Archive for February, 2009

Craftster Unswap Pattern: Micro Preemie Roll Brim Hat

Posted in Free Patterns, Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Made this especially for the Craftster Unswap.. There’s still time to join in 🙂 This hat is extremely tiny. It’s for babies that are born way too soon and pass away. This is for a baby that weighs under a pound.

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Micro preemie Roll Brim Hat by Liana M. Seda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.preciousawakening.org.
Yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft
US 5 double pointed needles
Gauge isn’t important.

Cast on: 40 stitches Divided between 3 needles
Join the row
Knit 2 inches then..
Knit 6 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 5 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 4 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 3 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 2 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 1 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit2together until you have only one stitch one your needle cut your yarn. With a needle thread your yarn pull through that last stitch, then make a knot and your done.

Hope I wrote it right.

Soy Escuchando: mewithoutyou – Carousels

Reading up

Posted in Crochet, Knits, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by sweetnightmare
I have been meaning to write a short blog about the library. I haven’t been there in years, I totally forgot how resourceful the library can be. I looked online at the NYPL website just to see what they had and how happy was I to see all the books they had on knitting. I picked up One Skein, 101 One Skein Wonders, 101 Designer One Skein Wonders and, The Book of Yarn. I also later picked up a copy of Son of Stitch and Bitch.
I’m going to have to take these books out again because I have had them for the last three weeks and have barely gotten to read anything with my little girl recent crying spells. I think that she’s beginning to teethe. Anyway, the only ones that are really books to read are Son of SnB and The Book of Yarn. The others are mainly just patterns with not much to read.

So far my favorite is the 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. I love all the patterns in that one the most. The Book of Yarn is interesting from what I have read so far. I didn’t like One Skein much, I just didn’t find the patterns very interesting. The Book of Yarn is very very in depth, it literally talks about everything you would ever want to know about yarn. I felt like I was reading one of my textbooks from Art school, but in a good way.

Anyway so just reminding everyone to take advantage of your local library, they are a great resource.

Soy Escuchando – Coheed and Cambria – Blood Red Summer

Craftster Un-Swap

Posted in Free Patterns, Knits, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by sweetnightmare

A few weeks ago I was sent a message on Craftster from another member who proposed an unswap to other members on the Crafting for Good Not Evil board and they had chosen Precious Awakening to be the first that they do this for. What is an “Unswap” you ask.. well, basically everyone is crafting and donating to the same worthy cause. Like a charity craft-a-long. You can read and join in here on Craftster.

I am really excited! I can’t wait to make this huge donation to the hospital in the Spring. From the pictures people have posted so far they have been doing a great job.

Over the weekend I made 14 little micropreemie hats on a flower loom. I bought it a while back and never got around to using it. I decided to try it out. I bought it for the purpose of making hats since I thought they were the perfect size. I’m so in love and helplessly addicted to it. How cute did these little hats turn out? I just used some left over yarn from my stash. What an awesome and quick stash buster!

So I wrote out how I make these. Please consider make a few of these hats, and donate them to your local hospitals maternity bereavement program.

Super Simple Micro-preemie Hat pattern

Supplies:
Flower Loom (12 pegs) with hook
Yarn needle
Scissors or yarn cutter
1/8″ ribbon (optional)

Yarn:
Aran or Worsted weight yarns, two balls any color (pink, white baby blue preferred) I used left over pink Caron Simply Soft and left over Lion Brand Wool-ease in White/muti.

Hold a strand of each yarn together and wrap them around each peg.

Wrap and knit off ten rows, fasten off a five to six inch tail.

Take the yarn needle and sew the yarn through the loops on the pegs, pulling them off as you go along.

When you are done doing that pull the strands so that the yarn gathers together and closes off the top.

Tie a really tight square knot and cut off the extra leftover yarn.

Optional: Weave ribbon threw second row from the bottom.

Pattern if you prefer a solid brim (pictured, lower right hand corner)…
Super Simple Micro-preemie Hat pattern (w/ solid brim)

Hold a strand of each yarn together and wrap them around each peg.

Wrap and knit off four rows,

Make the brim by pulling up the first row and putting it back on the loom. Wrap and knit off nine rows, fasten off a five to six inch tail.

Take the yarn needle and sew the yarn through the loops on the pegs, pulling them off as you go along.

When you are done doing that pull the strands so that the yarn gathers together and closes off the top.

Tie a really tight square knot and cut off the extra leftover yarn.

Optional: Weave ribbon threw first row from the bottom over the brim.

Anticraft !

Posted in Crochet, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by sweetnightmare


I started a project from my copy of the book, Anticraft. I chose the “Apothecary & I [Skull] Trouble” tote bag pattern, it’s actually the whole reason why I bought it. All the other patterns were just an awesome plus especially since now I am learning to knit! 🙂 I found out about the book when I stumbled upon the designers blogsite, Future Girl (link available to the right). Her website is excellent, she has tons of interesting blogs, and lots of tutorials. Who doesn’t love those? They always come in handy.

I have had the book for a while and I finally decided to make the time to make it. I’m planning to use it as a project bag. I picked out the yarns a while back. I had to choose between hot pink and this hot blue. I just really love this color and I think that hot pink and black is so common. It just didn’t talk to me. So the progress has been going okay. At first it was kinda tough. I kept ending up with extra stitches.. that hasn’t happened in a long time to me. I figured out what I was doing wrong and I have happily been crocheting away all week. I finally finished the bag portion of the project yesterday morning. I decided to give the project a break until Monday. It’s when I plan to recruit my mother to help me sew the lining. I’m really just giving her an excuse to use her new sewing machine 😉 The lining I got on sale at JoAnn’s for $4 a yard. It’s I guess a kinda faux satin with black frocked stars. Can’t wait to get started (and finished) on that. Other than the lining, I still have to make the handles and I need to embroider what I want it to say.. On the Anticraft merch page they had a few sayings on their stuff that I liked. I think I am going to have it say “Anticraftier Than Thou”. I thought that one was cute. I also liked “I Am the Anticraft”, but I liked the other one better.

Will write more later!

Soy Escuchando: Marcys Playground – the Vampires of New York