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Calling all Critter-Lover Knitters! ;<)

critter knits

I just noted this fun-looking knitting ebook:

Critter Knits 

over at Amazon today.

Available for free right now,don’t know how long that will last. It’s in the top 100 free Amazon ebooks.

Click to read more here, including the link to the ebook.

Looks like a whole lot of knitting fun for critter-lovers who knit. Like me!

Mr. Cheddar approved too; he’s sitting on my lap as I type this. 😉

Happy Knitting! 🙂

Top 5 Fall Gloves – Free Knit Patterns

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME NEW FALL KNIT PROJECTS, CHECK OUT THIS GREAT LIST OF GLOVE PATTERNS POSTED AT FIESTA CAT YARN CO.

I’VE ONLY KNIT A COUPLE OF PAIRS OF GLOVES SO FAR BUT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO KNITTING MORE AND SOON. GLOVES ARE A SLIGHTLY CHALLENGING BUT FUN PROJECT.  :<)

HAPPY KNITTING!

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

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1: Commuter Fingerless Mitts (Stephanie Sun)

2:Ginger & Wasabi (Kirsten Hipsky)

3:Lobster Claw Bicycle Mittens (JanaFalls)

4:Toast (Leslie Friend)

5: Fallberry Mitts (Anne Hanson)

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Top 5 Classic Hats – Free Knit Patterns

*** Some cool knit hat patterns from Fiesta Cat Yarn Co. !!  GHH***

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

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1: Berry Baby Hat (by Michele Sabatier)
2: Antelope Hat (by Kelly McClure)
3:Ear Flap Ski Hat (by Kathryn Williams)
4: Baby Cable Hat (by Yuliana Ng)
5: Toboggan Garter Stitch Hat (Susan Mills)

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Shiny Pennies and a Lucky Penny Pouch Update

pennies

If you’ve ever wondered how to clean pennies to make them look shiny and (almost) new again, here’s what I found works best:

Soak pennies in a glass container (I used a jar so I could give them a shake) containing 1/4 C. white vinegar and 1 tsp. plain table salt. Allow to soak for about 20 minutes.

Remove from solution and rub each penny with a paste of baking soda mixed with water, if they aren’t clean enough after the soak process. I used a soft rag for this step.

Worked great! 😉

So now that I have all these nice shiny pennies, I find that I DON’T have enough time to continue to make the penny pouches I was using them in.

Just not enough hours in the day!

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I’m just finishing up the orders I already have and that’s it for Lucky Penny Pouches for now.

Thanks to everyone who did order pouches.

Last orders will be in the mail by the end of this week.

I still have that big stash of leftover yarn staring at me but it will have to wait. 😉

What craft projects are you currently working on? Do share.

I love to hear about all types of creative pursuits.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Pennies photo courtesy of Flickr

Another Yarn Color Question!

FEFI back

As I blogged about previously here, I’m planning to make another Fair Isle cardigan but have been debating about the colors and yarn I want to use.

I’ve finally settled on Willow Down in the lovely pale yellow color below, for the main color.

It’s a bamboo yarn, very soft, plushy but light-weight. I think it’s going to work out great.

What I can’t decide on are the 3 contrast colors to go with the yellow. 

As you can see above in the knit pattern, it looks good to have a definite contrast for the colors.

If you’d like to share your opinion, choose 3 colors from the 12 below, and leave the numbers in a comment.

I’d really appreciate your feedback!

Hatchling

YELLOW FOR THE MAIN COLOR

For the 3 contrast colors:

DoveEgretGoosePromiseRobin's Egg

1.                             2.                              3.                              4.                              5.

 StarlingCardinalHummingbirdBirdbathPeacock
6.                          7.                               8.                             9.                               10.

             Flamingo   First Flight
                11.                                    12.

Happy Knitting.

I hope I am again soon! 🙂

PS: Sorry for the wonky formatting.
WordPress would only let me go so far, with my copy and paste project. 😉

Free Ebook: How to Knit Socks

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If you ever wanted to try sock knitting but were intimidated by the process, you might want to check out this free ebook/doc from Interweave:

HOW TO KNIT SOCKS

I looked it over and it seems to be very well explained.

I already knit socks and love it! It can be  a bit daunting the first time around but what fun when you learn to turn the heel and after that, it’s piece of cake!

And there’s nothing nicer to wear on your footsies than handmade socks. A great gift idea too, so special.

Hope this is helpful

and

Happy Knitting!

PS: If you’re a crafter, do share what you’re making right now, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂

PSS: The socks in the photo are a pair that I made, not from this tutorial.

A bit more than you’d probably want to tackle for a “first sock project”. 😉

PSSS: If you already are an experienced sock knitter, click through to check out this gorgeous sock pattern from Willow Yarns.

Wow, I don’t know if I’m up for that much of a challenge, but I sure like how these look!

Colorful Waves Scarf

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My Colorful Waves Scarf is now complete!

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I’m happy with how it turned out.

If you are looking for a fairly easy beginner’s knit project, you might want to check this one out.

Now I just need something nice in black to wear it with this fall! 😉

You can read more about the background of making this project and also a link to order this scarf kit here.

Happy Knitting!

And speaking of knitting, if you’re making something right now, do share the details! 🙂

Last Chance to Enter the Spring Yarn Lover’s Contest!

yarn lovers contest

If you haven’t entered already there’s still time, contest closes April 30th!

Click to read the details and enter to win a fab yarn-lover’s package valued at over $75.

Good luck and Happy Crafting! 🙂

Knit (Seed Stitch) Kindle Cover

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I recently got my first ereader, a Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift. I’m an April baby! 😉

I am so loving my Kindle!

In spite of not wanting any kind of ereader for a looooong time, the Kindle Paperwhite has changed my mind about ereaders and in a big way.

You can read my full review of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

I also knit a cover for my new ereader, using a pattern I found over at Ravelry.

Laura, the designer has graciously provided a PDF of the pattern: Kindle_Cover

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Just seed/moss stitch throughout, knitting in the round  (p the k and k the p) to form this lovely, textural yarn fabric.

I used some wool from my stash. This yarn color is Fire Tweed by Lopi.

The only thing I should have changed is to make it an inch shorter than the pattern. If you decide to make one of these, measure your own ereader and make the cover (up to flap) just 1/2″ more  than the length of your ereader so it fits snugly. It will stretch a bit too, with repeated use.

Another tip, if using a wool yarn for this project, DO give it a soak in a wool/delicate wash detergent after making the cover and before using it, to soften up the yarn. I use Eucalan (click to read my review of that great product) and it softened up this yarn beautifully.

 Wool yarns can be a bit rough and you wouldn’t want to scratch the screen of your ereader.

Now my Kindle is not only fun to use, it’s also protected in it’s own unique cover, when not in use.

Who needs to spend $20. +  for one of the generic covers that are for sale, for ereaders? 

Happy Knitting! 🙂