Sunday, July 31, 2011

Start Your Engines...Sewing Machines!

The other day my nephew Jack popped into my head. I kept thinking about him all day. Recently, his mommy told me that he has become attached to some of his toys from Cars. I just so happened to see a "sewing for idiots" type of project with Cars on it. So, I went for it.

As an aunt, I also feel SUPER guilty because Jack's bad dream state that all children have, involves the dreaming child from a book that I gave him. Ugh. I know all kids have something that frightens them at night, but I still feel awful for introducing it into his life. (Although he did read the book for months on end before he fixated on one of the characters.) SO...I thought making him some pillows with Cars on them might help me, um Jack, feel better.

Kiki had to check them out...
I did cheat and, instead of hand-stitching the pillows closed with a whip stitch as instructed, I tossed the final few inches under the sewing machine and finished them off that way. I like that he has some different shaped pillows now that he can use wherever he goes. Aunt Gina loves you, Jack!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Button Rings

We have added new product to the Brownie Knits shop, including button rings! These vintage buttons have been turned into adjustable rings. So much fun...visit the Brownie Knits etsy shop to see all options and place an order.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Button Box and Hat Stand

As I dive into the button-themed expansion, I was finding myself collecting jar after jar and those take up too much room. PK and I decided to go walk around some antique malls in downtown Indy on Sunday. One of them didn't have air conditioning and was in an old warehouse. It was easily over 100 in there! We kept looking any way and I came around a corner and saw this little wooden box hidden by lots of other items. I doubt that it is worth much, and I paid very very little, but I loved the colors. You guessed it. It is now the new home of all the rescued buttons!

Isn't it fun? Makes the crafting more fun, too.

And...I had completely given up on finding a wire or old-style wooden hat stand. We looked for YEARS. that was FINALLY for purchase and CHEAP! Can't wait to take pictures of all the hats on this little guy.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Miss Little's Class?

Okay all you Blackhawks...does anybody remember making these in 1st grade? I had just been talking to PK about the earliest "thread/yarn-based" activity I remembered doing. I tried, not so successfully, to describe to him these flower projects we made for mother's day in 1st grade. That weekend, we went to visit with my mom and she was doing some cleaning of old keepsakes and photos. You guessed it! Here is the VERY first needlecraft I remember doing in my life.

It hasn't aged very well, so I put it in a frame to keep it from getting worse. It has character now, right? :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Zoo Trip: Part II

Some more fun pictures from our weekend trip...

Splash Zone!

Train ride with daddy...

 The baby

Nap time...

The new tiger exhibit with only glass between you and the tigers was cool!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Zoo Trip: Part I

This past weekend we met up with my brother and his family to take my youngest nephew to the zoo. It was BLAZING hot. Despite the weather, we still had a good time and enjoyed watching Raleigh look at all the animals.

This was taken after I held him over the shark tank. I don't think he had recovered!

We walked up to the meerkat exhibit and saw this, um, little guy. At first, I watched to make sure he was alive! Then, I cracked up. He was totally chilled out. Then...he woke up and saw us all watching him. He looked like Riley in the middle of the night with a WTH? look on his face!

OMG...I laughed so hard I thought I was going to cry. He was my favorite animal all day.

 The birds inspired me with their colors. I have a new worsted weight baby sleep sack in the works for all your knitters out there!!!! Bird-feather inspired...

"Mom, are you crazy? Is this thing real?"

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sleep Sack Color Options

Want a sleep sack to give as a shower gift or maybe have your own little one on the way? We have custom-order listing on Etsy now to make ordering easier. To purchase one of your own, click here.

Color options are Blue Yonder, Frosting, and Cartoons:

What would you receive? One of these little sacks being modeled in this picture...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Family History

Several weeks back, we spent the day with Patrick's parents. It was a nice visit for all of us and that afternoon we looked through a journal of sorts from my MIL's family. So cool! Here is the post on my hubby's blog that gives more detail. Well worth the read for any of you who are into genealogy, poetry, or history:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons! Brownie Knit Expands!

Until this point, Brownie Knits has been focused on designing patterns and selling ready-made garments. My recent obsession with vintage buttons gradually led me down the path of expansion! Over the coming weeks and months, we will be releasing a variety of button-themed jewelry and hand-made buttons. First up is our hair accessories! These fun bobby pins all feature a vintage button mounted on a silver-plated sturdy bobby pin. I can't wait to see what you all think!

White Vintage Button Bobby Pin
To purchase, click here

Glitter Vintage Button Bobby Pin
 Update: SOLD!!!!

Black Vintage Button Bobby Pin
To purchase, click here

Of course, I HAD to keep one for myself!

Monday, July 18, 2011

PK's Writings...

Every now and then, I have to share with you some of my hubby's achievements. You see, writing is to PK as knitting/crochet is to most of you who read my blog. He spends hours each night writing and re-writing his poetry--and more recently plays and books. I find it so impressive when people find their passions in life and, despite all the hours of hard work that life puts on us, still continue to pursue it with such dedication. Every night as I drift off to la-la land, Patrick's soft light from his den glows strong as he puts his imagination to paper.

This week he had a poem published in an online journal. You can read it here. He has also written the second edition of The Nook Book. It is currently on pre-order here. If you have or plan to get a Nook or Nook Color (B&N's e-readers), this is a great guide to have next to you.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Customizing Your Sleep Sack

One of the fun things about my sleep sack pattern is how easy it is to customize it for each little baby. The easiest way to customize it is in your yarn/color choice. Because it uses sock yarn, you can get lots of fun colors and stripes. However, you can also customize it by...

  1. Selecting either the closed bottom or a ribbed bottom.
  2. Shorten or lengthen.
  3. Use the cable instructions (if using the ribbed bottom) or leave the cable off.
  4. Add embellishments to the front.
This little number was knitted out of a pretty variegated green and features three crocheted turtles running down the front. It is ribbed on both ends so that it is reversible and easy to change the baby. The yarn is Knit One Crochet Two Crock-O-Dye. What a gorgeous yarn to work the silk bit. The green in person is more vibrant than the photos show. It was knitted on a US 2 and US 3 needle in the round with 1 stitch marker.

I'm excited to make up a girl one with some flowers on the front. Think of all the possibilities!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Boy Blue: Sleep Sacks

One of the things I've been working on a lot lately is orders! That's a GREAT thing. :) These two little sleep sacks and matching hats were a lot of fun to whip up.

Aren't they adorable? I can just see two little ones cuddled up and happy in these! It all went really fast, too. I made all four pieces in a week and still followed the physical therapy rules for breaks and such. :)

For all the knitters:
Pattern: The Grady Sleep Sack (available in Ravelry and my etsy store)
Needles: US 2 and 3; Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock/striped one is Cascade Heritage Paints

For non-knitters: If you would like to place a custom order, the sacks are $35, plus shipping. You can order them via convo at the Etsy store or email at We can select a color for you and will send you a PayPal invoice upon completion/ship.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Unique Sheep: Royal Romance Block

Fun colors, beautiful pattern, and who doesn't love Prince William and Kate right now? The monthly crochet block of the month from Unique Sheep in July was named Royal Romance and included a pretty cream yarn and a pink one named Kate. A fun crochet, too, with all of those triples!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flower Power Wednesday: Appreciation for the Art of Crochet

So pretty. These are beautiful and functional pieces that I found at two different antique stores. They were selling for $4! What? Do you know how much time someone put into these? The yarn is worth more than $4! Bright and sunny, too!

Although these aren't flowers, I think they would be fun to use as the centerpiece of an Anthro Throw!