Sunday, October 26, 2008

Melina Mittens

I have officially published my second for-sale pattern, the Melina Mittens. I desperately wanted this to be published on a popular online knitting site, but they already had a similar one in the works for a future issue. Ah well.

These clever little mittens are knitted tip-down using the same method as toe-up socks. The simple cable detailing on the top side of the mitten combined with a picot bind off and a ribbon run through a row of yarn-overs at the wrist gives them a soft victorian look. Perfectly feminine, woolen and warm, the Melina Mittens are sure to be one of your favorite things.

The thumb is worked by knitting scrap yarn for several stitches , transferring them back to the first needle, and continuing on with the main yarn. After the rest of the mitten is completed, the scrap yarn is removed and the thumb worked.

I designed these mittens to be snug, and down-sized the needles to achieve a denser fabric. I find snug mittens immensely practical, especially when turning door handles, or unlocking your bicycle. To modify for your own tastes, see the sizing and modifying notes in the pattern.

To purchase this oh-so-affordable pattern, click the link to the right, or go here.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crafted Gifts

I always love getting handmade items from friends, especially when they lovingly make it, package it, and mail it across the ocean.

Here is a lovely crocheted washcloth that my friend Pam sent me from Denver.

One of the great things about crochet is that it can be immensely practical. (there are a hundred other great things about crochet) I like crocheted washcloths for the same reason that I like knitted socks. They are probably the most frequently used items you can give someone, and therefore get more mileage.

Thanks Pam!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Skull Crazy

It may be that it is nearing Halloween and we are likely going to miss out on a proper Halloween. It may be that I am subconsciously reacting to the sorry state of the US economy. Or, it may just be that Addison really likes pirates, and was jealous of GiGi's skull dress (he kept asking me when his hat would be ready - assuming that the dress was a hat, and that it was for him).

Whatever the reason, I have made my second skull-patterned handknit item within 3 week's time. These little mitts are for Addison. He likes them so much that he has already worn them out on the warmest day we have had in weeks.

If anyone is interested in this skull chart, it can be found here.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

I made this for you.

A lot of crafters make the lion's share of their projects for other people. Our gifts will take us hours and hours to complete, all the while thinking of the person for whom they are being made. I feel the items that I make for others are somehow infused with these good thoughts.

When I get to the gifting part, I am always a little stumped as to how to demurely say "Hey, I made this for you. It took me a while, and I just want you to know that this is a statement on how much I really like you. Please wash it carefully so you can have it for a long time to come." It's hard to say that without sounding like kind of a jerk.

So, I came up with these cards to softly say just that. On the front they say:

And on the back:

Cute, eh? These little lovelies will soon be available for sale online in sets of 3. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for news on the new online craftshop.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Skull Jumper

Here is my newest finished creation, a skull Jumper based on the Vogue Knitting/Blue Sky Alpacas Baby Jumper (pattern here), only much better in my opinion. This one was made in a few days for my newest little girlfriend, 4 month old tough girl GiGi Tinsel.


Dear Diary,

I resisted as long as I could. I started a new crafting blog today. It was a tough decision, but I think I can handle the responsibility. If I don't post terribly often, please don't think it is because I don't like you, because I do.

Love Malia