Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bear Update #2

I've finished the body of my first Need a Hug Bear today. I have limbs and assembly left and I'm thinking it won't take long.

This pattern is so easy and since it is my first toy knitting experience I'm really happy with how it's turning out. I can't wait to finish... Stay tuned for more updates.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kit-Free Easter Egg Dyeing

You will need:
3/4-1c water for each color you want to use
Food coloring
A bowl or coffee mug for each color you make. Mugs work best.
Wire cookie rack or something similar to dry wet eggs

1. Hard boil your eggs.

2. Bring dye water to a boil, pour into bowls or mugs. Add your dye:

3. Add 1 Tbsp vinegar to each color. This helps hold the color on the egg.

4. Add eggs to dye. For non mugs, you will need to rotate the egg and spoon dye water over the exposed parts to get an even dye coat.

5. After eggs are as dark as you want, place on rack to dry. Cookie drying racks work great.

Optional: rub the eggs with an oiled paper towel to add a little shine.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Made It!

I made it to the end of the ribbing with my green yarn! I am so relieved! I have the first couple rows of the top started in gray although I might end up switching to that beautiful vibrant blue yarn since I have enough gray to use with another project in the future. We'll see...

I have just enough green left to sew the two pieces together once I finish.

Just started The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic tonight. I got it for free (well, for the price of S&H) from my daily catechism email so I thought I'd give it a try. The writing style is just ok for me but it has really interesting information and easy suggestions for improving your faith life a little bit each day.
I haven't done my catechism reading for a week now... Oops.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Getting to the End of My Skein

I finished Journey for Freedom last night. It was a very eye opening book and I highly recommend it. If you ever have the opportunity to hear the author speak about his defection that is also something you do not want to miss out on.
It might look like an old photo but that is actually the back half of the onesie that I CO for over the weekend.
Pretty true to original yarn color

I am getting rather nervous that I will not even have enough yarn to get to at least the waistband. The pattern called for 4 oz, and I stupidly thought 3.5 would be enough if I did not give it sleeves or a high collar... I guess I have no concept of how far an ounce of yarn can go! I did use the recommended yarn weight and actually checked my gauge for this one too. Oh well! Live and learn, right?

As for my bear, I finished the head as previously posted on, and I'm almost done with the body. I started the bear because I thought I'd be buying buttons for it but since I completely screwed up my schedule I had to cancel my shopping day. So the bear is getting put on the back burner until my current LYL projects are done.

The pattern giveaway went to Heather. Congrats! Hope you enjoy knitting for your son!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bear Update

I'm so excited about getting the head of my first bear done. I can't resist sharing!

I can see now why toys and amigurimi are so popular... They're so fun! I must say though, that knitting with eyelash yarn is tedious and I feel like I'm knitting blind. But it will be so worth it when my little one turns one and has a soft snuggly teddy bear made just for him.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yarn Along/WIP Wednesday Giveaway

I'll just share photos of what I'm actively working on right now. I've got the girl's coat, Devan cardi , onesie, and my first toy on the needles but the coat and the Devan are on hold for the moment. I finished the front of the onesie Tuesday afternoon!

Relatively true to the green color this time. (Needles are just preventing rolling.)

Details on the color work

I cast on for a Need a Hug Bear last night. I started with the face since I'm going eye and nose shopping on Thursday and wanted an idea of how big the head was going to be. It will be a birthday present for my youngest son's first birthday this summer. I've been knitting his onesie like a madman since I really don't think I have enough green yarn for the back. So, the littlest man around here is getting spoiled right now and doesn't even know it!

As for reading, Journey for Freedom  by Peter Vodenka and the Catechism are still at my fingertips. And from the Catechism:
982 There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest." Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin.

Now, on to the pattern giveaway. I love my Bear Brand baby pattern book. Since it is out of print I'd like to share the love and send two of you, a knitter and a crocheter, a pattern from the book.
I will email a PDF to the winners and I will pick someone for the knit and someone for the crochet using a random number generator. To be eligible just comment with the pattern number you'd like to win. Unfortunately the crochet patterns are only in infant sizes, so I am offering 3 crochet patterns to choose from while there are only two knitting patterns to choose from.

Newborn set, #2557

2 T, 3T, 4T Polo shirt, # 2564
Crochet (all infant sizes):
Newborn set, #2558

Shell stitch set, #2563

Baby set #2528
Good luck! I will announce the winner in next week's Wednesday post. The contest will close next Monday (3/18) at midnight. (Read Tuesday at 00:00 if that's confusing).
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Pattern Love

I mentioned a couple times now that I was given a large stack of patterns from my grandmother shortly before Christmas; there are a lot of seriously cute baby vintage styles in the collection. So far I've started on a couple Bear Brand vol #352 projects:

For my sister in law

For my son

And since I think these patterns are just to die for, and the book is out of print with an expired copyright*, I am planning on sharing my love of this book with all of you by giving away a pattern from the book.
The patterns I will have available will be for knit and crochet since I don't want crocheters to miss out. I will post probably on Wednesday this week since I will have the traffic from the WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along link ups.  Keep your eyes out for it! You won't want to miss out!

*Here  is where the search results start, based on year, when I looked up the title, volume number, and pattern author.  Here are the search results for the pattern designer and knitting for a keyword search by date. The copyright date on the pattern book is 1956. United States Copyright Office website.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Let it Snow!... in March

I haven't made much progress on anything, and I'm still reading Journey for Freedom. If you didn't see the WIPs last week, here they are: they look the same. I ripped out the green onesie about three times now due to my trust issues with pattern sizing. While I was knitting it looked like it could have been my underwear but after I made it dramatically smaller and compared it to my little one, there was NO way it would fit. So it was frogged again and knit in the prescribed size.
I will leave you with a photo of my backyard since we've been buried in snow over the last 24 hours.

I will never get enough of this! A good friend of mine said yesterday that she wants to fire the groundhog though...
Happy crafting, knitting, crocheting, etc!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Love Your Library: March Goals

My goals for March are to finish the coat for my sister in law, and make this creeper for my little one:

Since the pattern calls for 4oz for the main color and I only have 3.5oz in the yarn I'm using I'm going to make it short sleeved or no sleeved and there is a possibility I might omit the collar... I'll see how it looks without the sleeves.
The green is the main color. I think I might call it the Summer Storm since the colors make me think of thunderstorms in mid summer after the grass has greened.

This pattern is also from my Bear Brand book.