I’m just so excited…

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Hello dear readers, I have fantastic news and some super cool links to share with you today…

♥I’m published! I’m published! I’m published! I’m published! I’m published!♥

At the book store
That’s my hat, in a real live magazine!

My first published pattern is available for purchase from a news stand near you! Details and pictures are as follows, enjoy.

Knitscene loves me!
Photo: Knitscene/Harper Point


Below is a list of things you can do related to the Heliotrope Hat published in Knitscene Winter 2013!

  • Check out the Ravelry page! (Add it to your queue while you’re there)
  • Purchase a copy of Knitscene at a bookstore or online!
  • Get yarn to knit it with!
  • Knit it!
  • Wear it!
  • Tell people how much you love it and share with them this great list of things!
  • Repeat!
So cute!
The first hat, originally called Pathfinder

 Stay tuned for more crafty goodness!


The Captain requires a new coat

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A friend of mine just so happens to be a pirate captain. He lives on a boat, drinks rum and sings sea shanties. He sails on a regular basis and invented ‘Pirate Fest’ in Santa Cruz, Ca. Maybe you’ve heard of him, Captain Groggy Swagger. A delightful and jolly fellow, he just plain needed a new coat.

Ain't he official?
Captain Groggy Swagger

So I made him one. As per his request, it was made from a J. P. Ryan pattern for a1750s style coat for the military officer. I used a navy chenille upholstery weight fabric for the base, lined it with gold cotton silk and adorned it with a gold cotton velveteen. Each pattern piece was giant because there was so much pleating to do for the skirt of the coat but once I got everything cut out it went pretty quick. Definitely one of the more advanced things I’ve made, I certainly can’t say I’m not proud.

So handsome!

I love love love it and I think the Captain found it acceptable for his daily adventures.

What else is there to do in your pirate coat than to get drunk?

Mistake Rib Scarf

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As I mentioned in a previous post this delightful yellow scarf is the first finished object made from my own handspun yarn. With beautifully dyed wool from spinningtheweb on etsy (I highly recommend her shop) I managed to make a gorgeous skein of 2-ply yarn which as you see here has been made into a wonderfully simple scarf to keep my giraffe neck warm against the icy Pacific Winds of Santa Cruz. Once oh so cold, now ever so toasty. 🙂

Banana Scarf
You too could don a scarf such as this!

Now, as my loyal readers (at this point, probably just Gramma. Hey Gramma!) I offer you an easy to follow knitting pattern that, with varying yarns and needles, will yield spectacularly varying results!

banana scarf yields gelato
Disclaimer: pattern does not include production of ice cream.

Behold, the Mistake Rib Scarf pattern:

Any yarn with any coordinating set of needles. For this version I used worsted-bulky handspun yarn and size 11 needles with an initial cast on of 13 sts (116 yds makes a 5 ft scarf).

CO any number of odd stitches
Work each row (k2, p2)
Knit until you have no more yarn or until you’ve reached the desired length.

Wrap it around your neck or that of a loved one and enjoy it’s warmth and let the love begin!