Category: knits

Knit a Dice Bag

I’m knitting dice bags to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network during Extra Life on October 25th. Want to help me out? Please donate on my Extra Life page.


Making dice bags is incredibly simple. I used this Dice Bag pattern on Ravelry as a start, and after making a few, I’ve come up with my own recipe of sorts.

Multicolored Dice Bag

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Minecraft Creeper Gloves

My nephew is obsessed with Minecraft. And for good reason – it’s an awesome game! I knew I wanted to knit him something Minecraft related for Christmas, and these Creeper Gloves just popped into my head one day. They are so simple to make! Just knit up some basic gloves, make a simple Creeper chart (or use mine), duplicate stitch your Creeper, and you’re done!

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Knit a Logo Hat!

My fiance is from Dallas originally and is a diehard Dallas Stars fan. So when they updated their official colors and logo, I knew I had to knit him a custom Dallas Stars hat.

The process of setting up your logo correctly can be a little tricky, but if you have some photo manipulation software experience (like Photoshop), you can figure it out. I also recommend learning Duplicate Stitch as opposed to trying to insartia knit the logo.

Follow along with a logo of your choice to knit your own custom logo hat!

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Airports Need Yarn Stores

What to do flying all day or on a long layover? Knit, of course! But what if you run out of yarn? Or what if you get to the airport, only to realize you forgot the right size needles for your fancy new yarn?

It can turn a very well planned day of knitting into a downright frustrating day with no knitting and no way to get the tools you need because you’re in the airport!

I’ve been traveling a LOT lately. This year alone I’ve been to Toledo, Detroit, Hartford, Santa Clara, Northampton, and Springfield… not counting all the cities I’ve had layovers in. Countless hours spent in airport terminals, trying to find a comfy chair so I can have a few moments of peaceful knitting before I’m off to another city. And what does every single airport I’ve been in have in common? No Yarn Stores. How is this possible!? It could even be subset of Micheal’s or Joann Fabrics with cheap yarn and cheap needles – someone get on this!

Hmm, maybe this is a good retirement plan… Christinly Knits in airports all over America. :) Would you shop there?

Anyway, this isn’t just my idea. Lots of people have blogged about it before: Franklin at Panopticon laments about the lack of yarn (and the abundance of other things) in the Seattle/Tacoma Airport, and The Yarn Harlot posts about the woes of finding yourself underyarned and over-inspired. It’s not an impossible request! Rebecca from ChemKnits discovered a yarn store in the Santiago, Chile airport – If they can do it, why can’t we?!

SNAKES!

– Eeeeeee!

– What?!

– There’s… There’s a.. I think it’s a snake?

– (incredulously) A snake?

– Well it’s squirming around like a snake! Maybe it’s a worm. Either way it’s wiggly and it’s IN. THE. HOUSE.

That’s pretty much how the discovery of a tiny snake in my house went. The beau and I had just gotten back to my house after eating brunch, and I discovered something squirming across the tile in the middle of the living room.

IMG_8392I caught him in a food storage container, and immediately started taking pictures of him. I needed to determine what it was. Is it a worm? (not so bad) A snake? (no thank you, sir.) A baby snake? (nooooooo!) If it’s a baby snake, are there more of them? Are there hundreds of snake eggs somewhere in my house, waiting to hatch and release an army of tiny baby snakes in my living room?!

If that happened, I might have to light my living room on fire. Or at least run away and never come back.

Thanks to r/austin, we learned that panic wasn’t needed. He was a snake, but he wasn’t a baby. He’s a Texas Blind Snake, apparently harmless and much like earthworms in that they are happiest digging around in the soil. This picture makes the little snake look huge. He’s actually tiny, about the width of a pencil lead, about 4 inches long, and full grown. He likely came into the house because of the crazy rain that we’ve been having. After this discovery, I decided total destruction and fire wasn’t necessary, took control of my nerves, and released him outside – very far away from the house.

IMG_8396-1024x764The next day, while on a conference call, I found another one squirming around on the floor under my chair, right next to my feet. Ohmigourd, not cool, little snake! I caught him in a mug and tactfully finished my call (without squealing) before taking him outside.

I’m very proud of how I handled all this because, as much as I’m an animal lover, I really do not like snakes. And I especially do not like snakes unexpectedly showing up in my house. I get the heebie-jeebies just retelling this story. Blech.

So anyway, I tell you that story to tell you explain this to you. It may not have been the rain at all that brought the tiny snakes into my house. I may have been summoning them all week… IMG_8405-1024x1024

 With this! Oh, I am so excited that he’s finished! This is the multicolored project I wrote about last week, and I am ridiculously happy with how he turned out. I’m so happy about it that I don’t even care if knitting him summoned a couple tiny snakes (… although I will be wary about that in the future).

The pattern is the Striped Stockinette Snake from PurlBee. The construction is brilliant. I’ll admit I was a little wary about how he would turn out while reading the instructions, but I just went with it exactly how it was written, and it turned out perfectly. After knitting him, I gave him a quick bath in cold water with some fruity-smelling shampoo, hung him to dry (I think that lengthened him even more), and then threw him in the dryer with some sheets to really make sure all the water is out – gotta love acrylic yarn! I’ll be shipping him to Tyler in a couple days. :)

This is a fun knit for anyone – even beginners who want to take that next little step up. This is a perfect project. Clean out your yarn stash with this quick knit! Use just two colors or scraps of many colors – your imagination is the only limit here.

Check out my Ravelry Project Page for more details.

