This is the perfect dog lovers toque! There is stranding, so you have to put up with that (sigh) but the frolicking dogs playing on the new spring grass with the puffy clouds floating overhead make it a worthwhile endeavor! Because of the height of the chart and the gauge of yarn I used, this particular pattern will only work for pre-teen through adult sizing. If you want a smaller hat and want to keep the integrity of the chart, I would recommend using dk or even fingering weight yarn, and the appropriately sized needles and keeping everything else the same. Click here for the pattern.
…and still haven’t started your Pussyhat Project! If you’re like me, using worsted will be the death knell for your hat because it will take too long; however, I want to wear one! In the interest of saving time, I whipped out my calculator app on my phone and started with some baseline numbers. As most of you know, when modifying a pattern, it’s a combination of math and “feel”, so if your noggin is…let’s say, anywhere from 19 – 22″, these numbers should work for you.
I searched my yarn and found every other color in the rainbow, except for pink. Typical. So the mock up here, will be just that. As soon as I can find a ride to my LYS, I will be purchasing the yarn to make for me and a friend of mine. So don’t worry, I know. The color here is wrong!
In the interest of not being sued, I will generalize the information about the yarn by not giving the brand. They’ve already dealt with me before, and to keep it brief, let’s just say my issues are that I am a California girl, born and bred – LOL! Anyway to the modifications! Using two skeins bulky gauge yarn and #13 knitting needles, cast on 28 sts. Follow the instructions as written, keeping in mind that the bulkier yarn may make the ears larger – I’m doing it anyway!!! And that’s it.
If you don’t knit, or would prefer a crocheted version, I found this pattern: https://www.pussyhatproject.com/crochet/
Need to find where the march is in your state? I googled “women’s march 2017” and put your state. You will be able to find information. I checked some random states, and was pleased to see all had at least a Facebook page. Hope to see all my sisters, be you female, male, transgender or otherwise, out marching with us on Saturday 21, 2017.
Hey, everyone. How are your holidays going? Treating you good? I hope so. Although this post has landed perilously close to Christmas and, I assume, other holidays, it has nothing to do with them. Let’s take a break from that, shall we?
I want to take a moment and talk about us liars out there. You know what I mean. “Knitting is easy!” “Crochet is a breeze.” I’m very guilty of this. And you’re shaking your head, if not physically, then mentally. What is she talking about? Knitting is easy and crochet is a breeze! Ok, smarty pants. Maybe for you, and a very small minority, it was a breeze. Your needles fly under your deft fingers, your hook is moving so fast that it’s a blur and every stitch is perfect. New techniques? No problem.
Like the title of this post says, let’s be honest. Think back to when you first picked up those knitting needles, felt their heft, or gazed wonderingly upon that crochet hook, marveling at the sleek lines and how they turned into…well, the hook. Some of you may have to really dig in the vault of memories for this, but do it. Did it feel natural? Remember that first chain, and how proud you were of yourself. And then, when you got tired of that, discovering how to turn and create stitches. Let’s not forget that first successful cast on row. My tongue worked as hard as my fingers! Speaking of tongues, we also have our own language. You think k2tog then yo or dbl through fp means anything to anyone else?
….but, think of the beginner. How many will give up because it’s just too hard? For whatever reason, they are done after that initial foray. Their skeins of yarn will either gather dust in some forgotten drawer or be thrown away (gasp! oh, no!) because they’re taking up space. And yes, there are a great many people, who, literally, simply don’t care. Of course, they will enjoy the fruits of our labors, and marvel at the overall beauty of the gift, but that’s as far as it will go. However, for us, we wanted to do it. Whatever our motivation was at the time, we wanted to do it; and we did. Look at us now – champions of the crusade! Not only is it easy, there are multiple benefits to knowing these crafts.
And I for one, think we should respect our hobbies for the honed crafts they truly are. Will I stop saying it’s easy? Probably not. Should I? Yes, most definitely. Is all this work worth it? That, I’ll leave for you to decide…
Here it is, just a week shy of Christmas, and I’m adding a pattern! Never fear, this uses worsted weight yarn and works up fast. This year I’ve been really interested in stranding and I love snowmen, so I thought I’d make my own chart and my hat. I downloaded a chart from Pinterest for the red hat. I’m sorry – I don’t remember which! Just enter knit snowflake chart in the search bar and you’ll get so many cool options. I included the picture so you can see the versatility of the basic hat pattern. So here it is, just in time for Santa’s visit!
