December 22, 2010

~Happy Holidays~

Happy Holidays to you all!  Sending Peace, Joy and Happiness your way during this holiday season.  May you cherish the many special moments that the holidays bring. 

This morning was spent making cookies for Santa to snack on while making his visit on Christmas eve...Happy Christmas!







December 20, 2010

Etsy Update!




Just wanted to let you all know that I am trying to keep up with posting a few items here and there on my "Etsy".  I figure the winter months are a good time to push my Etsy shop, so I added a gallery here on my blog that you will see on the right hand side.  Please keep in mind that I do custom orders also so if you see something that you like and want a different colour or what have you just send me a message through my etsy page and we can go from there.  Here are two listing that I listed earlier today!




December 13, 2010

Studio Makeover: Day 1

Ugh, I finally started my studio makeover today and it wasn't fun!  I cleared out as much as I could so I could begin refinishing my hardwood floors.  As if painting and wallpaper won't be enough!!!  I have a desk from the 1920's/30's that I bought about 8 years ago, it is super huge and there was no way I was able to move it out and back into the room so along an armoire I use as storage I had to some how work on the floors and move these two pieces around,  all I have to say is "my back it killing me!"


Here is the "before" photo.



Here is the "after" of what I have gotten done for today.  The floors look horrible in this photo but I think it is because I just polyurethaned them.  I am hoping!

So...along with preparing for Christmas I have been very busy!  Here are a couple of small projects I have made in the past week:

A Coffee Cozy...






And a Record Bowl...



Please don't forget to check out my December Giveaway featuring two handcrafted items form Plain Jane!  Deadline is December 31st 2010.

November 30, 2010

December Free Giveaway ~ Featuring Plain Jane

I am proud to announce this month's sponsor ~ Plain Jane!

Plain Jane will be giving away a 100% safe, non toxic baby ball that can be played with inside and out.  And we can't forget mom so Plain Jane will also be giving away a super stylish wallet.  This is a wonderful gift for both mom and baby, great for yourself or a gift!
~In her own words~

What led you down this path of creating handmade sewing items?

"It started after I had my son a year ago. Some other new moms and I were discussing toys. The consensus was that there aren't enough soft toys on the market that are 100% machine washable. They all have rattles or crinkles or squeakers in them. And really, not EVERY toy has to make a noise! I started making the fabric baby balls as a safe, non-toxic toy that could be played with indoors or out. From there, I decided "mom" needed something, too! I recently started making some wallets and coffee cozies and other products for more than just baby. I hope to get into more stuffed animals for baby and purses for mom."



What inspires you to create your designs?

"My son is my biggest inspiration. Making things that are fun, colorful, safe and washable seemed like the most important factors in creating the baby toys."



How long have you been creating? And how long has Plain Jane been in business?

"I officially started Plain Jane in May of 2010. I had been working on several ideas before that, but actually putting a brand on it started then. I took fashion design in college and have been sewing for as long as I can remember!"



Where can people buy your products?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/plainjanestore
http://twitter.com/plainjanestore
http://www.facebook.com/plainjanestore

In London on December 11, 2010 at An Artists Affair, a local craft/art show and sale.
This giveaway includes both Baby Ball and Wallet.








Contest Rules are as follows:
Contest runs from Nov 30th ~ Dec 31st 2010
Winner will be chosen by randomizer and announced Jan 1st 2011

Contest is now closed

To Enter:
Become a follower of Plain Jane and/or Hipknitized
"Like" Plain Jane and/or Hipknitized on Facebook
Become a follower of Plain Jane and/or Hipknitized on Twitter
(please share and suggest to all your friends!)

Please leave a comment in the comment section below stating that you have become a follower
and "liked" either/both Plain Jane and Hipknitized,
the only way randomizer will work is if you leave a comment.  Also leave your
e-mail address in the comment so we can contact you
if you are the lucky winner!

Good Luck!

And thank you to Plain Jane :)

November 16, 2010

Yarn Weight and Needle Size


I thought I would post a helpful little chart stating the different types of yarn and different needle sizes that work best with each size of yarn. I know how hard it can be sometimes trying to figure out what weight yarn and size of needle to use. So here we are, I hope you find this helpful!



Yarn Weights:

1. Super Fine: Baby, Fingering and Sock. Needle Size(US): 1-3
2.Fine: Baby, Sport. Needles Size(US): 3-5
3.Light: DK, Light Worsted. Needle Size(US): 5-7
4. Medium: Afghan, Aran, Worsted. Needle Size(US): 7-9
5. Bulky: Chunky, Craft and Rug. Needle Size(US): 9-11
6. Super Bulky: Bulky, Roving. Needle Size(US): 11 and up

November 9, 2010

How To: Make A Pom Pom

For my "How To: Make a Pom Pom" tutorial you will need:

1. Yarn/wool of choice colour
2. Scissors
3. Tapestry needle
4. Cardboard template


Making pom poms for your knitting projects are a great way to finish off an item. They are easy and fun to make and you don't need a whole lot of yarn/wool to create them! First off you will have to decide how long you want your pom pom threads to be. For my pom pom a cut a piece of cardboard that was approx. 2" wide from the middle of the pom pom. (Length of cardboard does not matter)



Once you have your cardboard ready place approx an 8" piece of yarn down (lengthwise where you are going to start wrapping the yarn, this will be your center. Then start wrapping your yarn/wool around the board. I wrapped mine around 75 times. The more you wrap the thicker fuller your pom pom will be.


Once you have your desired amount wrapped around the cardboard you can cut the yarn at the top of the pom pom. Then slide out the cardboard.



