Friday, February 14, 2020

'sweet' deal today!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Wishing you a sweet one, full of knitting and maybe a chocolate or two!

Today I have a Valentine special for you: buy two of my PDF patterns and get a Valentine PDF pattern of your choice for FREE. My Valentine patterns include: Owl-Be-Yours!, Woolly Candy Corn, and Woolly Sweet-Hearts. The special runs through today, February 14, midnight Central Time.

In order to receive the special deal, order two PDF patterns either on my website, Etsy or Ravelry. In addition, send me a note with your pattern request. I will email the pattern file to you.

Wishing you a sweet one!

Happy knitting!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

a spotted owl tummy design

NEW! Owl-Be-Yours! Pincushion pattern
Sometimes when I am creating a pattern, I can get carried away with all the possible ideas and detailing. But in the end, I always have to cut something. It simply becomes too much for one pattern. The same for my latest pattern, Owl-Be-Yours! What did I cut from this pattern? The owl's spotted tummy idea. So here it is now!

In the scheme of things, it isn't necessary to create a spotted tummy on your little valentine owl, but it is kind of cute. I embroidered duplicate stitches around his belly with a contrasting yarn, such as a cream as shown in the photo. The finished duplicate stitches will appear as little hearts in the end -- further detailing for the valentine-theme.

Classic Elite Yarns says, "A duplicate stitch is an embroidery technique that covers a knit stitch with a different color yarn." That means, yarn covers the original knit stitch, to create little V's. In this case, the felting process will soften the v's so they blend with the overall wool (it will be smooth with the owl's body). The more contrasting the color yarn, the more the spots will stand out after felting. 

So let me walk through on how to create a duplicate stitch:
step-by-step instructions on how to create a duplicate stitch

1.  Thread a tapestry needle with a 100% wool worsted weight yarn in desired color. Come up from the inside the owl into the desired position, the base of a knit stitch, the base of one of the V's.

2.  Insert the tapestry needle then under both loops of the stitch in the row above it, and pull the needle through.

3.  Insert the needle into the base of the V stitch again, and then direct the needle up to the next position, two stitches above it. 

4.  Pull the yarn so it lays  loosely over the top of your work, not too tight that it disappears. This completes one duplicate stitch. Work completely on the surface of the owl, embroidering one duplicate stitch after another until the desired pattern is achieved.  

5.  Create duplicate stitches about your owl's tummy either randomly or as a circle shown in photo 5. Be sure to skip a stitch and a row between each duplicate stitch! As the owl felts so will the stitches, so give them room to felt. 

For a good video on how to create a duplicate stitch, check out: Knit Purl Hunter. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Did you miss making an owl for this Valentine's Day? Don't worry, this little owl is perfect for any time of the year!

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

bee-mine valentine!

woolly sweet-hearts pattern
Valentine's day is coming fast and furious. But you still have time to knit up a dozen or so of these Woolly Sweet-Hearts for all the special loves in your life. They are a quick knit & felt design and they make great valentines, with words or not!

In the photo above, the word 'mine' was needle felted onto the finished heart using cream perle embroidery floss and a 40-gauge felting needle. The finer tip needle gives more accuracy, smaller holes, for needle felting something like this. The simpler the phrase the better!
clay bee buttons

For a whimsical selection of bee buttons, Just Another Button Company has little clay bee buttons in several designs and sizes. Check out my Etsy shoppe for all the BEE buttons shown in the photo right. All these buttons shown are the perfect size for a project like this.

For a fun way to present the finished heart is by placing it in a small kraft brown box with lid (3.5 x 3.5 x 2-inches). Place a little brown or white raffia in the box and nestle the decorated heart inside. Stamp the outside of the box using fun rubber stamps in valentine-themed prints. I used a brown ink pad for the stamping, covering the top and sides with hearts and flowers. Tied with twine and a tiny note card.

If you don't have time to knit and felt one, I have a few finished hearts-in-a-box still available for sale: Bee-Mine Valentine.

Either way, you have a few ideas to get your creative juices knitting in the valentine theme. Not like you need another idea, right?

