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Swants Tutorial….Yes please and thanks

In knitting, sewing on November 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

So I’ve been following West Knits on Instagram and he has been posting these swants that are truly amazing! “What the heck are swants?” you ask. Well, they’re sweaters upcycled, repurposed and reinvented into sweater pants. The best thing is that you don’t have to knit the sweater and then destroy it!The best bet is Goodwill or other thrift shops in your area. Wool or other natural fibers are best for the job.

How amazing would it be to have a sweater warming up your tush?! I need to make a pair! It’s perfect winter wear. Get those seeing machines or serger cranking( they can be handsewn too, don’t worry)!

I’ll say that wearing swants is not for the faint! They will be something to talk about! It’s a fashion statement, you can be sure of that! I’m excited!

Make your swants here.


7 Deadly Sins of Knitting & Crocheting

In community challenges, knitting on November 6, 2013 at 1:00 am

I found this challenge on YouTube and thought I’d share. It should be a video, but I don’t know that I do well on video. Here goes:

1. Greed: What is the most expensive and least expensive yarn you own?

The most expensive yarn I own is Zealana Rimu at $25 a ball. The least expensive is Zealana Heron and Rowan Lima which were both free. I’ve gotten a few other yarns for free too.

2. Wrath: What pattern or designer do you have a love hate relationship with?

I don’t know that I have a love hate relationship with any one designer. I can appreciate each person’s approach on design. I will say this though, that I do not like errata’s that some magazines infamously have….that’s a problem for me because I don’t know that I can even spot one plus it’s just annoying.

3. Gluttony: What kind of yarn do you buy over and over again with no shame whatsoever?

Hmm, this is a toughie. Let me look in my stash and get back to you. I’m not really sure still because my stash is all over…I don’t buy any one yarn on a regular basis.

4. Sloth: What project do you put off working on due to laziness?

I’ve been putting off finishing this Laura Zulkaite smock clutch. It’s so cute too! All it needs is the lining and bukram support and seaming.

5. Pride: What finished item do you talk about to appear more skilled than other knitters/crocheters?

I don’t know that I do that, but I do promote working socks and sleeves and anything else possible two at a time! I love it!

6. Lust: What attributes do you find attractive in yarn?

Softness, fluff, sponginess, color, smoothness, and worsted to bulky weights.

7. Envy: What kind of yarn would you like to receive as a gift?

Ok, to be specific, I would like Malabrigo Chunky, Cascade Cloud, Cascade Eco Wool Eco+, Cascade 220, Madelinetosh, Artyarns Bulky, Fable Fibers, Jade Sapphire, Manos del Uruguay, …Just get me a Yarnbox or Knit Crate (or any yarn subscription for that matter) with no novelty yarn and I think I could be ok!lol

Gangsta’ knitta

In events, knitting on November 4, 2013 at 1:04 am

I saw this video and my mouth dropped….Dude didn’t even flinch, straight face, needles at a fast pace….Respect! Holla! Tell me what you think.


There’s a whole series!

Bad dyelot?

In community challenges, knitting, portfolio on November 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm


I’m thrilled to have received yarn for the Bespoken testing. I actually got it Wednesday evening but I’ve been extremely busy since I returned to work.

My yarn shipment came with a crumpled packaging slip because it was crammed into my smallish mailbox. Normally I wouldn’t give a care about a packaging skip, but rather, just rejoice that I received mail which was not a bill. But I was curious, and this is what my curiosity revealed:


What is “bad dyelot”? What did this poor color do? It wasn’t popular enough, maybe? Why even put a label on the unfortunate circumstance that this color has found itself? I love this rusty, reddish brown color! I may order more for Pine before WEBS runs out.

I have a confession to make though… I’ve never used Cascade 220 before! I know, I know! It’s supposed to be every knitters fall back, staple yarn. I can’t even explain why it has never touched my stash until now. But if I like it, I’ll keep it as a permanent resident in my stash. It’s at a great price point.

Tell me if Cascade 220 is your staple yarn and why. What’s your experience with it?

KAL beginnings and things

In community challenges, stash busting on November 2, 2013 at 12:18 am


November 1 marked the beginning of Fable Fibers November KAL. I started at work during lunch and when I got home, the Portuguese knitting busted out a good 4 inches! I’m working on my Barbara cowl first because it will require more yarn. The width on the cowl seems a bit small but I’m not sure. I’ll be doubling it over itself around my neck like an infinity cowl so I think it will be alright. What do you think?

About the pattern: Barbara cowl is so simple you can do it in your sleep (but I’d rather not). It was late when I was working on it and began sleepy head bucking/nodding so I put it down. I find that when I knit sleepy that my project becomes riddled with errors. (It’s the same for blogging sleepy…please forgive any errors). That’s so annoying to rip back.

About the yarn: It’s Fable Fibers DK Superwash Merino Biography in Chloe. Oh my goodness! This has made me a believer in variegated yarn! It works up beautifully, all without pooling and flashing. It’s also scrumptiously soft. The stitch definition is incredible! Of course I instagramed my progress and Lelah loved it. I’m not much a fan of lighter weight yarn and I asked if chunky would be available and she said yes! Woot woot! I can’t wait!

It’s not too late to join!