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, December 29, 2013

Dog Gone Cute!

I was checking out some of the projects that knitters have done using my patterns the other day and I came across this adorable puppy dog blanket:
It was made by Momika21 on Ravelry and here's a link to her project page.  Monica gave me permission to share the blanket with all of you as I thought it was such a clever idea.  Wouldn't this be a great baby gift paired with a dog themed book?  Goodness knows there are enough out there to choose from!  Obviously, the puppy dog pattern is mine, but here's a link to the free dog bone pattern, in case any of you would like it: Doggone Washcloth. Thank you Monika for sharing such a sweet project!

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Harry and Pals

Christmas sure is coming in a hurry.  I'm still feverishly working on a couple of presents that I had no business even attempting, but still I couldn't resist.  I can't share any pictures yet, but I thought I would share a little project that I made for my oldest grandson, Jack.  He just turned ten and for awhile now, his dad has been reading the Harry Potter books to him, and his brothers, every evening before bed.  Jack is just smitten with the series so when I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make them for him.
The pattern was only up on Ravelry for a hot minute and then the designer pulled it out of concern for copyright issues.  The yarn called for was a dk weight, but I knitted them out of fingering yarn.  My intention was for them to be Christmas ornaments.
The actual knitting was pretty easy, but the finishing and the details were quite time consuming.
I think the trickiest part of the whole project were the ties!  Trying to twist the yarn and secure them properly was a challenge.
I love the little eyelashes on Hermoine! I added the wands and made them by coloring toothpicks with a sharpie! Since they're just ornaments, I wasn't too concerned about any safety issues!
The designer is a lovely person and gave me permission to post my pictures, but you have to understand that the pattern is no longer available and I'm not able to share it due to copyright restrictions. Still, I thought you'd enjoy seeing them.  Jack was just thrilled and we have a video of him opening them up.  His joy made all the work worthwhile!  My son tells me that now I need to make all the other characters too.  Funny, but I don't feel obligated in the least to do that! lol!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and get all your projects done in time!  Speaking of which, where did I leave that knitting bag. . . .

Friday, December 13, 2013

Merry Christmoose!

Don't you just love the holidays?  Remember when you were a kid and all you had to worry about was what Santa would bring.  Remember how the time just seemed to drag on and on until Christmas day?  What I wouldn't give to have those days back!  Time is flying by and I don't know when I've been so ill prepared for a holiday!

I decided this year that I would knit a "few" gifts, so although I've been busy, I can't share any of my projects in case a member of my family decides to take a peek at this blog.  It's been so long since I posted however, that I'll be surprised if anyone is peeking!  In case you are, here is a little Christmas moose, a gift for all of my friends!
I knit this fella in Christmas Green.  What else? Unless it was red like the companion cloth:
Usually, red is really hard to photograph, but I think this picture came out pretty well.  The pdf links for the patterns are in the sidebar, or you can click here for the bib and here for the cloth.
I hope you've all been good this year and Santa treats you well!