This weekend was all about the baby hat. I am still looking for my next big project *sigh*. Baby hats are a great in between project as they are small and generally quick to make. I made two cute hats with the Horseshoe Pattern and then another beanie for a little boy. The beanie is a wool/acrylic mix that I found buried in my stash.
Barbara Walker continues to rock my world. Whenever I am between major projects, I know I can take her book out and find something great. Here is the latest I am trying. The yarn is some leftover Babe by Knitting Fever Color 204 ( nylon/acrylic mix)
This is the Horseshoe Pattern from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I think this pattern so dainty and cute. I also love the wavy edge.
I decided I would like to try to make a top down sweater. I have never made one so I will be searching for a good pattern. Any suggestions?
This weekend, I was in Los Angeles for the long holiday weekend. On Valentine’s Day we went to a cute little restaurant (Little Fork in Hollywood) for dinner. Gosh was the food amazing! We wrapped up our evening at the famous Laugh Factory. I love stand up comedy and the comedians that performed did not disappoint! At one point I was laughing so hard I cried :).
Saturday we biked from Venice Beach to the Pacific Palisades (12 miles in all!). It was hazy out, but still a pretty view out to the ocean. As you can see I am wearing pants and a long sleeve top. The Northeastern gal in me can’t quite get on board with a bikini and cut off shorts in February. February is winter! Not time to sunbathe and playing beach volleyball. Maybe one day I will become a true “California girl”…
Sunday we headed over to the Huntington Library and Art Gallery. I was thrilled about the Rose Garden and Tea Room. However, when we finally got there I was greatly disappointed. There were no roses! I am assuming rose season is later in the year? Also the tea room was horrible looking. Nothing cute or girly about it. It was this crowded room with a cheapy looking buffet in the center. Ugh. I made the boyfriend turn around seconds after we went in.
Other than this, the rest of the grounds were wonderful. There are several different types of gardens to explore (Japanese, Chinese, Desert, Australian) and cute little ponds to sit by. Mr. Huntington’s residence has been turned into an art museum. The house itself was pretty stellar. The owners have preserved the architecture and decor nicely. The portrait gallery was amazing. The detail that painters used back then is out of this world!
I also liked this park because it was family friendly. Along the way there were several craft stations related to the garden you were in. For instance, Origami in the Japanese Garden. That was a great touch to keep kids occupied and promote the arts of the region. Overall, this was a great change of pace from the bustling city life.
This hat came out way cuter than I thought it would. I have to admit I don’t crochet much… Well to be honest not at all. However, the commission looked good and I was up for the challenge. Once I put the ponies and bows on I was proud of myself. It always feels good to complete a project from start to end without pause. The materials are just commercial yarn (Lion’s brand wool-ease) and some cute ribbon I found at Target. I am just hoping it fits the recipient ok. Fingers crossed !
It was super rainy in San Francisco this
past weekend. So the boyfriend and I stayed in, watched a lot of Olympics, and I crafted.
I finished the teal jewel tone hat. It came out a little snug for me, but someone with way less hair could def rock it.
Someone also commissioned me to make a Cabbage Patch Kids Hat (http://growsewhappy.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/cabbage-patch-hat-pattern-improved/)
I have made the hat , but need to add the ponytails and ribbons. Follow the link above for a pretty simple crochet pattern and videos. I hope this hat fits as it looks super tiny! Then again the baby is 9 months old.
Last , I was working on this sort of art installation for my wall. I have lots of wall space and very few hangings. I am using ads from old magazines to make these accordion like wheels. So far this task has taken a lot of time. It is not so easy to fold all those magazine pages.
I am stuck between projects. Basically I can’t decide if I want to create a sweater or do some baby items. In my quest to organize I discovered I had two balls of Alpaca fiber in pretty jewel tones ( teal and purple). The Alpaca came from my aunt who bought it for me when she went to Peru several years ago. I don’t have much so I decide to combine it with my favorite metallic acrylic yarn Vanna’s Glamour in Topaz. Sorry no brand on the Alpaca . I lost the label😔. So far it is looking and feeling amazing. Just the right combo with my Starbucks. Happy Thursday!
I am trying to dry angle my stash. I am a bad girl and I tend to not wind my materials into balls. What results is a hot mess in my stash bin. Recently my roommate bought a serious amount of apples from Costco. I took one look at the package and thought… Ball storage!
Finally, football season is coming to an end. No more Sundays dictated by when the game is on. Since I will be heading to a friend’s house, I thought I would whip up a cute little hostess gift. Here is the general outline for my stash busting football coasters.
Materials: US size 6 needles, ~30-40 g of worsted weight brown acrylic yarn, ~1 yd of worsted weight white acrylic yarn, tapestry needle (The yarn requirements are dependent on how many coasters you are making.)
Gauge: 5 sts and 8 rows= 1″
kfb= knit into the front and back of stitch
k2tog= knit two sts together
inc1= increase one stitch
Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: knit all sts
Row 2: k1, inc1, knit to last st, kfb (5 sts)
Repeat Rows 1-2 three more times. Repeat row 1 once more. (11 sts)
Row 10: k1,inc1, knit across to last st, kfb (13 sts)
Row 11: purl across all sts.
Continue Rows 10 and 11 until there is a total of 19sts.
Row 17-23: Work in stockinette stitch (p odd rows, k even rows).
Row 24: k1, slip 1, knit 1, psso, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (17sts)
Row 25: Purl across all sts.
Repeat rows 24 and 25 until there are 11 sts left.
Row 32: k1, slip1, knit 1, psso, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (9 sts)
Row 33: Knit across all sts
Continue Rows 32 and 33 until there are 3 sts left.
Bind off the last 3 sts.
Finishing: With white yarn stitch one long vertical line (~3″) and 4 short horizontal lines (~1″)to create the laces of the football.
If you would like a thicker coaster make two, place them on top of each other, and sew the edges together.
Hope you enjoy your Superbowl weekend!
*This pattern was last revised August 2019. If you find a point of confusion please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I am more than happy to help.