News / Update

PurlsByGrace Shop will be closed over the spring and summer due to traveling across the country and some other factors. I still plan on blogging and am very excited to see/share new plans for this blog soon, but I am closing the knitting side of it for now.

I apologize for the slow blog posts, but stay tuned for more exciting ones in the near future, including stories, photography, randomness and more!

DIY Sharpie Mug

I found a new craft that I really enjoy doing, and I’d thought I’d share it with you. Sharpie mugs.

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The colors I used.

Tools necessary: White (or off white) mug. Sharpies. Oven. And your hands.

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(My Pinsperation) ūüėČ

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I started with a simple oval and decorating it with leaves/vines.IMG_0316_kindlephoto-283310169

 

Then. Because it was a Valentine’s day present, I added Red hearts around the rim. (Be careful to keep the sharpie off the mouth area)

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For the other side I did practically the same thing, except I did a heart not a circle. IMG_0319_kindlephoto-283378643

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(If you need to ‘erase’ some of the sharpie, don’t worry, just get a wipe and wipe it off. It comes off easily)

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Next I did the fun part of writing. (Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it looks)

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And on the other side I did initials.

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And if you want, add a last flourish, and bingo. =)

The last step it baking the sharpie to the mug. I let my mug sit for 24-48 hours before I put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Do you enjoy doing craft projects? What is your favorite?

Farewell.

Susanna

Project Updates

Due to Advent, Christmas and the New Year, I have been doing very little knitting. I have finished only three projects in the last month and a half.

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Socks.

I made this pair of socks with the remaining yarn from a previous Custom Order. I really like the colors in it, and the yarn itself is very soft. (Links:  http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ZannerGrace/weather-vane-socks

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262866712/hand-knit-blue-socks-unisex-womans-us?ref=shop_home_active_2

As two of my favorite things are Fingerless mitts and cables… I combined the two to make these. ¬†(You can see more pictures on my project page on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ZannerGrace/pink-cabled-fingerless-mitts

And on my Etsy Listing:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/262865298/adult-womans-pink-cabled-fingerless?ref=shop_home_active_1 )

And last, but definitely not least, I made a little cardigan (Orange and Purple) but I still have to add buttons and therefore is not in the shop yet. I had a lot of fun making it! =)

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It is tiny in size. Newborn/ 0-3 Month. And I really like it.

What do you like? Leave a comment below.

Happy Epiphany to all!

Hasta la vista.

Susanna

 

Knitting project.

My newest added item to the shop…

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Ornament Garland. (On 3′ space)

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(I apologize for the bad lighting) And 6′ space.

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Made of 15 different little ornaments. With socks, mittens, hats and sweaters. And using White, Orange, Green, Yellow/gold and Red.

This was quite a bit of fun to make! ūüėČ Especially the sweaters. Follow the link below to see the listing.¬†( https://www.etsy.com/listing/258953533/fall-winter-holiday-christmas-garland )

I really enjoy making new things. So if you have any ideas or suggestions, please comment.

 

Susanna =)

Anniversary Giveaway!

I am excited to announce that I am hosting a giveaway, due to exactly one year of having my shop opened! In that year I have had 2,053 views on Etsy, 142 Favorites, (15 of which are shop favorites) 33 Likes on Facebook and 19 Orders. My most viewed item was ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/207522764/customize-your-own-pair-of-hand-knit?ref=shop_home_active_13 ) Customized Socks, with 741 views and 38 favorites.

The giveaway begins today and the winner will be announced on October 29th, 2015. I am giving away a star ornament and a pair of earings. (Pictures below) Here’s how you earn entries.

·Like PurlsByGrace On Facebook: ( https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119681311380334&ref=bookmarks   ) 2 Entries.

·Follow this blog: 1 Entry.

·Share PurlsByGrace via Email, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media: 1 Entry each.

¬∑Favorite PurlsByGrace’s shop on Etsy: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†( https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurlsByGrace?ref=hdr_shop_menu¬†) 2 Entries.

Comment below which of these you have done. And write what your favorite book is and why to gain an extra entry.

Brand: Chico's.

Brand: Chico’s.

Originally $32.00

Originally $32.00

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The star is double sided. One is green...

The star is double sided. One is green…

...and the other side is blue.

…and the other side is blue.

The winner will receive both the Star Ornament and The pair of earings. And I will contact them privately to get their address. Have fun!

¬°Hasta la vista!

Susanna

Fall Knitting Projects

Summer is coming to a close. And sweaters, hats, mitts, socks and anything warm (for most people) are being welcomed. ūüėČ

Here are some of my fall items that are in the shop.

Baby Owl Hat. 6-9 Month.

Baby Owl Hat. 6-9 Month.

Entmoot Gathering Women's Socks. U.S. 7, 8, 9.

Entmoot Gathering Women’s Socks. U.S. 7, 8, 9.

'XOX' Fingerless mitts.

‘XOX’ Fingerless mitts.

Baby Pumpkin Hat.

Baby Pumpkin Hat.

2-3 T. Striped Socks.

2-3 T. Striped Socks.

Mismatched Mitts.

Mismatched Mitts.

And... Decorative Pumpkins

And… Decorative Pumpkins

Reversible...

Reversible…

(Other side) ...headband/earwarmer.

(Other side) …headband/earwarmer.

Some of these have just recently been put into the shop, others are from a while ago. Which is your favorite?

  • Hasta La vista! (Meaning ‘See you later’ in Spanish) ¬† =)¬†Susanna.

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Sock Making

I’m going to do a post today about the process of making a pair of sock, and I’ll use pictures of my latest custom order for demonstration.

First, we start with…

The cuff.

The cuff: it’s used to hold the sock up on the wearer’s leg. Normally I use a ribbing pattern (shown above) but sometimes it changes. As long as it does its job. ūüėČ

The leg.

The leg: It’s whatever pattern you want the sock to be. In this case, the lady ordered just ribbing for her husband’s socks, and there is no difference between the cuff and leg.

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(Here you can tell where the ribbing/cuff ends, and the Elephant pattern/leg begins. )

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Heel: So now we do the heel gusset, heel flap, and picking up the stitches around it all. This is the hardest part in the socks, but it’s easier that it looks. =)

(Sorry I don't have a picture of the sock before the toe was done)

Foot and Toe: (Sorry I don’t have a picture of the sock before the toe was done) This is the last past of the sock, you work the Foot. While following the leg pattern on the top of the Foot, you do only stockinette (simple knit) for the bottom of the foot as walking on whatever the pattern is, might be uncomfortable. Last is the Toe Decrease which does not take long.¬†

One sock, plus the cuff of second sock.

One sock, plus the cuff of second sock.

Working on the leg of the second sock.

Working on the leg of the second sock.

Now on the heel turn, then the leg.

Now on the heel turn, then the leg.

Now toe decrease on second sock... Almost there!

Now toe decrease on second sock… Almost there!

Weave in your ends, and, boom! You're done!

Weave in your ends, and, boom! You’re done!

Enjoy your warm, comfortable, hand knitted socks!

Enjoy your warm, comfortable, hand knitted socks!