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A new craft

well, I did it. I graduated from college and started my new job at the NIH. It’s nice having time in the evenings without having homework to do! During my move, I inherited a large box full of crewel embroidery yarn leftover from the shoe and fabric store that my grandpa used to own. With all of these supplies, I figured I’d try my hand at learning embroidery! 

my box of crewel wool

Before diving into my supplies, I decided to just purchase a kit at a needlepoint/yarn store in Virginia. The kit came with directions as well as all of the supplies I needed minus the hoop. At first I really struggled, but as I got into the swing of things, I started to really enjoy it!

Crewel embroidery is obviously pretty different from knitting, but both are relaxing and lead to an awesome finished product. One benefit of embroidery is that if I get bored of one color or stitch, I can switch to a different one for awhile. All in all, I think it’s definitely something I’d like to continue doing!


After blocking, this will become a pillow!


Embrace Octopus sweater: almost done with part 1!


I’ve already been working on this sweater for almost a month and I’m just now finally close to finishing up the body. Exams have started up so I’m afraid I’m going to have even less time to knit now so we’ll see how it progresses. This is definitely one of the hardest projects I’ve ever worked on with all of its charts but I’m having a lot if fun with it.
The sweater looks awesome so far. The tentacle pattern really stands out now- I’m so excited to get to wear this!

Cable knit headband


Although I did start an Etsy shop last month I’ve been really slow in stocking it since classes started. I just don’t have enough time to knit for myself much less to make enough things to fill a store. That said, I did finally have the time to make another item- this cable-knit headband. It’s made from 50% wool/50% acrylic yarn and it feels nice and cozy warm. I really want to just make a blanket out of this yarn and cuddle up under it all day (especially since it’s currently 5 degrees outside). This project was nice and quick- it was definitely a nice break from the octopus sweater! Hopefully I’ll have some more time in the next few weeks to knit up a couple more things to sell.
The headband is listed here on etsy for $10.00. If you want another color just let me know and I can custom make one for you.


Circular needle case


Over break, the plastic case that my Knit Picks circular needles came in fell apart so I asked my mom, who’s an amazing sewer, to make me one. I spent some time on Etsy getting ideas for a design and we figured out a combination of features that would be best for the case. After that, we made a trip to JoAnn’s fabrics to pick out a quilted fabric for the body of the case and a pattern in a corresponding color for the lining. My mom wrote out her own pattern using paper bags and sewed it together. Im so impressed by the results! There are pockets for the needles and for four different sizes of cables. There’s also a little zipper pocket for miscellaneous things. The case folds up in thirds and is held together with a button.
I love how it turned out. Its very practical and helps keep all of my needles in one place. I love the colors in the fabric too! Maybe someday I’ll learn to sew too but for now, I’ll just stick to knitting (sewing looks really hard). Thanks again mom!




Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Thank you all so much for following and reading my blog! It’s been a great year full of knitting and 2014 looks like it holds many more exciting projects. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve!
Happy knitting!

A Very Knitting Christmas

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good holiday! I personally had a very knitting-filled Christmas. Besides spending a lot of time working on the Afmaeli sweater, most of the presents I received were knitting related. First off, my parents gave me the Knit Picks blocking boards and sock blockers so I won’t just have to pin things out on the carpet in the future.


I need to knit some socks now to try out the sock blockers! I also received this book:

It has tons of beautiful color pictures and the corresponding charts. I’m excited to try it out on a hat or another simple project.
Finally, “Santa” gave me a project bag to carry my current project around in. This will be so much better than the paper bags I’d been using until now.

All in all, I had a great Christmas and was blessed to spend the holiday with family. This winter break has been great so far- I’m slowly recovering from the semester and I’ve been getting lots of knitting done! I’ll post an update on the Afmaeli sweater in the next day or two. Happy knitting!