July 17, 2016

For the Cowdrey Care Center




Pattern: The Every Beanie, by Corina Gray (free Ravelry download)
Yarn: various, all acrylic, all worsted weight
Hook: size I/9 - 5.5mm

The last few weeks has seen us at the doctor's office more often than I'd like. With all that time comes more hats made, and I've fallen in love with one crochet hat pattern in particular. The Every Beanie is made with worsted weight yarn and a size I/9 hook, and I've adjusted it so that it has ribbing on the edge, using FPDC and BPDC.

The hats all fit a wide variety of heads, which is nice. The pattern comes with just one size, and so I altered a few of the hats to make them small enough to fit Louise. The regular size fits Owen, myself, and Zach all comfortably, so these are perfect for donation!

I've already dropped this batch off to the Cowdrey Care Center, which is the Oncology center at Nebraska Medicine. The hospital is just blocks away from us, and does amazing things, so I love being able to donate there.

Plus? I've already got another bag half full, so I should be able to donate again soon!

May 27, 2016

#ReadProud In June!


Thanks to my amazing friend Chase Night, I've come across Julia Ember her June #readproud challenge. The goal is to read LGBTQ books all month to celebrate Pride, and I'm totally on board! I'm hoping to not only read some new books and authors, but also find some books I can add to my middle school classroom library shelves.

Here's the full list of suggested reads, thanks to Julia's blog ... I'm not sure yet what I'll be reading, so I'm including the entire list here for you to look at!

WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5
 
Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 
BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A TRANSGENDER TEEN by Jazz Jennings (non-fiction)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark (lyric)
BEING EMILY by Rachel Gold
THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson 
BEYOND MAGENTA by Susan Kuklin (non-fiction) 
 
CATEGORY B: GAY CONTEMPORARY, NA or ADULT.
FOR REAL by Alexis Hall (over 18s!)
SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Santino Hassell (over 18s!)
FOXES by Suki Fleet 
INTO THIS RIVER I DROWN by TJ Klune
CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux 
 
WEEK 2 — June 5-12 
 
Category A:  LESBIAN SPECULATIVE
THE BETTER TO KISS YOU WITH by Michelle Osgood
UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)
THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie
DISSENTION by Stacey Berg
THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER by T. Kingfisher
THE RENEGADE by Amy Dunne 
THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman
 
Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger
GEORGE by Alex Gino
RED: A CRAYON'S STORY by Michael Hall
AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson 
HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Leslea Newman
ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva 
 

NOTE: I'm so excited about category B here ... I want to get every book on this list for my classroom for sure!

WEEK 3 — June 12-19 
 
Category A:  AUTHORS OF COLOUR
ASH BY MALINDA LO 
IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan 
SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB LEE
THE SUMMER PRINCE by Alaya Dawn Johnson
THE BATTLE FOR JERICHO by Gene Gant
TREASURE by Rebekah Weatherspoon 
 
Category B:  LESBIAN CONTEMPORARY 
OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR by Dahlia Adler 
ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden
LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley
AT HER FEET by Rebekah Weatherspoon (over 18s!) 
CAREFULLY EVERYWHERE DESCENDING by LD Bedford
EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
 
WEEK 4 — June 19-26
 
Category A:  GAY YA
We Are the Ants by Shawn David Hutchinson 
JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert 
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli 
DAGGER by Steven dos Santos
BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan
FJORD BLUE by Nina Rossing

NOTE: This category is another one I'm excited about, and while I already have Simon, I plan to get the rest for my classroom shelves as well!
 
Category B: WILDCARD 
Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it's LGBTQIA. I'd LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books. 


May 7, 2016


I haven't blogged in some time now, and don't have any plans to in the near future. But if you're looking for simple, colorful hats to take along on all your wild adventures, then head on over to my shop!

I'm selling hats in all sizes - newborn through adult - so you're sure to find just what you need! Plus, 25% of all proceeds are donated to refugee aide organizations!

March 28, 2016

Autumn Ombre Hat


Pattern: Autumn Ombre Hat, by Country Pine Designs
Yarn: Loops & Threads Cozy Wool
Needles: size US 15 / 10.0mm

I might have a problem, and that problem may be an obsession with Country Pine Designs patterns.

But seriously. Yes, I know I've been making some of Kathleen's patterns in partnership with her brand, but seriously. The patterns are AMAZING. She's got the super bulky hat decreases figured OUT, which is something I've never been satisfied with on my own patterns even! Plus, how cute is this hat?!?

I used about 1/4 of each skein of Cozy Wool I picked out for this hat - you could use a bit more of the darkest color and make a pom, but I opted against a pom for this hat as I'll be donating it, and am unsure of who will end up with it. With this small amount of yarn used from each skein, this pattern is perfect for using up stray bits of super bulky you have from other projects, or for making several hats from the same skeins.

I whipped this hat up in a matter of hours, even! Let's be real - it took me a few days to get the hat made, thanks to the sickies that have been passing through our house lately, but if you add up all the total time I spent with this hat on the needles, it adds up to maybe 2 hours. SO AWESOME!

I've already purchased another one of Kathleen's patterns so I can knock out another hat, even though our partnership is over. That's how much I love her patterns. Totally worth it, especially for charity knitters.

If you don't have any super bulky on hand, don't think you can't make this hat, either! Just hold some worsted weight yarn triple, and you're good to go!

Grab the pattern on Ravelry and/or Etsy.

This post was sponsored by Country Pine Designs. All opinions are my own, amazing design props go to Kathleen!

March 14, 2016

Monte Rosa



Pattern: Monte Rosa Hat, by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (1/2 skein between the main color and the accent, including pom)
Needles: size US 6 / 4.0mm 16" and US 8 / 5.0mm 16", and US 8 / 5.0mm dpns

I've had Monte Rosa in my Ravelry queue for a few years now. In fact, I'm pretty sure I added it to my queue with the intention of knitting this hat for Lou once she got big enough to fit the smallest size, which she is now. This version of the hat, however, is meant for me to wear to Husker football games this coming fall season!

I didn't adjust hardly anything when I made this hat. I did not do the tubular cast on, because I have never had luck with that one, but otherwise I worked the pattern as written.

I wasn't sure how I'd manage to keep the cables and the lace separate in my brain, but Isabell writes such a good pattern, I never had to think about it! I downloaded the PDF to my iPad, and then used the annotation tools to mark off each row as I finished it, which made it super simple! I'm trying to use less paper, and while for most patterns I don't even have to think about it, with something a bit more complicated I was worried that this method would work. Thankfully, it worked like a charm, and I'm excited to work more difficult hats now!

I made the M2 size, which says it fits a medium adult head, and the hat fits me perfectly! It's the size I'd make for most women, and I already know I'll be making many more of these, in most cases minus the pom, to donate to refugees. It was truly a fast pattern, and made in wool it's super warm, even with the lace panels all over. The small stripe area is perfect for using up even the tiniest bits of wool, and I figure having one of these on the needles every fourth or fifth hat, I won't get bored of the pattern and will have bunches of gorgeous hats to donate!

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