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Sunday, December 23, 2012

I Made A Cabled Beanie


My Etsy store took off over Christmas with those beanies and beards.  I'll be honest, I got a little bit sick of them so I looked around my stash to find something to entertain me that wasn't just straight line knitting.  I found a couple of skeins of Bernat Roving, a wool/acrylic blend just thick enough to make one heck of a warm hat and just soft enough to make cables positively luscious.  I ball (100g/3.5oz) makes TWO of these hats!

I found a number of patterns and sort of had all the pictures that I liked open and morphed them to get this version for me.

For the knitters out there, I am on Ravelry as Tracyloopers, come see my stuff. Here is the same link to this post with the pictures!

I am still working on pattern requests so if you've asked me, don't fret, I AM getting to them.

Here is my version of

QUICK CHUNKY CABLED BEANIE (easy and free pattern)

a QUICK knit in Bernat Roving on 8MM 16" circulars

with 6.5 MM needles, CO 46
Knit  K2P2 ribbing for 10 rows
switch to larger needles for last row

INC to 72 stitches evenly around.

ROW 1, 2:  P2 K4 around
ROW 3:  P2 C4F around
ROW 4,5,6:  P2 K4 around
ROW 7, 8:  P2 K4 around
ROW 9:  P2 C4F around
ROW 10, 11, 12:  P2 K4 around
ROW 13:  P2 K2 K2TOG around
ROW 14:  P2 K3 around (I switched to DPNS here)
ROW 15:  P2TOG K1 around
ROW 16-end:  K2TOG until 3 stitches left on dpns, cut yarn , put in yarn needle, pull through stitches and weave in.


Now, if you want it slouchier (yes, that is a word) then I'd just repeat the cable pattern (rows 1-6) a third time then decrease.

I'd love to see what you made, let me know if the pattern doesn't make sense or just to hear from you would also rock :)

Happy knitting!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Paper Snowflakes

Giant Paper Snowflakes

We make these every year and have for as long as I can remember. They are giant paper snowflakes and they look so very cool hanging from everywhere. I like them hung in numbers. It's dramatic and it's one piece of paper per snowflake, easy, fantastic.

Here's the pictorial play by play to make these:

1.  Take a square piece of paper (we use printer paper, any colored paper would work too)
2.  Fold it corner to corner
3. Hold the paper fold side down and fold it left point to right point
4.  Make 3 or 4 cuts from the bottom (up toward the folded side but do NOT cut through) Leave about 1/2 inch uncut.
5.  Unfold the paper.
6.  Roll the first set of points toward each other, form a tube and tape.
7.  Leave the next set of points flat and roll the third set, tape shut.  Flip the whole thing over and roll/tape the points you left flat.  You'll end up with two tubes on each side.
8.  Make 5 more, stack the long end points on top of each other and staple.
9. I staple the taped "X" together mid way to secure the star.

I have a play by play pictorial instruction here:

Use colored paper, add glitter or designs to the paper, one side or both. The possibilities are ENDLESS. 
Show me the flakes you make!!

Happy Snowflaking!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Newborn Bearded Beanie (big ones too!)

The new rage is the bearded beanies. I thought they were ridiculous. I didn't think anyone actually WORE one. Ooops

My friend is having a baby and asked me to make one these for her, I said they were ridiculous but then said I'd make one for the baby! hahaha I sat here and made up a quickie beanie, in dc and made up a beard with bobbles. 

I WILL be putting the pattern here, I may charge a dollar or two, just to cover my time and the obvious therapy I will need. Maybe not, I'll decide when I get it done.

I don't have a doll of appropriate size so I am using my son's "Steve" doll from the early days of Blue's Clues, he's sitting here looking at me and I don't think I'll be able to wait for my friend to have her baby, I may have to sell this one or just start making and selling them so I can see these on real babies, I'm absolutely delighted with how it turned out. 

Give me a day to get this pattern written out and up. 

In the mean time, look at this silliness: 

If you're into just giving it a go without direction, I used:

G 4.25MM crochet hook
HAT: "I Love This Yarn" the hat is #201 Greybeard
BEARD: "I Love This Yarn" #150 Toasted Almond



Silliness.  Absolute.


Yeah, I made big ones too...  hysterical 



Friday, November 9, 2012

Quick Crochet Newborn Hat Pattern

Ok, don't blink. This is fast, easy, straightforward and exactly the cutest thing ever to present to any new mom who is going to take those cutie pie pictures of their newborn babies in those beautiful cute hats.

