Free Pattern Friday
There’s not much time left before Easter, but I think you’ve still got enough time to bang one or two of these out (Ovetti amigurumi by airali handmade). I love them more than is probably normal. Aren’t they just the cutest?! I love them so much. The idea of making them openable with big mouths is so cute. You could even use these for tooth fairy duty or gift giving throughout the year. This is just so clever. I’m so inspired by that pig and totally love that frog! I would use Cascade Superwash 220 for colors or Cascade Cherub Aran or DK (change my hook size to match the yarn).
Dory reminds us to “just keep swimming” when things get rough. Today, I’m going to challenge you to just keep knitting too! I got linked to an article recently that outlines the health benefits of knitting. As if I needed another reason to pick up the needles?! But NOW, now I can blind folks with some science when I defend my constant stitching.
So go on, read that article, and feel awesome that you totally already knew all that. And then print it and keep it in your purse for when folks try to give you a hard time for knitting somewhere weird (like bars or weddings). BOOM! Science baby! I’m working on my health right now, so I’mma just keep knitting. :D
Free Pattern Friday
Oh, tiny babies in silly hats! Isn’t that just the best? I love this silly one because of the swirly legs. So cute! This is the free easter chick crochet pattern size newborn-1 year by jennyandteddy.
If you have a friend having a Spring baby, I think this is a must make! I can’t help but smile when I look up at the picture. It’s just too much cuteness! I’d make this one using Cascade Luna held double to get me into the bulky range or our Universal Cotton held double. A white chick made from Appalachian Baby Organic Cotton would also be super cute.
You know what one of the best things about writing this blog is? I get to “meet” so many new designers and designs. Because I share SO many links, I get to consume so much information to bring all of this content to you. Today is another day that I’m happy I do this for Yarnhouse Studio. I just fell a little in love with a designer I’ve never seen before, and I love that feeling! So let’s talk turkey:
This sweet shawl incorporates cotton yarns with a rayon/linen blend. I think this would be fun to make using Drop Spindle for the rayon bits and Cascade Ultra Pima for the cotton (helllllo color choices!). Happy Hooking y’all!
Some of us have a dirty little secret: we don’t block our knits! When I was a fledgling knitter, I really didn’t see the point in blocking. I mean, I’d just have to do it again and again as I washed something. I always ended the conversation with “waste of time.”
If you’re one of those knitters, please click this link and read what Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has to say to you. It’s ok. We’ve all thought those thoughts. Blocking-smocking. Who needs it!
Well, I am happy to say that my knitting has gotten SO much better since I put that thought out with the trash. Just a little extra effort so close to the end can take a knit from meh to OMG! I was a little lazy last year when I entered items into the fair (and maybe also a little out of time) and didn’t block things as well as I could have. Yep. I paid for that. I got blocking comments on my worst offenders. What’s silly is that I knew better, but I’d waited too long to get it blocked and dry by the deadline. Lesson learned. Again! haha
So go out into the world and block away fellow knitters! You’ll be happy you did.
Free Pattern Friday
Shawls are still one of my favorite knits even though I am a little ashamed to admit when I knit one last (MONTHS!). This one, Stripes, Stripes & Stripes Scarf by Sybil R, is lovely, and I like the different directions happening in the knitting. Also, short rows make me happy too. I love a good short row! Add to all those things that this sucker is ALL garter, and I’m sold. I want to knit this one up with a solid color Cascade Heritage sock and a slow changing Zauberball Crazy that I’ve had my eye on since our last shipment (not admitting which color because I haven’t swiped it yet!). I love the use of multiple colors, but I think a multi-color shifting yarn would also be jam up.