Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sweaters for Nieces

I finished sweaters for my two of my adorable nieces. The yarn I used was Knit Picks Swish DK in Peapod and Sugar Plum. I found a pattern in IK's Weekend 2010. In fact, it's the cover sweater. This amazing design ranges from infant size all the way up to adult. It took me less than a month to knit both sweaters. Of course both the little girls are very small...

Choosing the buttons took me longer than actual knitting time! I really wanted the same style of button in different colors for each sweater. There were so many buttons that I liked, but couldn't find a similar one for both projects.

A month after knitting the sweaters, I finally sewed the buttons and posted the pictures on Ravelry. To my surprise, someone favorited my sweater. I clicked on the heart button and found that my green sweater was favorited by someone named Hannah Fettig. Wait! That name sounds familiar... Hannah designed my sweaters! I was thrilled to have my sweater favorited by the actual designer. It really made my day!

I spent the next hour looking at Hannah's other designs. Lo and behold, I have a few of her patterns in my very own favorites file. She wrote Closely Knit: Handmade Gifts for the Ones You Love in 2008. She also has many designs in other publications and magazines and her own blog.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lazy Blogger

I'm definitely not a very good blogger. I really have been busy and a bit blue. Let's try to catch up on some of my projects. The most recent one is this wallhanging I made for my friend, Andrea. She's a coffee-chugging, funny, gregarious friend. She also loves the color purple. I started out with the border fabric from my stash (It's purple in real life, but looks royal blue on the computer screen).

The rest of the fabrics were recent purchases from Joann fabrics. I'm pretty happy with the coffee mugs. They're all based on mugs I have in my kitchen.

Even the backing is cute with cute little birds.