August 31, 2011

"Truffle" Handspun Yarn

"Truffle" Handspun Icelandic Wool Yarn
Erica Knudson
My Man purchased a lot of Icelandic wool from an organic farm and suprised me with it for my birthday. The brown and white colors are the natural colors of this bulky handspun yarn, made by me (and I'm really proud of it).

August 30, 2011

Off the Hook ...and On the Hook

I've been busy working on all sorts of projects lately;
  • A shawlette for the "Shawl for the Fall" group that a friend and I started on Ravelry,
  • Some hats for our nieces,
  • ...and I'm learning to knit!  The last photo is of a scarf I've started - my first time following a pattern.

A "Shawl for the Fall"
Erica Knudson

Ella's Hat

Annika's Hat

Erica Knudson
Upcoming Projects; a cowl for my sister-in-law, hats for my nephews, a hat & mitt set for myself using my handspun yarn, a set for my Girl, and maybe something for my Man...

August 11, 2011

Liesl's Flower Headband

Liesl’s Flower Headband
Liesl's Flower Headband
Erica Knudson
By Erica Knudson
The example in the photo was made with bulky yarn (multi-color), worsted weight yarn (purple) and a size G crochet hook. It is a child’s size.

1.       Chain 90. Join new yarn.
2.       In the 2nd ch from the hook: *sl st, (ch 1, sl st in next).  Repeat ( to ) 7 times – (in total covering 10 sts)*
3.       Sc in next 20.
4.       Hdc in next 30.
5.       Sc in next 20.
6.       Repeat * to *
7.       Fasten off, sew in ends.
Liesl's Flower Headband
Erica Knudson
1.       Leave 4-inch tail. Chain 5. Sl st in first ch to make ring.
2.       10 sc in ring.
3.       (sc in next, ch 3).  Repeat ( to ) 9 times. Sl st in last st.
4.       Leaving another 4 inch tail, fasten off.  Attach to headband with tails and sew in/trim off ends.

Key:ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sts = stitches
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
**Please don’t sell this pattern.

August 9, 2011

First "Freehand" Dish Towel

For a long time, I've wanted to learn to embroider dish towels to give as gifts. I've practiced a little with transfers, but decided to try my hand at a custom design.

This is a housewarming gift for some friends of ours who just moved.  It started out as an experiment, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  This wonderful couple loves the outdoors - hence, the scrubby pines and "lake."

Monogrammed Jean Purse
Erica Knudson
Mid-project, I searched my stash of bags for something to keep my small embroidery projects in, and I found the perfect thing...a purse that I made in high school from a favorite pair of jeans.  I guess I've had embroidery on my mind for a while.

Skill Crane

Skill Crane, by D.L.
Photo by Erica Knudson
This is a painting done by my dad.  I remember staring at this with fascination when I was young, and now I have the pleasure of staring at it in my little hallway.  I enjoy it even more when my girl smiles every time we pass by it.