Lauras Daily Madness

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Knitting... a love/hate relationship and a give away

I think knitting is one of those crafts where EVERYONE has one friend that just is dying to learn. Well luckily I was that friend BUT I also had a friend that actually knew how to knit. And I got pregnant. Nothing like dreaming of covering tiny baby parts with hand knitted items to pick up some needles. So over two years ago, I picked up a pair, had a quick lesson and I learned. Slowly.

If you are that friend and you want to learn how to knit, I recommend the book Stitch 'N Bitch. Most local libraries carry it so you can just check it out if you want. It will teach you a skill and have you complete a project using that skill. Its a wonderful teacher! If you need a little more help, youtube has videos which, if you're like me, you can stop and rewind as many times as you need to. Its really not that scary.

I have to admit that Rett never wore any hand knitted items. Neither has Evie. But my love of knitting did incite me to start knitting for my photography and then I opened my Etsy store. My store is currently closed up due to my current busy life BUT I'm going to be giving away one newborn hat like this one, modeled by my little Evie.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment about something YOU would like to learn how to do. Then check back here July 30th for the winner! Spread the word and let you friends know! Make sure you follow my blog so you aren't left behind in case I sneak in more knitted give aways... I'm seeing a pair of booties in the future.

Ok on to scrapping.

Another gorgeous release from Creations by Rachael. All the realistic elements in this one just amazed me. This is definitely one of my most go-to kits of the moment. Here is the preview:

Isn't it breathtaking? It makes me think of spring and also of frozen sherbet. Not sure where that comes from but regardless, this kit is just amazing.

Here are my layouts:

Oh, my.. what a surprise. They both feature Evie. The top one got LOTD at Brownie Scraps. Mostly for Evie's adorable Baby Gap dress probably. Its amazing to look at those two pictures and think that's only a month apart. Wow.

Here is your freebie for today!


Anonymous said...

Me ME!! I want to learn to Knot super bad!=))

Jennifer Wells said...

I still would like to learn to knit so I can make my own photo props. I hope I win!

Anonymous said...

I want to learn to crochet. Becca's gonna teach me though!

jhg said...

I can knit basic stitches for baby blankets, but I would love to learn more complicated things like little baby hats and booties! I'd also love to learn to crochet. Please enter me to win a free hat for my new baby!

Jessica said...

i would like to learn how to drive a motorcycle :D

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 7 post on Jul. 16, 2010. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [16 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Dee said...

I'd really LOVE to learn to do stained glass.

LifeAsDinkers said...

hi! i want to learn how to design all those pretty elements and kits that people like you generously share! until then, im happy to use QPs and templates,lol!

my mama is the crochet master in our family: she's make me and others blouses, shawls, swimsuit cover-ups, bags and more. i know the basic stitches but nothing more!

Ellie said...

This is a beautiful baby hat! I'm curious as to why your kids never ended up wearing knitted things -- is it because they were born in the hot season, or their little-knitted things just never ended up coming out of the drawer? Anyway, your hat is so cute -- I'd love to win! Besides knitting, another skill I'd like to learn is how to refinish furniture!
Thanks and best wishes.

Francois Photographs said...

OK so I really want to learn illustrator and In Design....but your hat is tooo cute and as soon as I have some alotted money for newborn props I plan on raiding your Etsy store :) Evie is looking precious btw, sounds like y'all are making it through the first few months without any major problems. Hope all is good and continues that way! Hugs :)


LoveSpell13 said...

This pregnancy has REALLY wanted to make me learn to knit since this might be our last baby.