Eye Candy: Halloween!

November 9th, 2018

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stitchbyfay’s Howl the littlest Ghost

Halloween was last week and as always, Ravelers made some incredible Halloween costumes and other projects to celebrate the holiday! Here are just a few fun, festive FOs:

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Nimruse’s Rocking a Cardigan for Rhinebeck, Suff’s Hubble Bubble Double Trouble, and LindaDavie’s Flat Rainbow Skeleton

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AmberDawn84’s Halloween Wreath, nybennie’s Holly the Good Witch, and HoopskirtLady’s Shelob’s Lair

There are so many more fun Halloween projects – just check out this search!

Eye Candy: Rhinebeck 2018

October 26th, 2018

New York Sheep & Wool, commonly referred to by many of us as Rhinebeck, is an annual celebration of fiber arts and the animals that provide us with the fiber we use. For some it’s about the shopping, others are all about those cider donuts, but for me it’s all about the people and seeing the amazing works of art they have created for the event. It was incredibly difficult to narrow down what to share in this little roundup post, but here are the finished projects in Ravelry that caught my eye.

First off, some groups of people who made the same thing! I credited the person whose photo I used in these, but you should be able to also check out the other ones in the projects tab of each pattern.

Rhinebeck Rainbow from knitosaurusrex’s project page

Rhinebeck Throwback sweater from ellielily’s project page

On the left here is the Nightshade Swoncho (with Swoncho friends) from lacylibrarylady’s project page and on the right is Fern & Feather For Four Friends from RoseCearley’s project page.

It seemed like colorwork was a big theme this year. Here are some of the sweaters that caught my eye for their great use of color.

From left to right: Guthrie by DrewJacobs83, October House by AnnaW, Tecumseh by tessagreenwood and Còinneach by dixiekins

Finally, I just felt like these pictures captured the beauty and joy of Rhinebeck.

From left to right: Chocolate Lace Flower by love2stitch, Race to Rhinebeck by craftycristyn and Rhinebeck Hat by WillyG

If you’d like to see more things made for Rhinebeck, you can check out the Rhinebeck group. There is a sweater thread there, and you can also check out the projects shared with the group in the upper right of the page.

Eye Candy: October 4

October 4th, 2018

The theme for this Eye Candy is: I Love These Projects! That’s right, there is no real theme. These are just projects I really loved, all of which were completed in the first few days of October.


birgittehk’s Diddy Hedgehog

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dorteknits’ Sawley looks so beautifully soft and cozy, LindaVK made such gorgeous gifts with her Napkins for Grandchildren (lucky grandchildren!), and maje76’s Martine votter will make the dreariest winter day brighter and warmer.

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robynchristine’s Lady of the Lake is an absolute stunner, Dasshulling’s Damejakka Loppa / Flea – A Lady’s Cardigan looks like such a fun, classically beautiful sweater, and Danielleanne’s The Dreamer is so striking (what a great way to combine a gradient and solid yarn)!

If you’d like to see more projects that Ravelers are finishing this month, check out our project search!

Eye Candy: Ponchos Revisited

September 24th, 2018

This time of year, when there’s just starting to be a bit of chill in the air in Texas and we are yearning for cooler temperatures, must make me think of ponchos. Last year at almost exactly this time, I did a poncho post, but I couldn’t resist doing it again this year.

Clockwise from upper right: Jaquinl’s Sea Storm MKAL, VivalasVegas’ Indigo Frost, marniann’s Lemoncello and BaadMomYarns’ Waiting for fall poncho

From left to right: DreamsinCrochet’s Toasty, mernobluejay’s Capelet Deja Vu, Hookme21’s Japan Poncho and chrismologos’ Battenberg,

I love seeing all of the different styles and shapes that ponchos continue to take on. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of this season’s variations of this versatile garment.

Eye Candy: Low Yardage

September 13th, 2018

small knitted gnome with cables and a pom-pom hat

1957karenh’s Sir Gnome (Gnomajesty) ~Test~

A few weeks ago, I shared some high-yardage projects here on the blog. This week, I’m sharing projects with low yardage: from 1-150 yards / 1 – 137 meters (the lowest available option on the yardage filter in our advanced search). None of us will be surprised to see that Ravelers make some really great things even with small amounts of yarn!

blue twisted stitch mittens, a green woven purse, and a taupe crocheted small bag

TimMc’s My First Mittens, hellskitsch’s Republic of Wool and Wax Tote, and naganasu’s Escargot Chocolat – the textures in these elegant projects are so lovely!

knitted baked potatoes with needle-felted toppings, a felted llama toy, and a crocheted amigurumi cupcake figure

bon0bon’s Baked Potatoes, Suseeque’s Felted Llama, and TheBon’s cupcakin’ it all have such whimsical details!

crocheted leaves in autumnal colors, a knit spider art hanging, and a knitted oblong plant hanger with plants

I’m a sucker for handmade decor and home items, and loved takychik’s Happy Fall Y’all, seymore’s noch ‘ne Spinne, and laurelmarie’s Hanging basket.

