Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2 hats

About a month ago, I bought a bunch of Dream in Color Classy on sale at eat sleep knit. I didn't have any particular projects in mind, but I figured that basic worsted weight yarn would always come in handy. After going to Rhinebeck on Saturday, we made plans to meet up with Spicy's brother and his family at Sterling Forest. Spicy had asked me to make hats for his nephew and niece.

Nephew Rogan in his chunkeanie hat #knittersofinstagram

For his nephew I made the Chunkeanie Hat by Wooly Wormhead. I knit the smallest size using #8 knitpicks 16" circs. The color was Bootcamp. If I had a do-over, I would've made the hat just a smidge longer.

Niece Saia in her purl bee hat #knitting

For Spicy's niece I made the Purl Bee Garter Ear Flap Hat in the smallest size with #8 16" circs. I used the color Blue Sage. The pattern called for smaller needles, but at 6 mos. she was in between sizes so i used larger needles throughout and the fit is pretty decent. I always overanalyze whether things are too cutesy or not but i think the pointy top was just cute enough without being obnoxious. in the adult sizes i think it'd be too much, unless you can pull off the ironic hipster thing.

I'd recommend both patterns. They are both free and easy and they don't take very long. it was reasonably cold and windy at the park and both hats seemed to do the job.

I'll try to be back later this week with the Rhinebeck haul, but the weather hasn't been very cooperative so far. in case anyone is wondering, i got in and out by 11:30 on Saturday. I don't do crowds very well.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rhinebeck + a Cuddle Puppy

Sleepy #dogsofinstagram #dogs

Just a quick note to say that I will be at Rhinebeck on Saturday. I will be wearing my catversushuman tshirt, my Banksy hat, and maybe another new design if i can get it finished in time. I am allergic to people but I promise to try my very best not to be too weird if you speak to me. I'll be alone this year b/c Spicy will be keeping the dogs company and catching up on cable tv.

Can't resist. This one's even funnier #dogsofinstagram #dogs

So see you there! or not. whatevs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oakshot Table Linens Challenge

I am thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the Oakshot Table Linens Challenge by Sew Mama Sew. I was sent a fat eighth bundle of Oakshot cottons in Lakes. Kristin asked me to make a set of trivets.

Oakshot Trivets

These lovely fabrics were telling me that they wanted to be improv piecing, so I cut strips and did some improv curves. The colors and the piecing remind me of stormy seas.

Oakshot Trivets

For the second trivet, I made a friendship braid using the technique from the craftsy class, Cut to it. This was one of the better classes I've taken--I'd highly recommend it. (I am not a craftsy affiliate and I paid for the class all by my lonesome. it was totally worth it). I was worried that the oakshots would stretch out on the bias but they held their shape nicely.

Oakshot Trivets

I used a layer of Insulbrite and a layer of Quilter's Dream Wool batting. I like using wool for potholders and trivets because it's poofier and more insulating than cotton. I matchstick quilted the improv trivet and it really flattened out, while the friendship braid trivet with it's less dense wavy lines retained more dimension. The backing is from the Art Gallery Indelible collection and the bias binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch in Charcoal. I used a pot lid and drew around my quilted squares then cut out the circles.

Oakshot Trivets

I think this set dresses up the table quite nicely, and I look forward to using them the next time we have company! Be sure to check out all of the other participants and Sew Mama Sew is giving away a bundle of Oakshots Oct. 22-25, so keep an eye out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Banksy Hat

Banksy Hat

I love all the speckled yarns that are so popular right now, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the right project to show them off. I wanted to make myself a lightweight fall hat using this gorgeous skein of sock yarn from SpunRightRound. My criteria: it had to keep my ears covered, it couldn't be plain stockinette (and therefore boring), it had to be a little slouchy but not too much, it had to be relatively easy and fast to finish.

Banksy Hat

Earlier this year I knit Roebling. I loved how the short-row shaping at the brim covered the ears without adding the bulk of a double fold brim. I was inspired to shape my hat in a similar way, and Kirsten Kapur was quite kind enough to give me her blessing to proceed with my pattern. I added a simple slipped stitch cable to the body that gives just a little texture but lets the speckled yarn shine.

Banksy Hat

I'm really pleased with this hat, and I hope to see lots of projects. I'm running a special offer for the first 30 days after release. Post a finished Banksy Hat project with FO photo on Ravelry by Nov. 13 and receive one free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store. You must create a project in Ravelry with start/end dates, add a finished photo, and PM me which pattern you’d like to receive. Sorry, Craftsy projects are not eligible for this promotion.

