Friday, February 15, 2013

Hoot List: Precious Things

Knitting // How adorable is this fox hood from The Velvet Acorn?

Art // There's so much detail in this small skull sculpture from SH Hark.

Style // I've been loving open-back dresses lately, and this one from Chrystal is just precious.

Etsy // What a beautiful cross stitch kit from Red Gate Stitchery.

Owl // What a precious little felted owl ornament from Scratch Craft.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

February Nails: Happy Valentine's Day

Though I don't personally celebrate Valentine's Day, I got inspired by hearts for this month's nail pattern.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Knitting Frenzy


1. January Cowl - This project taught me that, though I may love the way large cables look, I hate knitting them.
2. Dog Sweater - My very first sweater! After completing this project, I think I'll be much more comfortable about starting a sweater for myself.
3. I-Cord Necklace Cowl - This design was so simple and easy, I may have to use this to use up most of the rest of my stash.
4. Harry Potter Bookmark - I'm slowly making a bookmark for every book in my library, or at least the ones not going into my sell pile.

Working On

1. Depths Cowl - I found a wonderful stitch pattern for an open mesh stitch from Derya Davenport.
2. Temperature Journal - I broke down and bought some cross stitch canvas, so now I'm actually working on stitching the journal!
3. Wonder Woman Fingerless Gloves - I'm so excited to get to wear these things!
4. Bookmark

Starting Soon

1. iPad Sweater - My fair isle February goal will soon be underway.
2. Bookmark
3. Flower Bud - I'm excited to finally have a flower bud for my little bud vase.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pattern: I-Cord Necklace Cowl

This is a great stash-busting pattern that anyone can do. All you need is a pair of double pointed needles and a skein of yarn you don't know what to do with.

I-Cord Necklace Cowl

1 skein of yarn (I used about a half skein of sport weight yarn)
1 pair of US4 dpns (or size needed for chosen yarn)


CO 4 sts, leaving a 6" tail.

Knit i-cord until you reach near the end of the skein.

BO all sts, leaving a 6" tail.

Wrap the cord around your neck once where you want it to fall. Pull the loop over head and continue to wrap the rest of the cord around using the original loop as your guide. Using one tail, sew a running stitch across the back of the neck to hold the loops in place. Using the other tail, backstitch across the neck. For extra security, backstitch twice across the neck. Tie off and weave in loose ends.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pattern: Part 1 of Christmas Tree Knit-a-long

The mystery is revealed! Part 1 of the Christmas tree knit-a-long is for the base of the tree only. Don't bases always look so drab? From here we will be adding loads of leafy goodness... and I can't wait to start on the decorations!

Christmas Tree Base

3 skeins of worsted weight green yarn (shown is Knitpicks Brava worsted yarn in Dublin)
1 skein of worsted weight brown yarn (shown is Knitpicks Brava worsted yarn in Sienna)
1 pair of US8 straight needles (long)
1 spare needle

16sts x 22rows = 4"

CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
P2tog - purl 2 together

In Brown, CO 20 sts using long tail cast-on method.

Row 1: K across.
Row 2: P across.

Rows 3 - 60: Work as rows 1 - 2.

Switch to Green yarn.

Row 61: CO 35 sts using long tail cast-on method, graft trunk to base of tree by knitting every stitch, CO 35 sts using backwards loop cast-on method.

Row 62: P across.
Row 63: K across.

Rows 64 - 65: Work as rows 62 - 63.

Row 66: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog.

Row 67: K across.
Row 68: P across.

Rows 69 - 70: Work as rows 67 - 68.

Row 71: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog

Row 72: P across.
Row 73: K across.

Rows 74 - 75: Work as rows 72 - 73.

Row 76: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog

Row 77: K across.
Row 78: P across.

Rows 79 - 80: Work as rows 77 - 78.

Row 81: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog

Row 82: P across
Row 83: K across
Row 84: P across

Row 85: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog

Row 86: P across.
Row 87: K across.

Rows 88 - 94: Work as rows 86 - 87.

Row 95: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog

Row 96: P across.
Row 97: K across

Rows 98 - 103: Work as rows 96 - 97.

Row 104: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog

Row 105: K across.
Row 106: P across.

Rows 107 - 113: Work as rows 105 - 106.

Row 114: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog

Row 115: K across.
Row 116: P across.

Rows 117 - 122: Work as rows 115 - 116.

Row 123: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog

Row 124: P across.
Row 125: K across.

Rows 126 - 132: Work as rows 124 - 125.

Rows 133 - 372: Work as rows 85 - 132.

Row 373: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog.

Row 374: P across.
Row 375: K across.

Rows 376 - 380: Work as rows 374 - +158.

Row 381: K across.
Row 382: P across.

Rows 383 - 387: Work as rows +164 - +165.

Row 388: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog.

Row 389: K across.
Row 390: P across.

Rows 391 - 393: Work as rows +172 - +173.

Bind off across.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday's Simple: Hair Love

Now that I've finally gone redhead, I feel like doing more than just throwing up my curly locks in a ponytail. And thanks to the simple, easy-to-follow hair tutorials over at A Beautiful Mess, I've got this hair thing in the bag.

Day 1: Maiden Braids 
As intricate as these braids look, I picked them first because of how easy the tutorial made them look. The only problem that really occurred was my hair was quite a bit shorter than the model's, but that just meant pinning the braids where you could see the pins and tucking in the ends.

Day 2: Side Braid
 This braid was super easy, though I don't think I did the fishtail braid correctly.

Day 3: Messy Bun
A really cute way to dress up a simple pony tail.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hoot List

Knitting // I can't wait to try this Timmy Cushion pattern by Gary Kennedy.

Etsy // This little heart sugar spoon is precious.

Art // I'm in love with this origami bouquet.

Style // This lady bug bag from ModCloth would make a wonderful small project bag.

Owl // What a precious little magnet!