Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SALE!!! What a Slouch Hat pattern!!!

Each week from now (11/18/14) until Christmas, I will feature 25% off a selected pattern in Ravelry to help with your holiday crafting. The first pattern to be discounted is the What a Slouch Hat that you can get for only $1.49!!!!! The great thing about this pattern is that you can make it for guys or girls. Click over to Ravelry via this link and pick up your copy today. (No coupon code is needed, just load the pattern to your cart and the 25% off will apply during checkout. Sale runs until midnight on 11/23/14 and applies only to new purchases of the pattern.)


205 to 220 total yards of worsted weight yarn; Recommended yarn is Berroco Vintage Worsted or Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Knitted from the bottom up and in the round, this fun hat is available in Adult S/M and Adult L/XL with optional 9.5 or 10.5 inches in depth. The pattern walks you through the stripe changes and how to make a slouchier hat, if you prefer. (Hat can also be knitted out of a solid or semi-solid color without the stripes.)


Gauge is 4.5 sts and 6 rounds to an inch on a US 7 needle or size needed to get gauge. Because this hat is meant to be slouchy, it is all knit on the same size needle. The first 1.5 inches forms the rolled brim. You can wear the hat further down to cover your ears or set back on the head.


Adult S/M (Adult L/XL) 
Finished Circumference: 20 (22.5) inches 
To Fit: 20-21 (22.5-23.5) inches 
Depth is knitter’s choice of 9.5 or 10.5 inches


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Touched Heart

Monday (11/10/14) was NET awareness day--the first since my diagnosis. I thought for a long time about what to do on this day. I was tempted to let it go by without saying a word. I was tempted to shut myself off and ignore it all together. Instead, I decided to embrace the day and work toward raising awareness. So, I planned out a segment in episode 3 of the Brownie Knits podcast and printed out the Show Your Stripes paper so that I could post a photo online.

What I didn't expect was what happened around me on the day. My heart was truly touched as friends and family showed their support. It seems like such a simple thing to change your Facebook profile picture for the day, take a quick selfie, or share a status. But, although the physical action might be simple and quick, it is the meaning of the thought that is full of emotion. I was absolutely touched by the many people who made the day one of hope instead of one of dread for me. To all of you, I say thank you!!!


Two more wonderful ladies that came into my life via publishing...


Kiki was less than thrilled to pose for her photo, but she wore her button all day.


My ever so thoughtful hubby ordered pins for the dogs to wear and this crazy a$$ zebra tie that he wore on video conference calls all day. (I can only imagine what those on the calls thought!)



Riley just wanted to make sure the pom-poms weren't edible.


My cutie, Kiki.




These gorgeous flowers arrived full of color.


My sweet cousin, Angela...


my life-long friend, Monica...


my (often) co-trouble maker (shopping till we drop) SIL, Katie...


and my beautiful inside and out SIL, Meg.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brownie Knits Episode 3: NET day and LOTS of Afghans





Episode 3 is LIVE! This is a very special episode that I am publishing on 11/10/14 in honor of NET Awareness day. I hope that you enjoy the podcast!


In this episode, I discuss NET (neuroendocrine tumor) awareness and then we get into all the yarn fun! Oh, and I also try to explain what a Hoosier is!

Finished projects:
Knit One, Crochet Too Bandana by Helene Rush and knitted in Knit One, Crochet Too Covet
Windows of Light Jar Covers by Brownie Knits (FREE in Rav and on BrownieKnits.com) in Marathon Socks North Pole yarn
Socks (generic pattern) in Opal Sweet and Spicy 2 Honey

New Toys:
Plaid project bag from FeltedFlowerShop on Etsy
Turtle Purl yarn in color Superman (available on Etsy)

New Projects:
IU knit-along season socks
Sockhead hat by Kelly McClure

Get ready for the Brownie Knits Block Blanket-Along for 2015:
200 yards of worsted weight per block
12 blocks total, measuring 12x12 inches
US 7 or 8 needle to get a 4.5 sts to an inch over St st
Check out the thread on the BrownieKnits Revelry board for more detail!

Afghans:
Ombre Alpaca Blanket by Joelle Hoverson; yarn from JuliesAlpacas.blogspot.com
Manos afghan
The Kitchen Sink Blanket by Brownie Knits
Groovyghan by Tracy St. John; yarn Berroco Vintage Worsted

Join the BrownieKnits Revelry board and tell us what you want from Santa this holiday season. Also, be sure to introduce yourself to register for our podcast giveaways. The lucky winner in episode 3 won a skein of Sweet Georgia sock yarn!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Village Yarn Shop and Brownie Knits Schedule

I have all the final details for the Brownie Knits events at The Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville, Indiana. I hope to see you there!


