Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Rush

Etsy Madness!

November and the first part of December have kept me BUSY!  This was the haul I took to the post office today.  Texas, New York, Oregon, California, Arizona, and even the United Kingdom. These boxes are filled with dog bone shaped neck pillows, but I was ticked to also sell two knitted hats and two Christmas stockings recently. 

The down side of selling handmade goods on Etsy is that the stream of orders keep from other crafty pursuits. I did make another Christmas tree skirt the other day (Christmas tree skirt #3), but I need to press and steam it a bit more before I can take some photos. 

Tomorrow I am teaching a class at my local knit shop, the Yarn Shop at Words of Life. We are making miniature sweater ornaments and hangers.  I think I have three ladies signed up for the class. I am bringing Carrot Ginger Spice cookies (the vegan version) and orange juice for refreshments. I hope it's a fun class for everyone!  Oh! The photo reminds me... I also made up a little pattern for a little hat. 

Here is the pattern link for the Tee-Tiny Raglan Sweater we are making (Click HERE).
Would you like to make a little rolled brim hat to match, also?  Here's the pattern:
Rolled Brim Hat to
Match your Mini-Sweater Ornament
US Size 2 (2.75 mm needles)
Fingering or Sock weight yarn
Cast on 20 stitches and join to knit in the round, being careful to not to twist the stitches.
For the brim and body of the hat:
Knit 10 rounds
Decrease rounds:
(K3, k2tog) 4 times [16 stitches remain].
Knit 1 round even.
(K2, k2tog) 4 times [12 stiches remain].
Knit 1 round even.
(K1, k2tog) 4 times [8 stitches remain].
(K2tog) 4 times [4 stitches remain].
Cut yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long.  Thread yarn on a needle and bring needle and yarn through the 4 remaining stitches.  Pull snuggly, weave in loose ends.  The brim of the hat should roll up slightly. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Tree Skirt #2

I made a second Christmas tree skirt this week. This one came together a little easier. These are not difficult sewing; they are just a bit cumbersome due to their large size.  The tree skirts I am making are pre-printed panels from Daisy Kingdom.  I am just adding a backing.  I have learned I have to leave my craft room in search of a larger floor space in order to spread the skirt out on the floor and actually have sufficient room to crawl around the tree skirt in order to pin it to the backing.  The backing on this tree skirt is dark blue which matches the sky on the top of the tree skirt.

After Thanksgiving dinner, napping, and football watching, Zach and I decorated our Christmas tree Thursday night.  He asked me about the "thing to go under the tree".  I actually had a tree skirt that I threw away two years ago. Last year I had to use a pale blue flannel bed sheet to go under the tree since I never got around to making a tree skirt last year. This year, I told Zach to go look on my cutting table in my craft room and I said he could pick which of the two tree skirts he thought we should keep and put under our tree.

I was really happy he picked this one.  It looks great under our tree.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teddy Bear Tree Skirt

Denium and Teddy Bear Christmas Tree Skirt

A sweet little tree skirt. This is a pre-printed panel from Daisy Kingdom. I sure like it; I got it from my Mom's stash of fabric. I bought a coordinating red fabric for the backing. I love how it turned out.  I have some others to make. Stay tuned!  


What a difference a few weeks makes. I did not capture the exact same angle, but this is pretty darn close. 

Winter is upon us. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wine Bottle Cozy #2

Baby, it's cold outside!  So cold I had to knit another Wine Bottle Cozy. After all, Cabernet Sauvignon is no good chilled; it's best served at room temperature.  

This time, I knit my bottle cozy in Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight.  This cozy turned out a tad smaller than the last bottle cozy since this yarn is a bit finer than the aran weight Bernat Mosaic yarn I used previously.  I used US Size 8 needles for both cozies.  The red and white cozy is a bit shorter.  I am not sure if I like it best if the bottle cozy covers the entire bottle or if some of bottle top peeks out.  I suppose it's a matter of personal preference.  I think both look nice.   The good thing about this project is that the bottle cozy is ribbed so it really hugs the curves of the bottle, so if the bottle cozy is a little too big or a little too small, it still works!

Time to knit something else.  There are some small appliances in my kitchen which may be getting cold.  Maybe the toaster needs a cozy?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wine Bottle Cozy

Wine Bottle Cozy

I am so tickled. I had this idea for a knit wine bottle cozy and it worked. The yarn in this project is Bernat Mossic. The purple color in the yarn got me to thinking about wine but it turns out the colorway for this yarn is called "Ninja". 

The very bottom of the cozy is actually a crocheted circle. When the bottom was done, I changed to knitting double pointed needles and picked up and knit stitches around the edge of the circle.  Here, I'll show you...

I created eyelet holes near the top and made a draw string out of I-cord. I am really happy with how it turned out. Sadly  the Bernat Mosaic yarn has been discontinued. My yarn shop has a similar yarn by Cascade Yarns called "Souk" which also changes colors slowly, just like the Mosaic.  Right now I am trying out the pattern in Berroco Comfort worsted weight. Mosaic and Souk are both Aran weight which I think is a bit thicker than worsted weight. 

We had a very snowy Veterans Day in Colorado. Good knitting weather. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Seriously Chunky Cowls

These cowls are SERIOULSY CHUNKY!

The pale blue cowl is knit on US Size 15 (10 mm needles). I held four strands of Queensland Collection Bamboo Cotton together while knitting.

The oat colored cowl is knit on US Size 19 (15 mm needles). I held four strands of Berroco Weekend (acrylic/cotton blend) together while knitting.

I added these cowls to my Etsy shop in the Hand Knit Items section.  I enjoy making the pillows I sell on Etsy but would love to make and sell more hand knit items.

Happy Knitting!