I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last-chance Christmas

It's finally 100% Christmas in our house. Our tree is decked with lights and ornaments from our childhoods and adulthoods. And the house is sparkly on the outside.

Decked house

Has Christmas snuck up on you, too? If so, I'm having a last-minute sale in my Etsy shop. Check out some of these gift goodies ...

Orange Dino hat Mountain View pillow
Sparkly cinch bag Slinky pillow

Infant-size dino hat, available in toddler size, too.
Mountain View recycled T-pillow, for your artistic friend
Sparkly cinch-bag, perfect for a winter wedding
Slinky recycled T-pillow, for your geeky buddy

At the checkout, enter coupon code LASTCHANCE for 25% off. Plus you get free U.S. Priority shipping so the post office Santa should get it to your home by Christmas.

Shopping for something you don't see? Maybe a monster hat or scarflette? I'm open to new ideas for the new year! Leave me a little comment below.

Have a wonderful winter holiday!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy St. Nick's

Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care? My husband's is!

Stocking for the mister

I pulled several patterns and color charts together to design his mega Christmas sock. I created my own letter chart for bulky yarn and his name just fit! I'm not sure my name will be as lucky.

The specs:
Loom: 48-peg purple Knifty Knitter hat loom, regular gauge
Yarn: Katia Peru bulky in ruby, dark navy, olive green and mustard
Rows: 64 rows in the leg, (short-row heel), 30 rows in the foot, (short-row toe)

I haven't done much new knitting otherwise. I'm designing a poinsettia hat for myself and about halfway through a puppy hat for a friend's toddler boy. Maybe I'll knit a last-minute gift or two. I promised myself I wouldn't but well ... we'll see!

Speaking of, here's a perfectly honest video about Christmas knitting by Franklin Habit.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Zig-Zag Cowl

If your neck is feeling nippy, you can loom-knit this lace cowl in less than a week. Here's a quickie pattern for you to make for you or give as a gift.

Lacey zig-zag cowl

I label this pattern as "advanced" since it incorporates lace yarn-overs on the loom. But if you've done those before, this will be a breeze. And you won't feel one when you're done.

Pattern PDF download, $3

Lacey zig-zag cowl

Lacey zig-zag cowl

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rocky Road Fingerless Mittens

If you're looking for a quick gift to loom-knit, check out these mitts. The Rocky Road fingerless mittens hug your giftee's hands with their soft bumpy texture.

If you're looking for more ideas, check out the pattern page or come back later this week for a lacey cowl pattern. Happy holiday looming!

Rocky Road fingerless mitts

Pattern PDF download, $3

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Rocky Road fingerless mitts

Rocky Road fingerless mittens