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Inspired Entertaining: DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses - StumbleUpon. Last month I got an email from one of those "deal of the day" websites featuring a very cute set of wine glasses with chalkboard stems from a company called Chalkboard China.

Inspired Entertaining: DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses - StumbleUpon

I've seen chalkboard glasses before, and always thought them to be a fun and chic way for guests to keep track of their glass throughout the night so you don't end up with mixed-up glasses or dozens of half-full glasses left around the house. But all the ones I've seen in stores feature a strip of chalkboard paint across the bowl of the glass, which I've always felt looks awkward and takes away from the beauty of the wine or beverage in the glass. What I like about this version is that the writing part is at the bottom on the stem and foot of the glass, so it doesn't compete with the beverage. I also like that the simple black foot on the glass is in itself an elegant design element, and would work just as well with no writing on it.

So I figured, "I can totally make that myself! " Knit a Sweater, Help a Penguin in Need. Update!

Knit a Sweater, Help a Penguin in Need

Penguin sweaters are no longer needed in New Zealand, but check back in the future. Thanks for all of your efforts! A recent oil spill on New Zealand’s coast has left the environment and wildlife in shambles — including the local blue penguin population. While volunteers are working hard to rescue and clean the animals in the region, they require a little bit of crafty help: tiny sweaters, or penguin pajamas, for the rescued birds. These woolen sweaters keep oil-soaked birds warm until they’re well enough to be cleaned and prevent them from ingesting oil from their feathers. If you’re interested in donating a penguin sweater, New Zealand yarn store Skeinz has provided a handy how-to and is organizing the donation efforts.

Penguin Jumper in 8ply – Must be 100% Wool Yarn 1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. For more details, visit Skeinz’s website. Incognito cowl - Knitty: Winter 2009 - StumbleUpon. Mellow version: With smaller circular and CC1, loosely cast on 56[60, 64] st.

Incognito cowl - Knitty: Winter 2009 - StumbleUpon

Place marker and join, being careful not to twist. Knit 9 rounds. Switch to larger circular and MC, purl 1 round. Knit rounds even until cowl measures 7[8, 9] inches from purl round. Switch to smaller circular and CC1, purl 1 round. Tangy version: With smaller circular and CC1, cast on 56[60, 64] st using provisional cast on.

Place marker and join, being careful not to twist. Switch to larger circular and MC, purl 1 round. Carefully remove scrap yarn from cast on edge and place live stitches onto smaller circular. Switch to smaller circular and CC1, purl 1 round. Knitting Pattern PDF Owl Toy Knit Your Own Owlet by NattyKnits. Knit your own little toy owl from this PDF knitting pattern of my original design.

Knitting Pattern PDF Owl Toy Knit Your Own Owlet by NattyKnits

This is a quick and easy project and an addictive knit. It's fun to knit more than one! FINISHED SIZE: Approximately 3" tall. The knitting pattern PDF is available for immediate download from Etsy, following your purchase. Hints and tips to help you with this pattern are available on my blog this is mentioned in the pattern.

For a BEGINNER knitter SKILLS REQUIREDGarter (knit) StitchKnitting in the round on double pointed needlesShort Row Shaping (fully explained in the pattern)K2tog MATERIALS REQUIREDWorsted weight yarn: approx 30 yds main color and 4 yds yellowUS size 4 (3.5 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gaugeUS size 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gaugeColored felt for eyesTapestry needleHandful of stuffingThread/Embroidery floss to sew on eyes.