The Expressive Creatrix (and Hobbyist)

Here’s where I’ll post pictures of my completed projects and possibly pictures of my happy face or the happy faces of the recipients of my knitted goodies!


December 26, 2010 – Starter Swatch

My first knitting project.  It’s a very simple starter swatch requiring the skills of casting on, the knit stitch, binding off and weaving in the ends.  I used Red Heart Super Saver 100 acrylic, worsted weight  yarn in Cherry Red and size US 8 metal needles.  t’s a 4×4″ square (and I’m quite happy that it came out square!) with no particular purpose other than something for me to practice making.  It took me six days, however I was learning as I went, I started over about a thousand times, and it was a busy week with Christmas and all.  I will treasure it always!

Starter Swatch

January 2011 – Purl Stitch Practice Swatch

Moving on, I made a smaller swatch using only the purl stitch. I used cheap-o Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn in Windsor Blue and size US 8 metal needles.

Purl Stitch Practice Swatch

January 2011 – Making Stripes! Practice Swatch

My first “real” project will be a scarf done in garter stitch (which is just all knit stitches), however it involves adding different colored yarn to make stripes.  Better practice!  Here’s my attempt.  It’s done in Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn in Windsor Blue, Medium Purple and Medium Thyme.  I used size US 8 metal needles. I miscounted one section and the line separating two segments ended up on the wrong side, and in my excitement and haste to move onto my “real” project, I ripped the swatch off the needles before binding off.  Ooops!  No biggie.  It was just for practice.

Making Stripes! Practice Swatch

 January 2011 – My First Real Project!  Go Go Garter Stitch Scarf

Here it is!  My first real knitting project.  It’s a very simple scarf – the Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf from Stitch & Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease super bulky yarn (80% acrylic, 20% wool) in Grass, Pumpkin and Oatmeal Heather. I used US size 17 Clover brand wood needles (I LOVE wood needles).  It was simple, it was quick, and I only made a few mess ups.  One of the sections is one row too short and another is a row too long.  There’s also a really loose stitch along one edge.  I don’t care! I’m so proud of it!

Go-Go Garter Stitch Swatch - My First Real Project!

January 2011 – Stockinette Stitch Practice Swatch

Up next?  Combining the knit stitch and the purl stitch to make the stockinette pattern. Ooooh, I felt sooooo good after I finished this one.  Sure the ends curl, but they’re supposed to!  I used Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn in Medium Purple and size US 8 metal needles.

Stockinette Practice Swatch

January 2011 – Rib Stitch Practice Swatch

I next tackled the rib stitch.  This swatch was done in a 2×2 rib (knit 2, purl 2 all the way across the row).  Wow!  If I thought I was excited about my stockinette stitch swatch, I was over the moon with this little baby!  The best part?  NO MISTAKES!  I love the rib stitch.  So professional looking.

Rib Stitch Practice Swatch

January 15, 2011 – Seed Stitch Practice Swatch

Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic, worsted-weight yarn in Coffee; size US 7 metal needles –

Seed Stitch Practice Swatch

January 15, 2011 – Heart Pattern Practice Swatch

Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic, worsted-weight yarn in Raspberry; size US 6 metal needles –

Heart Pattern Practice Swatch

January 22, 2011 – Double Bump Dishrag

I love this thing!  It’s got mistakes, but I gained some experience with frogging my work and putting stitches back on the needle to correct a mistake.  (For more on that story, see my post of today entitled “Behold! The Lowly Dishrag.”)  It may not be the dishrag I pull out to impress company while doing the dinner dishes, but you can bet I’ll clean with pride with it!  

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton yarn in Red; US size 7 metal needles.

March 2011 – Misc. Dishrags – All done with Lily Sugar ‘N Cream yarn.  Various patterns.

Arizona Dish Cloth

April 2011

Garmin Cozy for my Mother-in-Law – Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe in Snapdragon on DPNs.  My first project knitted in the round on DPNs!  Such a rush to learn this technique.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  I also had to learn Kitchener stitch to seam up one end, which was a challenge! I lost my place, and I’m quite certain it’s not exactly right, but it looks okay.

Garmin Cozy for Bonita


Garmin Cozy for Bonita with Garmin inside

Misc. Dishcloths for Kristi – These were made for my sister-in-law as a thank you gift for hosting us in March at her house in Arizona.  All used Lily Sugar & Cream 100% cotton yarn.  Patterns are Waffle Knit (the two on the ends) and Circle Cloth (the one in the middle. I gave them to her with a bottle of lemon hand soap from Trader Joe’s.

Kristi's Dishcloths

Miscellaneous DishclothsElvish Leaves pattern done with Lily Sugar & Cream.  I gave these away to my two friends, Kristie (the green one) and Kellie (the brown one).

Elvish Leaves Pattern Dishcloths

Dishcloths for Mom – My mom’s birthday is in April, and in addition to the first season of “Glee” on DVD (she loves that show), I gave her these three dishcloths and a bottle of lemon liquid hand soap.  She was thrilled!  It doesn’t matter how old you are, moms are always thrilled by handmade gifts from their children!  All yarn is Lily Sugar & Cream 100% cotton, and the patterns are Vine Lace Cloth, Chinese Waves, and The “Infamous” Darrell Waltrip Cloth.

For My Mama

November 1, 2011: Miscellaneous Stuff from the Past Several Months (though not everything) –
This is my Monarch Laceless Shawl – one of three shawls I did over the summer.  This was a mystery knit-along, and it was a lot of fun. I love the way it turned out.
My Candy Cane Purl Scarf, which was a birthday gift for my friend Kristie.  It was my first time knitting with three yarns held together.  The picture doesn’t do it justice. It turned out so beautiful!

Kristie's Candy Can Purl Scarf

 My first pair of fingerless mitts, which were made as a Christmas gift for Lily’s 3rd grade teacher.  I loved learning to make gloves, and I am very happy with how they turned out!

Berry Hill Fingerless Mitts

 My first time felting!  I made these cute Rasta Baskets.  Here’s one, hanging from a hook –

Rasta Basket

 And finally, I’ve been on kind of a hat making spree.  Here’s one, my favorite, my Malambo Bamboos –

Malambo Bamboos Hat


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