To Tyler, with (multicolored) love

IMG_8178My nephew, Tyler, is 6, and I love him dearly. He’s bright, witty, spunky, hilarious, and immensely creative. In December 2010, Tyler, my sister, my mom, and myself were in the car driving to the cabin…

Sister- Did we remember cold medicine?

Me- Nope, do we need it?

Tyler- <Giant Burp> There’s some cold medicine for ya!

He loves fishing, hunting, swimming, soccer, school, and reading. He loves his Mom, Papa, Mimi, and Tia (that’s me!). He still wears the shark hat I knit him two years ago. He’s also a born philosopher. When he was just barely 3, he told me-

Tia, I don’t love you very often, but I love you a lot.

IMG_8331-1024x764At Christmas, Tyler insists on picking out gifts from him to the family. This year he gave me a skein of Red Heart with Love Multis. I know exactly why he chose it- it’s bright, cheery, and the colors are absolutely ones I’m drawn to. But knitting with highly variegated yarn is absolutely not my forte, so this little skein presented me with a challenge.

My first attempt was well thought out and planned. Through r/knitting I learned about Planned Pooling – planning out how the colors in your yarn will present themselves as you knit, creating neat patterns in your finished object. First you knit up a swatch of your yarn using whatever size needles you’re planning on using for the finished object. Then you go to PlannedPooling.com (a brilliant little site, really), and plug into the website how many colors are in your skein, and how many stitches are in each color (on average throughout your swatch). I plugged in my numbers and came up with this cool, bright argyle pattern.

20130225-112033Unfortunately, no matter what I did, my colors just wouldn’t align the way they were supposed to. I cast on, knit, and frogged it 5 or 6 times. I kept tweaking things- maybe I need to recount, or try different sized needles, or knit a little looser… Nothing worked. I finally decided that this skein of yarn did not want its pooling planned, and I gave up. For weeks the multicolored skein sat at the bottom of a glass bowl, covered by bags from WEBS full of single-color yarns. Easy yarns. Yarns that didn’t need plans, they could just be knit!

A couple weeks ago, an idea began to germinate while browsing once again through r/knitting. I found Ravelry user dizzymisslibby‘s Josephine Shawl – and it was gorgeous! What a simple idea… use a highly variegated yarn striped with a natural… so simple and such a beautiful result! The natural color breaks up the brightness and highlights the beauty of the colors in the variegated yarn. Okay, so the method was clear, but what to actually knit? I wanted to make something for Tyler out of this yarn, and a triangular shawl wasn’t going to work.

IMG_8334-1024x1024It wasn’t until this past weekend that I found the perfect pattern. I’m not going to tell you what it is until it’s finished. I will say it’s a surprisingly simple pattern, with a really neat construction. It needs to be washable, so acrylic yarn is a perfect choice. And it looks great with multicolored and natural stripes. Oh, and it’s long…. very, very long.

Once it’s finished I’ll upload more pictures and link to the pattern. You’re going to want to make one for yourself! I want to make more!

 

I’m so excited to give this to you, Tyler Boo! I hope you love it.
With multicolored love,
Tia

Baby Knits

A friend called me yesterday-

“Hey, remember that friend I have who’s having a baby?”

Me- Crap I was supposed to knit her a hat. “Um, yes! I do remember!”

Friend- “Well I’m going to be in town Monday. Want to meet up for a beer and I can get the hat?”

Me- “Absolutely!”

So now I’m on Mission Baby Knits.

Here’s the thing… I love knitting baby items. They’re so cute and sweet and small – and we all know small means super-fast knits. I’m all for super-fast knits. There’s something so rewarding in starting a project one evening during an episode of Top Gear, and binding off the next night while your boyfriend watches Ultimate Fighter. (Ok, I admit, I’m completely hooked on it, too.)

But I’m wary about knitting baby things for people I don’t know, because I refuse to knit them in traditional baby colors. I think pastels, pale pinks, and dainty blues are way too frail and frilly. I create adorable tiny knits with bold, bright, saturated color choices.

So, friend-of-my-friend-who-is-having-a-baby, I hope you don’t mind, but I’m not creating anything with pale pink and lilac. It will be tiny, and cute, and oh-so-soft, but definitely not “baby” colored, and I hope you love it.


My initial plan was to knit up Cisco using a style more like Jared Flood and Ravelry user Saradenbo. I also needed their notes to translate the original pattern from English to Actually-Understandable-English. Sheesh! The plan was to use this beautiful little skein of Baby Llama that I’ve had in my stash for years, and do the outline in this leftover taupe wool skein that I’ve long since lost the label for.

Alas, that did not work out. It seems that I do not have enough Baby Llama yarn to make the adorable Cisco hat, so instead, I’m making 2 hats, and getting rid of even more yarn in my stash!

I’ve always been in love with these Baby Berry Hats, but I don’t want to make the whole hat green, and I don’t have enough of another bright color that’s soft enough for a baby hat. So instead I’m going to use the Baby Berry pattern as a start, and create my own kind of Acorn hat using this dark brown Ella Rae yarn to start, then transitioning to the random taupe wool yarn close to the top, and finally doing the I-cord and a leaf in Baby Llama green.

Then I found the Forest Pixie Hat, and remembered that I have a tiny bit of beautiful Angora blend yarn, leftover from my mom’s Christmas gift (which I never photographed, actually…). I’m using the violet Angora blend for the ribbed end, chin strap, and as a garter outline around the entire hat. Then I’m using the dark brown Ella Rae for the rest of the hat.

All of these yarns are so deliciously soft! I can’t wait to give these little knits to my friend, who will happily ship them to his friend, who will hopefully send back pictures of her new baby in soft, brightly colored, hand-knit hats. :)