Monday, August 15, 2011

Fierce but Friendly Dragon

This a really great pattern for a dragon. You can make him fierce or friendly. Or black or green. Or in my case navy and gold. Mine however looks quite strange right now as he only has a body and looks like a deformed snake. He will achieve a great look quite soon though.

However, he is for someone else so I can't really even name him. I guess I can't even say for sure it is a him and not a her. If this was my dragon, it would be a her and I would make her green and call her Saphira. Probably because I am in the middle of reading Eragon. Last month this would have been a Norbert.

I am actually really enjoying this pattern and I will hopefully have it done by the end of the week! You should definitely check out the pattern and make your own lovely little dragon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Reveling in Ravelery- New Baby

Daisy Baby Mary Jane Shoes: What a great spin on a classic baby shoe. I really don't think you could go wrong with these shoes! you can customize to whatever colors you would like to use and have a great unique addition to a shower gift!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Anthrologie Inspired Flower Headband

I love Anthropologie inspired accessories. There are great tutorials all over the blogging world of great jewelry and knit wear that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost. This past winter I had found a few different knit headbands I wanted for myself, or for gifts. The Anthro Inspired Plaited Headband was another one of these fabulous headbands.

Onto the specifics:

Items Required:

- worsted weight yarn in two coordinating colors
- size H crochet hook
- size 7 circular needles
- plastic darning needles


Cast on 72 stitches. Join in the round.

Round 1-3: K2, P2 to end of round

Next three inches or the headband (or however long you want to make it): Knit to end of row

Final 3 rounds: K2, P2 to end of round

Rosette Pattern is found here.

I sewed the Rosettes onto the headband but you could also use a hot glue gun. I however had a few bad run-ins with mine so I opted for the safer choice.

Hope you enjoy my pattern. I know it's summer right now, but it's never too early to get a jump on Christmas presents!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Reveling in Ravelry- Fedoras

Well I didn't used to like these. I believe strong dislike would probably be a better term. They are kind of growing on me. Slowly growing anyways. So of course I always am thinking, I need to make one.

So I hopped on Ravelry. I found a few ones I liked and even one that was made of straw and one with a pattern in Japanese.

Take a look at the ones that made the cut:

Novi Hat: This one, as far as coloring, looks to me most like what I picture when I hear the word fedora. I also really do like the brim.

Straw Fedora: I must say, I think this one is my favorite. I love the idea of paper yarn because it looks so unique!

Crochet Fedora: I love the yarn used in this hat! I definitely would change the red, probably to green.

There really aren't too many great patterns for a fedora, much less free ones. This may be something in which I need to invest. We shall see...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Baby Minion Hat

Many people have become familiar with my Despicable Me Minion Hat Pattern. Now we have a a slightly revamped version for the little minion in your life.

All I did to mix this up was start with less stitches than I did in the adult sized one. I started with 54 stitches and basically guessed my way through the rest of the hat. I will say I think it turned out adorable.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Anthro Inspired Double Plait Bobbies

Here is something else that I knew I wanted from Anthropologie that I was going to refuse to pay $18 for- Double Plait Bobbies. I love the idea of cute little bobby pins that have a little bit of sass of glam to dress them up. So after seeing these I knew I needed to try some myself.

Want some of your own? Here's how:

What you need: hot glue gun, skinny ribbon, bobby pin, hair pin (as pictures above you can see the hair pin in wider than a bobby pin and doesn't pop out at the end as a bobby pin does) I haven't tried this with using two bobby pins so I don't know what the end result would look like.

After you get your supplies together you take the hair pin and your ribbon and slide it through as I did above.

Fold the outside edge into the middle and use a dot of glue to put it in place.

Flip the pin over so you cannot see where you glued it in the back. If there is ribbon sticking off the edge just trim it down with some scissors.

Here you need to take the ribbon and pull it up towards you and over top of the right bar of the pin and slide it back through the middle. Kind of like you are braiding it in with the hair pin. Then continue by pulling the ribbon over top of the left bar and slide it back through the middle so it pops out on the bottom side of the right bar.

Continue to "braid" the ribbon through the hair pin until you reach the bottom. There you take another dab of glue to hold the ribbon in place and wrap the ribbon around the whole pin at the bottom and glue into place again.

Here is another one I made in blue with slightly thinner ribbon. Try different colors and patterns and see what creative things you can think of!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bailey Bear's Bear

I must say I really do think that this bear turned out quite adorable. That most certainly doesn't mean it was glitch free and easy. I also would change a the way I knit this. If anyone is considering making this bear, do it in the round! It was a ton of seaming! About halfway through the seaming process, I broke my last needle at a Fourth of July party. That to say the least, added immensely to the irritation at the seaming.

I also added the bow to the bear to give it an extra little punch of cuteness. If you are interested in adding the bow, you can find it here. If you want the whole package, the bear was made by Debbie Bliss.

Overall, this bear is adorable and squishy and perfect for a new baby boy or girl. Also, with enough preparation, it would make a great shower gift!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Reveling in Ravelry- Harry Potter

All good things must come to an end...

