Friday, October 26, 2012

Have you seen this pattern....

This pattern, entitled "Elf Clobber" is my new favorite go-to pattern for gift knitting. What a FUN, FAST & EASY pattern!! I just love it, as does my very fashionable twenty-something daughter. I decided a few days before my daughter's birthday to finally give the pattern a try and was rewarded with fast, easy results that pleased her and ME to no end. In fact I am now on tap for additional pairs in various colors.

1st pair in the works

Original birthday gift pair of mitts 

Second pair of mitts in the works...will line these with dark brown mohair

The pattern consists of 2 x 2  ribbed wrists with crocheted lace for the main body of the mitts and an insert of filmy, fluffy mohair for added beauty and warmth. As I've stated in the past I am a HUGE fan of multi-crafting or mixing various crafting mediums in one project and this design was just the version of Elf Clobber to go on the needles is a black on black pair, a black on red pair and then we'll see.....

Oh and a finished shawl, (also for my daughter, the Original Maggie Bean). Not too much to brag about as it is a very simple design but very effective for hugging the shoulders and a wonderful TV watching or waiting room knit. This version is knit with the same Cascade Kid Seta that I used as a liner for the 1st pair of Elf Clobber mitts and Jojoland Melody held doubled, making it lightweight, warm & fluffy. I hope she likes it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Some Halloween Quickies....

Such a fun way to re-use empty containers
I almost let October get away without sharing a few Halloween patterns I designed for the Red Heart website. The first one is called "Bug Infested Bowl". It is actually a knitted bowl cover designed to fit over the bottom half of a gallon tea or water jug. This is easily customized for your own container. Simply have the container cut to size and ready to go as you are knitting the cover, allowing for "fittings" along the way.

The next design is called Scary Muffins & is a crocheted life-sized large cupcake/muffin design with removable "cupcake liners". The pattern contains 4 variations of the design and they were a LOT of fun to make. Each muffin works up fast and is a great way to use up yarn remnants. For best results use some weighted stuffing in the bottom of the muffin. Additional tips can be found within the pattern notes and instructions.010




Either pattern can be customized for other themes, seasons or holidays throughout the year. Let your imagination run wild.

And if you do go out "trick or treating" please be safe!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A change in venue....

I'm here... having moved 800 miles away from my previous home this past July 27th. It has taken me this long to adjust to it all. 

Along the way & while I was out I did a LOT of crocheting and knitting! Much of it was for my own personal therapy of sorts so I chose simple, colorful patterns. Many of the finished items will be given to charity but some of the items have been planned for some very special people I know.

Here are some of the things I worked on.....

Dyed some yarn with Kool-aid to use for a Maggie Bean doll that I need to knit.
Took a beaded scarf class at my new and wonderful LYS. Have fallen in love with this scarf design . Something about the heavy, shiny beads and the yarn is very soothing to me. Guess what folks are getting for Christmas? haha!
Crocheted some dolls for charity, adapted from Mia Zamora Johnson's wonderful Magdalena pattern. 
This one is named Maisy Flannigan. Her friend, Bootsie McDougal ,(pictured below), is also adapted from the same pattern.

I just LOVE red headed dolls so much!!

Bootsie is riding in a crochet tote. I made 5 of these totes in varying sizes, most of them to corral my growing yarn & project stash. This mini-version is also going to charity. The pattern for the tote is called Ombre Basket by Elizabeth Trantham  and I highly recommend it for fast & easy crocheting. The tote is worked with 4 strands of worsted making for a very sturdy construction. perfect for a works-in-progress basket.

The floral embellishment is a design by a Ravelry friend entitled Tudor Rose by Becci Pamely . I just love the the way this motif is 3 dimensional.

Cutest bunny pattern on the planet by Wendy Phillips of Dollytime on Etsy and Flutterby Patch, called Baby Bunny in a Basket Crib. THIS one  is for a special birthday girl. Just need to sew up the basket crib and she's done.

This list doesn't begin to tell the tale. This is going to take several days to complete. Oh and I have a new crochet pattern coming out very soon....