11/18/2014

Needlecrafts - Knit, Fair Isle Hats

11/18/2014
Needlecrafts - Knit, Fair Isle Hats
Inspiration images above | Pinterest
What is Fair isle Knitting you ask? Well according to a quick Google search,
"Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands."
The number and variety of traditional Fair Isle patterns provides a lifetime’s worth of inspiration.
Work them up in the traditional manner or play with color, arrangement, and scale to make them more contemporary or more your own.
Or start from scratch, using graph paper and colored pencils or markers to design your own motifs.
Read further for ideal free patterns for the beginner, more traditional free patterns and vintage patterns to buy and inspire you to knit in a more colorful way!
Maple leaf motif hat pattern | pattern available for purchase here
While hunting for fair isle hat patterns, these lovely bands of maple leaves instantly caught my eye, definitely very Canadian.
Even the beautiful fall colors used in this design were cottage country perfect. So, for all you fellow Canadian knitters, here's a hat that you can make as a stocking cap or shorten the amount of rows into a loose, slouchy style.

Read further for free hat patterns, ideal for introducing knitters to colorwork and more challenging patterns for those who enjoy stranding.
Helpful videos explain different methods of joining color and introductory steps to two color and three color stranding.

11/10/2014

Needlecrafts - Loom, Knit, Crochet, Sew - Slippers

11/10/2014
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet,Loom,Sew - Slipper Boots
Frosty weather is part of the winter season, whether we like it or not, but that doesn't mean you can't be warm and cosy.
In our house, the temperature is what my husband likes to call a "comfortable" 68 degrees.
His idea is you can always throw on an extra sweater to feel toasty and more importantly, a lower heating bill makes him smile.
My feet are always cold and I love to wear slippers that cover my whole foot, almost like a bootie. There are so many patterns for slippers and a popular past post had a lot of different free patterns and styles. This post is all about all the different ways you can make slipper boots, whether it's looming, knitting, crocheting or recycling old, felted sweaters. For those of you who would like to know more about looming, read further for more information, a video and a link to a wonderful site. Read further for free patterns and tutorials to loom, knit, recycle and crochet your own pair and as gifts for friends and family.

11/04/2014

DIY - Restyle, Initial It

11/04/2014
DIY Restyle - InitialIt
When it comes to fancy monograms, I was never a fan of everything from soup to nuts with decals, appliques or over the top engravings.
Antique cutlery with engraved monograms, on the other hand, have achieved a rich patina of time and are not glaringly new.
At the same time I love initials and collecting letters. My frequent visits to flea markets has allowed me add pieces to my growing collection of initial jewelry and wooden printer's blocks.
Modern, spare lettering looks handsome on simple, everyday objects. The projects below inspired me to think about the holidays whether it's welcoming guests with special touches or making and giving gifts. Read further for different ways to initial your home with personality for the holidays and a variety of unique gifts to make for family and friends.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER OF THE " Entrelac 2" FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY - PAM MCGINTY, you'll be able to make that pin cushion for your mom!

10/27/2014

Book Giveaway - Entrelac2 by Rosemary Drysdale

10/27/2014
Design Files - Rosemary Drysdale
I am ecstatic to be able to highlight and give away a copy of Rosemary's newest book on the technique of interlace knitting, ENTRELAC 2.
Rosemary's innovative collection takes Entrelac knitting to a whole new creative level with never-before-seen interpretations, providing knitters with a fresh, fun challenge. I'm especially pleased to have had the opportunity to meet Rosemary and spend some time with her getting to know about her background in the industry.

Read further for more about Rosemary and don't forget to enter the free giveaway for her new book Entrelac2.

10/08/2014

On Holidays

10/08/2014
On holidays
In the meantime....Happy Knitting, Crocheting, DIYing and Sewing!