Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Knit Bikini?

Ok, so it’s not exactly itsy, bitsy, teeny, or weeny. But it is a knit bikini! Well a bikini top anyway.

One day I got it in my head that I could totally make a bikini happen! Its just a few triangles and some string, right? How hard could it be?

Well much harder when you don’t actually know how to knit a triangle! However, being an avid googler, I googled that biotch till I found a pattern for a knit bikini which led me to a tutorial on how to knit triangles! I figured out the whole triangle thing with some trial and error and then completely ignored the pattern to make my own creation!

They aren’t exactly what you’d want to wear swimming but around here with the ocean breeze, a knit bikini isn’t as impractical as it sounds. Makes a really cute little summer top for those who have the tummy for such for things. I have fun wearing them under low cut things so the show but my tummy is hidden.


Above in green is the first one I made! /i have to say I actually really love how it came out!

This here is number 2!

And last but not least, the bright green I made for St. Patty's Day!


I am wearing a cami bra underneath this last one. I was playing with a variation on the style and it did not cover as well as the other two.

Finally, here is a shot of a more practical application!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dr. Yarnlove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Knit

Well, I am no longer exactly new to knitting, but I haven’t been doing it for that long in the grand scheme of things either. I actually started with crochet. A coworker gave me some yarn and a crochet hook and sorta showed me how to chain and single crochet…I haven’t really progressed much from that point, crochet and I just don’t get along that well.

However, in class one night, a fellow student saw me crocheting and decided to teach me how to knit. Despite a few missteps in the beginning, it was love at first stitch! Unfortunately, she dropped the class before teaching me to purl. So I taught myself with internet videos and what not. With the internet in my lap (top) and needles and yarn in hand, I have learned and adapted lots of interesting techniques and patterns.

I started where we all start, with scarves and other various squares and rectangles. I had fun the first couple Christmases making scarves for everyone…and by fun I mean I totally burnt myself out trying to finish enough gifts in time for Christmas.

So it may not have been fun exactly but I was ever so proud of myself and the gifts I turned out. I’m not sure what everyone will get this year but I’m thinking something more ambitious is in order. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, here are some of the scarves I made for Christmas 2009. What’s funny is that I got the idea to braid them all by myself…then all of a sudden braided knit scarves were everywhere…I must be a trend setter!

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Craft Blog You Say?

Yes, a craft blog. A place to brag about my triumphs and post pictures of all my nifty creations!

I’d like to say I will be updating regularly but to be honest, it’s up to my projects. Some weeks I turn things out quickly and some weeks I start a bunch of different projects and nothing quite turns out like I hoped. Such is the nature of creating!

You will see over time, dear reader, that most of my crafts are knit, but once in a while I may throw together a costume/piece of jewelry/otherwise nifty creation/etc…that I feel the need to brag about here.

Join me on my crafting journey through life! (corny enough for you?)