Dec 192011
 

 

Christmas has always been fun but having kids around makes it that much more so.  This past week my son and I made ornaments for gifts and for our tree.  I’m all about pawning off the gift giving on my kids now that they are old enough to help out (at the least the 5 year old).  I mean, people would probably think I was cheap if I tried to give these as gifts but coming from him they are little works of art!  This was a pretty fun mom/son project to work on and I’m pretty happy that it held his attention for the three day process.  As an added sentimental bonus, all the cookie cutters used here belonged to my late Grandmother.

One of the main reasons for making ornaments was that this is the first year since I left my parents’ house that I have a decorate-able tree in my house!  I feel like such a grown up!  We had about 5 ornaments so we needed more.  I really don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner, although I will miss our silver fiber-optic one that has done us well for the last 8 years.

Atticus, hour 45 in his PJs

I don’t know who in the house thought that the Sleepy Mouse needed to top the tree but I rather like it!

There won’t be as many knit good under this tree as in years past, unfortunately.  There will be some things for the kids at least, an Indiana Jones-esque whip and bag for Atticus and a felted bag for Junie.  We do things small here.  Upgrading from the 36″ tree to the 6″ one is enough “big” things for this year.

But there will be lots of Legos.  I’m secretly excited about that one!

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Dec 082011
 

How cute are these three together??!  This here is my very first ebook and I’m so happy to finally share it with everyone.  You can buy each of the patterns separately or as the ebook at a discounted price.  Click on the photos below to see the individual patterns!

Click below to buy the three as a set for $8!  $2 off!


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Dec 082011
 

This right here is the one that started it all.  My friend Jane is currently growing her third child, due to be released some time next month.  Jane is an fellow knitter and I wanted to design something special just for her.  One night the chant “First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest” popped in my head and I knew that third baby would need a hairy chested doll.

 

 

This guy’s large feet and wide hands allow him to stand on his own.  Half a skein of Cascade 220 will do you for this, plus a bit of extra contrasting yarn for the embellishments.

 

 

 

The Details:

Yarn: worsted weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: approximately 110yds, plus small bits for the hair and teeth
Gauge: 5sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 6, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 9″ tall
Price: $4

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Dec 082011
 

Who doesn’t need a sweet little pixie in their life?  I want to make a slew of these and turn them into ornaments.  Or maybe just leave them places.  Hide them in trees in the park perhaps.

This is easy peasy.  I wrote the pattern to be pain free for those who have never knit toys before.  Can you knit an icord?  Decrease?  Work a yarn over?  You can make this!!  For those who are more advanced knitters or experienced toy makers, this pattern would be a quick gift idea. 

The Details:

Yarn: worsted weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: very small amounts of yard in 4 different colors (skin, dress, tights, hair)
Gauge: 6sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 5, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 6″ tall
Price: $3

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Dec 082011
 

Grumpy troll or misunderstood old man?  No one knows with this guy.  I am so pleased with this one.  This turned out exactly like my original sketch, so much so that I even surprised myself!

The shaping of the body is pretty simple.  What makes this guy stand out is his features: the long nose, the stubby fingers, and the lumpy boots.  Single ply yarn makes for dready locks.  You’ll be surprised how fast this one knits up. 

 

The Details:

Yarn: worsted weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: less than 50yds of skin color, a bot less for pants and boots, plus small bits for embellishments
Gauge: 6sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 5, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 7.5″ tall
Price: $3

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Dec 072011
 

First sweater circa 2005

Sometimes looking back is the best way to make you feel better about where you are.  I knit my first sweater about 7 years ago.  It was some acrylic.  Size 10.5 needles with worsted.  It was 3″ too short (at least).  I knit three sleeves because the first two didn’t match and the final two that did were way too long.  But I loved it!  And I wore it everywhere for EVER.

My next one I made was when I was 8 months pregnant with my son.  I “guesstimated” what size I would be post-baby.  I was very wrong.  That one is still sitting on the bottom of a trunk in my craft room where it radiates guilt intermittently.

I don’t have much of a good record with sweaters.  Even my most recent one was a bit of a hair-puller.  But NOW, I’ve done it!  I’ve knit a good one!  One that makes me want to squeal with happiness.  I’ve been wanting to knit Aidez for a while, ever since seeing Katy Jane‘s.  This one fits like a glove.  The sleeves are perfect length, as is the body.  And it has the one thing I always longed for in the first sweater: pockets!  Hooray! I feel like I deserve a merit badge for this final, 7-years-in-the-making project.

