May 30, 2010

The Beauty of Birds



I love all animals, doesn't matter what type, species, breed what have you...they are my friend. Even bugs and insects, if I see a spider in my house I say hello and carry on, fly's I coax out the back door and anything else I catch and release. You may call me crazy, but hey they never caused me any harm.



My new real love that has developed is for the birds. I have always loved birds but I have become somewhat intrigued by their beauty, their intelligence and of course their song.

I had a pet Cockatoo that I had rescued many years ago named "Richie" he was so special, he has since passed...he was like a baby to me and I think of him daily and miss him dearly. He was truly amazing...so smart, I can't even express it.


I get many different varieties of birds that come to my feeders in my garden...blue jays, cardinals, crows, blackbirds, chickadees, sparrows, turtledoves (a pair), finches, robins and probably even more that I can't think of!



The other day I went out to buy some new vines for my trellis, a climbing rose bush and trumpet a flower vine...a vine that attracts hummingbirds!, so with that I bought my first hummingbird feeder. Apparently hummingbirds are in the area but I think I have only seen one once last summer, so I am excited to see if the trumpet vine and new feeder draws them in.


Here is the recipe that I was given for my feeder. I plan on making it tomorrow...so we will see!



Humming Bird Nectar Recipe:
1 Part granulated sugar (1 Cup)
4 Parts Water (4 Cups)
Bring water to rolling boil for one minute. Pour over sugar and mix until well dissolved. Allow to cool completely. Fill feeders with cooled mix. NO coloring is needed. It is recommended you NOT use food coloring.

Now hopefully with this I will be able to add a new variety of bird to my garden. Any favourite bird feeder recipes of your own?

Since all of you are scattered all over the world what types of birds frequent your yard or garden? I would find this really interesting!!! if you would like to share, leave a comment in the comment section below!









May 28, 2010

This Moment...



This Moment...

...One single photograph from the past week, no words to describe it, just a simple, special moment...a moment to savour and remember. If your inspired to do the same leave a link to your "moment" in the comment section below.


Have a beautiful weekend!

May 26, 2010

Free Pattern: Brobee (Yo Gabba Gabba) Toddler Hat

Here is the free pattern for Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba that I promised you. Have fun with it and enjoy!!! ***The hat in the photo is crocheted but the pattern below is a knit pattern***


Yarn: I used lionbrand hometown USA (green bay)


The hat ends up being about 19.5" in circumference when finished...suitable for a toddler.
Needle Size: 9mm


I made this hat using the garter stitch (knit every row) to give it a bit more of a textured look.




Brobee Toddler Hat.
Cast on 44 sts.
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
Continue in K1,P1; until piece measures 1 inch from beginning. Work in Garter st until Hat measures 8 inches long from beginning.
Next Row: (K2tog) across – 22 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: (K2tog) across – 11 sts. Cut yarn leaving an 18 inch tail. Thread tail onto large-eyed needle and thread through remaining sts, pull tightly pull tightly to gather together. Knot securely.




Red Plates: (for on top of hat)


Make 3


Cast on 10 stitches

Row 1:knit

Row 2:k1,k2tog, repeat till end of row (7 sts)

Row 3:knit

Row 4:k2tog,k3,k2tog (5 sts)

Row 5:knit

Row 6:k2tog,k1,k2tog (3 sts)

Row 7:k2tog,k1

Row 8:k2tog

Row 9:k1

Pull yarn through last stitch and pull tightly.





FINISHING
Sew seam. Weave in ends. For the felt pieces I just cut them out freehand, hot glue gunned them to the hat then hand stitched around each piece to keep them in place!


Copyright 2010


Personal use only!!!

May 25, 2010

Brobee Hat


My little guy likes the show "Yo Gabba Gabba," I actually like it too! It teaches kids about sharing, health and all types of music. I thought up the idea of making a hat with one of the characters faces on it (then later checked the Internet and wasn't alone with this idea!!!) anyhow here is how it turned out. I crocheted the beanie only because this tends to be faster, cut out felt to match his face and knit the little red plates that sit atop his head. Easy and cute!


