I’ve been watching the Olympics for the past few days, and even though it’s summer time, it inspired me to make these ear warmers. The warmers are inspired by the laurel wreaths that the winning Olympians would be crowned with. I had just learned the crocodile stitch and it ended up being the perfect stitch for this project because of how much it looks like leaves.
Here it is. A front view, side view and back view.
I taught myself how to knit, so I've never been really adventurous with my knitting projects. I pretty much only knew how to knit and purl so all of my projects were scarves, and even then I can probably count on one hand how many of those I've finished. So what got in my head about knitting some socks? I think it was when I was digging through my yarn stash and came across a bag full of alpaca yarn that my boyfriends parents got for me while they were in Peru. To me it looked like it was the perfect weight for socks and I had just found a few sets of double pointed needles. It was obvious, I had to knit some socks. I had to. I only had sets of 4 dpns all in different sizes, but almost every pattern I came across called for a set of 5 dpns. Finally I came across Silver's sock class. Using this pattern successfully made my first sock!
Unfortunately it was a tad too big. I used the directions for sock weight yarn. I decided not to waste my time and yarn making a matching sock for that one. Instead I jumped right into another much more advanced sock making technique. I had heard about people knitting two socks at the same time, one inside the other on dpns, and I was determined to try it myself. I took some progress pictures along the way so I could share them with you all!
In order to get myself back in the crafting groove I’ve been doing some quick and easy things like making simple jewelry and little amigurumi. When I finish my crochet project I’ll post it here, but for now I have an awesome bracelet to talk about. Almost a month ago Etsy ran a “How-Tuesday” where Simone Tan (a.k.a Groundsel) explained how to make a sailor’s knot bracelet. I actually saw this post a few days ago and as soon as I finished reading it I grabbed the first skein of yarn closest to me and started to knot. Here is the finished bracelet:
I don’t have time to make anything today, so I figured I’d show you guys one of my older crafts that I’m pretty proud of. Since I made a beanie last night, I’ll post another beanie today! I give you, the mohawk beanie. It’s inspired by the book from knit-head, Pretty in Punk. They offer knitting patterns, but at that time, I wasn’t confident with my knitting skills, so I decided to crochet it up!
Here are the results: