Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kindle Cover Pattern

I love my kindle. I am actually a little obsessed with my kindle. I literally carry it everywhere with me in my purse. I do appreciate the love for actually holding a book in your hands and all that, but can't beat convenience. However, the  accessories can get a little expensive. So I thought I may as well put my talents to good use. And out of that came this... 

Unfortunately, I lost my phone this past weekend. Along with it were the instructions for that pattern for this case. So I am going to have to try and remember as best as I can what I did.

Kindle Case Pattern

Hook: Sz M

Yarn: I used a bulky weight and a worsted weight held together both were bought at a yarn shop and didn't have labels on them, so this is really more of an estimate

Large button or whatever you wish to use to close to case

This pattern in worked off one chain then connected into a round

Ch 9

Round 1: DC into third ch from hook, on DC in each ch till end of the row, add two more DC into the last chain (3 total in that ch) Now DC in each ch back down the ch making your stitches on the opposite side you worked on your way down. When you get to the last stitch on this row SS to connect to the first stitch. (You should have 16 stitches, 7 along both sides and one extra on one end and your two chains counts as the final stitch)

Round 2-9: Ch 2, one DC into each st all the way around. SS to join. (this was one of the numbers I really couldn't remember. You will want to adjust the number of rows depending on which kindle you have.

When you get to the tenth row you won't be working in a round but you will be making a flap to close the case.

Row 10: Ch 2. Skip one Dc in next stitch, DC in each of the next 4 sts, SS in next st. (6 sts remaining)

Row 11: Ch 2 Skip one Dc in next stitch, DC in next two sts, SS in next st (4 sts remaining)

Row Twelve. ch 2, 2 DC in each of the 4 remaining sts. Tie off.

Attach button to the base of the case. There should be plenty of room to slide a button through and you won't need to do a buttonhole.

And now you have your own customized kindle case. These make excellent gifts, and the best part is they take under an hour to make if you work quickly! I made a few of these for gifts this past holiday season and they were a hit!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

What's in My Stash

I have had this yarn so long I have already finished projects with two out of the three skeins of yarn in these pictures! 

I went to a local art fair with a friend over the summer and came out with nothing but yarn, go figure right?! 

This yarn was my absolute favorite! I adore how the colors look when they are loosely knit with some big needles. I made a gorgeous cowl and headband from this one skein.

This was a maroon yarn I purchased because it is the school colors of the volleyball team I coach. I used this to make some adorable headbands!

This is the lone yarn yet to be used. I just couldn't help myself! I have a weakness for wool yarn for some weird reason. Plus, it was on clearance. How can you say no to that! 

Unfortunately, I in the store the purple looked like royal blue. It was quite a surprise when I saw it again when I got home. Just shows how important lighting is to decide what color something truly is. 

Soon there will be pictures up if the great pieces I made from these great skeins! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Flower Hat

I made this hat for a friend that has her own photography business. She told me exactly what she wanted and this is what I came out of it. I must say I really love this hat. Probably not as much in real like but I like this as a photography prop. It's just charming and incredibly girlish. 

I will be getting a pattern out for this hat, hopefully quite soon. I just wanted to get some pictures out, because I was so pleased with the outcome of this hat!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Year, New Goals

I know it seems ironic, I haven't posted in forever and then here comes January and I resolve to get back in the groove and get posting again. Honestly, it really just worked out that way. At any rate, I do have some new goals I want to accomplish within the next few months. I really was in quite a groove with my regular posting and even just my knitting in general. Then the fall came volleyball season followed by a trip to London and the holidays. People that blog every single day are horribly committed. Its quite impressive.

In the near future, I would like to get a shop set up. I have dabbled around in Etsy, but I just am not in love with it the way many people are. There is definite value in the marketing you can get from using such a popular website but then again I believe these boutiques have their own niche. I see these gorgeous little online boutiques that are just so adorable it makes me want to buy things I could easily make myself.

I also am looking into the possibility of my own site. Sorry Blogger but I may be bidding you adieu this year. Once again, I am would very much like a website that is mine, especially if I do open my own shop.

And finally, I will be posting more. Many people start blogging with these lofty ideas of posting every day or five days a week. It just for many people with a full time job just isn't possible. So I am committing to posting more. I have a few great hats I have made over the past few weeks that are very cute and I will hopefully be finishing up on the patterns soon.

As far as actual projects, I will get through an actually pair of socks! Not just one lonely sock. Two. A pair. That someone can actually wear. My sister knows of my sock problem and gave me a book that shows you how to knot two socks at once. I haven't really had the chance to delve into this book but I will soon.

So stay tuned!