Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day Seven: Looking Forward

Today’s Instructions:  One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

Oh goodness gracious, I don’t know!  Right now, I’m knitting to relax, while I watch T.V., for fun, and sometimes to explore creativity.  But knitting is not the only medium I use when I have an idea, it’s just one outlet that I’ve found that I like and I can do.  Check out my Etsy shop to see some of the other things do.

But I guess I do have a few things I’d like to improve upon specifically. Continue reading →

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day Six: A Tool To Covet

Todays instructions:  “Write about your favourite knitting…tool.”

I don’t use too many abnormal knitting things.  If you know nothing at all about knitting, what do you think someone uses to knit?  Yarn and needles (period).  That’s about all I typically use.  I usually knit strictly with circular bamboo needles (for you non knitters, those are needles attached together with a little tube), but that’s just mainly because I bought a big pack cheap, so I have all the sizes.  And I make mostly hats, so I knit in the round.  From time to time I use DPNs (double pointed needles), cable needles, or sometimes even long straight needles, but I mostly stick with my normal needles, yarn, oh, and stitch markers!


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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day Five: Something a Bit Different

Today’s instructions:  It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog.

So I’m going to be busy most of today, and I didn’t find as much time as I’d like to work on this post, so don’t expect much (but expect to smile!).

First, I’m featuring this awesome Floatie Friend Manatee Knit Pattern available for purchase on Etsy by RedwoodDawn.  See all the other cute cuddly animals, too!

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Floatie Friend Manatee Knit Pattern by RedwoodDawn

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day Four: Colour Review

Today’s instructions:  What are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects.4KCBWDAY4If you know me, you know that I love color.   I find inspiration from color.  Colors definitely help set my mood.  Color means a lot is every aspect of my life from my clothes, to home decor, to the dishes I eat off of and everything in between.  So naturally, this would include my yarn choice.

The collage above are some of the colors I found around my house while thinking about today’s post.  I noticed that these colors have been a lot of the same colors I’ve been knitting with recently.  Here is some of the scrap yarn I’ve found laying around from past products: Continue reading →

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day Three: Infographic

Today’s goal is to make an infographic.  I choose to make one with completely made up information and numbers.  Enjoy.

First off, let’s define the groups (that I made up):



I know you already have this image in your head.  Do I have to explain this one?


hipster knitting

Image from The Washington Post

You’ve seen them around.  Maybe you’re one of them! They tend to knit everywhere.  On public transportation, in class, in the coffee shop, in the bar — and anywhere else you find hipsters.  You see and think, dang, that person is way cooler than me.  They’ll tell you they liked knitting before it was cool. Continue reading →

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day Two: A Mascot Project

Today’s instructions:  “Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal.”

As a reminder of yesterday’s post, I am part of The Manatee House.

This assignment is second nature to me.  I am constantly browsing for new projects.  I can’t help it, it’s just my nature.  I started my research extremely literal and found two pretty cute patterns.

The first is a manatee hat:

manatee hat knitting pattern

Manatee hat knitting pattern by eluneth on Etsy

The second is a stuffed manatee toy:

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Knit Manatee Pattern by NeedleNoodles on Ravelry

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV Day One: The House Cup

Today’s instructions:

Day One: The House Cup.
A bit like Harry Potter, but not quite, this year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is split into 4 houses. Don your favourite knitted or crocheted hat and let it guide you to which house you will be in.

This is what I had to choose from:

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Bee, Manatee, Monkey, or Peacock

My house:

The House of Manatee

The House of Manatee.  Yes, I’m associating myself with a manatee, on purpose.  I know what you’re thinking, really Betsy?  A manatee?  You could choose from a bee, manatee, monkey, or a peacock, and you chose manatee?  Yes, I did.  And as I’m writing this, although confident in my decision, I’m still trying to work out as to why. Continue reading →

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV

knitting and crochet blog week IV

It’s almost here!  Next week (April 22-28) is Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV!  Yay!

So, although I’m new to blogging, fairly new to knitting (I taught myself last summer), and really, haven’t even blogged that much about knitting, I thought this would be fun!  So here I am, officially announcing my participation in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV! Continue reading →

Ahoy Navy Anchor Baby Booties by Pleasantly Plump Knits on Etsy

These adorable Ahoy Navy Anchor Baby Booties by Pleasantly Plump Knits are available via their Etsy store.  Aren’t they adorable?  Can’t you just picture them on a little one’s tiny feet?

Ahoy Navy Anchor Baby Booties

I wish I could make these booties myself.  Until I master booties, I will be buying these cute little ones for new babies. Continue reading →

“Come Sail Away” blanket free knitting pattern by Yarnhog

I love free knitting patterns!  This one is especially beautiful.  The “Come Said Away” baby blanket was designed by Yarnhog (and is featured on her blog here).

sailboat baby blanket

I found this beauty when I was searching for things to make for my then still-in-the-belly nephew whose parents were designing a nautical themed nursery.  I didn’t end of making the blanket, but my Mom did, and it turned out lovely!  As it’s just straight pearls and knits, as long as you can follow a pattern (and count), you can do this blanket!  I highly recommend this pattern as a gift for any nautical loving baby!