Epic Afghan Starts Right Now

I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercials with Payton Manning. I really love them! My current favorite, because I”m hoping they can beat the Patriots, is the one where he sings “epic comeback starts right now”. Well, I’ve been singing a variation of that all day long, lol! Yep……”Epic Afghan starts right now”!

As you know, I have a group on Facebook and Ravelry called Sock Yarn Swappers. We motivate each other to use our mini skeins, as well as having lots of various swaps. Every month I hold quite a few different swapless swaps with various indie dyers. I’d love for you to check us out! Anyhow, since I’m the one making all those minis then of course I need to have a spot in each and every one of the swapless swaps. Makes sense, right?!

Naturally, that means that I’m accumulating quite a few mini skeins. I already have two different mitered square blankets going, which I really need to get back to by the way. But today I decided to start another project, this time with crochet instead of knitting, that will use up some of my beautiful mini skeins.

I’m calling it the “Epic Afghan” because it is literally going to be e..p..i…c!!!! Nice and big and beautiful! I’m using the Granny Square for Beginners pattern from Bella Coco. She even has some really great video tutorials on You Tube to help you through every step. Then, after I’ve made a few squares I’ll also use her “Join As You Go” tutorial.

Since I’m using fingering weight yarn I’ve decided to use a size US E (3.5 mm) crochet hook. And I’m doing six rounds for each square. I’ve got to tell you, I’m really loving the way this first one turned out!

epic afghan

I decided to start with some of the minis from one of the Leading Men Fiber Arts swapless swaps because the colors are so beautiful! I think I have 20 of them so that’ll give me a great start. After that…who knows since I have so many great minis to choose from.  I’m thinking each month I’ll do an “update” post to show you how I’m progressing.

Are any of you working on a granny square afghan? Or any type of scrap project with minis? I’d love to hear about it! And, of course, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Ravelry if you’re looking for some more beautiful mini skeins.

Bye,
Lisa

 

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Introducing Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Knitting Needles

I really love knitting with good needles. They just make the whole process so much more enjoyable. That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about my newest set of interchangeable knitting needles, the Marblz Interchangeable Set from Knitter’s Pride.

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These needles are absolutely beautiful! The colors are so bright, which makes the needles fun to use. Plus, and really this is so much more important, they are very smooth and easy to knit with. The joins are nice and smooth too, which is always a concern I have with interchangeable needle sets.

The Knitter’s Pride Marblz knitting needles are acrylic so they are very light weight in your hands. The points are also just the right amount of “pointy”, in my opinion. This set gives you a wide ranch of sizes so you’ll get a lot of use out of it. The set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors.

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I’m currently using the US size 7 tips, with the 24″ cables, to knit my Cozy Cowl. I am loving the way the alpaca yarn is gliding over the needles and the joins. Not to mention how pretty the green tips look! I really love these knitting needles and highly recommend them to you!

Bye,
Lisa

 

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Check Out One Sock Wonder Bags!

I’ve been working on some Christmas knitting and wanted to show off the cute bag from One Sock Wonder Bags that it is living in…..

one sock wonder bagsIsn’t it adorable!?! I love the size because I can comfortably fit both of my 50 gram cakes of sock yarn, as well as my two at a time socks, into the bag. I like that it has a flat bottom, so I can sit it up on my lap (or desk, lol) while I’m knitting. I like that it has a zipper closure so I know my project won’t accidentally fall out. But I also like that the bag is just tall enough that I can fold the top over while I’m knitting so my yarn doesn’t get caught in the zipper.

And I really love that the fabric on my bag is Christmasy without being too Christmasy. Not because I don’t love Christmas, which I totally do, but because I want to be able to use my cute bag in January and February too.  Living in Ohio, where we seem to get more snow every year, means that we’ll be having snowmen and hot chocolate into March probably!

So, what is in my One Sock Wonder Bag? A pair of socks, of course, lol! I’m knitting some socks for me using some super awesome yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings in her 12 Days of Christmas colorway. I haven’t gotten much further than the toes though. I better get knitting if I want to wear them on Christmas day!

I really love how the yarn kinda even matches my adorable bag…

one sock wonder bags

If you’re in the market for another knitting bag (and what knitter isn’t really?!?) I highly recommend you check out One Sock Wonder Bags! The bags are beautifully made, her prices are very reasonable and you’ll find lots of super cute fabrics to chose from!

Bye,
Lisa

 

 

 

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