Thursday, December 15, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This is part 2 of the Fall Bounty! As I promised in my last post I will be posting my first free pattern in this blogpost!! Mini-leaf pattern!!! Also I will be adding more pictures and links (for the patterns)...I am so obsessed with making food right now! As I am typing this blogpost my 1 year old great-niece, Kylie (see previous posts for her birth announcement!! And baby shower pics---she is already 1 yrs old) is playing with the knitted foods as is her mother (she is braiding the carrot "stalk") All of the patterns for Fall Bounty foods were found on Ravelry.com as free patterns, except my mini-leaf pattern! It is exclusive to this blog!!
First the Mini-Leaf pattern: Abbreviations:
Mini-Leaf * KFB- knit through front and back loops
by Mad4marvin * K2tog- knit two stitches together
Size 5 needles NOTIONS:
CO 4 sts * tapestry needle
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: KFB every stitch (8 sts)
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K2tog
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: K1, K2tog, K1
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: K1, K2tog
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: K2tog, K1
Row 11: Knit
Row 12: K2tog
Thread tapestry needle and run through all of the stitches on the needles. Pull tight and weave through ends. On CO end, sew both sides together at bottom to pinch the end of leaf together. This pattern may contain errors because I am not a professional pattern writer. I made it up as I went along...
Now onto the FALL BOUNTY:
S is for Squash
This little squash was an easy knit, however, I kind of messed up on the top of the squash and it would not stuff quite right...but since I am making it for children....no problem! One thing I have learned about little kids is that they do not care if the pattern comes out perfect as long as they can play with it! Here is the link for the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-squash
|Squash standing up|
|Summer squash bottom|
Fall Bounty Gathered!!!
Here is all of the veggies and fruits gathered into one basket! Also, pics of the gourd and the mini-pumpkin!
|Mini-pumpkin and gourd|
|Fall Bounty side view!|
|Fall Bounty in a basket!|
|My sisters Halloween display|
|My favorite apple model! My 3 yr old great-nephew Tay!|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|Carmen and the Fall Bounty|
|Leaf is my own pattern!|
A is for APPLE!
|Made with glitter Xmas yarn-cotton|
This apple pattern was so fun and easy. Here is the link to my new favorite knitter....I have not found a pattern on this blog I have not loved!!! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/natural-suburbia-blogspot
More apple love:
|This really shows the leaf pattern off!|
Just to be clear though: I only made one...I just like taking pics of all sides of the apple. Also as I mentioned in the captions, I designed my own free hand leaf pattern for the apple. The pattern had one already but I forgot to write it down and was tooo lazy to turn on my computer to look for it! I will post the leaf pattern as my first freebie pattern!!!
|The bottom has some laddering but the kids shouldn't care!!|
|This is made from 100% cotton yarn!!!|
|Next to my tapestry needle to show size!!! Excuse the scarred up table top!!!|
|Close up of pumpkin|
|Side view of pumpkin|
|Top of pumpkin showing leaves!|
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
|On the needles|
|Complete hat-looks great!|
|Complete hat from another angle|
|TEETH! Oh please excuse the glare..white yarn and cellphone do not mix!|
|All the teeth! Again excuse the glare...oh and my model? Paper towel roll!|
|Logan, my nephew, showing off the teeth|
|Close-up of Logan and teeth|
Once the teeth were on the front and the back I decided to make the chain. My sister was crocheting the eyes for me, to be added later, so I forged on with the rest of the pattern. Now I have posted before how much I found icord making to be BORING but this was one of the best features of the hat and so I had to do it. My favorite part of the hat:
|My nephew, Logan, modeling the hat...see the back teeth? SO CUTE!|
|With eyes on!!!|
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Kirsten is a HUGE gamer...she loves the Wii and her brand-new Nintendo 3DS so to add to her set I made her some fingerless gloves as well. Problem is: Kirsten is petite. She is 10 years old but can wear a 7-8 and her hands are really tiny. SO any pattern I could find in Ravelry or anywhere else online were tooooo big for her. I MADE UP MY OWN PATTERN!! How exciting is that?? Me! I am not the best at making up patterns and really am afraid of the measuring and the math...but I DID IT! I will be adding my pattern in my next post, if anyone is interested.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Virginia has had quite a difficult time lately! First, the earthquake struck...luckily for me and my family there was no damage as the earthquake epicenter was a little too far Northwest to do anything to us. Yet, the Earthquake (and all its aftershocks! still going on by the way---a 2.1 today!) has caused a lot of damage to Lousia County causing significant damage to the high school and elementary school as well as a number of homes.
Then came Hurricane Irene! She was a monster! She blew through my part of Va and knocked down everything she could. Electricity, for my family, went out Saturday August 27 at around 3 pm and we were in the dark until Tuesday! It was crazy! Both of my sisters were without electricity two days longer than my family...and one of my sisters had 7 trees fall in her yard and her garage completely destroyed. Hurricane Irene is still being felt even though over a week has passed. Some homes in the Tri-Cities are going on day 10 without power, school systems had to push back their start dates, and trees still block roads. It will be a while before Irene is forgotten.
Today, Tropical Storm Lee moved into the area after striking Louisiana...ok so really he is more like "drop a couple buckets of rain on Va" Lee and not so much "Tropical Storm" but we do not need any rain right now so he is somewhat annoying. On the plus side for some reason T.S. Lee made me want to knit and I finished a hat for my 10 year old niece.
