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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Camelot Hat - 2.5hr Knitted Hat Pattern

Really easy and cute hat! Great for those who don't like to mess up their 'do with a tight beanie cap. I used similar size worsted weight yarn. Pattern does turn out slightly smaller than what it appears in the photo. I even used size 10.5 needles instead of 10. Maybe add 4-8 most stitches when casting on. Also go more 9 inches in the length before getting to the crown shaping. I went 7 inches, but still doesn't look as long as the one in the picture. Pattern is located on Lionbrand's site here.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Pedicure Socks Knit Pattern

Great gift for your sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, or whoever you know that gets pedicures all year round. These are basically toeless socks. Great for those who don't like to graft the toe part of a sock. It's a free Patons pattern you can find here.

I used slightly thicker weight yarn with a size larger needles and followed the smallest size in the pattern to make socks that would fit my mother's 9.5 shoe size. A great gift for yoga enthusiasts.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Wine Bottle Cozy Made Under One Hour

Looking for a quick and easy project to give this year? These wine cozies took less than an hour each to construct. Pretty easy knitting pattern:

-- Double up your yarn when knitting and use size 10 needles --i>
1. CO 26sts
2. Knit up to height of wine bottle (11-12in) while changing colors every sixth row
3. Cozy bottom is a simple crochet circle
4. Use ribbon, an i-cord, or extra yarn for your tie
5. Add an embellishment with the tie like a candy-cane, candies, pompoms, or bells!

Pretty simple. Not as cute as the Santa cozy, but it's quick and easy for when you're in a time crunch.
easy christmas wine cozy pattern simple christmas wine cozy pattern

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Purple Easy Crocheted Shrug

This shrug is made a lot like the Easy Lace Shrug in that it is just three rectangles. One rectangle with two rectangle sleeves. You just sew up the seems of each arm to the arm pits. Pretty simple stitch, too! Dc, ch2, and repeat. Gotta love brainless patterns!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Easy Lace Shrug

This project seemed quick and easy at the time I read and saw it. However, easy it was, but it took me a while. It's a lot of stitches to hold on a needle too. Turned out pretty nice though! Check out the pattern on Lionbrand's site.

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Penis Cozy

So, I had to make the male version of the boob cozy. Seems fair, right? Pretty fun project to do. Gives every one a good laugh. Doesn't take long either. Should take you a little over an hour to complete.

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Easy Chirstmas Wine Cozy(s)

Wine is an easy gift to pick up for any one. It can be even more meaningful by adding your own flare to it. Adding a wine cozy is a quick and simple task. Could take an hour or a little more. You can dress a wine bottle up with a cozy that matches any holiday or occasion. Red, white, or blue stripes for the Fourth of July, red with a heart shape for Valentine's Day, or whatever fits the occasion. You can even make an i-chord with pom-poms on either end as a tie for the top. Here are two Christmas wine cozies.

Want to see a simple Christmas wine cozy you could knit in an hour or two?

Visit this post. This simple striped pattern could be change up to sparklier yarn, or furry yarn to add some more character to it.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Booby Cozy

Great little crochet project to give that fun friend at the last minute. Whipped this thing up in a few hours. Perfect and easy crochet gift for a bachelor or bachelorette party. Good timing with football season just around the corner! You could make the bra in the team colors or give it a cheerleader costume. Dress it up for the holidays! If you want the crochet pattern, visit and become a member.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Floppy Kat Hat

Just finished up this cute floppy hat for my mother in a few hours! Quick and easy. The pattern is from Let's Knit Magazine 19, 2009 (originally a UK publication). Pattern showed thinner and more slick yarn, so when I used this thicker rougher yarn the stitch definition didn't come out as well. Overall, the shape came out great. Instead of adding the bow that was in the pattern, I went for adding a flower since my mother loves flowers. Mother approved you could say!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Art Lace Bag

Great pattern found in Interweave Knit magazine. Project uses thicker yarn with larger needles, so it goes quick! The only thing, is the pattern is a little tricky to follow, so it needed total concentration! I would do this pattern again though. Really pretty texture and a great gift to give!


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Wine Cozy - A Great Last Minute Gift

A coworker is having a dinnerware party at her new condo in Brownsburg, IN. As a house warming gift, wine is always a great idea! It can be affordable, and if you are a knitter/crocheter you can add a personal touch in less than an hour! Here's what I whipped up last night in less than an hour:

<------And here's a rough version of the pattern I created for it ------>
Crochet hook size 6.5 mm
Main sleeve:
  1. Ch24
  2. dc in fourth loop from hook, ch2, dc in third loop, repeat from to end of row. When turning, ch4 and dc on top of the second dc in the row below. The ch4 will count as your first dc. And continue ch2, dc in third loop repeat.
  3. Continue until pattern has reached the height of your wine bottle.
  4. Sew seam up the side.
  5. Make a chain about 16 inches to create a tie for the top.
Grapes - create six:
  1. Chain 4, slip stitch to form ring.
  2. dc 10 times into ring.
  3. Tie off and sew six grapes together.
Leaves for grapes - create two:
  1. Chain 8.
  2. tr in the fourth loop from hook, dc in the next loop, hdc in the next, and sc in the last loop.
  3. Tie off and sow above the grapes.
Fee free to improvise one of your own!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Green Neck Cowl

So, I bought a pound of Caron yarn in hunter green. I have a friend who's going to grad school in the middle of the mountains of Virginia. So, I'm working on a package to send to her to keep warm and happy. No one ever sends packages anymore for fun it seems. I guess people are becoming more virtual with the increase of the web presence and resources, they don't feel the need to send little notes or goodies in the snail mail. They can just send that person a virtual one. Speaking of virtual world, you can find this pattern on Lionbrand's site once again. I love their free patterns!

