• Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Knitting a Baby Hat with Bulky Yarn

    I recently completed my first non-flat knitting project: a knitted baby hat for my infant son.  All the tutorials I found referenced using thin yarn, but I have a ton of bulky yarn in my stash that I needed to use up.  One in particular is the nearly the same shade of blue as my son’s eyes and I knew it had to turn into a baby hat for him no matter what. I’ve never used three needles at once for circular knitting and I wasn’t ready to take the plunge yet (baby steps!), so I searched for instructions for a hat that would be knitted flat then seamed at the…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects,  Sewing

    Homemade Baby Boy Gifts – Blankets and Bibs

    Recently one of my friends gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Flynn – his birthday is only a few days apart from my son’s, which was pretty exciting for us to see who would pop first.  I wanted to make him a few special items so I settled on a set of bibs and a knitted blanket.  I decided on a navy and grey colour scheme based on the prominent themes in my friend’s Pinterest baby board (thanks Pinterest!). Knitted Baby Blanket I chose a 50% acrylic, 50% cotton slub yarn by Lanatex Yarns in Indigo Blue.  It was knitted by machine on my Singer 360K knitting machine using the…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Reviews

    Singer 360K and Singer HK-100 Knitting Machine Unboxing

    As a fan of vintage sewing machines, I’m always on the lookout for vintage machines while out thrift shopping.  Earlier this year, I came across a set of mangled boxes in my local Salvation Army that featured the word “SINGER” prominently.  It caught my eye since the bulk of my VSM collection are Singers.  However, the main box was long and thin – no way was this a sewing machine! Upon opening, I realized that it was parts for a knitting machine, which I knew absolutely nothing about.  Usually my knitting is done by hand, not by machine. I ended up taking the boxes home with me, wondering what I was thinking…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Crochet: Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten

    I dusted off my crochet hooks for this adorable project: an Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten!  I followed the tutorial available at Stuff Susie Made. As some background, a few years ago I bought a set of crochet hooks.  I made a somewhat crooked test swatch and set crochet aside.  Last September, my friend Lea reinvigorated me to try to pick them up again, and she got me to start a granny square: I’m making progress in my crochet adventures! After pulling out a lot of work, I’m back on the right track. #crochet #crochetproblems A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:11pm PDT However, crochet doesn’t come easily to…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    A Beginner’s Foray Into Knitting: Knitted Cat Dish Cloth

    I’ve known how to knit for years, but I only ever learned a basic knit stitch.  I’ve made lots of scarves, but they were always just simple rectangles with stitch after stitch of knits.  In other words, I never learned how to purl, and thus never learned how to read a pattern.  I was a permanent beginner. The only way to make progress is to bite the bullet and try.  I decided to put a manageable knitting project on my list of crafty projects to complete before I’m 30, a dish cloth with a raised design made out of simple purl and knit stitches.  This project is small so not super…