Sunday, June 19, 2011

World Wide Knitting In Public Day

Today is the last day for World Wide Knitting in Public Day which ran from June 11 to today, June 19.

Where will you be knitting in public today?

To find a location to knit with others, check out this site

Saturday, June 18, 2011

FO - Chunky Neckwarmer

Just got this off the needles...

It is the "Chunky Button-up Neckwarmer-Cowl" pattern, Ravelry Link Here
(Be sure to check out the pattern too, the designer shows at least six different ways to wear it!)

I really liked the concept of this neckwarmer because the buttons make it very customizable for the wearer.  Such a simple design and many, many different options.  I didn't knit it with anyone in mind, but I still think it will make a lovely gift for someone on my holiday list this year.

I did some serious stash busting with this one combining some pretty Homespun left over from a shawl and some lilac Caron's Simply Soft Eco...I was kind of worried while working on it because I thought my yarn choices were going to make the fabric too bulky, but it proved to be a good choice because it yielded a warm and soft drape.

...finished it off with some mother of pearl buttons, which picked up the purple hues from the yarn...happy with this project!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Do you crewel?

Just returned this little number to the library (I had to pry it from my fingers, actually), and while anything that has to do with sewing normally completely intimidates me, I have to say the projects in this book are gorgeous, inspirational and make me feel like I can actually do them!

(whether the latter actually happens remains to be seen)

What really captivated me were the Crewelwork projects...stitched in wool on linen, it is every sewist/knitters playground.  The wool is so beautiful and luxurious, producing scuptural surfaces, and the many stitches used were so darn lovely.

An interesting and brief history of crewelwork here

Here's the Tree of Life:
Just put her other book, "Stitched In Time" on reserve too.
Purl Soho has some gorgeous crewelwork and knitting supplies (and more!) here
If you would like to try your hand at crewelwork, they have some lovely kits too.

FO Coffee Cup Cozy

Just finished a cute little gift for an artsy person I know...

Here's the Ravelry pattern:

 "Patty" Knitting Pattern

(Mine looks a little different because I used US 10.5 instead of the prescribed US 7, which yielded a looser looking fabric, instead of the crochet loop, I just made a length of i-cord and stitched it on)

I've discovered these travel mugs that you can put your own pictures in, I recently stuck some origami paper in one and this one I plan to put (not shown in this picture) a blank piece of watercolor paper so she can pretty it up any way she pleases.

PS The button is one my Nana let me take from her totally awesome button collection along with some other pretty vintage ones...this one is from the 70's...cute!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gauge Updates

I have updated some of my free patterns to include gauge:

The gauge can now be found here, on the project page on the blog (link at the top for each pattern) and on the Ravelry project page.

Patterns that now have gauge listed on them are:

Baby Bunny Hat
14 stitches and 19 rows=4 inches

Lightning Fast NICU and Preemie Hats
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches

Cotton Candy Hat
24 stitches and 17 rows=4 inches

Super Pink Hat
24 stitches and 17 rows=4 inches

Rock Candy Hat
24 stitches and 17 rows=4 inches 

I hadn't put gauge on my patterns until now, none of the information has changed, it's just available to you now.

Happy Knitting and keep sharing your beautiful finished pieces!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

For all you Mama (and Papa) Bears...

Just returned this sweet little book to the library, Knitting For Peace by Betty Christiansen...
One section that really left an impression on me was the Mother Bear Project, a non-profit that collects knitted bears and sends them to children in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS.

From the site:
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear. 

The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children with the message that they are unconditionally loved. 

The pattern used is one from World War II that mothers used to make bears for their own children to comfort them.

Ravelry Pattern Here
(available from Ravelry, the Mother Bear site (link below), or in the book, Knitting for Peace)

The pattern is interesting in its construction too, it is knitted in one piece with the arms picked up and knitted later.  A great way to use scrap yarn and get creative!  They ask that the bears are made from cheerful, bright colors.  When bears are received by volunteers at the project, they then sew a red heart to the front of each bear.  Details regarding construction and shipping can be found of the Mother Bear Project site (link below).

More photos of the happy recipients

For more information, check out this site, bears can be sent anytime...

Check out this blog too to see children with their bears

World AIDS Day this year is December 1, 2011, my goal is to make six!  I'll keep you posted about the progress!

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