Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

Not long ago I met a lovely couple through a mutual friend, right after they’d had their first child. I got to see the little one a mere week or two after she first came home, and she is absolutely gorgeous. In fact, she is so adorable that my first instinct upon seeing her was “I must knit her tiny things!!!”. And thus, the saga of Baby Bear began.

I have a pattern for teddy bears that I actually really like, because it’s simple and produces cute little bears. It’s actually the pattern from the Mother Bear Project, which is a wonderful charity that EVERYONE should support. Their goal is to provide support and comfort to children affected by HIV/Aids in emerging nations. One of the ways they do this is by asking people to send them hand-knit bears, which they then give to a needy child.

Their bear pattern is free on their website, and while I have knit a couple and sent them in to the charity, I also really love the pattern as a gift for people, and therefore have used it to make bears for friends as well. When I set out to make a bear for the newborn, I realized that the standard size bear it produces would be far too big for her tiny hands to hold. So I decided to try to modify the pattern to make a smaller bear.

Baby Bear with too many limbs!

Once I thought the process out in my head, I began to knit the bear with a reduced number of stitches. She knit up pretty quick and I was pretty pleased with how well she turned out at this point.

Trimmed yarn and added skirt!

Once I trimmed her up so I could see what I was doing, I picked up stitches on the front and back and added her skirt. Once I put her all together with stuffing and all, I figured out a better way of doing this so that the skirt turns out more skirt-like and looks less oddly shaped.

Completed Baby Bear!

Yes her skirt is a little weird, but I think for my first time modifying a pattern on my own she’s not too bad. And for once the face I gave her doesn’t look terribly creepy (I’ve never been too good at embroidery)! Baby Bear is made of Homespun yarn and stuffed with hypo-allergenic filling, and she is entirely washer safe. Which is probably a good thing, knowing wee ones and what inevitably happens to their little toys.

Here’s hoping the little one likes it!


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Every now and again I get a friend who commissions me to make them a hat, or five. Whenever they do, I have a simple knit beanie pattern that I like to default to. I’ve made it several times over now, and I love the versatility it gives me with color and yarn.

This hat in particular is a trade for a service provided by a friend. She asked for a hat done in blues and purples, with a little pompom on top. I borrowed the pompom method from the Jayne Hat pattern, and defaulted to Ellen’s knit cap pattern for the hat itself. The yarn for the body of the hat is Vanna’s Choice Solid in Sapphire, Lavender, and Navy, and the deep purple on the brim is Paton’s 100% wool. Because I used both real wool and acrylic in this hat, the brim pulls a little differently than the main body of the cap, but I think it’ll look cute on my friend when she gets it.

Blue and Purple Striped Hat with Pompom

Here’s hoping she likes it!

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I realize it’s been a bit too long since my last update, but unfortunately Life got in the way and jealously took away all the time I had for crafting!

Not to worry though, as I’m now back in the swing of things and crafting my way through this new year.

And what’s even better, the Yarn Gods have smiled upon their humble servant and delivered unto me two skeins of this, the Missing Color:

Wool Ease Thick n' Quick Butterscotch

Which means that after many months of searching for just the right color, the answer to my prayers came in the form of the Lion Brand section at a Joann’s Superstore. The moment I saw it I knew I had to buy at least a couple skeins, as I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. So happily, I left the store that day with much more than I came in for, finding myself one step closer to completing the project which I so yearned for.

And less than twenty four hours later, I had indeed completed that project of projects:

The Jayne Hat

Oh yes. I am now the proud owner and wearer of the infamous Jayne Hat. Loved and laughed at by Firefly fans everywhere. The pattern is simple enough to do, and (thanks to the lovely Heather Hill) free for you to use, as long as you don’t intend to sell or profit off the end result. And why would you? Why would anyone sell such a glorious hat when they can instead declare themselves to the world as a person who loves ridiculous hats, and just plain ole ain’t afraid of anything!

Or at least that’s what I like to believe.

Pretty cunning, don'tcha think?

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Last night I found myself perusing the yarn bins at my local Michaels, hoping to find something interesting before the end of their annual holiday sale. Much to my surprise, I discovered two of the three colors of Wool Ease that I’ve been trying to find for ages. Unfortunately, in following the pattern established by all of my other trips to yarn suppliers, they did not have the third color I need on hand. Still, hopeful that I’d be able to locate the third color either at another store or online, I purchased a skein each of Spice and Pumpkin and headed for home.

This morning I jumped online in the hopes of finding a store that carries the elusive third color, so that I might start my project as soon as possible. Apparently, this was a mistake.

You see, I logged onto the Lion Brand website in order to pinpoint the exact color I need. Soon, I discovered that out of the 53 colors they boast on their website for Wool Ease, they apparently no longer make/carry the color I need: Butterscotch. Though this color is still featured on both Michaels’ and Joann’s websites, apparently NONE of the stores within driving distance of me have this color in stock.

Which means I now need to figure out a good substitute color for this project, but unfortunately I haven’t seen enough of it to make a good call in terms of an online order. Anyone have any suggestions as to a good shade of yellow for the fabled Jayne hat? Preferably a yellow Wool Ease that Lion Brand still makes?

Heather Hill's AMAZING Jayne hat!

And yes, the pattern I use for this project is in fact Heather’s famous pattern for Ma Cobb’s masterpiece.

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