Growler Caddy (craft beer peeps only)

One day, I decided I needed a bag to carry a water bottle in. I had all this ugly brown cotton yarn that I had purchased to make a pad for my swiffer. After three tries and getting bored as fuck, I decided I could just use a washcloth on my swiffer. But what was I going to do with this ugly brown yarn? Make a bottle holder I decided. Except I made it too large.

img_5187img_5188However, it ended up being the perfect size for my 32 oz Growler, also know as a ‘Howler’. If you are confused, here is a picture. I hope Yonkers Brewery doesn’t sue me for copyright infringement for posting this picture.

The pattern is mine. It’s very simple, a base, sides and carrying strap. The PDF is posted before and on Ravelry. Here’s the catch, if you get it from here today or tomorrow, it’s free. If you get if from Ravelry it’s $2. BUT, there is a coupon code in the tags. Happy drinking and knitting!

Edit I couldn’t figure out how to sell patterns on Ravelry, here is the link to my paypal send me $2 I’ll send you the pattern.


Growler Caddy

Just wrote a pattern

For my hooded scarf. I decided to name it, Cables and Ruffles and I’m selling it on here. This is the link to my Paypal account, $5 gets you the pattern and access to me with any questions.

Buy it or don’t, I don’t give a fuck.

$5 for Pattern

In the mail today

 This was in the mail. I ordered it quite awhile ago. It was “free”, i just had to pay shipping. 
It is smaller than i thought it would be, but being small is fine. Means i can carry it with my small knitting projects. 
The scissors have a nice feel to them. The only thing i can’t figure out is the thimble thingie, it is like a ring, so where do you wear it? 

Hi-tech fail

My phone is always with me, i do as much as i can on it. I downloaded the pattern for these gloves on my phone.

There is an app called jknit that one can save patterns to. It has a floating yellow bar to keep track of what line in the pattern or chart you are on. I have that app.

There is another app to keep track of what row you are on. Knit a row, tap the counter, finish a pattern series if rows, tap the other counter. I have this app also.

This is a glove, the directions call for and increase every third row, four times, then increase every fourth row four times. And how am i keeping track? On a piece of paper i write down the row number. If it’s an increase row i circle the number. Some habits are hard to break.


Red cable hat.

As you may have guessed, I fucking love cables. I would knit everything with cables if I could.

This pattern, as mentioned before is Agathis. This link will take you to my project page on Ravelry, you can see all the pictures I took of this project.

This pattern was very well written, I didn’t have any problem with it, I didn’t change anything and I love this hat. However, I have decided I am going to adapt the pattern to make a neck warmer or cowl.

The yarn is Simply Soft by Caron. A lot of knitters don’t like it because it splits. I have noticed that but I put up with it. I’m not a very fast knitter, and I can’t knit without looking, so I notice when the yarn has split and i missed a strand. There are two other reasons I put up with it. One is: I love how the yarn feels when the knitted garment (in this case a hat), it is so soft! The other reason is: No dye lots. If I buy red yarn and then don’t have enough to finish, I just go to the store and buy more. No dye lot, means it’ll match.

My next post will most likely be a rant about acrylic vs. wool.

The red hat

After I finished the gloves, I was supposed to make another pair, with purple yarn. I decided a needed a hat to match my coat. My coat is a red Eddie Bauer and is super warm. My super warm hat is purple, which I like, but I feel I need a red knitted hat to wear with my red Eddie Bauer coat.

299This is the first completed set of pattern rows. This is actually my second attempt. My first was the “Travelling Cables Beanie” which looked really nice in the book, but I wasn’t impressed with how it looked when I knitted it. It also looked too small so I slid it off the needles on to some waste yarn to try it on. I was right, it was too small. So I unknit it and cast on this pattern. This pattern is also cables. I just freaking love cables.

307This is after the second cable row, you get a better idea of how the cable look after you get the second one done. This is still the ‘ribbing’ part of the hat so it has a cabled ribbing and cables all the way up to the top. You can see the pattern here.

It was a dark and stormy night

This is one of my sewing escapades, written in my other blog, but belongs here. So here it is.

just a city girl

Suddenly a shot rang out! Yes i stole that. I’m visiting my best friend this weekend, she needs help sewing a coat so i came up today. She cut out the pattern then left to go to church with her husband leaving me with the pattern pieces and fabric. Being the careful seamstress that i am i looked at the instructions to lay out all the pieces before i began cutting. There was a front, a gusset, an upper and lower sleeve, side panel and back, i picked up the last big piece of tissue paper, it wasn’t the back. The back wasn’t there. Her daughter came over from the couch to help me look for it, in the pattern pieces, the pattern envelope. We got crumpled pieces out of the garbage, no back. I wondered if the pattern company had forgotten to put it in, then i remembered she…

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Jack’s sweater 



This Jack. Jack is a poodle – yorkie mix. This picture was taken after he was groomed. The pattern is:

How to Knit Ten Stitch Zigzag Blanket

Reposting this in case I ever decide I want to knit a zigzag couch blanket.

Crazed Purls

How to Knit Frankie Brown’s Ten Stitch Zigzag Blanket

Couch AfghanTable of Contents (Top links will bring you here)
The Basics
How the Zigs and Zags are Made
Strip One
Zig Instructions – Strip One
Zag Instructions – Strip One
Ending Strip One
Strip Two
Zig Instructions – Strip Two
Zag Instructions – Strip Two
Ending Strip Two
Strips Three and On

I originally started a tutorial for this blanket on September 21, 2013.  Someone commented on a previous post on this blanket with questions on how to knit it.  Now you don’t know me well enough to know that I love posting tutorials for things.  They are fun but time consuming.  I never managed to find the time to finish after the first part.

Thanks to Ravelry, I get many views on this incomplete post and others commenting for more.  This post is for you.

I put my…

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This is what happens

When you don’t count your rows correctly. You get gloves that don’t match.

Laugh with me.