Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Some Assembly Required


When I first got my copy of  Tudor Roses by Alice and Jade Starmore, I spent weeks just reading it and looking at the pictures.  I mentally knitted several designs before deciding on "Margaret Beaufort."  Don't tell the authors, but I bought some lovely, yet affordable acrylic (Alice just fainted) yarn--Lion Brand's Heartland.  It's soft and the blended colors are nice.  And if I really love this sweater I will go on some day to knit it in authentic wool from islands off the Scottish coast like I am supposed to do.

Having posted this picture, I will now feel some pressure to get to the blocking and sewing.  Not today, but soon.  I will keep y'all posted!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hat to Match Blue Variant Scarf


With leftover yarn from my Blue Variant of the Dr. Who Scarf, I made this hat inspired by the big, slouchy shape of Scotty's hat from the first of the new Star Trek movies.  All the garter stitch in this cuffed slouch hat make it super cozy warm.  I used the gray and two of the blues from my scarf.

Next winter I will dress up my navy blue coat with this Star Trek/Dr. Who combo.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Check Out this Crochet Scarf Pattern!

Even though the Twilight movies are old news by now, those movies did have some great knitwear in them--thanks to the cold, damp climate of Forks, WA.  I found this pattern on Ravelry and want to thank the blogger for crocheting this Carlisle baseball scarf lookalike:

Crochet Every Day: Carlisle Cullen's Baseball Scarf Pattern: This pattern has been over a year in the making, so you can imagine how excited I am to share it with you today!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pom Poms with Ease

Preemie Hat with Pom Pom

I found a great video showing how to make pom poms with a hairpin lace loom.  It looks much easier than threading yarn through the hole in the middle of a pom pom maker:



I'll be trying this today, as I have to fill a large order with 20 pom poms.  I'll be sure to let my readers know how I like this technique.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Gift Fun

Now that most gifts have been opened, I can share some of my gift projects from Christmas 2016.

First, here is  Werewolf Hat from Vampire Knits  by Genevieve Miller, worked in Bernat Roving:



Next, a Baby Yoda Hat (pattern by Shinah Chang) in Big Twist from JoAnn:




Other items are still in the works for birthdays and such, so I'll share them as I can.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Good Fiction for Quilters


Perla Phillips has a secret.   Unfortunately, she suffers a stroke around the time she thinks she ought to disclose her secret to her daughter.  Will the family be able to unravel the secret with the clues they find around the house as they care for Perla, quilt together, and deal with some church drama?  Author Sarah Loudin Thomas has crafted a beautiful story.

I received a free copy of A Tapestry of Secrets from the publisher for my honest review.  You can get your own copy here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Crochet and Knitting for Baby

Knitting handmade clothing, toys, and blankets for baby is rewarding and fun!  Here are some tips for choosing patterns and yarn for successful baby projects such as these I found on Ravelry:

Yarn for Babies
Anything to be worn next to baby’s skin must be soft and washable.  Yarn manufacturers now produce a wide variety of washable wools, cotton, and acrylic. There are also new rayon blends made from bamboo and microfiber polyesters that feel like natural fibers.  Wool is excellent for babies, as it does not cling to odors and allows air to circulate near baby’s skin.  Cotton is cool and absorbent for summertime clothing.  Blends of two or more fibers offer the best qualities of each fiber.

Fingering or baby weight yarn is the best choice for socks and undergarments.  Use sport or DK weight for booties, hats, mittens, and sweaters.  Blankets and coats can be made from worsted and bulky weight yarns.  Be sure to knit at a tension that makes the fabric firm, but not too stiff. Little arms and legs need to be free to move.  For baby toys, use a tighter tension so stuffing will not escape from between stitches

Patterns for Babies
When choosing a pattern, first look at the stitches used.  Baby items should not have large open spaces where a foot or hand could poke through.  Simple lace patterns with small spaces are good for knitted or crocheted baby items.  Bobbles and other textured details are attractive, but be sure bobbles, buttons, or toggles are not in places that will be uncomfortable for baby while he or she is in a car seat, stroller, or bed. Avoid details that might get pulled off: Pompoms and tassels must be securely sewn to the item.

Always knit a swatch to be sure the yarn, stitch pattern, and needles or hook are producing a pleasing fabric.  If the swatch seems too light or heavy, pick a different pattern or yarn. You may also use the swatch to try different colors and discover pleasing combinations for stripes and color patterns.
Choose patterns with diagrams so you can measure your work as you go and be sure you are knitting or crocheting true to the size you want.  Good designers give you enough information to know how a sleeve is shaped or how long a sweater back should be.

Finishing Touches for Babies
Items with more than one piece should be sewn securely. Loose threads must be woven in carefully.  Babies have been known to get threads from socks wrapped around their tiny toes--very painful!  All fasteners must be sewn well to make them hard to remove. 

Toys should include embroidered details rather than buttons that can be bitten off by a determined child.  A crochet style called amigurumi is good for toys. It uses very tight crochet stitches to make sturdy small toys with wonderful detail.

Enjoy knitting handmade items for babies and young children.

References:

All About Ami, http://www.allaboutami.com
Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/