Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Petal Hat

I found a great pattern named Garden Party Hat from Be Still and Knit. So cute! I went out and bought the flowers for the petals and then sat down to knit the hat. My gauge was different from the Garden Party pattern, so I made up my own stitch count. (I was on the road and only had certain needles with me.) Then, I somehow missed a page of the pattern on my iPhone app and ended up deciding how often to place the petals on my own. I ended up placing double the amount called for in the pattern. I also followed my Flowers of Spring hat pattern for depth and decreases. Wow. Thanks to Garden Party for the inspiration...I seriously can't follow a written pattern in a car. At least I can wing it!

Yarn: Plymouth Merino Worsted
Needle: US 5

I recommend buying at least two "bunches" of flowers in two different tones. I feel that the variation in purples really add a lot of interest to the hat. If you follow the directions in the original pattern, your hat will result in a more floppy flower and you will be able to see the flowers more. Either option has their own pros. I can't wait to see Ella in this little number!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quick Little Flowers of Spring Hat

Pattern: Brownie Knits Flowers of Spring
Size: 6 month
Yarn: Plymouth Jeanne DK
Needle: US 5
Hook: F

This color will look so great on Ella with her cute little face!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Brownie Knits on Knit Picks!

I submitted two of my designs to Knit Picks Independent Designer Program and they were accepted. I was SO thrilled. They both went live this past week and can be purchased from their site now.

Pattern: Petal Baby Afghan
Needle: US 9 circular
Yarn: 7 skeins of Swish Worsted
Link: Buy here

Pattern: Choo Choo Train Blanket
Needle: US 9 circular
Yarn: 8 skeins of Swish Worsted
Link: Buy here

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Brown/Pink Hat

Tis the season to start my holiday knitting and crochet! These past few weeks I've been traveling a lot and working on some projects for other companies a lot. So, in between, I have picked up some personal projects to make for holiday gifts. The primary recipient this year will be Ella, as the boys are getting older and I don't want to be "that" aunt who makes them knitted things they hate for the holidays! :)

This little crocheted hat was whipped up in a few hours to keep her little ears warm. Although it was initially supposed to be from a pattern I purchased, I wasn't happy with some of the construction. I switched to DC to soften the hat, adjusted the earflaps to make them wider for warmth instead of just decoration, and made my own flower since the flower instructions were missing from the purchased pattern. I'm really happy with the final product.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage
Hook: H
Size: 6 months

Saturday, September 24, 2011


When I stayed with my SIL a few weeks back, one of the things we did was pick out projects for me to make for Ella. Many of these will serve double duty as some of her Christmas gifts, but she isn't old enough to read the blog so I can go ahead and post!

First up was this crocheted pettiskirt. How adorable is this?!? It is primarily for use as a photo prop, but Meg and I thought she might be able to wear it over leggings in the cold air of the Midwest winter as sort of a blanket.

Pattern: Pettiskirt by OhSoCuteDesigns
Technique: Crochet
Hook: H
Yarn: 1 skein each of pink, light purple, dark purple of Plymouth Merino Worsted
Mods: I did not do the full top edging on the skirt--I only did one round of SC in darkest purple.

I played with the color arrangement until I was happy with it. I ended up layering from lightest to darkest. I also really like that you can sort of arrange the ruffles to get as much or as little of the pink and light purple as you want. The waist is a rib with a tie, so it is made to fit newborn to 1 year. Megan was initially planning this for Ella's 1 year pictures, so we will see. 

The designer does, graciously, grant rights to other knitters to make and sell these, so if you would like to order a pettiskirt, let me know. We can customize the colors. So CUTE!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ellie Headband

I am loving making the little headbands for all the girlies that are being born to friends right now. Here is Ellie on her way to day care for the first day. She's a cutie!

Here we go!

Pattern: I used the headband portion from my Walking on Sunshine Headband Collection and the flower is from my Flowers of Spring Hat pattern.
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy (worsted)
Hook: H

I also make the headbands for purchase in sizes newborn to adult. Most range between $4 and $6, so they are excellent shower gifts or add ons to a store-bought gift. Colors and flowers can be customized.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Trip East: Part III The Yarn

Well, did you really think we would have a trip with no yarnie goodness? OF COURSE NOT!

The halfway point of our trip out is Washington, PA. There was cute little shop about 15 minutes from our hotel named Bloomin' Yarn. Such a cute little shop. She had lots of Madelinetosh and other lovely yarns. The back was full of new arrival boxes ready to be tagged and displayed. Two skeins of a lovely green will transform to a shawl very soon. How perfect is that for a St. Patrick's Day shawl?

A great little shop if you are in that area!

I was most excited to grab these two little booklets: West Knits Book One and Math for Hats. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Trip East: Part II WWII Influences?

We had an interesting morning on Saturday of our trip. We stayed at a B&B that we really enjoy. As always, the room and food was great. It is always enjoyable to meet people at breakfast and is a big part of the travel experience. We had been at a cookout the previous evening and I got about 2 hours of sleep. I SO wish that I wasn't so out of it at breakfast that morning. 