QUICKIE Newborn Hat Pattern

With 100% Cotton yarn and an "F" hook,

1.  Chain enough stitches to equal the circumference of a baby head, newborn is about 12 inches. (that's 40 stitches the way I crochet.  I'm a bit of a loose hooker :)

2.  Join the chain in a round, careful not to twist, and join with a slst

3.  HDC in continuous rounds until it's about 4 tall.

4.  finish by sk 1 stitch at end of round and slst.

5.  sc around 1 round.

6.  IF you want ear flaps, they are 7 stitches wide, start with a ch2 then do 6 DC , 3 rows of DC and then sc around the whole hat.

Easy, peasy, adorable!


OK, so old Steve is the only doll we could find in the house, he has an unfortunate shaped head but hey, it gives you the idea. 

Increase the circumference of the hat by size of the child head, basically it's a square so keep your ruler handy and basically match width and height.  

The tassels are 22 turns around my hand, cut and tied by hand, these are newborn hats so I'm not exactly concerned about them being pulled out and eaten.  You can secure them more for older babies. 

I hope you make these, many of these.  I have orders for white, yellow and brown with a chicken face.  These are easy to embellish and quick and easy to whip up. 

Make some. 


Monday, August 13, 2012

TShirt Rug, Tshag Rug, Tutorial being written

I am writing a full tutorial, complete with photographs and step by steps, on how to make the tshag rug and pillows.  You bet there's a trick and I'm going to share it.

I will be selling the .pdf on Etsy when it's done.  I will post a link here as well. 

Just wanted to send out a heads up to those who have been asking me and waiting.  It's on it's way.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Gillvi Fabric Cinch tote

I remade the tote in crazy Gillvi fabric from Ikea.  I really like the weight of the fabric for these bags.  It's zipper closure, green linen interior with an orange floral lined zipper pocket.  Doesn't Phillip look fabulous donning it?

zipper closure and linen lined.

That's my project of the day.  I may or may not list it on Etsy, I seriously love it. 


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fabric flowers

I had some Ikea fabric left over and felt monochromatic. I had skewers in the drawer in the kitchen and a hot glue gun.  

I cut the fabric into 2 - 3 inch wide strips the length of the fabric.  I scalloped the edge, sewed 2 together, gathered and glued. I love my bouquet for me. 

I like the monochromatic look of the dozen of them all the same.  I am going to try some different fabric later today and will update ...  I think I'd like leaves and I may free motion quilt then cut out some green.  I'll post the improved pictures. 

I'll do better instructions too :) 

/go make something

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ikea Grey Tote Bag, with cinch, tassles and a tie

I will put up a tutorial but wanted to show off the new bag.  I was inspired by an Ikea Hack tote bag using a seat cushion, so I just added extra long and wide straps as a drawstring through the middle of the bag and voila, adorable! 

It was easy easy!  23 inch blocks of inside and lining fabric, add some channels on the front and back, thread through ties and make some straps.  I added zippers to the lining and one for the inside pocket.  I squared the bottom 4 inches so it'll sit pretty when it's full of whatever it's filled with.

My mannequin, Phillip, is looking rather fetching :)

/make something

Thursday, June 7, 2012

TShag Ruffle Pillows

I'm reopening Altered Reality (on Etsy) ... these are the newest recycled items that I'm going to list.

Recycled tshirt ruffled pillows... all cotton upcycled.  Rockin' cool  *I hope everyone else thinks so!


watch this space for more! (like details on how to make them!)


Monday, April 23, 2012


I've been playing, working on getting our new home schooling 'gig' working smoothly.  I got chickens and am trying to find their place in the universe.

I am as organized as I'm going to get, after the fire and life, and I'm back in the saddle.

Watch this space for the new projects.  OH and I'm starting my hunt for cool ideas to use as a springboard here:

OFF to the races!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I SEWED! (first time back)

My mom bought me pom pom makers for christmas.  I have been going mad with them.

I made them out of tshirts: 


Then I made a million out of any kind of yarn I could find.

THEN I thought, HEY, I can make a pom pom pillow.  I don't like that wimpy teensy fringe you find in the store so I attached some of my 4 inch pom poms to a simple pillow cover and VOILA!




I am in love with this...  I'm already winding another 16 for the next one... maybe a solid color?