Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 10: Cast On Crazy!





Welcome to episode 10 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode I show some recently finished projects and a slew of new projects I casted on. Grab a cup of your favorite drink, some knitting or crochet, and sit back for a bit.



Finished Projects:

* Augusta Shawl by Andrea Mules; crocheted on a size D hook with Manos del Uruguay Serena and Malabrigo Finito

* Miss Gelato Giraffe by Kay F. Jones; knitted on a US 1 needle with Turtlepurl yarns Striped Turtle Toes

* Spirograph by Anna Elliott; knitting on a US 3 and 4 with handspun



WIPS:

* Vanilla socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel; knitted on a US 1 with Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in Gingerbread Houses

* 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli; knitted with The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering

* Ishbel by Ysolda Teague; knitted with Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in Chili Pepper

* Rockefeller Shawl by Stephen West; knitted with Baah! La Jolla in Blue Topaz and Baia



Planned knits:

* Catkin Shawl by Carina Spencer; knitted with Baah! La Jolla in Sage and Lavender



Other mentions:

Be sure to comment on the Brownie Knits Ravelry group thread Final Four to register for the late March podcast drawing. You could win a bag from Holland Handmade, mini skeins, and some stitch markers!



Bags:

Felted Flower Shop on Etsy (the plaid bags shown in the video)

Bird Legs Bags on Etsy (orange rectangular bag and Sherlock bag)

Holland Handmade Co on Etsy (bag with my socks and the giveaway bag)



Don't forget to pop over to the Brownie Knits Ravelry group to sign up for the mini skein swap! All the details are listed in the thread.



Thanks for knitting/crocheting with me!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 9: Block 2 Petals





SPECIAL NOTE: PLEASE ALSO READ OVER MY BLOCK 2 RAVELRY POST IN THE BROWNIE KNITS GROUP BEFORE CASTING ON PETALS.



SHOW NOTES:



Welcome to episode 9 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode I talk about Block 2: Petals of the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along (#bkblanketalong). Watch this episode and then download the block from Ravelry.com or BrownieKnits.com and cast on!



Finished objects:

Petal Baby Afghan by Brownie Knits (Berroco Vintage Worsted in Pale Orchid)

Choo Choo Train Blanket by Brownie Knits (Berroco Vintage Worsted in Blue Note)

Cute Noggin' Baby Hat by Heather Anderson (Universal Bella Tapestry DK color 915)

Slouchy Honey Hat by Brownie Knits (Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Cobalt and Tahitian Pearl)

Turtlepurl Yarns City Girl socks

Oxford Hooded Cowl by Julia Noskova (handspun yarn)

Beekeeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits (misc. yarns)



Don't miss out on registering for the March 2015 podcast giveaway by answering the Final Four questions in the Ravelry thread! (Located on the Brownie Knits group board.)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Techniques for the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along





This video contains demonstrations of some of the knitting techniques used in the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along. To join in the #bkblanketalong, go to Ravelry.com and join the Brownie Knits group. Each month a new free block will be made available for download in Ravelry and on BrownieKnits.com. All discussion of the blocks will take place in Ravelry and in the BrownieKnits YouTube video podcast.



Techniques covered in this video:

Long-tail cast

Continental Knitting and Purling (demo only; You do not need to knit continental to make the blanket.)

Reading charts

Knit through the back loop (ktbl)

Yarn over (yo)

Knit 2 stitches together (k2tog)

Knit through the front and back (kfb)

Slip 1 knit 2 together pass slip stitch over (sl1 k2tog peso)

Slip slip knit (ssk)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 8: The One with Carol





Welcome to episode 8 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode we are on location in Cincinnati, Ohio with my dear friend Carol. Join us for a sit and knit or crochet as we talk about our projects and share a few stories from our 20-year friendship.



Finished Projects:

IU Sock out of Yarn Hallow and Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

Life of Leaves Shawl by A Knitter's Life out of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Ember

Socks out of Simply Socks Poste Jollyville

Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LeBarre out of Tosh in Amber Trinket and Well Water



WIPS:

Crochet squares out of leftover DK and worsted yarns (check the Brownie Knits blog at www.ginakanouse.blogspot.com for a future post with the instructions)

Snow White socks out of Turtlepurl Yarns



Other mentions:

Birdlegbags.com

Turtlepurl yarns in City Girl colorway

Curls book by Hunter Hammersen



Join the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along via the Brownie Knits Ravelry group! Our hashtag for the along is #bkblanketalong. You can download the free block patterns from Ravelry or BrownieKnits.com.

Special note: My hubby was just watching the episode and I heard myself say Berroco Vintage gets 4.5 on a 7 and 5 on 8. ARGH!!!! It gets 4.5 on an 8 and 5 on a 7. Sorry if I confused anybody with my brain toot!

For any beginners, the smaller the needle the more sts you get in an inch. The larger the needle the fewer sts you get in an inch. I can’t believe I said that AND didn’t catch it in editing.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Making the Crochet Tiara Headband

I was so taken with this project that I decided to give you some more detail in a blog post. The pattern is from Fable of Five's Kate Dimech and is available here on Ravelry. The pattern is free and the way it is written, you can use pretty much any yarn you want as long as you adjust your hook size. Kate's original pattern used a DK weight of yarn and a G hook. I held fingering weight doubled and used an F hook.


