Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arm Knitting, Anyone?

So I came across this new trend called Arm Knitting... (I'm sure it's nothing new, just new to me...) And I decided to give it a go. I have this wonderfully crazy new yarn called Boutique Chic by Red Heart. I purchased two skeins of the Mulberry color and was dreaming of a very chunky cowl, but I didn't really care for the way it was knitting up... Or crocheting up... So I picked up my WIP for a few months and then yesterday I decided to give Arm Knitting a try.

This was so easy! And FAST! I was able to complete the entire cowl in about 20 minutes. It was a little confusing at first but once I got the hang of it, it went much faster.

Here is a LionBrandYarn youtube video with some great instructions.

Here are my instructions:

You will be working with two strands of your favorite chunky yarn.
Cast on 8 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across.
Repeat Row 1 until you have about 24 inches of working yarn left.
Bind off and then sew the two short ends together. Trim and weave in ends when you're finished.

I'll try to get a picture of my finished product later this evening.

Have you completed any arm knitting projects? If so, please feel free to share below.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Onnie's New Sweater

Hi, everyone!

So, I finished Onnie's sweater over the weekend! She's so excited about it, too! Here is Miss Onnie loving her bright new sweater.

This is a Lion Brand pattern called Spring Blossom Baby Kimono.

I used Lion Brand's Hometown USA yarn in Syracuse Orange.

I really enjoyed this pattern. It was very easy to understand and worked up quickly. I also learned how to increase my stitches beyond the pattern (for the sleeves). I'm sure this technique will come in very handy in the future.

Now my older daughter is waiting for hers. I'm thinking I may attempt to do the same style sweater with a lighter weight yarn and large needles so she'll have looser and more airy stitches... more like a cover-up than a sweater...

I'd love to hear about your first sweaters! Please feel free to comment below.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cute sweater for Onnie

I'm currently working on this cute sweater for my youngest daughter.  It's my first sweater ever and much easier than I anticipated. (Yay!)

Spring Blossom Baby Kimono

Isn't it just precious?!  My 11 year old daughter even asked if I would make her one!

I'm using Lion Brand's Hometown USA yarn in Syracuse Orange and size 13 Boye brand knitting needles.

I'll post my finished project as soon as I can! 

Monday, February 10, 2014


Welcome to my nook! My name is Nina and I've been exploring the art of knitting and crocheting for over 20 years. I am so excited about sharing my love of yarn crafting with the world! I love everything from chunky cables to fine lace, doilies to sweaters, and afghans to cowls. Please join me in my fabulous crafting adventures! And just a side note... There may be a few stray posts along the way as I'm also a food lover and the mom of 5 beautiful children...