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November, 2013

New Free Pattern! Mason Jar Travel Cozy

Mason Jar Travel Cozy Knitting Pattern

Mason Jar Travel Cozy Knitting Pattern

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ download now

My morning routine includes making some coffee in my quart sized IKEA French press, transferring it all to my big quart sized wide mouth mason jar, and taking it with me to drink at work. This worked great in the summer! But as soon as it started getting cold outside my coffee would be cold by the time I got to work. As a knitter I knew a quick knit travel cozy would do the trick, and now I’m drinking piping hot coffee despite my 25 minute walk to the office.

A for Allyson!

A for Allyson!

I added an A for Allyson to my Cozy using the Serif Uppercase Chart in the book Knitted Letters by Catherine Hirst and Erssie Major. Add your initials, some knit or crocheted flowers, a few buttons, some duplicate stitch embroidery, or just leave it plain. Whatever you do I know your morning beverage will be traveling in style!

Perfect for a Quart Sized Mason Jar!

Perfect for a Quart Sized Mason Jar!

Finished Size To cover a 32 oz wide mouth mason jar or similar jar. 8 ½” tall and 12” around.

Yarn Knits in Class Targhee Worsted, 100% Domestic Targhee Wool; 550 yds/8oz: 1 skein Truffle. Completed mason jar cozy uses about 140 yards of worsted weight yarn.

A small amount of contrasting color for letter chart, or other chart, drawstring and tassels, if desired.

Closes at the Top to Keep your Coffee Warm!

Closes at the Top to Keep your Coffee Warm!

Needles Set of 5 Size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Marker (m); tapestry needle.

Knit it Up Today!

Knit it Up Today!

Gauge 20 sts and 26 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

Notes Cozy is worked in the round from the bottom up.

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ download now

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The Scissors You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

I’ve gotten to take a look at a lot of amazing products over the years, but I flipped my actual lid when I opened a box from Becca at The BagSmith last week. I met her at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago and learned all about Sajou, a French company that makes needlework supplies. The BagSmith is their exclusive American distributor, so I ogled their products at VKL then ran home to ogle them some more online.

Sajou Scissors from The BagSmith.

Sajou Scissors from The BagSmith.

Sajou is most known for their hand made scissors. These 4″ embroidery scissors are made in a workshop in France, and it takes 12 qualified people to make each pair.

Blue Onyx Scissors!

Blue Onyx Scissors!

You just know you are in for a treat when your new scissors come in a tiny box covered in French, right?!

GORGEOUS!

GORGEOUS!

The scissors themselves are unbelievably stunning! These are the Sajou Blue Onyx scissors, and the handles are imitation blue onyx made to look like a blue variation of the mineral. And with a matching tassel, of course, they really couldn’t be any more lovely.

Slices Through Thread Like BUTTER!

Slices Through Thread Like BUTTER!

I’ve been using these scissors for about a week now, and they are pretty indescribably awesome! But I’m going to try.

I brought them to my weekly knit night and we all took turns cutting thread with them because we couldn’t stop! These scissors cut SO smoothly, so sharply – you just want to cut more things with them. We kept joking that at the moment you feel the threads snip from the pressure of the blades is the closest we will ever feel to God. It’s like an out of body experience just cutting off the ends of your embroidery floss, and that sure makes working on an embroidery project into a special event.

Hand Made with Pairing Markings.

Hand Made with Pairing Markings.

Sure, $100 is a pretty exorbitant price to pay for some scissors. Would I ever buy these for myself? No. But would I buy them for a friend? Absolutely! I really can’t tell you how much joy they’ve brought me! I keep them in their box on my table. I pull them out of their box, cut my thread, then put them right back in their box. These are SPECIAL, and need to be treated as such. But they make me feel super special, and make my project feel special, and I would love it if I could make someone feel that way with some freaking fancy scissors.

So if you are looking for a killer gift this holiday season, snag these Sajou scissors from The BagSmith. They have lots of beautiful versions, like the Kingwood Scissors, Olivewood Scissors, and these super cute Eiffel Tower Scissors that look like the Eiffel Tower! And clock in at a slightly more affordable $80.

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New Embroidery Pattern: The 2014 Calendar!

As you know, I’ve jumped head first into this embroidery design thing with my BFF Katie Canavan over at our new site Red Letter Day Stitches. Today we launch our first paid for pattern, the 2014 calendar! It sets up all 12 of the designs we have lined up for holidays in 2014. I’m so excited to share it with you!

2014 Calendar: What better way to celebrate the new year than with a fresh calendar? This stitched calendar not only looks pretty, but it incorporates little peeks into our full year of designs for 2014! Sure, you’ll get a workout on those french knots, but the final result is a piece that can hang in your home for the whole year.

2014 Looking GOOD!

Buy the Pattern!

Finished Size: A 17” by 11” rectangle.

LOTS of French Knots!

DMC Floss: #839, Dark Beige Brown; #445, Light Lemon; #3033, Very Light Mocha; #350, Medium Coral; #310, Black; #334, Medium Baby Blue; #761, Light Salmon; #3835, Medium Grape; #522, Fern Green; #414, Dark Steel Grey; #3854, Medium Autumn Gold; White (no number).

A Little Taste of All Our 2014 Patterns!

Materials Required: 2 30”x20” rectangles of muslin or other woven cotton fabric, fabric marking pen or pencil, safety pins or masking tape, 12” or smaller embroidery hoop to use while stitching, embroidery needle, scissors.

Each Red Letter Day is Stitched in Red!

Notes: Use 2 strands of DMC Floss throughout, unless otherwise noted. Instructions are written to be worked in sections to minimize moving your hoop.

2014 is Going to be Great!

Stitches Used: Back Stitch, Chain Stitch, Satin Stitch, Straight Stitch, French Knot, Lattice Stitch, Long & Short, Lazy Daisy.

Snag the pattern today!

And be sure to download our free stitch guide

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FO: Riga Bonnet

I designed a fun Latvian Braid-featuring bonnet, the Riga Bonnet, that was included in the most recent Knitscene Accessories issue that came out in May. I LOVED this hat design and knew that I had to knit one up for myself as soon as it started getting cold.

Riga Bonnet from Knitscene Accessories!

Riga Bonnet from Knitscene Accessories!

So I dove into the stash and cast this baby on a couple weeks ago! It knits up crazy quick with size 9s and worsted weight yarn.

Bonnet Style Hats 4LYFE!

Bonnet Style Hats 4LYFE!

I finished this just in the nick of time! Cold weather hit Chicago last week, but I was ready for it. And looking pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

Super Quick Knit!

Super Quick Knit!

This marks a right of passage for my new apartment, too! My first bathroom mirror selfies! I edited these pics down so much that you can’t see ANYTHING else going on in the room besides that bright white wall and a little dark wood trim around the door, but there you go! My bathroom. New apartment, consider yourself welcomed to the knitting community.

Braid Trim and Tassels

Braid Trim and Tassels

Not included in the pattern is a little note about making your braids look awesome! Just hold your strands flat with the colors in the same order all the way down the braid. It creates a really beautiful effect! And I threw some tassels on the ends of my strands because I’m crazy like that!

Latvian Braid LOVE!

Latvian Braid LOVE!

The pattern in the magazine is a lot different than the pattern I wrote. To save space, the tech editor whittled it down to a braid stitch pattern repeat, and broke down the decreases into separate lines of the pattern. For me it’s super confusing! My original pattern had every line of the pattern written out, so you just go line by line down the pattern and see clearly which line of the braid you are on and if you are doing a decrease or not. So if you tackle the pattern and you are also finding it super confusing, just take a few minutes to write out your lines and note your decreases! It will help you keep everything straight.

Yeah, I'm THIS HAPPY to be wearing this hat!

Yeah, I’m THIS HAPPY to be wearing this hat!

There was also an error that appeared in the translation of the pattern to this format, unfortunately, that I’ve noted on the Ravelry pattern page. It’s that in the Latvian Braid Pattern, rows 5 and 6 should read: With MC, purl. NOT with MC, knit. So disappointing!

But it’s nothing too severe, and with a little bit of work before casting on the pattern should be easy peasy for you. And then you can be super styling this winter, just like me!

Pattern: Riga Bonnet by Allyson Dykhuizen

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Oatmeal, and Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted in Grecian Olive

Needles: Size 9 any size circular and DPNs

Ravelry Project Page

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Lord of the Rings Cross Stitched Fabric Napkins

You read that right! I made Lord of the Rings fabric napkins by cross stitching LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring characters onto fabric napkins. And I gave them to my boyfriend for his birthday, and he love LOVE loved them, because he is a big nerd.

From left to right: Hobbits, Legolas, Gimli, Galdalf, Boromir, and Aragorn.

From left to right: Hobbits, Legolas, Gimli, Galdalf, Boromir, and Aragorn.

How did I make this fantastic and amazing birthday present? I’m so glad you asked!

I found this fantastic LOTR: FOTR cross stitch pattern by the lovely and amazing Wee Little Stitches. Last year I stitched up their Batman and Friends for Baby Nolan and it turned out super cute, I was excited to stitch up another of their patterns. But I wanted to make fabric napkins, not napkins made of cross stitch fabric. I did some googling and found my solution: waste canvas!

Waste Canvas!

Waste Canvas!

Waste canvas is cross stitch material you can baste over your fabric. You start working on your pattern, then when you are finished you just pull it apart, leaving only your fabric. Kinda magical!

Getting Started with Boromir and Aragorn.

Getting Started with Boromir and Aragorn.

After a few awkward stitches to get the waste canvas properly attached and situated on your fabric, you really forget it’s there!

Just for fun I took pictures after every color, so you can see Boromir and Aragorn take shape.

Color by Color Progress!

Color by Color Progress!

And voila! All that is left to do is pull apart the waste canvas.

Pull Apart Waste Canvas

Pull Apart Waste Canvas

It is kind of a pain in the ass. I cut as much as I could of it away and pulled out some craft needle nose pliers I had around for jewelry making, and that really helped.

LOTR 4LYFE

LOTR 4LYFE

But who really remembers how annoying something is when you get to have adorable napkins like these to sit next to you at dinner?

Partial to the Hobbits

Partial to the Hobbits

I’m pretty partial to these adorable hobbits. Their spikey hair and hairless feet really won my heart!

So these are the first crafty present I’ve given my boyfriend of 9 months, and based on his reaction to these I think I’ll make a craft lover out of him yet! He laughed and petted them, just like anyone would do, and says he won’t ever use them because he doesn’t want them to get dirty. Which defeats the purpose of a napkin, but I certainly appreciate the sentiment!

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