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Knitting Notebook

I made this notebook for a swap on Craftster quite awhile ago. I think it was a swap for a project bag and yarn and needles. That kind of thing. I made this notebook from scratch using a bind it all machine that my mom bought me for my birthday. This was last year? It was rather fiddly to make. Kinda tough to keep everything lined up nicely. The front and back are made from chipboard. Did you know that chipboard is super cheap at an art supply store? And it’s a big piece–poster board sized! I decorated the front with Knit, which I cut using my Sizzix machine and of course scrapbook paper.

Inside I included a needle conversion chart and a knitting abbreviation list.

The remaining of the pages were different versions of project pages. With spots for the pattern, who it was made for, size, source, yarn, needles, gauge, and and notes. I made several versions of the inside pages with different graphics on them.

The back of the book was decorated with a striped paper. I included a ribbon so that the book could be tied shut so it would not open in a knitting bag.

I thought the whole thing came out very well for my first attempt. I don’t recall my partner really thanking me much for it. But I was happy with the turnout. It took quite awhile to design and print out all the different pages and line everything up. It proved to me how I am definitely not a graphic artist. I like it enough that one day I may take the time and make one for myself!


Scrapbooking Intro

I first started scrapping about 5-6 years ago.  My sister had started doing it and she encouraged me to start as well.  I was resistant at first and away at school, so it was easy to resist.  Then I came home for a visit and my sister dragged me to a scrap night at a Local Scrapbook Store (LSS).  I had a lot of fun and didn’t actually do much scrapping.  It was more the fun of hanging with my sister and a bunch of other women.  Sometimes being in my 20’s and finding a nighttime activity that is not a bar can be difficult.

The thing I enjoy most about scrapping is really the playing with papers & pens & stickers.  I always loved art class and scrapping is like art class for grownups with photographs.  Works of art that showcase and highlight your prized photos.  Card making is like art class for grownups without the photos.

Lately I’ve been focusing on scrapping photos of my niece.  She’s one of the big loves of my life.  Plus, I have a million cute pictures of her! I have a special 8 x 8 album that is just for layout of Kaitlyn.

Online blogs and scrapbook forums have given me a lot of great ideas.  There are a lot of page maps posted, tips and contests to try.  Page maps are like blue prints for a scrapbook page.  I post my layouts over at scrapjazz and occasionally post in the forums as well.  I don’t have too many layouts up yet, but I’m working on it.  I should post more often to make a few scrapbooking friends.  It would be great to have some friends who appreciate the time and effort I put into my pages.

Lately, I’ve only been scrapping when I go to scrap night with my sister.  We go to the LSS and it’s a great night out. It last for like 6 hours.  You pay a fee and you get:  snacks, dinner, dessert and drinks.  A little gift for coming, demonstrations, and there are door prizes given away.  It’s a really fun night out and I wish we could do it more often.

Getting my groove back

I’ve always found knitting to be a huge stress reliever. Yet, when I am at my most stressed or most depressed, I lose the urge to knit. It’s like all my creativity leaves me, and probably makes me feel more depressed. I’ve been going through a bit of this sort of bad spell lately. It’s gotten so bad that this sweater is the first item I’ve knit for my nephew and he’ll be here around Christmas time! I have yet to start his blankie; I haven’t even bought any yarn yet. Have yet to even decide on a pattern. I know some of the items that I made for his sister (Kaitlyn) will get passed down to him, but I strongly believe every baby is special and deserves a few items that are all his. No baby should have to have only hand-me-downs. So I really need to get my buns in gear and get knitting!

The sweater is modeled by the soon-to-be “big” sister Kaitlyn. She’s a pretty tiny 10 month old baby. Tiny, but mighty! She would not sit still. I even tried to take the pictures while she was tired, thinking this might slow her down. It didn’t work. The sweater fits her perfectly right now.

Pattern: Child’s Placket Neck Pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (the revised version)

Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Cotonade, 249 yards (3 entire balls) in color 529 a pale green.

Needles: US 7.

Ravelry Link: Rebeldaisy’s Ravelry Page.

Notes: I need to move the buttons, I’ll probably remove the top button and move the bottom button up a little bit. This is unblocked at the moment. The yarn is kinda textured, but it’ll smooth out a bit with a wash and block. I made the sweater slightly longer then suggested. If you are to make this you must use the revised version (available for free online).

I’m still not completely used to this wordpress blog, so forgive me any strange formatting or weird alignments. It’s going to take me a while to figure everything out.

First post-Knitting intro

So this is my new blog. I need somewhere to talk about my crafts and crafting experience. I do a lot of knitting and a bit of paper crafting.

Lets talk about the knitting!

My crafting definitely tends to be focused on the knitting. I find it really calming and I have this strange need to always have my hands occupied. It’s almost addictive. You get going and suddenly you just need to do one more row/round. Or I find that I cannot stop until I finish the sleeve or the border.

Lately I’ve been making a lot of baby items. I have a baby niece and a soon to arrive nephew, so crafting for babies is happening a lot. When I’m not crafting for the kidlets, I like to make myself sweaters. Sweaters are probably my favorite item to make. They are really practical. I’m practically always cold, so sweaters get work a lot.

I am not a sock knitter. Just cannot get into them.

I’ve made blankets and hats and scarves and mittens and stuffed animals and booties and dolls and jewelery and lace.

I am not too fussy about the yarns I use. I think most yarns have a time and a place when they are appropriate. I don’t like angora or mohair. But those are more about my personal comfort, most yarns with angora and mohair in them make me itch! If I am making a gift item then I try to use a yarn that is easy to care for. I am not prejudiced against acrylics. If it is soft, I will use it.

I taught myself to knit about 7 years ago. I used a book. Then I branched into magazines and the internet world of knitting. I am a fearless knitter. I will give anything a try, even if I am lacking in the skills. Right now I would say I am an intermediate knitter. I am not really into intarsia or fair isle. It is not the skills that bother me, it is more that I don’t like the results. I wouldn’t buy a sweater with a bunch of snowflakes on it, so why would I make it?

So, that is me and knitting in a nutshell.