My new knitting project {and a paper-crafty one too!}

I had a hankering to start a sweater project after finding the most yummy 55%/45% bamboo/wool yarn at Mardens last weekend. I couldn’t pass it up because they had a bag of three 175 yard balls for $3.99! I got two bags and realized that I had to knit it up or I would forget I bought it and that would be a shame because the yarn is absolutely scrumptious! I have a rather sordid past with sweaters, I am horrible at knitting them, mainly because I am too lazy to check my gauge, I just jump right in and make that sweater. Needless to say I had to give away my previous sweaters because they turned out too big.

FYI-a little info about me, I do not check gauge, I do not rip out stitches, I just keep on trucking..er..knitting. Forward progress only! 🙂 

So I was thrilled when I found a one-size-fits-all shrug pattern on the Lion Brand site for free! Feel free to knit along with me if you like! We can keep each other honest ha ha, no UFO’s here! There are no fancy stitches and I think my 6 balls of yarn will be just enough to complete it. If not, well, it will be a sweet baby blanket LOL!

See that yarn, isn’t it a lovely color, it is super soft too!

Anyway, I wanted to make a little notebook to jot pattern ideas down in so I covered a mini composition book with pretty paper and did some stamping and viola!

 

I was thrilled to find that a ruler rubber stamp I owned was standard scale so I made up a few bookmarks to share with the girls in my knitting group. They can write their names in the “Hand knit by” space:

 

On the back of the bookmarks I stamped a name/date line so they can record the name of a project and when they started/finished the piece. It will feel nice to see a list of completed projects while the bookmark keeps their place in their pattern book. Most of the girls in my knitting group are beginners so seeing a list of completed projects is a real confidence boost and they will be quite talented by the time they have 3 projects under their belt! Also since he ruler is to scale they can check gauge (ahem…theroretly for me of course ha ha…) or just measure a cuff or whatnot.

 

Here is a list of the stamps I used:

Name/Date, Hand Knit By (Stampin Up!), Ruler (Pink Persimmon from the “Hello Vintage Girl” set), Button card and Buttons (Papertrey Ink), Other Knitting Sets by (TPC Studios-I got them at JoAnns for 40% off and I think they are still on sale!)  BTW you might wonder what’s up with the thank you card…well, rather than file away the scraps on my desk I made a card…no big whoop.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to attempt this project with me let me know by leaving a comment. I really recommend the patterns over at the Lion Brand Yarn website. I have knit and crocheted a few of them and they have all turned out well and they are free! You do need to register but it only take s a second and I have never gotten spam from them and I’ve used the patterns for years, check it out! Til next time happy crafting!

8 thoughts on “My new knitting project {and a paper-crafty one too!}

  1. This is funny because I dig out my knitting needles too this week! My projet is less ambitious but it’s kind of fun to see I’m not the only one! I’ve made a cover for the newborn diaper in order to see that when I photograph those little baby! 🙂 Have a wonderful day and I love those bookmark! 🙂

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  2. that looks like a lot of fun, and whata great deal on yarn. I’m trying to learn how to knit, it’s on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30, I really want to make a sweater for my son (mostly because he’s the smallest person I know, so I’m hoping it’ll be faster) I don’t check gauges either 😉

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    1. I love it ha ha, hey if it turns out too big he will grow into it and if it is small you have your next baby shower gift taken care of:) I did not learn to knit until I was 25 and pregnant with my first child, The doctor told be to get off the treadmill and find something to do that was less active:) Good luck! There are some great videos online, cyberstitches has a great learn to knit video, here is a link: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/teach-knit.html I learned from a book, this would have made it easier!

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  3. I have never learned to knit and my crochet is self taught basic. I tear out a lot of stitches since I don’t count anything, ha! Then again all I can make are slippers and scarves.

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  4. LOL! I’m a crocheter too — can’t knit more than a stocking stitch rectangle! I’ve crocheted two shrugs, and have worn them on cool evenings in the Carribbean. They’re great.

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