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My First Knit Sweater! (and other March Break Projects)

It’s finished!  I can hardly believe that I have knit my first sweater.  I have been wanting to learn to knit my own clothes for so long.  There were a few hiccups in the road, but I managed to figure everything out and was blessed to have my mother-in-law for help every few weekends, too!  So without further ado……here is the finished garment!

My first knit sweater! My first knit sweater

First Knit Sweater Back

The pattern is the Waterford Cardigan, remember this post? It was actually very easy to follow and the only part I found really tricky was adding the trim to the sleeves.  I think they should be a little looser than they are, but overall, I am really happy with it, and it is super soft and warm.

I am extra excited that I finished it while there is still cold weather left to enjoy it in!  (Not that I would complain if there was an early spring…)

This was actually only the first project I finished on what quickly became a very crafty March Break.  One week off school made for lots of extra time to be spent in the sewing room!  Here are the other projects I accomplished this week:

 MArch Break PRojects

 Not bad for one week!  Now if only it were March Break every week…. :)

What about you?  How are you spending your Spring Break?

My First Knitted Sweater! In Progress.

I am extremely blessed to have a wonderful second family.  My husband’s parents are almost as near and dear to me as my own, and we enjoy doing so many of the same things!  This week-end, my mother-in-law helped me start my very first knitted sweater.  Up to this point my knitting has consisted primarily of dishcloths and scarves, so this feels like a big step.  My mother-in-law is an experienced knitter and I appreciate her patience and willingness to help me learn!

This is the sweater I picked out to try:


It’s called the Waterford Cardigan and it’s a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarns.  It uses a bulky yarn and large needles which is perfect for me as it’s working up nice and quick!  Look how much I got done yesterday!


My first knitted sweater!


The yarn is Loops & Threads Country Loom which was on sale for half price just after Christmas!  I had actually picked it up for another sweater project which didn’t work out, but I think it will work nicely with this pattern.

It was really nice to spend the day with my Mom-in-law.  We shopped for yarn and then spent the afternoon curled up in cozy chairs, knitting the hours away. Bliss!

My first knitted sweater

And even though this sweater is only just beginning, I have already picked out my next project.  I bought this pattern on Ravelry and can’t wait to knit it!  The yarn she used is beautiful, but just a tad too expensive for me.  I am thinking of substituting something like this as it is a similar heavy weight.  We’ll see when the time comes!

What projects are you working on right now?


Minion Madness

Happy New Year!

It was a bit of a different Christmas holiday around here, with so many people out of power, but we still enjoyed many beautiful moments with family and friends.

And, of course, there was time taken to make a few handmade gifts.  Although I did not take photos of everything I made, there were a few that had their moment with the paparazzi.

And how could you resist when the subject is this cute?

Minion Stuffed Toy

This is Phil.  And although we are still waiting for him to put on his maid’s outfit and clean our house,  it’s been fun having him around.  (Although all of our bananas seem to have gone missing….)  I used the fantastic free pattern and tutorial on We Lived Happily Ever After.

And because we are such big Minion fans here at the moment, I also crocheted this minion hat:

Crocheted Minion Hat

This was another free pattern and comes in all sizes from newborn to adult!  (Oh how thankful I am for all of those generous crafters out there!)  I also really liked this pattern I found on Pinterest, but didn’t think Hubby would like the braided tails!

Then, when our Christmas Eve plans were cancelled due to the crazy weather and power outages, I spent the day on the couch next to my beloved and whipped up one of these for my friend’s little one:

Crochet Puppy Dog Hat

It was fun to get the crochet hooks out again and to make something so little and cute!  This was another great free pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.

What about you?  Was there holiday crafting at your house this year?


Another Crochet Project – Mary Jane Slippers

One of the projects I really wanted to crochet was a cute pair of bunny slippers from this book.  I really gave it my best shot (and persevered long after the point I would usually give up – this is what being on vacation allows me to do!)  But in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. 

And maybe it was for the best.