I have decided to make a free pattern out of this, I think a lot of little kids will like it. I will post it over the next couple of days as a knit pattern. Don't forget it's easy to make all different types of fun characters using the same type of idea, the sky is the limit!!!
Oh yes and just a reminder that my "free patterns" are to be used as personal use only...I have been browsing Etsy and have seen some suspiciously similar looking items!!! Thanks to all :)

May 21, 2010

This Moment...

...One single photograph from the past week, no words to describe it, just a simple, special moment...a moment to savour and remember. If your inspired to do the same leave a link to your "moment" in the comment section below.


Hope everybody has a safe and happy long weekend...Enjoy!!!

May 20, 2010

Free Pattern: Lacy Knit Headband











Here is a great link for three lacy knit headbands. I added a bright orange flower to mine to make it extra summery!!! Quick knit and easy!


Enjoy! http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Lacy_Headbands_PatternD50552220.html click here and search patterns for headbands.

May 18, 2010

Monster Hat: How To...




I was trying to think up funky ideas that would be good for a boys hat, I find that in knitting there are unlimited designs for girls but when it comes to boys sometimes you need to use your imagination.


I was looking at different appliques and came across some neat monster ones...I settled on this little creature and simply cut him out of felt. I guess you can print out templates if you need help, I just used scissors and started cutting! After cutting out the felt I used fabric glue to tack all the pieces together and attach them to the hat then took a needle and thread and stitched around the ends in orange. (I did this after the photos were taken)


There are endless possibilities you can experiment with and don't worry you don't have to get it "right" every time you create something, just try different things and see what works best...sometimes you'll be amazed with what appears in front of you!




May 16, 2010

Free Pattern:Chunky Lacy Cowl




I have had so much fun making a couple different cowls from this awesome pattern. This design is so simple and straight forward, it only takes a couple hours to complete from start to finish depending how fast you knit. I love it when you come across a pattern that is so simple yet the finished product looks as though you have spent several days painstakingly knitting away!




I found this pattern through Raverly, the designer is Heidi and it can be found on her website named "Lilibeth's Garden".



Materials:

1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

One size US 13 / 9mm circular needle, 18” long (or there abouts!)

One stitch marker





Cast on 55 stitches, place marker and prepare to knit in the round.

Rows 1-2 knit

Row 3 *(p2tog) twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (p2tog) twice; repeat from * 4 more times

Rows 4 knit

Repeat these rows 7 more times. Knit one more row and then bind off loosely.


Yes, that's it! You're finished!!!

May 14, 2010

This Moment...


...One single photograph from the past week, no words to describe it, just a simple, special moment...a moment to savour and remember. If your inspired to do the same leave a link to your "moment" in the comment section below. (my son and my father)

May 13, 2010

A Few New Items











I have been busy the last couple of days making a few new items that I could present to the judges of a museum craft show that will be happening in the fall of this year. I have never been "judged" before prior to entering a craft sale...but I guess I can understand. I am happy to say that I was excepted and now will have to begin building LOTS of stock, this is always hard to do because knitting is so labour intensive, but I do love doing it! This show will see over 2000 shoppers over the course of two days...not bad.


These are some photos of my newest creations, the lacy cowl turned out well and a added a couple of vintage buttons from my thrifting finds last week. The fishy cat toys were fun to make though they did take a fair amount of work to felt, stuff, embroider and stitch up. I would have to say the I received the most enjoyment out of making the hair clips...they were super easy, affordable and turned out really cute!

May 11, 2010

Thrifting Finds!!!

I can't express how thrilled I am with my thrifting finds yesterday! With some upcoming shows I was trying to figure out the best way to display some of my hats that I have designed. I headed out yesterday with hat display stands in mind, you know the metal ones with knobs on top to hold the hat up. I actually didn't really think I'd find them. Well I found them, three to be exact right from the 50's and I couldn't believe it they were actually on sale too!

I continued to keep digging for treasures when I came across these two mannequin heads (also on sale!) These are just perfect to use as props on my craft table to display my hats, I just couldn't believe that I found these...I'm still smiling!

When I brought them home the dogs went crazy barking and lunging at them, I think they actually thought that they were real people without bodies, lol. My son was a little afraid but has come around now and likes to look at them. We named the girl Renee and the boy Jack.

