That Knitting Kidd

I’m working on my own version of the ever present fingerless mitts, working on making these both left and right handed, with some shaping. It’s working very well so far.

These wrist-warmers are currently in construction using some gorgeous yarn that I bought off a dyer (YarnLoftbyJulia) I found in my area through Etsy. Would highly recommend, as the yarn shipped quickly and arrived much faster than I expected (I’ve had this yarn for a whole week already!)

Apparently my lighting dramatically changes depending on the time of day. I should work on my consistency with that. The middle pictures are the closest to true colours.

Just posting a quick photo of my Birthday present for my adorable niece. Was a quick knit, took a handful of hours last night. Made from this pattern (non-Ravelry link).
I quite like how versatile this pattern is. Is very nice.

Just posting a quick photo of my Birthday present for my adorable niece. Was a quick knit, took a handful of hours last night. Made from this pattern (non-Ravelry link).

I quite like how versatile this pattern is. Is very nice.

Pattern now available! You can find it for sale on Etsy and Ravelry.

Alternatively, I am also looking for testers. For the lucky few. Mwahaha.

Pattern now available! You can find it for sale on Etsy and Ravelry.

Alternatively, I am also looking for testers. For the lucky few. Mwahaha.

Currently working on putting a pattern together for this Large Knit Headband, which is now up for sale on my Etsy.

Thought I’d share with you all, because I’m glad it turned out so well. It might have turned out a bit better if I used stripes, so each “large stitch” was a different colour from the previous (to emphasize the pattern).

The pattern is based on what I’ve heard referred to as “Rapunzel stitch”. I used this (German) video to learn it.

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I’ve been working on this for ages, so very glad that it’s finally done. It’s a long skinny scarf, inspired by Gru from Despicable Me. Though, it’s still fashionable without the cosplay ;)

The scarf’s 6 2/3 feet long (80 inches, 204 cm) and 2.5 inches wide (6.5 cm).

The repeating pattern is something I especially enjoy. The black stripe is half the length of the grey stripe. Which satisfies something in me, aesthetic-wise.

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I’ve started making Boot Toppers. The one that I’ve made for these pictures is in a fantastic Jade green, with pure wool.

I really enjoy this pattern, though I could always make it in a spiralling or “barber-pole” pattern, rather than the zig-zag.

Check it out!

When making/buying a scarf, what’s an ideal length?
Etsy Shop Grand Opening!

I have now opened an Etsy shop of the same name. So exciting.

On this shop you can find the following items up for sale:

I also have a couple patterns up for sale, too.

Please feel free to check it out! If there’s anything you’d like to buy that I can make, let me know.

Review - Yarn Ball Winder

Today, I got my Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder in the mail. Join me in my journey of discovering how the shit it works!

First, and foremost, you need the device:

It’s not very useful in the box, so I dumped out all the contents.

In the box, you’ve got a large round thing that spins when you try to pick it up, a handle, a different weird tube, and a bag holding a clamp.

I was wanting to use two chairs to hold my skein, as I do not have a swift. Forgetting about the height difference between my table and chairs, I tried to attach the clamp.

There’s two ends to the clamp, and it’s important that the little one goes in the bottom, like this:

Otherwise, it becomes this weird thing that would refuse to work (no picture available).

Finally, it’s down to the fun part. I had two skeins of Baby Llama Heather (by Diamond Luxury) to wind, in Teal and Purple. I started with the Teal, and it went from this:

to this:

after much struggling. There were several problems that I experienced. First, the yarn snagged, cause I was hooked to the table and trying to wind from taller chairs. Then, once the winder went from table to hand, the inner post was not properly locked in place, so the yarn would randomly fly away, which happened twice before I managed to fix the problem. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a picture of this ridiculousness, as the cat was very interested in destroying my gorgeous yarn.

That being said, the ball still wound up pretty nicely. I feel much less exhausted in the arm than when I wind by hand. The pattern is nice, and there’s the option to pull from the centre or the outside.

Finally, time-wise, it is a life-saver. My second skein, the purple, wound up in 5 minutes. Which was amazing.

The only problem I really had, other than my incompetence, was trying to get a tension on the yarn while winding, as my hands were both occupied. I would recommend getting a swift. I would, but I’m poor.

I also had some static problems, but that’s probably more me and this damn dry weather than the winder’s fault.

I hope you enjoyed this first review of mine. If there’s anything you’d like me to review, I am always open to free samples. ;)

I just finished my Mama hat today. It’s still this pattern, mostly cause I love the broken rib. I did a much thicker wool, ultra bulky, Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Fleece and Thunder (thunder… thunder… thunder).

This blog has also been active for one whole year today! Yays! Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve created my first original chart, started my first pair of socks (and finished two pairs!), attended my first Con as a vendor (and made real, not funny, money), and designed a pattern that has been downloaded by over 200 unique users (according to Ravelry).

Go me! I’m so thankful for you all, and for your continued tolerance.