If you need inspiration for using up smaller amounts of yarn, check out what other Ravelers have done! You can even customize the yardage/meterage amounts with the filters on the left to see projects with exactly the amount of yarn you want. How low can you go?

Eye Candy: Back to School!

September 7th, 2018

Above from left to right: crochetmydaysaway’s Sloth Pencil Buddy & Helen888’s Farmyard Pencil Toppers

From about mid-August to early September, I live for the super cute back to school photos people post of their kids, all bright eyed and ready for what the year will bring. After many years working in higher education, and now with kids going to school, August is always like my new year with new beginnings, new goals and new routines. With back to school on my mind, I decided to see what people have made as they or those they love head back to school. I was blown away by the creative & whimsical ways Ravelers are greeting the new school year!

First off, some things to decorate the classroom. From left to right: stephlewis2’s Back 2 School Banner, kittykat01212’s Pencil Mason Jar Cover and yesthatshelby’s Apple Garland

Next, a few fun and functional items to send with your kiddo. From left to right: natalia’s Lunchtime Napkins, Dez7496’s Desirae’s Unicorn Pencil Case and betsymakes’ Apple Cosies

I had a blast checking out all of the fun projects folks have made for back to school! I hope that if you or those you love are currently embarking on a new school year, it is a great one!

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knottyoctopus’ Hammerhead (Spin a Yarn)

Help me, I’ve had the Baby Shark song in my head all day. Because of that, on a lark, I searched projects for “shark,” and it turns out that Ravelers are making really cool shark projects! So let’s take a look at some recently completed 🎶 handmade sharks 🎵 (doo doo doo doo doo doo):

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Annet68’s Shark-A-Jack, Doodle’s shark bites, and stitchbyfay’s Chum the Shark.

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Megantheknitter’s Shark Week Wreath, meliemel’s booze shark, SailingJewel’s
Bernard the Ball Shark.

You can check out many more shark projects with this project search! And if you’ve managed to avoid that baby shark song until now… sorry for the earworm! 🦈

Eye Candy: High Yardage

August 16th, 2018

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AndeeKF’s More Pi Poncho

For today’s Eye Candy post I used the yardage filter to look at projects that were made with 2100+ yards (1920+ meters) of yarn. Let me tell you – “eye candy” barely begins to describe the beauty of the high-yardage projects people have made. Here are some of my favorite recently completed ones!

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I love the drape and fit of these garments: annielucy’s cherry, woodcockUK’s Seyschelles, and anifloda’s pick your side.

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Who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in one of these cozy shawls? ilzep’s Emma (Honey), Vogeltje80’s Papyrifera omslagdoek, and Margotchien’s Stevie.

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Blankets, of course, are by far the most common type of project made with this amount of yarn. A few that caught my eye are Leenchen’s Trio Blanket Nr. 1, Green-Mouse’s Around the world. Сanada, and eyeslikethesummer’s Salem.

Works of art, labors of love, feats of strength – these high-yardage projects are work every second of time put into them!

Eye Candy: Super Socks

August 10th, 2018

No. 2 Pencil Socks by crazyknittingmom

It is so hot here right now that it’s hard to even imagine the days when I will want socks on my feet. But, socks are a great small project to work on when it’s hot out or when you will be out and about a lot, both which are the case for me right now, so I’ve found myself drawn to them again. I thought I’d share some of my favorite sock projects today.

I loved the complex patterns on these socks! From left to right: Soxx No. 22 by ninetheboss, Through the secret door by lambdamuepsilon and Anna socks by anettemcl

Cabled socks are such a classic, and I really enjoyed these three pairs. From left to right: Orville by cheekybeak, Clark Socks by Ibnik and Bicycle Race by knithemiptera

I hope these socks inspire you to make something to keep your feet (or those of someone you love) warm!

Eye Candy: Bags

July 20th, 2018

I love all these recently completed bags: they are practical, cute, and look like they were fun to make!

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The neutral colors make for such chic accessories: lifeiscozy’s Sun City Bag, marumeroco’s 26 bag, and PetraMar’s Bucket Bag Beauty.

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These bright, whimsical bags are so fun! loopysue’s rainbow zipper pouch, Usafrida’s weightless produce bags, and knitphomaniac’s frog coin purse.

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I was really drawn to the patterns and textures in MijungKim’s Mono Mochila(모노 모칠라)Bag, textileweb’s Felted Entrelac Tote, and stringplay’s Golden Fairfax Reticule.

You can check out more beautiful bags in our project search!