Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Hats are hits!

December 27, 2012

I think they liked their hats! Made it all worth it!

Hats! Hats! Hats!
Hats! Hats! Hats!
Hats! Hats! Hats!

More hats

December 14, 2012

So I got all the hats done, yay! I have put the crochet hook away for a while and am now back to sewing. The studio isn’t done yet, darn it all! The saleswoman didn’t order the right length of vinyl so she had to order new. Should get it installed on the 22nd – the weekend before Christmas. It’s been tough with so much disarray in the house – no holiday spirit for me – and no decorations because I still have all my bedroom furniture in the living room!

But back to the hats … the dino hat is for my 5 yr old grandson, his favorite color is green. This is green, lol. Very green. The hat is crocheted and the teal spikes are knitted (and stuffed). Maybe a bit too stuffed. I think he’ll like it.

Finally there are two more owl hats – and they aren’t angry birds either. One is for my 4 yr old grandson and one is for my 8 yr old niece. They were fun to make and the pattern was free on Ravelry. My nieces hat has ‘ears’ or whatever you call them. Crocheting hats sure is faster than knitting them and now I have a big stash of {gasp} Red Heart yarn. Don’t tell my snobby knitting buds!

More owl hats

It helps if you do it right

November 27, 2012

Owl hatSo the reason the hat didn’t fit my grandson was because I wasn’t making the double crochet stitch properly. I was putting the hook in the wrong spot and shortening the stitch. Once I realized that, things clicked. The hat is the proper shape and size now. I am making a bunch of these for the kids in the family. Not all will be owls – this was supposed to be one but now is kind of an angry bird. Hard to see the eyebrows though. Notice the little white highlight on the pupil? I had to do that, lol. It’s the life light, right?

In other developments, the floor for the studio should be installed on Friday. I am super excited to put the room back together although all the decorating will take a while. I still have to paint the trim for the windows and doors – well – we have to buy it first, which always helps. So no pictures for a bit. I am working on three rooms in the house, the bathroom is practically done, just needs a towel bar. I painted my bedroom walls this weekend and it gets new flooring on Friday too. We do still need to paint the ceiling though. Lots going on, just not so crafty right now.

Hooking again

November 19, 2012

or crocheting, to put it properly. I saw some super cute owl hats at a holiday marketplace recently and my 3 yo grandson gravitated right to them and decided to try one on. I figured I could make him one. I hadn’t crocheted in years but figured it would come back to me pretty easily. I found a free pattern by Sarah Zimmerman on Ravelry, bought about six skeins of yarn and went at it! All I can say is “Thank you, YouTube”, lol. I had to remind myself how to do everything! The hat (which isn’t quite done) didn’t fit my grandson but it does just about fit my childhood doll! I am going to make another one with more rows so hopefully that one will fit the little guy!

Owl hat She looks pretty good for being over 50 years old!

Window Cushion -Part 2

October 4, 2012

So I finally managed to get a picture of both the cushion and the bag I made. I had a heck of a time with it. The cushion works well but there were construction woes. It turned out that I didn’t make the piping wide enough so wasn’t able to sew the final seams at the proper width. That meant the cover wasn’t as tight as it should have been. It’s rather wrinkly. But no one but me ever notices it.

Window Cushion and bag

The bag I just love. It came out perfectly. But I don’t care for the shape of the very bottom so will be tweaking the pattern for the next one. This is now my everyday knitting bag. This is the gorgeous fabric Shashi bought for me in India.

Knitting bag

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What to do with sock yarn ends?

December 10, 2010

Baby GiftsWondering what yarn ends are? It’s the yarn left after you’ve done knitting. I guess other types of knitting will have leftovers too but I tend to knit more socks than anything else so I have a lot of sock yarn ends. One of the gals in my knitting group hosted a baby shower for a gal who is new to town and I figured I’d just knit her something. Ended up being two somethings! Both of these patterns were free on Ravelry (you need to join this site if you knit or crochet). The nice thing about the sock yarn is that it’s thin enough for baby things. This isn’t as soft as some of the baby yarns out there but it should be fine.
One of the things I learned with this pattern was how to cast on in the middle of a row with a second yarn. I had SUCH a hard time with it … until I thought to turn to YouTube … only to find out that I was holding the yarn wrong .. such a simple thing! I♥ YouTube!

Malabrigo Mitts

November 26, 2010

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We sure did – it was a lot of fun and spreading the cooking out over two days made it pretty stress less too!
This one’s for Kai .. the mitts that match the Meret Beret. Once again the yarn doesn’t do justice to the pattern. The lace on the button band is just lost. The rest of the mitt is pretty plain. These are okay but I’m not going to make this pattern again. I had originally thought to make these as a test run for the purple ones I want to make but it’s not going to be. I ‘favorited’ a couple of patterns on Ravelry for the next pair, just have to decide what I want to do. So without further ado …

Malabrigo mitts

Bramble Beret

November 19, 2010

I don’t know about these titles, lol. This one is made from a Knitty pattern called Bramble Beret …it’s made with Malabrigo worsted in Purple Mystery, size 6mm needles. This one is a tad bit big .. I must be channeling Goldilocks! The length is perfect though, it’s nice and slouchy. You can’t see it but the sides of the hat have lovely cables – it’s a very interesting beret visually. This one matches my new bright purple pea coat! This hat I just love – it’s nice and warm.

so .. not a good hat shot .. but .. nice one of me, lol.
Bramble BeretI am going to make mitts to match this too. Soon!

Meret Beret

November 17, 2010

Yep, it rhymes but that’s not my fault! It’s the name of the pattern! This is made in Malabrigo worsted – super soft and yummy. It’s a tad bit smaller than I’d like, I wanted a more slouchy hat. But it will match my winter parka (which is brown).

It’s a really lacy pattern but the variegation on this yarn really lost it. Shame, really!
Meret pattern by Woolywormhead
I made fingerless mitts to match, I just need to block them.

Monkey socks!!!

September 30, 2010

I’m fighting with a doll I’m making – she doesn’t like any of the clothes I’ve made. She might just end up naked at this rate and that wouldn’t be pretty. Meanwhile I did finish these off this morning. They are from the popular Monkey Socks pattern from Cookie A. – which is a free Ravelry download. I’m going to make another pair but using someone’s modified pattern. This was a super easy pattern and don’t they look great!!!!

Monkey socks from Cookie A.