Showing posts from August, 2019

Engagement Presents: His Tie

A long, long time ago I attempted a knit tie for a boyfriend of mine. Very hipster, very trendy I know but honestly I thought it was cool. I used self-striping sock yarn, can't remember the pattern I used but it had a flat bottom instead of the traditional point. Of course that guy is no longer around and neither is the tie but sometimes I wonder if he ever even wore it or what he might have done with it considering it's been eleven years since then. Fast forward to now and my cousin and her long-time boyfriend (finally) got engaged recently. I've been contemplating hand knit engagement presents for her and him and he happened to drop a comment that he would be interested in a knit tie. That made my decision easy! I liked the tie I had made previously and looked everywhere for the pattern, couldn't find it but I did find one that I liked even better. This  Chevron Tie  was intriguing to me with a traditional tie shape and formed like a tube so it doesn't have a wr

Teddy's Baby Blanket

I made my first baby blanket! My sister in law recently had her first baby, my nephew Teddy and I wanted to make them a blanket. I know, I know a little late to the party as most people start knitting a blanket once they find out someone is pregnant so they finish it BEFORE the baby arrives. To be honest the idea didn't cross my mind until I realized that no one on my husband's side of the family knits or crochets whereas almost everyone on my side of the family does. I was so used to grandmothers, mother and aunts jumping on projects immediately that anything that I would have made would be insignificant. Knowing that I could hand make something that would be unique and truly special for a family member motivated me to finally make that blanket I had always considered but never got around to. I selected a simple double basket weave pattern, similar to the Expanded Basket Weave  challenge square I made, that is a series of pearls and knits but has interesting texture a