Finished Object ~ Fern Lace Cowl

Oh, hello there! Long time, no see. While hubby is away, time just gets away from me and seemingly this blog is always the one that falls to the wayside. Since he’s back, I was finally able to finish my Follow Your Arrow MKAL shawl (post to come later when mother nature decides to let the sun come out)!

Mug Cozy

In the meantime, I was able to knit up this mug cozy, which I was in love with… until I blocked it and then it was too big for my mug! It was a small skein of yarn to begin with and I didn’t want this soft squishy baby camel! yarn to just sit around unused. I decided to frog the cozy and make a cowl instead.

Fern Lace Cowl
Fern Lace Cowl knit in MEAN GIRLS Inspired Hand Dyed Extra Fine Merino/Camel Worsted Weight Yarn, “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” 109 yards

I went with the Fern Lace Cowl (please excuse the blurry photo, toddlers do not sit still). This was a really quick knit! The lace pattern is very easy to memorize and alternates with knit rows in the round. After blocking the lace really opened up and it turned out to be much more drapy than stiff.

The yarn I used is from Neeley’s Knits, who I have to give a huge shout out to! I met the shop owner, Ashley, on Ravelry through a group for mom’s of babies born in Aug 2012. She recently started dying her own yarns inspired by movies & tv shows. Her colorways are absolutely beautiful and we’ll just say, my bank account loves her! Please check out her shop and buy some yarn!

xoxo Katie

New Items in my Etsy Store ~ Holiday Promo Code!

Visit lamb + wolf on Etsy!

 

Just in time for the holiday season, I’ve added several new listings to my Etsy shop: lamb + wolf

There are sets of dish/wash cloths, trivets, and a few baskets. All are eco-friendly, machine washable, and made from 100% cotton. They will brighten up any room in your house!

Use Promo Code: HOLIDAY2013 to receive 15% off your purchase. All items are great for gift ideas!

xo Katie

A Vow to Destash

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I’ve recently come to a realization that I have a yarn problem. My problem is that I purchase yarn with no intention for it. I see yarn and I’m all like, “OOOOH squishy, soft, must-have it!” When I first started knitting, approximately 10 years ago, I didn’t know much about yarn or that there is a difference in yarn types. I really thought the extent of yarn was what you would find at AC Moore or Michael’s. I didn’t know there were such things like Local Yarn Stores (LYS) or better quality yarns. I bought A LOT of cheap, acrylic yarn and was none the wiser.

As the years went on, I discovered nicer yarns and just bought up what I wanted without projects in mind. Needless to say 10 years of collecting yarn, grew into quite a stash. I decided to stop buying new yarn, go through and donate as much as I could handle getting rid of, and knit it all up until I was down to half of what I had before.

I went through several bins of yarn and managed 2 garbage bags full of yarn to donate. I’ve also started making several different types of dishcloths to use up my extensive cotton stash to sell in my Etsy shop (nothing currently up for sale). It feels good to get serious about knitting and crocheting again. I put it by the wayside after Lachlyn was born and didn’t do much at all.

Here’s to crafting more often and using up resources already on hand!

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xo Katie

My Sewing Experiments: Part One

Sewing has always been one of those things that has eluded me. I don’t know if it is cause I just didn’t try or just wasn’t interested in it, but I really, really want to be interested in it. Home Economics class in Junior High was the first time I ever remember using a sewing machine + I can’t say it was that eventful. I think we made pin cushions… or was it a bean bag? Who knows. Either way it didn’t really make an impression on me. As I got older, I thought it might be interesting to try and sew some things, but never got into it. Instead I taught myself how to knit more involved pieces + finally taught myself how to crochet to add another dimension. I still knit + crochet, but sewing was ever looming on my list of things to learn.

I found some felt patterns on Etsy that I fell in love with from Little Hibou Shoppe. All of Tina’s patterns are adorable + come with really easy to follow instructions. I finished a few pieces in no time + felt pretty good about them. My first attempt at sewing was a success. However, I still wanted to try my hand at a sewing machine. No doubt, sewing machines are intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

My amazing husby bought me a Brother CP6500 (he is awesome, huh!). I picked up some fabric for my first project + went for it. I made this skeleton doll for our baby girl (Zumi is such a good model, holding up the doll for me).

 

The doll didn’t come out that bad, but I did learn some lessons. Jumping right in with a jersey fabric was not the best idea… it is stretchy + bunched up when I started sewing. I had no clue how to adjust tension on my machine or what adjusting tension even meant. Not to mention, I chose a project with a million pieces as my first one. I felt lost, but pushed through + finished it.

As I was perusing my usual blog list, I came across a discount on e-courses over at A Beautiful Mess. I took advantage of their summer sale + bought their e-course, “DIY Dress Up” (as of today, they no longer offer this e-course, but offer other great courses that you should check out).

I’ve made it through the first two courses, a bow (I made mine into a hair clip) + a magazine tote bag. I have to say, I’ve already learned a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go!

 

 

I can’t wait to get through more projects + expand my sewing capabilities. Hopefully I can tackle some dresses for our baby girl soon!

~Katie