First, gather your materials...
Yarn
Crochet hook
Child's headband
Beads or buttons
Hot glue gun and sticks

I picked up a headband from a kid's clothing shop. It was impossible to find a plan one there, but I just snipped the original covering off. I used a rather thin headband, but you could easily adjust to a thicker one. My yarn is Koigu fingering weight held doubled in a cream colorway. The hook is from Furls and is part of their Candy Shop line. (I love the hooks, but I do find that if you crochet further down the neck, the size is larger so I tend to not use them for gauge critical garments.) Believe it or not, I had all those little buttons in my stash! I had them from a jar of buttons I purchased at an antique shop. Many were missing the backs, but you didn't need the shank for this project as you hot glue them in place.


First, you crochet around the headband to cover it. I placed a dot of hot glue on the bottom ends to just make sure the yarn doesn't move around with play. My headband was plastic and a bit slick. If you are covering an existing fabric, you probably would be okay. (The fabric I cut off my headband had this fabric flower things sticking off of it, which is why I didn't just leave the fabric.)


Next, you crochet on the crown points. Kate does a great job of telling you how to place these if you ended up with a different stitch count on the initial covering round. The right side (i.e. public side) of the crown does end up being the wrong side of the initial crochet round. But, if you look closely, that makes it look like a real crown, imo. I secured the ends and then glued the buttons on. Perfection! Like I said on the podcast, I totally want one for me! Wouldn't something like this out of crochet thread be just perfect for a garden wedding? This little one is off to Florida to crown Princess Ella. I hope you will check out the pattern, it's totally worth the hour or less!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Yarn Dogs, Stash Organization, and a Calming Bedroom: Yes, Please!

PK went back to work on the 5th and I got down to business working on my 2015 goals. Last week was super exciting as I launched the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along on the 7th. I was BEYOND thrilled with the reception the KAL has received. I truly thought it would be me and my knitter friend making blankets and that might be it! I'm so happy to have so many of you cast on and plan out your blanket. Knitters are AMAZING! If you haven't signed up and want to join in, you can pop over to the Brownie Knits Ravelry board to read all the details and get started. (This type of project can easily be picked up a months in, too, if you are reading this post later in 2015 you can still join in.)


This photo has zero to do with this post, but I just loved wearing my hand-knit socks with these shoes and thought I'd share! The yarn is Turlepurl Striped Turtle Toes in Trenchcoat. The red stripe hits my foot exactly right for the shoes.


Here is the #bkblanketalong logo if you would like to use it for your project image. (Be aware that the KAL is NOT a mystery KAL, so you will see photos and video of the block of the month when it is released.)


We got the house put back together from all the Christmas decorations. I put out the IU bunting and decor on the mantel. The bunting doubles nicely for Valentine's Day, too! The spider plants are happy to be back in the sunny spots. Anybody in the Indy area need some started spider plants?



I spent days going through ALL of my yarn. There was a major talk with myself about all the partial skeins I had. After so many years, they just were NOT going to get knitted or crocheted. So, I kept my sock yarn leftovers and organized those in a bag and did the same for worsted/DK weight designer yarn leftovers. I have design plans for both of those bags. The rest of the leftovers went out the door. All the full skeins and balls were photographed, counted, organized, and are being put into Ravelry. This was one of my BIG goals for this year. It makes searching for yarn in your stash so much easier when you find a pattern you want to knit or have a design idea. I also pulled out yarn that I knew I wanted to knit or crochet this year. Those are in a basket along with my basket of started projects. Can't wait to get started on them all after I get more of the blocks designed and my current project finished.


Kennedy helped to organize and Riley slept on me while I worked. 


Kiki required ear scratches as a reward for her patience.


"Mom, your hand smells like wool."

One of my other big goals was to create a calm, relaxing, and coordinated bedroom environment. I spend SO much time in there. In the winter, our downstairs is pretty cold and the upstairs is toasty. So, some days I sit in here and knit all day while watching TV and podcasts. I HATED our old lamps with a passion. So, out they went and in came these cool dudes. Then, I found this headboard online for a great price. We feel like adults now. No more just-a-frame college-ish bed for us! Next up, I will be crafting up a large wall hanging for above the bed. 



I just love how it feels like a beach!


Buddha belly Kiki approves.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 7: Block 1 Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along





Welcome to episode 7 of the BrownieKnits video podcast! In this very special episode, we start the 2015 Block Blanket-Along!!! I hope that you will join in our KAL, but if not there is still plenty for you in the podcast, too.


PATTERN LINK: BROWNIE KNITS 2015 BLOCK BLANKET-ALONG ON RAVELRY 

BROWNIE KNITS 2015 BLOCK BLANKET-ALONG ON BROWNIEKNITS.COM

Patterns Discussed:
Block 1 of the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along
Flossie Hat, Emmalie Mittens, Millie Infinity Scarf, and Tressie Cowl by Brownie Knits
Handspun Show Off Socks by Caryn Lantz of FuzzyNeedleCraft.com
Crochet Tiara Headband by Kate Dimesh of Fable of Five

Other content:
Portrait of a Woman Brushing Her Hair poem by Patrick Kanouse
Karma card game

Don't forget to join the Brownie Knits Ravelry group for discussion about the #BKBlanketAlong and answer the questions in the Getting to Know You thread to enter for our January 2015 giveaway!

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