Monday, November 29, 2010

Highway Hat

I saw this Highway Hat pattern in Ravelry and decided that I needed to knit one up for Jack and one for Raleigh. Super cute and fun. I loved putting all the buttons on and I knitted them in to prevent them from coming off. This one is Jack's, so it is the toddler size. Raleigh's is on the needles next and I plan to try doing the top in a blue as the sky, but we'll see how it looks.

I used: Miss Babs Yowza / Berroco Vintage Worsted Black / Cascade 220 Superwash Yellow
US Needle: 5 (To tighten the gauge)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Raleigh's Stocking

I finished up knitting Raleigh's stocking for Santa to fill at our house. I really love how it turned out. I casted on Friday and finished it up the next day. A quick knit!

Yarn: Two colors of Cascade Eco Wool
Needle: US 10
Pattern: Falling Snow (free link in Ravelry)
It's all ready for Santa to fill it up in a few short weeks!!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving day full of food, fun, laughter, and (for those of you who are yarnies) knitting!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Little Crochet Admist the Knitting Madness

Looking for a quick and cute crochet hat pattern to make up for the holidays? How about the Big Girl Bonnet from Kay Rae in Ravelry? Although it is written for a little girl, I added two even rounds on the crown and two shells deeper for an adult size. A fun little project that you can make up in one day and have ready as a gift.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage Worsted
Hook: G
Size: Adult Woman S/M

Monday, November 22, 2010

As Christmas Nears...

My hands have been flying along knitting up projects for the holidays--a few for my family/friends and lots for commission work. I've been averaging a project every day with Monday off. Crazy, but fun!!!

One pattern I'm loving right now is the Cover Hat pattern from the Knit Simple Winter 2009/2010 issue. It uses 2 skeins of Alpaca Chunky (really more like 160 yards than the full two skeins). I used a size 10 needle for the top and a 9 for the rib. It is an oversize slouchy hat and is super cute and soft. My favorite one is the mint green one!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Few Order Projects

Recently, I've been knitting and crocheting up a lot of commission work. I feel so blessed that people appreciate the art of knitting and crocheting and are willing to compensate for it. I am SUPER lucky that I have the time and support to pursue it as one of my jobs. Here are a few items I've made over the past few months.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Colts Football

I know. A lot of you just thought, "Gina? Football? What?" Yeah, I'm not a football fan, but I love to knit items that have a theme to them. I knitted up these two football hats for a set of twin boys.

Pattern: Football hat out of the Itty Bitty Hats book
Size: 6 to 12 month size, but it is more of a 1-2 year size
Yarn: Kraemer Worsted Superwash (I believe)
Needle: US 5
Football is knitted out of Dream in Color Classy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thumbless Mittens for a Baby

My SIL Nicki asked for thumbless mittens and a hat for Raleigh for the upcoming winter. I couldn't find a pattern I liked that was the right size, so I just did my own thing.

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy
US Needle: 6
Pattern: Cast on 20 with long tail. Knit in 1 x 1 rib for 1.5 inches.
Increase 4 evenly with a M1 and switch to St st.
I knitted to 4.5 to 4.75 inches and then decreased.
Mittens are meant for a 12 month old with long fingers. Even with that, I'm worried that my little guys fingers are super long. (I made the overall mitten 1 inch longer then most 12 month patterns.)

I also knitted him up a bear hat. GRRRRRrrrrrrrrr....

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Big Ugly Brotherly Challenge

We have a tasty restaurant near here called Bub's. It was recently featured on Man Vs. Food for the Big Ugly challenge. Patrick has wanted to try this challenge for a long time and during a family gathering, he discovered that his brother was also up for the challenge. Off the four of us went one Saturday only to be sent out by the HUGE wait time. We went back on Sunday instead. Katie and I were there to enjoy "normal" portions and laugh with the boys. Doug and Patrick were geared up to try for 2 of the Big Ugly burgers. They are 1.5 pounds pre-cook (1 post-cook) meat, LOTS of bread, butter, and toppings. If you eat 1, you get a 4 x 6 picture on the wall, 2 an 8 x 10 (I think), and so on. 3/4 of the way through the first one, the guys decided a 4 x 6 was just fine!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thank You Cards

I've been thinking for a bit now about how I want my product packages delivered when someone places an order via etsy. I love it when I order something online and the shop owner takes the time to make it look cute and pretty. I've been playing around with tissue paper and ribbon for packaging. That still left including a thank you and my contact info. I still have some things to work out with my business card (and have tasked PK with that job), but I immediately emailed my MIL to order some tags from her. She does beautiful stamp and card work. She created these for me so that I can include a thank you and washing instructions with each garment. I love them and I hope they make my customers smile. Thanks, Diane!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dog Costumes

This was the first year we were home for Halloween in many years. We usually have some other commitment or it is during the week and we opt out of handing out candy. This year, I decided to load up on the candy and dress up the dogs. The kids and adults got a GREAT kick out of Riley and Kennedy. Everybody wanted to know their names and they got lots of pets. Both of them handled it all so wonderfully.

 Our little bundle of grapes and banana split waited patiently for all the kids.

 Riley was glued to the door. He loves watching all the cars and people.

 He was SO cute. Patrick said we needed to glue a spoon onto one of the scoops. 

 We had to eventually pull him away and take off his costume.

 Kiki got a little freaked out when a group would come up. She would let them pet her and love on her, but when they left she would beg us to hold her. She found enough comfort from PK to fall asleep between visitors.

Then...she woke up and had something to say about the entire night!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

T's Mittens

For Tonia's birthday in August I gave her a kit I found at the Franklin Fiber Fair in the early spring. It is from Ogle designs (etsy store: Tonia knitted them up in a few days and they are beautiful!!!! I can't wait to knit up the ones I bought for myself. Super cute and soft!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I am a terrible gardener. Absolutely awful. I have managed to keep three cacti alive for the past two years, which is a record for me. This summer, we had four potted plants on the porch. I have since forgotten what they are, but I love the pretty pink petals. I have decided to move them inside and try to keep them alive throughout the winter since I didn't kill them yet. We NEVER EVER have plants alive by the end of the summer!

These three will be in my yarn studio until next summer. A few days after I took this picture, they bloomed like crazy. Right now, they are full of pretty pink blossoms and have grown a bunch. Yeah!

Then I decided that I wanted to try and keep a spider plant alive. My MIL has this plant in her house and I believe she got starts off of a friend ages ago. I've always liked this plant and it reminds me of Patrick's family, so I thought it would be nice to have this in our house for him. Right now, it is in a little water growing roots and I will pot it in dirt in this cute little pot soon. My hope is by next summer, it will be ready to re-pot into a hanging shell planter I bought in FL. It is a planter like the one my mom had when I was growing up. I thought it would be a nice combo of our family memories.