Saturday, August 24, 2013

Baby Boom Vanilla Baktus

I know that many of you recognize this pattern from Ravelry.  I love it too.  Easy, FREE pattern with spectacular results!  If you follow my blog, you might recall that I knitted this up in bright colors for my friend Karen....Karen's Carnival Scarf, which she LOVED, by the way, yay!

This one I am keeping for myself.  I can't wait for cooler weather and my new jeans!  The 9" fringe is SO worth the effort.  Easy garter stitch pattern in gorgeous shades of caramel, vanilla, robins egg blue and cream.  I used size US 7 (4.5 mm) on 32" (81 cm) circulars.  Two skeins Fiesta Baby Boom in Vanilla.  Approximately 440 yards (402 meters) each skein in fingerling weight.

I purchased this gorgeous yarn in the Craftsy Yarn Shop.  It might be sold out, but you can find lots of options in there supply store.  This is a great time of year to find fabulous sales in all the yarn shops.

Here is Karen's Carnival Scarf in Fiesta Baby Boom Harlequin.

Click here for the link to Ravelry pattern

Click here for the Craftsy Yarn Shop

Click here for a nice substitute yarn from Craftsy

Have a great week,
Yarn tip

* Use all those tote bags you’ve accumulated but hate to toss out as project bags! Keep everything all in one place for each project!
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Monday, August 19, 2013

State Fair Blue Ribbon Yarny Goodness

I was at the Iowa State Fair over the weekend.  THE best state fair in the country.  Well, one of the top 5 anyway.  You know I had to see all the squishy, yarny goodness that were entered for a Blue Ribbon.  For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, the State Fair is held once a year and is a HUGE deal if you live in the midwest like I do.  Folks enter all kinds of competitions for the coveted Blue Ribbon.  Animals, flowers, miniature houses, photographs, woodworking, quilts, sewing etc.

Above, you will recognize from Ravelry, this gorgeous pattern by Tanya Beliak.  This won two ribbons, Best In Show and that coveted Blue Ribbon for 1st Place.
 You can also see, above, the Dreambird Shawl (the black shawl that looks like it has orange feathers) by Nadita Swings.  It, too, won a ribbon.  I also love the orange and black stunner in the middle!
 I am not a quilter, but I so admire them.  Look at all the beautiful colors!  The intricate detail of the quilt on the easel was unbelievable!  The photo does not do it justice.
 The chair above is needlepoint.  I have done many a needlepoint project along with knitting and crochet.  The detail on this entry was a joy to look at and admire.
I just had to share the above pic of the piglets!  Look at all those newborn squealers!  I'm not sure what's up with that little spotted piggy in the center, but isn't he/she just THE cutest?  

On a personal note...the above photo was taken in 1974 when I was in 8th grade and living in Des Moines, Iowa.  That's me, on the right, with my besties!  It was '50's day at the Jr. High...Middle School to you younger folks!  Here we are, together again in the below pic almost 40 years later.  

I haven't seen these two since I moved away in 1975.  We are older and wider, but fell right back into our groove like no time had passed.  Laughing, quite loudly, and reminiscing about things we did and places we went.  I would say something like....what ever happened to....and we would all say his name, first and last, at the same time, clutching our hands to our heart, remembering how we drooled over him in Jr. High.  

It was a great life back then and I cherish it today as some of the happiest years of my life!

Have a great week,
Yarn tip!
* Circular needle cord in a twist? Dip the cord in hot water to soften and straighten them out!
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Wee Zebra Hat

Making a showing today is a little Zebra Hat for a baby girl on the way!  I just loved knitting this up for a newborn noggin in hot pink and black.  The feather topper is actually a hair clip that can be easily removed to launder the hat.  I purchased this topper at Hobby Lobby.  A great photo prop!

I also have made a number of these Giraffe Hats for noggins of all sizes!  Also a great photo prop.  This is a very popular color combo for "gender to be determined" babies.  I'd really like to make one in tan and brown.
If you have one of those little pom pom makers, these poms are quick to whip up.  Both of these patterns are available in my Etsy, Craftsy, Ravelry and Patternfish stores.  You can also Buy Now by clicking on the Noggin Patterns at the top of this page.

Have a great week!

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* Circular needle cord in a twist? Dip the cord in hot water to soften and straighten them out!
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