Last month, we moved to a new apartment! I can't even express my excitement about this, because it's so much nicer and better suited for us than our last apartment. Having windows in every room makes a world of difference. Because the new space was so different from the old one, we made a lot of changes. Furniture that was once in the bedroom became living room furniture, and so on. I took this opportunity to unleash all the "homey" knitting ideas I had seen in the past couple years, and went crazy making my own housewarming gifts. Here they are, with links to the patterns.
Unfortunately, I don't have a pattern link for this beautiful afghan, since it was a wedding gift from a very sweet lady, who I'm sure didn't find the pattern online.
I made this rug out of my dad's old t-shirts! I couldn't see the point in paying for t-shirt yarn when I could make it myself.
These pot holders were so quick and easy to make, but I really love them!
Surprisingly, this was my first time using the slip stitch technique. It's amazing how simple it is to create interesting patterns using the slip stitch.
I made the two towels above with hanging loops, for wiping hands dry after washing dishes (and just for looking at). The blue and cream towel to the right is a little bigger, but without a loop, for laying on the counter to let dishes drip dry on.
I made this valance using the pattern from the dish towels above, but with the appropriate dimensions to fit the window, and with much larger needles (US 11). I added a plain stockinette sleeve to the top for the curtain rod. I crocheted around the two sides and the bottom, and added a scalloped trip to the bottom for a finished look.
I probably should have made it a little wider, but that's the risk I took when I chose not to gauge.
Not worth ripping in my opinion.