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& perhaps last pair of knit socks (almost) complete!

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I have many years of experience in the art of crochet. All thanks to my very patient, loving & wonderfully talented mother who not only selflessly raised 7 children but also instilled in each of us an appreciation & love for all things art.

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Knitting on the other hand is a newer adventure for me. My very first ever knit project was a cabled scarf. Being the adventurer I am, I decided on cables because well, that’s just how I roll. Although I do not possess any photographic evidence of that first knit project as I have since gifted it, you’ll have to take my word for it when I say it turned out beautifully. Therein began my love of all things knit.

Shortly thereafter I put the needles away for a while in pursuit of other craft & life related activities. I’ll admit I have a tendency to become bored very easily which is one of the reasons I enjoy a good challenge. The more frustratingly difficult the more appealing it is to me.

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Speaking of challenges, just recently I was asked to knit a pair of socks. Hmmm never knit socks before but thought to myself ‘really how hard can it be
Turns out it’s actually not difficult at all. However, knitting a pair of socks is about as much fun as ….well I can’t even think of anything more tedious.
To say I am not enjoying knitting these socks would be a gross understatement. I should mention here that my dislike is in no way a reflection of the designer/artist of sock patterns or people who enjoy knitting socks. I’m guessing my lack of enthusiasm is completely a result of my need for instant gratification & lack of ability to sit still for long periods of time.
It is taking forever to complete this pair mainly because after finally finishing the first, I’ve been avoiding knitting the 2nd as though it were the plaque. My house is spotless but these socks are not done!
I actually contemplated shipping this one single sock & claiming the other must have been lost in the mail. Last night though I begrudgingly began working the matching sock to make up the pair.
I am counting down the hours to completion.
I’m pretty sure it is safe to say I will not be attempting any new knit sock projects for a while.
When if I do though, I have my eye on these amazing socks from 15 year old designer Josiah over at The Sock Monkey. .

My sister recently asked me to knit her a sweater. If anyone is looking for me I will be avoiding my sister like the plague……

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Amiright? I mean my heart & good intentions were all in the right place when I decided to hand knit all of my Christmas gifts this year. Some of which not only had to be knit but also wrapped and then shipped to the lucky recipients. All of which takes time & unfortunately time was not on my side this year!
It’s all good though because as I procrastinated worked diligently in the days months before Christmas I found I had lots of beautiful yarn left over to make some matching mittens because who doesn’t like a nice set of matching winter wear? Ok, well me for one but I’m sure my grandchildren feel differently. Only time will tell…and by “time” I mean the time it will take me to actually finish these matching mittens ( I’ve made one single mitten thus far) & shipped them along with the hats to the kids for Christmas New Year or Valentine’s Day …..hmmmmm I wonder if these will fit them next year…..

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Blocking one of the boys (aka incredible grandsons) Christmas gifts. A complicated simple (?) knit beanie.
Lovingly knit up using sock weight wool fiber in charcoal & the patience and perseverance of a saint.

I hope it fits the child in question & he likes it (a lot) because it took me a total of 72 hours to complete. Yeah, #knittinggrandmaproblems. Don’t ask. 😉

On to knit Christmas hat number three after a little yarn shopping for a more practical worsted weight in washable wool because this Gwams learns from her mistakes mishaps poor choices well meaning intentions 😉

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A knit hat for the hubs.
His birthday is next month. Every year he asks for a hat & every year I promise myself (& him) that I will make him one. I’ve resorted to purchasing store brand knits in an attempt to appease him. In case you’re wondering, that totally did not work.
This year I honored my promise & actually hand knit him the most awesome pure wool hat ever! I love it! More importantly (I guess) , HE loves it AND I managed to make & gift it an entire month before his actual birthday! Go me! 😉
ok, so I’m a little impatient when it comes to handmade surprises.
Poor guy couldn’t even get all the way in the door from work before I shoved the bundle under his nose fully expecting him to open it, put it on right away & wear it for the rest of the evening so that I could stare at the hat him all night admiring my handiwork him wearing his hat.
In case you’re wondering, he did that for me. He’s a keeper for sure!

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Have you ever search hi-n-lo for that perfect knit/crochet pattern only to find ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I mean not one single pattern worthy of the fantastical idea you have in mind? Yeah, me too. Don’t get me wrong there are some gorgeous patterns available online & some are graciously shared for free by the artists. Just not the one I wanted today 🙂

I have an awesome original idea for a knitted cable pattern that has probably been made before but really wanted someone else an experienced knitter to provide me a free pattern. Ho-hum.

While I consider myself a newbie in the world of knit I have thrown caution to the wind and decided if I want something done right I’m just gonna have to do it myself. So that’s what I’m doing today!
If I am successful I will share the pattern on this blog to save others from similar expense aggravation.
Fingers & toes crossed (ew, right!)

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pattern will be available for purchase via Etsy soon 🙂

I’ve mentioned in my last post how I’ve spent some time testing & preparing a few of my original Off The Hook crochet/knit designs that will eventually make their way into my shop.

