Monday, December 28, 2009

Wahooooo!! (i made a hat)

lol. im not trying to look creepy in that pic honest

i made this hat with size 13 dpn's and a lil bit of homespun

it was kinda a pain to work with at first but after a few rounds it got easy

this hat is so squishy and soft i think if i was a small child i would fall asleep in it on a short car ride.. i dunno. so anyway here's the pattern
(oh yeah it's also super stretchy, it will fit an adult or a child. also, if you want a thicker hat you could use 2 strands at once)

cast on 36 and distribute evenly onto 3 needles (12 sts each). join without twisting yarn
knit evenly for 6 and 1/2 to 7 inches
decrease rounds for crown:
1. (k 4, k2tog) around
2. (k 3, k2tog) around
3. (k 2, k2tog) around
4. (k 1, k2tog) around
5. (k2tog) around
k2tog around until there is only 1 stitch on each needle. then move all stitches onto one needle and k3tog. pull tight! and make sure there is no (or very minimal) opening at the top.
fasten off yarn, weave in ends.

this is my original pattern, do not sell, copy, or distribute. link to my pages to share. print a copy for your personal use.
Mari <3

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Knit Tassel Hat

i really have to take the time to figure out how to import blog posts from Microsoft Word...

cuz i have no skills on this blogger thing.

this is my tassel hat :) i made it last night ya.

it's almost identical to the Elana hat, except i measured way better, and the decreases are different... and theres a friggin i-cord with a tassel on it. awesome. oh ya, and i did it entirely on size 8 dpn's :)

i used jamie classic yarn (less than one skein) in Lilac
and US size 8 dpn's (set of four)
some scissors for the total of 2 (or 3 or 4) snips
and my cell phone (didn't have a piece of cardboard to wrap the yarn around for the tassel.. it worked out fine)

cast on 90, distribute evenly among three needles (30 stitches each)
join without twisting (it's not hard but i did have trouble initially.. i just always make sure the foundation ridge thing is facing me on each needle now)
also, i leave my tail out so i dont have to use a stitch marker, then sew it up after the hat is done.

work k1, p1 rib for 1"
switch to stockinette, which is just plain knit stitches around.
do this until the whole piece measures about 6"

i did my decreases kind of, well, not unevenly but sporadically? maybe. here's what i did:
decrease rows:
round 1: k 8, k2tog, around.
round 2: k 7, k2tog, around.
round 3: k 6, k2tog, around.
round 4: k every stitch around.
round 5: k 5, k2tog, around.
round 6: k 4, k2tog, around.
round 7: k 3, k2tog, around.
round 8: k 2, k2tog, around.
round 9: k 1, k2tog, around.
round 10: k every stitch around.
round 11: k2tog around

continue to k2tog around until you have only 2 stitches on one needle.
make i-cord this way:
instead of turning work after k'ing the 2 stitches, slide them across to the other end of the needle and work them onto the other needle from there. pull the working yarn tight!

make i-cord as long as u want... i dont remember how many rows i did but mine is about 5 inches without the tassel.
to make tassel: wrap yarn around a flat piece of cardboard a bunch of times (example: i did 12 revolutions) tie one side- preferably the side without the beginning strand of yarn on it- with the same yarn you wrapped up. put the scissors through the yarn on the other side and cut through all the strands evenly, so the cardboard gets free and u have one side of yarn tied up in a bundle.
tie a strand around the bunch of yarns that you have (it will look more like a bell and less like a bundle of twigs). attach to i-cord.

i don't know if the tassel info is sufficient, because it's hard to describe for me without pictures... crap, i shoulda taken pictures... there are tons of instructional videos and clearer instructions online, i will have to find a good link :)

this is my original pattern, do not sell, do not copy, do not distribute in any form of publication. link to my pages to share. print out a copy for your personal use. do not reproduce this pattern or the finished product for profit.

Mari <3

I've Actually Been Finishing Stuff

mom sent me cookies... in a pix mail.. lol

i found this in my local Pick n Save

finished about an hour ago? its 12something...

it's the neatest top of a hat i've ever had the privilege of making...

i'm not extra-good at making tassels but i gave it a try :)

i just made it up, it's very basic and i can't remember if i decreased every other row on all the decrease part...

here is a hat i made, my first adult size hat in knit. the joining on the top could have been done better but i didn't know how to do it better... it's cute.

really, i have been finishing stuff :)
i just havent gotten around to posting. i don't want to type out the patterns for these things right now so if you like one of the pics, just check back in about a couple days or a week... i'm not "busy" busy, but my brain is currently being crammed with a crapload of information and also i'm working and trying to spend as much quality time with a certain paulieface who i see for maybe a total of 2 hours a day before one of us drops off to sleep or heads to work/school.
so anyway, i went christmas shopping like this last week, and it was fun.
i bought for my mom and brothers and paulie and josh, i wasnt sure if i should pick out some things for paulie's parents cuz i dunno what they like or whatever. i know his mom likes books :) i love books. and his dad likes planty stuff and probably science or history, maybe. i guess i just got shy? but on a sunday i will take paulie out to pick some things lol. that reminds me of the santa's secret workshop from grade school, where the school would have a little store where kids could buy presents for their moms and dads without the parents knowing what they bought. i dunno exactly why it reminds me but it does.
also working on something for my cousin's baby, whose baby shower i couldn't attend cuz of both work and school.. i dunno if it will be a december baby or what cuz nobody told me anything. i just guessed, texted mom, and she said "yep, yep, and yep". and i think she's naming him jonathan? which is pretty close to the name that popped into my head right before i texted mom "who's pregnant?", julian. eh. so i'm getting rusty :)

Mari <3

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Praise :)

i know it's something little-tiny, but...
a couple days ago i had a look at my phone bill, and saw that it was about 20 dollars over the usual amount, which isnt a lot but every dollar counts for something. lunch for the week or the bus if it's too cold out to walk. i'm not able to save very much because of school kind of taking over the work week and the work week becoming less and less days.
so anyway, i was dreading having to call the phone company to get my bill adjusted because nobody ever listens to me. like seriously and especially on the phone because i sound like a child, so i will usually have to spend hours trying to get something fixed whereas an irrate grownup voice might make people jump a little quicker. honestly my angry voice just sounds cute.
i havent had time to call the company because of my schedule, but i was going to today before school and i can't believe i just paused VCY America on my audio but wow i couldn't think with that lady's voice in my head (she sounds very nice but it was pulling my brain apart and making a short story long by hindering my concentration on PRAISE)
so anyway i was going to call today but i just got it in my head to look at my bill so i would be able to tell them exactly what the name of the charge was that needed to be taken off... and all these days i have been praying to God to give me the patience and the strength to deal with phone people, and also to be able to use the right words so that they know that i know what im talking about... and...
my bill amount had already changed!
it was in fact a negative balance!
this was my brain upon seeing the info---> oh. wow. YES!!!
and i'm reminded, as apparently i must be, daily, once again... that God is wonderful. He takes care of me in even the smallest most insignificant-to-others-except-me ways, and He's the only one who can reach right in and pull out my whole heart, just rip it out completely and the only thing i feel is sweetness.

and now for some pictures!!! cute ones, cute ones :)

here is Zeus, i told u the pix would be cute :)

this is a pic from steak n shake that i forgot to put earlier

this is a "me and my family on thanksgiving" pic minus jose... we put the camera on auto-timer and set it on the table lol. turned out pretty good

here's the scene at thanksgiving... monopoly! :)

well those were all the pics i had :) actually no, i have a pic of my aunts but i dunno if they want to be made public lol. its a cute pic

Mari <3