Sunday, February 19, 2017


Ribbed Striped Socks with an Afterthought Heel (Yes, that is a dog lying on my lap underneath the Sock!)

I've been spending time knitting socks lately.  For this sock, I am using two patterns from Susan B. Anderson and they are "Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet" and "Smooth Operator Socks."  The Smooth Operator Sock pattern calls for an "afterthought heel".  In the photo below, you can see some bright yellow yarn knit into the sock.  I removed the yellow yarn and knit a heel in that spot with some dark blue solid colored yarn.  I like how the socks are looking but I am disappointed that I did not cast on a few more stitches.  I cast on only 60 stitches but 64 stitches would have been a bit better fitting sock for me using this yarn.

The yarn I am using for these socks is Patons Kroy Sock yarn in the Striped Blue Ragg colorway.

Here are the links to the patterns I am using.

Ribbed Socks for Bigger feet:  Click HERE.

Smooth Operator Socks:  Click HERE. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #1

Building in Color: Panel #1

My Building in Color Afghan class began a few weeks ago but I've not had the chance to post about it.  This class is meeting at my local yarn shop, The Yarn Shop at Words of Life, the last Friday of each month.  Each month, we are making one of the afghan's eight panels.

This is panel #1 and the technique is Intarsia. This is a new skill for me so I had to learn the Intarsia technique in order to teach it.  It's a skill that I've wanted to learn but I was a bit intimidated. Turns out, it's not too difficult... thankfully.

If you'd like to see more about the Building in Color project, you can see more on Ravelry by clicking HERE.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bunny #2

I made another Bonbon Bunny. I sure love this pattern. I will be teaching a class on this project at my local yarn shop on February 18th, so I made up another bunny to have on display at the shop to show what the bunny looks like knit up in a solid colored yarn. This yarn is Berroco Comfort Solid Worsted Weight yarn in white.  Instead of knitting a tail, I made a little pom pom using some gorgeous left over sock yarn (Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk and Silver).  There is a little silver bling in this variegated sock yarn.  I made a little I-cord scarf for bunny and also attached a mini pom pom to the scarf. 

If you would like to  make this project, I just have one two words of caution regarding this project.

First, the pattern reflects you only need 100 to 110 yards of yarn, but you will need closer to 150 yards (my friend and I split a ball of yarn and we ran out!)

Second, be forewarned... once you make one bunny, you will want to make another!

Pattern link:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Funny Bunny

Funny Bunny

I love this little bunny; it was a super fun knit!  When I finished the bunny, I kept thinking "Funny Bunny" so I guess that's his name.  I used to love to read a book called "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny" to Zach when he was small (see the book HERE).  The bunny in the book is named P.J. Funnybunny.

This knitting pattern is called "Bonbon" and is available for purchase on Ravelry for $6.00.  Here is the LINK.  This is one of the most clever patterns I've ever followed and I am immensely impressed.  The pattern directs you to make the legs, arms, tail, and ears first and then you leave some live stitches at the end of each appendage.  Then as you knit the body, followed by the head, you are able to stitch the appendages into the body and head as you knit so there is no additional sewing at the end.  Brilliant!   

This pattern is by a designer named Susan Claudino.  You can see all of her cute patterns at this LINK.  I have made one other pattern by Susan Claudino and that pattern is called "Voo Doo You Love Me?"'; you can see that cute little bugger HERE.  The Voo Doo pattern is such that you have to sew the arms and legs on after you sew the head and body. I much preferred the technique in the bunny where the arms/legs/ears/tail were knit into the body and head as you go.  Very clever!   

Here are a few more photos of Funny Bunny.  But first, I should add that Funny Bunny is knit in Cascade Superwash 220 Paints in the "Fruit Smoothie" colorway. My friend, Belinda, and I thought we could get two bunnies out of one ball of yarn so we bought this yarn together and split up the ball.  Perhaps if I would have used smaller needles I would have not run out of yarn, but I did. So the tail and the lower halves of the ears are knit in Berroco Vintage worsted weight yarn in the "Mochi" colorway.  Funny Bunny is definitely one of a kind with his two-toned ears.

I should mention the pattern does include instructions for how to stich a nose and mouth onto the bunny but I find that hard to get just right. I might just leave Funny Bunny's face as is.  I think he has plenty of character just as he is.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #9

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #9

Over the holidays, I worked on Block #9. I took these photos in natural light to capture the details a bit better but the color is way off in the photos.  The color is called "Black Currant" (Berroco Vintage Worsted Weight yarn).  In person, this color is more of a burgundy, but the photos it looks purple. 

