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October, 2013

FO: Paul’s Northwestern Wildcats Kittyville Hat

Paul in his new hat!

Paul in his new hat!

Fall is chill knitting and crafting time for me – not a whole lot on the docket except for a few presents here and there, but mostly of the crafting variety. In years past I’ve stopped knitting during this time completely to rest my wrists. This year I’m just taking it super easy. I’ve got a couple knitting projects in the works, nothing too crazy, and one of those projects was a hat for my friend and coworker Paul!

Kittyville Hat!

Kittyville Hat!

You may immediately be thinking, ‘What the hell is a grown man doing wanting a purple kitty hat?’ WELL, his wife is a huge Northwestern Wildcats fan, and Paul felt left out when they went to events without a silly purple something to make him fit in with all the super enthusiastic fans around him. So we got to talking and I found Kitty Schmidt’s Kittyville hat pattern, ordered some Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Eggplant and White, and went to town.

Slightly Modified

Slightly Modified

Paul’s head clocked in at about 23″ around, so with a little math I figured out that the hat as written would come out a little small, so I added one crown decrease repeat of 12 stitches, and it turned out perfectly. A couple white pom poms at the bottom of the ear flaps and I had myself a very festive hat! And Paul could not have been happier about the result! He and his wife have apparently been fighting over it, and I got a huge bag of freshly baked cookies as payment. Pretty perfect, right?!

Pattern: Official Kittyville Hat

Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Eggplant and White

Needles: Size 7 24″ cirs, size 7 DPNs

Ravelry Project Page

New Embroidery Pattern: Let’s Talk Turkey!

I’ve been dropping teasers about my new site, Red Letter Day Stitches – mostly about how amazing it is going to be and how you should be a pattern subscriber! And today I’m so happy to share with you my first RLDSts design: Let’s Talk Turkey!

Let’s Talk Turkey: As a mostly-vegetarian, I draw a lot of quizzical looks when I start spouting how much I love Thanksgiving. And I LOVE Thanksgiving! The football, the food, the promise of Black Friday shopping. For me it doesn’t have anything to do with turkey. Eating turkey would keep me from eating more pie, so forget that.

Let’s Talk Turkey

But every time someone says ‘Happy Turkey Day’ instead of ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ we are reminded that turkey is the reason for the season as far as our stomachs are concerned, and lucky for us they are so darn cute! Stitch up this turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, and ALL of his chain stitched feathers, whether eating turkey is your thing or not.

Thanksgiving 2013

Finished Size: Intended for 6” embroidery hoop.

DMC Floss: #310: Black; #321: Red; #677: Yellow/Cream; #728: Yellow; #801: Brown; #932: Blue; #B5200: White.

Feathers, Feathers, and More Feathers!

Materials Required: 2 12” squares of muslin, other woven cotton fabric, or 1 12” square of muslin or other woven cotton fabric and 1 12” square of fusible interfacing, fabric marking pen or pencil, safety pins or masking tape, 6” or smaller embroidery hoop to use while stitching, embroidery needle, scissors.

Designed by ME!

Notes: Use 2 strands of DMC Floss throughout, unless otherwise noted.

Stitches Used: Back Stitch, Chain Stitch, French Knots, Satin Stitch.

DOWNLOAD LET’S TALK TURKEY NOW! It’s free and fun!

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Crafty Fantasy Football League Blog Hop!

As you know one of my very favorite things in the whole world is playing fantasy football. And I’m sure you’ve gathered that I’m kinda into crafting! So last year when Diane of CraftyPod was starting a fantasy football league for crafters I had to be in! And I EPICLY failed. Last year in our crafty fantasy football league I won like 2 match-ups I think. But that certainly didn’t stop me from joining again this year, and I’m doing slightly better!

This year’s group of crafters are super motivated to both win at fantasy football and share our crafting and love of football, so we’ve organized a blog hop of football related crafting! Fun right?

My favorite crafts are completely silly personal touches in everyday spaces. Like a kitchen towel customized for your favorite team?! Exactly.

Go Lions!

Go Lions!

A little football counted cross stitch project to keep you company in the kitchen while you are cooking up your favorite game day snacks? This was super easy and easily customizable to your favorite team.