Buy the pattern for $6 on Ravelry or Craftsy. Use the tag #banksyhat on social media. I'd love to see pictures!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


First, congratulations to Mary G, who won my Cross Stitch Sparkle giveaway. Thanks to everybody who purchased a copy of the pattern and making the launch of my first quilt pattern so successful. I hope to see more projects soon! The pattern is now available at regular price on Craftsy, Threadbias, and Etsy.

It's been a number of years since I've participated in Socktoberfest. I've been following the Stitch Addiction podcast in recent weeks and Kate decided to do a sock KAL for October. Both Spicy and I are in need of new socks, so I'm trying to finish at least 2 pairs this month (one for him, and one for me) but I will basically just knit socks until I get sick of it.

Working on my #ssmysterykal #sasocktober14 #operationsockdrawer #knitting

The first pair I cast on is the Mystery Sock KAL in the Solid Socks Ravelry group designed by Jeannie Cartmel. She has designed some beautiful socks so I decided it was worth the risk. I'm using some of my naturally dyed Faun Sock in an olive green shade. I got started on Clue #2 last night. Fingers crossed that these will be nice manly socks.

One sock down #operationsockdrawer #sasocktober14 #knitting There's always that sigh of relief when you can try on the foot and confirm it fits #operationsockdrawer #sasocktober14 #knittersofinstagram

I had to cast-on a second pair to work on because the one clue per week won't occupy me for a whole month, so I'm making some plain toe-up socks using the infamous and controversial Goth Socks MCN yarn. I obtained this yarn from a surprise destash (I paid a Raveler $$$, she picked out a bunch of skeins from her stash and sent them to me). To be honest, I wouldn't have picked out this skein for myself as I'm not really a pink and purple person, but for a pair of simple self-striping socks they do the trick. I really like the base yarn and I wish I knew what it was so I could try to find more. I completed one sock and am on the cuff of the second.

I'd really like to finish these up this week because I have a bunch more self-striping yarns waiting to be knit, but as usual I'm working on several other things at the same time so we'll see.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Cross Stitch Sparkle Tester Quilts 2 + Giveaway

Still a few days left to get Cross Stitch Sparkle on Craftsy for only $4.50.

I'm back today with more tester quilts. I'm also giving away a copy of the pattern (scroll to bottom of post).

Karri (instagram) made an interesting version of the pattern with fussy cut squares in the center of the blocks.

Cross Stitch Sparkle Quilt

Whitney (flickr) made this awesome Halloween version. I like how the yellow and orange crosses flow into one another and contrast nicely with the black and white background.

Anna tech edited the pattern for me and also made this cool pillow out of one block. She used an upcoming line of fabric from Windham, Sunshine Serenade. This pillow will be on display at Quilt Market. Yay!

Finally, I love all of the tester versions of the quilt, but this one might really truly be my favorite. Cath (instagram) made this amazing wall-hanging version using solids. I had originally envisioned doing something similar with warm, cool, and neutral fabrics, but decided to go with the pink/orange/yellow color scheme instead. Cath brought my original diagram to life.

If you'd like to win a copy of the pattern, enter via Rafflecopter below. If the winner has already purchased a copy of the pattern, I will refund your purchase price. Don't forget the pattern is available for 50% off through Tuesday night!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, October 03, 2014

Cross Stitch Sparkle Tester Quilts, Pt. 1

Pick up your copy of Cross Stitch Sparkle on Craftsy for only $4.50.

I was very lucky to have wonderful testers for Cross Stitch Sparkle. Every time another version popped up on instagram, it became my new favorite.

Crystal (nmommy02) made 2 versions. She made the wall-hanging size and another mini with the HSTs scaled down to 2". She chose some great Bonnie and Camille fabrics. I love red, blue, and aqua together--so cheerful with a vintage look.

Megan (sweet feet stitches) made a stunning lap quilt. I love the low-volume background and solid navy for the diamonds. Her quilting is amazing too.

Amy's (Houseofbadcats) quilt just pops. She was going to make the wall-hanging and it expanded into 9 blocks. I'm in love with the text prints she used for the background. I also like the way she arranged her blue crosses to look like stars. You can really play with the values in this quilt to come up with different looks.

Check back on Monday for more gorgeous tester quilts. And don't forget the pattern is 50% off on Craftsy this week!

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