Happy knitting!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

NEW! owl-be-yours! pincushion pattern

owl-be-yours! pincushion
February is fast approaching, little over a week away. My February pincushion pattern is officially ready! Owl-Be-Yours! pincushion is my sixth pincushion of the month pattern finished, only 6 more to go.

I love this little guy, his big eyes, and how his wings are tucked behind, holding a little valentine and tiny envelope, just waiting for you to take notice and ask: what do you have there?

The knit and felt owl measures about 4-inches tall. He is knit as one continuous piece. It begins at the base and works upward to the top. The owl's mask, wings and tail stitches are each individually picked up and knit. Once felted, the eyes are embellished using simple needle felting and embroidery. The wool roving beak is created and attached using needle felting.
valentine & envelope

Decorative heart-themed pins and a hand-made valentine are the final accents to the finished owl pincushion. The mini-pins set is from Just Another Button Company. I have created a custom-selected set that is only available in my Etsy Shoppe: red & white valentine pins.

Create a sweet little owl pincushion just in time for Valentine's Day! And yes, you have plenty of time. It knits and felts up quick and is ready for embellishing in hours.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

happy thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2019
Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving! Thank you for supporting me and my patterns over this year. I am so grateful for your encouraging words, photos and enthusiasm. It keeps me creating!

Look forward to a new year of knitting and fun new patterns.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

NEW! roly-poly snowman pincushion pattern

roly-poly snowman pincushion pattern

Introducing my newest pattern: Roly-poly Snowman Pincushion! Just published today. It is the 5th of a series of monthly pincushion designs: January's month. January rings in the color and snowy weather, reminding the child within each of us: It's snowman-time again!

The felted snowman measures about 3.5-inch/8.99-cm from the base to the top of its hat. Knitting begins at the bottom of the snowball working upwards to the top, changing yarn color for the hat, and finishing by picking up stitches for the hat's brim. The snowman is knit as one continuous piece. No sewing required. Once felted, the snowman's face is embellished with felt cheeks, button eyes and mouth, and your choice of either a roving cherry or clay carrot nose.
dusted with snow

The snowman is knit using 100% wool worsted weight yarns and size 10.5/6.5-mm double point needles. The skill level is beginning to intermediate because it requires double point needle experience. It is a quick and easy knit and felt, leaving lots of playing time for embellishing!

This winter build your own frosty snowman without ever leaving the house! Guaranteed to warm the hearts of all those winter enthusiasts.

NOTE: The pins shown in the above photo are from Just Another Button Company. This mini-pins set is sold in my Etsy Shoppe: Sing in the Snow pins

Happy knitting!

Friday, September 20, 2019

pumpkin pillow two!

two sizes of pillow-toss pumpkins
Pumpkin season has arrived, sooner than later this year! Cooler weather, shorter days.

After publishing the Pillow-Toss Pumpkin pattern, I continued playing and came up with a smaller version of the pillow. The smaller pillow measures about 9.5-inches across (the bigger pumpkin pattern measures about 12-inches). With a few edits to the pattern (see link to download below), you too can create a smaller pumpkin pillow!

12-inch pillow-toss pumpkin
Small-Size Pumpkin Instructions:
Knit the pumpkin the same as the original pattern, Pillow-Toss Pumpkin, up to the completion of Round 15 (78 its). Stop after this round. Jump then to Rounds 20-39 and knit the following pattern: *k13, p1*; repeat *to* to the end for 20 rounds.

NOTE: Change to size 11 dps at any time for ease of knitting. Place a stitch pin marker at this point to indicate the BOR.

Once the 20 rounds are complete, jump to Round 44, and begin the decrease rounds. Knit the rest of the pattern as per the original instructions. Assemble the smaller pumpkin pillow the same as the larger one, but use 2 to 3 total yards of Color B yarn for creating the furrow lines (instead of the original 4 yards).

For the smaller pillow-toss pumpkins, I don't attach
a knit leaf or curly vine. Just keep the smaller pillow simple and sweet. The combination of two pillow sizes makes a beautiful autumnal display!

Pillow-Toss Pumpkin Addendum download

Happy knitting!