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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easy Easter Knitted Gifts

The Easter Bunny is real... Real MINI that is! I didn't think I"d be one to knit up little stuffed animal toys. However, these little guys do make great gift wrap decorations. You should check the book out sometime. It's worth the investment. Like a wine cozy, it's a gift that keeps on giving hopefully.

The Knitted Easter Bunny

It'd be a cute idea to knit a whole bunch of these up in different Easter pastel colors. Useful to
  • put them in Easter baskets,
  • hide them in Easter eggs, or
  • tie them in their hair as a cute accessory.
knitted easter bunny

The Easter Bunny's Bag

This is the mini market bag that I whipped up real quick to put my mom's Easter gifts in. The little bunny got attached to this to give it the, "Hello, it's Easter!" appeal. Kids could use this simple knit bag to put their Easter eggs in as they collect them. You can taylor simple patterns like this market bag for almost any occasion! Here's some ways to make it seem more Easter themed...

Ideas to jazz up this simple knitted bag for Easter:
  • Add pale green furry yarn around the bottom rows to make it appear like the easter grass you see in baskets
  • Crochet or knit Easter eggs and attach them to the side of the bag
  • Knit a cute coin purse that is in the shape of a bunny like this pattern. Just create two, sow up the sides, then attach a button flap or small zipper to close it.
easy easter knitting ideas

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Knitting Ideas for a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

Lingerie party? Sex toy party? Bachelorette party? It aint a party until there's some wild knitted project involved! That's fo sho! Here's a few ideas to provide for a fun filled evening out for a bachelor or bachelorette. Or if you are invted to a lingerie party before hand, you can make them something knitty and knice for the bride-to-be for her honeymoon. Enjoy and have fun with these!

Boob Bra - Otherwise known as two circles, four strings

knitted boob bra

An Even Easier Bra: Two triangles, three strings

knitted furry bra

Boob Coozy

knitted boob coozy with bra

Penis Coozy

knitted penis coozy

Boob Pillow

knitted crocheted boob pillow

And Don't Forget the easy to make Ballzak!


Rated G Bachelorette Gift from the Teeny Tiny Mochimochi

This one is also good for a wedding gift decoration:
little knitted bride and groom

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

One Tip for a Well Fitted Sweater

I went for this sweater pattern from Lionbrand because of the crisscross belt. It looked like it might fit and flatter better. Pretty cool how this pattern actually started with the belt and you worked down from it for the bottom section, then top up for the upper part. I think overall it knits up pretty fast for a sweater. However, I think I got the proportions incorrect. I should've done a shorter upper part and a longer lower section. Would've flattered a bit more. I still need to block it. Not sure if it's a public wearable piece... Agh... sigh.

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Another Great Big Hair Dreads Hat

Got Dreads? This hat is so cute on some one with dreadlocks. It is crocheted, and whips up real fast! If you haven't figured out my style by now it would be explained in one word: ADD

I like to get things done fast. If I'm taking on a large project, I like to have multiple tiny projects going at the same on the side.

Back to the dreads hat. It's awesome. Check it out on Lionbrand's site.

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Cowls-galore!!!! These little neck cowls have become the hot commodity in the last few years. Good thing about these is that they are usually very easy to follow a pattern for, and they don't take a whole lot of yarn! Double WOOT!

Here's just a few easy patterns I've tried in the past. There is a great book called CowlGirls that have great patterns that all use thick yarns, so they're quick knits. Check it out.


Scalloped Cowl... whatever that means... sounds like potatoes
Pod-Stitch Cowl... again what does that mean? Are there aliens involved?

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Christmas Wine Cozies

They are easier than they look. Most patterns I create from scratch I just whip up as I go along. As a base for the cast on row of any wine cozy on 9mm needles is 27 stitches. You can knit it in the round or sow up the seam. You could even use buttons to close up your seam. I enjoy making wine cozies knowing they are gifts that keep on giving... yes I used that over-used phrase. At least I hope that folks regift these and spread the fun!

Santa Wine Cozy and Christmas Tree Wine Cozy

Reindeer (aka Rudolph) Wine Cozy

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Little Knitted Monsters Taking Over the World

My mother bought the best toy/stuffed animal knitting pattern book: Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. Never thought I'd ever make a stuffed toy, but some of these are too awesome to pass up. Not only are they fun, but they are real fast knits. Each one takes maybe an hour to do.

The best pattern in the whole book is the tiny gnome (I might be biased though). I've seen people on Ravelry turn that little guy into a Santa. Which also in the book you can create a reindeer and a Christmas tree.

What can you do with the little guys? In the book they show you can wear them as earrings, key chains, or necklace pendants... but I'm using them as Christmas ornaments and gift wrapping decorations. Works pretty well!

The Gnome:

The Christmas Trio:

Even a Zombie-fied Gnome Version

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