Eye Candy: Spring

March 21st, 2019

Coat for Roxane by breeknit

Spring started this week in the Northern Hemisphere, though some areas may still be feeling like winter. In Texas, spring is in full effect so while looking for projects, I found myself drawn to things that reminded me of spring. To start, the Coat for Roxane by breeknit above is such a great yellow, and the perfect garment to transition from winter to spring.

I love how cheery these potholders, coasters & dishcloths are. They make me want to decorate for spring. Anne-MetteB’s Granny square potholders IV, Lindsay79’s Rainbow Dishtowel and sticksnspokes’ Coasters and plant holder.

These sweaters remind me of spring, in color and pattern, regardless of the fact that one of them has snow in the picture behind it! Pou-Pou’s Yell for Mari, Bromache’s Crumb and vanessatran’s Wool and Honey.

I hope that no matter what the weather where you are, these cheery projects brightened your day!

Eye Candy: Pink!

February 28th, 2019

A girl with her hair pulled back wears a shawl made with pink and gold yarn
Jeannetricote’s Rhinebeck Girl’s best friend

I don’t watch a lot of awards shows but I really love seeing what people wear to them and the recent Academy Awards were no exception. The theme I heard over and over from the award show fashion was about all of the different shades of pink that were on the red carpet, so I decided to check out the projects made recently on Ravelry that feature pink yarn.

Left a crocheted wreath with pink flowers, middle a crochet blanket with colors from dark pink to purple and right a pink amigurumi whale

First up a few crochet projects. From left to right: WatermelonHelen’s Bedroom Wreath, SapphireChele’s Sweet Pea Blanket CAL and lanamarie95’s M. Richard the Whale

Left a small cowl with variegated yarn, middle a pair of bright pink socks, right a lace shawl trimmed with bright pink

Next, here are a few knit accessories to keep you warm and brighten your day. From left to right: GoldenIris’ Cream Puff, Domicroche’s Galiano Socks and Nantzi’s 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl MKAL

Left a light pink sweater with a sheer top, middle a marled sweater with pops of hot pink, right a grey sweater with a pink color work yoke

Finally, I loved these knit sweaters that incorporate varying amounts and shades of pink. From left to right: Secgoff’s As If Tee, eyelikethesummer’s Crazy Marled Raglan and maryks’ Cardigan 2019

I enjoyed seeing all of the different ways people have used pink in their projects. If you want to see more, or to get inspiration for other colors, you can search projects by color family.

Eye Candy: Year of the Pig

February 7th, 2019

Amigurumi pig holding a dragon

Prosperity Pig and Dragon Dance crocheted by sage-dragon

Happy belated Lunar New Year! In honor of Lunar New Year this week, I went looking for pig projects to celebrate the Year of the Pig. There are so many cute pig projects on Ravelry, here are a few that I loved!

Amigurumi pigs: from left to right, a small one with felt ears, a small one with a crown and a tall narrow one
From left to right: Yupoki’s crocheted Sir’s CNY Pig, stitchbyfay’s crocheted New Year Pig and AnnaEule’s crocheted Tall Pig with Owl Backpack.

Three pig stuffies, from left to right: one with crinkly ears, a pig with a bow and a pig in clothes
From left to right: gryphon98’s crocheted Piggie, nicolajl’s crocheted Chinese Year of the Pig and Kelsonknit’s knit Pale piggy.

I hope you enjoyed this little parade of pigs. It was really fun to see the creativity and artistry put into them. Wishing all of you a very good Year of the Pig!

Eye Candy: Neutrals

January 10th, 2019

Two grey mittens with a tiger design shown when they are put side by side

Many people think neutral colors are boring, but in looking at projects this week, I found several very interesting projects that were made primarily made with neutrals. I love how the light contrast of the grey and white above show off the tiger pattern in CristalLittleK’s Ussuri Tiger project. Here are a few more!

A black and white shawl on a woman in a black shirt on the left and some black and white mitts on the right

The fun thing about neutrals is that they can be used with a light contrast or a more dramatic contrast, as is the case with these two. On the left, nannyknitter62’s Emiliana uses black and white for a stunning finished object. On the right, the same level of contrast is used in a different pattern in skyfox66’s Underwing Mitts.

On the left, a light brown crochet hat with a maroon top, in the middle a light brown cabled hat with a large cream pom pom and on right a cream cabled hat in the snow
I also found several neutral hats that would easily fit into many wardrobes. From left to right: Tjones76’s Slouchy Beanie is mostly neutral, with a little color pop on top, ElafromGdansk’s Bray Cap is perfect for winter and Alisa75’s Frosty hat looks lovely in the snow.

Man in grey vest on the left and a little crocheted bunny on a shelf on the right
Finally, I just really loved these projects! First, joreielle7’s Sand Classic Camel Vest can be worn with so many things and I love this little bunny made by SandrillonKnits, the Lalylala 4 seasons EASTER project.

While I tend to gravitate toward bright colors, these neutrals are inspiring me to take a second look at some of the neutral yarn I have in my stash. I hope they inspire you, too!

Eye Candy: Hold it Right There!

December 12th, 2018

Hands wearing yellow fingerless mitts holding an elephant figurine
treeseeker’s Hand Holding

I often laugh at the extremes that I go to when photographing finished items, particularly those items that are a bit more difficult to find a good way to capture. When looking at projects this week, it made me smile to see all of the unique ways that people presented their mitten and glove projects and I thought I’d share a few of them!

Three photos: gloved hands hanging a wreath on a tree, gloved hands hanging ornaments and rainbow gloves held against a tree.

