Use All The Yarn 2015

Yes, I know it’s February but I just had to start this even though it’s not the real beginning of the year.

I have a question for all you crocheters/knitters out there. How many skeins of yarn do you have right now?

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Don’t lie, be honest. (That basket is full, and it’s three feet wide, two feet high, and two feet deep)

Me? How many do I have??

As of right now I have:

109 skeins, 61 balls, and 7 large cones of yarn. And a few handspuns, but I won’t count those here. They’re from my grandma, little different see:

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You read that right.

I had two different ladies give me yarn at about the same time almost two years ago. I put it away and just knew I would be making things with them gradually and the stash would dwindle.

Even though I have made a few things, I still have that much yarn. (Just imagine how much there really was to start….) I would like to add that some of these yarns are not what I would necessarily choose to buy, but I’ll be more than happy to work with what I have!

So, enter #UseAllTheYarn2015!!!

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Use the yarn you’re stashing, share on instagram with the hastag #usealltheyarn2015, and I’m thinking there will be random giveaways throughout the year for those playing along!

I’ll be keeping track of how much I use of my stash throughout the year, and I’d be glad to have you join along!

Right now I’m on my second project in this endeavor.

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Since I used 4 skeins (with only one small ball left) on the first one, here’s my current stats:

Used:

4 skeins

Have Remaining:

105 skeins, 62 balls, 7 cones

Here’s to using what we have and making beautiful things!!

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2 FOs This Last Weekend

How is that even possible??

Either way, it was quite awesome.

First finished object was my Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. The pattern is a free ravelry download, just click on the link and it will lead you to the pattern.

It's nit a vacation without some awesome knitting #ageofbrassandsteam #sublimecashmeremerinosilkdk #knittersofinstagram

This is the first kerchief I’ve even made, and it was definitely a easy/fun knit. It’s a little smaller than I would like, so I gave it to my oldest daughter. She has been asking me for a shawl for a while now, which I think it funny all on it’s own but that’s another story.

The second project I finished was a crochet bolero for my oldest. She really likes to wear boleros, especially over her dresses to church. This one has been a WIP for a long while, honestly I’m glad it fits her.

A's White Church Bolero

The bolero is also a free pattern on ravelry, although I did make some modifications.

I feel like I need to start something for each of my other kids now. I can’t believe these both got done in one weekend!

 

Hats, Hats, and Hats

Truck on the Road Hat

You would think I was preparing for a snowstorm or something with all the hats I’ve made lately! Geez…

Sailor’s Watch Cap

Finished three this week alone!

Wave Hat

It’s been quite nice to have so many heads to cover though. *cheesy grin*

Boba Fet Hat

Is there anything to make like crazy in the colder months??

(Links to Ravelry in the captions of each photo.)

9 Square Knitted Preemie Blanket Pattern

I feel like I’m kinda jumping all around right now with blogging, but this post has been waiting a while. And I absolutely love the whole quilt block inspired knitted preemie blankets I’m working on! So, here it is:

One of my absolute favorite things to make is baby blankets! Seriously, I am excited just thinking about making one!! Whether it’s knitted, crocheted, quilted, you name it and it’s right up my alley.

I figured it would be fun to make up some preemie sized blankets for a few reasons. 1- Why not?? 2- Little babies need blankets too!! 3- You can always put smaller squares together to make a bigger blanket (lots of options here). 4- Who doesn’t love a quick & easy project sometimes that would totally benefit someone else??

Combining the look of basic quilt blocks with knitting just seemed so awesome, and thus the idea for these blankets arose. I also have a free pattern for a 4 square knitted preemie blanket if you’re interested in that too.

This blanket measures about 18 inches square.

Edited to add: 

Materials:
-Aran weight yarn, I used 2 skeins of Adriafil Fluo which is 220 yards
-Size 7 needles


Pattern:

Cast on 87 stitches. Knit 6 rows. (The photo only shows 4 rows knit, but 6 looks/works much better)

Rows 7: knit 30 stitches, purl 27 stitches, knit 30 stitches.

Rows 8: knit 3 stitches, purl 27 stitches, knit 30 stitches, purl 27 stitches, knit 3 stitches.

Repeat last 2 rows until you get to row 42.

Row 43: same as row 7.

Row 44: same as row 8.

Repeat rows 7 and 8 again until row 77.

Row 78: same as row 7.

Row 79: same as row 8.

Repeat rows 7 and 8 again until row 112.

Knit 4 rows. Weave in ends.

Now you have a wonderful preemie sized blanket!

