Saturday, April 2, 2011

Knitting Needle Case Treasured

Thank you to scrapguild for adding our Knitting Needle Case PDF Pattern to the Sew Whatch Ya Getting Mom This Year? treasury on Etsy.  Wow! Mother's Day! Is it already that time of year?
What are you getting Mom for Mother's Day this year?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Learn to Knit: Free & Easy Baby Blanket Pattern for Beginners

It's time for another installation of the Learn to Knit series!  Since we are preoccupied with all things BABY these days, this new pattern is for a quick and easy baby blanket. If you can knit and purl, you can make this blanket, and even better, you can actually get it done before the baby arrives!

Bulky Weight 478 yards Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in Ecru [E]
Bulky Weight 478 yards Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in Chocolate [C]
Worsted Weight 220 yards Cascade Yarns 220 Wool in Citron [G]
Worsted Weight 220 yards Cascade Yarns 220 Wool in Blue Hawaii [B]

Circular Size 10 1/2 US, 6.5 mm

12 sts x 19 rows = 4" square

CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off
K = Knit
P = Purl
Sts = Stitches

CO 92 sts
Rows 1-15: color [C] K2, P2 Repeat to end

Repeat this pattern through the whole body as you change colors as noted below:
Row A: K1, P1, repeat to end
Row B: P1, K1, repeat to end
Row C: P1, K1, repeat to end
Row D: K1, P1, repeat to end

Rows 16-27: color [E]
Rows 28-31: color [G]
Rows 32-39: color [C]
Rows 40-53: color [E]
Rows 54-59: color [B]
Rows 60-65: color [E]
Rows 66-73: color [G]
Rows 74-87: color [C]
Rows 89-96: color [E]
Rows 97-104: color [B]
Rows 105-118: color [E]
Rows 119-130: color [G]
Rows 131-136: color [E]
Rows 137-150: color [B]

Rows 151-165: color [C] K2, P2 Repeat to end
BO all sts. Weave in all ends.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Knitting Needle Case on LillyElla Blog

I was so excited to get a very sweet message from a customer this week.  She recently purchased the Knitting Needle Case PDF Pattern and already sewed the case for a friend's birthday gift. You can read about her experience on her blog.  
"LillyElla" is also a fellow Etsian and has a shop full of cute home decor pillows.   I especially love the Map pillow, so fun! Visit the LillyEllaCollections Shop and check them out!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Knitting Needle Case PDF Pattern by Skadoot on Etsy

It's hard to believe we haven't posted here since October. I hope it will be a good enough excuse that for the past four and a half months I've been busy working on another kind of creation.  Our baby boy will be here in July. Can't wait!  Now that the cloud of morning sickness has passed, I've had a little more energy to work on my sewing and knitting designs.  Steven is just happy that I no longer burst into tears and run from the room at the sight/smell of dinner he's made!
I had been shopping around for a knitting needle case for about a year, but none of the ones I found seemed right for me.  Most were specialized and only held either circulars, or straights, but not an assortment of types that I actually own. None had room for my other supplies. Many didn't seem to hold needles securley, and mostly they were just plain expensive! The situation with my needles and supplies was really getting dire, as you can see, so I finally decided to create my own knitting needle case that would work perfectly for my needs, and I hope for yours as well. 
This knitting needle case is perfect for storing an assortment of your straight, double pointed, and circular needles. Now you can store all your knitting supplies in one organizer. The case has a large zipper pocket to hold all your knitting accessories including stitch markers, scissors, measuring tape, tapestry needles, needle point protectors, cabling needles, and more. The organizer folds up and ties to securely to store all your needles in a compact space. If you'd like to make your own, the pattern is available at the following link at Skadoot on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Learn to Knit: Supplies

Hopefully the Free Cowl Knitting Pattern has inspired many of you to learn (or relearn) to knit this fall.  When you're just starting out, the volume and variety of knitting supplies available can be overwhelming, not to mention, expensive. Some of you have been asking where to start.  Here's a list of basic knitting supplies for beginners to get you started. 

Most patterns will tell you which size and shape of needle you will need.  Because there are thousands of size-shape combinations available, I recommend selecting a pattern you love first, and then buy the needles required.  If you do this for each project, you will eventually build up a nice collection. 

Materials: Knitting needles come in metal, wood, acrylic, and plastic.  I have always used bamboo needles.  They're relatively affordable, not too slippery, and bamboo is an environmentally friendly material. 
Shape: Needles come in straight, double pointed, and circular.  With straight or single point needles, you work your knitting back and forth.  These range from 9 to 14 inches long.  Double pointed and circular allow you to knit "in the round" as in a hat or sock.  Double pointed needles usually come in sets of five, at lengths ranging from 5 to 8 inches.  Circular needles are a little easier for beginners because they accomplish the same thing with only two needles instead of five.  They come in different lengths ranging from 16 to 48 inches, depending on the size of your project.
Sizes: Knitting needles are sized based on their diameter.  US sizes range from 0 (1.75 mm) to 50 (25 mm) and above.  The size you select is related to the weight of yarn you're using and the relative tightness or looseness of the stitches desired. 

All the rest
Stitch Markers: These help you remember where you are in the pattern without having to count all the stitches.  There are some very cute handmade ones available on Etsy. Check out sellers Reignbow Designs or Lynn Bates Designs, or you can tie a bow with a different colored scrap of yarn.
Tapestry Needles:  These are fat, blunt end needles, with a big eye. You will need this in almost any project to weave in the tails of yarn left at the beginning and end of your work.
Needle Point Protectors: Slide these on the end of your needles when you take a break to stop all your hard work from sliding off the end.

Friday, September 24, 2010

How to Take Awesome Photos

Here is my very short guide to taking great photos.  First, read your camera manual.  There is actually good stuff in there.  Second, take a LOT of photos.  Take pictures every day, annoy your friends and family with your constant shutter-bugging (is that a real term?)  Then when you realize your camera won't do what you want it to do, go buy a ridiculously awesome new camera.  Enter the Canon EOS Rebel T2i .  

We've been kicking around the idea of a new dslr for a while now.  We've had a Canon PowerShot G6 for years and it's been great.  7.1 megapixel resolution has been plenty for our travel and store photos and the full manual controls let you have the same control (more or less) as an SLR.  However, it's not an SLR and sometimes the clunky menu-based controls get in the way of a great shot and mostly it's really hard to get consistently good focus.  The T2i or 550D as it's known overseas is everything that we could want in a camera (except maybe small.  Side note:  For going small, I'm really impressed with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 we have at work).  The T2i's 18.1MP sensor combined with an ISO range up to 6400 gives you an incredible amount of room to work in any lighting type.  With an image stabilization lens you can hand-hold shots in lighting where the G6 simply would have said, "No, thanks, I'm afraid of the dark."  And(!) it shoots full 1080 HD.  Check out some of the unedited test pics below and hopefully we'll have some travel prints available at Etsy soon.  I'll be busy reading the 278 page manual.