I took a little trip to Lion Brand Studio (wow I really can’t stay away from the place) to stock up on some baby toy supplies. Of course, that meant buying some more angora merino yarn. Since I’ve been knitting with this yarn so much recently, I wanted to post this video I found about sheering angora rabbits for spinning. My mom is a spinner and she’s always wanted angora rabbits. Maybe someday her dream will come true!
ps. At the Lion Brand Studio, one of the women told me that the angora merino is hard to rip out. She heard that if you put it in the freezer, it makes it easier to do so. Has anyone else heard of or tried this method? I wonder who thought it up…
Rabbit photo by Angoria.
I spent the weekend working up this frog for a baby shower present. I’m using an Oliver Boliver pattern and mine is certainly interesting! He’s made of Lion Brand’s LB Collection Angora Merino which, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, is my favorite yarn for baby toys right now. It’s so soft and fluffy. The color is Avocado which is such a yummy name for a yarn color.
I adjusted the pattern and knit each piece in the round on size 7 double pointed needles. I like the way it looks because my seams always look crappy. Overall, I like how he’s turning out. I’ve only made toys using patterns by Ysolda which I really enjoy because you don’t have to sew any of the arms or legs, etc onto each other. This was a leap of faith but I really like how it’s going.
He just needs eyes and a little smile and it’ll be time for another blog update!
It’s been a busy busy week. I’m very excited because I think this will be the most creative Christmas ever. Before I can reveal any of my presents, I’ll just have to write this blog post to Santa. Want!
To make these charming little cupcakes.
To pack everything with this sweet tape!
To be able to afford almost 4,000 yards of Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn for an afghan. (Feel free to donate :p)
To pick up crewel embroidery again.
Winter is all about big comfy warm knits. I made this scarf for my friend Amy who instructed I make her the biggest scarf ever. She took this picture which I absolutely love.
What’s your favorite chunky knit? Any favorite yarns?
I promised to have photos of my finished faire isle present. Well, here they are!
When it’s time for gift giving, there’s a present for everyone and every occasion. This year I decided to knit for the dogs in Jon’s family. It was pretty exciting since I’ve never done that before. But it turned out well! I love used this DROPS design pattern. I’ll be honest, the pattern was a little hard to follow, but I got through it and it paid off.
Those Charlie Brown colors are Lion Brand’s LB Collection Superwash Merino in Dijon and Mahogany. I have to say, I’ve been using LB Collection yarns a lot recently. They’re soft and the colors are beautiful and, most of all, they’re incredibly affordable. I like to keep handmade knits inexpensive but these yarns don’t skimp on quality.
Look at how happy Jah is in his sweater! 🙂
I’m knitting like crazy for the holidays and right now it’s all about Faire Isle! I’m working on a dog sweater…pictures of the finished product are coming soon!
Lion Brand Yarn Studio is one of my favorite yarn stores in Manhattan. I’ve been making a lot of trips there with the holidays coming up. It’s kind of unavoidable this time of year. Ending tomorrow is their Warm Up America donation. I made a few 7″x9″ which will be turned into an afghan that will be donated to Warm Up America. I love donating like this because it not only feels great to give but it’s a wonderful stash buster. I’ve got yarn all over my tiny apartment and Jon’s!
And, on top of all that, LBY Studio is giving 20% off coupons to everyone that donates squares. So, of course, I had to buy a few (read: a ton) balls of angora merino for some holiday projects I’ve got going on.
Join Lion Brand on December 12th for their Joining Party. Help put all of the afghans together and score a 20% off coupon!
I recently finished this sweater for Jon’s birthday and I think he looks great in it! The pattern is from Erika Knight’s Men’s Knits which is such a beautiful book. The navy rows are a special pattern of 2, 14, and 10 which represent our anniversary, February 14th.
It took a long time to finish on size 3 needles and I finished half of it without him knowing. Anyway, I’m so proud of it and I’m excited to keep him warm!