Friday, August 31, 2012

Red Baby Hat

This is a knitted red hat that could fit a baby or a toddler. The 'brim' is a basket weave and the crown is a simple garter stitch. I might crochet a snowflake for the side, like one of those flowers you see on cloches.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rag Rug

First, I just noticed I have 23 followers. Awesome! Hi, Everybody!

Okay, here's an ongoing project. I work on it as I get the 'yarn'--that is, as I get t-shirts to cut up. Once it's big enough, I'll probably use it on my office floor.

It is made with a "Q" hook. I'm having a lot of fun with it!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

No Hassle Tassle

This is made from a cleaned-out K-cup. It was very easy to do, but if a kid wanted to do it I would definitely have an adult punch the hole through the top. The plastic is hard.

It's hard to see, but I painted the cup and added some glitter

Basically, all you do is gather up a bunch of colors of yarns, ribbons or strings and cut them double the length you'd like. These yarns are about 16 inches long.
Double them up and tie them in the middle with some wire. Poke both ends of the wire up through the hole. Then poke the wire through a bead then a button. Twist it up at the top.
I would add some little beads along the wire to hide the wires, but as anyone who follows this blog knows (all 3 of you), I work with what I have on hand!

Couldn't you just see some jingle bells added to this for a cute musical toy (for a kid who doesn't put things in his mouth, that is!)?

PS--I took this shot with a freebie app on my phone called "Retro Camera." Look it's a blast!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Red Hats

Even though I'm working on learning the circular knitting thing, I'm always happier just plain flat knitting. So finding a hat pattern to play with on regular needles is awesome. This is adapted from the September issue of Creative  Knitting --'adapted' because my yarn started doing weird things, but the pattern still looked nice enough. The original is a more even rib.
It is worked with bulky (size 5) yarn on size 9 needles. You knit for 7 inches then start to decrease--finally gathering up the top and just sewing down the side. Because the 'flat' part is 7 inches, I'm doing an inch a day on the second hat. For this one, I've 'created' my own pattern--a basket weave 'brim' worked over 60 stitches (the original calls for about 75; I'm experimenting here)--alternating 6 purls and 6 knits for the first six or so rows, then reversing this for another six rows. The rest will be garter stitch. I'm lazy that way.This is a super-fast hat to make, especially with the use of bulky yarn. It's a great pattern for charity work.

Friday, August 10, 2012

More Crochet Bits

I love pretty storage things. I made myself some containers to hold buttons. One for each color. (I also made a neutral one and I still have to make a purple one.) 
I didn't realize it sort of looks like the Olympic rings. I guess that's appropriate this week!

Each one has a different 'stitch,' so it was a fast and fun way to practice some techniques!
PS--I also think little cups like these would make a fun sorting game for kids!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Bit of Crochet

I have several 'big' projects in the works, but it's nice to make these quick little things, too. Very satisfying to finish a project in a day. This is a holder for earphones. It is only about 3 inches by 2 inches. 

I didn't have a button that was big enough, so I used a yo-yo instead!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Child's Chef Set

I made this little chef's hat and matching apron this week. I think it would fit a 3-6 year old.  It's from the second One Yard Wonders book.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tote Bag

Here is a tote bag I made from a pattern in the "One Yard Wonders" book. (The original version doesn't have a lining.)

Here it is folded up:

I love the Kitty Cat fabric!