You see, one of our breakfast mates that morning was a survivor of Auschwitz. He is a public speaker now and shared some of his perspective on life, the war, and the world with us. It was fascinating. I'm still processing what he had to say about the days after being freed and the personal stories of what he heard and saw. The thing that struck me most was how he was able to laugh about some of the things as he looks back on them. He went on to live life fully and become a successful businessman.

After breakfast we ventured up to an antique store...well...we tried. Instead, we stumbled upon a WWII reenactment. It was SO strange to walk around the corner and see a guy in full uniform carrying a HUGE gun toward you. Then, we came around the corner to see what was actually going on. It was freezing, so we tried to get some tea, but the line was huge. However, talk about being transported back in time at this scene!

We got a chuckle out of the German, American WWII, and the Civil War solider chatting on the corner and the WWII soliders discussing the lack of an Internet connection. Remember, I was walking on 2 hours of sleep with a sinus headache. It all really felt like a strange dream. I walked into the antique shop to find it pitch black (despite the open sign). I was the only one there with all this creepy stuff around me (PK was moving the car). All of the sudden the song White Wedding comes over the speaker. Yes, no lights and I hear "Hey Little Sister" all of the sudden. Then, the lights come on and a man pops around the corner. By the time PK arrived, there were all kinds of people in the store. I think he thought I was making up the experience. If I hadn't been so sleepy, I probably would have be scared to death and screamed. In the middle of it all, I looked down and had a large cut on my heal.

All of this, breakfast through WWII and the freaky store/cut, happened over a period of several hours. At this point, I looked at PK and told him to take me back to the B&B so I could take a nap before the wedding. How strange it all was!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Trip East: Part I the Wedding

This past weekend, PK and I made the 10-11 hour drive out to PA for a family visit and a cousin's wedding. It's always a good time seeing the extended family and celebrate. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend.

 Congrats, Sean and Ashley!

Aunt Dory...I adore all of my aunts on both sides of my family. They are each unique and I can name something about each of them that they taught me about life. From as early as I can remember, Dory was someone I looked up to. She lived on her own, was independent, and beautiful. She always made/makes extra time for each of her nieces and nephews. I hope I can be even half the aunt to my nephews and niece. If so, they will be lucky kids!

 Uncle Andy being, well, Uncle Andy!
 Adam...Uncle Andy is training!

 Grandma watching Ashley's first dance with Sean.

 PK wearing my scarf...silly boy!

 Joe and Ashley on the dance floor...

 Dance circle...I missed out went I was in the bathroom. AFTER I started to go into the men's room! Can we say open bar?

 Love this one. :)

 Grandma, aunts, cousins...well, a few of us anyway!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sunflower Scarf Pattern and Ready to Wear Scarf

I'm obsessed with sunflowers and they appear in a lot of my patterns. Over the last two years, I've made a lot of these little scarves that have sold on the Etsy store. I finally got around to writing out the pattern when asked by several crocheters. ; )

The pattern is available on Etsy and Ravelry. The ready-to-wear garments are available, too, on Etsy.

The pattern is 100% crocheted and uses worsted weight yarn for the scarf and petals/center of the sunflower. The center of the sunflower also uses an eyelash yarn for effect. A size H crochet was used and the entire project can be completed in an afternoon. Can be worn as a scarf with a coat or as an accessory to your outfit.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Frosting...Yes, Please!

We recently sold this little sleep sack via the Etsy store. I just LOVE the, cream, and brown. It makes you want to run and get some ice cream!

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Frosting
US Needles: 2 and 3
Pattern: The Grady Sleep Sack from Brownie Knits
(Full pattern name: The Ella and The Grady Sleep Sacks)

If you are a knitter and want the pattern, it is available for purchase on my Etsy site and in Ravelry. Not a knitter and want to order a sack? You can purchase one via my Etsy site for $35. I have some current colors up on the site, but we can customize colors for you, too. Click here for the Etsy store.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Yes. I. Really. Posted. That.

I am not much of a football fan. Enjoyed going to games in high school, but after that it was all over and I NEVER liked watching it on TV. BUT...there are three little boys in this world who can get me to watch football. You guessed it. My oldest nephew is in a youth football league and who can turn that down!?!

So, Saturday morning off we went to a little school nestled in a corn field. (Insert all your Indiana jokes here.) We really had fun watching the boys interact with each other and we had more than a few chuckles at the coaches trying desperately to keep the attention focused on the game at hand. At one point there were at least four players off the field over the by the stands. A coach gathered them all up and said, "We can't coach you off the field." Off they went...

Pre-game...go 77!

Post-game huddle

A did a great job! He had a few really good kicks and when he was on defense he held off two players at the same time. When I asked him at dinner if that was tough his reply was, "I stayed on my feet, didn't I?" HA! Those kids didn't move him an inch. Great job, A!