Saturday, August 1, 2015

Has it really been since AUGUST?! Like a year?

Ok well,

A lot has changed.  I have kind of put the pursuit of a bachelor's in Physics on the back burner at the moment.  Maybe Physics and I need a break?

In the meantime.... while I work out what I want to be when I grow up (do we ever know?)... I will show you my latest finished creation!

Before blocking!

Pin it 'til you win it.
 My first doily ever.  A little gift for my mom!  I starched this one with a corn starch solution, and it is knitted together with some random cotton crochet thread, and some 00 needles (I think).  The pattern is called "Flower Doily" from Coats Design Team, and can be found on ravelry, here.  I actually ripped apart some circulars for this.  I just had to use 5 needles :)

Happy knitting!

Stay tuned, spread love xoxo


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What to do, what to do...

I am yet again procrastinating!

I have plenty of school work to do.  Working on a bachelor's in Physics.  I have a couple of projects that I need to complete for this semester, and I swear I will get to them!  But first I have to knit a gauge swatch from some yarn I picked up at Stitches Midwest.  Then go on ravelry and look at patterns for two hours or so.  Then dream about knitting up an Orenburg lace shawl some day...
Then think about how much fun it would be to get comfortable knitting in colors, all of my ends perfectly woven in, and looking flawless and perfect.

Some day!  Right now things are moving along steadily.  I'm picking up new techniques and gaining more confidence, however I have yet to really finish a sock or a sweater, and have barely begun to read from charts.  I hope to someday make patterns of my own - not just yet, though!

Knitting has become a true love of mine, and it is so fun to be able to track my progress here.  I encourage any beginner knitter reading this to do the same - track your progress!  I have made the mistake before of becoming so angry at my work, that I unravel it in a heated rage and/or abandon it and leave it to collect lint and dust in some long-forgotten corner.  What I realize now is that those "mistakes" really ought to be cherished.  They're like growing pains.  And remembering them is remembering how far I've come as far as learning to knit goes!

Last year around this time, I tried to knit a sock.  Well... I did knit a sock.  I will see if I can find it.  If I tried knitting the same sock now, I would actually be able to wear it, and it would take me probably a fifth of the amount of time! (I still have to try and make a good wearable sock, and you better believe it will be here for you to see!)  This thing was (finished) the size of my hand (the whole thing) and stiff enough to use as an insole for a pair of shoes.

If you are into knitting far enough that you are still reading this, and especially if you are a beginner... do not give up!  It is frustrating, challenging, and cumbersome when you first learn something, but when you stick to it, the payoff is huge.  And keep your crappy first sock somewhere where you can go back and look at it in six months' or a year's time.

P.S.:  I have some (not too many!) pictures from the last two festivals I went to.  I'll put those up when I finish my homework  :)

Stay tuned and spread love!
-maria violet

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My first attempt at gloves...

Here is the project I chose to make using that merino/mohair yarn from Juniper Moon Farms! It's called Treads, and you can find it at this lovely blog. The sideways braids are a little tricky to knit, but I think they are coming along ok! (my first attempt at a glove-type pattern) What do you think?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Started over a gift for Mom!

Hi guys!

Here is a project I'm working on. I'm making it as a (super!) late mama's day gift for my mama! The pattern is found at - the name of the pattern is "Tiger Eyes Lace Scarf", and it is by Toni M. Maddox. (Here it is if you don't feel like searching!)

The yarn I'm using is Paton's Silk Bamboo in the color Orchid. I kept forgetting to do the three stitch border (which isn't charted in the pattern), so I started over and added a picot edge all the way around!

In other news, I did get to check out the knit & crochet show here in Indianapolis over last weekend! I took some photos and did bring home a haul. Photos to come!

Stay tuned and spread love!
-maria violet

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Stitch!

I just learned a new stitch!

Look at how pretty this is!
I had some cheapo yarn from hobby lobby laying around, and nome no.7 needles. If you know how to knit/purl, give this a try!
It's a repeating pattern of 6 rows. I am debating whether I should knit this into a cowl...

Here is the link to the tutorial from terrace park fibers out of Ohio, I think:

Stay tuned and spread love,
-maria violet

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yarn from Juniper Moon Farms!!!

Ok, people.  This is some yarn I recently ordered from Juniper Moon Farms.  It was leftover from their Spring and Fall 2012 Shares!  It is absolutely lovely, and the Cormo (on the right) has a texture that you need to feel to believe.  Truly farm-fresh yarn!!!  I waited a little bit for this stuff to come in the mail and when I got it, boy was I happy.

I will post better pictures soon!

Until then... any ideas on what I should knit it into?  I have 200 yards of the mohair/merino and 300yards of the Cormo.  Let me know in the comments!

Stay tuned and spread love,
-maria violet

P.s.: Anybody else out there smell their yarn?!  I just did.  It smells like a dream...

Hello Bloglandia!

This is my first post.  What is there to say?

Well, let me start off these shenanigans by saying that I enjoy all things beautiful.  Let me also say that I find almost EVERYTHING to be beautiful.  With that point aside, here is a list of things that you might find on this blog.

-Knitting Projects
-Pretty clothings
-Lots of D.I.Y.
-Silly musings
-Deep thoughts
-Not-so-deep thoughts
-Random facts about my daily life

As an acronym, YKPLFHSDNR.

Stay tuned, and spread love!

-maria violet