For my leap day tutorial, I'm going over the last of the four basic knitting elements: the cast off. I'm very excited to be able to share the basics! And luckily, this is one of the easiest - but most time consuming - elements to knitting.
For the rest of the tutorial and the short video, click Read More.
This is the last thing I'm adding for my baby shower gifts is a set of crochet animals. For each set, I do three animals - it's just how I've always done it. That way, they play off each other, and I feel an even greater sense of accomplishment with getting them sent out.
These are still some of my favorite my favorite things to make! I love doing the details with the fins and adjusting how I attach fins to the body. With some of the refinements I've made over the past several sharks, they just keep getting easier.
For the rest of the crochet animals and the entire set, click Read More.
For my cousin's baby shower which is just two short days away, I've been working feverishly on a few projects (not the least of which is helping demolish her basement, refurbish furniture for the baby's room etc), but one of the things I've made for her is this little baby hat.
I made it to match the booties that I finished last week. It is done on all the same blues and greens. What I like about this blue, is the faint variegation in the yarn. There are hints of yellows, greens, and reds throughout.
Click on "Read More" to check out more about the techniques I used to create this little hat.
My tutorials are still in the very basics of knitting. So this week, I did how to do a purl stitch. The purl is the backside of a knit, and is often referred to in patterns as the "wrong side".
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For my second tutorial, I'm showing how to do a knit stitch. Knit stitches are definitely the foundation, and the best stitch to use with my cast on method. There are two main stitches used in knitting: knit and purl. So, this helps set up the foundation for all future projects.
So, here is my four step process for how to do a knit stitch:
Check out the rest of the tutorial and a short video after the jump!
My cousin has been pregnant for a while now - alright, about seven and a half months - and her baby shower is coming up! So, I've been trying to decide what I should make for her. While this isn't the only thing I plan to make, it is the first installment of my gift for them.
I rarely knit booties, and this is only my second pair. But, they turned out pretty cute. The basic design is a very simple knit boot in the round.
The rest on these booties (and a much better picture) will continue after the jump!
I have been wanting to put up some tutorials for a while on some of the basics of knitting techniques. So, I thought I would start at the beginning of any project and go over how to cast on with knitting. I do plenty of both knit at crochet projects, but I definitely have a great passion for knitting. It's definitely something I have been hoping I could share.
I started with how to create a slip knot. This particular kind doesn't create a hard knot - if both ends are pulled simultaneously, the knot will come apart.
For the rest of the tutorial, and a short video, continue after the jump!
Today is the big day! The day I made the switch from a small, personal blogger to trying to go to something bigger. I have a passion for the handmade, and I wanted to take this blog from something small and ambiguous, to something a little more directed.Exactly Handmade? I wanted something that described exactly what I was going for. Almost all of the combinations using the word "Handmade" were already taken (And at least on Twitter, "ElectricKatie" is taken by someone in Massachusetts.). I'm not sure where the Exactly part came from: My father-in-law's dad calls my mother-in-law "Exactly Boss." I suppose that could be what put the idea in my head, but whatever it was that inspired the new name, I'm glad.
Check out more after the jump!