Friday, July 3, 2009

a little something blue

for Jen.

something new...

something blue....

and a six pence in your shoe.

congrats on your wedding.
i hope it kept you warm on that breezy beach night in your wedding dress.

birch pattern by rowan
gedifra easy soft yarn

washy washy

washy washy bath pouf
lily sugar n cream
100% cotton

i love this.
easy, washable, reUSEABLE, and greener than those nylon plastic mesh that you are supposed to replace every 30 days.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

popsicle, anyone?


I created this project on a whim one day after my usually uncranky 2 year old kid who was, on this particlar day, very very very cranky and wanted one of Mr. Freeze type Fruit Chillers Tubes popsicles but had gotten even more cranky when he realized that it was too cold for his hands! I grabbed a knitted dishcloth to wrap around it but it would slide around and was hard for him to keep holding. So, voila, this popsicle cozy was created.

I worked this in one piece, and literally took me about 20 minutes with scrap yarn, as you don’t need all that much! There is some detail which actually helps make the cozy scrunch down easier if necessary (totally unintended). This is a great way to stash bust!

I’ve jotted down some notes, however, it’s my first pattern, so be gentle with me! Please comment on any errata. It’s a pretty simple, straight forward pattern, with lots of chances to improvise your own designs.


Mr. Freeze Sleeve

Suggested Yarn: Stash Bust! I suggest any worsted weight in a washable DARK color for those brightly colored food dyes. I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Taupe here, and think that Lily’s Sugar n Cream would work well too.

Needles: I used size 7 (4.5 mm) with a worsted weight yarn; cable needle

Pattern notes: this tube is created in one piece with a closed end on one side, and bound off openwork on the other. All slip stitches are purlwise. Also, when starting new row, make sure yarn is at back of work by bringing yarn underneathand between the needles. On a purl row, which appears stockinette, you will want to flip the yarn to the front to purl, and to the back to slipstich.

Popsicle notes: I found it was easier to cut the bottom edge of the popsicle tube a little shorter, and round the corners a bit to slide into the sleeve. Also, found it easier to scrunch the sleeve, put tube in, and pull up around popsicle (kinda like pantyhose really).


CO 10 or 12 sts (needs to be even number of sts)

Row 1: Knit across

Row 2: K1, sl 1, (K1, sl 1)* rpt to last 2 sts, K1 sl last st

Row 3: bring yarn to back of work (see pattern notes), K1, sl 1, (K1, sl 1)* rpt to last 2 sts, K1 sl last st

Row 4-9: Repeat Row 3

Row 10: P1, sl 1, (P1, sl 1)* rpt to last 2 sts, P1, sl last st

Row 11: Repeat Row 6

Repeat Rows 2-11, 3 more times, or to desired length.

Bind off as follows: K1, *(sl 1 onto cable needle, K1, pass first knitted st over second knitted stitch), repeat from * until 1 knitted stith remains, turn, and bind off from cable needle.

Weave in ends. Slip in Mr. Freeze Popsicle or a Fruit Chillers Tube, cut off top, and enjoy!IMG_0802

Monday, May 11, 2009


my buttony sweater is completed.  it is knit top-down raglan style, and it is my first sweater of that sort.  the sweater turned out big, but i'm going to try to wash and block to see if it will regain it's shape.  i altered this particular sweater to be short-sleeved instead of long, and added these stone/slate looking buttons:

yarn:  vanna's choice solids.  cheap-o yarn to make sure i liked the end result and if there are any changes i want to make (my standard "first draft" yarn).  this particular yarn is pretty lofty.  i don't know if i like it all that much in this sweater as it does lend itself to much bulk.
color:  kelly green. makes me think of spring.  it's bright, fun, and warm.  

my next project?  hopefully the sexy vesty and slouchy hat.  see 'em on ravelry.  
but i have made myself promise to finish the moderne jacket before starting anything else...
...we'll see.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

one on hold, one in the bag

i had to put the moderne jacket on hold to finish up a spring vest for The Kid and make sure it gets done before Easter. a free lion brand pattern, knit in cotton-ease yarn.

but goodness, it DID come out cute....

Tuesday, March 31, 2009






almost done

Monday, March 30, 2009

Almost there...

i've finished crocheting up all my pieces for my Moderne Jacket and got a little stuck on what would the best way to seam it up would be.  so i'm waiting for some responses while i'm blocking the garments tonight, and hopefully seaming it tomorrow, and finishing the jacket/buttons/collar later this week.

in the meantime, i've started on a vest for my 2 year old for Easter.  this is a knit project, and i will show you my progress in pictures soon....