Knit Baby Sweater Project

As promised I have taken a couple of pics of the baby sweater I started a few days ago. This is the first knit top down sweater I have done and so far it’s coming along nicely! I still have to finish the bottom of the sweater, sew the sleeve seams together and add buttons.

I am using a worsted weight yarn by Herrschner’s in the color Lilac. The free pattern I am using is by Red Heart; Star Bright Baby Cardigan and Hat. I am also using my new favorite Takumi bamboo circulars! The size of this sweater is for a newborn. I hope to have it and the hat completed this week some time and I’ll take a few more pics to show it off!

Until then, keep some yarn on your hooks & needles!

Carl

Happy New Year 2017!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a fun and safe New Years!

I have been busy with visiting family in the Houston Texas area for Christmas and my wife and I went to College Station to visit Santa’s Wonderland for New Years Eve. We had a great time at Santa’s Wonderland, although we did not stay until midnight. We went back to our hotel around 9:30 pm. We are getting old!

I am home now and back to my daily routine. I closed out the books for my Etsy business and set everything up for 2017! I have a lot a great things planned for CIL Creations this year and can’t wait to get started!

I did buy myself a Christmas present with gift cards I received for Michael’s Craft Store. I have been looking at these Takumi Interchangable Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles for some time now, but could not afford the $169.99 price tag! I managed to basically get these for FREE with a 50% off store coupon and $100 in Michael’s gift cards.

I love these needles! If you are a knitter and like bamboo needles, you must get these. I no longer have to fight with plastic tubing or solid connectors with the circular needles. These will actually swivel at the needle connection so your connecting wire doesn’t kink up and allows the yarn to smoothly transition from the wire to the needle without having to stop and give the stitches a little nudge to get them onto the needle like you do with the cheap needles. I’ll be doing a lot more knitting with these!

I have actually started knitting a baby sweater with my new needles! I’ll post some pics and an update hopefully tomorrow for you.

Until next time,

Carl

Three Projects

Since my last posting a few days ago, I have picked up a bad cold with all the congestion and stuffiness. 😦 Although feeling very cruddy I did manage to finish two projects, well actually Christmas gifts for my mother-in-law and father-in-law. For my mother-in-law, she saw the crochet slipper socks I make for my wife and immediately stated that she had to have a pair! 20161220_192943 She wanted them to wear to bed to keep her feet and legs warm. They are warm! (Of course I have made myself a pair!)

The second project is a gift for my father-in-law, well actually for his dog Cooper. Cooper is a Dachshund and he loves to play with my Andie when they come to visit.

I have been working on developing my sweater knitting skills, so I found an easy pattern for a buttoned dog sweater.20161220_193032

I thought it turned out pretty well for my first sweater. Just because it doesn’t have any sleeves it’s still a sweater and I made it! I may have to start adding dog sweaters to my Etsy Shop.

The final project of the three is a knitted baby cardigan sweater WITH ACTUAL SLEEVES. I had started this before the dog sweater, but the dog sweater turned out to be a Christmas present so I had to get it done first.

So far I have completed the back, left front panel and started the right front panel.20161220_215939

Sorry about the pic, I was in a hurry to get a picture of what I had completed so far and you can’t really tell which is the back (on the left) and which is the left panel (on the right). This will be a newborn sweater if it turns out half as good as the dog sweater!

I probably will not have any more postings until after Christmas so I hope you have a Merry Christmas and keep hooking! (or knitting. 🙂 )

Carl

I Finally Finished It

A while back (actually a few months ago!) I wrote about a king size afghan I was crocheting for some close friends of my wife and I. I have finally been able to put everything else aside and concentrate on this afghan only. Like I posted before, it’s not a difficult pattern, it is just that as the afghan began to grow it also was getting a lot warmer to work on.

I live near San Antonio Texas, so you know it gets hot here and doesn’t really start cooling down until about November. Even with central air, having this monster in my lap for any length of time was getting very uncomfortable. The weather finally turned cold (cold for Texans! 🙂 ) so I was able to cozy up with this very warm blanket and get it finished!

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The bed it is displayed on is a queen size so the afghan hangs over the sides quite a bit. I used about 4,401 yards of Herrchner’s worsted weight yarn in Pale Orchid, Medium Grey & Dark Grey . The afghan weighs 4.5 lbs. & I used about nine 8 oz. balls. I based this on the free pattern by Caron at Yarnspiration.com, Arrowhead Striped Afghan, and adjusted for a larger size and left off the fringe. I don’t like fringe! I believe this project took me about six months to complete and is the longest any project has taken me to finish.

I wanted to display it on my king bed, but my boy Andie (Golden Retriever that thinks he is a human!) was on the bed and when he doesn’t want to move, there is nothing that will make him move.

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Andie – a 90 lb. lap dog!

My wife and I are going to give the afghan to our friends on Saturday. Now I have time to try and knit a baby sweater. I’ll keep you updated on it as I go.

So long for now & keep on Hooking!

Carl

Custom Ordering Presentation

I just discovered that Microsoft Sway works with WordPress!

I have updated my Custom Orders Page and included a presentation about custom ordering from my Etsy Shop. I was really impressed with how easy it was to make a presentation in Sway (after a small learning curve!). Once I figured out that this worked like the old presentation program from Microsoft, but with a lot more features and capabilities, I was able to just drag and drop photos into the cards and Sway did the rest!

To use a Sway presentation on your WordPress site, just copy the link to your Sway presentation (in the Sway program) and paste it wherever you would like it to be on your page. Publish the page and you will be able to see your presentation embedded in your post and all you did was paste a simple link. For once Microsoft has something that works right!

Since everything you create in Sway is stored online, your posted presentations are able to be viewed by anyone with an internet browser unless you mark it private.

Well, enough of that! I must get back to crocheting something! 🙂

Carl

Etsy Holiday Promotion

GET A $10 ETSY PROMOTIONAL CREDIT WHEN YOU SPEND $50 OR MORE ON YOUR FIRST PURCHASE ON ETSY.COM until December 12, 2016!

This promotion is for new customers on Etsy. You do not have to spend the entire $50 on only one item, it can be on multiple items as long as they are from the same shop and you spend a total of $50 or more. Details can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/legal/2016-holiday-promotion

So hurry over and get those last minute gifts!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Carl

Pattern Giveaway!

Do you crochet? Who doesn’t love something for FREE! Enter for your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of my pattern “Baby’s First Blankie” in this giveaway! To enter, just LIKE the Facebook Post and your in it to win it!

Winners will be drawn at random by a third party on Saturday, December 10, 2016 and will be posted in the Facebook Post and here on my blog.

Good Luck,

Carl