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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.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/george—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!!!

Manda

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

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

Morgan

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

http://norththirty-fourth.blogspot.com/2011/02/all-wrapped-up.html

 

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:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-wrap-and-turn.html

I used size 8 circular needles from www.knitpicks.com 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:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/class-christmas-sock

I modified the pattern slightly to fit my needs.

I used my size 8 circular needles from www.knitpicks.com

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 –

Phillips7 Phillips1

 

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

Phillips2 Phillips3

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:

Phillips4 Phillips5

 

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNtnTcE7Qjs

 

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.

 

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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.

JCPBlanket 1 JCPBlanket2

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.

Bolts

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?????!!!!???

Washers

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!!!!

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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:

Wings:

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.

Feet:

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

Recently a friend of mine from Circle of Friends found out she was having twins!  How exciting is that???   On top of it all, they are identical twin girls!

SIDE NOTE:  What is Circle of Friends, you ask??  Circle of Friends is an auxiliary organization of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation.  We raise money for the hospital and choose what that money supports.  The bulk of our money right now is going to pay off our obligation to the new Circle of Friends Hematology/Oncology Clinic built as part of the South Wing expansion.  I am a huge supporter of Circle of Friends and ACH.  I feel so blessed to have such an esteemed facility so close by for my children, the children of the state of Arkansas and the children that come from far and wide to get services.  If you want to know more about COF and how you can get involved…REACH OUT TO ME!!!!

2 years ago, right before the birth of Little Red, another friend of mine gave birth to identical twin boys!  She bought these cute little hats from Etsy for them to wear in their new-born pictures.  Little pear hats, for her “Perfect Pair”.

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Aren’t they the sweetest things???  Well when I found out my friend was having identical twin girls, I KNEW what I had to make for her — Pear photo props.

This was my first stab at creating my very own original knitting project and pattern.  I think they turned out so cute.

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I added the little pear blossom flowers since they are going to be beautiful little girls.

MATERIAL:

  • Size 8 DPN
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Seaspray Mist – 2 skeins
  • I Love This Yarn – Chartreuse Green, Brown, and White
  • 6 Shades of Pink embroidery thread
  • 4 Sew Ology flower shaped buttons in White
  • Size F Crochet Hook

(I bought all of the supplies for this project at Hobby Lobby)

I can’t wait to see these little girls in their pear hats.  I hope they love them as much I did making them for them!

The Hats are my own original pattern – please do not copy without linking to my site or sell this pattern.

PEAR HAT

Using Seaspray Mist

  • CO 60, 20 on each DPN, join in the round

Note:  When working in the round, remember not to twist your project!!

  • 1 – 6         K2P2 (60) – this makes the 1″ ribbed brim
  • 7-20         K(60)
  • 21            (K1,K2tog) (40)
  • 22 – 25     K (40)
  • 26           (K1, K2tog) (26)
  • 27-30      K (26)
  • 31           (K1,K2tog) (18)
  • 32 – 34    K (18)
  • 35           (K1,K2tog) (12)
  • 36 – 39    K (12)
  • 40           (K1,K2tog) (8)
  • 41           K (8)

Finish off by running yarn back through 8 stitches and pull tight

STEM

  • Using Brown
  • Knit an I-cord for 10 rows.
  • Fasten to Pear with tip down inside hole at the top of the pear.

2 LEAVES

I used the 2 minute Leaf- free pattern found here:

http://livingthecraftlife.blogspot.com

Using Size F Crochet Hook and Chartreuse

  • CH 6
  • SL ST 2nd Chain from hook
  • SC in next chain
  • HDC in next chain
  • DC in next chain
  • 4 DC in next chain
  • Turn slightly, add add’l 3 DC (7 in total)
  • DC in next chain
  • HDC in next chain
  • SC in next chain
  • SL ST in next chain
  • Fasten off

3 FLOWERS

These are designed to look like Pear Blossoms.

I modified the “A Tiny Flower” – A free pattern found here:

http://veryberryhandmade.co.uk

Using Size F Crochet Hook and White

  • Magic Ring – 5 SC in ring
  • Join last SC to 1st stitch in the ring
  • Round 1:  CH 2, SL ST in 1st SC

CH 2 in next SC and repeat around

Join with SL ST (6 chain spaces)

  • Round 2: 1 SL ST, 1 CH, 3 DC, 1 CH, 1 SC  in each chain space

Join with SL ST

  • Embellish with 5 french knots in shades of pink in each flower

Diaper Cover

Using size F Crochet Hook and Seaspray Mist

  • Row 1:                 CH 45
  • Row 2:                 SC in 2nd stitch from the hook, SC all the way across
  • Row 3:                 CH 2, turn, DC across
  • Row 4:                 CH 1, turn SC across
  • Row 5:                 Turn, SL ST next 10 stitches, CH 2, DC next, DC(23), leave rest unworked
  • Row 6:                 CH 2, turn, DC2tog, DC 20, DC2tog
  • Row 7:                 CH 2, turn, DC2tog, DC 18, DC2tog
  • Row 8:                 CH 2, turn, DC2tog, DC16, DC2tog
  • Row 9:                 CH 2, turn, DC2tog, DC 14, DC2tog
  • Row 10:               CH 2, turn, DC2tog, DC 12, DC2tog
  • Row 11:               CH 2, turn, DC2tog, DC 10, DC2tog
  • Row 12 – 19:       CH 2, turn, DC across
  • Finish:                 CH 1, SC around outside
  • Fasten Off
  • Add 2 flower buttons to each diaper cover for fastening

 

 

I think i mentioned in the about me section of my blog how I taught myself to knit on YouTube.  My first project was Christmas stockings for the family — which I did on the round knitting looms.  After that I found the cutest scarf on Ravelry.com – The Fisherman’s Wife

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-fishermans-wife-knit-version

fisherman's wife

I bought the pattern and while challenging turned out AWESOME.  Of course I couldn’t just start with something basic, I had to jump in with both feet.  I found AMAZiNG examples of how to do stiches on YouTube and that I watched over and over until I got them right!

I made a quick foray into DPNs when I found MochiMochis!  Again utilizing YouTube I figured out how to work all those needles at the same time.

On to Pinterest…I found the cutest pattern for some tumbling bunnies.  As I was sitting around this weekend, I thought I had some free time in the car traveling to see the in-laws and of course PLENTY of scrap yarn.  So I grabbed my Ipad and my DPNs and some yarn and whipped up this cute Tumbling Bunny

floppybunny2

http://www.simplynotable.com/2013/tumbling-bunnies/

It’s a really easy project for beginners using DPNs. If you don’t have the safety eyes…no worries, just embroider on the face!  I stuffed mine with rice, simply because that’s what I had on hand.  Make sure your stitches are tight enough so the filling doesn’t come out!  This was such a fun project, I’m sure I’ll make others!