Monday, June 2, 2014

FO: Pixel Portrait - Family

Over Memorial Day weekend I went from idea to finished portrait.  Relying heavily on Martha Stewart's tutorial and clip art I came up with a rendition of our family on graph paper.  Check here for details. 

After sketching the first draft I went back and cut and taped edits all over.  Graph paper is awesome to work with for that very reason!

The final product shifted a bit still - no chickens, I changed up some of the accessories, and I still have to add our family name.


I was able to use many different colors, but tried to use the same color at least twice in the portrait to keep a sense of unity.  I also threaded a gold strand in the twins' hair to make it a bit different from Dad.  

I can't believe how darn cute this turned out...and check Etsy and Google Images for tons of other great ideas for how to customize it even more.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

FO: Four Socks

Is this half of four FO's or four of eight FO's?   I suppose it doesn't matter...I have four socks and not a matching pair among them.

Three different heel treatments...

Two basic styles...

And a lot of colors and patterns that do not coordinate well together (at all).

The blue/white stripes are for one of my oldest girls, the orange sock doesn't have a recipient in mind yet, the red/yellow/white is a hand-dyed yarn of my own making and my same oldest daughter has claimed them for herself - she'll have to wait until her feet grow at least another inch though.  And that last really big sock is for my husband.  As previously mentioned, the lovely fawn color mock cable socks I knit him earlier this year are now mine due to felting in the front-loading washing machine.  I felt guilty and immediately cast on for another pair for him.  I couldn't bring myself to knit another pair of brown socks just yet, however, so I choose a midnight blue and threw in some brown stripes for good measure.

Now its time to buckle down and get the other four socks knit - maybe I can accomplish this by the end of the year?!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

FO: Petrea (CF closed-cardigan pattern)

I was so inspired by the first CF sweater that I immediately started on a second, Petrea.  This one did not come with a recipe (there is one now, I believe) so I swatched my yarn and purchased a closed-front, short-sleeve, cardigan pattern from CF.  I did the match for placement of the lace panels myself.

This sweater came out near to perfect.  The only issue I am still debating is whether to stitch close the little 'v' at the top of the button band.  A fellow ravelry member suggested a hook-and-eye so I can still unbutton the sweater, however I don't plan to wear it open.

This is another local yarn - Sun Valley Fibers DK Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) Superwash, colorway: Frosty Pine.

I am not sure what is up next - my daughters are staring to request things again: socks for #1, a short-sleeve tee for #2, a hoodie for #3.  Thankfully #4 is happy with the hand-me-downs that are still around, but I'm sure she'll want something special when fall rolls around.

And those socks I posted about a couple months ago?  The ones for my husband?  We'll they shrank in the wash (ugh - caution: front-loading washers can do a number on superwash yarns!) and now are for me.  And I've started on another pair for him...