Because instead I made these super-cute Mary Jane slippers:

I just love them!  They were fun and easy to make, and only took a few hours.  I also found them easy to customize and to add a row here and there for the perfect fit. 

If you crochet, and would like to make your own, you will find the pattern here.  I’m so thankful for talented crafters who share their expertise through tutorials, aren’t you?   


In love with Amigurumi

So what does a sewer do when she is on vacation? 

Crochet, of course!

I am lucky enough to have a mother who is a master crocheter, so when I went to visit my parents over the holidays, I had a few patterns I wanted to try out with her guidance.

My planned projects didn’t work out so well (there were so many errors in the first pattern I tried that I actually gave up on the whole book), but I discovered a book an Amigurumi and now I am hooked!  (Yes, that pun was totally intended.)

According to my pattern book, Amigurmi is a Japanese word referring to small knit or crochet dolls, and in the crochet world has become synonymous with crocheting in the round in single crochet. 

Mom and I had a great time sitting and crocheting together, and I made four of these cute creatures (and all but one have already found their new homes!)

I made two of these hippos, one with a slightly larger hook for a bigger beast.

This owl is all set to deliver a birthday gift by “owl post.”  (If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will know what I mean!)

(As a side note, I took these photos outside, without a coat, in my sock feet, at the beginning of January.  The grass is even green!  Crazy weather we are having this year – although winter certainly rolled in today!)

And finally, I made this little seal. 

I think they are irresistibly cute and I can’t wait to make some more!

A Handmade Holiday

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I have enjoyed a wonderful (snowy!) holiday with family and friends (and our celebrating isn’t done yet!)  One of my favourite things about Christmas is making handmade gifts.  And although I didn’t make quite as many gifts as I usually do, a few handmade things made their way under the tree.


I have a very good friend who has been wanting a Gryffindor scarf for a very long time.  This is only the 3rd thing I have ever knit, and the first time I have ever done the seed stitch, so, although it took a few visits from my mother-in-law for help, I am quite proud of the finished project!  And I now know how to knit! (well, scarves anyway!)  The pattern I used can be found here.

Then came this angry little fellow.

If you love Angry Birds, tutorials for the whole collection can be found here.  I have never played the game and am still tempted to make them all, just because they are so much fun!   

My sister-in-law asked for a quilted case for her hair dryer.  This is what I cae up with:



The button almost didn’t make it on, because my sewing machine was convinced that there was no such thing as a button bigger than an inch!  But I persevered and am glad that I did, a smaller button just wouldn’t have had the same impact.

Before Christmas my sister-in-law and I visited a craft show together.  We spent a long time looking at some fabulous mittens made out of old sweaters.  After she decided not to buy herself some, I knew what I had to make her for Christmas!  I found this excellent pattern on Etsy, and made two pairs, one for her and one for my mother-in-law.



This was my first experience at felting sweaters, and I must admit that I think I am hooked!  The mittens are lined with polar fleece, so they are extra warm!  And I couldn’t resist these little gingham buttons:


For my mother-in-law, I used a Cashmere sweater for both the outside and the lining. 




A fancy button finishes them off nicely.

The last gift was a scarf made out of a very soft and lacy sweater, based on s0mething I found in this book.  I really love the way it ruffles along the yarn – and it looks much better on a person than it does on my deck post!



I didn’t quite get to everything on my “to make for Christmas list.”  Next year I definitely need to start in September!  And I still have a few things to whip up before the last family gathering on Jan. 1.  (I always make Pjs for my nephews and I have another little something I want to try out – I’ll post pictures if it works!) 

I also received some really wonderful handmade gifts.  My husband surprised me with a Kayak he restored and a paddle he made himself!  This was completely unexpected (I never would have dreamed of getting a kayak for Christmas!)  My mother-in-law also made me a beautiful quilted and embroidered wall-hanging for my sewing room.  And beyond the gifts I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with family and friends over the holidays – it’s been a wonderful Christmas!

Did you give or receive any handmade gifts this year?

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