If you are looking for a wonderful group to donate these to you can look on the Giving Artfully, Greyson’s Gift, and Project Linus websites. Feel free to email me with any more charities that accept donated preemie sized blankets, I will be more than happy to add them to my charities page!

Edited to add:  I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Inspired By Blue Striped Room.

10th Anniversary National Conference 2013

So, in my spare time I sell Thirty One products. Yes, I love them and I love what I do.

With that being said, I went to my first National Conference and it just so happened to be Thirty One’s 10th Anniversary!! SO FUN!

My husband and I decided to fly out a day early to do some tourist-y stuff. It was the first time my husband and I flew anywhere together (in 8 years…). Apparently we’re more home bodies than I thought.

There were so many people at conference… a little overwhelming at times. Can you find my husband??

We went to The World of Coca-Cola. My husband loves soda, and well I’m all about some Cherry Coke, so this was up our alley.

This place was very cool, lots and lots of eye candy!!

We also tried tons of different kinds of soda. The best one I tried was from Japan and had carrots in the photo, and the worst was one called ‘Beverly’ from Italy (SO GROSS).

I was soda-d out after trying so many flavors!

I also finished another preemie blanket my first day there. Nothing better than finishing a knitting project on vacation! There will be a pattern coming soon, it was super easy. Notice how it looks like another quilt block (similar to my 4 Square Preemie Knitted Blanket)? The thought has crossed my mind to do a whole bunch of 18inch knitted blocks that look like traditional quilt blocks. What do you think?

(Back to conference)

One of the best parts about conference was meeting some of the ladies I met while I was there!! New friends are the best!

Did you know that in Atlanta the fire hydrants are silver?? Yea, that’s right, Silver!

We got back home this past Sunday, and all week we’ve been busy! I love summer and all the fun things I get to do with my family.

Just two nights ago my baby boy and I went out picking green beans, which was fantastic on it’s own, but as I was handing them to him to put in the bowl he said ‘thank you’ just about every time. It was such an awesome experience!

Wow, sorry that was such a rambled up jumble of things, but that’s kinda how this summer feels! I do have a few projects to share, and some goal setting to do, so hopefully there will be a little more time for blogging this week.

Happy trails!

Oh Monday

How is it that you manage to come EVERY week and still feel the same??

Eh, either way I’m looking forward to this week.

The items on my ‘to-do’ list are slowly dwindling getting ready for the baby, there are only 3 scheduled ‘events’ on my calendar for this week (joy) 2 are doctor’s appointments, and my que on Ravelry is calling me since I’ve been so good at finishing projects lately! Though I’m still not sure how I only have 12 things in my que.

Here’s a few recent FOs & my first try with a cookies press:

Piper’s Hat, yes I need to weave in that one thread.

Martha’s Reversible Purse I made for me. LOVE it.

Kit’s Winter Hat, tutorial coming soon.

Hearts Hat, this is what you get with a click and shoot camera after getting a nice one.

Light Pink Diaper Cover & Earflap Hat

I’m also quite excited to send out my squares for my first ever fabric swap. Did I mention I’m excited?!

I even took a photo of my squares, haha. I chose to do royal blue, but mostly by default simply because it was the first color on the list that I found 10 FQs worth of fabric for. There are 200 squares there, all 4 inches. I can’t wait to get back all the colors after the ‘swapping’.

I’m also thinking of sending along a little gift for the woman hosting this swap, I mean I’m not sure I would enjoy doing 3 rounds of sorting thousands of 4 inch squares to make sure everyone gets one of each fabric. Maybe if I had a day without all my kids around….

Wow, I feel like this post is just a hodge podge of everything. Sorry. My brain is kind of all over the place lately.

Hopefully your week is looking good too!

Double Cabled Hat Pattern

This hat is great, and fits well since it is knit entirely in a cabled stitch. The head circumference is more of a ballpark figure in the sense that this hat will stretch quite a bit. 

Materials:

  • Caron Simply Soft (or any yarn with 4.5 stitches per inch)
  • Size 6 and 7 16″ circular needles
  • Size 7 double pointed needles (dpn)
  • Stitch markers
  • Cable stitch holder
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


Pattern:
(intermediate level)
Sizes: 19″ (16 1/2″, 21 1/2″)

  • Cast on 96 (84, 108) stitches
  • Repeat chart all the way around until piece measures 5 (4, 6) inches from the bottom. (Chart below)
  • Begin decreasing on a row which you will NOT be cabling. You will also continue to knit in pattern throughout decreasing.
  • 1st decrease row: *Knit 10 in pattern, Knit 2 together, place stitch marker* repeat until end of row.
  • 2nd row decrease: knit entire row in pattern.
  • Repeat 1 decrease row and 1 row knit in pattern, with each subsequent decrease row like this: *knit in pattern until 2 stitches remain before a stitch marker, knit those 2 stitches together* repeat.
  • Repeat until only 8 (7, 9) stitches remain, switching to dpn when comfortable. 
  • Cut 8 inch tail and thread tail into needle and through remaining stitches. 
  • Weave in ends.
  • Enjoy!

