Mink Knitted Helmet Hat & Passenger Cowl

I’m finally ready to share two of my latest knitting projects, a knitted “Helmet Hat” from a Vogue Knitting pattern and a knitted “Backseat Passenger Cowl” from a free Amy Castillo pattern on Ravelry.
Mink Knitted Helmet Hat & Passenger Cowl

Helmet Hat

I used size 8 circular knitting needles and 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Mink Brown.

I followed the pattern as written, but modified the side pieces slightly. As the pattern was written, I thought they would be too tall and floppy.
Mink Knitted Helmet Hat
Here’s what I did:

After the textured rib pattern repeat, work row 1 again.

Next row: K1, p2 *ssk, p2* repeat from * to *, end with k1. 25 stitches total.

Next row: P1, k2tog, *p1, k2tog* repeat from * to *, end with p1. 17 stitches total. Bind off.
Mink Helmet Hat Detail

Passenger Cowl

I used size 8 circular needles and 2 skeins of Lion Bran Wool-Ease in Mink Brown.

I followed the pattern as written except for 2 minor things: I casted on 144 stitches instead of 157 and I added 1 additional knit & purl round repeat.

Mink Passenger Cowl Detail Side 1
Mink Passenger Cowl Detail Side 2

 

 

I love how this pattern is reversible! Each side has a different look due to the number of purl stitches. One is a bit chunkier.

 

 

 

Visit my Ravelry projects page to see these and more of my projects!

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Fall Harvest Wreath

I love fall. It’s one of my favorite seasons! (I really do love them all, but I’m not a fan of the hoooot summer days). With pumpkin EVERYTHING, what’s not to love? My favorite pumpkin food would be a pumpkin pie, made with a fresh pie pumpkin, and real whipped cream. A truly unique pumpkin food I tried recently was pumpkin ravioli with browned butter and sage. Yum!

I was inspired by all the fall decor I had seen in different stores recently. And on Pinterest. I decided to make a wreath from various picks, pumpkins, and gourds I gathered from my favorite craft stores.

 

This is the result!
Fall Harvest Wreath

Here’s the burlap bow I made! It was simple and easy. I used wire-edged burlap ribbon.
Fall Harvest Wreath Bow

And, a close up of my favorite gourd.
Fall Harvest Wreath Detail

Americana Four-Patch Quilt: Top Finished!

Hi, everyone!

I wanted to share this photo of a quilt top I just finished.

Americana Four-Patch Quilt

I designed this twin-size pattern and sewed it with my mom’s scraps from another quilt. It has taken me several months to complete, mostly because I have not worked on it since last fall. Last night, I decided to get it out – and I finished it in about 2 more hours. The top is now done, and it’s ready to send to the quilter’s! I really like the Americana-style color combination. It will make a nice throw for me – plus I’ll use it to “decorate” my bed for July 4th!

 

Finished Hat from Solar-Dyed Yarn Project

Hi everyone! I wanted to share these photos of my finished project. After completing my solar dyed yarn project, I searched Ravelry for an interesting pattern to use my new yarn. I chose the free knitted hat pattern ‘Felicity‘ . I did make a few changes – I completed fewer increases and made the hat slightly shorter overall. I’m happy with the results. What do you think?

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn and Knitted Hat

The Hat - Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn Project Finished!

December Photo-a-Day Challenge 6. Shopping

December Photo Challenge, Day 6. Today’s theme is “shopping”. This time of year, I love to do some local shopping to support individuals. With great sites like Etsy, you can purchase from artists who handcraft great work all over the country. When you shop locally or even online with these people, you often receive great service. This little note was sweetly written on the outside of a package I ordered from Sarah’s Stitches. Little personal touches like this make me smile.

Sarah makes awesome sewn gifts. She takes custom orders, too! Check out her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SarahsStitches, or visit her Etsy shop at http://www.SarahsStitchesMI.etsy.com.

Will you be buying Christmas gifts from a local or online artist this year? Please share your best finds in the comments!

Handmade Hats and Scarves

Good evening!

I would like to share with you some handmade hats and scarves I have knitted and crocheted.  Most of them in this album are still available for sale, or I can make similar custom items, as well. Prices are listed along with each photo.

Here’s the link to the Facebook album.

 

Happy Tuesday!

-Courtney