Like most four year olds, my son can display stunning defiance, like last week when I asked him to take my first Toddler Sock for a test drive. After some coaxing, begging and finally bribery, I succeeded in getting the sock on his foot. Determining that it indeed fit, I reached down to remove the sock and was met with even more resistence, "Uh-uh, I'm never taking it off!" At last I had to admit defeat, because let's face it, hand knit socks are a total delight! These simple socks are so cute and cozy, even a toddler can appreciate them.
Fancy something fashionable from the forties to keep your head warm this winter? Well, this turban could be just the thing! While flicking through my patterns to find something to knit for Wendy for the Christmas Swap, I came cross a long forgotten about edition of Home Chat.
I love the vitrines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that are filled with household artifacts from places long ago and far away. Tightly woven mats and perfectly crafted sandals, hammered metal and braided leather, ancient objects still feel alive with the integrity and vitality of their makers. What sometimes also strikes me is how little our aesthetic values have changed over the thousands of years. Beauty is still a human imperative and careful craftsmanship is still a revered skill. We still respond to simple shapes and beautiful materials, to whimsical embellishments and practical uses. I thought about this a lot as I crocheted these Jewelry Dishes.
Puff is the Norwegian word for stool. We really liked the pouf from Christien Meinderstsma , but it´s way out of our price range. This simple pattern for a knitted stool has much thinner yarn, but the budget is just as thin;) Nice to rest your legs on, and very popular for the kids.
My hometown has an agricultural fair every August that I rarely miss. My brother watches the oxen pulls for hours and my mother lingers over the prize vegetables, but I always head straight for the rabbits! I totally love them: their blinky eyes, their fat bellies and their ridiculous ears. And so when it comes to Easter and its wonderful cast of characters, for me, the bunny wins. Our Big Cuddly Bunny gets its shape and inspiration from this winter's Big Snowy Owl . With a couple of key modifications a wide-eyed owl turns into a floppy-eared rabbit, full of sweet, earnest personality.
Zippers, in this case, dispose of their actual use and embrace the whimsy of their style. Bold and chunky, bright and friendly, these zippers are here for our entertainment only! Wear them on the palm side or the knuckle side; up, down, or half way in between, they'll make you smile! Madeline Tosh's new Tosh Merino DK sets the stage for all of this zipper play. Right in between Tosh Light and Tosh Worsted , the DK weight is the same beautiful single ply superwash merino as its cousins.
Young woman knitting. Photograph: Corbis A most surprising piece of information was given at the British Nylon Fair at the Royal Albert Hall this week: "A recent survey has shown that two-thirds of teenagers are knitters, but only one-third of the over-sixties ever knit." Normally I am distrustful of market surveys, especially when their extent is not stated: but just for once we will take their findings on trust. Such splendid news about teenagers is most reassuring; although we must take into account that the increase of non- knitting over-sixties will cause a rise in the numbers of problem grandmothers.
this is the finished rag bath mat for my new black and white bathroom, which is made from one half of a duvet cover, and 2 contrasting pillow cases. i created the ‘yarn’ from the duvet/cases using the rag bath mat tutorial then knit up the mat using the pattern below. you could just as easily use sheets or old tshirts for this project as well. in the end, the mat is super plush, and a great way to recycle your old linens. and, you get a fresh new look for your bathroom floor! to make this, I only needed 1 side of a king size duvet cover and 2 pillow cases (and still had leftovers). when making them into ‘yarn’ i kept the pillowcases separate to easily make the fair-isle stripes, and 1 continuous ball for the main color.
As anyone who has ever knit a sweater knows, it can be a real juggling act! With this Deep V-Neck Sweater, I had the happy and lucky experience of somehow, someway managing to keep all the balls in the air. A seamless set-in sleeve pattern, a spectacularly seductive yarn and a very forgiving fit, all conspired to work together in beautiful harmony!
When it comes to gifts for my dad and brothers, I often find myself stumped. Thanks to Page's Rolled Hem Handkercheifs , their pockets are chock-full of squares; and thanks to years of knitting, their heads and feet are warmed by piles of hats and socks. In need of a new go-to gift, the Father Son Knit Ties were born! Now, my dad and brothers aren't fancy men, but they are gentlemen of the southern variety.
All my lampost peices are the same basic pattern, I just knit different characters in the centre Yarn: Any cheap acrylic yarn you have. You don't want to be using good quality wool on this sort of thing. These characters tends to work best with a black background colour and a bright character colour. I generally use two strands of Bonus Double Knit or one strand of Bonus Chunky Needles : 8mm or 10mm straight needles
After posting pics a few weeks ago from Lauren’s garden , we had a feeling that readers would be interested in the hanging plants she had on display in her backyard. Turns out Lauren crocheted the clever containers herself, and she’s given us an easy to follow pattern so readers can create their own hanging gardens. She made a bunch of the crocheted plant cozies, all of varying size and color, and let us borrow a big handful to play with. We filled them with flowers (naturally), but the possibilities are endless. Pick a little posy and hang it on a friend’s front door- they’ll get a pleasant surprise when they arrive home from work.
With mankind buzzing about Movember and Novembeard , we feel the ladies should be able to join in too. Introducing Erin Dollar, the woman who wears a beard rather well. Here’s how to make your own woolly whiskers.
As a young child, I remember my wonderfully elegant grandmother wearing her cardigans backwards with the first couple of buttons undone, creating a soft V dipping down from her shoulders. As an adult I turn to her back-revealing style still, as I love wearing her summer frocks from the 50s with cutouts that reveal the small of my back. The Short Row Sweater is my autumn ode to the grace and distinction of a bit of bare back. Knit in one piece, this wrap of a sweater is a half moon shape, folded around to create a sweeping crisscross in the back.