Monday, August 22, 2016

A scrunchy hat

I love making things for people. My kids are usually the recipients of my handmade goodies. But my husband has been saying he'd love for me to knit him a hat. I love that he would wear something made by me, even if my projects occasionally turn out a little quirky.


My husband's not one to take pictures and this hat has been down for a while now, so I asked my son if he wouldn't mind modeling it for me so I could blog about it.


I know my husband would have eventually and he is actually excited to wear it once the weather turns a little colder.


He asked for a scrunchy hat. I wasn't sure I knew exactly what he wanted, so we looked at pictures until I got the idea. Then he was patient enough for me to measure and test it out on his head several times before getting it just the right size.


I didn't follow a pattern but made it up as I went. I'm glad it actually looks lovely and didn't end up with any quirks. 

Here's what I wrote down for my pattern. I used a 16" circular needle, US size 4

-Cast on 176 stitches
-Create 44 ribs: *K4 P4* repeat ribbing pattern in the round till it measures 1 1/2" from cast on
-Knit all rounds till it measures 8 1/2" from cast on
-Start Decrease: place four markers equally (every 44 stitches)
K next round to 2 stitches before the first Beginning of Round (BOR) marker
        Round one: *K2 together, slip marker, SSK- knit to 2 stitches before next maker*
        Round two: Knit round until 2 stitches before BOR marker

-Repeat Round one & two decrease. Switch to double pointed needles when needed. Continue decrease till 6 stitches between each marker remain. K2 together every round till only 8 stitches remain total. Cut tail and finish.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Yoga Pants

My 8 year old son loves all things comfy, soft and cozy. He almost never wears jeans, even though he has a drawer full of unworn jeans in a variety of colors. It was my goal before school starts to either buy or make him some new pants to wear so we could stop fighting about appropriate public attire.


I found some soft knit fabric and decided to make a pair of pants using a comfy pair I knew he liked wearing. Of course, my first attempt didn't work out quite as I had planned. They ended up a bit skinnier than I hoped and a little wonky with the red cuffs. I even broke my double needle just before finishing so I had to improvise with a single needle in my machine.



Thankfully my son saw them, slipped them on and announced they were perfect. He said they were like yoga pants and decided his favorite part was the red cuffs. Who would have thought... a compliment from him is a rare occasion these days!


Monday, August 8, 2016

New Pants for my Bunny Loving 8 year old

My oldest is obsessed with bunnies. He reads about them, talks about them, and really, really wants to own one. I'm not ready for that kind of commitment but I did agree to make clothes with bunnies on them. Finding bunny fabric was actually slightly easier than I thought it would be. There's a lot of bunny fabric online, but locally we had to hunt for it. Eventually we found a few fabrics that met his exacting standards. (no foxes cause they eat bunnies. No other animal can be on the fabric if that animal also eats bunnies. Pink is his favorite color but he would consider other colors if the bunny was super cute or the fabric was really soft.)


I think I did pretty good. Four new pair of pants and three of them have bunnies on them. The first pair is a flannel (super soft fabric) with bunnies on a grey background.



Then my sister helped me find this mint bunny fabric and I added the coral pinstripe down the side. (I wasn't planning on the pinstripe but I didn't buy enough fabric and had to make what I had wider to fit the pattern.)



My favorite pair are these blue bunny pants with Jackalope knee patches. He saw these ones and excitedly screamed out "I didn't know these had JACKALOPES on them!! I love them." (to which my heart melted cause I knew they weren't his favorite color but secretly hoped he'd still love them like I did.)



Lastly, these don't have bunnies but they do have lots of pink on them. It's a pink cardboard city fabric with a grey pinstripe. He told me he liked them because they were pink, but also because he could copy the way they build the cardboard city to make one his size to go into. (Just as soon as we save up enough cardboard.)




I think he's pretty happy with all my hard work. I made them a skinny size 9 using the parsley pant pattern by Rae. I added an extra 2" to the bottom of the pattern thinking I'd be able to hem them twice and let them down when he grew taller. Unfortunately they fit him to a T with just one hem. I'm just hoping he doesn't grow too fast.

Monday, April 25, 2016

More Hats...cause they're quick

My Sister asked if I could knit a few Pointy elf Hats for her. She wanted them for gifts to friends of hers who would soon have babies. We went to the craft store one evening and gathered the right amount of yarn. It didn't take too long and the yarn magically turned into five pointy elf hats.


Well I wish it was magic, but when I'm knitting with size 13 needles these do tend to go rather quickly compared to my current project that I'm knitting with size 4 needles. 


I love the color in the multicolored yarn and that it made stripes. I've never knit with multicolored yard before because I feel it's a little less predictable than solid color, but it turned out fun. 


The purple hats I played around with patterns. I liked this last pattern quite a bit. I think I'll use it again in the future. I hope all those small heads enjoy their new hats!

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Cat hoodie for a friend

I've been learning how to make friends from my two sons. It is really as simple as just saying "hi". So this past year I made some new friends, both young and old. My friend E is currently 5 1/2 years old. She reminds me a lot of my older son. They have a lot of similar personality traits. Perhaps that's why we've connected so well with her family. Her mom and I have become good friends and I'm lucky to know them all.

Well, just before Christmas I was out shopping and I happened to find cat fabric. I actually found quite a LOT of cat fabric of varying styles and prints. My friend E loves cats, so I couldn't resist buying a little bit of bold cat fabric to make her something. I started by pairing it with some purple fabric I had in my stash to make her a hoodie.


Then because there was just enough left over, I attempted to make a cat print skirt. It was going to be a little short, so I added a purple waistband to hold the elastic and add length.


I gave it to her just before Christmas. Although her initial reaction was that she couldn't have cared less (my typical reaction to things sometimes- so I get it), her mom later sent me these photos of her loving it. Hooray. Cat outfit complete!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Blank Books for school

I go into my kids school about once a week to help out in various classrooms. I enjoy helping the teachers with projects they have: cutting, organizing, sorting things. My son's teacher from last year has become a good friend of mine and I probably help her out the most. She had me organizing her paper cupboard one day and I found a bunch of colorful paper. It had printing on half the sheet so it was no longer a blank sheet. It was getting close to Christmas so I asked if I could take the paper home to make each of her students books as a present. She said that would be perfect because they would soon be writing their own stories.







I started folding and sorting the books right away. After a weekend of hand sewing them together, I had 25 colorful books to give back to the class. I love these easy handmade story books and can't wait to see some of the stories the kids fill them with.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Scrappy Hat

I started to knit a sweater in October. It was on size 4 needles, which take forever to make progress. I finally made it to the armpits (knitting from the top down) and decided I better try it on to see if it fit right. NOPE... it was a little too small and had made a pretty big mistake reading the pattern. Time to give up... for now.


To make myself feel better, I grabbed all my chunky yarn and a set of big size 13 needles. I whipped a colorful pointy Elf Hat in just a few hours. Whew- something completed. That always feels nice.


 

I personally didn't love it, but my son told me it was "the best hat in the whole world!". We decided to give it to his art teacher at school for her little boy. She loved it and that makes me happy.