Here is your pom pom, now you have to start cleaning up the edges to make it nice and full looking.





Start clipping around the tips of the yarn/wool until you have your pom pom to the desired shape you would like.




Use a tapestry needle and weave the two ends of your 8" center thread to the inside of the hat or whatever you are securing your pom pom to.







Weave in ends and tighten securely. Fluff pom pom and voila! You are finished!!! :)
Very cute and easy, hope you have enjoyed my "How To: Make a Pom Pom" tutorial.





November 3, 2010

Free Pattern: Easy Peasy Toddler Scarf




This scarf is comfy cozy, it is knit holding two strands of yarn together that gives it a real chunky texture. I added two medium size oak buttons to it so it can be worn like a cowl, very cute on a bright eyed toddler. There is no need to add button holes (yarn overs) there is just enough space between the stitches that the buttons will slide easily through.


If you are new to knitting this project is for you!


Materials:


Worsted weight yarn in colour of your choice

Size 10mm knitting needles

2 Buttons (optional)

Thread

Tapestry needle to sew in loose ends


Cast on 17 stitches (holding two strands together)

Knit every row

***Note: Always slip the first stitch without knitting it, this will give you a nice clean edge.

So that being said just knit every row until the scarf is knitted to desired length mine was approx 36" long.

Cast off loosely.

Sew in loose ends.

Take the two buttons (or however many you would like) and sew then on wherever you would like to place them, I staggered mine a little. That's it! Your finished, how easy was that! :)
*Pattern is for personal use only! Please do not copy or sell this pattern or sell items produced from the use of this pattern. (Gift giving is fine. :)
Copyright 2010



November 2, 2010

Fall at the Farm...

Grazing...

Pumpkin Picking...


A Fellow Friend...

Pureness...



Freedom...


Here's hoping that you and your loved ones are taking the time to enjoy the beauty that this time of year has to offer. Smiles to you all!

October 29, 2010

Carrot Curry Soup (Vegetarian)




This is a wonderful hearty soup for Fall. It is very pure and natural. Even though is has spices they are not over bearing. Ash and I cooked this up in no time and had it gone in just a few sittings. Tastes amazing with sliced honey crisp apples on top!





Ingredients:





  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • 1 large onion, diced


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  • 6 large carrots, sliced


  • 8 red potatoes, quartered with skin on


  • 2 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)


  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  • 2 teaspoon curry powder


  • sea salt and pepper to taste






Directions





  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook stirring often until onion is translucent. Add carrots and potatoes, and cook for just a few minutes.


  2. Pour the vegetable broth into the pot, add ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until carrots and potatoes are tender.


  3. Puree soup in small batches using a blender. Enjoy!

October 16, 2010

Free Pattern: Preemie Felted Winter Boots




An old friend of mine asked me to design a pair of winter booties for her preemie son who is now just 7 lbs. It took me three time to get it right but I finely got it using size 2 US needles and good quality felting wool. These are great for little preemies who are born this fall and winter season, it is impossible to find warm footwear for babies that tiny and being 100% felted wool they keep baby extremely warm and toasty!



You will need:

Size 2 US straight needles
Good quality felting wool (worsted weight)
Tapestry needle


Cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Break yarn.

Using the same needles, cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Do not break yarn. Take both knitted sections on one needle and knit two rows over all 34 sts.

For the instep, put the first and last 11 sts on a stitch holder. Knit 24 rows over the 12 middle stitches. Break yarn.

Pick up first 11 sts that you put on the stitch holder, knit along them then pick up and knit 12 sts along the right side of the instep, knit 12 sts along the upper edge of the instep, pick up and knit 12 sts along the left side of the instep, knit 11 sts from the second stitch holder. 58 sts.

Knit 9 more rows.

Place a stitch marker between the 28 and 29 stitches to mark the middle.

Decrease as follows:

Knit first and second stitch together using SSK. Knit the two stitches before the middle marker together using SSK. Knit first and second stitch together after the middle marker. Knit to the last two stitches then knit two together.

Knit next row.

Continue to knit in this manner...decreasing four stitches every other row until you have 35 sts left on your needle.
Cast off.
Sew together seams.

To felt place in the washing machine with a load of laundry using hot water and laundry detergent. Place in dryer on regular temp (throwing in a tennis ball will help!) Re-shape when finished.

October 12, 2010

How To Dry Your Own Cat Nip!

If you grow your own organic cat nip and have always wondered how to properly dry it...look no further!

First wait until your cat nip plant is approx. 6" tall, it actually won't take very long until it reaches this point as it is a fairly fast growing plant. Take scissors and clip it off right at the base.

I take about 6-8 stalks at a time and wrap my knitting yarn around the stalks from one end of the bundle to the other to secure the stalks together. After securing the bundles take them to a dark and cool area (like a closet) and hang them so the bundles are hanging upside down. Try to keep the closet door closed while the drying process occurs it is important that as little light as possible gets into the closet.

It takes roughly 6 weeks for the cat nip to completely dry out. After the drying process is complete take small bunches of the cat nip and insert into some fun hand knit little cat toy fish or mice and watch your kitty go crazy!!!

This is "Boots" and his hand felted organic cat nip fish!


Here he is again...judging by his expression the cat nip is setting in!

Thanks to Heather for letting me post photos of "Boots" and his Hipknitized organic cat nip fishy :)

October 7, 2010

Hipknitized Photo Shoot 2010, cont...













Here are a few more!
***Note my little man with the playful expression wearing a hat that's too small for him and hoarding all of his "momma's knits!" What a character!!!