I’ve Been Absent For A While…

I know it’s been a very, very long time since I posted anything here. I have just been in a rut I guess and just didn’t have the ambition to write. I am back now and will do a better job communicating from now on! 🙂

I don’t want to make this post a novel, so I will just highlight what I’ve been doing and working on in the last couple of months. I was updating my Etsy shop and working on projects and orders for customers during this time, but couldn’t find the spark of creativity to write a blog post. I really don’t know how else to explain my absence from WordPress!

Alright, let’s get down to business! Continue reading

2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

The 2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project is underway! If you knit or crochet you can participate! The patterns are easy and your item goes to a great cause. For further information and the colors chosen for your state, please visit the Facebook page of Knit and Crochet for a Cause: https://www.facebook.com/notes/knit-and-crochet-for-a-cause/2018-special-olympics-scarf-project/1253637241339673

Let’s open that yarn stash and use it up! 🙂

Carl

New Website

I want to introduce everyone to my new website and store! My store can now be found at CILcreations.com! My Etsy shop has a brand new look and current promotions/coupon codes will now be displayed at the top of page. My Shop is still powered by Etsy along with Etsy’s secure checkout!

CILcreations.com

Stop by and check it out! I add new items regularly and all are handmade!

Carl

Time to Share my WIP’s

Sorry I’ve neglected writing in my blog the last few weeks. 😦 I’ve been kept pretty busy with shipping Etsy orders and making several Mr./Mrs. Mouse hats that have been ordered. Along with that I have been working on the Elephant pillow my son’s girlfriend ordered. img_0426

As you can see, it’s almost finished. I would have had it completed, but ran in to a few snags! The first one was once I finished both ears my wife looked at them and said those awful words no one wants to hear; “One ear is longer than the other.” I immediately said “IT CAN’T BE!” After a quick inspection I discovered that she was right. I made a huge mistake on the one ear which left it about three inches too short. I ripped it back and as of right now that ear is just about done.

I also had a bit of trouble with her bow. Have you ever followed a pattern exactly as written, had all the correct tools, yarn, gauge, etc. and it turned out all wrong? I had my doubts about the bow when the pattern stated to use 3 strands of worsted weight yarn held together. I was right as the bow turned out about 150% larger than it should have. I double checked the instructions and I followed them correctly. I will just remake it using one strand of yarn and see how that looks. The pattern is actually well written and documented. It is 22 pages! If you would like to get it (It really isn’t difficult to make.), it’s available on Ravelry by Ira Rott. The price is very reasonable for how detailed it is!

The last snag I had is with the face. The hair is supposed to be on the top center of the head and as you can see in the picture I did not pay attention and the face is turned too far to the left. I’m leaving that fix for last.

I have a new hat in my Etsy Shop! The baby Koala hat!

This is a display only hat and I am going to make a new one due to a couple of things I don’t like in these pics. The one item is the nose. I sewed it on a little off to one side so it doesn’t line up with the baby’s face. The only other item is to make and sew the ears a little better. I don’t think it turned out bad at all for just winging it! Anyone who orders one will get a much better looking item!

What’s next… Oh! I have started a raglan top down sweater for my wife. I didn’t like how it started out so it ripped it back. Started it again, ripped it. Started again and ripped it again. etc., etc., etc. Well I think I have started this sweater about 5 or 6 times and I am satisfied with how it’s going now! img_0424

I should have turned it around as the ribbing is the neck! My wife wanted in this blue and like the gray baby sweater I was working on in my last post. (Still unfinished!) I’ll post more as I get further along with it.

And lastly, I am starting a series of baby blankets for my shop using my pattern; Baby’s First Blankie done is white and one other color. This first one is done in pink:img_0420

I only started it the other day so I have a little way to go yet on it. The edging will also be done in the parading elephants! I just love that edging!

I will try to post again next week, but I’m not promising! I’m beginning to think that everyone who works with yarn must have some sort of ADD as we all seem to have multiple projects going at once!

Until next time, start another project or two!

Carl

 

Finished Item and New Cast On

I recently found a new knitting pattern for pullover sweaters that I have fallen in love with! This pattern was very well written and easy to follow. I haven’t been knitting sweaters for a very long and this is the easiest and best looking one I have made so far.

The pattern is by Tin Can Knits and this is one of their free patterns! The pattern is from their collection titled; “The Simple Collection” and the pattern is simply titled; “FLAX“. If you are a knitter you should check out Tin Can Knits as their patterns are very well written and documented.

The above pictured baby sweater is the first one I made with this pattern and I believe it took me about two days from start to finish. The second picture shows the simple texture pattern on top of each sleeve and on part of the hat.

This pattern is also a very “vanilla” pattern which allows you to be creative without too much in changing the actual pattern. You can follow the written pattern and with just a change in the stitch pattern you will end up with a totally different looking sweater.

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This is the same sweater pattern and all I did was add the cable panel in the center of front side and I also added a cable stripe running down each sleeve in place of the purl rows. You’ll have to take my word for it! I’m hoping to get the sleeves completed tomorrow so I can wash & block it for better pictures.

My step-son’s girlfriend loves elephants and she found an elephant sofa pillow on the internet and asked if I could make it for her. Well of course I said yes! I never pass on a challenge to make something new! I’ll share more on that item later in the week.

I must get back to knitting….knitting….& crocheting!

Have you done some hooking today?

Carl

One Year Anniversary!

ACHIEVEMENT

  • 1 Year Anniversary AchievementHappy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
    You registered on WordPress.com one year ago.
    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

I can’t believe I started CIL Creations blog & Etsy Shop a year ago! THANK YOU to everyone who has graciously followed me in the past year! I will continue adding content to this page and new items to my shop as often as I am able. 🙂

Thank You & keep Hooking!

Carl

Epic Fail

Yesterday I posted about the first knit baby sweater I had done, but that wasn’t exactly true! I edited my post because I forgot to add the words “top down sweater“, which is true. This sweater pictured here is one I started a month or so ago and set it aside. It is a baby cardigan knit in five pieces; left & right front, back and 2 sleeves. I had all the pieces completed except one sleeve. Today I decided to start stitching it together to see how it was looking. (Sorry the pics aren’t the best. I didn’t feel like setting everything up just to take pics of my Epic Failure! 🙂 )

I don’t know what I was thinking about while I was stitching the left panel to the back. You probably already noticed I seamed the entire side and forgot to add in the sleeve!! img_0321

I will admit I do make mistakes now and then, and this one is probably the biggest one I have made yet! Oh well, now I get to go back and frog the seam.

What have I learned from this Epic Fail? Always attach the sleeve BEFORE finishing the side seam!

What has been your Epic Fail?

Carl