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June, 2012

New Pattern! A Quartet of Headbands

A few months ago these patterns were included in the 6th issue of CraftSanity Magazine, a West Michigan based independently published magazine from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood. But today I’m releasing them for free! They are just too cute to keep to myself any longer.

A Quartet of Headbands!

There is no easier way of incorporating knitting into your daily wardrobe than by throwing on a fun headband. All four of these headbands are fun to knit and easy to complete in an afternoon. So pull out some brightly colored yarn and get knitting! You’ll want all four.

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Three’s Company. Deep-Textured Bow. Wrap Bow. Eyelet

Three’s Company

Perfect for sock yarn leftovers, Three’s Company is three tiny icords seamed up together. I used Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon. 462 yds/100 g: Queen Anne, Blue Violet, and Golden Glow.

Deep Textured Bow

A fun pattern stitch, and you work the bow as you go, and this headband is a pretty addictive knit! Knit Picks CotLin DK, 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen. 123 yds/50 g: Surf.

Wrap Bow

One big icord wrapped around your head? Yeah, it’s pretty adorable! Knit Picks CotLin DK, 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen. 123 yds/50 g: Tomato.

Eyelet Headband

A little lacy eyelet headband. Knit Picks CotLin DK, 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen. 123 yds/50 g: Canary.

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Knit Picks Catalog Glory

If you happened to get your Knit Picks catalog in the mail this weekend you might have stumbled upon a familiar face!


RIGHT?! It’s ME as the featured designer! My face is HUGE on page seven! And it’s a two page spread about me, WORK+SHELTER, and Holla Knits!

…. I mean, no big deal. It’s cool. I’m really cool and totally haven’t been calling every person I know about it.

If you don’t get the Knit Picks catalog you can flip through it online here.

FO: Mom’s Lace Striped Summer Sweater

Do you get the feeling that all I do is knit this WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweater? Me too.

My Mom in her New Sweater!

I just finished another one for my mom! This was a barter sweater – she made me a hand stamped table cloth I needed for a present, and she picked out this yarn, Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Merlin, for an adorable sweater for her!

About 2″ Longer

She wanted her sweater longer, so I added an extra stripe before joining the sleeves for the yoke. So instead of ending with a St st stripe, I ended with a lace stripe, which meant I had to modify the sleeves to start with the lace stripe after the ribbing for the sleeves, and alternate my striping differently from there. It sounds confusing, but since this is my FIFTH sweater, it was a breeze.

Looking CUTE!

This knit up really fast, as usual. Those size 9 needles and worsted weight yarn is a dream. And my mom loves it! Something tells me she’ll be wearing her new sweater a lot, which makes me very happy!

Pattern: WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Summer Sweater

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Merlin

Needles: Size 9 circs and DPNs

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Baby Nolan Turns 2

One of the best things about having a blog is that you get to look back at any date and read all about it. Like two years ago when my godson and nephew Baby Nolan was born.

Baby Nolan and Mater

And time waits for no man, not even the cutest baby around. He turned two on Saturday and his mom Emily threw him a big Cars themed party.

Cars Decorations!

Cars Cake Decorated by my Mom!

Mater Tastes GOOD!

I wasn’t really into him when he was born, and didn’t even meet him until he was a couple weeks old. But today, an entire two full years after he was born, I’m pretty in love. He is pretty funny and sweet, and really into playing outside and pushing cars around. And licking frosting off cars. Pretty much anything that has to do with a car he is all about. And now he is two!

Zoo Babies!

This weekend my family and I headed to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, a place I hadn’t been in a million years, to watch Baby Nolan and Miss Ryenn look at animals.

Miss Ryenn and a very friendly pigmy goat!

Baby Nolan loves pigmy goats, too.

Seriously, Miss Ryenn and the pigmy goat was the cutest thing ever.

My mom and Miss Ryenn!

Miss Ryenn stole the show because Baby Nolan was mostly scared of the animals and all the zoo commotion. I’m sure next year he’ll be all about it, though!