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.
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!
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!
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.
After two years of working at the local cannabis clinic, my interests have lead me elsewhere. I will miss meeting all the people who came in: the miracle stories, the walking wounded, and the chronic pain sufferers and even the slackers. They all had their stories; some of them were horrific, some amusing, some were inspiring, but all very human. When I first started here, I was dubious about the efficacy of marijuana, but after seeing real results, I have now changed my mind; I even got up and made a speech at a city hall meeting to defend our need for a local dispensary. Anybody who knows me understands I HATE speeches and how much this experience has changed my attitude toward the much maligned cannabis plant. So it is with mixed emotions that I bid farewell to a controversial field and start some trouble of my own!
I know I mentioned several years earlier that I was having trouble putting aside my camera for good. I gave away so much because I was “done”. Since writing that blog, I have had several gigs for friends, mostly as a favor or a trade and I have stumbled upon a cool sideline, doing social media, to include my photography, for local businesses. These are not what I would consider paying gigs, as so far, I have been doing it for trade. I get food credits for Cafe Luna, and cheese credit for Wheyward Girl, (no, Wheyward Girl does not reflect my images or my handiwork – yet!) and honestly, I think I’m getting the better end of the deal on these! I’m now focusing my attention on other local businesses that are running on a shoestring budget but need the help. What better way than to offer a trade if cash money is tight? Let’s keep it local, right? And you are buying local, correct?! I won’t get on that soapbox today, because I am guilty of making weekly trips to the closest Wally World for those super economical deals – damnit!
As for my other loves, knitting and crocheting, that goes without saying that they’ll be in my life. I will continue to make designs, review patterns or tools of the trade and bitch about my latest disaster, be it knitting or crocheting – never fear. I am currently ignoring a pair of socks, using the basic Vanilla Latte Socks pattern, my fave. The pattern is free, so snatch it up!
See you in the funny pages!
Post Script: I just published it and noticed all the links I have in this article – oops! They’re good references, but you’re off the hook if you don’t want to follow them.
I finally finished the chile pepper scarf! As you can see, it’s not hard, it just took some thought. I also thought it would be great to release it and offer it free for a limited time around my birthday just for the fun of it. Here is the link to the pattern in my Ravelry Store. Use the code bday63 and get it for free. Offer ends midnight, Monday, April 11th 2016.