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Green wristlets

I like wristlets. They're great for many purposes. Wear them at work while you work on the computer, great for working outside on the house in the colder months. Nice to have those little digits available for duty. You can find this pattern on Lionbrand's site.

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One Skein Cable Footies

In the book: One More Skein there is a great pattern for some footies. The book says it is a quick project. It is, unless you are a bit slow at cables like myself, and in this pattern you do them quit frequently. It took me a bit to do them, but not as bad since it was with thicker yarn on larger needles. They are perfect for walking around the house in. Real cozy.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Easy, Do It in an Evening, Bolero

This is such an easy pattern. There's some problems with how it's written that I'm still figuring out. This is the second time I've done this pattern now. The first time looked like this: St. Patty's Day Shrug I'm getting closer to having it spot on. The only thing I did differently this time is knit it all with size 15 needles (pattern called for you to switch to a 10.5 needle every so often). The only thing I would suggest for next time is to add more stitches to the co of the two front triangles. They need to be just a smidgen larger to fit around 'the girls.'

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The Bathing Suit Cover That Fell too short

Why do patterns always fall short? They appear to be the right length on the models always. Are those models petite? Every pattern I've always just added on a few inches to the bottom of the piece. This one I did just that and it still is too short to even be considered for a bathing suit cover. It makes a great longer top though!

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Gradiant Bolero

Had some leftover yarn from a few 1 pound skeins a coworker bought which I created two neck cowls, a hat, and this bolero out of. It's a lighter yarn with some texture. Makes a great weight for a light sweater. Or a really thick warm piece by doubling up the yarn.

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Ribbed Hat Scarf Set

Found some new yarn from Michael's: Loops & ThreadsTM CharismaTM Yarn. It's a bulky category 5 weight yarn similar to Lionbrand's Wool-Ease® Chunky Wool-Ease® Chunky Yarn and cheaper without the itchy wool ($3.99 versus $6.99).

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Pooh, Tigger, Piglet Baby Hat Set

A while back, I made a Pooh blanket for a friend's wife. They're officially pregnant in in month four of the pregnancy. I wanted to continue with the Winnie the Pooh theme by creating some baby hats with each character. They have their baby shower in late August, so I'll probably give these to them then. Hope they like! They were fun and easy to do.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Come Visit My Etsy Store!

Etsy's a great site for crafty folks who want to either start-up their own home business or just earn a little extra cash on the side. You can sell anything handmade or even materials that folks would use to create handmade items. I go there even for inspiration for new projects. Etsy is another great way to connect with fellow crafters from all over the globe!

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

Check out my shop for ideas: hotballsofyarn

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Boss' Blanket

My boss asked me to make her a blanket. She came in with sample patterns of granny square blankets she wanted. We picked one that was an intermediate skill level. She picked the yarn and colors from Hobby Lobby to match her guest room (which turns out to be Christmas colors - I guess she could use this throw as duel purposes then). Not a fan of the granny square technique. It took my 20-30 minutes each square! I guess when they say 'intermediate' they mean time-wise and not skill level. It was an easy pattern, but took too long to do. I will have to add granny squares to my list of "I will never do this again" projects. Among that list are doilies. Will never do one of those again either.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fingerless Gloves

Freakin' cold at work! Whipped these up in an evening to keep my hands warm but my fingers still free to type away. Pattern came from the One Skein Wonder book, but you can find one similar on Lionbrand's site. Pattern #: 60158AD.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Six Hour Throw

Again, this was another really great, fast, and easy pattern to follow from! You use US50/25mm needles with four strands of category five thickness yarn (in this case Homespun). It calls for eight skeins total. You don't use all of the yarn to get the size they state in the pattern, so you can go a little wider and longer in the pattern even! Really soft and warm, and it REALLY took less than six hours.

Free Knitting Pattern: 6-Hour Afghan
Pattern #: 90031AD

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Thick 'n Quick Neck Cowl has some of the best free patterns available on their site. I'm trying to get rid of the scraps of yarn leftover still. This was an easy way to get rid of the thicker yarn that wouldn't be enough to do a full scarf or anything else really. A nice neck cowl worked out! Really soft and warm! I like the neck cowls because they work as a scarf and a hood. You just pull it up over your head when you need it as both.

Free Knitting Pattern: Play It Cool Neckwarmer
Pattern #: 70647AD

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Star Wars hats

A coworker of mine is a real nerd for Star Wars. He and his wife are expecting their fourth child. So, I thought it would be cute to make a R2D2 and Yoda hat! Check them out! Can't say these ideas are totally original. I got inspiration from other online sources (example one, example two). Still having some problems with gauging hat sizes with different ages... I found this link that might help me in the future.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patty's Day Shrug

I followed a pattern from LionBrand's site, however, I didn't read the reviews before I started. Always read them before doing any of their patterns. Shrug is a little snug. Not as baggy as the one in their photo. I might try it again and just wing it on my own... but we'll see.

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In Da Hood

Bought a great book recently that's great for the folks who love to buy typical and non-expensive yarns from hobby stores or even Wal-mart! It's titled something like "Best of the Worsted." The patterns are clearly written and simple to follow. Check it out! My first sweater I'll wear in public!

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