Wait wrong series- I think I just gave myself away as a Star Trek nerd. Anyways, with the end of the Harry Potter series coming to a close I wanted to pay tribute. I was looking for unique patterns this week- not just your run of the mill scarf. So I hope you enjoy my picks as we say goodbye to Harry, Ron and my boy Draco oh well maybe I am the only one that's a fan of him. I have always been a sucker for the villains

Puppet Pals: Here is a your opportunity to get some of your favorite characters on your fingertips. Most HP fans have at least heard of or seen the puppet pals videos. Now you can create your own with six different characters! Here are Harry and Co and Snape, Voldy and Dumbledore are here.

By time the 7th movie is out everyone has taken a quiz to find out which house they would be in. I, obviously, would be in Slytherin. But if you really want to know for sure, you will have to knit up your own Sorting Hat.

Dressing up for the premiere? Whip up this Mad Eye Moody patch to complete the look. Or save this one for Halloween. HP will still be cool.

Broomstick Bookmark: Since the movies are based upon books, I knew I need to include this bookmark. This would be a great addition if you gave someone these books as a gift!

But remember, no knitting during the movie!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Owl Hat Pictures

Many of you remember my owl hat I posted about here. I made these hats for someone that has their own photography business. I had gotten some pictures from her of the hats. Her pictures are obviously leagues better than mine.

Seriously how adorable?! I am still drafting up the pattern for this hat. It will come eventually!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Reveling in Ravelry- Gather 'Round the Campfire

Welcome to my online bonfire! Who doesn't love to sit around a fire on a cool summer's night!

Check out some of the great things you can knit or crochet to go along with it!

Campy and the Mallows: Well to start this party, we definitely need to start with a fire. This one comes with a bonus of mallows on a stick. Sadly, one of them is looking a little burnt.

Hot Dog: Perfect dinner for those looking for something over a fire. Although I must say I prefer some ketchup on top of mine...

Amigurumi S'more: What is a better treat while gathering around the fire? I love this little guy!

Find them on Ravelry:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What's in my Queue?

In case you haven't noticed, I really enjoy my Star Wars. Imagine my excitement when I found this cute little guy in my queue.

Who doesn't love a little furry Ewok? Little, furry and quick to make. Check our Ravelry or Etsy to find many other Star Wars amigurumi as well. I am definitely making it a priority to make this little critter soon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Reveling in Ravelry- Fourth of July

I know, it's so cliche, but it was bound to happen. Right? Well hopefully everyone will find plenty of time to whip up a project or two while you're out about about this weekend. Here are some fabulous ones to incorporate into your party this year!

4th of July Toilet Paper Topper: Having people over? Keep extra toilet paper available in your bathroom without simply having it sitting out. Plus it stays with the theme!

Checkerboard Picnic Blanket: If you're going to see some fireworks then check this out! This project will do double duty! Keep the kids occupied while your waiting for the fireworks to start and provide them with something to sit on. Who doesn't like to kill two birds with one stone?

4th of July Beach Bag: Spend the day at the beach with your new beach bag. This things will hold a ton. No matter where you end up on Independence Day, you will have a great bag to lug around.

Beverage Can Holder: Perfect holder for your drink of choice this weekend. Although, I must say, I agree with the picture. Coke is definitely the best choice!

Hope everyone has a safe, wonderful, RELAXING holiday weekend! I know I plan on it!

Ravel it:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Changes are a'comin

It's always good to grow and strive for improvement. I believe so anyways. With that said I have decided I am going to make some big changes around here, all of which are for the better. New hosting, new domain, new new new!

Hopefully, this transition will be smooth and easy. I am aiming to have all my content and links moved over easily!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I have Interest in Pinterest

My sister always tells me when she finds cool websites, or crafts or whatever. She introduced me to a very cool website called Pinterest.

Basically it is a very creative way to keep track of all the awesome things your run across on the interest. Instead of having a bazillion bookmarks as I do- you simply pin them. Then of course they had to make it so other people could see exactly what you are doing so you can follow people's pin boards.

So let me know if you want in invite or follow me here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Reveling in Ravelry- Beach Animals

I decided I was going to start a weekly series of different Ravelry patterns I come across and love. I am going to try and keep within a theme each week and if you have a pattern that goes with the theme feel free to comment!!

This weeks theme is beach animals. I am so ready for summer and the official calendar start of summer was this week. So I figured we should give a nod to the start of summer.

Duuuuude the Sea Turtle- So cute and I have recently been loving little animals that are so quick to knit!

Little Lobster- I first came across this adorable little lobster while browsing but the real gem was discovered when I actually looked at the full picture instead of the thumbnail- the mermaid. I mean what gets more summery and beachy than that!! So here is a pdf of both patterns. Little Lobster and Baby Mermaid.

Fishing Game- How many of you ever played the magnetic fish game with the little fishing poles when you were younger? Because I certainly did all the time!!! This is a highly portable version of this game and the water even turns into a carrying case for this game!! This would be a perfect game to bring to the beach for the kiddies!!


Jellyfish- Speaking of games, if you're Dory from finding Nemo, we can bounce on top of the jellyfish. I love this little guy and I think he would look super cute in many different colors. I just love how the little spirals come down as the tentacles!

Throughout the post I linked directly to the blog posts so you could quickly check out the details of the projects.

Now here you can share your work on Raverly

Duuuude the Sea Turtle

Lobster and Baby Mermaid

Fishing Game