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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer Spa Series|| Knit Washcloth


It's time for the second installment in my summer spa series! (If you missed the first pattern, you can find it here) Up next are these beautiful, knit washcloths. I wanted them to be as soft as possible, so I used 100% cotton and made the fabric very loose and lacy. I love how they turned out and cannot wait to put them to good use!


If you've never attempted a lace knit pattern before, this is the perfect project to give it a try! The pattern is not complicated and doesn't require quite as much attention as some other lace projects. Once you're a few rows in, it becomes really quick and easy. Plus, these washcloths are much smaller than most lacy ventures. Each one took a little over an hour. All in all, a great project to "get your feet wet" with knitting lace. 



Materials:
- cotton yarn ( I used Bernat Deluxe in Seaspray and Lily's Sugar'n Cream in Ecru)
- size US 10.5 knitting needles ( These are my go to.)
- yarn needle
- embroidery scissors

Notes:
- Each row begins and ends with k 3. This will create a garter stitch border around the entire washcloth, giving it more structure.
- Pay close attention to your yarn overs! These are easy to forget, possibly known from experience... :)
- Finished dimension: 11 inches by 9 inches.

Abbreviations:
- yo: yarn over
- k2tog: knit two together. It's just like it sounds. Instead of knitting through one stitch, you are going to knit through the next two stitches at once. (This video can help!)
- skp: slip, knit, pass. Again, just like it sounds. Slip one stitch, knit one stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, just like you would if you were binding off. (This video can help!)


Directions:
- CO 28
- Rows one - four: knit.
- Row five: k 3, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * across to last 3 stitches, k 3
- Row six: k 3, p 22, k 3
- Row seven: k 3, *skp, yo, repeat from * across to last 3 stitches, k 3
- Row eight: k 3, p 22, k 3
- Repeat rows five - eight until piece measures 8 inches.
- Last four rows: knit.
- Bind off.



And you're done! Don't forget to check out the first pattern in this series!

Happy Thursday!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Wishlist || Home

We've been in our home almost a year now and are slowing continuing to decorate and personalize the place. I recently finished working on my craft space (see the sneak peek here) and am turning my eyes to the rest of the house. The items on this month's wishlist are things I would LOVE to add to my home!



Knit || How adorable are these knit planters from The Merrythought?? I've been on a bit of a succulent kick lately and am loving how they look wrapped in yarn!


Crochet || Recently, I was asked to "DIY the room" by Cut Out + Keep and this was the first DIY I chose from their website. This blanket from Nicki Trench's book Crochet Basics is STUNNING. (If you haven't seen my DIY the Room feature yet, check it out here!)


DIY || I remember making God's Eyes when I was a kid but mine never looked like this... Almost Makes Perfect did a great job with these!


Etsy || These watercolor whale prints from Just Like Pictures make me so happy! I can't wait to get my hands on these guys. :)





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer Spa Series || Crochet Twine Basket



In my opinion, there is nothing more relaxing than a little bit of pampering. Bubble bath? Yes please. Mani/pedi? Of course! Weird DIY face masks? Yup. My love of pampering is the inspiration behind this new summer series and I am so excited to get started! For the next two weeks, I will be sharing a couple of free, spa-day inspired projects!

First in the line-up is this crochet twine basket! Since I wanted the basket to be sturdy, I decided to try something new and crochet with cotton twine. I love the way it turned out! I just finished it yesterday, and am already putting it to good use as a bath bomb container! :)



Materials:
- two rolls of twisted cotton twine  
- size H crochet hook ( I like this one. )

Directions:

Bottom 
- Ch 25
- Row one: sc across, turn
- Row two: ch 1, sc across, turn
- Repeat row two until piece measure four inches

Sides 
- Note: At each corner, you will work in back loops only, this will help the finished fabric to "fold."
- Ch 19
- Row one: sc across, turn
- Row two: ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc across, turn
- Row three: ch 1, sc across, turn
- Repeat rows two and three until piece measures four inches. 
- Continuing with the alternating sc and dc row pattern, work the next row in back loops only.
- Working in both loops again, repeat rows two and three for another seven inches.
- Continuing with the alternating sc and dc row pattern, work the next row in back loops only.
- Working in both loops again, repeat rows two and three for another four inches.
- Continuing with the alternating sc and dc row patter, work the next row in back loops only.
- Working in both loops again, repeat rows two and three for another four inches.

Assembly
- Lay side piece so that the two shorter ends are right next to each other. Use a mattress stitch to attach the two sides.
- Again using mattress stitch, attach the bottom of the piece to the sides. Make sure that your back loop rows are at the corners!
- Weave in ends.
- Fold sides over two inches.


Now just fill up your basket with whatever you'd like, and you're done!

Be sure to check back for the second part of my summer spa series!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Craft Room Sneak Peek || Herringbone Knitting Basket



Since we moved into our home last August, I haven’t had a dedicated crafting space. Most everything just gets done on the couch with a very large nest of supplies all around me (and Netflix in the background, of course!) I finally took the time this week to set up and organize my work space. It’s not 100% finished, but I thought I’d share a sneak peek with you! 




I received this handmade herringbone basket (link here) from Uncommon Goods last week and have completely fallen in love with it! It’s the perfect size because it can hold all the yarn I need for my many WIPs (there always seems to be so many of them!!) and still be portable. It fits perfectly wherever I’m working, whether in my actual craft space or on the couch, which is more likely if I’m being honest. :)


The thing I love most is the story behind the product. With most companies, you order something and have no insight into the designing process or where the product originated. With Uncommon Goods, you can see not only the designer of the product, but the inspiration and story behind it. My basket was designed by Leslie Mittelberg, an artist who is passionate about bringing “independence to rural African communities.” It was made using cattails and plastic recycled from prayer mats and rugs.



It’s so rare to find a company that truly cares about their products and designers. Uncommon Goods is a company I can feel really good about purchasing from. Half of what they sell is made by hand and most of it is produced here in the USA. They also pride themselves on working in harmony with the environment. One third of their entire collection is made from recycled or upcycled materials. How cool is that??


I’m already scoping out my next purchase from Uncommon Goods. They've got tons of other home decor items that have me swooning (link here)! We’ve been in our home for almost a year now and the walls and beds are still pretty empty. I’m going to look into purchasing some art (link here) and bedding (link here) from them in the very near future! 


Happy Tuesday everyone! Stay tuned for a more detailed tour of my craft space once it’s completely done!

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own!*