When it comes to knitting these blocks in the darker colors, I sure wish I had better light by which to knit. What ever the case may be, I love knitting these blocks.

I need to take a little break from these blocks as I prepare for the new afghan class I am teaching.  The last Friday of each month, I'll be teaching a class called "Building in Color".  The afghan pattern is by Michelle Hunter.  I'll be sharing more about this soon.  This weekend I am working on a knitted stuffed animal which I will probably finish in a jiffy.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Messy Bun Hat

Messy Bun Hat


Here's a cute hat with a story.  I am piecing things together here but it seems as if a gal named Stacey posted on Facebook, in some sort of small group where you can buy/sell/trade items, a picture of a cute hat and she said she was making and selling the hats for about $15.00.  Some how the photo of the girl with a messy bun sticking out the top of her crochet hat went absolutely viral... I mean VIRAL as in "nearly broke the Internet" viral.  Some where in that time, a mom I know sent me a photo (the photo of the girl in the hat above) and asked me, "Hey, can you make one of these for my teenage daughter?"

I did a little research.  I found that Stacey herself had typed up her pattern but she asked folks to be patient with her, as she had never typed up a pattern before.  As I looked further, I found all sorts of other folks using Stacey's photo of her viral sensation hat and these folks were trying to sell their patterns using Stacey's photo.  Crummy, really crummy.  I wasn't wanting to buy Stacey's pattern if it really hadn't been tried and tested.  And I wasn't wanting to buy a pattern from someone stealing her photo and trying to pass of Stacey's design as their own.  Also, all of this was going on during my Etsy shop holiday rush, so I put this all on the back burner for a little while.

But I kept thinking about he cute hat with the messy bun sticking out the top.  I closed my Etsy shop (vacation mode!) the other day to take a little holiday stress off of myself.  I looked on Ravelry and, sure enough, there are lots of "Messy Bun Hat" patterns now available on Ravelry.  I happened to find this pattern (LINK HERE) called "It's All About the Messy Bun" by June Nemeth.  I appreciated the fact that she was up front about fact that she saw the viral sensation hat on the Internet and made up her pattern to make a hat for her daughter.  At that time apparently, Stacey had not yet typed up her pattern.  June is offering her pattern for FREE and is not trying to pass off Stacey's work as her own. I printed off the pattern and remembered this great yarn in my stash.  The yarn worked out great for this pattern. I hope the recipient love the hat.  I delivered the hat to her mom today.

The yarn is crocheted with a Size H crochet hook and you start the hat at the top, where there is a big opening for a gal to make a messy ponytail or bun at the top of her head.  The yarn I used is by Plymouth Yarns and is called "Stained Glazz".  The crown of the hat is crocheted in rounds, all in double crochet.  You can see the top of the hat below.

The ribbing of the hat was crocheted perpendicular to the body of the hat in single crochet in rows. The ribbing portion was definitely the labor intensive portion of the hat.  You can see the ribbing in progress in the photo below.  The only part of the hat that I stumbled on was the very last instruction. When the ribbing was done, the pattern directs you do slip stitch the beginning of the ribbing to the end of the ribbing.  I found that a little tricky and I am not quite sure I did that very last step correctly. 

Of course when I posted a photo of my completed Messy Bun Hat on Facebook last night, a few moms I know asked, "Oh, are you making and selling these?"

No, I am not.  One Messy Bun Hat was enough for this gal.  But if you'd like to crochet one, I highly recommend this pattern. 

Now, on to the next project...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #8

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #8

What a fun and pretty block this is.  I only struggled with one thing in this block and that resulted in me making a few mistakes along the way. The cables in this block are worked over six stitches.  Sometimes you work the cable over the first four stitches and sometimes you work the cable over the last four stitches.  The chart will show that better. See below...

I did NOT notice this when I first started the block so I made mistakes on the very first row with cables.  I got adventurous and laddered down to the mistakes and fixed them a few times without ripping out rows and rows of knitting. That made me happy!

My Etsy shop has kept me busy making pillows for the past several weeks so knitting on this block was my treat when I would finally sit down and put up my feet for a spell.  I put my Etsy shop on "vacation mode" last night so I can catch my breath and enjoy this week.  I still need to put up my Christmas tree!  I am looking forward to knitting and some other projects.  I am feeling the desire to bake some cookies, too.