Smitten with Mittens

Hello, my dear readers. Remember the sweater I designed for my darling little puppy? No? Well, here… take a look. Click here. Ringing a bell? Well I posted the pattern for sale and it has been quite a big seller. The mitten pattern, not so much…
However… I had someone order a pair of the actual mittens. I guess no one is interested in knitting a pair themselves!
I had an Etsy customer request these in a smaller size. Custom orders are the best… that’s part of the fun of the whole handmade marketplace, don’tyathink?

This was my first sale of a physical item–not a pattern download, that wasn’t by someone I knew personally. It was a little bittersweet since I was so into the sweater dress and didn’t want to switch gears and make those mittens again. Though if I’m going to sell things on Etsy that aren’t in stock, that’s the price I pay. And hey, it’s really not so bad.

I definitely had to glance over my pattern to give myself a refresher course on how the heck I made these mittens last time. As I started to string the beads onto the yarn, I thought to myself that I must have been crazy to pair this bulky yarn with little 6/0 beads. What a hassle. However, once I got started… it wasn’t so hard. And it’s so worth it! This yarn is wonderful. There are very few “chain-store yarns” that are worth writing home about. Lion Brand Baby’s First would be one of them. It is so incredibly smooth. Also, it doesn’t have a luster to it… I think “shiny baby yarn” is a little overused. This yarn is just smooth, simple, and luxurious–as far as cheapy yarn goes. I would highly recommend it.

Revisiting this pattern has reminded me of… for lack of a better description…how awesome I am! Not going to be shy about it… I’m very proud of this pattern. I didn’t snag the cabled pattern from a stitch pattern. Just experimented with the beads and yarn until I found something I liked. I’m so touched that someone ordered a pair! Having strangers pay money for my creations never gets old, and never will.

I’ve been cheating on yarn with fabric…

Thanks to the amazing sewing machine my boyfriend’s mom bought me for Christmas, I have been having a blast experimenting with various sewing projects. I made an apron, a knitting bag, a few knitting needle cases (and have sold a couple as well), throw pillows, and place mats. Can’t get enough!
My sister, Julie, takes sewing classes at her high school and is quite the little seamstress. She was over this weekend and gave me a crash course. Together, we made a dress. I picked the pattern and she taught me how to cut out the pattern pieces properly, sew darts, gather a skirt, and install an invisible zipper. Julie is the best!

Here’s our final product:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitting bags and needles cases I’ve been making:

 


The Sweater Dress Experiment

I’m somehow under the delusion that designing two pairs of gloves and a dog sweater has in any way prepared me to jump right into designing a sweater dress. I’m about 4 inches up from the hem, and so far so good. With a little luck, this dress will turn out as beautiful as it looks in my head.

For Christmas, I was given a beautiful green sweater dress that fits me perfectly! This dress inspired me to design my own. I have 10+ balls of Zitron Ecco yarn that Chris’s mom bought me for my birthday. The original intent was for me to make a throw blanket to match my room. I’ve just been in too much of an experimental mood lately to want to knit something as repetitive as a blanket. This yarn is so luxurious that I can’t let it sit in a basket another day longer!

Long overdue blog…

It’s been weeks since I’ve blogged! I blame the Christmas rush. I was a little over-ambitious with how many gifts I would have time to knit for everyone. My mom and grandmother ended up getting single mittens with an “IOU a right hand.” Shameful!

I made the well-intentioned-yet-foolish decision to make my Christmas cards this year. This also cut into my knitting time. They turned out lovely, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that again any time soon. Card making for individual birthdays and such is fun, but an assembly line of Christmas card after Christmas card… not so much.

 

I was given some amazing books for Christmas. Just from skimming them, I would recommend each and every one of them! I made a lacy top from Knitting Lingerie Style. I just finished it last night. Photos soon to come! It turned out so lovely. It was nice to knit something for myself after all of that Christmas knitting! Chris bought me some lovely yarn that was a bamboo & silk blend in a very nice shade of blue. I’m not usually drawn towards blue shades, but this on is quite nice. It’s not a shade that would clash with jeans either, which is a big pet peeve of mine since I wear jeans with almost everything.

Most importantly…. I got a sewing machine for Christmas! It’s really nice… sews through 8 layers of denim.
I made an apron and a pillow bed for Charlie’s crate as little “warm-up” projects, since I have limited sewing experience. Last weekend, I made a knitting tote bag with a matching zippered pouch and knitting needle case. I’ll have to take pictures of those as well. I’ve already had one request for a needle case, and another request for a whole set!
I love the instant gratification of sewing projects. I will always always always be a knitter at heart, but little sewing flings on the side are fun as well.