On Hooks and Needles

I've been neglecting the crafty roots of this blog a little bit recently, so here's some crafting to fill that gaping hole!
First off, I've been working on this gem for a while.  It is a handspun crocheted blanket.  I am maybe 1/5 of the way done with it.  I usually just leave it out on the back of one of the chairs in the living room even though it is only part way done because it is so pretty.
011 - Handspun Llama blanket
Bo loves the blanket, it is his favorite spot to cuddle up.  Sometimes he knocks it on the floor too, and he'll still curl up on it.
I'm also almost finished with the scarf I started a few weeks ago.  It is made from a mercerized cotton yarn (I like scarves I can just chuck in the dryer!) and I just improvised the pattern as I went along.  It is really similar to another 'gathered scarf' pattern that I saw on Ravelry.
013 - Gathered Scarf
Last but not least, A new project!  
It is a sweater I've been wanting to make for a while.  I finally sat down, took some measurements of other sweaters I own, and hacked out a rough pattern.  
014 -  Gathered Sweater
It is going to have a crocheted neckline, that fans out for the body of the sweater.  I wanted something I could knit without having to pay attention to it.  I've already got the neckline done, and about 4" of the body knit.  I may even gather the enthusiasm to write a pattern for this one! 
Do any of you know any good resources for figuring out sizing of knitting patterns? 


  1. There a lot of good books out there, but my recommendation is to purchase the ASTM (http://www.astm.org/DATABASE.CART/WITHDRAWN/D5585.htm) measurement charts. I just bought for the misses sizes and it's a wealth of information from waist to bust and cross back to knee height. You won't find a more useful tool to make a pattern to standard sizes. The Craft Yarn Council one sucks, and doesn't give enough sizes. Also, there are some really good articles on knitty.com explaining how to grade patterns. It's something I'm still struggling with myself, but I suspect it's partly that I'm super perfectionist about it. Good, luck, I'm sure it will be super cute.

  2. wow, that's so exciting!! Looks like it's going to be a fanatic design. The scarf and blanket look great, by the way!

  3. Cassie, so great to see some crafty posting! I'm glad to see you are knitting and crocheting. We have definitely missed you at knit night.

    Did I tell you that I started crocheting? I actually took a little mini class, enough to learn how to do the ripple. So, I'm using up some extra old sirdar dk weight yarn and making it into a ripple blanket. So old lady crafty, yet I am perfectly satisfied with it. But I'm slow!!! :)