While Knitting, Vol. 1

October 23, 2014



Knitting doesn't happen in a vacuum here in SMH-land. Instead, I'm always reading something (thanks to my Kindle) or watching something (thanks to Netflix). Here's a short list of what I've been reading and watching lately.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.This is the same author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, which I loved immensely. This one, however? Not as much. The story of a just-graduated boy named Colin who loves girls named Katherine, it is a coming-of-age story for sure. But then, in the epilogue, the author lays out what he believes is the true moral of the story. And, here's the thing. If you need to spell it all out for me at the end, you didn't do a good enough job of explaining it through your storytelling. Which means you didn't do your job well enough as an author. Had this epilogue been left out, I would have probably liked the book a bit better.

Grey's Anatomy: Season 9. Yes, I know. It was probably never very good, and I'm several seasons behind. But man, do I love the heavy-handed drama. And I love just how frequently these doctors fall in love with each other, while always seeming to perform such ridiculously rare and life-altering procedures. Pure trashy television gold!

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker. I'm pretty sure we all fell in love with Jen Hatmaker and her family, thanks to their HGTV show. I hadn't read a single one of her books, however, so I picked up Interrupted. This is my kind of faith, folks. Real, scary, dirty and rough. Taking the words of Jesus seriously, leaning into the reality of just how blessed we are, and just how much we take that for granted.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.We've been going back and forth between these two on Netflix daily, with the Christmas movie winning out almost every time. Kids after my own heart - they're already excited for Christmas, too!

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams. What a phenomenal writer! I bought this assuming I'd be reading about Dee's foray into tiny house building, and there was definitely that, but this amazing book is full of Dee's spirit and life as well. You can feel her smile as she tells her story, and on more than one occasion I decided I must take her out for a beer and be her friend. What a lovely soul, and such a joyous read!

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection. I never watched this on television. I know, don't stop reading! I'm so excited that the entire series is on Netflix now, and I've been watching whenever I can get the chance. Even if it takes me years to get through it, I'm already loving it!

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. I CANNOT EVEN. That is all.

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Bailey Hat

October 22, 2014



This extra textured hat is the perfect ribbed-looking hat. Just the right amount of slouch and stretch ensure it will fit everyone perfectly, keeping ears warm all winter long!


YARN
1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)


NEEDLES
US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles


NOTIONS
Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker


GAUGE
8 sts x 12 rows = 4" in stockinette


SIZES
baby (child, adult) = 15 (18, 22)” unstretched

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Owlet For Lou

October 21, 2014


Pattern: Owlet, by Kate Davies (Ravelry link and purchase)
Yarn: 1.5 skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease (197 yards a skein)
Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm and US 8 / 5.0 mm circulars and dpns

I just cannot. Can you?! Best part is, if you make the photo bigger, you can see the HUGE THING OF DROOL rolling out of her mouth. I love that Casie didn't edit that out, truly I do. It's so Lou at this age, and something I'm so happy she got on film!

This is the first of the family sweaters off the needles, and I have to say such a fun and easy pattern! Let's talk pattern for a minute, shall we? This one comes with enough sizes to make a sweater for everyone from the tiniest baby up through a pre-teen, so the almost $7 price tag is totally worth it. I've already got plans to make three more as holiday presents for some of Lou and Owen's friends, as well as making one for Owen, it's such a cute sweater!

For Lou, I made size 3, which is a 12 month size. She could have fit into the smaller size, but I'm pretty sure she'd also have grown out of said smaller size by the time winter fully hits, and while I know I'll be making her more little sweaters, I also want to be practical. Making a sweater that will fit her for the full fall/winter season made the most sense.

The pattern flies off the needles, it truly does! Mostly stockinette, in such a small size I was to the owls before I realized I'd been knitting a sweater, and remarked several times that THIS. THIS IS THE WAY TO MAKE A SWEATER!

I made exactly zero modifications as I went, and the sweater ended up gorgeous and just right. I was originally going to make it grey, but then we had fall-themed family photos coming up so I grabbed some pumpkin colored yarn instead, and went to work. There was just enough left of the two skeins to make her this cute headband (details coming soon enough!), and maybe a tiny bit left for a striped hat somewhere down the line. 

Love it. Love that I can check it off a list, love that she loved wearing it, love that now I want to make more!

Alex Hat

October 20, 2014




Chunky and slouchy, this hat fits just about everyone from kids through adults, and is a stylish option to keep your ears warm as the weather turns colder.


YARN
1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)


NEEDLES
US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles


NOTIONS
Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker


GAUGE
8 sts x 12 rows = 4" in stockinette


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
15” circumference, 11” from brim to top

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Meet The Cozy Collection!

October 14, 2014


Over the weekend I picked up some super cozy wool/acrylic blend chunky yarn, and before I knew it I had a collection of hats off the needles and listed in the shop!

Meet the Cozy Collection - five hats (the four pictured above and the Holbrook Hat) listed in the shop, made in 23 colors just for you!

I figure, I love making hats on repeat, and love using the same yarns and patterns hat after hat, so I might as well list some of them, let folks buy the hats from me, and raise even more money for Pencils of Promise. Just like with the Impossible Hats collection, for each Cozy Collection hat that's purchased, I'll donate $25 - enough to send a child to school for a year!

I hope to add more hats, and hat collections, to the shop over the next few months. I'd love to have an Etsy shop full to the brim of hats in all shapes, sizes, and colors, ready to be purchased and with each purchase doing some good in the world - one for one hats, profits going to charity, and so much more!

Don't worry, I'm still making hats to donate every day, and sharing those hats on Instagram along with these peeks into shop life. My knitting needles and crochet hooks will always make hats to give away, no matter what I may or may not stock in the shop. And right now, I'm in love with stocking hats that help send kids to school!

Won't you check out the shop, and see if there's a hat calling your name?

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