The Cascade Eco Wool was nice to work with but it’s starting to pill already.  Oh well, for a $30 sweater, I’m not going to fret.

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Dec 042011
 

I am not generally a colorful person.  90% of my closet is gray and black, punctuated by red and pink.  I’m not exactly sure when it became this way.  I know there was a distinct point at 16 when it all went black but before that it was pale and muted colors, naturals and dusty shades and such.  Lately I’ve been trying to think back to when it was that I seemed to lose certain colors.

In fifth grade (let’s see… 23 or so years ago!) my favorite was color was yellow.  Since then I generally can’t stand it.  I think it’s easily been over 20 years since I’ve owned a yellow piece of clothing.

Early in November I went out to get yarn for an Aidez cardigan.  I had my heart set on Eco Wool since I am frugal to a fault and a $30 cardigan had great appeal to me.  I was thinking of choosing a gray or oatmeal color, similar to the shade that most people seem to choose for this sweater.  When I got there the store had no two matching dye lots of Eco Wool with the exception of yellow.  Bright yellow.  Mustard yellow.  I thought I’d take it and over dye it, thinking of a nice brown or dark green.  But I got those big balls of yarn home and fell in love with the color.  I started knitting up the Aidez and it just looked perfect.

It’s going to be a totally different feel than the oatmeal color of the original but I decided I like that.  It’s currently 12 degrees outside with a foot of snow on the ground so the thought of wrapping myself in this bright sunshiny color by the end of the week sounds oh so heavenly.  I have a nagging feeling in the back of my head that I will finish this and it won’t be what I want, but I’m going to plow through!

Brrrrrr!

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Dec 032011
 

I realized late last night that the 2nd marked one year since I posted my first pattern for sale on Ravelry.  A year!  What a year it’s been.  All those little icons to the right there are the fruit of the last 12 months.

I not only was amazed at how easy Ravelry made it to share and sell patterns but I have learned so much more about knitting by constantly trying to out-do my last pattern.  Lots of trial and error and lots of new techniques learned!

I owe a billion thanks to the awesome Keely for all the butt-kicking that she administered in the past year, especially on my most Eeroye-like days.   Everyone who likes my patterns should know that none of them would be out there to share if it wasn’t for this gal.

AND, there’s lots more to come!  An ebook will be out this coming week, although I’m not sure what day yet.  Three toys will make up the book, but I do believe they will be available individually as well.  Here’s a peek!

 

Oh, I can’t wait!!

 

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Dec 022011
 

My friend Kathryn contacted me a few months back about getting some yarn custom dyed.  Her husband is a paralympian and she wanted to surprise him with a pair of gold, silver and bronze striped socks.  I love a good craft challenge so I said yes.  I love dyeing striping yarn (as I’ve said before!) and this was a fun one to do.  Kathryn posted her finished socks today and they look so great!!  I was a bit skeptical of my dye job at first but her end result looks amazing.  Nicely done, Kathryn!

 December 2, 2011  dyeing, other people's crafts Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »
Dec 012011
 

Why the umbrella? It wasn't even raining. 4 year olds have no logic.

I am so excited about this pattern!  A few months back I was day-dreaming about a pair of mittens that I had as a small child.  They were puppets and the pinky and thumb were knit separately to give each a set of arms.  They had felt buttons and eyes that I’m still amazed stayed on seeing my need to wear them everywhere.  Those blue, white and red guys (I think they were soldiers?  Nutcrackers?  I have no idea) went through a lot.

I have come across knit patterns for mittens like these before, most memorably in a vintage Red Heart booklet dated 1952, but I wondered, dare I knit my 33 year old self some?  Surely there’s a way to make them for myself without seeming like a nut-job for wearing kid’s mittens?

Colorwork was my answer.  I designed these cozy, fingering weight mittens to have a face that you may not notice at first glace.  Once you take a closer look you see the eyes, then the nose, the bangs and the curly locks.  On the palm side you can use the thumb to make the puppet talk, since she is equipt with not just a tongue (the inside of the thumb) but even a full mouth.  Molars and all!  When in your life are you ever going to have another excuse to knit a uvula??

 

I hope everyone else can enjoy the whimsy and fun of these mittens.  No one who has seen them yet has resisted smiling over them!  Lots of fun is to be had with these.   Best of all this pattern is free!

 

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The sample above is shown in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.
Yardage:  About 190yds of each color
Gauge:  38sts/38rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size:  US size 1

Price: Free!

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