Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

One Fat Cat

Today is my birthday and so, in keeping with tradition, I'm happy to present a new pattern as a gift to all my readers! I was working on this design when my granddaughter spotted it. She has a little stuffed kitten, named "Purple Kitty" which she takes with her everywhere. She was very excited and wanted me to name the cloth after her kitten. I was all set to do just that, but every time I looked at it, all I could think was "that is one fat cat"! I'm sorry to disappoint Ruthie, but that's what I decided to go with for a name. This guy really is one fat, but happy cat! Doesn't he look like he just ate a bowl of cream?
This is the first time that I've used Hobby Lobby's yarn "I Love This Cotton!" There are tons of bibs on Ravelry that have been knitted with this yarn and I wanted to try it myself. It is much softer than the Peaches & Creme I usually use, however, I don't think it would be as absorbent for a bib. The P&C makes a much firmer fabric. It would be really nice for a face cloth though. Of course, this is just my opinion. Unfortunately for me, I don't have any babies around to conduct an experiment!
I'm having difficulty uploading a picture of the cloth. For some reason, it keeps turning upside down! You can see that I do have a cloth though and the pdf files are in the sidebar. Hopefully, when I post the cloth on Ravelry, it will be right side up!

I hope you'll enjoy the pattern.  Many thanks to my great knitting buddy and friend, Tunie, who helped me test knit. Her "purple kitty" is actually green! Watch for it to show up in her projects page.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Fall.  The leaves here in my corner of New England are just gorgeous.  A lovely month to celebrate a birthday!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Where do all these babies come from?

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted. I've been knitting up a storm all summer long and I never find the time to post. As I've told you, I knit the baby hats for my local hospital and, at first, it was just a relaxing little adventure.  It's a very small hospital and if they had ten babies a month, they were busy. Well, it seems like they have a new female ob-gyn doctor who's attracting new moms like crazy.  Over the summer, I've had to knit more than eighty hats! That's right, eighty! Just since the middle of August, I've knit forty two and they need another twenty for October! I'm a little burnt out on baby hats and I'm ready to move on, but I did make the commitment, so I'll keep it up.  In the meantime, I thought maybe you'd like to see a few that I've done!

One of my favorite hats for the boys, is this cute car hat.
Just to be different, I did this other version:
Looks a little more like a Fall or Winter hat, don't you think? I try to keep the hats seasonal, so of course, I had to knit the famous Pumpkin Hat:
This is her ribbed version and apparently, is one of the favorites with the nurses! The fathers, however, all go right for the football hats. I posted the directions for these on my blog a couple of years ago  The link to the directions is here.
I did knit a couple of "girly" hats as well.  This is my latest:
It's just a my basic beanie pattern with a seed stitch band, but check out that flower!  I've been working on my crochet skills and took a class on Craftsy.  It still takes me awhile to make a flower, but I'm starting to get a bit faster! 

I also couldn't resist including a couple of super hero hats:
I knit a beanie and then duplicate stitched the logo. I found free charts that worked great.  Superman is here and the Batman logo is here. The only change I made to the Batman chart was to add an extra stitch on each side of the first and last row. It just made it a bit more symmetrical.

Finally, I thought I'd make a Halloween hat, just in case they have a baby born that day:
I striped it to look like candy corn and I crocheted the little cat!  I found the pattern for the cat on YouTube here. I had to make it with finer yarn (Cotton Classic Lite) and a smaller hook in order to reduce it to a usable size, but I think it came out okay!  

Now, look for a new dishcloth and bib pattern from me this Sunday. It's my annual birthday pattern! My granddaughter inspired it and I hope you'll like it! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tunie Fish

Are you sitting down? I don't want the shock of seeing a new post from me to be too overwhelming! It's been a long time and I was beginning to think I should just pack it in and put everyone out of their misery, but obviously, I decided to go another year! It's a little more difficult for me now that both my husband and I are retired and are on a fixed income. I have to justify the expense of hosting the website without any income! I won't sell the patterns though, so I'll have to come up with something else. In the meantime, I'll try to be a little more active.

I was trying to think of another design to fit in with the other nautical cloths I've done in the past and I thought maybe I'd do a fish, but what kind of fish? A Tunie fish of course, named after my very best knitting buddy and friend, Tunie!  She lives in Australia and has a wonderful sense of humor so she thought it was pretty funny herself. You should read the story of how she got her name "Tunie" on her profile page on Ravelry where she goes by peacockmom. It's hilarious.

If you look close, you'll see that the side fin is actually a heart.  A special nod to my wonderful friend.
Lately, there have been a rash of blankets knitted with these "wavy" cloths. I'm still waiting to see pictures of some, but I'm just so flattered that you like them well enough to make blankets out of them!
The pdf for the bib is here and cloth is here or you can grab them from the sidebar.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  Here in my little corner of New England, it's been hot and humid with no rain.  I'm so ready for a day or two at the beach! Maybe even a month. . .

