I've been working on a fresh commission of 4 pairs of slipper socks. Two pairs of Women's size 7.5 and 2 pairs of Men's size 10.
This is a super traditional pattern, in fact, it's one of the first patterns I've ever knitted. I remember sitting on my Grandmas couch as a little girl, working with some squeaky, pink acrylic yarn and a pair of blue acrylic needles and learning to work the rib and garter stitch sections. I think I ended up with a pile of grubby, grey yarn with no slipper socks in sight at the end but it was still a good learning experience!
The pattern I used is Grandma's Knitted Slippers by Zanne on Ravelry. It's pretty cut and dry but there is a rather large Errata on the decrease row.
For Women's size; Decrease Row 1 (rs): Work in ribbing on 9 stitches, P3tog, work in ribbing on 3 st, P3tog, K1, P3tog, work in ribbing for 3 st, P3tog, work in ribbing for 9 st. (29 st remain)
For Men's size; Decrease Row 1 (rs): Work in ribbing on 11 stitches, P3tog, work in ribbing on 4 st, K3tog, P1, K3tog, work in ribbing on 4 stitches, P3tog, rib 11 stitches. (35 stitches remain)
I would also recommend starting the decrease rows 1.5" from where you would like the sock to end, not .5" like the pattern suggests.
For the first two pairs (pictured above) I used Bernats Sheepish which is 30% Wool and 70% Acrylic. It's machine washable and dryer safe. It holds up pretty well but it does have a tendency to pill and it's a pain in the butt to frog because it's so wooly. Otherwise it knits up like a single ply wool yarn but with the added bonus of being super easy care.
For the second two pairs I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease which is 80% Acrylic and 20% Wool. This is a super user friendly yarn, it's also machine wash and dryer safe, it holds up forever and is super nice to work with. I'm not a big Acrylic yarn fan but this stuff is much better than your 100% Acrylic/Red Heart type options.
I wasn't given any color parameters to stick to on this project so I stuck with my favored jewel tones. I think they turned out pretty cute and cozy.
For my next projects I'll most likely be starting a fun, smokey blue linen tank top for the Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2016 KAL. I'll also (probably) be starting on a new set of fish themed mugs! People can't seem to get enough Aquatic Mugs! This will be my last set for a while though, I'm getting a little burnt out on ceramic painting!
I'm excited to get this commission out the door and start on some fun, new projects!
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I have been crazy busy making lots of projects for friends and family. (I can't share them yet because some of them are top secret!) In the meantime I thought I'd make myself a little something.
I got this magical Alpaca yarn from KnitPicks.com last year. It's called Andean Treasure.
It's baby Alpaca, one of my most favorite fibers ever! It's buttery soft and delicious. The Olive shade is not really my color but I'm going to make it work!
I searched long and hard for the perfect pattern to use my prized yarn on, then I found this one!
It's called Greystone by Sarah Cooke, and it's just what I was looking for. No cables or fancy stuff, just a *mostly* stockinette pattern to show off the texture of the Alpaca yarn.
The pattern calls for a DK weight and my yarn is a Sport weight so I am messing around with the tension. I knitted a few test swatches and decided to settle with a size 4 needle, but so far it's looking a little smaller than I would like! I might need to start over with a size 5 or 6 needle. Bummer.
I'm not too upset about it though, I love working with this yarn and this pattern is simple enough so it's not going to be too much of a chore to start again.
I'll keep you updated!
In other news, I might have *accidentally* fallen prey to a KnitPicks Wool sale! Oops!
It's okay though! I've got it under control!
All this yarn is going to turn into 3 sweaters for next Fall and Winter. I'm thinking a cable knit green one for me, a purple one for Alex and I'm still not sure on the blue. A skein of fingering weight baby Alpaca jumped into my cart too, along with two skeins of Cashmere blend yarn and a hand painted skein of single ply Merino. Whoops!!!
I know it's not exactly Wool weather and I should be focusing on lightweight, Summer projects but I'm a rebel. Plus, I'm obviously a sucker for a yarn sale. Heh.
I'll be back soon with an update on some of the exciting commissions I'm doing for friends and fam. There's some pretty cool stuff going on!
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My kitties, like most kitties, have a weakness for jingle toys stuffed with catnip. My Moonunit likes to carry them around the house in her mouth while yowling loudly! And Prince likes to fling them against the ceiling as hard as he can! Every once in a while I make them handmade toys, which usually turn out to be their favorites! (The key is super fresh catnip, I use SmartyKat organic catnip.)
I decided this month they needed a jingle fish with cute little scales. I decided your kitties needed one too so I made a little pattern and tutorial for you to follow. Do it. Your cats want you to.
Felt, 2 colors
2 Snap in Safety Eyes
I zipped this guy through the sewing machine just to save time but I usually hand stitch them which is more time consuming but more fun, (in my opinion.)
First you'll want to print and cut out your pattern. Then grab your felt and fold each piece in half because you'll be cutting two of each pattern piece for each side of your fish toy.
Pin your pattern pieces to your felt and cut. Make sure to use sharp scissors to really define your scalloped scales.
All cut out! You should have two of each piece.
Pin your scales to your fishes, front, middle and back.
Then zip them through the sewing machine or hand sew your scales onto your fishes.
At this point I sewed some decorative fish tail markings on both sides of my fishy, this is completely optional.
First, I sewed Only the top seam across the fish. I then used a seam ripper to rip a TINY hole in each side for the snap in eyes to fit, don't make a big hole or your eyes will pop out which is dangerous for your babies! I sewed the top seam Only at first because it would be super difficult to machine sew so close to the metal safety snaps after they were inserted. (You can always make felt eyes if this is a big concern for you.) Stuff your cat toy with fluff (don't forget to stuff in a little catnip and a jingle bell)
Then sew around the entire outside edge and trim closely.
I couldn't resist sewing a blanket stitch around the outside edge of my fish once he was done. I think he turned out pretty cute.
Fortunately it doesn't matter how cute it is because your kitties will tear it up anyway!
Here's the printable pattern if you're interested in making some jingle fishies for your kitty cats.
(The pattern should take up half a sheet of 8x11.5" printer paper so make sure you have the orientation correct before printing, mine worked best on the "Shrink to Fit" setting.)
My kitties love the heck out of these guys! Prince cat prefers the big, felt toys he can throw against the ceiling and Moon really prefers the knitted ones made out of natural fibers so she can pretend that she's hunting game in the wild. Hehe.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you give this pattern a try!
Are you still scrambling to make everyone a gift before the big day!? I usually am. Don't fret! Here's a list of fantastic crafts that are quick, inexpensive and will surely be appreciated. Most of these will take you about an hour to make and call for limited supplies.
Without further ado, get crafting!!!
1.) Bohemian Chic Hair Pin by McLaughlin Designs. Buttons+Feathers=Fancy hair clip OR brooch!
2.) DIY Handwarmers by Rae Ann Kelly. I've made these many times using Flannel and Fleece fabric, they're always appreciated. Who doesn't want toasty hands on a cold day?
3.) Chalkboard Mason Jar Candle Holders by heart.love.always. Super cute, and I'm sure you could get away with using whatever glass friendly paint you have on hand.
4.) Crocheted Striped Can Cozy by Jessie At Home. I've made dozens of these. You could use glitter yarn or applique a cute felt design on the side if you're feeling extra crafty.
5.) Faceted Clay Tealight Holder by Gathering Beauty. I would use an oven bake clay for this to cut down on drying time.
6.) Fancy Headbands by ABM. Limited sewing skillz needed and the results are adorable.
7.) Knitted Key Cozies by Knit Freedom. This is definitely something everyone needs. Your friends and family will have the coziest keys ever!
8.) Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves by Crafty Staci. Simple and quick, use holiday themed fabric for bonus points.
9.) Holiday Shrinky Dink Bookmarks by Got to Teach. All you need is permanent markers and Shrinky Dink sheets, oh, and an oven.
10.) Star Trek Combadge Earrings by Tallys Treasury. So nerdy, but absolutely necessary.
I hope you found something fantastic to make for your friends or family, or got inspired to create something completely one of a kind!
I hope you're having a fantastic Holiday Season!
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November is here! Time to start planning my Thanksgiving menu and putting away my spooky Halloween decorations! I hope you guys are enjoying the colder weather and the Holiday vibes as much as I am. I'm still working on putting together the ultimate fleece lined Fall wardrobe but in the meantime I wanted to share this fun shawl I made with you. I knitted this shawl during the Summer and now it's finally cold enough out to wear it.
It's almost impossible to photograph sparkle yarn! I promise, it's sparkly.
This guy whipped together surprisingly quickly. It's called Kouyou, which, according to the author, Angela Tong, translates to Fall Foliage or Red Leaves. Perfect for this Season. I'd definitely recommend this pattern, easy to read, lots of pictures and great results.
My only complaint is the yarn requirements, I could have made the Large size but the pattern told me I didn't have enough yarn! Bummer. I had 474 yards of sparkly yarn so I made the Small (420 yards) instead of the Large (520 yards) and I had half a skein of yarn leftover! Guess I'll be making some matching glitter mitts.
The yarn I used is Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns. It's 48% Acrylic, 47% Cotton and 5% Metallic Thread. It's washer and dryer safe, which is convenient. I'll probably still lay this guy flat to dry with blocking pins though so it retains it's lovely shape. It's a basic, worsted acrylic blend yarn and it does have a little bit of scritch to it but I'm hoping with a wash or two it'll soften a bit.
Can you see the sparkles!?
I'm going to be rocking this sparkly wonder with my faux leather jacket, a light sweater and some cozy leggings this month. Bring on the rain! I'm ready!
Hope you had a fantastic Halloween!
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Just a quick post for y'all today!
I thought I'd share a couple of the cute hats I've been making lately. This is a fun, simple pattern that's well written and easy to use. You should make one, you never know when a Viking Helmet could come in handy!
This one is the newborn size.
This guy is the adult size.
The pattern is called Lael Viking Helmet by Mamachee on Ravelry and is not free BUT it comes in many sizes so you're likely to use it over and over. Like I have.
I used Lions Brand Wool Ease for mine and it turned out nice and soft and wonderful. It's 80% Acrylic 20% Wool, and you can toss it in the washer and dryer. Magic. Though for this project, with the polyester stuffing in the horns, I'd suggest not tossing this hat in the dryer, the fluff might get lumpy! Nobody wants lumpy fluff.
Give this pattern a try, it whips up in no time and the hardest part is figuring out which directions you want your horns to face.
Now go forth and make yourself a silly hat! Have a great weekend! I'm gonna be Pumpkin carving with the girls, I'll take lots of pictures to show off our Pumpkin artwork next week!
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Let's make a Bat Mobile! Not to be confused with a Batmobile. That's a different thing entirely.
This fun little project will make your home sparkle with Halloween cheer! It's quick, inexpensive and super fun. Here's what you'll need;
White Colored Pencil or Crayon
(I used a twisted wire hanger but if you want to be classy you should try a wood frame one from Etsy. You can always paint it black to match your Batty Bats)
First, print your Bat Template! Or you can cut out your own unique bats!
Let's get started!
1) If you're using a wood frame, grab some black paint and use a few coats to cover your frame before getting started. Make sure to give it a few hours to dry! If using a wire hanger, bust out some beading tools or pliers and twist that guy into a loose spiral, making sure to connect the loose end (not hook part) into a circle to make a stable frame.
2.) Cover your work space with newspaper or parchment paper. Glitter and glue will be happening and it will get messy!
3.) Use the Bat template to cut out a variety of different sized paper Bats. Place the paper Bat on your stiffened felt and trace around it with your white colored pencil or crayon. Cut out felt Bats.
4.) Use your sponge brush to coat some of the Bats in a thin layer of Mod Podge, sprinkle them liberally with glitter.
3.) While your Bats dry, measure out various lengths of black hemp cord to string them onto your mobile with. Make sure to give allowance for the knots; make the cords a little longer than you need.
4.) Once Bats are dry, use your Elmers Glue to glue Rhinestone eyes on all your bats. I think the red ones look particularly scary but you can use any color you like.
5.) Use your tapestry needle to poke a hole into the Bat noggins and secure the cord with a double knot. Then knot the opposite end of the cord to the mobile frame. Arrange them at various heights and you're done!
Now display your mobile proudly! I like to use a screw hook to hang my mobiles. You can put this guy in your front window or hang it over your Halloween mantle display.
This is a super fun project to do with a group. You can help each other make bats for one big mobile, or make a bunch of mobiles so everyone has a fun decoration to take home!
Now go forth and have some spooky Halloween crafting fun!
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I've been keeping busy! After finishing my Amigurumi Baby Birds and a few crocheted hats for lots of babies I've moved on to some exciting, new knitting projects. First and foremost, I'm knitting a fantastic Cardigan for my Aunt. I've never done a project like this one before; it's like a hybrid sweater, half blanket, half sweater (slanket?)
The Pattern is Chloe Cardigan by Jo Storie, I've already knitted about 4" and it seems to be a pretty simple, yet time consuming project due to the Mistake Rib stitches for the entire back portion. I have a feeling I'm going to be watching a lot of Halloween movies to knit through this big ol' project.
I'm using Knit Picks CotLin as my yarn for this project. It is 70% Cotton and 30% Linen. I've never used this yarn before but it seems to be knitting up well with a nice sheen to it. It's definitely going to be a Spring and Fall sweater, the cotton is light and breathable and very easy to work with. It also shows off the stitch definition really well which I think will translate nicely to future cable work.