Counted Cross Stitch Kitchen Towel

Counted Cross Stitch Kitchen Towel

I found this towel at JoAnn near the embroidery floss and other embroidery and cross stitch supplies.

Counted Cross Stitch Panel!

Counted Cross Stitch Panel!

When you open the towel up there is a counted cross stitch panel worked into the towel. I counted and got that the panel is about 218 x 40 boxes.

Graph Paper to the Rescue!

Graph Paper to the Rescue!

I pulled out my graph paper and started charting letters. Since LIONS was only 5 letters, and I wanted to fill up most of the 218 boxes wide, I made them big and wide, and wanted to space them out pretty wide as well. My letters were 20 boxes wide and 25 boxes tall, and I put 10 boxes between each letter. If your team has more letters, space them closer together. 20 stitch wide letters would be perfect for any team with less than 10 letters in it’s name. If your team has 10 or more letters (sorry, Buccaneers!) just make your letters 18 stitches wide.

Stripes and Letters!

Stripes and Letters!

I took the Lions 3 main team colors – blue, silver, and black – and went to town! I started with 4 stripes of blue across the top and bottom, then mirrored stripes of silver, black, and blue. I folded my towel to find the center, then started there with the center letter of my team name, and worked out from there to make sure LIONS was centered.

Looking So GOOD!

Looking So GOOD!

A little tedious? Sure. But it was a great to go project for when I couldn’t put my brain on anything else. And we all need one of those every now and then! And this towel is going to do double duty and be a Christmas present for my brother. Win win! Feeling inspired to start your own football inspired craft project? I know this is just the beginning of my football crafting! Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog hop for more inspiration:


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Embroidery FO: Candy!

Red Letter Day Stitches: Candy!

Red Letter Day Stitches: Candy!

A few weeks ago I told you about my new site, Red Letter Day Stitches, and our first pattern, Candy! This Halloween pattern was designed by Katie Canavan, but I wanted my own so I hosted a stitch along on the Red Letter Day Stitches blog.

Close Up: SO MANY STITCHES!

Close Up: SO MANY STITCHES!

Since our site is new there weren’t too many participants, but they are an enthusiastic bunch! FOs have been coming into our Red Letter Day Stitches Flickr group, and all looking awesome.

In Time For Halloween!

In Time For Halloween!

Our first 3 patterns are free, so you can get a feel for what we are cooking up over at Red Letter Day Stitches, so snag Candy today! And look for my first ever embroidery pattern to debut next Monday!

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Take Another Look: Trolley Dodger

Last week I showed off my new baby nephew wearing my Baby Babe Ruth, and my Old English D duplicate stitched Knickerbocker Tee, and today I’ve got more duplicate stitched goodness to show off!

Old English D on my Trolley Dodger!

Old English D on my Trolley Dodger!

Trolley Dodger is another favorite from my Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits collection, and the sweater most inspired by the baseball sweaters of old. This cardigan is a tribute to the baseball sweaters that were part of the team uniform at the turn of the 20th century. Drop sleeves, pockets, sleek button bands, and asymmetrical sleeve striping were typically found on sweaters throughout both leagues. Very little has been salvaged about the history of these sweaters, and they obviously aren’t part of the uniforms of modern day baseball players, but pictures of baseball legends like Christy Mathewson and Ty Cobb wearing them let them live on.

Pockets and some fun striping make this cardigan a go-to!

Pockets and some fun striping make this cardigan a go-to!

I love the placement of the logo with this sweater. It’s how they did it back at the turn of the century, so who am I to change anything! It’s subtle and fun.

Close Up of Duplicate Stitch Detail

Close Up of Duplicate Stitch Detail

Just like with my Knickerbocker Tee, I used my 16 Original Baseball Logos pattern, and it’s pretty rad! Just a few hours with some scrap orange and I was decked out and looking pretty awesome.

Super Cozy in Knit Picks Capra!

Super Cozy in Knit Picks Capra!

And Knit Picks Capra is SO SOFT! There aren’t too many colors offered in this yarn, but I’m sure with some creative duplicate stitching you can have this sweater working in your team colors in no time.

Snag this pattern individually on the Knit Picks site here, or purchase the entire ebook here. And there are some awesome finished Trolley Dodgers pimped out for the Reds and Giants on Ravelry! Check them out here. 

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