First off, several Ravelers photographed their finished mittens and glove projects with trees of all kinds! Wimmelkinder’s Ellri Mitts for Kerstin, tataporto’s White Christmas and mc-chick’s Helix Mitts

Three photos: Hands with mittens holding a red mug, aqua fingerless gloves holding a plant in a pot and a hand in a Fair Isle mitt holding its match
In addition to the amazing elephant above, a few other Ravelers showed their finished projects while holding something. Tippelditapser held a coffee mug when showing us Warm hands Nr. 19: Remember Orkney Isles, drbean held a plant while wearing the Tangled Yarn Mittens and thuisproject held the other mitt in finished photos of the Lotus Mittens.

I love the creativity shown by Ravelers not only in what they make but also in how they show those things off! Thanks to all of those who are featured here for finding fun ways to show us their projects and to all of you who add amazing photographs to our database every day.

Eye Candy: November 28

November 28th, 2018

There are so many great projects being finished up right now that I wanted to feature, but they don’t really have a them, so here are my favorite recently completed projects!

Satokichi’s Same Same but different (contiguous Walnuss) is just a burst of sunshine on a gloomy day.

I love the multiple techniques in JaneSezKnit’s Woven Shibori Samples and the amazing use of leftovers in hustigern’s Leftover socks.

PotterandBloom’s betsy the unicorn, jester’s Mama and baby Antlers and krissygirl’s Baby Wellies were all too cute not to share!

You can see recently completed projects any time in the project search when you sort by “recently completed”. I encourage you to take a minute to check them out!

Eye Candy: Rhinebeck 2018

October 26th, 2018

New York Sheep & Wool, commonly referred to by many of us as Rhinebeck, is an annual celebration of fiber arts and the animals that provide us with the fiber we use. For some it’s about the shopping, others are all about those cider donuts, but for me it’s all about the people and seeing the amazing works of art they have created for the event. It was incredibly difficult to narrow down what to share in this little roundup post, but here are the finished projects in Ravelry that caught my eye.

First off, some groups of people who made the same thing! I credited the person whose photo I used in these, but you should be able to also check out the other ones in the projects tab of each pattern.

Rhinebeck Rainbow from knitosaurusrex’s project page

Rhinebeck Throwback sweater from ellielily’s project page

On the left here is the Nightshade Swoncho (with Swoncho friends) from lacylibrarylady’s project page and on the right is Fern & Feather For Four Friends from RoseCearley’s project page.

It seemed like colorwork was a big theme this year. Here are some of the sweaters that caught my eye for their great use of color.

From left to right: Guthrie by DrewJacobs83, October House by AnnaW, Tecumseh by tessagreenwood and Còinneach by dixiekins

Finally, I just felt like these pictures captured the beauty and joy of Rhinebeck.

From left to right: Chocolate Lace Flower by love2stitch, Race to Rhinebeck by craftycristyn and Rhinebeck Hat by WillyG

If you’d like to see more things made for Rhinebeck, you can check out the Rhinebeck group. There is a sweater thread there, and you can also check out the projects shared with the group in the upper right of the page.

Eye Candy: Ponchos Revisited

September 24th, 2018

This time of year, when there’s just starting to be a bit of chill in the air in Texas and we are yearning for cooler temperatures, must make me think of ponchos. Last year at almost exactly this time, I did a poncho post, but I couldn’t resist doing it again this year.

Clockwise from upper right: Jaquinl’s Sea Storm MKAL, VivalasVegas’ Indigo Frost, marniann’s Lemoncello and BaadMomYarns’ Waiting for fall poncho

From left to right: DreamsinCrochet’s Toasty, mernobluejay’s Capelet Deja Vu, Hookme21’s Japan Poncho and chrismologos’ Battenberg,

I love seeing all of the different styles and shapes that ponchos continue to take on. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of this season’s variations of this versatile garment.

Eye Candy: Back to School!

September 7th, 2018

Above from left to right: crochetmydaysaway’s Sloth Pencil Buddy & Helen888’s Farmyard Pencil Toppers

From about mid-August to early September, I live for the super cute back to school photos people post of their kids, all bright eyed and ready for what the year will bring. After many years working in higher education, and now with kids going to school, August is always like my new year with new beginnings, new goals and new routines. With back to school on my mind, I decided to see what people have made as they or those they love head back to school. I was blown away by the creative & whimsical ways Ravelers are greeting the new school year!

First off, some things to decorate the classroom. From left to right: stephlewis2’s Back 2 School Banner, kittykat01212’s Pencil Mason Jar Cover and yesthatshelby’s Apple Garland

Next, a few fun and functional items to send with your kiddo. From left to right: natalia’s Lunchtime Napkins, Dez7496’s Desirae’s Unicorn Pencil Case and betsymakes’ Apple Cosies

I had a blast checking out all of the fun projects folks have made for back to school! I hope that if you or those you love are currently embarking on a new school year, it is a great one!

Eye Candy: Super Socks

August 10th, 2018

No. 2 Pencil Socks by crazyknittingmom

It is so hot here right now that it’s hard to even imagine the days when I will want socks on my feet. But, socks are a great small project to work on when it’s hot out or when you will be out and about a lot, both which are the case for me right now, so I’ve found myself drawn to them again. I thought I’d share some of my favorite sock projects today.

I loved the complex patterns on these socks! From left to right: Soxx No. 22 by ninetheboss, Through the secret door by lambdamuepsilon and Anna socks by anettemcl

Cabled socks are such a classic, and I really enjoyed these three pairs. From left to right: Orville by cheekybeak, Clark Socks by Ibnik and Bicycle Race by knithemiptera

I hope these socks inspire you to make something to keep your feet (or those of someone you love) warm!