Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Connor's Hat

It's cute, but next time I'll lower the yellow stripe. And hopefully I'll learn how to avoid this mess:

The pattern didn't give instructions for stripes, so I guessed, and I was wrong.

Here's where I found the free pattern.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Little Button Loafers

Here's where I got the pattern.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fixed 'Em

I wish Hanne had little feet sooooo bad because I'm dying to see these on a real foot.

pattern link

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ryan Needed a Coaster

He wanted it to match his diet coke can:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Olivia's Birthday Cupcake

click here for the free the pattern

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I'm Ashamed of These Shoes

It's hard to tell from the picture, but the left shoe is a half inch longer and a quarter inch skinnier than the right shoe. The main reason these turned out to be different sizes is that I started in the wrong place after I finished the sole on the left one. That's also why the toe is messy. But I also don't consistently crochet my stitches the same size. I'm not sure how to be more consistent, and I don't know why I didn't have this problem on the hat. Maybe I need to make a gauge swatch and continually check against it. I wonder how the real crocheters do it.

pattern link

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My First Crochet Hat

I couldn't believe how easy this was to make. It's too big though. (Not that Hanne would keep it on her head anyway.) I need to figure out how to make a bigger flower.

The pattern link (it's free!)

Monday, November 9, 2009

My First Knit Hat

I fell in love with some pink and yellow yarn. So I knitted a hat:

Since we're going to New York this winter, the hat needed to be warm. So I added earmuffs:

The earmuffs make the hat look bottom heavy, so I made a giant pom pom (whose size I am having second thoughts about)

After all that work, this is what Hanne does every time I try to get her to wear the hat:

I was going to line it with fleece, but if Hanne won't even wear it, what's the point?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hat Loom

I've been cranking out hats on the hat loom. This one was for Angela's baby, but I also made some for Hanne and her cousin's Halloween costumes.

I know it's not real knitting, but hey, it's made of yarn, so I'm putting it on the knitting blog.

My First Scarves

It turns out it only takes a couple hours to knit a scarf with fatso, 15 mm needles. At least that's what the instructions say. It probably took me five hours. But hey, it's my first project!

Poor Renee happened to come over the day I finished it, so she got stuck with my first scarf. It has a ton of mistakes. I kept accidentally adding stitches, and then I ran out of yarn at the end so I just had to tie a knot rather than thread the yarn through the work.

Then I made one for my mom's birthday. It went much smoother this time, but still took way longer than two hours.

Monday, September 28, 2009


I never dreamed I'd become a knitter. As a kid, I thought it was an old lady sport, and I didn't know anyone who knitted. My mom had some scratchy, brown, knitted blankets in the cupboard, and I never stopped to think that all knit might not be as horrible as those itchy blankets. But then, upon the birth of my baby girl, my friend Kathleen sent me some soft and beautiful creations:

I just couldn't get over how cute my baby looked in knit. I started coveting other babies' knitted caps and wishing my baby had more cute, knitted clothing, like jumpers, and shoes to go with every outfit.

I couldn't resist it any longer: I had to learn to knit. At first it was frustrating, and made my hands cramp up, but Kathleen told me to keep at it, and now, one week later, it's one of my favorite hobbies. It's relaxing, and I love the feel of the soft yarn, and it's fulfilling seeing my fabric grow. Plus, it makes TV watching seem like less of a waste of time.

So, this blog is dedicated to my inspiration, Kathleen. I'm so happy to be a knitter!