GIVEAWAY Yak Yarn and Allure Wash

Bijou Basin Ranch sent me some AWESOME yarn to try and as much as I hate to part with it but I’m going to share it with you! (75% Yak Down/25% Super Fine Merino “Himalayan Trail” Yarn) In addition, they sent some excellent Allure Fine Fiber and Fabric Wash, too, that’s my new favorite!

Watch the video below for details on how to enter!

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Patterns shown in this video:

Basketweave Cowl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basket-weave-cowl

Perk Me Up Cowl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/perk-me-up
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Sew a Fish Extender or Closet Organizer

Going on a Disney Cruise? Then you may want to participate in a Fish Extender group! If you don’t know what this is, I’m going to send you to read this wonderful blog post by Darcie. She explains it very well. I’ll also suggest that you join either the Disboards she mentioned or the Fish Extender Facebook Group. Both will help you find fellow cruisers that want to share “a little pixie dust.” They’ll also help you with  ideas for Fish Extender Gifts and don’t forget to search those 3 little words on Pinterest. Great ideas!

Alternatively, this is a great closet or wall organizer for use at home!

Project Materials:

Background Fabric: 16 x 32″
Interfacing for backing: 8 x 32″
3 Pockets: 11 x 8″ each
Pocket Interfacing: 11 x 8″ each
Heavy Duty needle for sewing machine
Thread to match
Download the Pocket Pattern here
1 pkg Extra Wide, Double Fold Bias tape

**These Written Instructions may be all an experience sewer will need. If you’re a beginner or find these instructions unclear, the video below may be helpful.**

1. Apply interfacing to pockets and one half of background fabric.

2. Fold background fabric in half (long ways) wrong sides together and sew all edges together.

3. Pleat pockets (see pattern for where to crease fabric). Press.

4. Baste along bottom of each pocket.

5. Apply bias tape across top of each pocket. Re-press creases in pleats.

6. Apply bias tape across the bottom edges of TWO pockets.

7. Align 3rd pocket along bottom edge of background. Apply bias tape across bottom encasing all layers.

8. Pin a pocket 1″ above top of bottom pocket. Pin last pocket 1″ above middle pocket. Attach bottoms of these 2 pockets by sewing along stitching line of bias tape.

9. Baste long edges being careful to align edges of pockets with edges of background fabric.

10. Encase long edges with bias tape on each side. Finish top edge with bias tape or a zigzag stitch.

11. Fold over 1.25″ at the top and sew to form the rod pocket.

12. Decorate with names, etc!

REVIEW: Karbonz Interchangeable Knitting Needles

I was so excited to have the chance to try out some Karbonz Interchangeable knitting needles by Knitter’s Pride (or KnitPro if you live outside the U.S.) and I am pleased to say I loved them! They sent the “Midi” set which contains U.S. sizes 7,8,9, and 10 and is perfect for a variety of mid-weight yarn.

So, pick up your yarn, click the video and let me tell you what I discovered!

NEW Singer Knitting Machine

Guess what?! Singer appears to have used the Addi Professional as a model and revamped their children’s knitting machine. The first one (that has been out for years) was less than adequate. Click here for the link to that review.  But on a happier note, the new machine has promise for those who want to try their hand at circular machine knitting before they invest in a quality machine. HOWEVER, be aware that the old one is still on the market so be sure NOT to waste your money on that one! See what I’m talking about here:

Crochet Super Bulky Scrap Hat

I’ve been showing these a lot in my videos recently and have had many questions about how to do them. Basically, it’s a single crochet hat with 3-4 strands of yarn held together. Use a hook you’re comfortable with. (I use a “P” 12mm with 4 strands of worsted weight and adjust my hook size based on the overall weight/feel of all the strands held together.)

Not enough information for you? Maybe this video will help:

Here’s a written pattern to use as a guide:

Round 1: ch 2, 6sc in the 2nd ch from hook, do not join, work in continuous/spiral (6sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Round 3: *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Round 4: *sc in the next 2 sc, 2sc in the next sc* repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Round 5: *sc in the next 3 sc, 2sc in the next sc* repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)

STOP and measure your Flat Circle Diameter and refer to the chart below for sizing! If you need it larger, continue your increase rounds (increasing by 1 sc in each *repeat group* as you did above).

Subsequent Rounds: 1 sc in each stitch until you are approximately .5″ from the desired Hat Height.

Slip Stitch about 6 stitches to even out the bottom edge of the hat.

Last Round: sc blo ; fasten off; sew in ends.

Note that the chart I refer to in this video is not available in its original form. (Looks like her website was redesigned and the chart lost it’s formatting.) Just for your convenience, I put it back into an easy-to-read table below but please know that I got the information from Slugs On The Refrigerator Blog. If I see that she’s corrected the problem, I’ll edit my page. In the meantime:

Age Head Size Hat Size Hat Height Flat Circle Diameter
0-6 months 13 – 15 inches 12 -14  inches 4.5 – 5 inches 4 inches
6-12 months 16 – 19 inches 14 – 18 inches 5.5 inches 4.5 inches
1 – 3 Years 18 – 21 inches 17 – 20 inches 6.5 inches 5.5 inches
4+ years 20 – 22 inches 19 – 21 inches 7.5 inches 6 inches
Women 22 inches 20 inches 8.5 inches 6.5 inches
Men 23 inches 21 inches 9.5 inches 6.75 inches

Addi Express Fingerless Mitts

I get requests for fingerless mitts all the time and I didn’t have a clue how to do it! I’ve finally come up with something to give you but be aware that there are TWO versions: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced.  I strongly suggest watching the videos as sometimes it’s difficult to accurately describe specific actions in words!

BEGINNER VERSION
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Beginner

2. Watch the video here:

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED VERSION
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Advanced

2. Watch the video here:

Have you joined the Facebook group Addi King, Loomers and Knits?

“Reviving” a Dead Internet Link

Have you ever been excited about a pattern only to click on the link and find it inoperable? Disappointing, isn’t it? Well, all hope is not lost until you’ve tried the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. See a demo here: