Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all of you! It is one of my favorite holidays of the year. No pressure and just fun. We had a great time carving our pumpkins this year and being creative with them. I have a pumpkin obsession, so I enjoy sitting the different ones all over the house, I knit fall-themed items each year, and I love mums.



Of course, I also love to put together Halloween packages for the boys. This year, Aidan's basket was full of Star Wars themed items. Uncle Patrick also put in an Alligator Jerky stick that he bought this summer in Florida. Jack received some books and stickers to feed his love of those items. He also got a little cell phone from the Halloween pumpkin. Mister Raleigh got some Halloween themed items (Baby's First Halloween Bib/etc) and a little knitted pumpkin hat. I've made one of these for each of the boys their first year. Poor Aidan got one when I first learned to knit and didn't understand gauge. He looked a bit more like the slouchy hats that are popular now!


Knitted out of Encore Worsted on US 5 needles.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunflower Scarf

After writing up the recent Flowers of Fall hat pattern, I was playing around with different looks and came up with this little scarf. I LOVE it! It is 100% crocheted. It measures 58 inches long and 2 inches wide. It features a large sunflower on one end and is perfect as a necklace or a fully functional scarf.

It went up on the Etsy store for sale and I can do custom orders and colors, too. 
It is crocheted from a soft machine washable merino wool. Yummy!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Rolled Brim Version of Flowers of Fall

Another option for the Flowers of Fall is this rolled brim version. The bottom border rolls up instead of a cap type style, but it still has the large, fun sunflower. This one is going to a newborn. I love to use painted yarns for these types of hats as it adds dimension to the solid areas. For all you knitters/crocheters out there, my favorites are Dream in Color and Miss Babs Yowza. They are both lovely in color and wash well.

For you non-knitters who might be shopping for made garments, please know that all of my hats can be customized for size, color, yarn, flower type, and bottom borders.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Owl Hat

Remember how I mentioned owls being everywhere? Well, I needed to make an owl hat and started to design one when I found this lovely little pattern from http://pugmomtbay.blogspot.com/. It has multiple stitch pattern options and I went for the seed stitch, which I love. I went with little brown buttons on the front owl only as I felt like all of them would be way too much.

Size: Toddler
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Worsted
Needle: US 6


Monday, October 25, 2010

Framing

After getting some new pictures in of Raleigh and a few Incognito Sheep prints, I decided to frame up some things and make things match on my walls of the studio. I had wanted to put up a collage of the nephews, so this was a great opportunity.

 The three cuties!

 The beginning of my collection, well, hopefully!

I reframed Patrick's 2nd grade artwork.

I couldn't resist having this as an 8 x 10. It makes me smile as I knit in my studio.

After that framing in the studio, I decided to give into getting a frame for above the fireplace and get rid of the tons of individual frames I always had everywhere. It turned out really well with a nice mix of family, friends, and our trips.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Little Bug

I don't know why, but whenever I talk or think about my newest little nephew I always call him "little bug". Not a clue why. It's better than when I said, "Hey, little girl" to him at 2 months old. To be fair, I say that every day to Kennedy so it was a habit and I was super super tired at the time.

Anyway, his 3 month pictures came out and they are soooooooo cute. I mean little bug in the best way!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Changes

We've had a few recent changes around our household...

First, the pumpkins invaded--all 15 of them. 

Kennedy got a new friend. It keeps her a little quieter than before. 

Patrick went to contacts after wearing glasses his entire life. 
Next time we go to the ocean he will be able to see the sting rays without me!

Now I get to see his beautiful green eyes.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MUCH Better Than Flowers

Remember that surprise that I mentioned in the mail? Well, I have a wonderful husband who is always so thoughtful. He gets me flowers every now and then and I love them. However, this time he said that he had wanted to get me some flowers but decided that this would be a longer lasting gift. I was so excited when I opened the box!!!!

Prints from Sheep Incognito!!!!

A few years ago, T got me the Leap of Faith print when I decided to go part-time with my "real job" and try this knitting business, well, business. It hangs in my yarn studio as a reminder to stretch myself. Now, they have friends! I am not really a collector of much, but I do plan to gather as many of these as possible. These prints, yarn, and stitch markers! Thank you for being so thoughtful, Patrick!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Winter Items

One day a few weeks ago, I came home from a long day of work. Mondays. My. Goodness. I. Hate. Mondays. Anyway, I found a few fun things in the mail--Knit Picks catalog, Company Store catalog, and a surprise package (more on that in a later post). I go absolutely spoiled at T's house with Company Store winter sheets and became obsessed with them. Santa brought me some last year and they are one of the only things I look forward to in winter. Sad, huh? (I really am working on a move to Florida!)

As I was drooling over the Company Store items, I found a lot of knit items and advertisements.

See the knitted wine bottle holders? The hooked rug pillows? My fav? The knitted sock boots!!!!!!

I went on a search in Ravelry for something similar in the slipper sock area. I found some crocheted ones that were in Inside Crochet, but are being re-released in October on this site: http://erssieknits.squarespace.com/. But, I love the snowflake design in the Company Store ones. Anybody know of a pattern that more closely mimics these?

Then I flipped the page and saw this ad. I love that it is a little boy in the picture. Aidan, almost every time I see him, will ask me to show him a few stitches. Each time, he does one or two stitches and then moves on, but at least he shows interest enough to make me feel good!

They also have matching pjs for the entire family--dogs included. Oh my. I threatened Patrick with getting the four of us matching red plaid for Christmas morning!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Look Who Was in Knit Picks!

Do you recognize anybody in this designer's ad from Knit Picks?

Look a little closer!!!!
It is our own Christina! Her Ginger Leaves Shawlette is so pretty!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Burger 2010

This year, I really wanted to incorporate my knitting or crochet into my pumpkin carving. I searched and searched for a template to use or a piece of artwork I could turn into a stencil. The only thing I found was a site with letters. So I almost did K2, P2. Then, I thought "I could knit or crochet pieces of it!" The idea of a burger isn't new or mine. BUT, the concept of crocheting the toppings is not something I've seen done.

 Yarn: Dream in Color Classy scraps for the burger (Size H crochet hook)
All other pieces used Jeanne DK (Size G crochet hook)

 The fries are the interior of the pumpkin and I used the seeds.



I wasn’t planning to write up the pattern, but here are general directions if you want to give it a try.

Cheese: Chain 21 and then SC in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn, and SC back across. Make to the size you want and finish with a SC around the cheese. (I made two.)

Pickle: Chain 15 to 20 and SC in each one, 3 SCs in the end, 1 SC down the other side, and 3 SCs in the end. Chain 3 and then work a DC in each stitch all the way around. EXCEPT on the ones at the end, put 2 DCs in each to turn the corners.

Lettuce: Wrap around hands and then loop end around top of one piece and tie it. Cut the other end in half so that the shredded lettuce hangs loose.

Tomato: Chain 4 and slip st to first loop to form a circle. Chain 3 (first DC) and work 11 DCs in center of stitch. Chain 3 (first DC) and work 2 DCs in each stitch. Chain 3 (first DC) and work 2 DCs in next st, 1 DC in next st, 2 DCs in next st repeat * to * around. Slip stitch to finish off. Hot glue seeds to pieces.

Hamburger: Work as for tomato, but make it larger by continuing to increase the even number between increases. After it is your desired width, work one row even, and then begin decreases back down. Stuff with filling and seam under. I only decreased back down three rows and then folded it under to seam down.

Patrick got in on the action and went with BSG themed pumpkin. Love it!!!!!


A Little Owl

I noticed that owls were all the rage this season. All over the stores, a movie about owls, stuffed ones everywhere. I recently received a request to knit an owl hat and a little stuffed owl. Still working on the hat, but the little owl is all wrapped up and on his way to the Hart household for a birthday party. I named him Hootie before I sent him away. So cute!!!!!

Pattern: Fuzzy Mittens Owl with a Baby
US Needle 9 (I used thicker yarn and larger needles than the pattern states)
Yarn: some fluffy Prism yarn I've had in my stash for years!
small amounts of brown and yellow for features

My favorite thing about making him was that his wings and ears are just pieces knotted over and over again and then trimmed. AND...I finally, after all these years, mastered the french knot. Thank goodness.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Brownie Knits Goes to Video

I have decided to expand my pattern support to video! I have created a private YouTube channel under the name Brownie Knits and you will be able to access it from my blog. Check along the right-hand side of the blog for any video that I upload. Currently, one is active to support the new Flowers of Fall hat pattern. It takes you through the seaming process for attaching the flowers to the hat.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Men's Fingerless Mittens

After finishing up Patrick's Salute hat, I told him I had enough yarn to make either a matching scarf, cowl, or mittens/gloves. He surprised me by asking for fingerless mittens. I didn't even realize that he had heard me talk about the concept of fingerless mitts before! I was excited that it was something that I don't do often AND that I got to keep working with Tosh for a little while longer.

After searching online, I found a free pattern from Designs by KN. A simple rib at the bottom and top and St st in between. Perfect. After working for two days straight on organizing closets, orders, and class materials, I was ready for some non-work knitting. I casted these on in the early evening and knit for an hour or so. I couldn't stay awake any longer and had to stop before finishing up the first one. The next day (after gobs more work knitting), I picked it back up and finished one that night and the next over the next few days. It didn't take longer than say 4 hours total for the pair. A great little pattern for those upcoming holiday gifts, if you are in the need for a "boy" pattern.

Yarn: Tosh Vintage
Needle: US 5 DPNs
Mods: I used a Make One Left increase for the shaping instead of the backward loop method. After knitting the thumb increases, I worked 2 rows even instead of 1. Patrick has long hands, so I needed the extra room to make sure that the thumb join didn't pull. I also added a lot of length in the St st area and top rib to make them long enough for his hands/fingers.

Patrick modeling the mittens. He is all set for winter with his hat and mitts!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Trifold Knitter's Bowl Workshop

A few weekends ago, I spent a day and half preparing materials for my Trifold Knitter's Bowl workshops. Typically, I structure my classes with finished garments to use for display/advertisement and then we use that garment as reference in the class. As I work through all of my projects, I take notes so that I can develop a handout if I want to teach it as a class/workshop. This project was different. When I originally made the bowl, I didn't intend to teach it and I was in the midst of a difficult few months. I didn't take any notes and the project is more advanced. So, I decided that I needed to remake the bowl and have it as a live stitch project in class for students to use for practice at various points.

There are SO many great techniques and learning opportunities in this pattern. Cat is a genius--love her patterns.


Yarn: Cascade 220
Needle: US 11

There are still some spots open in the November workshop if you are interested. It is a fun 4 hours with lots of learning. November 6th from 10-2 at Stitches & Scones.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What TV Character Are You?

So we all know that I'm a big TV fan. (I can hear my Aunt Christine laughing right now! She jokingly says I work for TV Guide.) Anyway, the other day Patrick and I were discussing TV characters and who in our lives remind us of the characters and vice versa. I won't go into naming names, but I will say that we heavily identified folks with The Big Bang Theory, but in a "awe we love them" way!

Patrick did not hesitate at all to call me out as being most like Monica on Friends. He is not the first or even the 15th to tell me this. Guess it might have some truth to it. Yes, I had a ribbon drawer (until I got a ribbon cabinet :) ). Yes, I am insane about things staying organized. Yes, I even have the ONE closet that is totally a wreck and I would prefer to wall off the damn thing and pretend it doesn't exist. Yes, I can tell if something was moved even a 1/2 inch and it drives me nuts until I put it back. Yes, I decorate a side of the Christmas tree to perfection and poor PK gets his side too--that nobody sees. (I love him for his patience, BTW.) And, yes, I pick up things before people are done with them and have no idea that I even did it.

Now...I DON'T have Monica's cooking talent, waistline, or drive to be a mom. I'd settle for the waistline!

Do people tell you that you remind them of a TV character? Do you have people in your life that you swear ARE the person on the show? You might get a chuckle out of thinking that one over as we are in the midst of the fall viewing season.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Salute Hats

I joined the Knit for Boys Ravelry board. (I can't imagine why, right? Three nephews and a hubby makes for a lot of boy knits!) Anyway, Tot Toppers was running a KAL for her new Salute hat pattern. I picked out some yarn to make a hat for Jack. Patrick liked the look of the hat, so I decided to knit him one, too. He mentioned that he wanted a black hat this year, since he has a brown one and green one already. I found some Tosh in Thunderstorm and thought it was perfect.

Jack's Salute Hat
Yarn: Berroco Merino
US Needle: 7
2 buttons
Size: Toddler



Patrick's Salute Hat
Yarn: Tosh (worsted)
US Needle: 7
2 buttons
Size: 22"

I LOVE them and can't wait to see the two of them in their cozy hats. Jack's is a holiday gift, so he'll get it in time to wear for the snow season. I have another skein of Patrick's yarn, so I plan to make him the requested fingerless mittens. Then, it will be on to Patrick's yearly sweater. Pattern and yarn already purchased. Now to knit it!