Up here in the mountains, the night temps are just on this side of less than comfortable and, even though there hasn’t been any color changes yet, the leaves are starting to litter the driveway a little. Yes, we do have a few warm days ahead of us, but all these signs herald the coming of autumn and a much busier crafting time, not to say anything about it being my favorite time of year. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve lived the better part of my life in places where the summers are incredibly hot, whether being a redhead, I have a genetic propensity to enjoy the colder climate, or that I just like bundling up in cold weather fashions. And possibly, quite probably, it’s that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, even Valentine’s Day, are not so far away on the calendar.
To mark our annual celestial trek through space and time around el sol when it crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, or autumn (could have saved some bandwidth there), I compiled a list of some really neat free pumpkin patterns. When they started popping up in my Google feed, I knew it was official. If these aren’t to your taste, fear not, as they are quite a few options out there. Whether you intend to make one or not, feel free to peruse these artists creations – they’re so cute! Enjoy!
With Easter just around the corner, I felt the need to share some freebie cuties. Presented in no particular order, they’re a hodgepodge of crochet and knit patterns, most of them quick enough to complete in plenty of time. Just click the link above the picture and it will take you to the pattern. Enjoy!
I finally got all the gifts for the grand nieces and nephews finished that I’ve been working on for a bit. I started in September, but I must admit, it wasn’t a totally concerted effort as I’ve actually completed some cowls, hats, mitts, a wrap, and several hoodies. I get distracted so easily when it comes to my projects – ! Just for that reason, I chose all but one of these gifts to be crocheted. For me, crochet is way faster and the concentration levels are lower. The shark hat and my little pony hats and a basic ribbed cowl have no patterns…yet. The blanket that they’re all resting on is a basic crochet hounds tooth pattern made with Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, (which is so ooey-gooey-licious that I want to make one just for myself) in little girl colors. The links to all the rest are listed below.
I was so pleased to see Lion Brand step up their game when they introduced a line of free patterns geared especially for us “Curvy” girls! Yay! I must admit that the Cowl Neck Knit Tunic is looking like a high priority on my list. I would like to make it for the winter 2015/16 season, but I already have so many projects backed up here! Grrrr. I’ve included the link here – now go have fun!
And speaking of backed up projects list, I am actually hacking away, successfully, at one that, surprisingly enough, I have never done before; the Christmas list. Some of you may be thinking “What? All these years you’ve knit and crochet and have never gifted them before?” I know, I know. Every year I think about it, around December 12th. You see the problem. But this year, I’m on a mission. No, I didn’t start in July like I was supposed to, but I have chosen fast, crocheted hats and beanies for the young ‘uns, so this plan should work. So far, I have punched out two this week and intend to be done with another tonight – woo-hoo! I found the burger hat online from a talented fiber artist – click here for the pattern!
As almost an afterthought, I wanted to include some pics of my completed Autumn Wrap. I know I did mention it a few posts earlier, and I have been working on it diligently in the meanwhile. Not as happy as I thought I would be . I don’t seem to have a sense of color matching like I should. 😦 A little caveat for those of you who want to get decent pictures of your work: don’t let the husband do it!
It’s coming up on my favorite time of year – autumn, and thereby, Halloween. I loved running around our neighborhood and getting FREE CANDY! I remember the costumes, some years really good, other years, just some makeup to grime the face and squeezing into old cast-offs for the “loveable” hobo ensemble. So you’re not stuck with a last minute throw-together look, I’m putting a link to my Pinterest board aptly titled “Halloween”. Not all of the pins are patterns, but they comprise an overwhelming majority. This is by no means a comprehensive collection, but I figure it’s a nice start. Enjoy!
It would appear, that for some unknown reason, my patterns cannot be accessed from smartphones. Links to other crafters appear to be ok, but for some reason, the patterns I wrote are not working. Fortunately, they can still be accessed from a laptop and I assume this also applies to desktops. If you have difficulties with this, let me know and I’ll see what I can do; maybe if I send you a direct link?
If anyone out there knows what the issue is, please let me know. Until then, we will do our best.
Hey you guys! I don’t know if I ever announced this in a post, but I do have a page devoted to crochet and knitting pattern links I’ve found on online. I’ve kinda neglected it as of late, but today I’ll be adding some more. If you know of a free pattern and would like to link it on the page, please feel free to!
My one stipulation is that everyone is okay with this. Surprisingly, I have been turned down on some links because the pattern creators didn’t want to be associated with me. Now, I mention this, because I feel my online persona, Nittin’ Ninja, is relatively mild, and I was surprised by their response, but I did honor their wishes. People can be funny that way – and it’s ok. If it’s your own pattern – do it! Also, feel free to let us all know why you’re sharing it. A good story almost always enhances the value of just about anything.
Anyway, I do intend to add a sewing link once I become more proficient with that art, so if you have something now, let me know and I’ll go ahead and add the link page now!
Note: I finally finished the socks for my hubby and he was so pleased! Whee!
It started out easy enough. I saw a wonderful pattern for a purse and I had to have it, so I purchased it and all the goodies that go with it and started with my usual verve and gusto at the beginning of a project. First sign I was going to have trouble was when the bottom strip was turned into a complete circle and working in the round began. Ay-yi-yi! The author did warn that it would be a little tight. I swear, everything was squeaking! But I persevered.
Then I had to figure out how to do the particular loop stitch that she defined. I was literally scratching my head and cocking it to the side in hopes that I might understand! I would sleep on it for a night, and then, enlightenment. Ah. And then I’d get real happy then realize that my stitch count was off. And we had to go back several times because of my enthusiasm. *note to self: don’t have a compelling television drama going while you’re knitting*
There were also several other rounds of instruction that had me baffled. I don’t why, because they were easy enough and in standard knit language. Sometimes, I think I may just work myself up to thinking it’s going to be difficult, when in fact, it’s not.
So, we have overcome some obstacles and it’s starting to look like the beautiful purse I saw pictured and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time – or I don’t get the time – to work on this.
Now, after having said I shouldn’t work myself up into a frenzy of worry, guess what I’m doing? To finish this purse, I will have to line it. I mean, I guess I really don’t have to, but I want to. Knit and crochet purses generally need lining or they can’t hold anything. And you’re thinking “Get to the point”. Shush! I will. I don’t sew. I mean, not really. And of course, the lining must be sewed.
So, don’t be surprised if I post another blog with me crying that I ruined everything because I messed up the interfacing or something! I’m keeping my fingers crossed, everyone.
So I managed to finish working in all the loose ends, which, by the way, took all of two hours. Ugh! I had my misgivings after I first started working on this project that maybe I shouldn’t have chosen this particular one because I look like a barn. But it looked so pretty, I had to! Oh, well. I’ll look like a barn when I wear it! And yes,the armholes are a bit long so I photoshopped my bra out of a
sense of decency and decorum. I was also surprised that this shirt isn’t more see-through….not that I wanted that. And it truly is airy because of the open weave. While I was making it, I doubted that it would be something I could wear in temperatures over 50°F because the top must weigh close to three pounds.
The pattern instructions say this is an intermediate project, but I disagree. I believe all but the most absolute beginner could finish this. It’s fast and fun and the pattern is available for free at: