It’s that time of year again. The summer sun bears down on us earthlings with a vengeance, parching the ground, drying small ponds and sending us scuttling indoors where we shelter from the heat with our air conditioners, swamp coolers or just plain fans. The public pools smell of sunscreen and are packed with children jumping and splashing and not paying attention to where they’re doing it. A cracked skull may be in your future if this is your venue for cooling down.
If you’re lucky enough, you live close to the ocean; close to a large mass of water that regulates the temperature and cleans the air and is fun to frolic in with plenty of room. No cracked skulls there. You are fortunate. You are blessed. You are also probably wealthy, or are living in the house your great-great grandparents purchased back in the day, and it’s staying in the family. Either way, it must be sweet.
Except I would never get in the water. I’d be hanging out at the public pools – if such a thing exists next to the beach – and taking my chances with the splashing, jumping kids. And the reason for that? Sharks. I was okay with going in the water until I turned 12. “Jaws” the book and movie changed my mind. Since then, I have learned of other, valid reasons why one shouldn’t go in the ocean, but the most dramatic and compelling justification for avoiding the open seas remains the movie. And what better way to celebrate the fact the I’m freaked out than knit a pair of cool socks during Shark Week!
The Knit-A-Long starts on the 23rd of this month, so you just may be able to get your yarn in time if you want to join the fun. This will be my first KAL and I’m excited. If you rolled your eyes at that last statement, you are not a knitter!
See you in the funny pages!
Lovely, squishy yarn!
Click on pic to get Lara Smoot’s Shark Bite II sock pattern available on Ravelry
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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.
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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!
Different pattern and colors, just to illustrate what you can do!
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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.
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Hey, everybody. It’s getting to be that time of year where some of us need a little extra cash. I discovered a decent consignment shop where I take my work and have someone else sell it. The cut is a bit higher than I would like, but this shop really moves it because there’s a bunch of foot traffic. You pay for location no matter what, huh?
The finished product from my pattern
Anyway, I have found that my Foxy Hooded Cowl is a big seller. As a crafter, what makes this particular design so attractive is that it’s not tremendously expensive to make, is quick to work up (usually no more than three hours) and it’s just so darned cute it won’t sit on the shelves long. You actually feel like you’re making some money, versus just paying for the materials!
Does anyone else do this on a regular? What are your big sellers? Do you mix up crafts? Let me know!
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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!
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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.
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