I like to use scrubbies on my dishes that will not scratch the finish. Being that I cook from scratch a lot, I’m washing pots and pans almost every day. I’ve always kept a few of the plastic scrubbies on hand, but I hate how they come apart and unravel, plus you can’t just throw them in the washing machine and reuse them. When I saw the Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn at my local craft store, I decided to give it a try. No, it’s not organic but it is machine washable.
Cancer is a mean, rotten, ugly bastard. For the most part, words escape me when I think of cancer and what it has done to people I love. My mom defeated it more than 20 years ago and is still alive and well. Her husband, my stepdad, didn't win that battle and he has been gone 10 years now. My mom and I were his caregivers to the very last minute. One of the hardest things I've ever done, but I am so glad I was there.
Now, my husband's daughter has breast cancer-stage 4. She is just way too young to have to deal with all that. Her kids are way too young, her husband is way too young. She is beautiful and brave and fights like hell to defeat this cancer monster. Our hearts, prayers, thoughts...are all with her every day.
It is so hard to see your children suffer and feel helpless to do anything about it. So I did what little bit I could to add a little warm fuzziness to her battle. I knitted chemo caps. I wish it was more. I'm putting the patterns here for anyone else who might want to use them. For Kelly, bravely battling to slay the cancer dragon. We love you.
Multicolored Chemo Cap, 1.3 MB, PDF
Twisted Rib Chemo Cap, 1.3 MB, PDF
I just added a new pattern to my Ravelry store, Neenie Makes. I call it Leaves of Fall because I used a falling leaf lace pattern for the design and Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Goldrush, which reminds me of the colors of fall leaves. I love this tonal yarn because of the subtle color differences throughout.
One skein (220 yds) was all it took for both the cowl and the ear warmers (headband). The cowl is about 22" around and 8" wide and can easily worn draped loosely around the neck or pinned with a shawl pin.
The ear warmers (headband) are about 21" around and 4" wide. By estimating the gauge of one repeat of the leaf pattern, you can easily change the size of the cowl or ear warmers by adding or subtracting repeats. The pattern includes both cowl and ear warmer and can be purchased for $5.50.
I am trying a new stitch for a cowl/hood design that I am working on. The gather stitch is simpler than it looks. You create the gathered effect by using different sized needles combined with increases and decreases, all with simple knit and purl stitches. If you know how to make 1 by knitting through the front and back of a stitch and how to knit two together, you could easily knit this stitch.
I just added a new pattern to my Ravelry store. I call it Leaves of Summer Knitted Hat and Cowl. I converted a traditional back and forth lace pattern to a circular knitted pattern for a mini-cowl (16 inches in circumference) and a matching hat. This pattern is made with Knit Picks Swish Tonal in the color Canopy. It knits up quickly and I made it from one 220 yd skein. However, I had only about 3 yards of yarn left when I finished, so you might want to buy two skeins just to be safe.
We've had a good monsoon season--lots of rain. That means lots of time for me to work inside rather than outside, so I have three new patterns almost ready for my Ravelry store. I love all the cowls that are in style now, but I don't want two yards of knitted fabric hanging around my neck, so these cowls are smaller, ranging from 16" to 22" in circumference. Almost like a necklace.
Leaves of Summer Knitted Cowl was inspired by all the greenery around us this year and my desire to try my hand at a lace knitting pattern that looks like leaves. I guess it appealed to my gardening DNA. I chose a worsted yarn because I wanted something that was quick to knit, but I plan to try it again in a lighter yarn. I love the tonal colors of the Knit Picks yarn.
Leaves of Fall Knitted Cowl was inspired by another leaf design lace pattern called 'Falling Leaves'. When I saw the golden shades of this Knit Picks tonal yarn, I had to have it. Sometimes it is the yarn first, and the pattern later to justify the purchase. Sorry, honey....you married a fiber addict.
The third pattern, Scarf Squared, was one that just intrigued me. No lace stitch here, but very symmetrical and a pattern that could be unisex if you know any guys that would wear a cowl. I used Berroco Weekender yarn for this one. It has a wonderful drape and feel to it and I plan to use it more often, especially for anything summery.