While perusing the abysmally small selection of knit and crochet books at Barnes and Noble, I realized something about myself. I was focused solely on the knitting books. I thought to myself, Hang on. Why no crochet? I did a double take on the crochet offerings and noticed titles about cowls and scarves. I smiled to myself. Yea. Don’t need instruction on that. I revisited the knitting titles. There were a lot of subjects that I felt didn’t need further instruction, but conversely, there were so many more that I felt totally lacking.
I have had an on again, off again romance with stranding, and in this most recent flare, Scandinavian designs. I have made a few stranded items, and I’m still not happy with the results. I’ve read books, I’ve watched instructional videos and I’ve even asked advice. Still not happy. But I’ll follow my own advice, and persevere. Sooner or later, I’ll get it!
Now let’s talk gloves. I’m not talking mittens or fingerless mittens. I’m talking gloves with four fingers and a thumb. Haven’t made them. Scared. Yes, I said it. Scared of spending a lot of time and effort and getting a sub-par result (reference the above stranding).
Again, I thought about crocheting. I don’t know all there is to know, and I’m happy with my current level of expertise (advanced beginner to intermediate), but I’m not afraid of anything!
So does thus mean I’m a natural crocheter, which is way easy for me, or does this mean that knitting is actually more difficult? You wouldn’t know that to look at some people whipping out impossible knit designs who claim they just can’t do crochet.
What are you? Does one craft come easier to you than the other, or are you fortunate enough to have an innate feel for both?
I do love the hood/cowl combo, so I decided to make another version of it -the chicken skodie! I don’t know about where you live, but chickens are real popular in my neck of the woods, so I thought, eh, why not? Quick and easy to make like all the others, this will be someone’s favorite winter accessory. Free for your use, if you do make to sell, just link back to me.
My Halloween Purse poll got such a nice response, I decided to write a pattern for it. Be warned – you will need a sewing machine. Follow this link:
and use the code “halloweenfreebie” to download the pattern for free until midnight on September 29th. Don’t forget, if you like the pattern but would like to use it past Halloween, just change the colors. It’s a versatile, sturdy tote that will get you compliments – this has been field tested!
With the days getting shorter, the leaves turning color, and here in California the rainy season has started, it’s easier to stay productive with
the yarn. While I was making the Halloween Purse, I got a special request for some minion hats for Halloween. Didn’t have a pattern, and since it was for my niece’s daughters, I threw in the pink. Real simple. And now, I’ve taken up my very first knitted blanket project. Knitted, not crocheted. I’ve made plenty of crocheted blankets because it just goes faster, but this is thicker yarn and I’m hopeful it will be done before Thanksgiving. We’ll see.
I sure hope my mail lady likes this! She is so sweet and easy to talk to, I felt it was time to make her something; but as I made this for her, it doesn’t quite fit the model (me) as I would like. Don’t despair, I included alternate instructions for curvy women! An original design and easy to make, I have it for sale on Ravelry. Get it free until midnight, October 16, 2016 by using this code on checkout: joanne.
Sometimes I remember things or objects from my youth that have literally been forgotten for decades. One of those bits of flotsam and jetsam that recently floated across my consciousness was the rag rug from my childhood we had on our living room floor. The colors were drab and muted, very utilitarian in nature; however, put on the old wood floor, it really fit. Around 1975, my mother decided she’d had it with her young daughters cleaning the floor by using Pledge and creating a dangerous, slick surface for her stockinged feet – don’t do it! – and she had the standard gold shag carpet installed. Goodbye wood, goodbye rug.
Flash forward 41 years, and here I am, wanting to make a rug similar to the one from my childhood. This transmogrified into wanting to make an outdoor rug for our new deck; a rug that wouldn’t require washing and was durable. I’d read somewhere that it was possible to use paracord for certain crocheted objects and the said material could be purchased at a craft store. Without further thought or research, I did just that.
I purchased 120 yards (really?) and a more ergonomically friendly size “N” crochet hook. With only a vague notion as to how I should proceed, I powered through it. I’ve done enough crocheting through the years to improvise, even though I’m not a big fan of it. As you can see, the yardage fell far short of the imagined rug, but at least it made it outside. It’s sturdy, a bit rough on the hands, but it will last quite a long time out in the elements. My family was so impressed by this little place mat that now they want me to make a bigger one.
Will I? Yup. But later. My fingers got callouses from this!