Brownie Knits Trunk Show from November 3rd unit the mid- to end of November.
The Village Yarn Shop
209 South Main Street
Zionsville, IN 


November 6th from 5-8 pm 
Designer Meet & Greet


Button Up Honey Cowl or Slouchy Honey Hat Class
November 15th from 10 am to 12:30 pm



Flossie Hat Class
November 15th 1:30 to 4 pm


Both classes will include instructions for the specific projects and a general question and answer session. For those interested in continental knitting or magic loop, you can get instruction on those techniques and apply them to these projects! (Must have a basic knitting knowledge already.) Class size is limited. Please call 317.873.0004 to sign up or swing by the shop.








Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brownie Knits Podcast Episode 2 is LIVE!!!





Show Notes:



Welcome to episode 2 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode, we talk about some finished projects, new designs, an epic shopping trip, and have some class announcements. AND...our first ever giveaway winner is announced!

Patterns:
Lady Louise Infinity Cowl by A Knitter's Life
Crackerjack Cowl by earthchick
Bandana by Knit One Crochet Too

New Brownie Knits designs:
Slouchy Honey Hat available in Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy
Windows of Light Jar Covers (FREE on BrownieKnits.com and in Ravelry)

Products:
Bird Leg Bags
Turtle Purl Yarns in Snow White
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Modern Fair Isle
Opal in Honey

The Brownie Knits trunk show will be at The Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville, IN from November 3rd, 2014 until mid to late November. There will be a meet and greet from 5-8 on November 6th and classes are on November 15th. Watch the video for all the details!


Don't forget to join the Brownie Knits Ravelry board and comment on the Introductions thread to register for the next giveaway! I have also started a thread with all the details about the Block Blanket along for 2015.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Windows of Light Jar Covers -- FREEBIE !!! Crochet Pattern

How about a little something free for the week?!? Here you go. This is a freebie crochet pattern for jar covers. You can download the file from BrownieKnits.com or on Ravelry.


Some relaxing crochet and the calming glow of candlelight is headed your way when you make the Windows of Light Jar Covers! All you need is some leftover sock weight yarn, a jar, and a candle to make the covers and add a touch of color to your home d├ęcor. A trio of covers can be made in one evening, so you can switch out covers for the seasons! Package them with some candles and they make great gifts for all your friends! 

Materials: 
Yardage: 145 yards/132.5 meters of fingering weight yarn (total yardage for trio of covers) 
Sample knit out of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in colors Ophelia and Hollyhock (395 yards/361 meters; 100% superwash merino) 

Gauge: 5.5 dcs / 3 rounds = 1 inch, unblocked and not stretched 

Hook: US D/3 (3.25mm) 
or size needed to get gauge

Notions:
Jars: 12-, 8-, and 4-ounce quilted crystal Ball® jelly jars; 2.-inch diameter x 5.-inch tall (large jar), 2.- inch diameter x 3.-inch tall (medium jar), 2.-inch diameter x 2.-inch tall (small jar) 
Scissors 
Yarn/tapestry needle 

Sizing:
Directions are given to fit 2.-inch diameter jars. However, you can use any size jar you desire by following the notes throughout. If you select a larger jar, you will need additional yarn. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Slouchy Honey Hat: New Pattern Alert!!!

I know I say this every time, but I really am SUPER excited about my newest design. The Slouchy Honey Hat pattern just came flowing out on the needles and I loved making it. Here's all the info and you can get the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy, or my Etsy shop. (For those of you in the Indianapolis area, I will also be teaching this hat [along with the Button Up Honey Cowl] as a class on November 15th, 2014 at the Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville, IN. Would love to see you there!)


The stylish Slouchy Honey hat features a deep rib brim to keep the hat snug on your head and your ears warm. The honeycomb pattern in the body of the hat looks visually complex, but is simple and enjoyable to knit. A quick decrease at the tiptop gives a gathered look, with the option of adding a playful pom-pom as an accent. This hat is full of fun and perfect for fall and winter weather! Grab two contrasting skeins of your favorite DK or light worsted yarn and sit down for a knit!


Level:
Intermediate



Gauge:
5 sts / 6.25 rounds over St st = 1 inch, on larger needles


Sizing / Finished Measurements:

Adult S/M (Adult L/XL)
Circumference to fit: 19-21 (20-23) inches
3 inches of negative ease



Materials:
250 yards of DK weight yarn in main color
150 yards of DK weight yarn in contrasting color
Samples knitted out of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Dahlia and Weathered Frame and William Morris and Hosta Blue




Needles:
US 5 or 6 16- or 20-inch circular for brim
US 6 or 7 16- or 20-inch circular for body of hat, or size needed to get gauge
US 6 or 7 DPNs for decreases
Use a longer needle if you prefer Magic Loop technique
For the brim, select a needle one size smaller than needle used to get gauge.


Notions:

Pom-pom maker (optional)
Scissors
Stitch marker
Tape measure
Yarn/Tapestry needle