Monday, August 31, 2009

Viv's Mittens

As mentioned in an earlier post, I made the Big Girl Bonnet for Viv. Here are the mittens to go with the hat. She is going to be one styling preschooler! If you are looking for a great mitten patterns for kids, this is a great one. I knitted them up in about 3 hours total. I also connected them with a crochet chain so that a mitten doesn't go missing.

Pattern: Basic Pattern for Children's Mittens
from Afghans for Afghans (free in Ravelry)
Yarn: 1 partial skein of Berroco Vintage Wool
Color: Sunny
Needles: US 6 DPNs
Mods: Added a crochet chain between the two (not pictures here)

Never made mittens, but want to learn how to make them for your little ones? Sign up for the Anything Baby/Toddler class this winter. You'll master the techniques and make tons of mittens.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

IU Bag Part I

I loved making my sunflower B4 bag and wanted to knit one up in a solid. I thought about what I would carry and what customers might like as an example. I opted to make an IU bag, of course! Then came the question of how to make it interesting and tailored to IU... I decided to use the red for the bag, use basketball beads, and then needlefelt on the IU and Indiana in the button section. This post is part one.

Knitted, but not felted, and missing the handles.

The basketball beads...I only used 18 beads instead of 66.
The beads were purchased at the Bead Boutique in Carmel.
(If you plan to do a football one, check out the beads at Hobby Lobby.)

Pre-felt

Felted and drying on the blocking board.
I use ANYTHING around the house to hold shape. In this case, two beer growlers!

Pattern: B4 Bag from Once in a Bloomoon Creations
Yarn: 5 skeins of Plymouth Galway held doubled
Needles: US 13 circs 24"
Others: Beads, 2 stitch markers
Want to make this and want help? Sign up for a B4 workshop with me!
(Classes are listed over on the right.)

Stay tuned for Part II to see the finished bag with the needlefelting complete...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Viv's Hat

My friend, Kristy, asked me to make her daughter a hat and mittens to go with her new winter coat. Kristy had a certain style in mind for the hat and I was able to find this cute little pattern from Goldfishluv. I'm so happy with it that I might just make one for myself! (Viv has a larger head for a kid and I have a small one for an adult. How convenient!)

Pattern: Big Girl Bonnet (in Ravelry and at the earlier link)
Yarn: 1 skein of Berroco Vintage Wool in color Sunny
Hook: G
Mods: I left out the "through back loop" only row and just went through both loops instead.
Finished size: 21 inches

The hat worked up in a few hours. I really like the stitch pattern with the shells filling in each other. Might have to use that in a blanket soon... The little display stand is an item that Patrick put together for me to display hats. I would love to have a hat mannequin if anybody out there is looking to sell one.

This just in...Viv in her hat. So cute!!!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Birthday Celebration

This past Sunday, Nancy and I helped Tonia celebrate turning 29. She looks fantastic! Here are some fun pictures of her opening the yarn bowl and other gifts. I do have to note that the princess bag and tiara were a gift to Tonia from my husband. He gave me instructions to have her wear it all day! We cooked a yummy brunch, laughed a lot, opened presents, and knitted on T's gorgeous porch.






Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Georgette Sweater

I finished up my Georgette sweater last night. This is a sweater that you can make in the Classic Cable Knits Knit Along at Stitches & Scones. It is a cropped, top-down sweater, with lace detailing. It was such a fun and fast knit! For those registered in the KAL, you will receive my project notes to help you through the pattern. Space is limited, so get signed up soon!

Sorry for the poor quality of the photos.
I'll take one wearing it after it is dry.

Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist
Amount: I used 1.25 skeins
Needles: 8 & 3
Size: 40" bust
Others: 2 buttons (not yet on)

This is a fantastic pattern for knitters who have not done lace before. The lace sections are pretty short, so the stress level would be lower. I did shorten mine to fit me correctly. I only did three lace repeats at the bottom of the sweater and then only 2 on the sleeves.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yarn Bowl

I am always on the lookout for cool knitter things for gifts. Of course, my favorite site for unusual items is etsy.com. I found this yarn bowl there and thought it was so nice! I grabbed it up and have been waiting to rave about it, but I had to wait until Tonia opened it for her birthday gift!


You nest your ball of yarn in the bowl, string it through the opening and it stays all contained and neat. The texture of this one is very unique. Some of it was a glazed section and then one part was still rough. Every angle has a new view, and all are very pretty.

The inside was smooth so that your yarn doesn't catch on it.

I purchased this from www.FredParkerPottery.etsy.com. When I placed my order, I received a very nice personalized message from Fred discussing the artistry of the bowl. I'll definitely have to pick up one for myself at some point! Here's a link to subscribe to Fred's pottery newsletter.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Knitting Earrings

During a recent browse of etsy.com for a gift, I picked up some earrings for myself. I thought these were unique and interesting. They have two little knitting needles crossed and sticking through a yarn ball. I went with green. I used to wear tons of green in high school and somewhere got away from it. Lately, I've picked up more green yarns and tops. I thought these would be a good accessory to my Georgette sweater that is on the needles right now.

According to the tag:
Handmade by Max Alexander
with hand-dyed 100% merino laceweight yarn
www.maxsworld.co.uk

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Request for Knits

During our recent visit with our nephew Aidan, I received an unexpected knitting request. Aidan is a HUGE Spiderman fan. Last year I made him a hat that drops down into a Spiderman mask and I crocheted him an afghan that is a web. When Patrick went to the store, Aidan sat me down and said...

"Aunt Gina, I need to talk to you." Oh, so serious. "I have the mask and web, but I REALLY need the Spiderman top and hands. Can you make that for Christmas this year? I REALLY need them, Aunt Gina."

First, it totally cracked me up. You would have thought he was trying to impress on me how to save the world. Second, I was thrilled that he liked the things I made and thought this won't last that many more years! Third, I thought, "How the heck am I going to pull this off?!?" The hands--no problem. The top, yikes. Anybody have some pattern suggestions that can (here's the kicker) grow with him for a year? I've been informed that it must look exactly like what Spiderman wears--not a Spiderman motif top. I'm thinking take a normal sweater pattern and change up the design. However, the sizing thing........

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ribbons Hat

I love, love, love my nephews, but I have to say that my list of things to make for a niece is a LONG one. So, whenever I get the chance to knit something for a friend who is having a girl, I jump on it. I've had this one on the list since I purchased the Itty-Bitty Hats book. I love to use beads, buttons, and ribbons to dress up knitting and crochet. (FYI: Hobby Lobby had the ribbon 50% off, if you are looking for decorative ribbon right now.)

I casted this one on around 9:30 pm on Friday night and finished it up after only about 4-5 hours of knitting. Such a fast knit!

1 partial skein of Dream in Color Classy
Newborn size
US 5 circs and DPNs
4 different ribbons

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Finishing

I do some finishing work through the store. (Finishing for you non-knitters out there is the process of seaming the pieces together, adding borders, and weaving in ends.) This was by far the biggest finishing project I've ever taken on. There are 80 blocks that all had to be put together and then sewn in long strips to each other. I then had to weave in hundreds of ends and crocheted around the edging. It took a lot longer than I expected, but it is finally completed. Now, on to knitting garments for the knit along...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Tonia!!!!

Sometimes you have friends come into your life who you know will always be there. When Tonia walked into the store to start working with me on Thursday nights, we became good friends. There are moments when I am convinced we were meant to be sisters. Today is T's birthday. I hope you have a great one full of knitting and yarn.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Silly Dog Photos for the Week

I'm busy knitting, so here is a short blog for the day to make you smile!
It is not unusual to find her tucked on a blanket under my knitting. Hard life...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Emma Jacket

I've been knitting on garments for the upcoming knit-along. I decided that I wanted to knit the cropped version of the Emma Jacket. It has been on my list for a long time! I went shopping in my stash and found this beautiful Tahki New Tweed yarn.

Needles: US size 5 and 3 (I knit loosely!)
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch
Size shown is 42"

Alterations: I put on 2 buttons instead of 1.
I also used the directions for the short sleeves, but left out 5 rows.
It ends up being 3/4 inch sleeves on me because I am so short in my legs and arms.


This is a pattern from Christina Wall (Classic Cable Knits).
Pattern is available for purchase at Stitches & Scones in Westfield, Indiana and on Ravelry.

Pattern does have a hip length version, as well.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vote for Stitches & Scones

The store I work and teach at is nominated for best craft store in the Indy area. If you would like to vote for us, here is a link to the site:

Vote for Stitches & Scones on the A-List!

Voting ends on 8/14. We've won for the last two years and would love to make it three in a row! Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our Outing to the State Fair

This past weekend we took our 5-year-old nephew, Aidan, to the State Fair. We all had a good time, even if we did walk for four hours and sweat to death. We only ate a steak kabob and stayed away from all the deep fried foods.

At first he sat in the tire...right in the rain from the night before...wet butt!

Riding the tractor...

Brushing the dairy cow...

Farmer Aidan at the Little Hands exhibit. If you have a kid, this was a HUGE hit!

The Bull

Milking the cow...

The sleeping baby...

The pig races! Gotta get that Oreo cookie!

The cookie decorated by Aidan for Uncle Patrick.

Riding the caterpillar with Uncle Patrick.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Baby Hats

I've been knitting a lot of baby items as of late. I counted it up the other day and I know 10 people who are having a little one soon! Every day I find out about someone else is pregnant. Funny enough, I read an article that said there is not a baby boom. Hmmm...feels like it to me! I also didn't do a great job of keeping up with baby gifts in the past year, so I still owe some parents items.

I decided that I'm going to knock out a lot of baby hats. They are sooooo cute and knit up fast, but are still special. I picked up US size 5, 6, 7, and 8 needles in bamboo 16 inch because I strangely didn't have these sizes in my hundreds of needles. I have been making hats from a booklet of hats for babies and toddlers that I was given by my MIL when I first started knitting. I also LOVE the Itty Bitty Hats book. Tons of cute ones in there. If you want to knit some hats from this book, Tonia offers a class at Stitches & Scones. You'll find yourself knitting on a hat until it is done. They day will be gone before you know it!

Here is a bear hat that I made for Baby Wall.
US Size 5
Partial skein of Dream in Color Classy

Here is the Marley Hat that I made for my nephew Jack.
It came out a little larger than I expected, but he'll grow into it.
US Size 5
1 skein of each color of Dark Horse Fantasy
(This is a great yarn for blankets, but I don't think I would use it again for a hat. Too soft!)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Classic Cable Knits Knit-Along



Classic Cable Knits Fall 2009 Knit-Along

Dates

Cast On Party
September 17th
Thursday 6 - 8 pm

Cast On Party
September 19th
Saturday 11 am - 1 pm

Thursday October 15th Session
6 - 8 pm

Saturday October 17th Session
11 am - 1 pm

Thursday November 19th Session
6 - 8 pm

Saturday November 21st Session
11 am - 1 pm

Wrap Up Party and Fashion Show
Saturday December 6th
2 pm - 4 pm
To see more designs and information about Classic Cable Knits and designer Christina Wall, visit her blogs at
and
Classic Cable Knits Blog














QueenAnneCardigan Announcing the Fall Knit-Along

Our 2008/2009 knit-alongs were such a success that we are launching another one this fall! This one is extra special because it is centered around the designs from one of our very own--Christina Wall.

Christina has worked at Stitches & Scones for a few years and has gradually built up her catalog of designs. In addition to her designs that are sold at Stitches & Scones and Ravelry, Christina also has been published in knitting magazines and has completed designs for Alpaca With a Twist.

Christina is known for her top-down sweater designs that have a feminine touch. The picture featured here is a free design available in Ravelry. It has even been translated into French! She is also venturing out into baby/infant and men garments, so there are a few of those as options too.
Moss Henley The Details

To sign up for the knit-along, you can register at the store during normal business hours. The registration fee is $10.00 and space is limited. In addition to the registration fee, we do request that you purchase your yarn at Stitches & Scones.

Sign up by September 1st and you will be entered into a special drawing. Hurry! You don't want to miss out on this fun group!

So what do you get for that $10.00 fee? Fun, fun, fun, and support! Each month we will hold two sessions--one on a Thursday evening and one on a Saturday. In these monthly sessions we will have a demo session, answer questions, and have a door prize drawing for those in attendance. Yummy goodies and lots of knitting fun are scheduled for all sessions!

(Note: The Thursday/Saturday options are so that you have the flexibility to attend. We will present the same material in both sessions within in a month so that people get to hear and see the demos. However, you are welcome to attend both sessions in a month if your schedule allows.)

The demos will include coverage of short row shaping to reduce back creep, cabling instructions, and much more.

By the way, that is the Moss Henley sweater modeled by JK, Christina's husband.
Emma Jacket The Emma Jacket

This jacket can be made cropped or hip length. The pattern also provides two options for sleeves and offers a short-row shaping option at the back of the neck. The 5 stitches to an inch gauge lends itself to all kinds of wonderful yarns, including many of our new arrivals. You also get to have fun picking out buttons to finish off the jacket. Gina is making the cropped version and Tonia is knitting the hip length. A special hand out for this pattern will be provided to KAL participants.
LaceyTemptationCardigan Lacey Temptation Cardigan

This is one of Christina's newest designs. This top-down cardigan is a cozy one with the garter body, but the neckline really sets it off. The beautiful lace, that is knit from the neck and down both fronts, will make this sweater one of your favorites. Gina is knitting this one out of the Berroco Vintage Wool that we just received. A wonderful value in beautiful colors!
BirthdayCakeCowl The Birthday Cake Cowl

This clever little cowl is a store hit. Using just 160 yards, this pattern can be knitted up in a few days and makes a great holiday gift. Nancy and Gina are both knitting up samples for display to help you along the way.
TemptationCowlVest Temptation Cowl Vest

The cowl neck on this vest is simply gorgeous. The recent resurgence of vests make this a must for your knitting list. Tonia is knitting up her vest now and is loving it, and you will too! Try your hand at lace and cabling.
LittleProfessorVest The Little Professor

Do you have a new little boy in your life or need to knit up a baby boy gift for a friend or loved one? This newborn/infant vest is sure to make him look handsome. It is also the perfect project to try out cables. Oh so cute!
Georgette Georgette Sweater

This lovely sweater is a beautiful lace that can be worn in the fall or spring. Knit out of a DK weight yarn, it is light and perfect for those warmer days of fall and the chilly days of spring. Gina is knitting this one up and will be able to provide special instruction if you knit this pattern.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What's Going On?

So you might be wondering why my posts have fallen off in the last few weeks. Life got in the way. I've been busy with a lot of things that are non-related to knitting and some that are. One of the things taking up time is that I've been trying VERY hard to drop some weight. I've had some success, and really think it shows in my face. I still have a LONG way to go, but I try not to think about it in larger than 5 pound increments.


We've been eating healthy and working out on the Wii. Here are some baked green tomatoes that PK picked from our garden and made. He dipped them in low fat buttermilk and covered them with a Cajun spice and light bread crumbs. Really the coating of these things is not much at all. Keeps the calories low.


I've also been knitting up baby items and working on the plans for the fall knit along for the store. All of those posts are coming in the next few days! Stay tuned...