She loves knitted things and I thought it would be nice for her to have waiting for the bus (if school ever decides to start!) and then I figured I would make her some fingerless gloves so she can play her brand-new birthday present--a Nintendo 3DS (her bday was 8/13 and I do not think she has let the game down since then!) So because I was going to make her fingerless gloves, I also decided she needs a matching scarf. See? This is how this knitting addiction gets you! It gets in your head and makes you want to create more and more things with strings and sticks! It is nuts!
I just knew that the perfect pattern for her fingerless gloves would be on Ravelry.com but when I looked there were none that were small enough for her scrawny 10 year old hands so I have decided to try and make my own pattern...it is called Kirsten's Fingerless Gloves. I am test knitting a pair tonight to make sure that the pattern fits her! I am excited! I usually do not write my own patterns because the math...welll...the math scares me! I am a grown up, I can admit that I am afraid of numbers...oh and measurements! Really. I can. But I am not scared of these fingerless gloves because they are for a 10 year old...she would like them if they were too big, too small, smelled like burnt toast, or if I dropped them in a puddle of mud.
So I am making them for her. As for the scarf, I am not sure....I am thinking of making her a fish scarf....the pattern is a free pattern on Ravelry.com called "Recipe for Fish" and I think it is adorable but I am not sure if she would wear fish to school so I might just make her a regular scarf...still not sure. I will, of course, post pics when I am done. Try to stop me...because my niece LOVES pics being taken, I will have about a bajillion of her posing!
Anyway, the next post I have will be filled with knitting pictures as I plan to finish X-mas cards and my nieces hat, gloves, and scarf!!! Hopefully.....
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Noon: my great-niece who is 2 asks me to take a nap. I happily oblige because she is 2 and asked for a nap and because it is a nap! Who can pass up a nap??
1:15: We are finally asleep after an hour and fifteen minutes of kissing a teeny, tiny boo-boo on her finger that she insists was caused by her 17 year old uncle biting her AND talking about my eyebrows and their locations. Also for some reason she insisted on talking about the dog going potty outside and not in the BIG GIRL POT-POT.
1:51: EARTHQUAKE! At first I thought it was a train going by, because, well I live across from a train track. Seriously. The train is literally right across the street! I look up because I realize that the train is shaking the house TOO much and from side-to-side and I see my mom's doll SHAKING forward on the shelf. Also all of my piggy banks (I collect them!) were CLANKING on their shelf. I jump up because my head is screaming: EARTHQUAKE!!! And I run out of the bedroom screaming my 10 year old nieces name. I look out the window and see a train...BUT the top of the train cars look like they are pitching over. My 10 year old niece is standing at the front door looking out: "WHAT IS GOING ON?" she screams. "I think we are having an earthquake!" I tell her. She looks at me like I grew another head....by now the house has stopped shaking.
I turn on the news and there is nothing on about an earthquake. My niece flips open her brand-new birthday present (she turned 10 on Aug. 13th) Nintendo 3DSi and begins reading on the Internet that there was an earthquake. The news finally breaks through the soap operas to talk about the earthquake. Thankfully, after the phone lines resume working I find out that my family is safe...
This morning I find out that there have been aftershocks that are nearly as strong as the original quake and that there has been damage, especially close to the epicenter: Mineral, Va. Also people from South Carolina to Rhode Island felt the quake as well as out West in Detroit and Indiana. So far as I write this no deaths have been reported although people did report having heart attacks and strokes because of the quake. There has been a lot of property damage mainly by the epicenter and thankfully no one in my family had any damage to report (although my piggy banks did all need to be pushed BACK on their shelf!)
The last earthquake I remember in Va was in 2003. All I remember about that is the floor felt like it was rolling for a second and then it was over. Of course, that earthquake was only like a 4.1 and the epicenter was no where near my house so it really didn't matter. Yesterday was....interesting....
So what's your earthquake story???
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Another exciting piece of news has to be the fact that I think I am out of my slump! I have not been able to start/finish/continue on any of my knitting projects for about 2-3 weeks. Of course, I freaked out and went to Ravelry for sympathy/kick in the butt and found it. I was reassured by all the great people on there that I would get over it. Last night, I began knitting: Christmas cards! I have a copy of last years Simply Knitting's Christmas edition that has 3 cute Christmas cards showcased. The first one (in the magazine) is a white bell with a tan bow and clanger (it is beaded but mine will not be) on a piece of red glittery cardstock. The next card in the magazine is also on red cardstock but is a fuzzy Christmas tree (mine will not be fuzzy). The last one has 3 knitted Christmas balls...one oblong and two round with sequins in the middle (mine will not have sequins) and they are on a piece of green cardstock. I have made a red round Christmas ball and the bell while watching t.v. last night...they are really easy because they are knit flat and are as small as the palm of your hand.
I think my cards will be a hit because no one has ever got a card like that from me before. I usually buy the big box of bulk cards at the beginning of December and then forget to send them until right around the holidays. Most often I rush to hand them out because it is too late to mail them! I cannot wait to find another spare moment to work on theses cards! I am using glittery yarn in acrylic and cotton and have all kinds of ideas about what I am going to do. Some ideas I have are making the ornaments 3-D or starching them so people can use them on their trees or I could bead them or I can make them multi-colored or I could....OH BOY...the possibilities are endless.....
Stay tuned for pics!!!!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This little Droid was another cute find in the Ravelry databases! I whipped him up in about a half a day. The neon green wool was found at Goodwill for $1.25 and is unnamed, the black for his mouth is actually a really pretty glitter Vanna Choice yarn. He now lives in 29 Palms, Ca with my Marine niece because all of her friends always tease her about having a Sprint Android cellphone while they all have iPhones! I put him in front of a coffee cup to show how "tall" he is!