy knitter…

*I have several classes in craftsy classroom. Once I get through them, I’ll start posting reviews!

Here, we like to sew and eat pie.

     A year before I decided to launch this little project, I didn’t have much experience with recipe making or needle work. I knew the bare basics because my mother took care to teach me a little of everything.

     It wasn’t until recently that I decided to really immerse myself in all things fiber and baking related. I am especially obsessed with using vintage techniques. There’s something very methodical and calming about doing things the old fashioned way. It really sparked an interest in seeing what else I could learn. I picked up knitting needles and sewing needles and expanded on the basics that my mother taught me. I’m stumbling along trying to teach myself these skills, but since I’m a teacher I thought it would be useful to share my ups and downs with people who are trying to learn the same things.

     Recently, I taught myself the basics of dressmaking and crocheting and I hope that in the next year I’ll be able to tackle more complicated projects.

This is an example of the type of project I would like to tackle in the future. It's Butterick 5832. I own this pattern and look longingly at the instructions every once in a while. Maybe next year you'll see me in a handmade Civil War costume!

This is an example of the type of project I would like to tackle in the future. It’s Butterick 5832. I own this pattern and look longingly at the instructions every once in a while. Maybe next year you’ll see me in a handmade Civil War costume!

     Now that I am a little more familiar with the intricacies of my new hobbies, it has become easier (and more important) for me to tackle my many domestic projects thoughtfully. This blog is a way to document my journey and share what I learn along the way!