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This was a pretty fun project I did right after I learned how to knit.  I found the pattern for the Sock Monkey Coffee Cozy

on Ravelry.—sock-monkey-cup-cozy

I modified the second one to be a Razorback for all my fellow fans out there.  (Sorry for the crappy picture).

This is a super easy and fun project and a great gift!


It fits…it actually fits!!!


Look at this beautiful lady!!!  The headband looks great on her!

When I was visiting my family for Thanksgiving – my cousin — this beautiful girl


Found this pattern on for a cute Bow Headband, perfect for the cold winters in the mid-west.


I’m really not that great at doing short rows using the wrap and turn method, but I must say I’m getting better.  I have now used it on the Phillips Fair Isle project as well as this one.   Here is the link I used as a reference:

I used size 8 circular needles from and I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in an off white.  It turned out super cute!!

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I finished my foray into Fair Isle with 3 Christmas stockings for a good friend and his beautiful daughters!  I love the idea of everyone having similar stockings for Christmas — makes it feel like family!


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Using the books I referenced in my previous post:

Fair Isle 1 Fair Isle 2

I used the following pattern found on Ravelry for free as an inspiration:

I modified the pattern slightly to fit my needs.

I used my size 8 circular needles from

See pattern modifications below:

  •              CO 81
  •              10 Rows ST ST for Edge
  •              12 Rows KNIT
  •              Fair Isle Border
  •              4 Rows Knit
  •              Fair Isle Pattern
  •              8 Rows Knit
  •              Heel 30 using Wrap and Turn Down to 15
  •              22 Rows Knit
  •              25 Rows Knit for Toe
  •              Cinch up the toe


This was the first time I’ve ever actually knitted a stocking from the top down and the first foray into Fair Isle.  I think they turned out beautifully and that they use them for years to come.

I started with the Scarlet and the Gray for Mr. Phillips –

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Border = 38 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 4th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)


Next is the little peanuts stocking — in Grey and Pink

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Border = 46 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 6th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

And finally, my FAVORITE, for the big sis in Purple and Grey:

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Border = 73 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 8th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

As I was cruising Pinterest, I found some amazing Christmas Stockings on Pottery Barn.  They were “Fair Isle” inspired.   I had no idea what Fair Isle was — so I had to investigate!!!!

I did my research and got 2 books:


Fair Isle 1 Fair Isle 2


I LOVE LOVE LOVE them both.  The 200 Fair Isle motifs has great borders and clear easy patterns.  The Book of Fair Isle Knitting also has some great patterns — some much more challenging than I’m ready to take on now…..but I have used the Scandinavian stars patterns.

So while teaching myself to read Fair Isle patterns, I also had to teach myself the continental style of knitting — very different from the English style I typically use.

This is the YouTube video that I used:


I am working on a 3 step project that is 2/3 of the way complete.  It’s my first foray into Fair Isle so take a look at what I’ve done.

I combined a border pattern from the 200 Fair Isle Motifs and a Scandinavian Star from Fair Isle Knitting.

Fair Isle Pattern 1 Fair Isle Pattern 2

These still are works in progress and need to be blocked — so when I’m done I’ll block and then post the patterns that I used.


Lemme know what you think, chirpers.



I’ve recently found some Bamboo spun yarn at Hobby Lobby that I absolutely adore!   I made a baby blanket for a work colleague in off-white and dark purple. I crocheted it with a large hook.  It was a bit difficult to work with since the bamboo is rough spun, so when I wanted to complete a larger project, I went with knitting.  I used Red and Grey and I turned out beautifully and so soft.

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I always find myself trying to find my tools or running out of what I need, especially when I’m using knitting markers. If you saw my craft room you’d understand.

It really all started when I was doing a lot of sewing and cutting out patterns. I detest pinning patterns and my grandmother showed me these awesome pattern weights.

They are great and all — but I didn’t have them — so my dad suggested I just use some large nuts (you know nuts and bolts…not peanuts or walnuts). It was BRILLIANT! I went out to his garage and gathered up a few in various sizes that work on all different sized patterns. I especially love using them when I’m doing large patterns that would require a lot of pinning. Smaller patterns can be more tricky and I tend to still pin.


Recently I have been working on a large blanket for a friend and found myself needing more stitch markers then I actually have — once again Dad came to the rescue. He has all these jars of nuts and bolts and washers in his garage and in no time flat I had 20 washers the perfect size to fit over my large knitting needles without having to go to the store.

These are actually more cost effective then some of the fancier tools that you can by in your fabric and craft stores. Washers, I can actually buy for cents by the pound….who needs POUNDS?????!!!!???


It’s amazing what you can use if you just think outside of the box.

Hello Chirpers!

I’ve been making bunnies like crazy — but last night I decided to branch out….with a Tumbling Chick!!!!


I used the base body pattern from the Tumbling Bunny — and then added wings and feet and pom pom to the head!  I’m thinking now an ELEPHANT would be really cute!!

Next time I’ll probably make the feet a little smaller — but in general they look really cute!

Here’s how I did the wings and the feet:


Cast on 8 stitches. Make 2.

Row 1: (wrong side) Purl across (8)

Row 2: *Increase in the first stitch, knit the next stitch* repeat between the *’s across (or Inc in every other stitch) (12)

Row 3: Purl (12)

Row 4: Knit (12)

Row 5: Purl (12)

Row 6: Knit (12)

Row 7: Purl (12)

Row 8: *K2tog* repeat between the *’s across (6) Do not cast off- instead cut yarn leaving a 12 inch tail and thread tail with a yarn needle and thread tail through remaining 6 stitches. Using yarn, sew up side seams and arrange and sew wings to sides of body.


Cast on 24 stitches. Make 2

Row 1: (wrong side) Purl across (24)

Row 2: K2tog, knit the next 8 stitches, K2tog, K2tog, Knit the next 8 stitches, K2tog (20)

Row 3: Purl (20)

Row 4: K2tog, knit the next 6 stitches, K2tog, K2tog, Knit the next 6 stitches, K2tog (16)5

Row 5: Purl (16)

Row 6: K2tog, knit the next 4 stitches, K2tog, K2tog, Knit the next 4 stitches, K2tog (12)

Row 7: Purl (16)

Row 8: K2tog, knit the next 2 stitches, K2tog, K2tog, Knit the next 2 stitches, K2tog (8)

Row 9: Purl (8)

Row 10: Knit (8)

Row 11: Purl (8)

Row 12: Knit (8)

Row 13: Purl (8)

Row 14: Knit (8)

Row 15: Purl (8)

Row 16: Knit (8)

Row 17: Purl (8)

Row 18: Knit (8

Row 19: Purl (8)

Row 20: Knit (8)

Row 21: Purl (8)

Row 22: Knit (8)

Cast Off

Heya chirpers!!!

I’ve been working fast and furiously on a couple of birthday  presents for this sweet 4 year old that I know.  She is having a Hello Kitty party this year.  I found this cute pattern on Ravelry –

The pattern is not very straight-forward to read, but if you are familiar with working on amigurmi, you should be able to figure it out pretty quickly.  There are several typos and issues with the pattern, but read the comments where author has fixed most of them — but most of all pay attention and use your best judgement.

Here’s mine.


I think she turned out SUPER SUPER cute!  The dress is knitted – but if you don’t knit – you could probably crochet a dress just as easily.  I modified the dress a LOT — I did take the authors suggestion and made the dress a lot shorter and I added a cute white heart button for an embellishment!

Next, I made this cute little messenger bag for her as well.  I made up this pattern — It’s mostly HDC and DC in the round (I think 100 stitches in the round) — I worked it until it was the size I wanted.  Then I stopped working in the round for the flap (it’s about 48 or so stictches wide) and I worked the strap into the bag itself so it’s stable.

Then I used the KITTY FACE portion of this post —

for the cute Kitty I put on the front.  I used a broken plastic pink hair clip of my daughters for the bow — which was the PERFECT size.


I also used matching white heart buttons on the front.  The bag will have snap closures and has CUTE Hello Kitty material lining it!

Hope you like my 2 LIttle Redbirds Kitty gear!!!!




A Soldier's Son

Here is a photo with the Tribute to Independence Day baby blanket I did for my friend. Isn’t he a beautiful little boy??