Eye Candy: Handmade Home

December 5th, 2018

a birds-eye view of a table-top, with a crocheted potholder, a cutting board with a scone, a jar of jam, and a drink

londonleo’s K i t c h e n C o n f i d e n t i a l

Where I live, it’s beginning to feel quite wintery, which makes me want to curl up in my house with cozy woolens. Ravelers all over seem to be having similar vibes, as there are quite a few projects for their homes being made! Here are some of my favorite recently completed ones:

three handmade projects: a brightly colored crocheted afghan draped on a couch with a green pillow, a red and green striped Christmas tree pillow with a fluffy yellow pom-pom topper, and a stack of striped handwoven towels on a deck railing with fall foliage in the background

I loved the happy colors and touches in OrangeShooze’s Persian Tile / Eastern Jewels Blanket, cherrybling’s Striped Christmas Tree Pillow, and GlaserNo5’s Letterzed Towels.

three handmade blankets with animals resting on them: a blue and grey blanket with an orange cat in the sun, a bright multi-colored mitred square blanket with a dog lying on it, and a textured crocheted blanket on the back of the couch, with a grey and white cat lounging.

These projects are obviously appreciated by the most discerning members of the family: knitsnpurrs’ Moody Blues, ahurley’s Hue shift afghan, and inkypink’s Spicier Life CAL.

You can take a closer look at the home projects that Ravelers are making in our project search!

Eye Candy: November 28

November 28th, 2018

There are so many great projects being finished up right now that I wanted to feature, but they don’t really have a them, so here are my favorite recently completed projects!


Satokichi’s Same Same but different (contiguous Walnuss) is just a burst of sunshine on a gloomy day.


I love the multiple techniques in JaneSezKnit’s Woven Shibori Samples and the amazing use of leftovers in hustigern’s Leftover socks.


PotterandBloom’s betsy the unicorn, jester’s Mama and baby Antlers and krissygirl’s Baby Wellies were all too cute not to share!

You can see recently completed projects any time in the project search when you sort by “recently completed”. I encourage you to take a minute to check them out!

Eye Candy: Hats!

November 19th, 2018

knit hat with blue background, grey stranded designs, and raised grey tree motifs

incs’ Norrland Hat

So far this month, Ravelers have completed more hat projects than any other category – at the time of writing this post, 11,470 hat projects, to be exact! Here are just a few that I loved (it was really hard to narrow this down – if you want more hat inspiration definitely check out our project search!).

three hats: a blue textured knit, a green textured knit, and a blue crocheted hat, all with large fluffy faux-fur pom-poms

I really love the giant, faux-fur pom-poms like those in junepurls’ Two Drifters Fidra, terscher’s Kate’s Tread, and StellaGalla’s Cobblestone Hat. So fluffy!

three hats: a striped, knit hat with chunky cables, a knit hat with a raised squid detail, and a crocheted hat with stripes on the bias

I loved all of these cozy, creative hats: thekarrianne’s Ombre Cable Hat… 39, IrishElinor’s Hagrid’s Giant Squid Hat, and JanjaD’s Give it a Whirl Hat.

In writing this post, I realized I don’t have a single hat with a pom-pom. Obviously I need to fix my pom-pom deficient situation as soon as possible! If you are working on any hats right now, I hope they turn out perfectly cozy and warm!

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.

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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! 🦈