Wish List || Grannies + Narwhals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Knitting || Pam Power's Diamonds & Lace Convertible Scarf is just to die for! I purchased the pattern yesterday and cannot wait to head to the yarn store this weekend. I love how the two different sections of the scarf complement each other so well.

Crochet || It is a well-known fact that I'm a sucker for a good granny square. I can't get enough of these Crochet Granny Square Baskets from Vika Moka! I will definitely be making one of these in the very near future. :)

Embroidery || How cool is this cross-stitched sign?? I so want one of these for my wall!

Etsy || I already know where this Knitting Narwhals print is going to go on my wall! The knitting narwhals are absolutely adorable!

Food || This paleo pumpkin banana bread from Paleo Leap is making my mouth water! I'm planning on having a Halloween movie marathon tomorrow, and I think this bread will be the perfect addition! 

Also, here's a little peek at what I'm currently knitting. Hopefully, I'll be done and able to share the finished result sometime this weekend! Have a good rest of the week and happy Halloween!

Lattice Knit Wrist Warmers

Friday, October 24, 2014

These knit wrist-warmers have been on my needles for quite some time now and I'm thrilled that they are finally done. They actually work up really quickly, but I've just been SO busy lately! Grad school will do that to you I guess. Anyways, I'm really loving the texture of these! And I love that they are so much easier than they look! If you can knit, purl, and slip, you will breeze through this pattern! 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

- DK weight yarn
- size 5 knitting needles (I always use circular, but either kind will work)
- size F crochet hook (optional)

- The pieces are worked in a square and then sewn up the sides.

Quilted Lattice Stitch Pattern: 
- row one: purl
- row two: k2, *yarn to front, sl5, yarn to back, k1, rep from * to last st, k1.
- row three: purl
- row four: k4, *knit next stitch under hanging yarn from second row, k5, rep from * to last 4 st, k4
- row five: purl
- row six: k1, yarn to front, sl3, *k1, yarn to front, sl5, yarn to back rep from * to last 5 st, k1, yarn to front, sl3, k1
- row seven: purl
- row eight: k1, *knit next stitch under hanging yarn from sixth row, k5, rep from * to last st, k1

- Cast on number of stitches necessary to fit securely around your wrist. The number of stitches needs to be a multiple of six. For my wrist-warmers, I cast on 36 stitches using the 1X1 Rib Cast On method. This is optional, but it makes the cast on more flexible. 
- Work 1X1 ribbing for 7 rows.
- Knit across, working in 3 decrease stitches evenly across the row. I used this website to determine where to put my decreases.
- Work in quilted lattice stitch pattern until piece is large enough to fit your hand.
- Knit bind off.

- With right sides together, sew up the side of each wrist warmer, leaving a 2 in. hole for your thumb.
- Optional: Using crochet hook, evenly work 20 sc around each thumb hole. This is not necessary, but it gives it a nice finished look.
- Weave in ends.

That's it! Pretty simple, right? My family and I are heading to Nashville tomorrow for the flea market and a pumpkin festival, and I can't wait to wear my new wrist-warmers!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Happy Friday and happy crafting!

P.S. This has nothing to do with knit wrist warmers, but...... I bought a puppy!!!!!! His name is Ned, he's a 3-month-old labradoodle, and he's the absolute sweetest thing ever! Just thought I'd share a few of the many, many pictures I've taken of him so far. :)

Crochet with One Sheepish Girl

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This book could not have come at a better time. I preordered it a few months ago, and it just came in this week. This lovely little package waiting in my mailbox was exactly what I needed! Thesis-writing has had me pulling my hair out for weeks now. Overwhelmed has become a good word to describe my life. I was able to take a break for a few hours this weekend to make this lovely little ombre basket. I felt so much more relaxed afterwards! Isn't it amazing how yarn can have that effect on you??

Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford is pretty much amazing. I've read her blog for years and have always been inspired by her style. When I found out she was writing a book, I was ecstatic! All of the patterns in the book are bright and fun and perfect for some weekend crafting! 

Well... It's time for me to get back to writing my thesis. (Chapter one is due today.... EEK!) Hopefully, I'll be able to come up for air in a week or so and have some crafty fun to share with you!

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