Chart Explanation:
Cable 4 Front means you place the first 2 stitches on a stitch holder or cable holder and bring them to the front of your work. You then knit the next 2 stitches, then pick up the stitches on the stitch holder and knit them. 

Cable 4 Back means you place the first 2 stitches on a stitch holder or cable holder and bring them to the back of your work. You then knit the next 2 stitches, then pick up the stitches on the stitch holder and knit them.

Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Your Lyanna Jean Designs.

Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at lyannajeandesigns@gmail.com.

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Vintage Navy Print Dress

I love thrift stores.

I haven’t been thrift store shopping in ages… well, months really, but it’s felt like forever.

Every time I go thrift store shopping I look for a vintage dress for yours truly, EVERY TIME I tell ya.

NEVER have I found one, ever…

until last week. *sigh*

It was almost like love at first sight. I loved it so much, I just had to try it on (something I almost never ever do when thrift store shopping). I know the sleeves are a little short, but that’s the price I often pay being 5′ 9″. I even got a compliment from the girls in my YW/YM Sunday school class, made my day!

It’s so great I can even wear it pregnant because of how flow-y and loose it is!

On Sunday, we all went outside so my husband could take a few pictures of me. It’s always awkward for me to have pictures taken, always has been. I’m glad he got a few good shots, even though I was having some serious static cling going on… I can never win.

I also took a photo of him in the vest I knitted and finished last year (and yes, I hate ironing clothes thus the wrinkled pants):

What do you think? It took me almost 2 years to finish this vest, I kept putting it aside for other projects. I put it on Ravelry here.

Finished My First Plain Vest

I finished the plain vest in 4 days.

That felt good.

And I love it.

Quite often, I don’t have the opportunity to finish a project that quickly.

Maybe my biggest hold up was picking buttons…

Could you imagine why? May jar is a gallon size, and is full.

I did make some modifications to the original, all on my Ravelry page.

Do you have any projects that just made you feel like you were king of the world, even if only for a moment?

Rounding Second

I knew yesterday was gonna be a good one, from the moment I woke up.

I didn’t say perfect, I have 4 kids people, and a trip to the post office was in order for the day… enough said.

However, overall, yesterday was pretty amazing. Amazing like that feeling of rounding second base because you’re third base coaching is yelling and you’ve just realized you hit a home-run/infield home-run. That moment that you achieved something amazing, but you’re not quite done yet and the best part is yet to come.

Photo Thanks to The Baseball Zone

Side note: I love LOVE love baseball.

To start the day off, it was about 4am, and all was quiet on the home front. I tip-toed downstairs to a waiting sewing machine and a great project needing some love. There is nothing like waking up and being able to sew for 2 hours *hopefully* uninterrupted.

New stats on the quilting of the King:

Sashing: All
Blocks: 20 of 25
Block Border: 10 of 25

Man, I am almost done! It’s kinda funny how I keep calling it the King though, sometimes I feel like I’m talking about Elvis….

Another great and wonderful thing about yesterday was that I started a new knitting project: Pickles Plain Vest. I have had this post in my bookmarks menu for what feels like forever (said with a Sandlot voice… hehe), and I absolutely love it! Reading all the reviews on Ravelry.com sealed the deal, everyone was so happy that it knit up so fast. In my experience, most things that are knit with 2 strands of yarn go quick. I really like how it’s coming along. You can check out my project here: My First Plain Vest. It is a work in progress, and pictures will be coming soon.

Possibly one of the absolute best BEST things that happened yesterday was that my little guy finalized his potty training!!! Oh YEA! I can’t even describe accurately how monumental this moment is. It is not that he’s taken forever to do it, he’s only 3 1/2, but now I only have one kid in diapers. He was almost done about a month ago, but of course he had to get a week long stomach flu, and everything was at a stand-still. I don’t think I can ever have more than one child in diapers again, well at least I hope not. We went from having 3 kids in diapers to only 1 in one year. Score.

I think a trip to Target for some more big boy underwear is in order for today. Hopefully they have batman/joker ones, those are on request.