Recently while out shopping I came across some pretty crochet baskets & as tempted as I was to purchase a few the price tag was a little too steep for my taste. Of course as soon as I arrived home I made my own version & actually love it even more than the ones in the store.
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& another original basket pattern by OTHD

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Ohmygosh I absolutely adore this free beginner knit pattern: Non-felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura & have made several pair for family, friends & of course myself. I achieved various sizes by switching needle by a 1/2 – full size

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Doily dream catcher by Off The Hook. Just felt like doing something a little different & really like the result.

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A free-form cotton/wool crochet jean patch by OTHD

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Crochet cotton wash cloth. ❤ this has quickly become a favorite if mine!

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Crochet/knit lace & embroidery

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Adorable knit collar pattern (FREE) @ reckless glue

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Recently I scored this beautiful antique Singer sewing machine! Now to learn how to use it……

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A few KeKe Photography captures 2014

Peace, K.

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While I’ve been away from the blogging world over the past several months I have managed to finish quite a few projects as well as grow in my craft….& life for that matter.
Its been a productive year for me but It is seriously so great to be back! I’m spending some time this morning enjoying my delicious homemade English muffin w/orange marmalade & steaming hot cuppa while catching up on all of my favorite blogs. There are so many wonderfully talented artists here….I am in awe of your beautiful work,words, incredible inspirations, talents and creations.

Here are a few quick (mostly ipad) snaps of just some of my yarn art from this past year.

I LOVE detachable crochet collars. Seriously it’s becoming a borderline obsession of mine. An OTHD original collar pattern worked up in colorful wool. Excuse me while I brag a moment…..I am quite proud of this design! It looks adorable on! It’s soft & comfy as well

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My very first attempt at felting wool. Added a cute thread crochet doily embellishment. Kinda digging these soft-n-comfy slippers.

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My favorite color cotton knit scarf using this free pattern from purlbee

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Adorable crochet infant sandals made for a friend who recently gave birth to a cute little girl

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Crochet thread embellished tank. An OTHD original

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Detail

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Crochet lace doily pattern by Off The Hook Designs by KeKe

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Crochet thread jar cozy. An OTHD original pattern

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Little girl crochet slipper pattern

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Pink skull crochet pattern- an OTHD original

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Until next time…enjoy this cell snap of an Incredible sunset captured in 2012 Rhode Island, USA

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Well it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged anything! Life has been hectic, crazy, great, stressful & everything in between. I’ve taken some time to study, research,jot & test my own patterns for my shop. Soooo on this beautiful fall day I thought I would pop in & share a free beginner lace knit boot cuff pattern to say thanks for hanging in there with me & dealing with my sporadic appearances on this blog. I can’t make any promises but hopefully I will manage to be a bit more consistent with my updates 😉

This boot cuff pattern is knit on straight needles and then seamed together using the wonderful seamless mattress stitch Please keep in mind I am far from an expert nor am I a very
experienced knitter. If you happen upon any mistakes within this pattern my apologies in advance 😉
If you have any questions/ suggestions in regards to this pattern please do not hesitate to bring them to my attention. I am unsure if this cuff can be worked in the round. If you happen to figure that out and would like to share…that’d be great! 😉

Pattern Notes:
Pattern is worked in multiples of 10 + 1
It is recommended to take measurements of calf circumference to be sure of proper fit. If you find cuff too snug around try going up a 1/2 to a full size needle.

Supplies:
Size 6.0mm straight needles
Worsted weight yarn of your choice. I would recommend staying away from novelty yarns as the details of this lace pattern may become lost. A flat wool or blended yarn works nicely.

Terms:
K-Knit
P-Purl
BO- bind off
Yo – yarn over. Wrap yarn over from back to front before knitting next stitch ( stitch increase)
Co – cast on.
Sl 1- slip one stitch purl-wise from left needle to right needle
K2tog- knit next two stitches together
Psso- pass slip stitch over. with left needle grab the slipped stitch from right needle and pass it over the k2tog just made. ( stitch decrease)

Pattern:
CO 51 stitches using the long tail cast on method
Row1. K1 *yo,k3,sl1,k2tog,paso,k3,yo,k1* repeat *-* to end applies to each row.
Row 2 & even rows: Purl all stitches
Row3. K1 *k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k2*
Row 5. K1 * k2,yo, k1, sl1,k2tog,psso,k1, yo, k3*
Row 7. K1 *k3,yo,sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k4*

Repeat these 8 rows 2x’s more for a 5 in length cuff. Add additional repeats for desired length.

BO on last purl row (8) leaving a tail long enough to stitch side seam.

Happy knitting!

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Whoa!  Feels like I’ve been gone for a week!  Oh, wait a minute, I have been gone for a week!   I seriously don’t know how that happened except to say  I’ve been a busy little  bee lately.  While I did not finish up my Blog Every Day in May quest I do not feel like a failure at all.  I made it through  three memorable weeks of posting.  That’s some sorta accomplishment!

This past week I decided to jot down some of my crochet patterns to sell in my shop.  Patterns will be the only item offered for now until life slows down a bit.     At this moment in time I have two testers who generously offered to lend a  hook hand  and test my patterns for errors and whatnot.     I am sure I will have some exciting developments to share with you soon.

Enjoy a few quick IPad snaps – crochet edgings & doily I worked up this past weekend.

 

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!  I am off to enjoy a cuppa while catching up on a few great reads here!

Peace!

 

 

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