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Andy the Panda

When my younger sister and I were growing up, we each had a collection of stuffed animals. Mine consisted of two dogs, but my sister had a whole menagerie. Among them, was her beloved panda named "Andy".  This design reminds me of him.
I used the original Peaches & Creme cotton in Dark Grape for the cloth and Light Grape for the bib, even though it looks more gray than purple in the picture!
It's a quick and easy knit. The pdf files are in the sidebar or you can click here for the cloth and here for the bib.

Many thanks to my good buddy, Tunie, for helping me out with the testing.  Everyone should have someone like her in their life!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Quickie Hearts

I thought I would do a quick little post, so you can see that I'm still alive.  I have been off to a rocky start this year.  One of my doctors thought I might have cancer, but my other one, disagreed.  I've been through a whole round of testing and it looks like my second doctor was right.  Everything (so far) is negative, so yay for me!  I still have some more tests to do, but I'm in a happier frame of mind, as you can imagine!

I do have lots of fun stuff to share, but I thought I'd just start with these cute little kitchen scrubbies.  I knit them for little stocking stuffer gifts for all the women in my family.
The yarn is Red Heart's Scrubby in Cherry. I used this cute free pattern from Simply Notable. It's all done in garter stitch and is a quick and easy knit on U.S. Size 8 needles.
I thought the yarn would be difficult to knit with, but it wasn't bad. It is a little rough, but then that's its purpose.  It's 100% polyester. Also, there's no stitch definition with it, so a garter stitch project is perfect.
The best part is that they actually seem to work!  Always a plus.

Have a happy Valentine's Day. I hope you get to hug whoever is sweetest in your life.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Foxy Baby

Life is slowly settling down around here. My husband's surgery went smoothly and now he's in the long recovery phase.  This past Sunday, I said goodbye to all my precious grandkids as they headed off to their new home in North Carolina.  It was so difficult to watch them drive away as they had all been staying with me for the past three weeks. We shared lots of laughs and even though it was crazy at times, I loved every minute. I'm sure they'll enjoy their new state, even though it breaks my heart to have them all so far away.

With the quiet, I now have time to catch up on things that have been on the back burner. I designed this pattern several months ago and am just now getting around to posting it.  It's funny how things, work out, but no sooner did I finish charting it up, than I received a request for it! One of my friends on Ravelry, xstitch or Vicki, was looking for a fox bib for her sweet grandson. She even offered to test knit it for me! She's just an amazing knitter.  I often tell her that when I grow up, I want to be just like her! I feel so honored that she wanted to help me!
I went through three different drafts for this one.  The first one looked too much like a cat to suit me and the second one looked like Wil E. Coyote!  You know, foxes are pretty tricky to do!  In any event, Vicki and I settled on this one, and I hope that you'll like it too.
The patterns are both in the sidebar, or you can just click here for the bib and here for the cloth.
I saved the best picture for last!  Here's a picture of Vicki's adorable grandson modeling his new bib!
I love it!  A huge thank you to Vicki (and to her daughter) for allowing me to share this picture with you.  If you'd enjoy seeing more of Vicki's knitting, here's a link to her Ravelry project page:  xstitch She has the most gorgeous shawls and she's even had a pattern named after her!  Xstitch A pretty (and free) cowl pattern with, what else?, cross stitches!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pumpkin Jack

Did you notice that as you grow older, the time goes by much more quickly?  Here it is my birthday again and I'm amazed (but not delighted) at how fast time has flown by.  As long time readers of my blog will know, I always try to post a new pattern on my birthday as my gift to all of you!
I'm calling this one "Pumpkin Jack".  My oldest grandson, Jack, has this same little smirk when he's happy.  I usually try to stick to animals, but I couldn't resist doing a seasonal pattern.
I knit both of them in the original Peaches & Creme in Sunburst and Gold. Both of the patterns are in the sidebar or you can click here for the pdf of the bib and here for the cloth.

So far, my birthday is shaping up to be just great. My husband fell down our attic stairs and tore his quad tendon (the main one that attaches to the knee) and is scheduled for surgery this Tuesday. You might remember that he had the same injury three years ago to the other knee.  That time, his recovery went from September to April. I guess that means we'll be looking at May before he's back to normal. If that wasn't bad enough, my 90 year old mother was taken to the hospital via ambulance with chest pains the other day; and then, all of my grandkids are moving to North Carolina next month. This is breaking my heart as they'll be so far away. As it is, I can jump in my car and see them in an hour, but now, if I jump, it will be a two day car ride!  Not so convenient. Sigh. Oh well, life goes on and I'm sure we'll all get through it, although I may end up in a corner talking to myself and clutching my knitting needles!
I sincerely hope that you're all enjoying your Fall. The leaves are changing here in New England and it's just beautiful everywhere you go.  I also hope that you like my pumpkins. One good thing about them, they don't need carving!!