Sunday, December 26, 2010

Felted Rosette Ring




It's a little hefty. I'd like to try again with finer yarn. One thing's for sure: I wasn't born to be a hand model.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fair Isle

I want to learn Fair Isle knitting so I can make stuff with fishies:





And damask:


I normally knit Continental, but the video on knittinghelp.com says the easiest way to do Fair Isle knitting is to combine Continental and English knitting. So I've been learning English, and in my search on youtube for English knitting I found this:


I always thought Continental seemed faster and more natural, but after trying English and watching this video, I'm pretty sure I'm wrong. Anyone out there have a preference?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Another one of these


Owl Purse



Ryan had to help me with the lining. I was gonna use iron-on adhesive, but he insisted on using the sewing machine. He just really loves machines. It makes me wonder why more men don't sew. Here's the pattern.

Update: The magnets were ripping out and my sewing looked like crap, so I redid the lining. Much better:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bluebell Bookmarks








I don't get out much now that I have two kids. The doctor told me not to expose Sully to any disease until April, which is when RSV season ends. But I really wanted to make these bookmarks, so I loaded the kids into the car and took them to Michael's to find the right yarn. Michael's has mini-carts, which are great for navigating a crowded store, but impossible for mothers like me who use them as restraining devices for their kids. I balanced the baby carrier on top of the cart, making sure to keep Sully covered and away from germy people, but there was no room for Hanne, so I held her hand and we made our way to the yarn aisle. Once we got there, I let go of Hanne's hand, keeping her in my peripheral vision. I had only been browsing for about 30 seconds when Hanne came to me whining. I ignored her for a few more seconds, and when I finally looked down, I saw her mouth and chin dripping purple goo. My first thought was, blood! What happened? Then I realized it was purple, and I saw the little bottle of acrylic paint in one hand and the lid in the other (with the plastic seal somehow still in tact,) and I thought, what if it's poisonous!? Where's the nearest water source? Then I thought some more and realized she probably didn't swallow, and even if she did, it wouldn't be enough to hurt her, so I wiped her mouth out with a baby wipe. It was all worth it though because these bookmarks turned out so pretty.

I found the bluebell pattern in Nicky Epstein's Crocheted Flowers, which I checked out at the library. Hooray for free patterns!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Super Fast Hat


I did most of this while my kids were taking their afternoon nap today. The yarn is super bulky, and I used 10 mm needles. I used this pattern, but only did two repeats of the cable pattern and added the scallops on the bottom. Hanne walked off with my cable needle, so I didn't use one, and instead tried this tutorial on cabling without a cable needle. I'm glad I did because I think it was simpler than scouring the house trying to find where Hanne had stashed the cable needle. I already had to keep track of a stitch marker that fell off and got lost in the couch every time I finished a round, and with the messy state of my house, finding a stitch marker is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sully the Sock Monkey

I wanted to make Sully an entire sock monkey costume, but I wasn't feeling that ambitious, so I made him a hat and shoes instead. I'm pretty sure he hates them, what with that distressed look on his face.




Sunday, August 22, 2010

Gnome Hat




Here's a link to the super easy pattern. And here's a link to the rose pattern.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Newborn Hat


My friend and I thought we'd try making cables, but we were at the cabin with no internet and no pattern, so we didn't realize that people usually purl in between cables. But I think it will still be cute on a newborn noggin because everything is cute on a newborn, right?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010