These should be up on my Ravelry store, Neenie Makes, within the next couple of weeks. I'm still tweaking the patterns and pictures, but am excited about the finished products.
For some reason, changing knitting patterns has become a fascination for me. I have books and books of stitch patterns, all for flat knitting. I love circular knitting. I find myself spending hours on diagrams and charts, figuring out how to change a flat pattern to a circular pattern. Can you say 'glutton for punishment'?
The wrong side row has to be reversed and the stitches reversed...I love the challenge. Sometimes you have extra stitches used for spacing on a flat pattern that may or may not translate to a circular pattern.
I found a really useful book for all of this--Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually, by J. C. Blair. I highly recommend this book if you really want to get into designing knitting patterns. You should also use the Craft Yarn Council standards for knitting abbreviations or knitting symbols. There is also a great class on Craftsy--Pattern Writing for Knitters. Creating patterns is by far the most fun I have ever had!
I just uploaded my first pattern to my Ravelry store. It is just a simple knitted washcloth that I made for my guest bath, but more will be coming!! It has a Seed Stitch border that is three stitches wide. The design is a combination of knit and purl stitches. I used Peaches and Creme 100% cotton yarn, but any other worsted weight 100% cotton would work. Cotton is best for dishcloths or washcloths, but if you use these patterns for other projects, you can use any yarn. I am working on some ideas for designs using knitted squares and will be adding them here.
The pattern includes written instructions and a chart and can be downloaded from the Ravelry web site for $2.00. You do not have to be a member to purchase patterns. Click on the 'Buy Now' button below and your purchase can be completed online.
Let me start by saying that I have not been paid to write this review, though if you click on the link above and buy it, I might earn a little bit. I just love this book!!
This is one of my favorite books, namely because of this hat pattern, but also because it has so many neat projects that work up quickly as gifts. I made this Pointy Elf Hat for my grandson, Isaac, when he was a baby. Now his mom is requesting a bigger one (toddler size). This one I knitted up in Lionbrand Hometown USA in San Diego Navy. The yarn used in the original pattern is no longer available, but is much nubbier than this and gives a very rustic look (very elfish). The pattern in the book is sized baby to large adult, so anyone can have an elf hat.
The book is divided into chapters by how long it takes to make something--2-4 hours, 4-6 hours, 6-8 hours and more than 8 hour gifts, which helps if you are in a time crunch. There is also a nice section at the end for wrapping home made gifts with home made wrappings and embellishments, plus sources for supplies.
In the less than 2-hour gifts section, you have patterns for a Reusable Hot Coffee-cup Sleeve, Holiday Ornament, Pointy Elf Hat, Pyramid Sachet, Seed-stitch Bracelet, and Linen-stitch Bookmark.
In the 2-4 hour gifts, you have patterns for Soft Baskets (next on my list), Movie Star Scarf (also on my list), Baby Socks (very easy--used it, loved it), Baby Bonnet, Big Lace Scarf, and Family Ribbed Hats (an easy ribbed pattern with sizes for everybody and variations give for different yarns).
The 4-6 hour gift section has Sideways Fingerless Gloves (on my list), Cozy Coasters, Huggable House (sort of a house shaped pillow), Kelly's Mittens, Spiral Seat Cushion and Easy Baby Cardigan (also in the near future-two versions suitable for boy or girl).
The 6-8 hour gifts includes a Beret (which I knitted from Lionbrand baby Alpaca and it turned out beautiful), Kid's Vest, Dreaming of Spring Fingerless Gloves, Very Pretty Lace Scarf, Nesting Squares Baby Blanket/Play Mat, and Cozy, Comfy Pullover (in child's size 2 to men's large or women's 2x large--adding it to my list of things to knit).
More than 8 hour gifts has an Entrelac Baby Blanket, Soft as a Cloud Cowl (three variations), Men's Zip Up Vest, Toe-up Socks, Leah's Lovely Cardigan, and Bright Stripes Blanket.
This has become one of my go-to books for gifts of any kind because of the variety and the estimation of time (very important). Granted, not everyone knits the same, but at least you have an idea of whether it will take a weekend or a week.
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