Saturday, September 10, 2011

Crochet and Knitted Hats

by Kelly

Now that the first chill of fall has arrived, my thoughts have gone back to knitting. Last year, Donna, Dawn and I knit hats, mittens, and scarves to donate to a kid's Christmas giveaway. So, I've done some searching for free patterns, and found some amazing things. And quite a few freebies!

Crystal Palace Yarns is coming out with something new - wide ribbon yarn that ruffles itself. Some of the free patterns are adorable. Look at this hat!

Free knitting pattern here. The ribbon yarn is a little different, so there's also a tutorial here on how to knit with it.

And then there's a cute Rainbow hat

Free knitting pattern here  This is an adult sized pattern, so you'd have to juggle it a bit for a kid's size. But there are matching mittens,  and they come in child, women, or men's sizes. Although, I don't know any guys who would wear rainbow stripe mittens. Just saying.

And seen on Make, this amazing hat.  Read the article here, and learn about early motion pictures and Eadward Muybridge. Or just go to Ravelry and check out the pattern.

Knitting pattern on Ravelry. This one costs $5.00.

But enough knitting patterns. Although I have not given up hope of convincing others (hint, hint) to learn how to knit, crochet patterns are something we can all use. So here's a sampling.

Free from the Fabled Needle

Available from Etsy here.Pattern costs $5.00

And you know what would go perfectly with that last hat? A scarf made of fun fur that looks like a fox's tail. Cute!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Crochet Lace - Two Ways

by Kelly

Hairpin lace from Antique Crochet Patterns

 or Broomstick lace from Mochi Plus Patterns???

I haven't attempted either of these techniques before, but I have the needles and gadgets to do the work. Has anyone else ever done anything like this? Which would be easier?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


by Kelly

Needlefelting isn't something I'm tempted to try. I don't have the materials, and even if I did have the necessary wool or other 'fuzzable' yarn, I would be tempted to knit or crochet something with it first, so the needlefelting would never get done. But I can admire the results, especially when they're referencing science fiction. That really appeals to me, geek that I am.

  DeviantArt is just the place to find that kind of thing. If you haven't checked out DeviantArt before, click the link and go there right now. Trust me, it's amazing. But back to the needlefelting...


I especially love the fact that this Dalek lights up. The blue LED for an eye, and the little white LEDs for the other inputs/senses help make this guy  adorable. Yes, the most feared, xenophobic lifeform in the universe, in a soft huggable form.

On a side note, since we're talking about soft and huggable things, I've always thought that dolls were pretty creepy - probably because when I was a little girl I read this book by Carol Beach York. The solution to creepy dolls?

And then, of course,  there's Optimus Prime.


Yeah, almost tempted to learn another new craft....almost.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

It's Labor Day and folks everywhere are trying to eek out that last little bit of summer. I was at the store yesterday and people everywhere were stocking up on BBQ basics. We're doing a small cookout later today - burgers and dogs I think - nothing too fancy. For me, though it's not a celebration of the end of summer as much as an enthusiastic nod to fall. Autumn if far and away my favorite season. Woke up to 52 degrees this morning! Now that's a temperature to love. Windows are all flung open and the tea kettle is humming. Ah.

It's also my favorite sports season - football and chili! We're at it again this year at - one new chili each week - can't believe there are new chili thoughts but amazingly there are. We're kicking off the season opener with the Falcons on the 11th and we've done a Double Jack and Coke chili. Check it out at
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