Saturday, December 26, 2009

merry knit-mas!

Happy holidays and merry new year, everyone!

A few last minute knit gifts, hot off my needles ... literally!

The "Easy & Elegant Garter Stitch Tie" from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders
The yarn? Claudia's Hand Painted Yarns - Chocolate Cherry

From - a Fingerstache!

The 'stache way a really fast knit, and even more fun to play with!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Go Go Concord PD!

See the story that goes along with this photo at - a hometown blog that makes me proud to say, "Hey, I'm from there!".

Friday, December 18, 2009

keep your hat on!

Hurrah for hats! I recently polished off the finishing touches on hubby's "holiday gift". A Topi hat made with Cascade 220 *not super wash* wool yarn, in a wonderful gray color.

Topi is a top-down knit. The CO that worked for me was casting on 10 stitches and beginning at row 3. Doing so did create a small hole at the top, but that was easily stitched closed after binding off.

For the brim, I used a piece of card board to work out the best shape and fit. The actual plastic used was taken from one of hubby's old ACU hats and trimmed down. A quick stitch up, and done!
In progress - checking for head coverage
posing with baby girl (who was wearing a hankie that day! LOL)
top of the Topi ... the hole was stitched closed upon finishing
getting the brim just right!
Voila! The happy knitter with her FO!
This was a fun knit! I am definitely going to be making more Topi hats!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

silly quiz - What Kind of Sweater Are You?

You Are an Argyle Sweater

You are contemplative, brainy, and serious.

You don't take much lightly - life is too important for that.

You are a very determined person. You don't let anything stand in your way.

You think out your actions and act deliberately. You don't waste time, money, or resources.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

bookmark headband

My "Bookmark Headband" was a spontaneous creation born from the desire to tame my dreads on a "bad hair day". Incidentally, the rest of the day (after binding off) I was pretty stoked about how my hair looked!

Yarn used: Ella Rae Classic; purple (039)
Needle: 10.5

CO 3
R1-3 knit
R4 - K1F&B, K to end
repeat R4 till you have 12 sts

Begin pattern ...
R1 - K3, K6, K3
R2 - K3, P6, K3
Continue in pattern for 15 inches (*not* critical - adjust to fit your own noggin and allow for button placement)

Begin decrease ...
K2TOG, K to end
repeat this row till you have 3 sts

To attach button for fastening, use yarn tail to secure button on one end. Other end, use tail to create a small loop for button to fit thru.

Block lightly, or not.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

*~* an Ysolda give away alert!*~*

Blogging knitter, Virginia (in New York), has a spare copy of Ysolda's latest pattern book, "Whimsical Little Knits 2". In exchange for a visit and a comment left on her blog, Virginia Is For ... you can be the happy receiver of a signed copy of WLK2!

Winner will be selected at random at midnight EST December 8th so, hurry!