Placing them in my studio last night right before bed gave me a creepy feeling, thinking that when I turned out the light an episode of the Twilight Zone may occur behind the studio door, I will admit I do find them somewhat creepy!


A bag full of vintage buttons...also on sale!

Vintage 50's style hat stands that were used in department stores back in the 50's.


Renee modelling my latest hat!



Jack after I trimmed his facial hair,

Jack before I trimmed his facial hair (he was long overdue for a trim!)








May 10, 2010

Harvey the Hippo

This is Harvey...he was knitted from the Knitted Toy Box, there you will find Harvey among many of his friends.

Harvey likes to eat sweets, one of his favourite treats are sugar coated jube jubes.

He enjoys playing the piano and loves classical music.


Harvey takes his jeep out every Sunday...he doesn't even mind if it rains!


Oh no...poor Harvey. He didn't even see that alligator coming.




May 7, 2010

Ladybug Hat


Here is another crocheted hat I designed, and once again I'm sorry do to the fact I don't know how to read or write crocheted patterns!!! It would be pretty easy to convert this into a knit pattern though. All you would have to do is knit a basic beanie, knit I-cords for that spots and last but not least knit two antenna I-cords to add to the top.


I think this is a really cute design...it's great for Spring/Summer but also for the Fall/Winter season too. You could pair it with a set of black and red maryjanes and/or some fingerless mittens to match!

May 5, 2010

Knitting In The Movies:


I was reading a book the other day and it had a bunch of blurbs about past movies that had knitting in them in one form or another...I thought I would share a few with you, they are brief but I thought they were worth sharing...even though I can't honestly remember knitting in any of them!


The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Clara Blandick (as Auntie Em), knitting in her rocking chair, is one of several characters Judy Garland sees from her window as she and Toto are carried in their houses to Oz.


Phone Calls from a Stranger (1952)

Bette Davis (as invalid Marie Hoke) knits a sock while telling a visiting stranger the bittersweet tale of her marriage.


Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) knits an out-of-control sweater, wondering if she has confused her knitting pattern with building plans. A romantic adaptation of Truman Capote's novella.


9 1/2 Weeks (1986)

In several of the art-gallery scenes in this steamy cult classic, Kim Bassinger (as Elizabeth) recounts her erotic adventures while her roommate knits on huge bamboo needles.


Bridges of Madison County (1995)

After a passionate affair with a globe-trotting photographer, a lonely farm wife (Meryl Streep)

knits in front of the television set with her family.


Chicken Run (2000)

A hen named Babs knits continuously during this clay animation feature about a flock of chickens determined to fly the coop.


American's Sweetheart (2001)

Julia Robert's (as Kiki and a knitter in real life) knits from the sidelines while her celebrity sister and her estranged husband give interviews to promote their new movies.


Chicago (2002)

Richard Gere (as lawyer Billy Flynn) suggests to his client Renee Zellweger (as wannabe chorus girl Roxie Hart) that she make herself look innocent of murder by wearing a nun like dress and knitting while in court.

May 4, 2010

A Few Days In May































The last few days I decided to put down my knitting needles and pick up my son and my new camera (Canon Rebel XS) and head out the door to explore! We didn't go anywhere far...mostly walking distance from our very own front door. The weather has been beautiful here the last few days and these are the moments that we captured. Unfortunately I am not in any of the photos because I was the one behind the lens!

May 1, 2010

Scents to Relax With...


I love to find natural ways to relax, one of my favourite ways is through the power of scent. Scientists agree hands down that our most primal sense is the sense of smell, exerting such a strong power over us that it can induce mood changes. Here are some simple ways you can put this power of scent to work, helping you feel more at ease.
Relaxing Essential Oils:
Cinnamon. Cozy, comforting.
Florals. Stress relief.
Lavender. Relaxing, soothing.
Sandalwood. Warm, comforting.
Vanilla. Stress-reducing, relaxing.
Uses for Essential Oils
Dilute with water and spray on your bedsheets.
Use it in the bath.

Create scented massage oils.
Anoint candles with it.
Choose incense scented with it.
Put a drop on a cool light bulb to release its fragrance when you turn on the lamp.
Place some in a ceramic diffuser.
Simmer a few drops in a pot of water on the stove