it’s been a long time

So I haven’t been very busy lately with my yarny crafts.  Here’s what I’ve got:

My Weasley Sweater is at 20″!  That means I only have 6 more to go before I start the shoulder shaping stuff.  I’m excited.

The last photo is the closest to its true color.  It’s a dark gray, almost black.  There’s no red to it, actually.

So that’s all for now.  Sorry it wasn’t much.  I’ve been really lazy and doing summer school stuff, as well.

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I’m addicted

I’m so hooked on Ravelry!  I just can’t stop looking at knitting patterns –even the ones that I know I couldn’t make yet are going in my favorites!  It’s basically like window shopping and daydreaming of the day that I might be able to make fancy things.  Last night I spent hours looking through every single page of the free knitting patterns that have photos. I could have been making something, but no, I just felt like staring at lovely projects and getting new ideas.

Here’s what I found:

This cardigan is modeled after some Native American pottery patterns in New Mexico.  And in that same vein, here are some mitts:

OK that one requires some explaining — those socks are actually kilt hose, meant to be worn with Scottish garb.  I’m a bagpiper so I have some for when I play at weddings, funerals, etc., but mine keep shrinking so I could stand to make a pair myself.

And this pincushion may be last but it is certainly not least — it’s in my queue of things to make because it looks so cute and useful.  You will probably see this coming soon.

So that’s it!  I know I said last time that my next post would be about my sweater progress, but that will just have to wait until next time.  These patterns were just too cool and I had to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

stockinette stitch

My tutorial on how to make the purl stitch and utilize it to form the stockinette fabric is now up!  Click here.

new tutorials

I just made some knitting tutorials for you!  So far I’ve got one on casting on, one on knitting/the garter stitch, and one on binding off.

If you’re trying to learn but something I said is confusing you, please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification or restatement!  I’ll try my best to help get you started!

Hopefully soon I’ll get a tutorial up on the stockinette stitch, and then maybe later on down the road I’ll have some on increases and decreases!  Hope you enjoy!

more fave Ravelry knits

I love exploring Ravelry and finding new knitting patterns, even if they are well out of my current skill level.  I just look at them and think how nice it will be when I’m advanced enough to finally make them!  Check out these new finds, and click on the picture if you want the pattern:

The sweater is a lighter weight sweater, and it says “summer” in the pattern title (although nobody would be caught dead wearing anything this warm in the summer where I live, I can promise you).

These knitted friendship bracelets would be great for little girls!

These rabbits and bears would also be great for little kids!  Aren’t they adorable?!

So that’s all for now.  I’ll show you some progress on my WIPs next time!  Thanks for visiting!

current projects

I’ve been working on 2 items, both Harry Potter related (I know, I’m such a nerd).

The first one is the hat Hermione wore in HP7 (pattern here).  It’s really pretty and doesn’t blatantly scream Harry Potter:

 

My second WIP is more obnoxious, or at least it has the potential to be.  I’m making a Weasley sweater (pattern here), and I’m still unsure of whether or not to add the giant H on the front.  In the movie of course it stands for Harry, but since my name is Hannah it would totally work.  But do I want to be that blatant of a fan?  We’ll have to see.  Here’s what I’ve got so far of the back piece:

 

And it’s about 14″ from the bottom, so I’m about halfway done with this section:

 

Can’t wait to make more progress in both of these!  Oh and I also have a sock, but I haven’t touched it in a while:

I managed the provisional cast on toe and then got burned out on how difficult I found it and how slow it was going, so I stopped for a while.

Thanks for viewing my current projects, I’ll update soon!

previous knits

I’m a beginning knitter, and it shows in my projects.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to share them with you, though.  Here are some of the knitting projects that I previously posted on my crochet blog.

That’s me in my very first knitted hat and scarf pair.  Very basic for my first try.

My next hat, made of a fun yarn but still a simple pattern.  I was still getting used to knitting.

This bigger/slouchy hat was made from this pattern on Ravelry (a site I just can’t get enough of).  I gave it away to a buddy but I might make another someday.

So those are my finished projects!  Next post will be my WIPs, which I have a few of.  We’ll see!  Thanks for stopping by!

Ravelry faves

Ravelry.com is my favorite free pattern source.  Here are some of my favorite knitting patterns, and I believe they are all free!  The pictures link to the patterns.  Oh and I didn’t include any Harry Potter patterns because they are all on this page of my site.  Enjoy!

headbands:

hats:

cardigans:

pullovers and vests:

other stuff:

So as you can probably tell, I’m in love with sweaters and cardigans.  They just look better when knitted as opposed to crocheted, in my opinion, so I’m really excited to get to some of these.  What do you think?  Any you like in particular?  Any you’ve tried?

first post!

intro

Hello everyone! My name is Hannah and I’ve been running a blog for a while now called not your average crochet.  It has done well over the past year and I really like blogging about crocheting, but I felt like I needed to start a knitting blog as well.  I know not all crocheters like to read about knitting things, and as I was posting more and more often about my new needle obsession, I felt like it was deterring potential crochet readers.  Now I have a blog just for knitting, too, and I can keep them separated!

what you’ll see

This blog will be similar to my crochet blog in that I will be posting about cool patterns that I find on the internet, as well as progress on my own creations.  As the site gets going I’ll be adding more and more posts and pages, so please check back!  Thanks for stopping by!