My other October project is this fantastic Cowl I'm making, just for me! It is called Superb Infinity Scarf and it's by Anne G.
It is a super simple brioche stitch (which I've never done before, I had no idea it was so easy!) And it's whipping together really quick because it's done on huge needles. I'm knitting mine on size 13's.
Also, I'm in love with the yarn I'm using. I want to knit an entire bedspread out of it, it's so soft and warm and magical! It's called Chalet by Classic Elite Yarns, it's 70% baby Alpaca and 30% Bamboo. I'm totally pumped that I discovered it and I definitely plan to invest in some more soon.
Isn't yarn just magical!?
I hope you enjoyed getting caught up on some of my crafty shenanigans, I'll keep you updated on sweater progress and post some pictures of my finished cowl when I get there.
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I've been crocheting baby stuff like crazy lately! Everyone seems to be expecting all at the same time. I thought I'd go ahead and share with you one of the cute projects I just finished for one of these lucky babes.
I'll be including pics of the finished products plus some info on how you can make yourself a set of baby birds! (If you're not familiar with Amigurumi (a Japanese knitting and crocheting style) you can read more about it here and here.)
For some reason the birdies on the top look bigger than the birdies on the bottom in this picture. This is untrue! They all measure about 4" tall and 7.5" around.
The pattern I used for the bird bodies is from Lions Brand, I'm pretty sure you need to have a (free) account to access it, here's the Ravelry link. At the last minute I decided these guys needed to have some little feet so I used this pattern to make little feet for the birdies.
I used Vicki Howell Bernat Sheepish yarn for this project. I love this yarn, it definitely has some good qualities and some bad. It's 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool, which means it is machine washable but should be lain flat to dry (or just lain on a towel in this case.) It's very durable and water repellent and holds up just like an acrylic with a nice, wool texture. Fair warning, it is not easy to remove stitches from this yarn because of its texture, I wouldn't recommend it for a beginning knitter or crocheter. Also with lots of washing it does start to pill over time so it occasionally needs to be trimmed. But for the price and the wool content it is a good deal, plus it's soft and glossy and makes adorable birds.
I also used Polyester Fiberfill and Safety Snap Eyes to complete the birdies. The eyes have a locking mechanism in the back so they can never be removed but, for safety sake, always supervise babes when playing with toys!
I think these guys turned out pretty darn adorable! I've made this pattern a few times for Christmas and Birthday gifts and they always whip up quickly and are well loved! Give it a try! The Holidays are quickly approaching and I'm guessing there are some Nieces and Nephews in your family that are desperate for their own baby Amigurumi birds!
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My big sister needed some new curtains whipped up for her super 60's themed basement she's been working on. I came up with a simple pattern for her four tiny windows (16.5"x34" windows to be exact.) It's quick and easy and doesn't use very much fabric at all! Traditional Valance patterns call for using double the amount of fabric width for the width of your window to create a more pronounced ruffle; ex. 30" wide window, 60" wide fabric, but this is my simple (cheap) version which uses as little fabric as possible so these are a bit smaller.
Jeanne picked out these wonderful cotton retro print fabrics for her new curtains. Her windows are small, standard basement windows; approximately 16.5"x34" so I created a pattern to match using 1&1/3 yards of each fabric for 4 small curtains.
Here are the Turquoise and Orange panels. You can find this fabric here.
And here are the light Aqua Kitty Cat panels. You can find this fabric here.
Didn't they just turn out precious! She has 4 windows in her basement and each one will be getting a little, retro valance!
If you also have tiny windows that need new curtains, here's how I made these guys
First of all you'll need to wash and dry your fabric to ensure it doesn't shrink on you after you've done all that time consuming sewing. Iron it so it's all perfectly flat and beautiful then cut out your pieces. Mine were four 44"x24" rectangles. This is the pattern that I put together so I could make the most of my fabric.
Whew! Got it? Here's a JPG of my little pattern if this is helpful to you.
I wish I had a picture of how they look in their new home!
I do like how they turned out, if I had to make them again I think I would buy a little more fabric and make the curtains wider, even if they ended up having a center seam. I think these turned out a little flat and could use to be more scrunchy.
I searched around on Pinterest to get some ideas for how to make a set of tiny, basement curtains and had no luck! I hope this diagram is helpful for anyone needing to cover up little windows, be it a tiny, over the sink window, RV windows or teeny basement windows!
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